Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dongfeng now "out of reach" in Malacca Straits.

Dongfeng entered the Malacca straits with an 100+ Nm advantage , and I think they will leave the same strait will about the same advantage.

Dongfeng will lead the VOR fleet to Singapore.
The Malacca straits is known by sailors for its variable and weak winds, and other dangers as busy shipping lanes and fishing boats and more even fishing nets. 
Dongfeng, had their divers 2 times down, to remove rubbish from their keel, but managed it well, while never loosing their lead. 

The VOR fleet compacted in the middle of the strait, where Dongfeng's advantage reduced to just over 20Nm, skyrocketing their nerves. But while the other boats were approaching the region of calm winds, Dongfeng was about the leave it. Since then, their advantage has grown again till 80 Nm at this moment. With a narrow navigation channel due to exclusion zones and a steady NE breeze towards Singapore, I don't see any options for the other boats to catch let alone pass Dongfeng before Singapore. 

The battle for the 2nd --> 5th place is more interesting, as those 4 boats are separated by only 3Nm.
The Boats that passes Singapore in the lead , will have a very good chance to take the Victory to Sanya, China.

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