Last night ENZA was nursed through a 50 knot southern Ocean storm as she passed just to the south of where, in February 1993, she hit a submerged object and was forced to abandon her original Trophee Jules Verne attempt.

Skippers Peter Blake and Robin Konx-Johston reported that the winds had eased to 34 knots by early morning but ENZA was still being thrown about by large, breaking seas.

“It has been a rough, windy night,” they said. “We have been well reefed down but, even so, it has been a very rough bumpy and wet ride.”

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