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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

SolarFox: Third day's racing

Day three was the start of further rough weather and this time we were in the middle of it. 30km/h head winds, low cloud and showers reduced our average speed and made driving tricky. At crusing speed, roughly 60-70% of the total resistance to SolarFox's forward motion is aerodynamic drag and so a headwind of 30km/h can drop the cruise speed by around 20km/h, which is very significant. As a result, we didn't manage to cover as much ground as on previous days. However, we reached the control stop at Tennant Creek 987km from Darwin and a third of the way to Adelaide, at 13:20 and made further progress that afternoon to eventually stop to camp at Wycliffe Well for a night in the jungle.