With unsettled weather predicted for the first few days, the option of leaving Cape Town, driving south, crossing the current early, and finding some Southern Ocean wind and back eddies in the current has evaporated. If you've sailed the Newport Bermuda Race, you might've used some variation of this theory while crossing the Gulf Stream. In this case, without enough reliable wind to power the boats across the current, all of the navigators have opted for the in-shore option. The boats are staying close to shore looking for current relief and the ability to capitalize on local thermal breezes. This is the same type of strategy that teams use in the Stamford YC's Vineyard Race and in all sorts of races near San Francisco. Right now, navigators are looking at satellite data to find the narrowest point of the Agulhas Current, trying to identify the point at which they can bite the bullet and make the cross. Based on recent data, that point appears to be near Cape Elizabeth.