1 Mile Shy
First, a quick check on the Global Fleet. RU07 is flying in a fjord on the island of Svalbard, Norway. RU21 is flying in Prince William Sound in Alaska. Drake, the thermal glider, is flying off St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. And RU27 approaching the Azores.
Next, lets zoom in to the track of RU27 (white line) from this year and RU17 (yellow line) from last year. RU17 stats - 5,700 km in 5 months and 1 week. RU27 stats - 4921 km in 3 months and 3 days.
Final zoom into the location of RU27. The Scarlet Knight is exactly 1 mile (1.6 km) from the last reported location of RU17. I don't think we could get much closer if we tried. We are less than 23 km from the yellow arc of the Azores EEZ. Currents are increasing and turning more southerly. Good news for the students.