Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

Barcelona World Race - Runaways

by Barcelona World Race on 8 Feb 2011
Boris Herrmann Barcelona World Race © http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org
Barcelona World Race update.

For the moment, approaching the longitude of Australia’s Cape Leeuwin, Virbac-Paprec 3 are runaways, Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron today extending their lead to the biggest margin yet of this Barcelona World Race, some 773 miles this afternoon. Dick and Peyron continue to return the best speeds of the top four teams but now in a league of their own.


Their most regular pursuers, the 2004 Olympic champions on MAPFRE, have had a torrid 48 hours, not having to search for problems. Yesterday they struggled with a communication issue which meant they missed vital information. Sounding tired but resolute on this morning’s live Visio and Audio Conferences, Iker Martinez admitted they had also had a problem with a sail, but most off all it was the very variable wind and sea conditions in the mixed up trough, which had brought them most grief:

' We slowed, we accelerated but in the end we just did what we could to manage as well as we could. What was very difficult was having waves from the north and from the south. When you are in a system like that you can only do what you can do, making the best of it, but it is not good.' Said Martinez, confirming that the conditions they had endured were the most physically taxing of the race so far.

The result is that MAPFRE, after enduring this peculiar mix of high winds and lighter zones, have lost miles to their nearest rivals, compatriots Estrella Damm who were just thirty-five miles behind this afternoon. In their wake Kito de Pavant on Groupe Bel remarked that life was good on board with his co-skipper in conditions, at 46deg 57S which were looked more winter Mediterranean than south Indian Ocean summer. De Pavant had been up the mast to check a stray, trapped halyard, but gave their rig the once over.

Despite the ice-gates several duos have reported that they are on the alert for reported ice. Ribes confirmed that they are on the lookout:

'We have not seen icebergs but according to the report that we received yesterday have one in our course. Tomorrow round dawn we will have an iceberg right in our path. We will have to keep a very close eye to the radar and the water temperature. Luckily we are at the latitude 47 south where there are only five hours of night and the rest is not fully dark so you can see well.'

And in seventh place at 45 deg S, but 1200 miles west, back up the race track from Estrella Damm, Ryan Breymaier in his morning mail from Neutrogena also confirmed they have also redoubled their vigilance.

'We are passing within 20 miles of an iceberg position on our charts, and I am looking out the front every 10 minutes in the hope that I see nothing. It is nervewracking, because if there is one big one that the satellites can see, normally that means growlers, small pieces broken off the big one in a larger area. As I type we just hit 25.7 knots.

At that speed a piece of ice the size of a car would destroy the front of the boat to the point we would have to get off it and let it sink. The satellite only sees things bigger than 150 yards. If we hit that it would be like irresistible force meets (definitely) immovable object.'

The elastic which has joined sixth placed Mirabaud and Neutrogena was stretching again today as the Swiss-French duo Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret put on a speed spurt to accelerate away from their long time companions Breymaier and Boris Herrmann. The young American-German pair got close, tantalizingly close this morning. Neutrogena was tailgating just three miles behind Mirabaud this morning, but Wavre and Paret struck out at a sizzling 22.4 knots this afternoon, quickest in the fleet and had already earned another 10 miles of daylight on their pursuers.

Standings at 1400hrs Monday 7th February

1 VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 at 14306,7 miles to finish
2 MAPFRE at 772,6 miles to the leader
3 ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team at 807,1 miles
4 GROUPE BEL at 915,1 miles
5 RENAULT Z.E at 1147,9 miles
6 MIRABAUD at 1668,5 miles
7 NEUTROGENA at 1682,6 miles
8 GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS at 2298,7 miles
9 HUGO BOSS at 2384,5 miles
10 FORUM MARITIM CATALA at 3169,9 miles
11 WE ARE WATER at 3341,9 miles
12 CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA at 3549,8 miles
RTD FONCIA
RTD PRESIDENT

Event website
T Clewring AC72Barz Optics - Melanin LensesSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Barcelona World Race closing ceremony attended by Royalty
Barcelona World Race Prize Giving Ceremony and official closure was attended by HRH The Prince of Asturias and Girona at HRH The Prince of Asturias and Girona attended the Prize Giving Ceremony and official closure of the second edition of the Barcelona World Race, won by French skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on board Virbac-Paprec 3 having covered 25,200 nautical miles of the course in 93 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds.
Posted on 6 May 2011
Barcelona World Race - Exciting finish of Fòrum Marítim Català + video
Yesterday at 21 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, Fòrum Marítim Català finished the Barcelona World Race. Yesterday at 21 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, Gerard Marín (29 years old) and Ludovic Aglaor (44 years old) crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race and were the eighth crew to complete the regatta.
Posted on 24 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss across finish line
Hugo Boss crossed the finish line during the early hours of a breezy night to fnish seventh in the Barcelona World Race. Gritty, hard battling Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Wouter Verbraak (NED) on Hugo Boss crossed the finish line during the very early hours of a breezy Barcelona night to fnish seventh in the Barcelona World Race.
Posted on 22 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and FMC into the wind
Hugo Boss was making steady progress this afternoon with less than 100 miles to the finish of the Barcelona World Race. After more than 110 days of racing, Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak were making steady progress this afternoon with less than 100 miles to the finish of the Barcelona World Race.
Posted on 22 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and the final miles
Hugo Boss were pushing east this Wednesday afternoon in the Barcelona World Race. The Barcelona World Race duo onboard Hugo Boss were pushing east this Wednesday afternoon investing in a route which took them some 20 miles off the Algerian coast where Wouter Verbraak and Andy Meiklejohn were intent on making their final 280 miles to Barcelona on something close to one long, brisk reach to finish their Barcelona World Race tomorrow night in seventh place.
Posted on 21 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss set to finish Thursday
Hugo Boss is progressing at about nine knots into the western Alboran in the Barcelona World Race. Hugo Boss is progressing at about nine knots into the western Alboran in the Barcelona World Race.
Posted on 20 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race skippers keen to cross finish line
Barcelona World Race duos on Hugo Boss and on Forum Maritim Catala are keen to cross the finish line later this week Barcelona World Race duos on Hugo Boss and on Forum Maritim Catala are keen to cross the finish line later this week
Posted on 18 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race final days for Hugo Boss
The Barcelona World Race duo onboard Hugo Boss should be having their last night in the Atlantic tonight. Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak should be having their last night in the Atlantic tonight in the Barcelona World Race, contemplating passing the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean some time tomorrow, but the question for the Kiwi-Dutch duo is when?
Posted on 18 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race Hugo Boss duo frustrated
Hugo Boss duo has been making less 14 knots overnight in the Barcelona World Race. On Barcelona World Race competitor Hugo Boss are too far ahead of the gradual evolution and movement of the cut off low pressure which is centered to their WSW to gain from the pressure fields. Gerard Marin and Ludovic Aglaor are making nearly 14 knots this Saturday morning directly towards the cut, the Straits. Hugo Boss duo have been making less than that overnight in the Barcelona World Race.
Posted on 17 Apr 2011
Barcelona World Race team Hugo Boss fighting upwind
The Barcelona World Race duo onboard Hugo Boss are experiencing again a slow passage through the Mediterranean. After their Barcelona World Race start in early January, duo Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak onboard Hugo Boss did not particularly enjoy their slow exit from the Mediterranean and passage down to the Canary Islands’ when they finally hit the trade winds, but the same stretch of water is being no less compliant on their return, certainly not recognising the achievements of the duo so far.
Posted on 16 Apr 2011