sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : New York to Barcelona Race - Heart-stopping moments for Safran
New York to Barcelona Race - Heart-stopping moments for Safran

'2014 IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race'    Safran Sailing Team

Overnight there were some heart-stopping moments for the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race’s long term frontrunner, Safran, as her hard fought lead evaporated over a matter of hours.

Since leaving the Azores in her wake, the French IMOCA 60 had extended her position to more than 80 miles ahead of second placed Hugo Boss. But over the course of yesterday, Safran experienced the wind getting lighter and lighter. In turn her boat speed gradually dropped and by 02:30 UTC this morning had dipped below five knots. At this point Hugo Boss had closed to within just 15 miles of her, with third placed Neutrogena just one more mile behind.

Sadly for the crew chasing down Safran, this happy scenario was not to last. The French IMOCA 60 was first to escape the light winds and over the course of this morning, as those behind have been wallowing, her speed has built and built.

At 10:30 UTC Safran was lying 90 miles due set of Cape St Vincent (southwest Portugal) and was charging along at an average speed of 17 knots, compared to 9.9, 7.5 and 5.1 for Hugo Boss, Team Neutrogena and GAES respectively. And for the last two even these speeds were fast – over the previous four hours they had only averaged 4.1 knots! In turn Safran’s lead over Hugo Boss was back up to 56 miles and it seems very likely that her advantage over Pepe Ribes and Ryan Breymaier’s IMOCA 60 later today will increase to more than the 80 miles it was two days ago.

2014 IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race -  Neutrogena   Click Here to view large photo

The closest fight by far between the four boats has been between the two IMOCA 60s, Hugo Boss and Neutrogena. Sailing their four year older boat Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and his Chilean co-skipper José Muñoz have been doggedly gunning for their team mates on Hugo Boss, Pepe Ribes and American Ryan Breymaier. 'Hugo Boss is faster than Neutrogena,' recounted Altadill. 'We were trying to keep up with them by playing every wind shift and gust to keep our boat speeds similar.'

This was proving effective: At one point yesterday evening Neutrogena had closed in to within 300m of their rivals. 'We could see the faces of Pepe and Ryan when we shone a spot light on them!' continued Altadill.

Hugo Boss has been hampered by her crew still ‘learning’ this complex boat plus a few breakages including the top of their mast track. This they were hoping to fix over the last day in the light conditions. Despite this, their match race with Neutrogena has come to an end. Both boats tacked east at 05:40 UTC and since then in Hugo Boss has managed to pull away and is now 13 miles ahead.

2014 IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race -  GAES Centros Auditivos Team  

This morning the crew on GAES was feeling the most pain, as their yacht was utterly becalmed, 100 miles behind the race leader. Worse the wind, when a breath of it did occasionally pass through, was still from the south, indicating that they were only just entering the light patch. 'We’ve stopped again,' reported Anna Corbella. 'It’s infuriating - we are trying to sail east, but there’s nothing we can do. We were expecting to get closer to the fleet, but this wind isn’t helping us.'

Now out into the building northerly winds off the Portugal’s west coast, Safran must past Cape St Vincent and then sail a further 180 miles on to Gibraltar. During this time the wind will shift into the northeast and then the east coinciding with their passage through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Safran's ETA at the Strait will be around midday tomorrow (Thursday 11th June) but passing through looks set to be a highly unpleasant ride – both upwind and with the wind against the tide, causing a lumpy unpredictable sea, that our Spanish colleague and expert describes as being like ‘boiling soup’. Back marker GAES is expected off Gibraltar around 12 hours later.

Ocean Masters


by Leslie Greenhalgh


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=123191

1:34 PM Wed 11 Jun 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World







Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,








Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT