News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Sprinting to Gibraltar, but trouble looms ahead

Sprinting to Gibraltar, but trouble looms ahead

'Dominique Wavre onboard Temenos 11 Barcelona World Race'    Barcelona World Race ©
It's been a fantastic 24 hours for the leading boat in the Barcelona World Race as Paprec-Virbac 2 gybed overnight and began heading more towards Gibraltar at good speed. As a result, skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall have piled on the miles, adding over 150 miles to their lead over the last 24 hours.

But trouble looms ahead as the weather forecast is for lighter headwinds for much of the rest of the way to Gibraltar and even beyond into the Mediterranean. This means the impressive mileage is going to slow and second placed Hugo Boss is likely to make a deep cut into the lead over the coming three or four days. Latest projections have Paprec-Virbac reaching Gibraltar on the 8th of February. That would make their finish in Barcelona likely to be on the 11th.

'We are doing our best, by sailing as fast as we can and yes we turned right last night finally. We are getting closer but we are still about 550 miles away from Gibraltar,' Jean-Pierre explained. 'We are full of hope but it is going to be difficult to get there. We are going to have to sail upwind from tomorrow morning the rest of the way there.'

'They should go faster than us today and then we should go faster and close up a bit,' confirmed Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss. 'We can't turn properly yet, we won't head for Gibraltar for another three days and then have wind on starboard tack before tacking. We won't be heading there just yet.'

And a tense battle is being fought between Temenos II and Mutua Madrileña just north of the doldrums. 'There are still a lot of miles to race and the weather situation is not very clear, which is maybe good for us,' said Javier Sansó today, cautioning that for the moment, due to relatively stable trade wind conditions, he doesn't expect much movement for the next 48 hours or so. The gap between the boats is just 95 miles.

Dominique Wavre, on Temenos II, agreed: 'It's certainly not finished yet. We still have the Azores high pressure and the Mediterranean to deal with. It's definitely not boring!! It's like an ocean match race!'

And at the back on board Educación sin Fronteras, Servanne and Albert are enjoying 'champagne' sailing conditions, with moderate winds easing their boat up towards the equator.

Day 87 - February 5, 16:00 GMT - Position report with distance to leader

1 Paprec Virbac 2 - 1,055 to finish
2 Hugo Boss + 682
3 Temenos ll + 1515
4 Mutua Madrileña + 1608
5 Educación Sin Fronteras + 2977

Abandoned - DELTA DORE - Jérémie BEYOU / Sidney GAVIGNET
Abandoned - PRB - Vincent Riou / Sebastien JOSSE

Quotes - Servanne Escoffier, Educación sin Fronteras: 'Tonight was absolutely fabulous, Venus and Jupiter aligned with the crescent moon in the south-east. The sea is calm, and we are racing upwind towards Barcelona. The boat is gliding along and you can really appreciate the pleasure of being at sea; for a few days now I would not change places with anyone. A few hours ago our surroundings were as beautiful as a drawing; nature had brought all its players together to take part in a magnificent work of art. Thank-you Mother Nature!'

by Barcelona World Race media


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

6:04 PM Tue 5 Feb 2008 GMT

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

Click for further information on

Related News Stories:

29 Feb 2008  Educación sin Fronteras finishes Barcelona Race
19 Feb 2008  Mutua Madrileña 4th in the Barcelona World Race
18 Feb 2008  Temenos II third boat to complete Barcelona Race
16 Feb 2008  Three still battle conditions - Barcelona Race
14 Feb 2008  Hugo Boss second to finish Barcelona World Race
14 Feb 2008  Final miles counting down for Hugo Boss
13 Feb 2008  Hugo Boss next to finish Barcelona Race
12 Feb 2008  Paprec-Virbac 2 wins Barcelona World Race
12 Feb 2008  Paprec Virbac 2 in Barcelona at 20h 49.49 Monday
12 Feb 2008  Hugo Boss battles harsh conditions on final leg

News - USA and the World

Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,

470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,

Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT