sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Barcelona World Race - Runaways

Barcelona World Race - Runaways

'Boris Herrmann'    Barcelona World Race ©

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




by Barcelona World Race

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80077

9:29 PM Mon 7 Feb 2011 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:

13 May 2011  Barcelona World Race completed as We are Water cross finish line
06 May 2011  Barcelona World Race closing ceremony attended by Royalty
24 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race - Exciting finish of Fòrum Marítim Català + video
23 Apr 2011  Dee Caffari stays busy
22 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss across finish line
22 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and FMC into the wind
21 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and the final miles
20 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss set to finish Thursday
18 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race skippers keen to cross finish line
18 Apr 2011  Barcelona World Race final days for Hugo Boss
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World







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










































Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,


















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 Sail-World.com
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
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander   
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   


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