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

 

Sail-World.com : Barcelona World Race - Considering the Cook Straits

Barcelona World Race - Considering the Cook Straits

'We Are Water - Barcelona World Race'    Nico Martinez ©    Click Here to view large photo

Barcelona World Race and as Virbrac Paprec 3 crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin this morning at around 1010hrs UTC, the leading French pair were moving at more modest speeds seeing their record lead ebbing again as the chasing trio catch up steady miles.

For Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron they are simply at the mercy of the more benign conditions as they transit the second Australian safety barrier, but the leading team have shed one hundred miles to the pursuing trinity,MAPFRE, Estrella Damm and Groupe Bel since yesterday.

But 100 miles may be an unavoidable daily expenditure in these parts, when the pursuing trio are still in the strong low pressure system winds while the leaders are pressed north by the safety gate, forced to flirt with the vagaries of the high pressure system above them which will station itself in the Australian Bight.

Whether these losses will increase or decrease in the Tasman and across to New Zealand seems to be the big question of the moment. The weather situation changes almost daily as the different winds meet, the overheated air masses toasted by Australia’s deserts, and the cold polar air which rushes up from the south at any small opportunity.

One current weather model certainly paints a difficult scenario for Virbac-Paprec 3, one where they are forced to stay south as long as possible as they move east with a high pressure, while there might be the opportunity for the chasing trio to sail a much more direct route and save many miles.

But the forecasts are a moveable feast at the moment, and certainly contrasted with what leading skippers Dickand Peyron suggested they are looking forward to. They sounded convinced they would have a brisk blow in the near future and a fairly straightforward passage up to the iconic straits which bisect New Zealand and which – of the leading four boats only Dick has raced through with the Barcelona World Race before.

'The Cook Straits are always a piece of magic at the end of a month and a half at sea. You are dirty and missing lots of things and you pass through the strait in New Zealand where life is cool. There are high speed motor boats which pass and the fact that you are just passing through is always a bit of a wrench.

To see people, human life beside you is rather magical. With the mountains it is magnificent, majestic, really impressive. But then you have to plunge into the Pacific. It is a very unique moment though, but also it can be quite violent. But it should be moderate, passing through in the middle of summer and so it should be a bit less risky.' Dick profiled today

With the group of three it is Estrella Damm, Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes who are pushing second placedMAPFRE relentlessly, now within 23 miles of the Spanish Olympic medalists, who are the quickest on this afternoon’s rankings.

At close to forty days at sea there is a certain core race fitness and sharpness which starts to be called on, a stamina which is maintained now by careful management.

Visibly it is almost built in for the likes of veteran Dominique Wavre and Michèle Paret, or Dee Caffari who sailed solo the wrong way around the world in one hundred seventy-eight days, but has had to be progressively learned by the young IMOCA Open sixty rookies Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann.

Breymaier admitted today that they have modulated their ideas about simply trying to put up the biggest sails for as long as they could hang on to them, and now – rested and revived after a few intense days of fast sailing and repairs – the duo are sticking hard to the wake of Wavre and Paret’s Mirabaud.

'Forty days is like ten days is like twenty days, is like sixty days. None of it feels any different. We are all good and feel good too.'Said Caffari today.

For the trio at the rear of the fleet the next few days will be their most challenging of the race yet, one offering big opportunities in a fast moving low pressure system which start by giving them some very difficult conditions, for many of them their first big south Indian Ocean blow:

We Are Water’s Jaume Mumbru explained: 'We have a monster behind which will reach us tonight. We expect 60 knots winds and eight metres waves. The wind will be polar, very cold, and the water like ice. We are preparing all out safety gear, harnesses, we hope to be ready to ride out the storm. We hope this powerful westerly wind will give us the chance to make some inroads and make some good runs. We have to be on high alert and monitor the changes all the time..'

Rankings at 1400hrs UTC Tuesday 8th Feburary

1 VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 at 13992,4 miles to finish
2 MAPFRE at 670 miles to leader
3 ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team at 693,9 miles
4 GROUPE BEL at 810,7 miles
5 RENAULT Z.E at 1133,4 miles
6 MIRABAUD at 1565,8 miles
7 NEUTROGENA at 1605,4 miles
8 GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS at 2305,4 miles
9 HUGO BOSS at 2354,4 miles
10 FORUM MARITIM CATALA at 3293,9 miles
11 WE ARE WATER at 3467,5 miles
12 CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA at 3633,4 miles
ABN FONCIA
ABN PRESIDENT

Barcelona World Race 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=80124

8:13 PM Tue 8 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



































































BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio   
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3   
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1   
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Tactical evening ahead for the fleet   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT