Passing the Cape Verdes

Virbac Paprec 3 back in the driving seat in the Barcelona World Race

Monday January 10th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Images courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind

Positions at 0330 GMT

Pos Skipper Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hour aver   24 hours      
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 16 37.84' N 26 16.22' W 18.4 197 16.9 404.6 22644 0
2 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 17 22.04' N 26 13.98' W 18.8 203 16.4 394.4 22688 43.9
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 19 57.30' N 24 28.90' W 15.7 208 15.4 370 22841 197
4 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 20 13.09' N 24 16.41' W 16.4 208 15.2 365.3 22857 213.2
5 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 21 36.69' N 24 56.49' W 18.4 201 14.6 351.3 22940 296
6 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 21 36.80' N 22 34.28' W 17.2 202 15.5 372.1 22948 303.9
7 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 21 56.53' N 24 06.08' W 18.2 205 14.7 352.3 22961 316.9
8 Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT 22 07.81' N 24 11.71' W 16.8 204 14.1 337.4 22972 328
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 23 38.20' N 22 25.36' W 14.3 209 11.8 283.2 23069 425.5
10 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 25 14.20' N 20 49.39' W 16.2 186 10.8 259.7 23177 532.8
11 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 24 57.28' N 16 58.88' W 13.6 177 11.4 273.6 23211 567.3
12 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 25 32.82' N 16 48.23' W 13.4 262 10.6 254.8 23248 604
13 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 25 51.26' N 17 27.37' W 10.8 267 8.6 206.5 23255 610.9
14 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 27 04.98' N 19 29.22' W 11.6 252 8.6 205.3 23299 655.1

On Friday afternoon double Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart on Foncia took the lead of the Barcelona World Race, only to lose it again to Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron on Virbac Paprec 3 by 0400 on Saturday morning. In fact the position juggling was more a feature of the way DTF figures are calcuated. At midday on Friday, shortly after the leaders had passed to the west of the Canary Islands, Foncia apparently gained the lead when she was first to gybe south as Virbac Paprec 3 continued to forge southwest. Virbac in turn gybed south on Friday mid-afternoon while Foncia gybed southwest on Friday evening, but come the early hours of Saturday when Foncia came to gybe south again, she was back in the wake of Dick and Peyron's boat. The end result of this divergence of tactics was that Foncia went from being 8 miles astern to being around 32 miles astern come Saturday morning. Doh! Since then Dick and Peyron have slowly extended so that at the latest sched they lead by 44 miles.

With the leaders being first to get into the Trades, so the last 48 hours has seen them extend over those astern, up from 103 to 197 miles over the third placed boat. Yesterday morning Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes on Estrella Damm took third place off Dominique Wavre and Michele Paret and this morning hold a 16 mile advantage over Mirabaud.

The gaggle of boats fighting for fifth place all gybed south yesterday morning. Here Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez on Mapfre continue to lead and have been slowly pulling away from their rivals. Of this group Boris Herrmann and Ryan Breymaier on Neutrogena were one of the first to gybe south in the northeasterlies trades and have taken up a berth to the east (a la Foncia) while Mapfre and Jean le Cam and Bruno Garcia on President got their westing in early before gybing. Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella on GAES have fallen back from this group after a poor choice of tactics passing Madeira.

Meanwhile the last group of boats have been taking very different tactics that has taken them through the Canary Islands. Yesterday morning We Are Water and Forum Maritim Catala passed through the passage between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. They have since continued on towards the African coast before gybing. Central Lechera Asturiana passed between Gran Canaria and Tenerife while, still in last place, Hugo Boss took the channel between Tenerife and Palma. There is now around 130 miles of lateral separation across the race track between Hugo Boss and those off towards Africa. Alex Thomson will have his work cut out for him when he rejoins his boat in the Cape Verdes.

 

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