Doldrums-lite

Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia making good progress to the Equator in the Barcelona World Race

Wednesday January 12th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

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Positions at 0830

Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hour aver   24 hour      
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 3 19.47' N 28 55.94' W 10.6 187 10.5 257.3 21927.6 0
2 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 3 45.62' N 29 32.63' W 12.8 196 11.9 285.3 21967.8 40.2
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 5 28.51' N 28 24.32' W 13.4 186 15.5 371.7 22027.9 100.3
4 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 6 18.05' N 28 42.98' W 15.3 195 14.7 351.9 22080.5 153
5 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 6 40.25' N 28 31.15' W 15 189 14.1 338 22095.1 167.6
6 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 7 28.40' N 29 20.25' W 17.6 184 13.7 329.3 22159.9 232.4
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 7 52.35' N 28 37.30' W 15.2 198 14.5 356 22162.7 235.1
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 12 21.07' N 27 08.94' W 15.6 189 12.6 301.2 22395 467.5
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 12 22.16' N 28 31.28' W 15.1 189 11.8 283.3 22414.2 486.6
10 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 14 51.55' N 21 40.29' W 14.1 262 12.4 297.8 22556.3 628.7
11 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 16 02.67' N 24 50.95' W 10.6 197 12.3 295.9 22605.9 678.4
12 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 16 15.11' N 24 57.38' W 13.8 192 13.5 323 22618.1 690.6
13 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 16 15.27' N 23 35.86' W 12.7 204 10.4 249.5 22621.8 694.3
14 Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT 16 53.13' N 24 59.53' W 0 272 1 24.4 22656.4 728.8

A 3-4°N, the leaders in the Barcelona World Race should in theory be in the thick of the Doldrums, however at present the ITCZ doesn't appear to be giving them too much cause for concern. The satellite wind radar images for the area where they are indicates that the southeasterly trades, marking their entrance to the South Atlantic (even if they begin just into the Northern hemisphere) are due to kick in at around 2.5°N and there doesn't seem to be too much evidence of monster cloud activity in their area. So while the boats in theory could be at a standstill right now, instead race leader Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia have averaged 10.6 and 12.8 knots respectively over the last hour, even though admittedly this is substantially less than the 18.2 and 18 they had clocked up at the same time yesterday. We wait to hear back from the boats later today to find out how easy the transition into 'the south' has been.

Despite having her wounded crash box, Foncia and her crew of Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart have done well to reduce their deficit on the leaders down from 76 to 40 miles over the last 24 hours, although Virbac Paprec 3 will redeem this when they are first to launch into southeasterly trades. Foncia is currently taking a route through the Doldrums marginally to the west of the race leaders, but this may be partly due to ease themselves towards the Brazilian coast where they are hoping to put in to Recife on Friday.

With the leaders taking on the Doldrums, so there has been an inward concertinaing of the fleet and nowhere is this more apparent than in the second group of boats. Third placed Estrella Damm has cantered up from being 222 miles astern of Virbac Paprec 3 24 hours ago to being within 100 miles this morning. In fact Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes' red IMOCA 60 has had the highest run of the last 24 hours, covering up 371 miles.

At the back of the fleet Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak have had a storming 24 hours on board Hugo Boss and have soared up through the fleet, rising from last (14th) to 11th (albeit one place being that of the dismasted Prèsident). This final wave of boats in the Barcelona World Race are currently passing the Cape Verde islands.

 

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Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hour aver   24 hour      
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 3 19.47' N 28 55.94' W 10.6 187 10.5 257.3 21927.6 0
2 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 3 45.62' N 29 32.63' W 12.8 196 11.9 285.3 21967.8 40.2
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 5 28.51' N 28 24.32' W 13.4 186 15.5 371.7 22027.9 100.3
4 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 6 18.05' N 28 42.98' W 15.3 195 14.7 351.9 22080.5 153
5 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 6 40.25' N 28 31.15' W 15 189 14.1 338 22095.1 167.6
6 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 7 28.40' N 29 20.25' W 17.6 184 13.7 329.3 22159.9 232.4
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 7 52.35' N 28 37.30' W 15.2 198 14.5 356 22162.7 235.1
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 12 21.07' N 27 08.94' W 15.6 189 12.6 301.2 22395 467.5
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 12 22.16' N 28 31.28' W 15.1 189 11.8 283.3 22414.2 486.6
10 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 14 51.55' N 21 40.29' W 14.1 262 12.4 297.8 22556.3 628.7
11 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 16 02.67' N 24 50.95' W 10.6 197 12.3 295.9 22605.9 678.4
12 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 16 15.11' N 24 57.38' W 13.8 192 13.5 323 22618.1 690.6
13 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 16 15.27' N 23 35.86' W 12.7 204 10.4 249.5 22621.8 694.3
14 Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT 16 53.13' N 24 59.53' W 0 272 1 24.4 22656.4 728.8
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