Leaders across the Equator

But it could be 24 hours before the Barcelona World Race frontrunners are fully into the southeast trades

Thursday January 13th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

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Positions at 0830

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 1 17.04' S 29 13.55' W 13.5 183 9.8 234.1 21693.6 0
2 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 0 58.47' S 30 19.29' W 11.6 195 9.4 225.3 21742.7 49
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 0 46.54' N 28 59.67' W 11.1 177 9.7 233.4 21794.7 101.1
4 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 1 55.38' N 28 35.17' W 12.4 168 10.5 251.7 21843.7 150
5 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 1 35.10' N 29 26.48' W 10.7 198 9.6 230.5 21850.2 156.5
6 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 2 10.49' N 29 06.52' W 12.6 169 12 288.4 21871.8 178.1
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 2 41.98' N 28 24.73' W 10.8 167 11.8 282.9 21880 186.4
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 6 42.73' N 28 35.95' W 14.1 192 12.4 302.8 22099.7 406
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 6 41.55' N 28 50.02' W 13.2 177 12.9 309.6 22104.9 411.2
10 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 10 35.50' N 25 57.59' W 13.6 175 14 337 22281.3 587.7
11 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 10 39.08' N 26 27.39' W 13.7 256 13.1 320.4 22288.2 594.5
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 11 43.87' N 24 56.89' W 12.2 183 11.7 281.1 22341 647.4
13 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 12 20.34' N 26 10.27' W 15.2 254 7.1 169.5 22386.8 693.2
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                

Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron aboard Barcelona World Race pacesetter Virbac Paprec 3 were the first to cross the Equator and into the South Atlantic at around 0200 this. They were followed around an hour and a half later by Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart aboard second placed Foncia. Both boats have had a remarkably hassle free passage through the Doldrums, even though they are not out of the woods yet - it could be as much as another day before the southeasterly trades fill in properly. Foncia has already begun to spear off to the west in order to make port in Recife, still around 510 miles away (so it is likely she will arrive late on Friday).

With the leaders slowing in the lighter winds, so the back marks have managed to close. Perhaps buoyed in the knowledge that Alex Thomson won't be swapping out Wouter Verbraak at some later stage of the race, so Hugo Boss has made one of the biggest gains, down from 678 off the lead 24 hours ago to 594 at the latest sched. Obviously the concertina will expand outwards again once the the leaders get fully into the southeasterly trades.

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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 1 17.04' S 29 13.55' W 13.5 183 9.8 234.1 21693.6 0
2 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 0 58.47' S 30 19.29' W 11.6 195 9.4 225.3 21742.7 49
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 0 46.54' N 28 59.67' W 11.1 177 9.7 233.4 21794.7 101.1
4 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 1 55.38' N 28 35.17' W 12.4 168 10.5 251.7 21843.7 150
5 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 1 35.10' N 29 26.48' W 10.7 198 9.6 230.5 21850.2 156.5
6 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 2 10.49' N 29 06.52' W 12.6 169 12 288.4 21871.8 178.1
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 2 41.98' N 28 24.73' W 10.8 167 11.8 282.9 21880 186.4
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 6 42.73' N 28 35.95' W 14.1 192 12.4 302.8 22099.7 406
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 6 41.55' N 28 50.02' W 13.2 177 12.9 309.6 22104.9 411.2
10 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 10 35.50' N 25 57.59' W 13.6 175 14 337 22281.3 587.7
11 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 10 39.08' N 26 27.39' W 13.7 256 13.1 320.4 22288.2 594.5
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 11 43.87' N 24 56.89' W 12.2 183 11.7 281.1 22341 647.4
13 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 12 20.34' N 26 10.27' W 15.2 254 7.1 169.5 22386.8 693.2
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                
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