Slow 48 hours ahead for the leaders

Mapfre comes visible as Virbac Paprec 3 goes 'stealth' in the Barcelona World Race

Tuesday January 18th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

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Positions at 0830 GMT

Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hour aver   24 hours      
1 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 20 21.77' S 28 12.95' W 6.1 175 8.7 209.8 20723.5 0
2 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 18 18.02' S 28 37.07' W 7.8 174 9.9 238.4 20831.6 108.1
3 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 17 44.59' S 29 36.42' W 10.3 150 10.1 241.3 20893.7 170.2
4 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 20 40.48' S 32 57.52' W 9 162 9.4 224.4 20894.6 171.1
5 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 GHOST              
6 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 16 07.32' S 30 28.12' W 10.3 151 9.5 229.1 20999.9 276.4
7 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 14 00.19' S 27 47.45' W 11.9 177 11.5 275.7 21004.9 281.4
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 14 25.04' S 28 49.23' W 11.2 174 10 245.1 21020.7 297.2
9 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 21 53.14' S 37 28.47' W 12.9 223 6.7 159.7 21030.5 307
10 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 12 07.00' S 29 04.46' W 13.3 167 10.6 254.6 21140.6 417.1
11 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 10 35.53' S 27 46.61' W 12.2 166 10.2 246 21172.5 449
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 9 19.92' S 28 03.12' W 12 176 9.6 236 21244.6 521.1
13 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 8 17.62' S 30 08.33' W 11.8 184 7.8 188.4 21364.9 641.4
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                

Going into 'stealth/ghost/furtif' mode, or whatever you wish to call it - doesn't seem to be working out so well. Spanish heroes Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez on Mapfre came visible again at the final sched yesterday in third place having taken a route to the west of race leaders Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes on Estrella Damm, leaving them now equidistant between their Spanish rivals and the westerly duo of Foncia and Paprec Virbac 3 (around 250 miles from each). Since then they have lost third place to Dominique Wavre and Michele Paret on Mirabaud.

Last night Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron on Virbac Paprec 3 have gone 'stealth' and won't reappear again until tomorrow afternoon.

The road ahead remains a tricky one for the leaders with a giant wall of high pressure ahead of them and nowhere to run. The positioning between the boats is down to each crew's call on where they think they can make the best of the light patch that lies in front of them.

Already the leaders have slowed, Estrella Damm recording 6.1 knots over the last hour, while those cruising up from astern are making 11-13 and it looks like there is more of this to come with a 500 mile stretch to their south showing winds of no more than 5 knots...

Over the last 24 hours there has already been some compression. For example 24 hours ago Wouter Verbraak and Andy Meiklejohn on Hugo Boss were some 461 miles from the leader. This morning this is down to 417.

It could be another 24-48 hours before the easterly group find the breeze with the wind filling in from the east or even ESE. This will prove good for those behind as they are likely to get the new breeze at a similar time to the leaders.

Some 500 miles off the west of Estrella Damm, Foncia is fairing better having averaged 12.9 knots over the last hour in some favourable breeze being generated by a shallow depression centred over Rio. Despite having dropped to ninth place overall Foncia is now the most southerly boat in the fleet. Foncia still has some west in her heading (the rest of the leaders have begun to swing their bows to port) but it looks like it could be another 24 hours before she can start heading east.

Later this week, as we said yesteday, the high continues to span the width of the south Atlantic at around 40degS and it looks like all the crews will be hoping to slip past its western extremity and make for the favourable westerlies to the south of the high, taking them into the Roaring Forties prior to having to come north again to round the mandatory first way point of Gough Island to the north. The question is - will it be Estrella Damm or Foncia that makes it there first? This is likely to be decided in the next 48 hours. 

 

 

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Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hour aver   24 hours      
1 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 20 21.77' S 28 12.95' W 6.1 175 8.7 209.8 20723.5 0
2 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 18 18.02' S 28 37.07' W 7.8 174 9.9 238.4 20831.6 108.1
3 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 17 44.59' S 29 36.42' W 10.3 150 10.1 241.3 20893.7 170.2
4 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 20 40.48' S 32 57.52' W 9 162 9.4 224.4 20894.6 171.1
5 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 GHOST              
6 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 16 07.32' S 30 28.12' W 10.3 151 9.5 229.1 20999.9 276.4
7 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 14 00.19' S 27 47.45' W 11.9 177 11.5 275.7 21004.9 281.4
8 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 14 25.04' S 28 49.23' W 11.2 174 10 245.1 21020.7 297.2
9 Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA 21 53.14' S 37 28.47' W 12.9 223 6.7 159.7 21030.5 307
10 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 12 07.00' S 29 04.46' W 13.3 167 10.6 254.6 21140.6 417.1
11 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 10 35.53' S 27 46.61' W 12.2 166 10.2 246 21172.5 449
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 9 19.92' S 28 03.12' W 12 176 9.6 236 21244.6 521.1
13 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 8 17.62' S 30 08.33' W 11.8 184 7.8 188.4 21364.9 641.4
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                
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