One horse race

In the Barcelona World Race, Virbac Paprec 3 now hold a 543 mile lead over second placed Mapfre

Wednesday January 26th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

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Positions at 0830 GMT

Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Dist Crs VMG DTF DTL
                     
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 42 05.64' S 11 58.92' E 17.6 409.1 106 17 18383.5 0
2 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 40 45.45' S 0 11.39' E 13.7 381.1 105 15.9 18926.5 543
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 41 46.08' S 3 42.32' W 6.7 352.6 80 14.7 19113 729.5
4 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 41 54.23' S 4 26.78' W 9.7 333.7 77 13.9 19146.8 763.2
5 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 41 15.44' S 6 12.68' W 12.9 310.8 150 12.9 19217.2 833.7
6 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 39 46.94' S 9 30.79' W 8.1 252.1 109 10.5 19370.8 987.3
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 39 21.53' S 12 02.69' W 13 202.3 160 8.3 19490.5 1107
8 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 37 53.75' S 12 26.47' W 11 189.3 96 7.9 19530.4 1146.9
9 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 35 05.36' S 16 09.98' W 2.5 126.3 144 5.3 19761.6 1378.1
10 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 36 18.18' S 18 31.24' W 7.1 100.4 167 4.2 19836.7 1453.2
11 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 34 58.52' S 20 11.44' W 6.6 110.4 116 4.6 19942.6 1559.1
12 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 33 21.91' S 20 31.10' W 7.2 132.7 143 5.5 20000.6 1617.1
ABD Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA                
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                

Foncia's mast breakage and the announcement of her retirement this morning are a severe blow to the Barcelona World Race, which is now, only a quarter of the way in, a one horse race to a degree that we cannot remember ever having seen before in a round the world race. The gap between race leaders Virbac Paprec 3, sailed immaculately by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, now hold an advantage of 543 miles over Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez' second placed Mapfre , who in turn are 180 miles ahead of their nearest competition. 

One imagines that with Foncia out of the race, the crew of Virbac Paprec 3 will be easing off the accelerator, focussing more on keeping their boat in one piece for the 18,300 miles left to get them back to Barcelona World.

Virbac Paprec 3 rounded the eastern end of the Atlantic waypoint gate at around 1600 yesterday afternoon and has since dived back south where there is more breeze. Their current position is some 570 miles southwest of Cape Town and they are during to cross into the Indian Ocean tomorrow. With the front having passed, Virbac Paprec 3 is now into the strong southwesterly breeze behind it and tonight she will see the wind veering into the northwest as she drops back on to the depression the boats behind her are currently riding. 

Meanwhile third placed Mapfre is just approaching the western end of the Atlantic Gate on a course to the north of the boats behind her which have dug south in order to avoid being captured by the annoying zone of high pressure that is once again encroaching south. Unfortunately they do appear to have been nailed as while Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes had managed to coax 17.5 knots out of Estrella Damm in the hour leading up to the first sched this morning, the latest figures from the boat show this much reduced to 6.7.

 

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Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Dist Crs VMG DTF DTL
                     
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 42 05.64' S 11 58.92' E 17.6 409.1 106 17 18383.5 0
2 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 40 45.45' S 0 11.39' E 13.7 381.1 105 15.9 18926.5 543
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 41 46.08' S 3 42.32' W 6.7 352.6 80 14.7 19113 729.5
4 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 41 54.23' S 4 26.78' W 9.7 333.7 77 13.9 19146.8 763.2
5 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E 41 15.44' S 6 12.68' W 12.9 310.8 150 12.9 19217.2 833.7
6 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 39 46.94' S 9 30.79' W 8.1 252.1 109 10.5 19370.8 987.3
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 39 21.53' S 12 02.69' W 13 202.3 160 8.3 19490.5 1107
8 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 37 53.75' S 12 26.47' W 11 189.3 96 7.9 19530.4 1146.9
9 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 35 05.36' S 16 09.98' W 2.5 126.3 144 5.3 19761.6 1378.1
10 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 36 18.18' S 18 31.24' W 7.1 100.4 167 4.2 19836.7 1453.2
11 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 34 58.52' S 20 11.44' W 6.6 110.4 116 4.6 19942.6 1559.1
12 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 33 21.91' S 20 31.10' W 7.2 132.7 143 5.5 20000.6 1617.1
ABD Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA                
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                
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