All change today in the Tasman

Virbac-Paprec 3 closing on Cook Strait in the Barcelona World Race

Tuesday February 15th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind. If you can't see the whole of the table below (this depends which browser you use), scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Positions at 0330

 

Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hr aver   24 hours      
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 41 00.31' S 169 47.80' E 11.8 63 13.2 317.2 11681.6 0
2 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 46 43.73' S 160 51.23' E 11.9 39 13.3 319.5 12181.9 500.3
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 48 47.99' S 158 14.62' E 13.8 53 11.5 282.4 12338.2 656.6
4 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 46 55.80' S 151 07.64' E 14.9 67 13.3 318.5 12554.8 873.2
5 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E Sailing Team 49 55.44' S 139 23.94' E 18.2 85 16.4 393.2 13048.7 1367.1
6 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 47 18.72' S 130 25.25' E 16.4 96 15.6 375.5 13395.7 1714.1
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 47 09.56' S 129 51.97' E 16 102 15.4 370.1 13418.8 1737.2
8 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 45 48.01' S 124 26.13' E 15.8 91 15.4 370.4 13650.6 1969
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 45 28.38' S 121 14.91' E 14 81 14.7 353 13785.7 2104.1
10 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 42 30.14' S 79 08.73' E 10.6 116 3.8 114.2 15581.4 3899.8
11 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 41 43.60' S 73 36.84' E 10.1 53 7.2 173.3 15836.2 4154.6
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 37 00.06' S 71 18.39' E 10.9 46 4.1 97.8 16049.1 4367.5
ABD Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA                
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                

At the latest sched Barcelona World Race leader Virbac Paprec 3 has 138 miles to go before she enters Cook Strait. Both she and second placed Mapfre have slowed a little but the situation for all the boats in the Tasman Sea is likely to change significantly over the course of today as the high centred in the mid-Tasman shifts east.

The behaviour of the high in the Tasman has changed since yesterday morning - the latest forecast has it extending across to the south of New Zealand's south island and around the east side of it by tomorrow morning (GMT) and fully shifted to the east of south island by  tomorrow night. The upshot of this is that Mapfre in particular is going to get nailed by the high today and is in for a very slow 24 hours. The boat set to come out of this best (aside from Virbac Paprec 3) is Groupe Bel that is already following the race leader on the direct course towards Cook Strait.

The star performer since yesterday morning has been Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris on fifth-placed Renault, who have regained 76 miles on the race leader over the last 24 hours. At the latest sched she remains the fastest boat in the fleet having averaged 18.2 knots in the last hour. This is due to her still being in the strong northwesterlies to the southwest of Tasmania.

 

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Pos Crew Boat Lat Long Spd Crs VMG Dist DTF DTL
          1 hr aver   24 hours      
1 Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron VIRBAC-PAPREC 3 41 00.31' S 169 47.80' E 11.8 63 13.2 317.2 11681.6 0
2 Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez MAPFRE 46 43.73' S 160 51.23' E 11.9 39 13.3 319.5 12181.9 500.3
3 Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team 48 47.99' S 158 14.62' E 13.8 53 11.5 282.4 12338.2 656.6
4 Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane GROUPE BEL 46 55.80' S 151 07.64' E 14.9 67 13.3 318.5 12554.8 873.2
5 Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris RENAULT Z.E Sailing Team 49 55.44' S 139 23.94' E 18.2 85 16.4 393.2 13048.7 1367.1
6 Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret MIRABAUD 47 18.72' S 130 25.25' E 16.4 96 15.6 375.5 13395.7 1714.1
7 Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA 47 09.56' S 129 51.97' E 16 102 15.4 370.1 13418.8 1737.2
8 Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn HUGO BOSS 45 48.01' S 124 26.13' E 15.8 91 15.4 370.4 13650.6 1969
9 Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS 45 28.38' S 121 14.91' E 14 81 14.7 353 13785.7 2104.1
10 Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor FORUM MARITIM CATALA 42 30.14' S 79 08.73' E 10.6 116 3.8 114.2 15581.4 3899.8
11 Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA 41 43.60' S 73 36.84' E 10.1 53 7.2 173.3 15836.2 4154.6
12 Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti WE ARE WATER 37 00.06' S 71 18.39' E 10.9 46 4.1 97.8 16049.1 4367.5
ABD Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart FONCIA                
ABD Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia PRESIDENT                
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