Cape Horn congestion
|1 hour av||24 hours|
|1||Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron||VIRBAC-PAPREC 3||44 49.96' S||30 37.81' W||12.2||51||12.3||295.1||5563.9||0|
|2||Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez||MAPFRE||47 06.84' S||37 52.73' W||18.1||72||12.7||305.8||5806.7||242.8|
|3||Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris||RENAULT Z.E Sailing Team||56 11.49' S||71 57.16' W||17.9||92||17.9||429.3||7038.6||1474.7|
|4||Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier||NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA||55 27.20' S||77 37.17' W||17.7||98||15.2||365.4||7232.1||1668.2|
|5||Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane||GROUPE BEL||55 04.59' S||81 09.00' W||20||105||16||383.1||7354.8||1790.9|
|6||Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret||MIRABAUD||55 03.75' S||84 18.83' W||15.6||95||12.9||310.2||7461.2||1897.3|
|7||Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes||ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team||55 35.48' S||86 23.55' W||16.8||88||14.7||352.1||7524.6||1960.7|
|8||Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn||HUGO BOSS||53 53.68' S||100 11.13' W||14.3||40||12.7||304.9||8011.8||2447.8|
|9||Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella||GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS||50 56.09' S||106 30.59' W||12.8||115||13.9||333.4||8295||2731.1|
|10||Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor||FORUM MARITIM CATALA||49 58.16' S||153 16.26' W||13||82||15.3||373.7||10145.6||4581.7|
|11||Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio||CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA||41 17.43' S||174 47.12' E||0||239||0||11550.3||5986.4|
|12||Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti||WE ARE WATER||41 20.05' S||174 32.58' E||2.9||143||1.8||43.3||11558.5||5994.5|
|ABD||Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart||FONCIA|
|ABD||Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia||PRESIDENT|
After they stopped to repair their halyards after rounding Cape Horn on Friday, resulting in their deficit on the Barcelona World Race leader increasing to 270 miles by yesterday afternoon, so Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez on Mapfre have been attempting to reel back in Virbac Paprec 3.
Interestingly despite an area of high pressure being located right in their path, centred some 1100 miles east of the River Plate (between Uruguay and Argentina) both the race leaders have opted to sail the extra miles and round the static high on its east side, the advantage being that this allows them to continue in favourable following winds. Already Virbac Paprec 3 is approaching the high - hence why her speed is down - and this should allow Mapfre to continue to make short term gains over the course of today. This easting is also good further up the race track as it will enable the leaders to sail freer once they get into the northeasterly trades passing Brazil to the north of Rio. Given that boats and crews are tired from the Southern Ocean one can perhaps see the attraction of not spending the best part of a week on the wind.
Meanwhile Cape Horn is set to see a lot of traffic over the next two to three days. Third placed Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris aboard Renault ZE Sailing Team have 157 miles to go before they pass the Horn, followed by Boris Herrmann and Ryan Breymaier on Neutrogena, 351 miles away at the latest sched.
All five boats now on the approach to Cape Horn are sailing in fruity 30+ knot conditions, hence why it is they that are clocking up the highest speeds in the fleet at the moment, Renault having averaged 18 knots between the last two scheds. Conditions are due to abate over the next 24 hours. All look set to pass close to Cape Horn. The question then will be - do they tough it out on the more direct course to the west of the high or do they follow Virbac Paprec 3 and Mapfre by going the pretty way to the east?