Mapfre closing once again
|1||Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron||VIRBAC-PAPREC 3||13 47.09' S||27 00.44' W||10.7||353||8.1||194.3||3779.3||0|
|2||Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez||MAPFRE||20 10.98' S||24 59.57' W||10.5||342||8.6||209.6||4127||347.8|
|3||Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris||RENAULT Z.E Sailing Team||35 26.38' S||43 40.33' W||9.7||44||6.2||148.1||5318.2||1538.9|
|4||Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier||NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA||38 53.64' S||44 29.06' W||13.2||47||11.8||283.6||5519.5||1740.2|
|5||Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes||ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team||40 29.93' S||45 20.64' W||8||62||8.5||208.4||5623.2||1843.9|
|6||Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret||MIRABAUD||45 23.97' S||52 49.81' W||5.1||320||-0.4||-9.4||6044.9||2265.7|
|7||Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella||GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS||46 49.41' S||55 31.09' W||17.1||52||13.4||321.1||6179||2399.7|
|8||Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn||HUGO BOSS||52 08.07' S||59 06.10' W||0.1||281||2.7||63.7||6516.9||2737.7|
|9||Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor||FORUM MARITIM CATALA||49 06.65' S||109 31.33' W||14.5||117||10||240.9||8450||4670.7|
|10||Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti||WE ARE WATER||46 29.45' S||159 29.84' W||11.9||55||10.7||256.5||10409.1||6629.8|
|11||Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio||CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA||41 17.42' S||174 47.14' E||0||254||0||11550.3||7771|
|ABD||Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane||GROUPE BEL|
|ABD||Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart||FONCIA|
|ABD||Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia||PRESIDENT|
They have 3790 miles left to go but Virbac Paprec 3, which at the latest sched is level with Salvador, Brazil, is looking in increasingly good shape to take victory in the second Barcelona World Race. With Mapfre having closed in on the race leaders, getting within 130 miles of them by last Wednesday, so Virbac Paprec 3 was the first to emerge from the clutches of the St Helena high and promptly over the course of Thursday and Friday opened up their lead once again to 550 miles ahead of the dogmatic Spanish Olympic 49er medallists. Since Friday the elastic has been contracting again and at the latest sched Mapfre is 347 miles adrift of the leaders.
The two boats are currently negotiating northeasterlies trades - to the north Virbac Paprec 3 are lifted, but in less pressure (or soon will be) compared to their rivals.
Meanwhile the boats behind have been enduring a nasty depression that emerged from the River Plate over the weekend and claimed the rig on Mirabaud. Over the course of Saturday night and Sunday day third placed Renault put in a costly tack to the northwest to cover Estrella Damm and Neutrogena which had taken a course closer to the Argentinian coastline. For the latter two last night must have been very unpleasant with the depression passing just to the south of them. This depression is forecast to continue on a southeasterly course leaving strong southerlies in its wake.
These southerlies will be good for GAES girls Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella. While it has not been for the best of reasons, this weekend has been most profitable for them. They overtook Hugo Boss on Friday night moving them up to eighth, then up to seventh with the announcement of Groupe Bel's retirement due to her keel being on the verge of falling out and most recently the dismasting of Mirabaud which will see them pull up to sixth this afternoon.
Hugo Boss meanwhile has stopped in the south of the Falklands to carry out work on their main track.