Hard last miles
|1 hour av||24 hours|
|1||Jean Pierre Dick - Loick Peyron||VIRBAC-PAPREC 3||29 39.36' N||17 53.86' W||9.9||6||7.8||187.2||1249.2||0|
|2||Iker Martinez - Xabi Fernandez||MAPFRE||27 18.44' N||22 15.43' W||8.5||354||6.7||163.3||1518.4||269.1|
|3||Pachi Rivero - Antonio Piris||RENAULT Z.E Sailing Team||16 16.59' N||31 08.22' W||11.7||7||8.3||202.9||2326.3||1077.1|
|4||Alex Pella - Pepe Ribes||ESTRELLA DAMM Sailing Team||12 33.41' N||30 49.91' W||11.8||349||8.4||204.3||2480.2||1231|
|5||Boris Herrmann - Ryan Breymaier||NEUTROGENA FORMULA NORUEGA||11 05.25' N||30 01.43' W||10.4||352||8.2||196.4||2520.1||1270.9|
|6||Dee Caffari - Anna Corbella||GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS||0 01.16' S||29 14.38' W||10||13||9.9||237.8||3055.6||1806.4|
|7||Wouter Verbraak - Andy Meiklejohn||HUGO BOSS||25 31.02' S||32 31.89' W||10||355||12.2||298.9||4543.8||3294.6|
|8||Gerard Marin - Ludovic Aglaor||FORUM MARITIM CATALA||33 14.78' S||41 27.22' W||7.4||69||5.3||127.2||5151.1||3901.9|
|9||Jaume Mumbru - Cali Sanmarti||WE ARE WATER||56 26.70' S||68 52.03' W||3.9||142||6||144.3||6941.1||5691.9|
|10||Juan Merediz - Fran Palacio||CENTRAL LECHERA ASTURIANA||41 17.41' S||174 47.13' E||0||295||0||0||11550.3||10301.1|
|ABD||Dominique Wavre - Michele Paret||MIRABAUD|
|ABD||Kito de Pavant - Sebastien Audigane||GROUPE BEL|
|ABD||Michel Desjoyeaux - Francois Gabart||FONCIA|
|ABD||Jean le Cam - Bruno Garcia||PRESIDENT|
While they may appear to be closing on the finish, the last miles of the Barcelona World Race look set to be hard ones for the leaders. At the latest sched Virbac Paprec 3 is to the northwest of the Canaries with 744 miles to go to Gibraltar. Given their progress over the last 24 hours has been just 187 miles, this equates to the best part of four days before they reach the Med, four days with the wind on the nose - just what you need to complete a lengthy lap of the planet. And guess what? Once they're into the Med, the forecast still has them upwind...
Forecast-wise, at present the Azores high is to their northwest, centred south of the Azores and over the course of the next 48 hours it is due to turn into a ESE-WNW orientated ridge that drifts over towards the Iberian Peninsula, effectively shadowing the race leaders up the track. So come Wednesday Virbac Paprec 3 will be upwind in 25 knots. Come Friday the high will have moved fully over Spain... On board it will be crash, crash, crash with the boat mostly under autopilot as the crew tack on any small shifts that might benefit them or simply to relieve the monotony.
This scenario does open up some options for second placed Mapfre, but conditions behind the high may offer her a more favourable wind direction, but in less pressure.
Conditions are more positive for the trio hunting third place, who are currently tight reaching on starboard, across the Trades with third placed Renault currently at the latitude of the Cape Verdes, albeit some 470 miles to their west. Despite good wind conditions they are only making 10-12 knots suggesting that they are getting knocked around by the sea state. Over the weekend Neutrogena has gradually been dropping back - on Saturday morning she was 165 miles behind Renault, this morning her deficit is up to 193, while fourth placed Estrella Damm has matched their third placed sistership's pace.
Behind them in sixth, Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella on GAES are a whisker away from crossing the Equator this morning. Yesterday Dee reported about how she has finally ripped in to the repairs to her IMOCA 60's leaky ballast tank.
Back in the South Atlantic, Hugo Boss' Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak are well positioned to make progress north, offshore enough to get past Recife. They are approaching the latitude of Rio.