Virbac-Paprec 3 is back in the Mediterranean

Posted on 01 April 2011 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] The sanctuary of the Mediterranean will be some relief for Jean Pierre-Dick and Loick Peyron this morning after an active passage through the Straits of Gibraltar last night, while Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti cast off from their mooring at Ushuaia in the small hours of the morning and were preparing to rejoin the race on We Are Water.

Virbac-Paprec 3 are into the Mediterranean and making a NE’ly course to the south east of Gibraltar this morning in 25kts of E’ly wind. After passing the longitude 5deg 37 W at 0135hrs GMT this morning, 90 days 13 hours, 35 mins after leaving Barcelona, it will be a relieved Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron who are now north of the busiest section of the shipping lane and out of the worst of the wind acceleration zone.The duo are tracked to have tacked only a few hundred metres off the beach at the Isla Tarifa early this morning, making two tacks to get through the while Strait, likely seeing winds in excess of 30kts.

MAPFRE have 250 miles to sail to Gibraltar this morning (at 0400hrs GMT) and have moderate SE’ly breezes, reaching 90 miles west of the track taken by Virbac-Paprec 3.

Renault Z.E Sailing Team have 1045 miles to make to Gibraltar this morning and are sailing downwind having made a couple of gybes during the night, making a profitable 13.6 kts to be 228 miles ahead of Estrella Damm in terms of DTF.

Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella have 1270 miles to make to Gibraltar and have NW’ly 12-15kts breeze.

Neutrogena are south of the high pressure ridge and tacked a few hours ago to the NE looking at the breeze progressively lifting them but still look like they will route south of Madeira.

GAES Centros Auditivos are 2000 miles to Gibraltar upwind sailing in 20kts of NE’ly trades, slamming and banging at the awkward angle which Dee Caffari notes this morning, they are used to and will have to stay used to as it will likely continue like this for another few days.

“ ……a week of upwind sailing and believe me it is not that funny. We are bouncing off waves and living at an angle and it is a wet and uncomfortable ride. Progress feels very slow however we are finally passing the latitude of the Cape Verde Islands so that has made us feel better.” Caffari writes this morning.

Hugo Boss are in the easterly trades still, enjoying the consistent ride making 11-12 kts in 15kts breeze, 660 miles to the Equator, while FMC are still struggling, in a bubble of light pressure and now are 570 miles to Hugo Boss.

We Are Water left Ushuaia at 0150hrs UTC and were motoring out to the spot at the entrance to the Beagle Channel where they will resume racing this morning, with some 45 miles to make to that spot at 0500hrs UTC this morning.

Central Lechera Asturiana continue to make good progress, averaging 12.2kts overnight, sailing 281 miles over 24 hrs to be 90 miles to the west of the Chatham Islands this morning.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Blackburn Says:

    What a relaxing finish to a long race!


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