The Cape

January 10, 2011 by staff 

The Cape, As they pass the Cape Verde an electric pace set by the leading duo Virbac-Paprec Foncia 3 and in the action of winds from North-East trade sees the two French VPLP / Verdier designed IMOCA Open 60 to earn more miles on the bunch.

Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and Loick Peyron (FRA) are the only crew of 14 in the Barcelona World Race so far to have broken the day 400 miles, sailing 404.6 miles in 24 hours to 0400hrs GMT this morning.

Fleet Barcelona World Race is now spread over some 700 miles from the Atlantic, between Hugo Boss Strung Out just passed the Canary Islands and the leaders who are off Cape Verde this morning.
Leader Virbac-Paprec3 past Santo Antao Island, the most northwest of the archipelago of Cape Verde, about 0130hrs GMT, about 43 miles off the west side. And about three hours later he was in second place Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and François Gabart (FRA) on Foncia who spent the same latitude.

One hundred and fifty miles northwest of Estrella Damm placed Third Island, Alex Pella (ESP) and Pepe Ribes (ESP), have lost about 20 miles leaders overnight. The Barcelona duo were fastest through most of the night of Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre (SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) and got them three miles against the couple.

The lateral separation between fifth places Mapfre, Iker Martinez (ESP) and Xabi Fernandez (ESP), and further east Neutrogena Boris Herrmann (GER) and Ryan Breymaier (USA) remains constant at 130 miles. The German-American duo have lobbied the 2004 Lombard design, which was optimized before the last Vendee Globe by Juan Yacht Design, have pushed hard to take full advantage of the position of the east, where they appear to have had more wind sometimes up to five knots.
They lost only three miles of Mapfre, Olympic medalists – who are the only crew members, other than executives, having averaged 18 knots or faster!

Centros GAES Auditivos the night has been steady, now about 180 miles of Mapfre, clinging to the accession of the five who left the Mediterranean together.

In tenth Renault ZE Sailing Team are the most off the coasts of the next group, 300 miles offshore, after routing west of the Canaries, gains about 10 miles on their closest rivals who are now Lechera Central Asturiana. Juan Merediz (ESP) and Fran Palacio (ESP) – the race of “Benjamin” in 27 years – will be satisfied with their work at night he rose from 13 to 11.

Hugo Boss “routing around the Canary Islands took the nearby coast of Tenerife, La Gomera and Hierro and they are now 655 miles behind the leader Virbac-Paprec 3.

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