Barcelona's Guillermo Altadill and Chilan co-skipper José Munoz should cross the finish line Monday on their IMOCA 60 Neutrogena and secure second placed overall in the Barcelona World Race, the two handed race around the world.
Neutrogena are playing the changes between the light night breeze and the day's winds well but early this morning they are slowed back to just 4.5kts and are close to the Spanish coast at Murcia having gybed close to Cartagena last night. Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz will continue to sail light downwind breezes through today, passing close to Ibiza tonight, probably around 2200hrs then should hav good W'ly winds to Barcelona where they are due to finish around 1430hrs Monday afternoon. GAES Centros Auditivos are closing to Gibraltar, 50 miles away, making a steady 8kts in a light N'ly breeze. They should be in to Barcelona midday on the 1st April
Second place Neutrogena is sailing along the southeastern Spanish coast, but will slow as it enters a transition zone around Denia and Ibiza this morning. Further north, there is NW Mistral flow off the coast just south of Barcelona. GAES Centros Auditivos has had moderate N'lies crossing the Gulf of Cadiz. These winds back W'ly through Gibraltar Strait, and they should experience a moderate W'ly in the exit region downwind of Gibraltar Strait as they sail into the Alboran Sea. One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water are reaching north in E'ly trade winds. These winds are forecast to build today as they sail further north. They may be able to head up a bit to start cutting the distance to Gibraltar very soon. Renault Captur is through the Doldrums and in moderate NNE/NE trades, although these may ease somewhat later today/tonight as they sail further north. Spirit of Hungary is in very light airs before they transition to the E'ly trade winds at about 16S.