Barcelona Beckons, Neutrogena finish this afternoon
Neutrogena's Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz have spent their last night of the Barcelona World Race making small speeds off the Spanish coast passing between Ibiza and Cabo de la Nao very early this morning. At 04:00hrs UTC they had 155 miles standing between them and the finish line which they are forecast to break around 15:00hrs UTC this afternoon, that is now 17:00hrs local time.
Yesterday afternoon and evening was tortuously slow for Altadill and Muñoz, periods of 1.5, 0.5, 2.0kts between four and eight pm last night, but they have worked the night breeze off the land well and in places have eked out six or seven knots of boat speed. Off Cabo de la Nao they were 0.6 of a mile off the land. They are in the forecast SW'ly this morning around 8kts and as they get north to the Ebro valley there can be a NW'ly Mistral at 30kts for a period, but then that will die out and it can be light into the finish line.
GAES Centros Auditivos are making 12 kts in the east of the Straits of Gibraltar, just ready to gybe up to Cabo de Gata. They have, predictably, closed a few miles on Neutogena and are now 258 miles behind. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín have just over 400 miles to the finish now and are due Wednesday 1st April around midday.
As the high pressure is moving north slightly the routing options for One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water has improved and they are now getting a more direct course towards Gibraltar. They are in the E'ly trades just 515 miles west of the Canary Islands and now they have both been lifted more towards the Mediterranean as they go. That rotation is increasing the advantage of Aleix Gelabert and Dídac Costa as We Are Water are in lighter breeze and are slower this morning. They are due at Gibraltar 6th April.
Renault Captur are in the NE'ly trade winds of 10-15kts making a good routing, expected Gibraltar 10th April.
Spirit of Hungary are in improving trade winds SE of Recife and 700 miles to the Equator. And the Doldrums still don't look any better for them than they did yesterday.