Five in the Pacific
Racing in 20-25kts of breeze early this morning and the Barcelona World Race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat have been consistently making between 14 and 15kts. Normally in that favourable breeze Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam would be making closer to 18 or 19kts. It is possible either that they are sailing very conservatively given that they have a lead of over 1100 miles and sea conditions are very rough. They are due to speak to BCN Race HQ on the live show so it will be interesting to hear the latest from the leaders. The will cross into Chilean waters, the midpoint of the Pacific tonight.
The duel for second is about to become even more intense. Guillermo Altadill and Jose Munoz are still 69 miles ahead of Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín this morning but as the Antarctic Exclusion Zone barrier slopes NE now then they will have to make multiple gybes to stay south where the best breeze is over the coming days. Angles and wind speed will be key over this period as this little match race hots up even more between Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. They have 25kts of SW ly wind and will be at the mid Pacific point between the 21st and 22nd, so are about three and a half days behind Cheminées Poujoulat.
Renault Captur, Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane have more wind than the duo they are chasing but cannot make best use it. It is reported that the duo tried to improve their rudder repair yeterday but so far to little effect and so they are still forced to keep their speeds down to 14-15kts and hence they are back now at 347 miles behind GAES Centros Auditivos when it was less than 200 a couple of days ago.
We Are Water entered the Pacific Ocean last night. Bruno and Willy Garcia crossed between 0200hrs and 0300hrs. They are still having lighter airs, around 15-20kts, and will continue o do so for the next 24hours.
One Planet One Ocean are in good 25-30kts wind so making excellent E'ly progress.
And there was time for celebration for Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman yesterday when they passed Cape Leeuwin last night at 2257hrs UTC, taking 48 days 10hrs 57 mins since leaving BCN. They are 2 days 2 hours behind One Planet One Ocean Pharmaton and 11days 07 hours behind Chemineés Poujoulat.
By comparison with the last edition, 2010-2011, at this point there were 4200 miles between first and last. Mapfre, in second, was closer to Virbac Paprec 3 but Renault ZE in fourth was about 1000 miles behind the leaders.