Cheminées Poujoulat are negotiating their last transition of the race, the final frontier between them and the finish line. Only problem is, it is likely to take some time and that frontier - a complicated little zone between the NE'ly blowing from the Costa Brava and the W'ly and SW'ly of the southern Med - is moving with them meantimes. So it is slow and a bit frustrating just now, so near and yet so far from the finish line.
If everything goes as it should, race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat should finish in Barcelona tomorrow, Wednesday around noon. Swiss-French pair Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are within a few miles of becoming the winners of the third edition of the Barcelona World Race and will set the reference time for the new route for this two handed round the world race. Come down to Barcelona's Portal de la Pau and enjoy their finish! After 84 days at sea the two skippers will have their foot on land again, welcomed back into the arms of their family and friends... After sailing around the world the welcome back to land is indescribable. Come, share these magical moments!
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are now under 100 miles to go to the finish line on the 0900hrs UTC (1000hrs local) ranking and are still making 13kts upwind sailing a course of 40 degrees, just about 10 miles off the coast at Castellon, north east of Valencia. There is still only very light airs between them and the finish line and the ETA remains after 1600hrs UTC this afternoon.The tracker is updated in real time, every ten minutes now they are inside 100 miles to the line. Barcelona is damp with drizzle and very little wind this morning.
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are now off Taragona, but have fallen into the zone of light winds which is protecting the finish line. The speed of Cheminees Poujoulat has dropped from 12-15kts this morning to just 5-6kts. In Barcelona the finish line off Barcelona's W-Hotel is set in very little wind, although the rain is off for the moment.
The vastly experienced duo, Bernard Stamm (SUI) Jean Le Cam (FRA) have won the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 and set the reference time for the two crew round the world race: 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 23,321.76 miles of the theoretical course
It was just at sunset, in the end, when Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam broke the finish line off Barcelona's iconic W-Hotel to complete their victory in the Barcelona World Race. They punched the air with delight as the gun sounded after 84 days and 5 hours of racing, a joyous release of elation and relief. Within seconds they had their technical team and family aboard on board Cheminées Poujoulat to share the moments. Both Stamm and Le Cam have endured more than enough of their own histories of disappointments racing round the world to ensure that those seconds after the gun meant so much more.
It's small Cape, a local Spanish landmark, but it could be argued that it's the most definitive one of the Barcelona World Race. Cape Horn may be the biggest challenge of the two handed round the world race, but if you are not passing Cabo de Gata on the SE corner of Spain you are not finishing.
Moderate Wílies carried GAES Centros Auditivos through the Gibraltar Strait. These Wíly winds will carry then east through the Alboran Sea. There will be afternoon sea breeze enhancement of this flow on the Spanish shore.
We Are Water and One Planet have benefitted from veering winds N NE winds veering to E then SE. This is allowing them to sail east of due north, pulling back some of the mileage lost as they sailed an initial course well west into the North Atlantic.
Renault Captur is sailing north-northwest in light-moderate NEíly trade winds. So far, they have the western-most routecompared to the preceding boats as they sail north through the North Atlantic trade winds.
Spirit of Hungary has finally reached the SEíly trade wind zone of the South Atlantic, They should make some better progress north through the next couple days.
The tricksy Mediterranean could yet play a final April Fool on the Barcelona World Race fleet. A tortuous final 200 miles for GAES Centros Auditivos sees Anna Corbella and GerardMarín due to arrive in Barcelona tomorrow night... or Wednesday morning. Second-placed Guillermo Altadill reflects on his race and praises his co-skipper José Muñoz "Without him I don’t think we could have finished the race."