Overnight Cheminées Poujoulat passed 10°E and 40°S, and is now in the final approach to the Cape of Good Hope, expected to pass tomorrow morning. Picking up a band of strong pressure this morning, they were sailing at just over 19 knots at today’s 0500hrs update, and averaging the highest pace of the fleet overnight at 17 knots.
The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica.
… and enjoy the ride. The second boat in the Barcelona World Race, Neutrogena, has crossed into the Indian Ocean. Guillermo Altadill and Jose Muñoz crossed the 20°E mark last night at 21.10 (UTC), 25 days, 9 hours and 10 minutes since the start and around 12 hours behind race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat after a slower than expected passage around Cape Agulhas.
The two lead boats in the Barcelona World Race are preparing for a 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia Neutrogena has become the second boat in the Barcelona World Race fleet to enter the Indian Ocean, crossing the 20°E meridian line at 21.35 yesterday evening.
GAES Centros Auditivos is the third boat to enter the Indian Ocean, crossing the 20°E longitudinal line at 01h40 UTC this morning, after 26 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes of sailing. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin are currently sailing in 25-knot westerlies around 580 miles behind leader Cheminées Poujoulat.
Cheminées Poujoulat are simply quicker this evening. As they arc slightly south and close down the separation which Neutrogena have, they are still making over 17kts averages while Neutrogena are still in the region of 15kts. Renault Captur became the fourth boat to pass the longitude of Good Hope this afternoon, entering the Indian Ocean at 1630hrs UTC.
Spirit of Hungary crossed the 20°E Longitude of Cape Aghulas at 0500am (UTC), seeing all seven racing IMOCA 60s in the Indian Ocean. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman have a ridge of high pressure to contend with before they will resume typical Southern Ocean pace.
"It's the first time I have had to stop a boat racing, but it was the only solution to avoid getting into a survival situation,” explains Bernard Stamm. Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat, together with Guillermo Altadill and Jose Munoz on Neutrogena, were today battling the most testing conditions the Barcelona World Race fleet has yet faced, with 40-45 knots of wind and severe sea states of 6-8m waves generated by a south-moving low pressure system made up of two merged tropical cyclones.