The first finishers in the Barcelona World Race are expected to cross the finish line by the end of this week. Virbac-Paprec 3 was 550 miles from Gibraltar on Tuesday morning and Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron were expected to see their distance to finish (DTF) drop to less than 1000 miles on Tuesday as well. They have found their NE’ly breeze build a little, now up to around 17 knots. They were 150 miles SE of Madeira and 120 miles NE of Lanzarote. MAPFRE was 280 miles behind in second and lining up for their hitch north to avoid the lee of the Canaries Island of Palma, giving them a point to point delay of around 30 hours on Virbac-Paprec 3.
Renault Z.E Sailing Team had 20 knots NE’ly trade wind and were making a good 14 knots upwind. They will likely start to step a little east as they are 155 miles west of the track that Virbac-Paprec 3 took and will essentially follow a similar upwind route, with no option than to work east and north.
Estrella Damm was 240 miles behind them – straight line – 165 miles in terms of DTF and Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella were a little slower than Renault Z.E Sailing Team Tuesday morning, but they maintained a good boatspeed advantage over fifth-placed Neutrogena. Ryan Breymaier and Boris Herrmann are 150 miles to the SE of Estrella Damm. GAES Centros Auditivos cleared the Doldrums, and were 180 miles north of the Equator with 12-15 knots of NE’ly wind. Hugo Boss were at the latitude of Cabo Frio and making steady progress, while FMC was very much on the edge of the front again. We Are Water switched on their engine last night some 40 miles to the NE of Cape Horn and are heading to make their boom repair in Ushuaia.
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