Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron are due to finish the Barcelona round-the-world race today
Making their final miles north towards glory, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (Virbac-Paprec 3) have had a slow but steady final night at sea, averaging around five to seven knots, but latest reports had the boat slowing down progressively.
Jean-Pierre and Loick reported this morning that they have a very light NE’ly breeze and at 04:30 UTC (06:30 local time in Barcelona) they were still 25 miles from the finish.
MAPFRE have been making good upwind speeds, passing close to Cartagena on the coast of Murcia, and are at around 10 knots of boat speed expecting 10-15kts NE’ly wind for most of the day. They were 220 miles from the finish line in Barcelona – ETA perhaps mid-morning Tuesday.
Renault ZE Sailing Team had 145 miles to make to Gibraltar and were in a good 20-25kts of N’ly breeze on a course direct towards the Straits where they will progressively get a building easterly headwind. Estrella Damm were 243 miles behind their Barcelona based rivals, making 12.4 kts compared with Renault Z.E’s 14kts.
Neutrogena are upwind still, 150 miles SW of Madeira with 735 miles to Gibraltar. GAES are making nine knots in light easterly winds with 1400 miles to Gibraltar.
Hugo Boss are having a good Doldrums passage, making 60 miles since crossing the Equator at 22:00 UTC last night, still enjoying 12-15kts. FMC have 830 miles to the Equator but the good news for Gerard Marin and Ludovic Aglaor is that they appear to have broken into tradewinds, 12-15kts easterly winds. And We Are Water are in strong SW’lies 45-50kts.
Follow the finish live here from +30 minutes before arrival at the line.