Virbac Paprec 3 | 516′ på 24 timmar

För er som inte följer Barcelona World Race, så kan jag meddela att det har varit mycket spännande ett tag. Foncia och Virbac Paprec 3 tvingades göra pitstop och blev efter, men sedan har väst lönat sig så mycket så att de är tillbaks i topp.

Min initiala gissning om vilka som skulle vara i topp verkar stämma ganska bra så här långt.

Virbac Paprec 3, currently lying second in the Barcelona World Race has sailed 516 nautical miles over the past 24 hours, potentially establishing a new speed record for the IMOCA 60 class.

The total of 516.37 miles was calculated as the distance covered by Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and Loick Peyron (FRA) by Barcelona World Race tracking between 0900h (UTC) on January 21 and 0900h today, January 22 2011.  This equates to an average speed of 21.51 knots

The distance is subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WRSSC), but if confirmed will set a new 60ft monohull 24-hour speed, which was set by Hugo Boss in the previous edition of the Barcelona World Race in 2007 when Alex Thomson (GBR) and Andrew Cape (AUS) covered 501.3 miles at an average speed of 20.88 knots. That edition of the race was won by Jean-Pierre Dick, then sailing with Damian Foxall (IRE).

Virbac Paprec 3is currently in second place behind Foncia, sailed by Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and Francois Gabart (FRA), racing in the South Atlantic on their way to Gough Island, a waypoint of the course south-west of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.


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    Peter Gustafsson Jan 26, 2011 Reply

    Second placed Foncia breaks mast
    top and is making for Cape Town

    Michel Desjoyeaux(FRA) and François Gabart (FRA) contacted Barcelona World Race Course Direction at around 0349hrs UTC (0449hrs CET) to report that the top of the mast of their IMOCA Open 60 had broken at close to 0300hrs UTC (0400hrs CET).

    Foncia, lying in second place in the race, had been sailing under mainsail with one reef and staysail in 30 knots of SW’ly wind.

    The crew of Foncia have reported that they are both OK and the duo are sailing towards Cape Town initially at around 10 knots.

    The top of the mast is reported to have broken off between the Solent forestay and the staysail forestay.

    The broken section of the mast is saved on the deck, leaving around 24 metres of mast remaining. There is no other damage noted.

    The position of the boat was around 41 deg 13S 09 deg 03E at a distance from Cape Town of 619 miles

    • Jesper Hoffstedt Jan 26, 2011 Reply

      Foncia bryter hela racet. Tråkigt! Det såg ut att bli en väldigt kul fight med Virbac Paprec 3.

    • Erik Barkefors Jan 26, 2011 Reply

      MD drog längsta strået under Vendée Globe 2008/2009 när många andra favoriter tvingades bryta. Trist att de inte får mäta sig med honom den här gången!

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