Barcelona World Race/ Open 60's

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  1. Doug Lord
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    Just started -estimated time around for this two handed race: 90 days.
    Tonight Foncia is in the lead.....
    Alex Thomson(?) skipper of Hugo Boss had a stroke of bad luck getting appendicitis two days before the start. From what I've read the entire Open 60 class voted to allow a substitute crew on board Hugo Boss until Alex recovers-in two to three weeks. What was reported as a unanimous vote has
    degenerated into a protest against Hugo Boss for the substitution. Just when I was beginning that sportsmanship wasn't dead......
    Some of the Open 60's are radically different than any before them so this will be more than just a race-it will be a technology demonstration of new trends in fast monohull design-or not.
    Virbac-Paprec(Verdier/VPLP collaboration-currently in 11th place) is my favorite but I hate to see this protest*
    Hope all stay safe and fast!

    http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/index.php

    Race Tracker: http://tracking.barcelonaworldrace.org/


    also see this: http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/sailboats/open-60-using-curved-lifting-foils-35710.html
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    *Another protest(!):

    Protest from Virbac-Paprec 3

    Jean-Pierre Dick sent the following mail to lodge a protest, specifying Groupe Bel, Foncia and Hugo Boss as boats he believes to have missed the November, which was a mark off the entrance to Barcelona Harbour specified in a rider to Article 10.8 of the Sailing Instructions.
    " This email is to protest against Groupe Bel, Foncia and Hugo Boss that have not passed November Mark to starboard as stated in the Rider 1 of the sailing instruction."
    " At least 1 other boat has not respected the mark but we have not been able to recognise it."
    Jean Pierre Dick, skipper of Virbac Paprec 3

    "We have informed the commitee trough channel 72 and P 1 as soon as we have seen this situation"


    Pix:Virbac Paprec 3(curved foils) and Hugo Boss: (click on image)
     

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  2. Doug Lord
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    Virbac Paprec 3 has gained 7 places over night as the fleet works its way out of the Med. They are now 4th.....
    tonight: back to 7th for Dick and Peyron......
     
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    Sure would be interesting if you started an autopilot thread to explore the latest technology being used on the boats
     
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    I don't know anything about modern auto pilots, do you?
     
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    Only that they are the heart of the boat..Broken Autopilot, broken race.

    I dont know how the Ocean Racers engineer their autopilots for extreme duty, reliability and low power consumption. Are they electro hydraulic ? Do they disconnect for hand steering ? Compass driven or wind angle driven ? NKE seems to be dominant. What other manufacturers ? Custom software ? Any photographs of Installations ?

    Also be nice to know if the " Watt and Sea " Hydogenerators have proved to be reliable.
     

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    Go ahead and start a thread about it -plenty of people here could help...
     
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    Barcelona World Race / Open 60's

    As of Sunday morning Foncia-(Desjoyeux and Gabart) and Virbac-Paprec 3-(Dick and Peyron) are first and second. The boats are still in the Med....


    -UPDATE: as of 11:23 EST Virbac-Paprec 3(Verdier-VPLP design collaboration) is in first place. That is according to the rankings- the tracker still shows Foncia in the lead.......
     
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    The protest, mentioned earlier, filed by Virbac-Paprec 3 was disallowed:


    The protest of Virbac-Paprec 3 against Groupe Bel, Foncia and Hugo Boss has been dismissed as invalid by the International Jury.
    Virbac-Paprec 3 alleged that the trio had passed to port of the November mark, off the entrance to Barcelona Harbour which was set as a starboard hand mark.

    The International Jury dismissed the protest because Virbac-Paprec 3 failed to inform the three boats of her intention to protest as required by RRS 61.3, SI 15.2.1(a).

    The protest is therefore declared invalid.

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    And Virbac 3 is 14 miles ahead of the second boat-Foncia! Go 3!
     
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    First race trophy goes to Virbac Paprec 3: (almost in the Atlantic)

    The first prize of the Barcelona World RACE 2010-2011 has been won by race title holder Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), sailing with Loick Peyron (FRA) on Virbac Paprec 3.


    The pair have claimed the North to South Mediterranean Trophy by becoming the first team to the reach the longitude of 05 37W, having best overcome the capricious light winds and strong tides faced by the fleet on the 540-mile first leg stage of the non-stop race from Barcelona across the Western Mediterranean.

    The 2010 VPLP-Verdier designed IMOCA 60 crossed the gate this evening at 1955hrs (UTC), having set off from Barcelona 3 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes previously – knocking nearly 7 hours off Dick’s own previous record time from the first edition of the Barcelona World RACE, set in November 2007 at 3 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes.


    Behind the race leader, Foncia and Estrella Damm were separated by just two miles at this evening’s latest position update, and are expected to cross the Straits in a tight duel.


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    From Scuttlebutt tonight:

    MIRABAUD: Dominque Wavre (SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) have reported that their IMOCA Open 60 Mirabaud had been boarded on Monday by Moroccan customs officials. Approximately 48 miles east of the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar and 30 miles off the Moroccan coast, officials searched the boat over a period of around 35 minutes, opening many of the couple's vacuum sealed bags of food and equipment. After receiving a radio call the customs officials left the IMOCA Open 60 Mirabaud without any further explanation.
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    Tues Update: Virbac 3 18 miles ahead of Foncia and the rest of the fleet in the Atlantic. Go 3!


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    Virbac 3-the boys with the curved lifting foils-have opened up a lead of 73 miles(!) over the next boat Foncia that also has angled lifting foils. Virbac 3 was 11 miles in the lead yesterday.
    It is probably too early to say the technology is having any effect at all-or is it? Go 3!
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    UPDATE: 1/5/11-The Virbac 3 lead has been cut to 44 miles by Foncia.......
    UPDATE: 1/6/11- Virbac 3 down to a 28mile lead over Foncia.......
    UPDATE: 1/6/11(late)-Virbac 3 26.1 mile lead.......
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    http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/index.php

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    Foncia has cut Virbac 3's lead to 15 miles-this is going to be a heck of a race.
    Go 3!

    UPDATE:1/7/11 (late) V3 has started to climb away from Foncia again adding a couple of miles-Go3!
     
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    From the Race site:

    Trade Winds for Sunday

    Last night it was Madeira which was the challenge to the leaders, tonight it the light airs just to the north and east of the Canary Islands which see Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia taking a more westerly course. Their breeze has lifted them and dropped.
    For them the NE'ly trade winds beckon just 170 miles to the south of them. From there the fast lane opens up and the difficult stop start rhythm of today will be left behind to be replaced by fast reaching and a regular, almost monotonous routine.
    It's a case of double jeopardy for the duo behind, they have been much more pressed to the west to avoid the light winds to their left, but this slant and timing is driving them closer to the high pressure ridge from the west. So we will surely see the leaders stretch over the next 36 hours, and beyond.
    In fact the higher angles, heated up and moving away from the lighter airs have been good for the likes of President and Estrella Damm who are quicker now, between 9 and 10 knots, better than they have in the early afternoon and evening.
     
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    V3 has been passed by Foncia and is now 8 miles behind her:

    It is a day for the wealthy to accumulate still more gains. In fact Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia are already making 12-13 knots in NE'ly breezes this morning and have gained miles, almost 30 on the third group which is lead by Mapfre.

    But as they roll down into building trade winds we can expect the speed dials to jump and this leading French duo will extend still further on their pursuers.
    The top duo are clearing the latitiude of the most southerly of the Canary Islands, 110 miles west of Hierro, having last night passed 40 miles off La Palma island. What is interesting to note is that once again as they pass an island Michel Desjoyeaux* (FRA) and Francois Gabart* (FRA) have gained some small miles on the leaders by cutting inside the line of Virbac-Paprec 3.
    The leaders are downwind in around 10 knots of NE'ly wind but can expect to run down to something closer to 20kts.


    Go V3!

    *Foncia
     
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    More from the race headquaters:

    Different lanes, same motorway south.

    Foncia have extended slightly over the last ranking period of Saturday, now 16.9 miles ahead of Virbac-Paprec 3 which is now on the same gybe as their main rival but positioned some 66 miles further to the west. Both are now averaging more than 14 knots.
    Behind them the duels and tussles continue absolutely unabated. There is just ten miles of difference in terms of DTF between Mirabaud and Estrella Damm, and then there is nine miles between Mapfre who are still holding off Président.
    Groupe Bel have extended slightly over Neutrogena.
    And behind the next group have to make their decisions as to how they will line up through the Canary Islands.
    In 12th Central Lechera Asturiana have overtaken FMC, not the present that Gérard Marín was hoping for on his birthday!


    But though my guys(V3) are now a bit more behind the good news is that the "foilers" are still way ahead of most everybody else....
     

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    Wow! V3 that was almost 17 miles behind Foncia yesterday has turned it around and is now 35 miles in front and leading the race again. Way to go guys!
    http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/index.php

    A simple equation in the trade winds

    Invest in the west, gain to the south. That is the maxim as the leaders of the Barcelona World RACE enjoy brisk downwind trade wind sailing some 390 miles out to the east of the Mauritanian coast.

    Yesterday evening it was the turn of Foncia to be on the more westerly gybe, for around 80 miles or the equivalent of about 5 hours sailing time. During that time Virbac-Paprec 3 was tracking fast on the ‘making’ gybe, that which takes them south quicker towards the next theoretical waypoint. And so as they zig zag, gybing down the NE’ly trade winds, it is Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) and Loïck Peyron (FRA) back in the lead by a seemingly comfortable 33.7 miles this morning over Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and François Gabart (FRA) on Foncia.
    Virbac-Paprec 3 has been the quickest of the fleet overnight.

    The leading duo, as predicted, have made a big gain on the third and fourth placed boats. Yesterday morning it was just over 100 miles back to the third, this morning it is 162 miles. But the same principle has prevailed in the duel for third and fourth, where Estrella Damm are now back up to third place, 11 miles up on Mirabaud and regaining the podium step they had five days ago before they got stuck on the exit of the Mediterranean.
     
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