36.8 knots top speed: "MutuMadrilena"
The weekend brought very different conditions for the five remaining teams in the race: While the leading "Paprec-Virbac 2" made slow headway along the South American coast to the north in a slight headwind, "Hugo Boss" swept down around Cape Horn and overran Good again 200 miles behind. In the meantime, the other three yachts were fighting their way through the storm.
There are still 799 nautical miles between the duo Jean-Pierre Dick / Damian Foxhall and Alex Thomson / Andrew Cape in second place - and the trend is falling. Because the two leaders are sailing into a high pressure area off the coast of Argentina with light winds from the northwest, i.e. close to wind conditions. "Hugo Boss" is currently around three knots faster than "Paprec-Virbac 2". The 6000 mile "sprint" to the finish line could be exciting again, at least if Thomson and Cape don't reach a similar high. The battle for third place is even closer: Dominique Wavre and Michele Paret on "Temenos 2" are only 180 miles apart from the Spaniards Ravier Sanso / Pachi Riviero in third with their "MutuMadrilena". Both sailed in a sometimes violent storm at the weekend, as the duo from MutuMadrilena "reports:"Last night we had very difficult conditions with gusts of up to 11 Beaufort, practically without any visibility and in an ice danger zone! The waves have meanwhile built up to a size of 8 to 10 meters on average, some with high crests. Even if there is currently no sun to be seen, you can see the crests of the waves turning turquoise-blue before they collapse with a violent thunder. Yesterday we broke the boat's speed record, although we didn't really want it: The Speedo showed 36.8 knots at the top and we sailed over 30 knots for quite a while! "
1. Paprec-Virbac 2 2. Hugo Boss +7993. Temenos 2 +26124. MutuMadriles + 27835. Educacion sin Fronteras +3589