Thursday, January 10, 2008

Barcelona World Race: Paprec Virbac rounds Cape Horn

Paprec Virbac 2 officially through the Cape Horn scoring gate at 0600 GMT! Great speeds for the leading two boats overnight, both Paprec Virbac 2 and Hugo Boss averaging 17-18 knots of boat speed, although the Franco-Irish pair are now just 20 miles from the Cape Horn - due through in just a couple of hours. A little bit further north at 54ºS Alex Thomson and Andy Cape will be happy to have their black boat up to speed; the fastest boat overnight they recovered 54 miles to the Paprec Virbac 2 tandem, although are still just over a thousand miles behind.

The second battle between Temenos II and Mutua Madrileña continues to rage although both boats have been slower (10 and 11 knots average respectively) and dropped miles to the leaders, Temenos has come a little further south and the distance between the two has increased to 177 miles.

Educación sin Fronteras is finally moving a little quicker; she gained 45 miles on the Spanish boat ahead of her and is now averaging 15-16 knots on a steady 105º heading



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