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Mar 08 2011

 

Keel problem on Groupe Bel approaching Cape Horn
At 1640hrs UTC this evening Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane warned their technical team that they were concerned about an unusual noise from the keel of their IMOCA Open 60 Groupe Bel. Their initial examination revealed abnormal movement in the head of the keel, but further diagnosis was impossible under the present weather and sea conditions, 25 knots of NW'ly wind and big following seas.
Groupe Bel was approximately 280 miles west of Cape Horn at 2100hrs UTC with the crew remaining on course and focused on the getting out of the Pacific, carefully monitoring the evolution of the weather and sea conditions. Race Direction of the Barcelona World Race watch the progress of Groupe Bel and have been in regular contact with the French duo, and they have alerted the MRCC Chile as a security precaution.
Fully ballasted with two reefs in the main and the small ORC headsail, Groupe Bel progresses towards Cape Horn which they are expected in around 24 hours time. The duo will carry out a more detailed evaluation of the problem when they are in the lee of the land, in flatter water.
Groupe Bel lies in sixth position in the Barcelona World Race after 66 days since leaving Barcelona. The two co-skippers have significantly reduced their speed to preserve the safety of the boat and themselves.
“To make a round the world race under sail is not an exercise to be taken lightly.” They said before leaving, and their parting words remain true today.
RANKING ON MONDAY 7 MARCH AT 20:00 (UT+1):
1 - Virbac-Paprec 3 / Jean-Pierre Dick & Loick Peyron, 5450 miles distance to finish
2 - Mapfre / Iker Martinez & Xabi Fernandez, 214 miles distance to leader
3 - Renault / Pachi Rivero & Antonio Piris, 1444 miles
4 - Neutrogena / Boris Herrmann & Ryan Breymaier, 1631 miles
5 - Groupe Bel / Kito de Pavant & Seb Audigane, 1746 miles
6 - Mirabaud / Dominique Wavre & Michèle Parret, 1860 miles
7 - Estrella Damm / Alex Pella & Pepe Ribes, 1912 miles
See the rest of the ranking on the race website.
Barcelona World Race in short
Two-handed non-stop round-the-world race on board IMOCA 60 foot monohulls.
Start at Barcelona on 31 December at 13:00
Second BWR event organized by the FNOB (Fundació per la Navegació Oceànica Barcelona)
Course: 25,000 miles (46,300 kilometers) passing between the two islands of New-Zealand
15 duos registered: 30 sailors, 8 nationalities, 3 women
Project website : www.sharingsmilestour.com
Official website: www.barcelonaworldrace.org

Keel problem on Groupe Bel approaching Cape Horn

At 1640hrs UTC this evening Kito de Pavant and Seb Audigane warned their technical team that they were concerned about an unusual noise from the keel of their IMOCA Open 60 Groupe Bel. Their initial examination revealed abnormal movement in the head of the keel, but further diagnosis was impossible under the present weather and sea conditions, 25 knots of NW'ly wind and big following seas.

Groupe Bel was approximately 280 miles west of Cape Horn at 2100hrs UTC with the crew remaining on course and focused on the getting out of the Pacific, carefully monitoring the evolution of the weather and sea conditions. Race Direction of the Barcelona World Race watch the progress of Groupe Bel and have been in regular contact with the French duo, and they have alerted the MRCC Chile as a security precaution.

Fully ballasted with two reefs in the main and the small ORC headsail, Groupe Bel progresses towards Cape Horn which they are expected in around 24 hours time. The duo will carry out a more detailed evaluation of the problem when they are in the lee of the land, in flatter water.

Groupe Bel lies in sixth position in the Barcelona World Race after 66 days since leaving Barcelona. The two co-skippers have significantly reduced their speed to preserve the safety of the boat and themselves.

“To make a round the world race under sail is not an exercise to be taken lightly.” They said before leaving, and their parting words remain true today.

RANKING ON MONDAY 7 MARCH AT 20:00 (UT+1):

1 - Virbac-Paprec 3 / Jean-Pierre Dick & Loick Peyron, 5450 miles distance to finish
2 - Mapfre / Iker Martinez & Xabi Fernandez, 214 miles distance to leader
3 - Renault / Pachi Rivero & Antonio Piris, 1444 miles 
4 - Neutrogena / Boris Herrmann & Ryan Breymaier, 1631 miles 
5 - Groupe Bel / Kito de Pavant & Seb Audigane, 1746 miles 
6 - Mirabaud / Dominique Wavre & Michèle Parret, 1860 miles
7 - Estrella Damm / Alex Pella & Pepe Ribes, 1912 miles

See the rest of the ranking on the race website.

Barcelona World Race in shortTwo-handed non-stop round-the-world race on board IMOCA 60 foot monohulls. Start at Barcelona on 31 December at 13:00 Second BWR event organized by the FNOB (Fundació per la Navegació Oceànica Barcelona)Course: 25,000 miles (46,300 kilometers) passing between the two islands of New-Zealand 15 duos registered: 30 sailors, 8 nationalities, 3 women

Project website : www.sharingsmilestour.com
Official website: www.barcelonaworldrace.org

Background Photo: © Chris Cameron / DPPI

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