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13 December 2007, 10:38 am
Cold, Wet, Windy For BWR Fleet
Michele PARET at the helm of Temenos II
Michele PARET at the helm of Temenos II

Barcelona World Race 2007-08

As the Barcelona World Race fleet plunges further south so do the temperatures, with ice warnings as the leaders move into the furious fifties.
Leader Paprec-Virbac 2 was about 130 miles from the ice gate at this morning's 06:00 UTC poll, trying to stay at 52° South. Veolia Environnement gained a couple of miles on them during the night, but the Jean Pierre DICK (FRA) and Damian FOXALL (IRL) tandem has consistently made a faster pace than Roland JOURDAIN (FRA) and Jean-Luc NÉLIAS (FRA), 122 miles behind them.

"The temperature is very, very cold where we are," said DICK yesterday morning. "We took a wise decision in some extremes conditions. It is really cold, and damp inside and outside. It is painful on our hands when we are manoeuvring. To warm up, we are covering ourselves with more fleeces, hats and gloves. The thing is not to get wet otherwise it's the end."

Hugo Boss in third place gained miles on the leader and Veolia, and is still the furthest south currently averaging about 18 knots.

Out of the high pressure system that originally trapped them, Temenos has reached 52° 51 South, and is still heading south, at a regular 14 knots, with west north west force 5 to 6. Mutua Madrileña now about 700 miles behind in fifth place is heading very south and already at latitude 47, in westerly force 5 wind they still aren't making the speeds of the rest but should be through the high patch today. Educacion sin Fronteras now into the forties has northerly wind force 4, and now south of the high her speed should pick up throughout the day. Meanwhile, Estrella arrived in Cape Town at 21:35 last night to make their repairs.

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