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The Need for Speed Barcelona Update

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Jonathan McKee and Guillermo Altadill have been the first team to break the 400-miles per 24 hours barrier in this Barcelona World Race, and are still going strong after having gained a place. Meanwhile, Hugo Boss is threatening Veolia Environnement. (more…)

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Duelling in the South Atlantic

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Although the Barcelona World Race is a 25 000 nautical marathon around the world, you might not know that from the position reports today. There are three very close ‘races within the race’ happening on the south Atlantic as the fleet sprints south towards the ‘Roaring Forties’.
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Racing to Fernando de Noronha

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The top seven boats in the Barcelona World Race fleet have escaped the clutches of the doldrums and are now racing on a tight reach towards the third scoring gate, off the coast of Brazil, at Fernando de Noronha.
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PRB Grabs the Lead – Barcelona Update

Monday, November 26th, 2007

There’s a new leader in the Barcelona World Race – Vincent Riou and Seb Josse on PRB have used a fast passage through the doldrums to take the lead from Paprec-Virbac 2.
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Is the West Best? Barcelona Update

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Is the west the best? That’s a question the Barcelona World Race fleet is asking itself today as the fleet splits across an east-west divide. Furthest to the west is Veolia Environnement where skippers Roland Jourdain and Jean-Luc Nélias have pulled back an incredible 90 miles on the race leaders Paprec-Virbac 2 over the past 24 hours. From sitting in seventh place yesterday, the French duo is up to third now and sailing around the outside of the fleet is a distinct possibility. (more…)

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Estrella Damm Cruises Through Gate Two of Barcelona World Race

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

After 10 days at sea, Estrella Damm has ticked off another milestone in the Barcelona World Race, crossing through the second gate just off the Canary Islands in sixth place at 01:25 GMT this morning, only a minute ahead of seventh place Tenemos II.
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Match Racing Through the Islands

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Paprec-Virbac 2 roared through the second scoring gate in the Canary Islands at 07:01 GMT this morning, leading the fleet for the second time past a course milestone. PRB was some three and half hours later, and both had opened up a reasonable (50+ miles) gap with the bulk of the fleet chasing them.
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High Noon for the Canaries

Monday, November 19th, 2007

One week into the Barcelona World Race, the leader, Paprec-Virbac 2 is projecting an ETA of noon GMT on Monday to pass through the second scoring gate at the Canary Islands.
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‘Softly Softly’ at Barcelona World Race

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The Barcelona World Race is off to a gentle start, but is perhaps no less demanding on the skippers than a gale would have been. The weather situation is complex and difficult to decipher with light, fluky winds making the early part of this race a potential minefield.
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Counting Down to the Start of Barcelona World Race

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Just four days to go to the start of the Barcelona World Race – 125 000 visitors to the Race Village – Ellen MacArthur and Jordi Hereu, the Mayor of Barcelona, to give the race start – James Boyd, editor of thedailysail.com, gives his form guide…
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