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Neutrogena is back on course Barcelona World Race

After a pit-stop in Bluff, in the very south of New Zealand, which according to skipper Guillermo Altadill would have done an F1 motor racing team proud, Neutrogena is back on the Barcelona World Race course this Saturday afternoon but only making moderate speeds as Altadill and Jose Munoz try to plunge southwards with maximum speed to find the first east-bound low pressure system.

An inconveniently positioned high pressure system means that for the moment Neutrogena has not so much roared out of the pit stop in a cloud of burning rubber at 05:30hrs UTC Saturday morning as headed south at a fast clip.

But the two very highly motivated skippers on board the boat which is back primed to 100 are fully rested and fired up ready to fight for maximum speed over each and every mile to the finish. The duo expected to be into stronger, favourable breezes by Sunday.

The Spanish skipper explained the engine problem which forced Neutrogena in to New Zealand was a chain of problems linked to water being taken into the engine and various electrical shorts. But the shore team made a thorough inspection of the boat, made excellent use of the mandatory minimum 24hrs, and – according to Altadill – found a few other lurking problems which were sorted which could otherwise have proven expensive.

Neutrogena still have 430 miles in hand over third placed Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín who in turn are 312 miles ahead of Renault Captur. The Sp anish pair have earned another dozen miles on the pursuing fourth placed Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane.

Neutrogena still have 430 miles in hand over third placed Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín who in turn are 312 miles ahead of Renault Captur. The Sp anish pair have earned another dozen miles on the pursuing fourth placed Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane.

Bruno and Willy Garcia on We Are Water have been negotiating a powerful storm north working SE along the exclusion line. The brothers are now at the “Australian toboggan run” where the Antarctic Exclusion zone slants SE and so they will likely escape the worst of the low. “The option is not faster but safer.” said Bruno Garcia today. Tomorrow should be quieter for the Barcelona brothers.

Strong W’ly winds allow both One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and Spirit of Hungary to profit nicely. Although they are separated by over 700 miles they are on the same weather system and both averaged 13 kts today. Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa were within 400 miles of Cape Leeuwin at 14:00 hrs Saturday afternoon.

Standings at 14:00hrs UTC Saturday 14 February 2015
1. Cheminées Poujoulat (B. Stamm – J. Le Cam) at 10.547,2 miles to the finish
2. Neutrogena (G. Altadill – J. Muñoz) + 936,2 miles from leader
3. GAES Centros Auditivos (A. Corbella – G. Marín) + 1.267,6 miles from leader
4. Renault Captur (J. Riechers – S. Audigane) + 1.579,3 miles from leader
5. We Are Water (B. Garcia – W. Garcia) + 2.501,8 miles from leader
6. One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton (A. Gelabert – D. Costa) + 3.338,5 miles from leader
7. Spirit of Hungary (N. Fa – C. Colman) + 4.034,4 miles from leader

by sailweb.co.uk

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