The Monkey Rock lies in their wake. A couple of hours ago Boris tweeted: “We made it through. I am just getting out of my boots. Totally soaked. We had 48 knots of wind right in the nose. It was a fight. I had a helmet on all day. Now I will dry out and have my first meditarano night watch. This is a super big step for us. I see the big rock (gibraltar) behind me in the light of the city that illuminates the sky. Stars everywhere. It’s fantastic. I remember exactly the day when we passed here in the other direction 3 month ago and I had hoped so much to get back here non-stop. We did it! Ony500 miles! Is normally 2,5 days. So Sunday midday.”
Ryan said in the Video-Conference:
“We have to reflect on how lucky we are to be doing this, more than anything at this point. I do think we have sailed a good race. With the tool that we have, we have done as well as people would expect and a little bit below the expectations we had set for ourselves privately. I wish we had not broken the keel because it would have made the last bit a lot easier. In any case it is a nice feeling to be where we are. I don’t want to jinx us, but being a comfortable amount ahead of Dee and the other guys out of reach more or less, then we are just sailing our own race, having a chilled out time and just getting there, preserving the boat, doing our thing and seeing how the cards fall. That has been the philosophy the whole time.
As they say……. shit happens, and it happened to us with the keel, but there is nothing you can do about it, we were sailing fairly gently when it happened and it is just one of those things.
So I don’t think either of us will look back on it and think we did not do our best, or give it everything, we could have done better, should have done better, would have done better. I think we get off the boat and feel pretty happy with the performance of our first non stop around the world for sure.”
So the final weekend miles in the Med should be ones to enjoy for Boris and Ryan. But, as Breymaier’s wife Nicola warns of their imminent arrival:
“I don’t think even the arrival of the US President himself would get between Ryan and a cold beer and a kebab!”
Ranking at Barcelona World Race am Freitag (08. April, 3.00 Uhr):
1. Virbac-Paprec 3: Jean-Pierre Dick / Loïck Peyron (beide Frankreich) im Ziel.
2. Mapfre: Iker Martínez / Xabi Fernández (beide Spanien) im Ziel.
3. Renault: Pachi Rivero / Antonio Piris (beide Spanien) 41 Seemeilen zum Ziel.
4. Estrella Damm: Alex Pella / Pepe Ribes (beide Spanien) 183 zurück.
5. Neutrogena: Boris Herrmann / Ryan Breymaier (Deutschland/USA) 460
6. GAES: Dee Caffari / Anna Corbella (Großbritannien/Spanien) 961
7. Hugo Boss: Wouter Verbraak / Andrew Meiklejohn (Die Niederlande/Neuseeland) 2.397
8. Fòrum Marítim Català: Gerard Marín / Ludovic Aglaor (Spanien/Frankreich) 2.960
9. We are Water: Jaume Mumbrú / Cali Sanmartí (beide Spanien) 5.530
10. Central Lechera Asturiana: Juan Merediz / Fran Palacio (beide Spanien) 10.833
Mirabaud: Dominique Wavre / Michèle Paret (Schweiz/Frankreich) aufgegeben mit Mastbruch
Président: Jean Le Cam / Bruno García (Frankreich/Spanien) aufgegeben mit Mastbruch
Foncia: Michel Desjoyeaux / François Gabart (beide Frankreich) aufgegeben mit Mastbruch
Groupe Bel: Kito De Pavant / Sébastien Audigane (beide Frankreich) aufgegeben mit Kielschaden