Thursday, 24 March 2011

BWR: "Let's Play!"

The ghost ship: Virbac Paprec 3. Image copyright Virbac Paprec 3.

by Anne-Charlotte Meyer (in translation by SailRaceWin)

D+83. Since passing through the Doldrums, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron have been very evasive concerning their strategy, their competitors agree. Last Saturday, JP explained: "It is very difficult to apeak of a strategy now, knowing that our opponents are listening to us." Now, Mapfre will not see them any more! At the 10 o'clock classification, Virbac-Paprec 3 disappeared from the rankings for 36 hours. The French duo have decided to enter ghost mode to mask their strategy for getting around the anticyclone which blocks their route from their most dangerous opponent. Will they pass to the west or to the east? Answer Friday on the rankings at 2000...

Email received this morning:
We are entering ghost mode at the next classification as the Atlantic Ocean is a big ! playing field. So let's play...
JP & Loïck

In French:

J+83. Depuis le passage du Pot au noir, Jean-Pierre Dick et Loïck Peyron sont très évasifs sur leur stratégie, concurrence oblige. Samedi dernier, JP expliquait : « Difficile de parler de stratégie maintenant sachant que nos adversaires nous écoutent. » Désormais Mapfré ne les verra plus ! Au classement de 10h, Virbac-Paprec 3 disparaitra des classements pendant 36 heures. Le duo français a décidé de se mettre en mode furtif pour masquer leur stratégie de contournement d'un anticyclone qui leur barre la route à leur plus dangereux concurrent. Vont-ils passer dans son Ouest ou dans son Est ? Réponse vendredi au classement de 20h...

Mail reçu ce matin :
Nous enclenchons le mode furtif au prochain classement car l'Océan Atlantique est un grand ! terrain de jeu. So let's play...
JP & Loick

Classement de 5h :
1.Virbac-Paprec 3 à 2016 milles de l'arrivée
2.Mapfre à 244,6 milles du leader
3.Renault à 1088,2 milles du leader

Note from SailRaceWin: We believe that they did not want to discuss their strategy, but also that they had probably not worked out what it would be last Saturday... They needed more time to see how the weather patterns would develop; now they have a better idea, have decided, and will keep their strategy to themselves, so that Iker and Xabi on Mapfre have to make up their own minds, without direct regard to the opposition, in the meanwhile... Interesting! Let's play!!

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