Goes to show what a good sailor can do on a good boat. ... Will be interesting to see what happens with the 2nd leg and the guys from the Atlantic and Med go head to head. I'm sure there will be some good ribbing between the groups as most on the Atlantic side think the Med is for bar hopping sailors.
Yes, regarding the two groups, on the Spanish one the fastest boats are Jeanneaus 3200 (two) followed by a JPK 110. On the French group the A 35 have been consistently faster, followed by A31 and two different JPK models, two 110 a 9.6. The first Jeanneau 3200 is only 10th.
Also incredible that on the Barcelona group the first jeanneau 3200 has arrived already to Madeira while the Jeanneau 49 has barely got out of the Gibraltar strait
Yes, you are right about "what a good sailor can do on a good boat" regarding to the duo that has already arrived but can the duo on the Jeanneau SO 49 be that bad, or it is really the boat that is not a match for the little ones, at least in what regards solo sailing?
Funny thing is that according to the IRC handicap the SO 49 should be a lot faster than the Sun Fast 3200 (1.056 to 1.002).
Also interesting that an older boat (French departure), an Archambault Sprint 108, is keeping with the front pack (7th) and also to note what seems to be a not very good Pogo 8.5 performance: While several A31 are close to the head of the race, the First Pogo is only 39th. There is one slightly ahead, running in solo category on 13th place (but near the other Pogo on scratch), but over performed by a guy on a Bavaria 38 (solo - 13th) and by another duo on an Beneteau Oceanis 37 (32th).
Humm, it seems that a Bavaria in good hands can go fast