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Day 101 Motivating Factors

For Dee Caffari (GBR) and Anna Corbella (ESP) the remaining 220 miles to Barcelona are all that stand in their way before both chalk up another record in their respective careers and the second edition of the Barcelona World Race.

When Dee Caffari arrives in Barcelona this will be the fourth time she has successfully sailed around the globe twice against the prevailing winds and currents, twice solo, three times non-stop, and once doublehanded the only female sailor to have done so. Meanwhile for Anna Corbella, the local homecoming reception is expected to be especially welcoming, as she will become the first Spanish woman to have ever sailed around the world non-stop.

For GAES Centros Auditivos, currently around 25 miles off Alicante, it looks like a relatively strong northerly and north-westerly Mediterranean outflow will create upwind conditions for the last section of their race between Cartagena and Barcelona. With an easterly Levant breeze in the Alboran Sea, and north-westerly Tramontana breeze from the Gulf of Lyons, things could get very light for the sixth-placed duo as they cross the Gulf of Valencia around the latitude of Ibiza, although they may be able to pick up some extra breeze from the Ebro valley, as Neutrogena did, to reach along the coastline. Given the localised conditions, their ETA could yet vary from Tuesday evening through to mid-Wednesday.

Elsewhere across the fleet, the motivation to get home remains no less strong. One place behind in seventh, Hugo Boss is sailing in lifting north-easterly breezes, which as Wouter Verbraak explained earlier today, they are happy to continue in until they reach the layline for Gibraltar.

Its okay to have the breeze go right now, but in a day and a half when we get close to the layline, when we have to tack to go to Gibraltar, then we want the wind to go left. The weather models indicate that thats going to be the case, and the good thing is that its still not too bumpy, its getting a little bit more bumpy but its not too bad.

With Hugo Boss currently some 1,700 miles from the finish, both skippers have their own reasons to wish for a speedy return Andy Meiklejohn spoke of how his pregnant wife will look rather different to when he left Barcelona three months ago, and he also has a deadline of getting back in time for his sons birthday, while mountain-sports lover Wouter Verbraak is hoping to get back before the snow melts:

Its the end of the skiing season and Im desperate to get in the last bit of the season because right before I left I got a brand new pair of skis and I havent been able to use them all winter. So Im looking forward to testing them on the slopes when I get back.

 A little fellow by the name of Zac has his birthday [on Good Friday], thats Andys little fella, and so were really racing harder than ever to get home in time for my skiing and his sons birthday.

Six hundred miles behind, Forum Maritim Catala are just passing the Cape Verde islands, while ninth placed We Are Water remain within 100 miles off the South American shore, awaiting more solid upwind conditions, but in good spirits:

Jaume Mumbru (ESP):Were moving forward. We know that after all the excitement in the south, and everything thats happened, everything is different now were trying to get into a good tempo because once we get into the high its going to be upwind. Nothing much is going to happen then. So were kind of in a transition, enjoying the temperature, enjoying all the good weather before it gets too warm and we start thinking about how good it was in the South!

Todays skipper quotes:

Hugo Boss, Wouter Verbraak (NED):Its okay to have the breeze go right now, but in a day and a half when we get close to the layline, when we have to tack to go to Gibraltar, then we want the wind to go left. The weather models indicate that thats going to be the case, and the good thing is that its still not too bumpy, its getting a little bit more bumpy but its not too bad.

You know were actually quite worried because we realize that after 10 days at sea, when we come home theres quite a bit to-do list waiting for us with lots of jobs, so weve realized that were going to have been away for 110 days so the to-do list is going to be quite long, so were quite worried at the moment! We are mostly trying to get some sleep and get rested because we know once we get home that there will be a hectic schedule waiting for us!

Its the end of the skiing season and Im desperate to get in the last bit of the season because right before I left I got a brand new pair of skis and I havent been able to use them all winter. So Im looking forward to testing them on the slopes when I get back.

 A little fellow by the name of Zac has his birthday [on Good Friday], thats Andys little fella, and so were really racing harder than ever to get home in time for my skiing and his sons birthday.

Andy Meiklejohn (NZL):I probably didnt have too much weight to lose we were quite trim athletes on Hugo Boss so not much to lose there!

We Are Water, Jaume Mumbru (ESP):Were happy because its warm, the sea is good its really nice, the water is not cold at all. Weve been pretty busy tonight with a lot of electrical storms, but with the water temperature and the clothes you wear on deck, you get soaking and it doesnt feel cold at all, it feels good.

Were moving forward. We know that after all the excitement in the south, and everything thats happened, everything is different now were basically going upwind all the time and were trying to get into a good tempo because once we get into the high its going to be upwind. Nothing much is going to happen then. So were kind of in a transition, enjoying the temperature, enjoying all the good weather before it gets too warm and we start thinking about how good it was in the South!

Weve listened to all our music, bands like Radiohead, and all kinds of different stuff. Music is just basic, it brings up your spirit without even thinking, its something that just happens. When youre steering the boat we normally listen to a lot of music, when youre trying to rest its very noisy inside so we use the music then as well, so theres many moments for it and we use it a lot as a resource.

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