Vendee Globe - 1230 - 12/12/00

Mark Chisnell reports as Josh Hall sees a big 'berg and ARGOS confirm Wavre's record distance

Tuesday December 12th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The 12th December started with another iceberg alert, this one from Josh Hall, who saw it on his radar, "0230 GMT 12 December. Huge iceberg, maybe 1km long, 250m high, in position 48.40S 34.13E. I passed one mile to the north of it. Spotted on radar three miles away. Water temperature 2 degrees Celsius." Then later, "0330 GMT - second berg - similar size - position 48.40S 34.35E. Time to get the hell out of here!!" We can see that Josh (royal blue), along with Parlier (green) and Dubois (purple) are the furthest south of the leading group.

Fleet at 0500, 12/12/00

The other big news was the confirmation by ARGOS through their beacon positioning system, that Dominique Wavre completed 430.7 miles in Union Bancaire Privée between 1700 GMT Friday 8th and 1700 GMT Saturday 9th December 2000. That's an average speed of 17.95 knots and only about a knot slower than the open mono-hull record held by Silk Cut from the last Whitbread!

It's turned out to be a pretty decent 24 hours for the leaders. Michel Desjoyeaux has eased away from second placed Roland Jourdain, who in turn has opened the gap to Yves Parlier and he again has pulled some miles on the chasing pack.

Weather at 0500, 12/12/00

Looking at the bigger weather picture, we can see that Desjoyeaux and Jourdain have both stayed north and are set up above the low pressure in great breeze. Not so sure about Parlier's latest gybe to the south, as he seems to be perilously close to getting under that little low that's forming in front of him.

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