Vendee Globe - 1230 - 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.
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.