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
Weather at 0530, 13/12/00Looking 24 hours ahead (left), we can see that this new little low pressure system is set to become a big one, it will deepen further as the week progresses.

On their current track even Desjoyeaux and Jourdain look too far south to get into the westerly winds to the north of its centre. This system is set to deepen more than its western sister, and perhaps more importantly it's also set to drift east, while the western sister (that they are currently north of) is forecast to be more static.

There will be big gains for anyone who can position themselves for a ride on the new, developing low pressure, as they will be able to travel east with the breeze as the system moves. Looking at it, the leaders have the best shot at this - but they will need to read the formation of that low pressure just right.

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Please note that two different methods of calculating the Distance to Finish are being used, one by Virtual Spectator and one by the Vendee Globe Race Office, we will try to always make it clear which we are using!

Link to the madforsailing form guide.

Rankings (0600 GMT except where stated, Tuesday 12/12, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)

1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 46.5S 49.4E 15576 nm
2 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) (at 05:00 GMT) 45.4S 47.4E +90 nm
3 Aquitaine Innovations (Parlier) 49.3S 45E +192 nm
4 Active Wear (Thiercelin) (at 05:00 GMT) 47.2S 41.3E +311 nm
5 Kingfisher (MacArthur) (at 05:03 GMT) 46.4S 41.3E +325 nm
6 Solidaires (Dubois) 49.1S 40.3E +364 nm
7 Sodebo (Coville) 45.5S 40.5E +365 nm
8 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) 46.2S 38.3E +452 nm
9 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 46.5S 35.4E +565 nm
10 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 48.3S 35.1E +569 nm
11 Voila.fr (Gallay) 46.2S 26.2E +943 nm
12 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 47.1S 25E +985 nm

Other British
19 Team Group 4 (Golding) (at 05:00 GMT) 39.6S 5.2W +2349 nm

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