Vendee Globe - 1130 - 20/12/00

Mark Chisnell reports as the leaders hit the wall

Wednesday December 20th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Weather at 0613, 21/12/00The latest forecast for Thursday morning (left) shows that blocking low pressure now in place in the Great Australian Bight, with Desjoyeaux heading for its southern edge, where he will find strong easterly headwinds - not good and not fast.

There is breeze with a better direction further south, where he will find a decent southerly to reach in. But the wind speed drops fast to the south of that low pressure, and it will be like walking a tight-rope, trying to get the boat in the best place for decent pressure and a reasonable wind direction. And this situation is far from static - which is a bit like someone standing at one end of the tight-rope and jiggling it.
In the forecast for midnight Friday (below), we can see that the low pressure has deepened further and started to move south-east. Meanwhile, the monster low that is bringing the fleet up to Desjoyeaux and Jourdain has spun off a satellite system which is now heading north-east - creating a high pressure ridge between the two.

Click for new window with link to Virtual SpectatorMap images courtesy of Virtual Spectator, click here to go to the VS site.

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 (0500 GMT except where stated, Wednesday 20/12, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)
1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 47.6S 112E 13262 nm
2 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) 48.5S 110.1E +37 nm
3 Sodebo (Coville) 51.1S 99.1E +358 nm
4 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 49.4S 98.1E +423 nm
5 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 51.1S 97E +429 nm
6 Solidaires (Dubois) 50.4S 93.5E +546 nm
7 Aquitaine Innovations (Parlier) (at 02:01 GMT) 48.6S 93.1E +584 nm
8 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) (Dec 18th at 13:00 GMT) 48.1S 79E +1122 nm
9 Whirlpool (Chabaud) (at 02:00 GMT) 48.6S 90.6E +658 nm
10 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) (at 02:00 GMT) 46.1S 86.5E +884 nm
11 Voila.fr (Gallay) (at 02:02 GMT) 46.6S 79.3E +1124 nm
12 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) (at 03:01 GMT) 47.2S 78.5E +1147 nm

Other British
15 Team Group 4 (Golding) 47.5S 49.4E +2328 nm

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