Vendee Globe - 1100 - 14/11/00
Heading into Tuesday, and there is little change to the weather or the forecast situation from yesterday's report, the fleet are still running in a generally northerly breeze, and despite reports of more variability in the wind overnight, they are making fast progress - past Gibraltar and off the coast of North Africa, got some pace on. Sailing on the eastern edge of the Azores High pressure system, they should hold this northerly breeze right down past the Canaries and into some trade wind sailing, with the high looking set to dominate the picture until the end of the week.
The leading pack have converged from their line abreast yesterday, and the new arrow like formation is still led by front runners Yves Parlier and Michel Desjoyeaux. According to the Virtual Spectator rankings, Parlier holds a narrow lead from Desjoyeaux, both boats centred in relation to the chasing pack. Following straight down their line are third placed Marc Thiercelin, fifth placed Ellen MacArthur and sixth placed Thomas Coville. Positioned slightly to the west is Roland Jourdain in fourth, and furthest east is Bernard Stamm - but even between these two there is only about a hundred miles of lateral separation.
The wild card is Dominique Wavre, who's position isn't in this latest report, but was last seen holding out to the west. Nevertheless, the first waypoint that the fleet have to round - the Canaries - is keeping it tight at this stage. It remains a boat speed race.
Map 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 by Virtual Spectator and 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 Tuesday 14/11, with Distances from Virtual Spectator)
1 Parlier 21445 nm to finish
2 Desjoyeaux +9 nm
3 Thiercelin +45 nm
4 Jourdain +47 nm
5 MacArthur +59 nm
6 Coville +79 nm
7 Hall +87 nm
8 Stamm +98 nm
9 Chabaud +101 nm
10 Wavre - no recent position report
15 Richard Tolkein +266
Not started, Mike Golding