Vendee Globe - 1230 - 8/1/01

Mark Chisnell reports on the genius of Michel Desjoyeaux

Monday January 8th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
We can see from the weather image below that as Michel Desjoyeaux disappeared over the horizon with that low pressure system, the others have been forced to suffer in much lighter air from the high pressure pushing south from the Pacific in the wake of the low. And with his reduced sail area it certainly hasn't helped Jourdain (dark blue) who finds Ellen now over a hundred miles in front and Marc Thiercelin (light brown) right on his tail.
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, Monday 8/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)

1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 55.5S 88.3W 7819 nm
2 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 53.2S 103.3W +543 nm
3 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) 53.4S 107.2W +661 nm
4 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 53.1S 108.2W +702 nm
5 Sodebo (Coville) 52.2S 120.1W +1115 nm
6 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) 50.5S 124.3W +1294 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 52.2S 141.1W +1804 nm
8 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 49.1S 144.1W +1982 nm
9 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) (at 06:00 GMT) 56.2S 164.6W +2491 nm
10 (Gallay) (at 07:01 GMT) 56.5S 166.4W +2552 nm
11 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) (at 07:00 GMT) 56.1S 170.4W +2686 nm
12 Team Group 4 (Golding) (at 07:00 GMT) 52.3S 176.1W +2943 nm

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