Vendee Globe - 1130 - 5/1/01But as the low pressure system first tightens and then slides south towards Antarctica (right) it will set up a south-easterly breeze for the leaders, which will then veer round to the south-west.
That will make it a power reach to the Horn, and faster for boats that are further south, at least to start with. That's why Jourdain went down there, but it looks like he's over-cooked it and gone too far. If the result is that he loses touch with the good breeze in this system - it's a big error at a crucial time.
The other three boats in the leading pack are all roughly on the same latitude and for them this may become a boat speed test. But once again it looks like Ellen's in the right place at the right time.
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, one by Virtual Spectator and one by the Vendee Globe Race Office, we will try to always make it clear which we are using!
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Rankings (0800 GMT except where stated, Friday 5/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)
1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) (Jan 04 at 21:58 GMT) 53.2S 120.2E 9105 nm
2 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 53.2S 125.3W +13 nm
3 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) (at 07:03 GMT) 55.5S 128.2W +18 nm
4 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 52.5S 129.5W +139 nm
5 Sodebo (Coville) (at 07:00 GMT) 53.1S 140.4W +478 nm
6 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) (at 07:00 GMT) 54.4S 142.5W +508 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 52.2S 154.2W +955 nm
8 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 51.3S 159.1W +1132 nm
9 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 57.1S 174.4E +1862 nm
10 Voila.fr (Gallay) 56.4S 173E +1923 nm
11 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) 56S 168.4E +2071 nm
12 Team Group 4 (Golding) 54.1S 161.5E +2328 nm