Vendee Globe - 1430 - 31/1/01
The bigger weather picture (above) shows the trade winds still resolutely in place ahead of this pack of four, and we can expect more of the drag race for the next 24 hours at least.
The forecast for the end of the week shows the Azores High splitting in two ahead of the leaders (at the top of the image, right).
I think we can expect this to be the first opportunity for someone to make a move. But with Ellen slipping slowly onto Desjoyeaux's track and Thiercelin tucked in behind both of them, their options are limited.
The man with the most possibilities is Jourdain, and he will be watching the forecast very carefully over the next couple of days to see how he might turn the situation to his advantage. Everything still to play for out there.
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!
Link to the madforsailing form guide.
Rankings (0700 GMT except where stated, Wednesday 31/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)
1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 8.5N 31.3W 2748 nm
2 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 7.1N 30.6W +77 nm
3 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 1.4N 28.5W +336 nm
4 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) 3.22N 34W +362 nm
5 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) 6.3S 32.4W +878 nm
6 Sodebo (Coville) 8.4S 32.2W +993 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 19S 34.3W +1680 nm
8 Team Group 4 (Golding) 29.1S 37.5W +2308 nm
9 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 27.5S 41.5W +2311 nm
10 Voila.fr (Gallay) 32.5S 40.5W +2569 nm
11 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 34.4S 40.3W +2672 nm
12 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) 37.2S 39.3W +2812 nm