Vendee Globe - 1130 - 2/1/01We can see from the Thursday morning forecast (right) that this dumb-bell like low pressure system is still in place. The western end hasn't moved too far east - so the pack behind the front four should be able to catch it. And while the eastern end has moved much further east, it's also stayed north.
This is going to create a situation where there are easterly headwinds below about 55S or even 50S right through this week. Cape Horn is positioned at about 57S, and the leaders are closing this major waypoint down at speed - the current ETA is 10th January.
The longer and the further they have to go north of the latitude of Cape Horn (just visible in the very bottom right of the image) to avoid headwinds, the bigger the detour they will have to make to get down there when circumstances do allow. And of course - the greater the potential for those behind to cut the corner.
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 (0600 GMT except where stated, Tuesday 2/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)
1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 53S 142.1W 9671 nm
2 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) (at 03:00 GMT) 56.1S 150.1W +154 nm
3 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 56.3S 149.4W +175 nm
4 Active Wear (Thiercelin) (at 05:00 GMT) 53.3S 156.3W +441 nm
5 Sodebo (Coville) (at 05:00 GMT) 52.5S 169W +863 nm
6 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) 52.1S 169W +889 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 52S 173.2W +1035 nm
8 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) (at 07:00 GMT) 50.3S 177.4W +1230 nm
9 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 54.3S 156.29E +1949 nm
10 Voila.fr (Gallay) (at 07:01 GMT) 53.2S 156.2E +1991 nm
11 Aquitaine Innovations (Parlier) (at 07:00 GMT) 50.2S 152.5E +2172 nm
12 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) (at 07:00 GMT) 55.2S 149E +2188 nm
13 Team Group 4 (Golding) (at 07:00 GMT) 53.1S 137.3E +2622 nm