Near disaster for Ellen

Rig failure nearly drops mast over the side, Mark Chisnell reports

Friday February 9th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Fleet at 0400, 9/2/01

In the battle for fifth place, Dominique Wavre (dark brown) has grabbed the advantage and is now five miles ahead of Thomas Coville (orange), as the pair battle upwind, side by side in the north-east trades. Catherine Chabaud (yellow) is continuing her chase, but has only made a handful of miles in the last 24 hours. This group will soon be tackling the Azores High, which has kindly moved out of their way to the east.

In eighth place, Mike Golding's (royal blue) speed has dropped to below three knots as he hits the Doldrums. That means that Josh Hall (purple), released from his prison on the Brazilian coastline and round the corner at Recife, is sailing at nearly ten knots and once again coming back at Golding - the lead is down to 180 miles this morning.
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Rankings (0700 GMT except where stated, Friday 9/2, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)

1 PRB Michel Desjoyeaux 43.3N 11.3W 499 nm to finish
2 Kingfisher Ellen MacArthur 43.1N 17.5W + 237 nm
3 Sill Matines & La Potagère Roland Jourdain (at 04:02 GMT) 33.5N 30.1W +996 nm
4 Active Wear Marc Thiercelin 35.4N 37.5W +1272 nm
5 Union Bancaire Privée Dominique Wavre 21N 34W +1724 nm
6 Sodebo Savourons la Vie Thomas Coville 21N 34.2W +1729 nm
7 Whirlpool Catherine Chabaud (at 04:00 GMT) 13.2N 35.2W +2124 nm
8 Team Group 4 Mike Golding (at 04:00 GMT) 1.2S 32.2W +2872 nm
9 EBP - Défi PME - Gartmore Josh Hall ( at 04:00 GMT) 4.1S 33.4W +3054 nm
10 Voilà.fr Bernard Gallay (at 04:00 GMT) 6.5S 33.5W +3124 nm
11 VM Matériaux Patrice Carpentier (at 04:00 GMT) 12.5S 35.4W +3590 nm
12 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde Joe Seeten (at 05:00 GMT) 14.1S 35.4W +3675 nm

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