Vendee Globe - 1430 - 01/01/01

Mark Chisnell reports as Ellen closes down Jourdain in the battle for second

Monday January 1st 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Weather at 0200, 3/1/00It's this main system that is set to dominate the fortunes of the leading group over the next couple of days. As we can see from the forecast for Wednesday morning (right) this big low pressure is saddled up and ready to leave, heading east and taking the breeze with it.

It will leave in its wake another complex weather pattern, which all those who get left behind will have to thread their way through - this could turn into a four horse race in the next couple of days.

It will be a major victory if Ellen can hang onto those gains she's made on Jourdain. Every inch will be important, to try and get positioned with him on that low pressure, and finally in the same weather system. Although she's behind, she's also further south and closer to the centre - she's got a good chance of pulling this off.
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Rankings (0700 GMT except where stated, Monday 1/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)
1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 53.4S 149.5W 9859 nm
2 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) (at 06:21 GMT) 55S 157.2W +222 nm
3 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 55.3S 158.5W +258 nm
4 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 51.5S 163.3W +514 nm
5 Sodebo (Coville) 53.2S 175.1W +846 nm
6 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) (at 06:01 GMT) 52.5S 175.5W +871 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) (at 06:02 GMT) 52.3S 179W +974 nm
8 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 49.6S 175.2E +1251 nm
9 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 54.2S 150.5E +1937 nm
10 Voila.fr (Gallay) 53.4S 150.4E +1960 nm
11 Aquitaine Innovations (Parlier) 51.1S 149.2E +2064 nm
12 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) 55.3S 142.4E +2182 nm
13 Team Group 4 (Golding) 52.4S 128.4E +2702 nm

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