Route du Rhum update
Guillemot was fourth in the last Route du Rhum and was at one point leading the Route du Rhum before stopping and being severely held up in the Azores.
From leaving the English Channel, Marc Guillemot like Michel Desjoyeaux followed a northwesterly course which enabled him to miss the full brunt of the storm which swept the competitors situated further south.
On 14 November, he was leading the fleet, but he too fell victim to sail damage and had to make a pitstop in the Azores on 15 November to replace his solent and staysail. But the technical stopover in Punta Delgada lasted longer than planned when it was discovered that the outer skin of his tri's forward beam was delaminating and needed to be repaired. The supposed pitstop ended up being 50 hours long.
Marc Guillemot set back out to sea on 18 November at a time when the Azores high was centred over the mid-Atlantic island. Eventually two days later, he moving into third place ahead of Lalou Roucayrol, who was taking an ambitious route to the north of the Azores high. The capsize of the leader Stève Ravussin eventually propelled him into second place behind Michel Desjoyeaux.
Guillemot arrived 11 hours 43 minutes and 18 seconds after the winner. His route was 4205 nautical miles long - much longer than the Great Circle, but much less than Desjoyeaux. His speed over this distance was 12.68 knots.
The last racer remaining in the Orma Multihull Class, Lalou Roucayrol was just 99.7 nautical miles away from the promised land at the 1100 GMT position reports.
Third placed in the IMOCA class is Joé Seeten aboard Arcelor-Dunkerque just 236 miles who is being chased hard by Roland Jourdain on Sill 322.9 nautical miles from the finish.
At 1100 GMT Nick Moloney was just 857.6 nautical miles from sweet victory with Flory’s still on his tail nearly 180 miles away. This gap may yet decrease rapidly as they approach the finish. "There is a risk I'll be engulfed by some high pressure near the finish which could allow the other guys to catch up and take some miles out of me," explained Nick yesterday.
One of the most interesting races has been that of Franck-Yves Escoffier on the 50ft trimaran Crepes Whaou! who survived the storm has been constantly up with the front runners. He is currently leading the class 2 multihulls and is currently set to arrive after Joe Setton.
|Positions 24/11/02 11:00:00 GMT|
|1||Géant||Michel Desjoyeaux||16 14.16' N||61 32.04' W||0||90|
|2||Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm||Marc Guillemot||16 14.16' N||61 32.04' W||1||346|
|3||Banque Populaire||Lalou Roucayrol||16 14.88' N||60 31.52' W||99.7||17.3||228|
|ABD||Banque Covefi||Bertrand deBroc|
|ABD||Sergio Tacchini||Karine Fauconnier|
|ABD||Sopra Group||Philippe Monnet|
|ABD||Bayer CropSciences||Frederic Le Peutrec|
|ABD||Rexona Men||Yvan Bourgnon|
|ABD||Gitana X||Lionel Lemonchois|
|ABD||Bonduelle||Jean Le Cam|
|1||Kingfisher||Ellen McArthur||16 13.26' N||61 31.80' W||0||0|
|2||Ecover||Mike Golding||16 13.26' N||61 31.80' W||0||146|
|3||Arcelor-Dunkerque||Joé Seten||17 25.72' N||58 29.20' W||236||12.3||235|
|4||Sill||Roland Jourdain||18 13.20' N||57 12.48' W||322.9||11||266|
|5||L'Heautontimoroumenos||Antoine Koch||20 29.00' N||51 16.00' W||678.5||12.3||231|
|6||Garnier Belgium||Patrick De Radiguès||18 06.48' N||50 33.12' W||681.9||11.6||225|
|7||60ème Sud||Didier Munduteguy||20 57.52' N||45 50.08' W||981||10.3||224|
|8||Un Univers de Services||Miranda Merron||19 10.32' N||43 10.02' W||1099.3||9.2||224|
|9||Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma||Mike Birch||21 22.88' N||40 44.32' W||1263.8||9||225|
|10||Dinan Pays d'Entreprises||Frédéric Lescot||26 57.08' N||40 24.48' W||1389.1||2.2||270|
|11||Ciments St Laurent-Ocean||Georges Leblanc||24 13.20' N||35 07.68' W||1604.4||6.9||227|
|12||Leasecom||Elie Canivenc||43 20.00' N||9 30.68' W||3148.3||4.5||355|
|ABD||Virbac||Jean Pierre Dick|
|ABD||La Rage de Vivre||Loïck Pochet|
|Class 1 monos|
|1||Ville de Dinard||Bruno Reibel||27 40.96' N||32 54.72' W||1776.6||4.6||198|
|ABD||Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR||Nicolas Peitrequin|
|Class 2 monos|
|1||Ashfield Healthcare||Nick Moloney||22 14.16' N||48 43.48' W||857.6||9||236|
|2||Florys||Luc Coquelin||23 39.00' N||45 55.08' W||1034.1||9.1||238|
|3||Branec III||Roger Langevin||24 02.64' N||43 41.84' W||1151.6||7.1||230|
|4||Mille Visages||Hervé Vachée||22 12.84' N||40 06.60' W||1309||8||216|
|5||Laiterie St Malo||Clément Surtel||22 06.72' N||39 36.66' W||1329.2||7.7||213|
|6||Adecco Etoile Horizon||Bob Escoffier||23 25.60' N||30 16.08' W||1857.1||7.9||261|
|ABD||Apic A3S||Christophe Huchet|
|ABD||République Dominicaine||Yannick Bestaven|
|ABD||Défi Vendéen||J. F. Durand|
|Class 3 monos|
|1||Storagetek||Regis Guillemot||23 28.80' N||43 19.68' W||1154.4||8.1||220|
|2||Passion Entreprendre||Jérôme Thiriez||24 05.08' N||33 07.24' W||1709.8||6.3||217|
|3||Grain de Soleil||Etienne Svilarich||26 42.56' N||30 31.08' W||1882.9||4.8||201|
|Class 2 multis|
|1||Crepes Whaou!||F. Y. Escofier||17 49.76' N||57 16.08' W||311.6||6.4||281|
|2||Yachting-casino.com||Anne Cazeneuve||18 52.98' N||51 16.38' W||646.1||12.1||237|
|3||Vaincre la mucoviscidose||Hervé Cleris||20 22.44' N||46 25.98' W||935.1||9.5||229|
|4||Archipel Guadeloupe||Claude Thelier||20 04.74' N||45 23.04' W||974.8||14.2||224|
|5||Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre||P.Y. Guennec||24 36.16' N||36 09.28' W||1559.4||7.1||261|
|ABD||E-Sat Tri Sélectif||Pascal Quintin|
|ABD||Groupe France Epargne||Patrick Morvan|
|ABD||Chaleur Fioul Elan||Didier Levillain|