Route du Rhum update

Biscuits la Trinitaine second tri home + 1100 positions

Sunday November 24th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
The latest arrival in the Route du Rhum is veteran skipper Marc Guillemot. His trimaran Biscuits La Trinitaine-Ethypharm crossed the finish line at Pointe à Pitre at 08 hours 21min18 sec GMT after 13 days 19 hours 36 minutes and 18 seconds of racing at an average of 10.71 knots.

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
Pos Boat name Skipper Lat Long Dist SOG COG
60ft tris
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 Fujifilm Loick Peyron          
ABD Banque Covefi Bertrand deBroc          
ABD Sergio Tacchini Karine Fauconnier          
ABD Sopra Group Philippe Monnet          
ABD Bayer CropSciences Frederic Le Peutrec          
ABD Belgacom Jean-Luc Nélias          
ABD Foncia Alain Gautier          
ABD Groupama Franck Cammas          
ABD Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon          
ABD Sodebo Thomas Coville          
ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini          
ABD TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin          
ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois          
ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon          
ABD Bonduelle Jean Le Cam          
Open 60s
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 VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
ABD Temenos Dominique Wavre          
NL Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre          
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
ABD Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys          
ABD Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda          
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          

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