Vendee Globe - 0930 -24/11/00

Parlier ahead, but hits his first trouble

Friday November 24th 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Yves Parlier, is still leading the Vendee Globe but he had to slow down when his main halyard broke, reducing his lead over Michel Desjoyeaux to 34 miles, as the front-runners in the fleet continue to head south out of the Doldrums.
Parlier called his shore team to explain: "The main was up full when I took the main sheet in and suddenly the whole lot came tumbling down! The halyard broke 30cm from the top. It wasn’t worn through but just split, which was hard to repair. Anyway the sea wasn’t bad, so I managed it in the end. I slowed the boat down and tried to climb the mast but the first time the sea was tossing the boat too abruptly.

"So I have to head downwind to repair it. When the halyard fell down in a heap inside the mast it was all tangled up and for a moment I thought I wouldn’t be able to get it back up. Finally it worked. The halyard broke at 0500hrs UT (Thursday 24th November) and it took 9 hours to repair. I was still going along okay under genoa and staysail. I don’t think I lost a great deal, perhaps 2 hours as I predicted that I would pass the Equator at 1300 hours UT and in fact I passed at 1500hrs UT. Not such a big drama in the end."

Meanwhile Ellen continues her nip and tuck battle with Roland Jourdain and Catherine Chabaud has moved up into contention on the eastern side of the leading pack.

Rankings (with distance to the leader)
1 Aquitaine Innovations (Parlier) 20639 miles to go
2 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 34
3 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) 101
4 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 105
5 Solidaires (Dubois) 125
6 Whirlpool (Chabaud) 126
7 Sodebo (Coville)

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