Holding on tight

As the Route du Rhum leaders charge westwards + 1100 positions

Monday November 18th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Brisk trade wind conditions are making for some tough racing in the Route du Rhum. If these boats were fully crewed we would be using phrases such as 'idyllic conditions' and be feeling immensely jealous. On board Kingfisher and Ecover at the front of the Open 60 fleet, they are trying to keep the full main up and spinnaker in 25 knots winds.

The potential threat from the south of Roland Jourdain on board Sill is looking increasingly like a lost leader despite him picking up to fourth place - the wind has veered to the east leaving Bilou having to sail directly downwind.

Positions 18/11/02 11:00:00 GMT
Pos Name Skipper Lat Long Dist SOG COG
60 tris
1 TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin 28 19.28' N 42 09.16' W 1346.3 16.5 272
2 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol 34 18.12' N 38 17.96' W 1710.3 5 223
3 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux 26 34.84' N 27 01.84' W 2063.5 17.9 217
4 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot 34 05.48' N 26 55.68' W 2198.8 13.7 198
5 Bonduelle Jean Le Cam 41 11.10' N 8 42.30' W 3150.8 0.2 248
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 Fujifilm Loick Peyron          
ABD Groupama Franck Cammas          
ABD Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon          
ABD Sodebo Thomas Coville          
ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini          
ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois          
ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon          
ABD Foncia Alain Gautier          
Open 60s
1 Kingfisher Ellen McArthur 27 56.40' N 39 35.60' W 1454.1 14.5 287
2 Ecover Mike Golding 27 47.64' N 38 49.16' W 1487.2 12.1 276
3 Arcelor-Dunkerque Joé Seten 27 04.56' N 30 40.88' W 1876.3 10.8 210
4 Sill Roland Jourdain 25 07.36' N 27 50.60' W 2004.3 12 237
5 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy 31 08.08' N 28 20.84' W 2069.2 6.7 188
6 Garnier Belgium Patrick De Radiguès 26 41.16' N 25 45.20' W 2132 9.9 211
7 Un Univers de Services Miranda Merron 29 18.06' N 25 11.82' W 2187.4 6.7 197
8 Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma Mike Birch 31 15.12' N 22 20.20' W 2366.3 4 173
9 Dinan Pays d'Entreprises Frédéric Lescot 33 36.60' N 20 59.76' W 2469.1 4.3 215
10 Ciments St Laurent-Ocean Georges Leblanc 35 52.92' N 20 14.00' W 2544.7 9.1 203
11 Leasecom Elie Canivenc 42 35.84' N 8 46.28' W 3168.3 0 0
ABD Virbac Jean Pierre Dick          
ABD VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
NL L'Heautontimoroumenos Antoine Koch          
ABD Temenos Dominique Wavre          
NL Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre          
Class 1 monos
1 Ville de Dinard Bruno Reibel 39 43.56' N 23 08.92' W 2499.6 7.1 232
ABD Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR Nicolas  Peitrequin          
Class 2 monos
1 Ashfield Healthcare Nick Moloney 32 20.32' N 26 59.04' W 2158.8 7.6 204
2 Mille Visages Hervé Vachée 33 52.08' N 26 21.20' W 2220.5 8 224
3 Florys Luc Coquelin 32 12.00' N 25 26.48' W 2230.2 2 231
4 Branec III Roger Langevin 34 38.20' N 26 19.04' W 2239.1 8.5 228
5 Laiterie St Malo Clément Surtel 34 28.74' N 22 56.10' W 2385.6 6.2 195
6 Adecco Etoile Horizon Bob Escoffier 33 27.12' N 17 26.80' W 2638.6 8.4 165
7 Défi Vendéen J. F. Durand 44 49.32' N 10 03.66' W 3155.6 3.1 35
ABD Apic A3S Christophe Huchet          
ABD République Dominicaine Yannick Bestaven          
Class 3 monos
1 Storagetek Regis Guillemot 34 23.52' N 26 05.58' W 2233.3 7.6 203
2 Passion Entreprendre Jérôme Thiriez 37 13.36' N 23 37.28' W 2419.1 7.8 194
3 Grain de Soleil Etienne Svilarich 40 21.16' N 23 51.72' W 2486.2 7.2 224
4 Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda 47 52.20' N 3 54.84' W 3445 0.1 146
ABD Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys          
Class 2 multis
1 Crepes Whaou! F. Y. Escofier 29 04.56' N 35 07.36' W 1713.6 11.9 265
2 Yachting-casino.com Anne Cazeneuve 29 39.96' N 30 06.30' W 1949.2 10.7 245
3 Vaincre la mucoviscidose Hervé Cleris 30 45.18' N 23 31.14' W 2296.9 6.7 262
4 Archipel Guadeloupe Claude Thelier 31 13.20' N 22 50.88' W 2337.8 6 245
5 Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre P.Y. Guennec 34 57.36' N 19 56.24' W 2551.9 9.6 207
ABD E-Sat Tri Sélectif Pascal Quintin          
ABD Groupe France Epargne Patrick Morvan          
ABD Chaleur Fioul Elan Didier Levillain          

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