Dice recast

Foncia takes the lead as Transat Jacques Vabre Open 60s emerge from the Doldrums

Friday November 16th 2007, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Images courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems
 


Positions at 1100
 
Pos
Boat Crew
Lat
Long
Spd
Crs
Spd
Crs
Spd
Dist
DTF
DTL
Inst
4hr av
24 hrs
Open 60s
1
Foncia DESJOYEAUX Michel/LE BORGNE Emmanuel
4 10.71' N
27 34.31' W
9.5
201
8.9
201
9.1
217.7
1230.7
0
2
VM Matériaux LE CAM Jean/MORVAN Gildas
4 46.31' N
28 42.09' W
8.1
204
8.6
208
10.1
241.9
1231.8
1.2
3
Cheminées Poujoulat STAMM Bernard/CARIOU Tanguy
4 25.51' N
27 07.67' W
6.3
208
6.5
213
7.8
186.7
1256.7
26.1
4
Safran GUILLEMOT Marc/CAUDRELIER Charles
4 16.30' N
26 36.12' W
8.1
212
7.3
206
8.2
196.6
1265.2
34.5
5
Ecover III GOLDING MIKE/DUBOIS Bruno
4 09.16' N
26 08.41' W
6.4
194
8.2
206
6.4
153.9
1274.3
43.6
6
Groupe Bel DE PAVANT Kito/COL Sébastien
4 25.53' N
25 58.50' W
8.2
201
7.4
197
6.2
148.6
1293.4
62.7
7
Brit Air LE CLEAC'H Armel/TROUSSEL Nicolas
4 44.14' N
25 32.21' W
6.8
187
7.3
189
6.9
164.9
1323.5
92.8
8
Gitana Eighty PEYRON Loick/LEVAILLANT Jean Baptiste
5 08.33' N
24 39.87' W
9.6
216
6.4
193
3.9
93.3
1373.4
142.7
9
Roxy DAVIES Samantha/GREGOIRE Jeanne
6 33.65' N
26 41.77' W
10.7
206
11.3
198
10.7
256.2
1375.5
144.8
10
Generali ELIES Yan/AUDIGANE Sébastien
6 32.57' N
26 44.84' W
10.3
195
11.5
197
10.2
244.3
1378.8
148.1
11
Maisonneuve DEJEANTY Jean Baptiste/LAURENT Hervé
8 27.96' N
27 02.56' W
13.6
200
11.4
198
11
264.8
1474.5
243.8
12
Akena Vérandas BOISSIERES Arnaud/CHOMETTE Jean Philippe
9 36.37' N
24 56.76' W
10.1
192
8.8
192
9.6
229.6
1591.4
360.7
13
Aviva CAFFARI Dee/KING Nigel
12 03.22' N
25 24.26' W
8.9
258
8.3
217
9.8
236.2
1710.5
479.8
14
Cervin EnR BESTAVEN Yannick/GUERIN Ronan
12 03.44' N
24 38.46' W
10.1
194
8.8
201
9.7
231.9
1730.1
499.4
15
Pakea Bizkaia 2009 BASURKO Unai/GANDARIAS Gonzalo
14 51.81' N
23 17.57' W
8.8
222
8
208
8.7
207.7
1915.9
685.2
16
Great American III WILSON Rich/BIRCH Mike
17 44.48' N
22 41.32' W
12.8
178
8.4
230
8.4
201.8
2086.3
855.6
ABD
Artemis MALBON Jonny/TOURELL Graham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Groupama CAMMAS Franck/RAVUSSIN Steve
10j 0h 38m 43s
 
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
2
Gitana 11 LEMONCHOIS Lionel/GUICHARD Yann
10j 9h 49m 6s
 
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
3
Banque Populaire BIDEGORRY Pascal/RAVUSSIN Yvan
10j 16h 57m 57s
 
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
4
Brossard BOURGNON Yvan/VINCENT Jacques
11j 1h 15m 9s
 
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
5
Sopra KOCH Antoine/GENDRON Grégory
11j 11h 23m 30s
 
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
50ft multis
1
Crèpes Whaou ! ESCOFFIER Franck Yves/FAUCONNIER Karine
4 12.06' N
25 50.65' W
8.4
190
7.2
207
5.4
130.1
1286.6
0
2
Laiterie de Saint Malo ERUSSARD Victorien/DAHIREL frédéric
6 53.27' N
28 02.62' W
17.3
191
16.4
189
11.6
278.4
1363.8
77.1
3
Croisières Anne Caseneuve CASENEUVE Anne/HOUDET Djamina
10 23.43' N
26 29.53' W
10.8
197
13.8
186
11.1
267.1
1593.2
306.5
4
NIM Intérim Management ROUCAYROL Lalou/VAN DEN BROEK Pierre
14 06.30' N
22 12.72' W
17.8
239
10.3
237
9.3
223
1905.2
618.6
5
Négoceane LANGEVIN Roger/LANGEVIN Alexis
16 27.20' N
23 15.33' W
9.7
183
6.9
198
7.1
171.4
2002.5
715.9
6
Victorinox MONNIER Dany/DUPUY Pierre
17 22.61' N
20 54.05' W
7.4
166
8.1
201
8.9
213.6
2113.6
826.9
7
DZ energy.com DE CARLAN Hervé/DE CARLAN Nolwenn
22 41.64' N
19 18.37' W
12
205
11.4
208
7.4
176.7
2437.2
1150.5
ABD
Avocet 50 LILTI Jean-François/GOSSELIN Xavier
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Class 40
1
Chocolats Monbana GRIMONT Damien/Le Roux Erwan
16 18.96' N
21 53.64' W
9.2
180
8.3
223
8.3
199.7
2030.4
0
2
ATAO Audio System VITTET Dominic/CHABAGNY Thierry
15 45.92' N
20 47.00' W
9
225
10
228
8.6
206.4
2032.9
2.5
3
A.ST Groupe EMIG Marc/de BROC Bertrand
16 19.32' N
21 35.16' W
8.2
240
8.1
201
8.3
199
2039.1
8.7
4
40 Degrees HARDING Peter/LIARDET Anne
17 11.68' N
22 37.72' W
9.2
192
8.9
242
7.9
189.2
2058.2
27.8
5
Sidaction AUBRY Arnaud/CARPENTIER Antoine
17 23.84' N
22 02.84' W
9.2
269
9.3
244
8.2
198
2083.9
53.5
6
Deep Blue ARTHAUD Florence/POUPON Luc
17 12.36' N
21 38.56' W
8.4
196
8.5
215
8.5
204.4
2084.4
54
7
Siegena Aubi LE PESQUEUX Marc/CUBILLOS Felipe
16 54.76' N
21 01.40' W
8.4
188
7.8
216
8.6
207.2
2085.8
55.4
8
Vecteur Plus - Groupe Moniteur JOURDREN Bruno/PICHELIN Nicolas
17 22.08' N
21 36.84' W
9.2
203
8.7
213
8.7
208.2
2093.7
63.3
9
Groupe Partouche COATNOAN Christophe/LEBAS Christophe
17 00.40' N
20 53.04' W
9.8
170
9.5
176
8.3
198.5
2094.6
64.2
10
En avant les enfants! BERREHAR Yvon/BIBOT Gérald
17 22.04' N
21 01.24' W
8
184
8.5
189
8.5
205.1
2106
75.6
11
Thirard DOIN Pascal/DEFERT Eric
17 38.48' N
20 29.16' W
8.4
178
8.5
215
9.2
221.4
2131.2
100.8
12
E Leclerc Ville La Grand VIANT Jean-Michel/MAGRE Olivier
17 40.00' N
20 26.92' W
10.2
168
10.1
172
8.9
212.6
2141.4
110.9
13
Mistral Loisirs - Elior BOUCHARD Thierry/KRAUSS Oliver
18 04.92' N
21 06.44' W
10.6
210
9.1
231
8.7
209
2145.1
114.7
14
Merci les amis ! POUJOL Cecile/BEAUVAIS Rémi
18 02.12' N
20 29.56' W
11.2
180
10
178
8.4
202.1
2159.4
129
15
Jardin Bio - Prévoir PARNAUDEAU Benoît/CASO Jean-Christophe
18 35.04' N
20 51.64' W
10
195
10.1
190
9
217
2173.3
142.9
16
Grassi Bateaux GALMARD Eric/GRASSI Olivier
18 10.28' N
20 06.40' W
10.8
246
7.7
225
8
192.1
2177.3
146.9
17
Clarke Offshore Racing CLARKE Simon/LINDSAY David
18 56.76' N
21 27.20' W
10
190
10.2
189
8.6
206.5
2182.1
151.7
18
EDF Energies Nouvelles AUGEIX David /MARCHAND Nicolas
19 31.88' N
21 22.00' W
8.6
186
9.3
194
8.4
200.5
2215.7
185.3
19
Concise GOHL Dan / GALL Tom
19 20.80' N
20 37.84' W
10.2
200
9.6
199
8.8
211.5
2224.9
194.5
20
Commerce équitable CRIQUIOCHE Jean-Edouard/DUC Louis
19 19.56' N
20 16.36' W
8.6
204
9.3
194
9.2
220.4
2228.7
198.3
21
Nous Entreprenons FOURNIER Jacques/JANTET André
19 22.60' N
20 30.88' W
9.8
184
9.8
189
8.3
199.9
2229.5
199.1
22
Groupe Sefico REGNIER Lionel/CAVAN Pierre Yves
19 45.96' N
20 40.56' W
8.4
203
9.3
200
8.9
214.8
2246
215.6
23
Merena GUILLAUME Alexis/BOON FALLEUR Bernard
21 06.84' N
19 08.68' W
7.4
198
9.3
198
7.7
184.7
2357.9
327.5
24
Gonser Group LEFEBVRE David/GONSER Florian
21 59.36' N
18 08.48' W
9.2
198
9.2
197
6.4
152.8
2431.2
400.8
NL
Appart City NOBLET Yvan/MORVAN Patrick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NL
Télécom Italia SOLDINI Giovanni/D'ALI Pietro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NL
Novedia Set Environnement DE LAMOTTE Tanguy/BUBB Nick
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NL
Pindar 40 ROYLE JO/BARRIER Alexia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABD
Fujifilm BENNETT Alex/PEDLEY Ifor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABD
Kazimir Partners
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The final two of the five ORMA 60 trimarans arrived at the finish line off Salvador de Bahia yesterday with Yvan Bourgnon's Brossard taking fourth place ahead of Antoine Koch's Sopra.

More war stories have been emerging. During the race Gitana II scored their speed record of 37.4 knots and on three occasions they buried the boat bow down up to the mast... "I've never been as fast before," commented skipper Lionel Lemonchois.



Open 60s

The IMOCA case in the Transat Jacques Vabre continues to be a naitbiter. While Mike Golding and Bruno Dubois on Ecover lead into the Doldrums overnight the boats to the west have won out and the latest position update has Michel Desjoyeaux's race favourite Foncia leading but only by 1.2 mile from Jean le Cam and Gildas Morvan on VM Materiaux, the latter having taken the most westerly course of the leaders as they pass south through the Doldrums.

The transformation in the leaderboard is best summed up by looking at the table above - Foncia and VM averaged 9.1 and 10.1 knots respectively over the last 24 hours while Ecover III made 6.4 and poor Loick Peyron on Gitana made just 3.9. At ,around midnight last night Foncia, Cheminees Poujoulat, Safran and Ecover III were all pretty much on the same latitude Foncia and Ecover at the western and eastern extremities separated by 80 miles. As we predicted yesterday Gitana paid the biggest penalty by being furthest east and has plummeted from second to eighth place and judging from the wind radar image below (where the black indicates rain) are getting quite wet at the moment...



The image above is supposed to depict what is really happening with the wind (as opposed to the forecast) and indicates the Foncia is the boat mostly likely to break through the Doldrums in first, along with Bernard Stamm and Tanguy Cariou on Cheminees Poujoulat (not shown, but just to Foncia's east). However the image also indicates some Doldrums action at around 2degN, so the boats may not be out of the woods just yet.

While there may now be 25 mile gap between second and third, the boats remain relatively equal in terms of their latitude and the boats to the east may prove to be on a faster angle as they emerge from the Doldrums into the southeasterly trades.

Sam Davies reports from Roxy - who have just overhauled Generali , pulling up to ninth:

“Hello! It's hot out here, in T-shirt and shorts in the middle of the night; you can tell we're nearing the doldrums, as it is humid, the wind is shifty, and (although the sky is cloudless) there is so much electricity in the air that there are lightning flashes everywhere. We've just overtaken Generali, and changed from being the hunters to being the hunted! They're astern on our quarter. They must have been doing a sail change because we passed them quickly. There is a nervous anticipation on board Roxy, as the Doldrums can bring huge calms, and also big squalls with too much wind inside, and these conditions can be dangerous. We are going to be careful. However, at present, the doldrums are not too active, so hopefully Neptune will let us out unscathed!”



Class 40s

According to the latest position update Damian Grimont's Chocolats Monbana has moved into pole in the Class 40s, but this is only because the position of Giovanni Soldini and Pietro d'Ali's Telecom Italia has not registered.

At present the Class 40s are lining up for the Cape Verdes. Having sailed down the African coast as long as they dare, the front runners have now all gybed on to starboard and as was the case at the Canaries there seems to be all manner of tactics taking place in terms of how to tackle the Cape Verdes. The Italians and Dominique Vittet on ATAO Audio Systems are on a course taking them to the east and south of the islands, while Peter Harding and Anne Liardet on 40 Degrees are leading the charge in a group of boats that will leave the island to port (they have Vecteur Plus and the lead Pogo 40 Sidaction astern of them). Others such as Chocolats Monbana, AST Groupe and Tanguy de laMotte and Nick Bubb on Novedia Set Environnement are lining up to pass through the islands.

From the forecast charts it is hard to see exactly what is likely to happen other than that the northeast wind is set to drop substantially tonight with the most wind to the southeast of the islands and the wind slightly more backed to the south of the islands. The Cape Verde are extremely high islands and leave a massive wind shadow so the prudent course of action is certainly going to be giving the islands a wide berth.

Among the Brits, Peter Harding is currently leading while Simon Clarke and David Lindsay are 17th, easternmost of the boats still heading south, while Jo Royle and Alexia Barrier are up to 17th on the Pindar 40, taking an easterly route the wake of Soldini and Vittet and the Bear of Britain nippers on Concise are in 19th in the middle of the course.

Looking ahead, come Saturday and the northeasterly wind is expected to go light and will remain this way until Sunday afternoon when the wind is set to build again from the left side of the race track.

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