Gregoire into the lead

As Figaro fleet pass Ushant en route to Dingle

Saturday August 19th 2006, Author: Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Location: France
The 44 skippers who left Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France yesterday bound for Dingle on the third leg of La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro are making steady in roads into the 479 mile long leg.

Between 0230 and 0630 this morning Jeanne Grégoire on Banque Populaire moved into the lead. Grégoire is one of three sole women competing, in addition to Sam Davies and Liz Wardley. The latest position reports shows Grégoire hold a narrow lead of just 0.2 mile over her immediate rivals. The leaders are currently heading upwind on starboard tack due west of Ushant. Grégoire is at the southwestern end of a line-up of five boats all jockeying for the lead. To the northeast of her are Armel Le Cléac’h ( Brit’Air), Erwan Israel ( Delta Dore), Gerald Veniard (Scutum) and Kito de Pavant on Groupe Bel.

The competitors enjoyed relatively stable conditions overnight and early morning while being vigilant due to all the maritime traffic area running past Ushant and attempting to keep dry in the sudden rain squalls. The wind conditions became more variable late morning: “We have had some light air, but also some big squalls with 25 knots and gusting much more” commented Jean-Yves Chauve from the medical boat accompanying the fleet on the race course. “The sailors have had to make lots of sail changes. Currently some are sailing under solent and others with their genoa. The wind is lifting and is moving further north and the sea is slightly choppy.”

With a depression centred over the middle of the UK, the northwesterly wind, is currently blowing at 20 to 25 knots gusting to 27.The wind is due to veer slightly further to the west in around 24 hours time as the depression shifts east over the North Sea.

The boats are expected to reach the Scilly Isles, by mid-morning Sunday. The most experienced sailors will no doubt maintain a full main and solent and stay at the helm in order to make advantage of the slightest opportunity tonight. There will be a front to negotiate tomorrow afternoon as the boats head up to the Celtic Sea.

Positions at 1700GMT

Pos Skipper Bateau Latitude Longitude Crs Spd DTF/L
1 GREGOIRE Jeanne Banque Populaire 48 25' 20' N 5 48' 66' W 342 ° 6.3 293.6 nm
2 LE CLEAC'H Armel Brit Air 48 25' 80' N 5 47' 22' W 343 ° 6.2 0.2 nm
3 VENIARD Gérald Scutum 48 27' 18' N 5 44' 58' W 344 ° 6.1 0.2 nm
4 ISRAEL Erwan Delta Dore 48 26' 40' N 5 45' 96' W 341 ° 6.6 0.2 nm
5 de PAVANT Kito Groupe Bel 48 28' 02' N 5 42' 42' W 341 ° 5.7 0.6 nm
6 CAUDRELIER Charles Bostik 48 24' 78' N 5 47' 76' W 342 ° 6.2 0.7 nm
7 DOUGUET Corentin E.Leclerc - Bouygues Télécom 48 26' 58' N 5 44' 46' W 344 ° 6.1 0.7 nm
8 ELIES Yann Groupe Generali assurances 48 24' 48' N 5 48' 36' W 342 ° 6.5 0.8 nm
9 DUTHIL Frédéric Brossard 48 25' 62' N 5 45' 48' W 339 ° 6.1 1.1 nm
10 TROUSSEL Nicolas Financo 48 24' 60' N 5 47' 22' W 342 ° 6 1.2 nm
11 ROUXEL Thomas Défi Santé Nutrition 48 25' 98' N 5 43' 80' W 343 ° 6.1 1.4 nm
12 BERENGER Nicolas KONE Ascenseurs 48 24' 12' N 5 46' 68' W 340 ° 5.8 1.7 nm
13 PELLECUER Laurent Cliptol Sport 48 24' 30' N 5 46' 14' W 342 ° 5.8 1.8 nm
14 TABARLY Erwan Iceberg Finance 48 22' 44' N 5 49' 32' W 348 ° 6.3 1.9 nm
15 MAHE Gildas Le Comptoir Immobilier 48 24' 42' N 5 45' 48' W 343 ° 6 2 nm
16 SVILARICH Etienne Sogeti 48 26' 10' N 5 42' 00' W 345 ° 6.2 2.1 nm
17 DAVIES Samantha Roxy 48 24' 48' N 5 44' 88' W 344 ° 6.4 2.3 nm
18 DICK Jean-Pierre Virbac-Paprec 48 25' 62' N 5 42' 66' W 338 ° 5.5 2.3 nm
19 TREUSSART Ronan Groupe Céléos 48 25' 26' N 5 42' 78' W 339 ° 5.4 2.4 nm
20 KRAUSS Oliver AXA Plaisance 48 24' 12' N 5 44' 28' W 341 ° 6.6 2.7 nm
21 PERON Eric Cigo 48 24' 78' N 5 43' 20' W 323 ° 4.6 2.8 nm
22 GOUEZIGOUX Laurent Côtes d'Armor 48 23' 88' N 5 43' 56' W 340 ° 5.9 3.3 nm
23 TOULORGE Alexandre Starkey 48 23' 22' N 5 44' 28' W 344 ° 6 3.4 nm
24 d'ALI Pietro Nanni Diesel 48 20' 40' N 5 49' 56' W 348 ° 6.4 3.5 nm
25 DROUGLAZET Eric PIXmania.com 48 20' 46' N 5 48' 96' W 347 ° 6.3 3.7 nm
26 TRIPON Armel Gedimat 48 19' 62' N 5 49' 20' W 347 ° 6.1 4.3 nm
27 LE GAL Franck Lenze 48 20' 58' N 5 46' 80' W 350 ° 6.3 4.5 nm
28 LE MIERE Grégoire Man Of All Seasons 48 24' 30' N 5 39' 24' W 344 ° 6.2 4.7 nm
29 EMIG Marc A.ST Groupe 48 18' 36' N 5 48' 60' W 329 ° 4.9 5.5 nm
30 MOUREN Jean-Paul M@rseillEntreprises 48 18' 36' N 5 48' 36' W 310 ° 4.3 5.6 nm
31 VACHETTE Vincent SCO Saveur et Vie 48 16' 74' N 5 48' 36' W 298 ° 3.8 7 nm
32 CHABAGNY Thierry Littoral 48 13' 26' N 5 54' 96' W 273 ° 4.4 7.2 nm
33 NAGY Robert Theolia 48 15' 48' N 5 50' 34' W 285 ° 4.2 7.2 nm
34 AUBERT Jérome La Normandise 48 17' 70' N 5 43' 92' W 267 ° 4.7 8 nm
35 DEFERT Eric Suzuki Autombiles 48 15' 72' N 5 47' 76' W 250 ° 6.5 8.1 nm
36 PELLET Jean-François Lubexcel 48 13' 80' N 5 51' 60' W 251 ° 6.4 8.1 nm
37 LE BAUT Jimmy Port-Olona 48 16' 68' N 5 45' 06' W 248 ° 6.5 8.4 nm
38 LOISON Alexis Région Basse-Normandie 48 13' 26' N 5 51' 84' W 249 ° 6.6 8.4 nm
39 SEGUIN Damien AltéAd Region Pays de la Loire 48 12' 66' N 5 52' 68' W 249 ° 6.7 8.6 nm
40 DA CRUZ Antonio Pedro Baïko 48 19' 08' N 5 39' 24' W 246 ° 6.8 8.8 nm
41 LEBAS Christophe Armor Lux 48 10' 68' N 5 53' 88' W 258 ° 5.2 9.7 nm
42 WARDLEY Liz Sojasun 48 08' 88' N 5 56' 64' W 243 ° 6.7 10.2 nm
MORVAN Gildas Cercle Vert ° nm
PRATT Christopher Espoir Crédit Agricole ° nm

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