Ellen lining up for finish line

A report from the Route du Rhum + 1100 positions

Friday November 22nd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
155 miles to go and Ellen MacArthur looks set to cross the finish line of the Route du Rhum in first place. But the posisbility of beaten Michel Desjoyeaux on elasped time is looking less likely. Geant is currently 406.8 miles astern and although Desjoyeaux has slowed up in the last few hours, his 24 hour average is still 422 miles. So at present he is less than a day behind Kingfisher.

From on board Kingfisher Ellen reported:

"Right now we are in our final stretch to the island and we are hoping that we will see Guadeloupe some time tomorrow.

"It’s a little bit stressful at the moment. We are sailing in a straight line direct to the island so technically there is very little we can do except sail the boat but, at the same time, we know once we get there things are going to be very very difficult.

"We have a very interesting route we have to sail once we get there. We have to sail right round to the western side and then back round underneath the southern side to the finish.

"From the time we actually get to the island it’s a further 50 to 60 miles so a massive day tomorrow. Trying to get sleep and prepare yourself for that is going to be quite a tough one. I know that the finish is going to be really hard so lets just hope we can keep the breeze until we cross the line...."

Ellen's win is already starting a media frenzy in France with a) a woman winning the Route du Rhum (it would be the second time this has happened - Florence Arthaud won in 1990), b) potentially she might be the fastest elasped time boat in the race - the first time this has EVER happened c) second singlehanded transatlantic race Ellen has won (her first was the 2000 Europe 1 New Man STAR d) there will be comparisons with the Vendee Globe where Michel Desjoyeaux finished narrowly ahead of her.

Positions 22/11/02 11:00:00 GMT
Pos Boat name Skipper Lat Long Dist SOG COG
60ft trimarans
1 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux 20 50.52' N 53 57.96' W 562.1 17.5 230
2 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot 20 32.12' N 49 34.28' W 766.7 15 265
3 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol 21 51.76' N 48 54.00' W 839.2 18.8 227
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 17 12.20' N 60 06.00' W 155.3 12.4 223
2 Ecover Mike Golding 17 46.64' N 58 32.24' W 244.6 12.6 221
3 Arcelor-Dunkerque Joé Seten 20 33.68' N 49 20.04' W 787 12.9 236
4 Sill Roland Jourdain 22 01.08' N 48 16.16' W 875.1 12.1 244
5 Garnier Belgium Patrick De Radiguès 20 12.32' N 40 47.76' W 1247.9 12.2 274
6 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy 24 20.40' N 38 40.56' W 1419.3 10.1 272
7 Un Univers de Services Miranda Merron 23 39.30' N 36 54.84' W 1490.7 10.5 255
8 Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre 26 04.00' N 34 27.00' W 1660.7 16.1 194
9 Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma Mike Birch 23 19.28' N 33 30.04' W 1680.5 10.8 274
10 Ciments St Laurent-Ocean Georges Leblanc 27 05.60' N 29 38.36' W 1934.2 5.5 171
ABD Virbac Jean Pierre Dick          
NL Dinan Pays d'Entreprises Frédéric Lescot          
ABD VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
NL L'Heautontimoroumenos Antoine Koch          
NL Leasecom Elie Canivenc          
ABD Temenos Dominique Wavre          
Class 1 monos
1 Ville de Dinard Bruno Reibel 31 14.28' N 30 35.00' W 1963.8 8.1 216
ABD Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR Nicolas  Peitrequin          
Class 2 monos
1 Ashfield Healthcare Nick Moloney 26 30.68' N 41 20.00' W 1333 11.7 277
2 Florys Luc Coquelin 26 00.92' N 37 52.40' W 1492.9 8.3 253
3 Branec III Roger Langevin 27 21.68' N 37 41.04' W 1531.9 9 251
4 Mille Visages Hervé Vachée 26 16.08' N 34 39.88' W 1661.5 7.1 255
5 Laiterie St Malo Clément Surtel 27 15.84' N 34 49.00' W 1672.5 11.1 248
6 Adecco Etoile Horizon Bob Escoffier 26 43.12' N 24 59.76' W 2172.2 7.6 225
ABD Apic A3S Christophe Huchet          
ABD République Dominicaine Yannick Bestaven          
ABD Défi Vendéen J. F. Durand          
Class 3 monos
1 Storagetek Regis Guillemot 27 49.08' N 37 29.40' W 1547.5 9.3 243
2 Passion Entreprendre Jérôme Thiriez 28 55.12' N 30 37.48' W 1914.5 7 242
3 Grain de Soleil Etienne Svilarich 31 10.64' N 27 23.16' W 2119.3 8.3 200
ABD Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys          
ABD Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda          
Class 2 multis
1 Crepes Whaou! F. Y. Escofier 21 28.32' N 50 04.36' W 782.8 12.8 243
2 Yachting-casino.com Anne Cazeneuve 23 07.80' N 42 41.16' W 1179.3 10.3 289
3 Vaincre la mucoviscidose Hervé Cleris 24 12.78' N 37 58.20' W 1454.1 9.6 276
4 Archipel Guadeloupe Claude Thelier 22 48.36' N 37 15.66' W 1470.9 11.8 271
5 Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre P.Y. Guennec 27 40.12' N 30 38.04' W 1897.7 6.8 220
ABD E-Sat Tri Sélectif Pascal Quintin          
ABD Groupe France Epargne Patrick Morvan          
ABD Chaleur Fioul Elan Didier Levillain          

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