Brits in front
Although the positions show Sill to be 81 miles astern of Ellen this figure isn't really depictive of how the race is staking up as although Ecover and Kingfisher are closer to the rhum line the Azores high is reforming and it will be necessary to dive south to avoid or risk getting becalmed.
The weather tonight remains something of a lottery. At lunchtime various forecasts were predicting that a low pressure cell was forming between the boats to the north and Sill to the south, which would be disastrous for Sill, putting her upwind again. However the latest charts do not show this which would be good for all concerned, although it would still leave the boats having to contend with 40-50 knot northerly conditions.
"We're going to have to see how long the others are going to let me hold on to it," Mike Golding commented this morning, prior to Ellen taking the lead. "I know everyone it trying to take a turn..." He went to explain about taking the northerly route: "When we left St Malo we took a fairly different route to the others. That positioned us to the right of the fleet and as a result we were able to take advantage of the arrival of a frontal system and that just pushed us forward. It's been something that's been in our minds for a long time rather than something just at that moment."
Compared to the relaxed man we saw yesterday, today Golding seemed tired following the beating he and his boat have taken. "It's been absolutely horrible. It's been very very difficult conditions particularly with the passing of this last front because rather unforecast was a little low centre which was forming on the frontal line and that's brought quite significant changes to the weather we were expecting. I've seen 55 over the deck but nothing more than 45 true."
Nick Moloney on Ashfield Healthcare is still leading the class 2 monohulls. "I'm caught in a variable wind situation and I have been for a long time with strong squalls and very light winds either side so I 'vel been changing sails a lot and I haven't slept for a long, long time and I've been tacking on bad shifts and making a lot of mistakes," commented Moloney from on board.
"At the moment I'm trying to get through this trough which is 50 miles ahead of me and hopefully the [new] breeze will fill in from the northwest on the other side. If it doesn't, I'm in deep trouble with the guys to the South of me because I'm a long way North. I'm quite worried at the moment.
"I'm very fatigued and I need to get some sleep soon. Hopefully the breeze will be steady on the other side of the trough. It will be quite strong through the trough, 40 knots, and I need to be awake for that but hopefully in 4-5 hours time I might have some relief and get some rest and start heading in the right direction.
"It's difficult because the wind is light for sometime and the boat just bounces around and it's hard to get some power to go through the waves so I'm hand steering and it's very tiring."
Conrad Humphreys brings us up to date with his progress on page 2...
On board UUDS sixth placed Miranda Merron is well reports her shore crew Alex Sizer, despite having 40-50 knot winds across the deck. However the wind direction has freed up. Today Miranda was having to sort out a problem with one of her pilots and at present has no wind instruments, since the masthead wand flew off in the big seas.
There is now more news about the plight of the trimaran Sopra Group. At midnight skipper Philippe Monnet reported wind shifts from 20 to 70 knots. Sopra Group had only the storm jib up and was sailing in survival mode. The extremely strong wind hit the trimaran too hard, the staysail got caught up in the furler forming a huge pocket. This catapulted the trimaran right over sideways some time after midnight. At 08.46 GMT Philippe Monnet set off the alarm of the distress beacon. He was not reached until 15.00 GMT, but earlier in the day a British boat in La Coruña changed route bound for the trimaran Sopra Group and made contact via VHF with the skipper. Monnet has been safely airlifted. He had to abandon the boat in the dangerous conditions. “I was not far from the shipping lane. In the rough sea with 10 metre waves I did not want to risk being rammed into and cut in two,” said Monnet who is unhurt on land in Spain.
16 retirements from 58 starters:
8 60ft trimarans: Franck Cammas/Groupama, Bertrand De Broc/Banque Covefi, Lionel Lemonchois/Gitana X, Francis Joyon/Eure et Loire-Lorenove, Giovanni Soldini/TIM, Yvan Bourgnon/Rexona Men, Loick Peyron/Fujifilm, Philippe Monnet/Sopra Group
Open 60s: Loick Pochet/La Rage de Vivre, Sebastien Josse/VMI, Jean-Pierre Dick/Virbac, Dominique Wavre/Temenos
1 Class 2 50ft monohulls: Christophe Huchet/APIC A3S
0 Class 3 40ft monohulls: Yannick Bestaven/République Dominicaine
2 Class 2 50ft multihulls: Didier Le Villain/Chaleur Fioul Elan, Pascal Quentin/E-Sat Tri Séléctif, Patrick Morvan/Groupe France Epargne
6 competitors are in port for repair work or waiting for better conditions
36 are on the race course
Positions at 1900GMT
|Positions 13/11/02 19:00:00 GMT|
|1||Sodebo||Thomas Coville||42 13.12' N||16 43.60' W||2825.7||9||183|
|2||Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm||Marc Guillemot||43 50.68' N||15 48.88' W||2898.3||10||227|
|3||Foncia||Alain Gautier||40 54.64' N||14 06.92' W||2910.5||14.3||202|
|4||Banque Populaire||Lalou Roucayrol||46 10.24' N||16 32.84' W||2924||13.7||238|
|5||TechnoMarine||Steve Ravussin||45 21.30' N||15 11.94' W||2936.5||16.3||229|
|6||Sergio Tacchini||Karine Fauconnier||43 08.00' N||14 23.96' W||2941||7||216|
|7||Géant||Michel Desjoyeaux||43 00.00' N||14 17.64' W||2942.7||9||191|
|8||Bonduelle||Jean Le Cam||48 16.68' N||4 35.28' W||3424.9||0||0|
|9||Belgacom||Jean-Luc Nélias||47 53.88' N||3 58.62' W||3442.9||0.1||270|
|10||Bayer CropSciences||Frederic Le Peutrec||47 35.34' N||3 01.50' W||3476||3.6||347|
|ABD||Rexona Men||Yvan Bourgnon|
|ABD||Gitana X||Lionel Lemonchois|
|ABD||Sopra Group||Philippe Monnet|
|ABD||Banque Covefi||Bertrand deBroc|
|1||Kingfisher||Ellen McArthur||43 06.44' N||18 14.60' W||2773.9||12.3||210|
|2||Ecover||Mike Golding||42 24.32' N||17 55.36' W||2776.8||8.8||213|
|3||Sill||Roland Jourdain||41 05.72' N||15 29.12' W||2855||8.9||188|
|4||Arcelor-Dunkerque||Joé Seten||45 13.68' N||16 21.96' W||2908.2||10.4||222|
|5||60ème Sud||Didier Munduteguy||44 05.56' N||15 05.00' W||2933.1||10.1||206|
|6||Un Univers de Services||Miranda Merron||45 19.62' N||14 40.86' W||2968.6||8.8||217|
|7||L'Heautontimoroumenos||Antoine Koch||43 45.64' N||13 45.84' W||2971.7||10.1||213|
|8||Garnier Belgium||Patrick De Radiguès||42 06.84' N||11 40.20' W||3036.7||9.3||222|
|9||Millimages-Gédéon||Patrick Favre||45 44.00' N||12 52.00' W||3046||7.7||239|
|10||Dinan Pays d'Entreprises||Frédéric Lescot||43 13.40' N||11 27.36' W||3064.9||10.3||202|
|11||Virbac||Jean Pierre Dick||43 43.80' N||11 16.32' W||3081.5||4.4||95|
|12||Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma||Mike Birch||43 06.78' N||10 40.92' W||3092.7||6.6||188|
|13||Ciments St Laurent-Ocean||Georges Leblanc||44 12.84' N||9 11.84' W||3175.7||4.7||206|
|14||Temenos||Dominique Wavre||45 45.60' N||9 36.28' W||3185.8||10.5||72|
|ABD||La Rage de Vivre||Loïck Pochet|
|Class 1 monos|
|1||Ville de Dinard||Bruno Reibel||46 43.48' N||10 28.48' W||3169.6||6.4||240|
|ABD||Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR||Nicolas Peitrequin|
|Class 2 monos|
|1||Ashfield Healthcare||Nick Moloney||46 17.64' N||14 49.24' W||2992.7||8.8||225|
|2||Florys||Luc Coquelin||45 17.80' N||13 10.84' W||3034.6||7||230|
|3||Mille Visages||Hervé Vachée||44 03.16' N||12 08.24' W||3055.3||8.5||216|
|4||Branec III||Roger Langevin||47 51.88' N||13 33.28' W||3080.9||8.5||235|
|5||Adecco Etoile Horizon||Bob Escoffier||45 00.60' N||11 07.60' W||3113.8||8.9||202|
|6||Laiterie St Malo||Clément Surtel||48 03.66' N||11 40.92' W||3147.2||8.4||221|
|7||Défi Vendéen||J. F. Durand||46 30.18' N||1 47.52' W||3511.4||0||0|
|ABD||Apic A3S||Christophe Huchet|
|ABD||République Dominicaine||Yannick Bestaven|
|Class 3 monos|
|1||Storagetek||Regis Guillemot||45 52.14' N||14 18.48' W||3002.8||8.7||222|
|2||Grain de Soleil||Etienne Svilarich||48 56.84' N||12 56.96' W||3131.1||7||239|
|3||Passion Entreprendre||Jérôme Thiriez||46 41.44' N||11 37.12' W||3131.1||6.9||232|
|4||Hellomoto||Conrad Humphreys||47 48.00' N||9 00.72' W||3238||9||243|
|5||Fantasy-Forest||Alain Grinda||48 43.14' N||3 57.90' W||3455.8||0.1||90|
|Class 2 multis|
|1||Crepes Whaou!||F. Y. Escofier||42 40.04' N||16 36.88' W||2840||7.8||206|
|2||Yachting-casino.com||Anne Cazeneuve||43 52.56' N||14 37.38' W||2940.2||7.9||221|
|3||Vaincre la mucoviscidose||Hervé Cleris||42 49.56' N||12 26.16' W||3007.6||11.7||193|
|4||Archipel Guadeloupe||Claude Thelier||40 45.84' N||10 25.28' W||3069.4||11.3||222|
|5||Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre||P.Y. Guennec||44 37.88' N||8 35.16' W||3207.7||4.5||207|
|6||Groupe France Epargne||Patrick Morvan||48 44.34' N||4 00.54' W||3454.3||0.1||90|
|ABD||E-Sat Tri Sélectif||Pascal Quintin|
|ABD||Chaleur Fioul Elan||Didier Levillain|