Lining up for the Doldrums

The latest from the Transat Jacques Vabre

Thursday November 13th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 0900GMT

Pos Boat DTF DTL vmg Lat Long spd crs spd crs spd crs spd dist
Inst 1hr av 4hr av Over 24hrs
Open 60s
1 VIRBAC 1398.1 0.0 9.8 6 54.84' N 26 45.76' W 9.2 197 10.0 195 8.3 191 9.8 235.2
2 SILL 1541.8 143.7 11.2 9 18.44' N 26 11.16' W 14.0 191 12.1 185 12.4 185 10.0 239.9
3 ECOVER 1573.8 175.7 10.7 9 54.56' N 26 12.64' W 12.2 191 11.8 177 12.1 182 10.7 256.0
4 PRB 1636.2 238.1 11.3 11 05.36' N 26 17.76' W 13.0 188 12.5 177 12.0 178 12.1 290.3
5 VMI 1676.7 278.6 13.7 11 44.96' N 26 07.08' W 14.9 188 14.4 187 13.0 182 12.0 288.4
6 TEAM COWES 1680.6 282.6 13.5 12 26.44' N 27 45.52' W 13.2 186 13.8 188 13.1 185 12.3 295.3
7 CARREFOUR PREVENTION 1791.3 393.2 7.2 13 28.76' N 25 16.64' W 8.0 187 7.9 177 9.5 164 10.6 254.5
8 ARCELOR-DUNKERQUE 1941.3 543.2 11.4 14 34.40' N 21 48.52' W 12.8 188 12.7 185 12.2 177 10.7 257.4
9 GARNIER 2078.2 680.1 11.1 18 48.36' N 25 49.52' W 12.4 182 11.1 193 10.3 193 11.4 272.9
10 LOIRE ATLANTIQUE 2186.7 788.6 14.0 19 17.60' N 21 58.92' W 13.6 191 14.5 190 13.7 193 14.3 343.8
11 60ème SUD 2375.8 977.7 10.1 23 31.44' N 24 10.64' W 10.0 221 10.1 197 10.1 195 9.6 229.4
12 ADECCO 2386.3 988.2 10.0 22 13.16' N 20 19.28' W 8.4 204 10.1 200 10.6 199 10.9 261.6
13 TIR GROUPE 2536.3 1138.2 9.0 23 38.28' N 17 26.44' W 9.2 200 9.3 195 10.4 193 9.5 227.9
60ft tris
1 GROUPAMA 1268.7 0 10.4 4 26.32' N 26 45.64' W 11.2 202 10.4 210 7.9 205 12.9 310.7
2 SERGIO TACCHINI 1394.5 125.8 12 6 10.48' N 25 11.28' W 10.3 171 13 191 13.5 187 13.4 320.4
3 BELGACOM 1395.9 127.3 9 6 15.00' N 25 32.00' W 7.3 141 10 186 12 186 14.5 347.1
4 GEANT 1410.5 141.8 9.3 5 53.20' N 24 38.28' W 7.2 181 9.4 205 7.9 206 10.4 248.8
5 BISCUITS LA TRINITAINE 1462.4 193.7 13.4 7 37.44' N 25 48.72' W 4.4 220 13.6 200 15.5 187 15.5 371.9
6 SODEBO 1516.2 247.5 17.1 8 35.68' N 25 23.80' W 18.2 181 18.9 184 19.1 182 17.2 413.5
7 SOPRA GROUP 1555.2 286.5 19.3 9 47.04' N 26 39.84' W 19.4 173 20.7 184 19 181 16.7 401.9
8 GITANA 1590 321.3 15.2 10 38.00' N 26 29.00' W 21 185 15.9 187 13.8 213 16.5 397.1
9 BANQUE POPULAIRE 1595.2 326.5 13.8 8 45.28' N 23 21.28' W 14 183 15.9 184 15.9 212 17.2 412
10 BONDUELLE 1677.7 409 19.4 11 27.44' N 25 23.64' W 16.3 190 20.9 184 20.8 183 17.3 414.1
11 FONCIA 1767.7 499 15.1 13 14.12' N 25 43.64' W 16.3 158 17.8 171 18.6 172 17.4 416.5
12 BAYER CROPSCIENCE 2020.1 751.4 21.9 17 55.60' N 26 16.28' W 25.1 203 22.2 189 21.7 188 20.4 490.3
13 BANQUE COVEFI 2050.2 781.5 18 17 25.76' N 23 29.00' W 18.3 159 20.7 174 20.5 178 21.7 521.7
50ft multi
1 MOLLYMAWK 2830.3 0 10.7 27 28.76' N 13 57.88' W 9 202 11 198 10.7 199 11 265.2
ABD ATLANTIC NATURE                          
Open 50s
1 HELLOMOTO 2234.6 0 12.2 20 28.76' N 22 44.60' W 14 190 12.8 187 11.9 189 12.2 293
2 STORAGETEK 2435.5 200.9 10.6 23 48.08' N 21 56.40' W 8.1 216 10.6 203 10.5 201 9.5 227
3 DEFI VENDEEN 2508.5 273.8 11.4 24 32.36' N 20 27.08' W 12.4 196 11.6 194 10.6 196 10.6 255.4



Above - leading Open 60 positions this morning at 0900 and yesterday at the same time.

After making a reason gain on Virbac's lead yesterday so Sill has once again lost out to Jean-Pierre Dick and Nicolas Abiven's team over the last 24 hours. But this is small fry compared to the massive gains Franck Cammas and Franck Proffit on Groupama have apparently made on the chasing pack in the last 24 hours. The green trimaran, the winner in this race two years ago is now 125 miles ahead of second placed Sergio Tacchini, but this is more due to some tactical play by Michel Desjoyeaux and Herve Jan on Geant.

Having overtaken the leading monohulls over the course of yesterday the leading group of tris is now into the Doldrums area. In what may be a signficant move Geant appear to have sacrificed their place to take a more easterly route through the Doldrums, 40-60 miles from Sergio Tacchini and Belgacom. A gamble which could work for or against them, it could see Geant appear on the other side more to the east with a slightly faster angle once into the southeasterly trades on the other side of the Doldrums.

In the Open 60 fleet Mike Golding and Brian Thompson on third placed Ecover have succeeded in making some in roads on the two leaders and are 32 miles behind Sill, compared to almost 50 yesterday. But astern of them PRB are also closing fast - yesterday they were astern of Ecover by almost 100 miles - today she is 56 miles behind. Behind them Sebastien Josse and Isabelle Autissier on VMI continue to be locked in battle with Nick Moloney and Sam Davies on Team Cowes out to the west, the latter now just four miles astern having recorded the best 24 hour run of the front runners.

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