Field clears a little for Ellen

Problems for Ecover and Sill, disaster for Conrad Humphreys

Thursday November 14th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
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Drama overnight in the Open 60 fleet with Sill pulling into Madeira to effect repairs to a torn mainsail and Ecover hanging in there in second place but with a broken daggerboard. At present it is very lively sailing in big breeze but now with the wind just astern of the beam. This is making for some high speed passages with Ellen averaging 18 knots over the last four hours.

The port daggerboard broke on Ecover more than 24 hours ago, but Golding kept it quiet for tactical reasons. He spent sometime the night before last trying to fix the board but was unable to. It appears the daggerboard may have simply given up the ghost because of the extreme pounding it has taken over the last few days, rather than from a collision.

Now that the conditions look set to be more downwind orientated until the finish this is likely to be less of a problem and the figures speak for themselves - despite the breakage Golding is only six miles astern of Kingfisher. Also, marginally further south, and further away from the Azores high Ecover should be getting better pressure than Kingfisher.

Similarly Sill cannot be discounted. She is heading for Madeira - this is not that far from Sill's original course, although it is much longer route to Guadeloupe than the just-south of rhum line course which Kingfisher and Ecover are taking. However one only has to hark back to the Vendee Globe where skipper Roland Jourdain was a long way behind at Cape Horn and did a dramatic job catching up.

The worst news is that young British potential Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Humphreys has dismasted. Humphreys informed race HQ about his situation at 0100 this morning.

Positions 14/11/02 07:00:00 GMT
Pos Boat name Skipper Lat Long DTF SOG COG
60ft tris
1 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot 42 05.00' N 18 30.20' W 2749.2 20.8 243
2 TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin 43 36.72' N 17 29.04' W 2793.7 14 226
3 Sodebo Thomas Coville 40 38.76' N 16 38.16' W 2796.9 7.1 207
4 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol 44 52.76' N 18 27.60' W 2818.6 8.9 225
5 Foncia Alain Gautier 39 24.20' N 14 37.72' W 2861.6 7 189
6 Sergio Tacchini Karine Fauconnier 42 04.52' N 14 50.64' W 2901.4 9.5 203
7 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux 41 29.72' N 14 28.24' W 2906 10.7 202
8 Bonduelle Jean Le Cam 48 16.68' N 4 35.24' W 3424.9 0 0
9 Belgacom Jean-Luc Nélias 47 53.88' N 3 58.62' W 3442.9 0 0
10 Bayer CropSciences Frederic Le Peutrec 47 35.28' N 3 01.50' W 3475.8 0.1 270
ABD Groupama Franck Cammas          
ABD Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon          
ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini          
ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois          
ABD Sopra Group Philippe Monnet          
ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon          
ABD Banque Covefi Bertrand deBroc          
ABD Fujifilm Loick Peyron          
Open 60s
1 Kingfisher Ellen McArthur 40 49.64' N 20 24.68' W 2640.9 14.7 210
2 Ecover Mike Golding 40 26.00' N 20 03.96' W 2646.3 16 207
3 Arcelor-Dunkerque Joé Seten 43 26.92' N 18 15.04' W 2791.5 12.8 210
4 Sill Roland Jourdain 38 56.56' N 15 57.24' W 2792 15 183
5 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy 42 38.48' N 16 24.20' W 2848.1 11.4 217
6 Un Univers de Services Miranda Merron 44 03.12' N 15 54.12' W 2888.9 8.3 216
7 L'Heautontimoroumenos Antoine Koch 42 27.36' N 14 19.32' W 2930.7 6.6 198
8 Garnier Belgium Patrick De Radiguès 40 57.92' N 11 33.48' W 3022.7 6.9 155
9 Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma Mike Birch 42 10.72' N 10 46.24' W 3076.2 6 166
10 Ciments St Laurent-Ocean Georges Leblanc 43 38.80' N 9 22.28' W 3159.2 1.5 262
ABD Virbac Jean Pierre Dick          
NL Dinan Pays d'Entreprises Frédéric Lescot          
ABD VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
NL Leasecom Elie Canivenc          
ABD Temenos Dominique Wavre          
NL Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre          
Class 1 monos
1 Ville de Dinard Bruno Reibel 45 51.68' N 11 33.44' W 3110.2 5.3 223
ABD Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR Nicolas  Peitrequin          
Class 2 monos
1 Ashfield Healthcare Nick Moloney 44 57.20' N 16 24.56' W 2900 10.4 224
2 Florys Luc Coquelin 44 06.64' N 14 32.08' W 2955.6 8.7 217
3 Branec III Roger Langevin 46 58.00' N 15 13.64' W 2993.1 7.9 232
4 Mille Visages Hervé Vachée 42 53.40' N 12 48.32' W 3002.5 6.6 212
5 Laiterie St Malo Clément Surtel 46 42.88' N 13 14.64' W 3062.5 7.8 220
6 Adecco Etoile Horizon Bob Escoffier 43 42.48' N 11 29.12' W 3072.3 5.7 205
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 44 43.02' N 15 53.64' W 2910.6 9.2 223
2 Grain de Soleil Etienne Svilarich 48 03.72' N 14 05.56' W 3067.1 6.3 220
3 Passion Entreprendre Jérôme Thiriez 45 47.12' N 12 43.28' W 3068.1 5.6 231
4 Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys 47 21.30' N 9 19.26' W 3228.8 4.8 73
5 Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda 48 43.14' N 3 57.96' W 3455.6 0 0
Class 2 multihulls
1 Crepes Whaou! F. Y. Escofier 41 06.72' N 18 03.56' W 2746 12.7 221
2 Yachting-casino.com Anne Cazeneuve 42 42.78' N 15 33.36' W 2882.3 7.9 198
3 Vaincre la mucoviscidose Hervé Cleris 41 23.52' N 12 34.86' W 2982.9 11.6 187
4 Archipel Guadeloupe Claude Thelier 39 52.44' N 10 59.20' W 3031.3 6.6 173
5 Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre P.Y. Guennec 43 56.16' N 8 55.96' W 3182.2 4.2 171
ABD E-Sat Tri Sélectif Pascal Quintin          
ABD Groupe France Epargne Patrick Morvan          
ABD Chaleur Fioul Elan Didier Levillain          

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