Leading monohulls at 0900 today and yesterday plus today's winds
 

Leading monohulls at 0900 today and yesterday plus today's winds

Tris overhaul the monos

Transat Jacques Vabre leaders race south to the Doldrums

Wednesday November 12th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 0900

Pos Boat DTF DTL vmg Lat Long spd crs spd crs spd crs spd run
inst 1hr av 4hr av over 24hrs
Open 60s
1 VIRBAC 1633.1 0.0 13.6 11 12.32' N 26 41.24' W 20.4 186 13.8 195 11.1 189 13.5 323.6
2 SILL 1781.7 148.6 10.7 13 50.92' N 26 38.84' W 13.0 171 12.1 171 13.1 179 14.2 340.1
3 ECOVER 1828.6 195.5 15.2 14 29.80' N 25 57.44' W 15.1 175 16.2 183 14.7 201 13.7 329.3
4 PRB 1926.4 293.3 12.6 16 12.16' N 25 53.32' W 14.0 185 13.0 188 14.1 200 14.4 345.4
5 VMI 1965.1 332.0 18.1 16 52.48' N 26 01.00' W 17.8 186 18.7 185 17.3 186 15.8 379.3
6 TEAM COWES 1975.8 342.7 14.4 17 37.12' N 27 50.12' W 15.7 175 15.1 176 14.6 177 13.4 321.0
7 CARREFOUR PREVENTION 2045.6 412.5 13.8 18 08.16' N 25 30.92' W 12.0 192 14.3 186 14.6 178 13.6 325.2
8 ARCELOR-DUNKERQUE 2198.6 565.4 14.4 19 21.88' N 21 40.56' W 15.1 193 14.7 194 14.2 193 13.6 327.5
9 GARNIER 2350.4 717.3 12.7 23 06.56' N 23 55.08' W 13.0 204 12.9 211 13.4 211 12.3 295.8
10 LOIRE ATLANTIQUE 2530.4 897.3 13.3 24 43.32' N 19 55.56' W 14.9 205 13.4 200 13.8 198 11.2 268.5
11 60ème SUD 2605.2 972.1 10.8 27 08.56' N 22 48.72' W 9.0 207 10.8 201 10.3 202 8.7 209.9
12 ADECCO 2647.9 1014.8 8.4 26 22.28' N 18 43.72' W 13.1 200 8.9 225 9.3 251 8.2 196.0
13 TIR GROUPE 2764.0 1130.9 11.5 26 43.28' N 14 56.72' W 14.2 182 12.7 186 10.9 181 8.8 211.5
60ft tris
1 GROUPAMA 1579.3 0 17.1 9 26.68' N 25 03.12' W 20 193 19.3 182 13.8 188 16.9 405.8
2 GEANT 1656.7 77.4 15.2 10 56.36' N 24 50.76' W 14.3 221 16.4 229 15.2 227 17 408.8
3 SERGIO TACCHINI 1714.5 135.2 12.8 11 41.34' N 23 41.10' W 15.4 170 15.9 172 16.7 177 17.2 412.7
4 BELGACOM 1748.5 169.2 10.1 13 21.60' N 26 05.88' W 10.1 198 10.1 198 10.9 200 18.2 437.9
5 BISCUITS LA TRINITAINE 1831.1 251.9 19.5 15 16.30' N 25 59.50' W 18 178 20.9 178 17.8 173 19.7 472.7
6 SODEBO 1930.4 351.1 15.7 15 38.80' N 24 24.44' W 19.2 249 21.6 248 19.7 242 20.3 486.1
7 SOPRA GROUP 1957.2 377.9 14.4 17 06.08' N 27 08.44' W 21.1 188 14.8 209 19.5 195 21.1 505.4
8 GITANA 1972.5 393.2 22.3 17 21.60' N 24 29.28' W 26 171 23.2 187 24.8 185 22.6 542
9 BANQUE POPULAIRE 2005.7 426.5 20.7 15 38.72' N 21 29.16' W 24 245 23.9 240 22.7 233 19.6 471.3
10 BONDUELLE 2091.7 512.5 21.4 18 45.08' N 24 55.04' W 24.2 199 21.5 199 21.1 198 20.5 493.1
11 FONCIA 2183.4 604.1 20.3 20 13.72' N 24 14.76' W 22.4 214 20.3 204 19.8 201 18.9 454.7
12 BAYER CROPSCIENCE 2510.4 931.2 18.4 25 07.72' N 21 50.72' W 20.1 219 18.5 209 18.6 205 16.4 394.3
13 BANQUE COVEFI 2571.8 992.5 24.2 25 44.28' N 20 31.80' W 27 210 24.4 210 23.3 196 16.8 403.1
50ft multis
1 MOLLYMAWK 3089.8 0 12 31 35.44' N 12 08.32' W 14 182 13.1 189 12.2 190 7.8 188.3
Open 50s
1 HELLOMOTO 2527.7 0 12.3 24 55.16' N 20 31.08' W 13.7 212 12.3 210 11.6 204 11.3 271.4
2 STORAGETEK 2662.5 134.9 9.3 27 08.76' N 19 55.96' W 10.4 220 9.7 219 9 216 8.1 194.2
3 DEFI VENDEEN 2764 236.4 6.1 28 23.72' N 18 26.20' W 5.4 204 6.1 203 10.5 202 7.9 189.4

The positions of the leaders in the Transat Jacques Vabre's Open 60 and 60ft trimaran fleet have started to even out now all the boats are basking in the 20 knot northeasterly trade winds as they race south towards the Doldrums. For all the crews this comes as a distinct respite following the gale force upwind conditions they experienced in their first week at sea.

In the Open 60 fleet Sill have taken 16 miles out of leader Virbac over the last 24 hours reducing the latter's lead to 148 miles. It seems that Jourdain and Thomson's tactic of being to the west and being able to sail a slightly hotter angle is paying off - their average course over the last four hours for example has been 179degs compared to Virbac's 189. Virbac skipper Jean-Pierre Dick said yesterday that he expects to be into the Doldrums by Friday.

Team Cowes are using a similar tactic to Sill by diving west and this morning Davies and Moloney are on a similar heading to the red boat. Aside from Sill the real winner over the last 24 hours has been the potent duo of Sebastien Josse and ocean racing legend Isabelle Autissier on VMI. With a fixed keel the boat is said to be a flier downwind and certainly the numbers over the last day confirm this - up until 0900 this morning she has had the fastest 24 hour run among the monohulls at 379.3 miles. PRB has also been relishing the conditions and they are slowly catching Mike Golding and Brian Thomson on third placed Ecover, suffering from a lack of kites.

In the 60ft trimaran fleet the separation between the front runners is more or less identical to yesterday with Francks Cammas and Proffit on Groupama still holding a 77 mile lead over Michel Desjoyeaux and Herve Jan on Geant. Over the last 24 hours Groupama has overhauled Virbac, the 60ft trimarans with the exception of Belgacom staying to the east of the Cape Verde islands roughly a degree and a half of longitude east of the Open 60s (at least this should reduce the potential for any embarrassing pile-ups).

With the Open 60s and 60ft trimarans pretty much in the same patch of water it is interesting to note their difference in performance.

While VMI put in a blinder of a day covering 379 miles, all of the leading 60ft trimarans have been eating up in excess of 400 miles. In the mid-fleet the trimarans still passing the Cape Verdes this morning seem to be going particularly quick and Lionel Lemonchois' newly lightened Gitana is at last showing some pace - she covered a blistering 542 miles over the last 24 hours. Less than a decade ago this would have earned them a new 24 hours - and this is without the benefit of current to assist them. The reward for Gitana has been overtaking Banque Populaire to move up to eighth place.
Marc Guillemot on Biscuits la Trinitaine also had a good day closing the lead of fourth placed Belgacom over them down from 128 miles to 87.

See page two for the latest from Conrad Humphreys and Paul Larsen on board the Open 50 Hellomoto

60ft trimaran positions for 11 and 12 Nov 0900

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