Break neck battle for first
|1||Tiscali Global Challenge||42 46.12' N||9 34.48' W||13.2||190||862.8||0|
|2||Sill Plein Fruit||42 46.52' N||9 30.76' W||12.7||189||863.9||1.1|
|3||Bobst Group Armor Lux||42 55.44' N||9 21.44' W||10.8||196||874.3||11.6|
|4||KingFisher||43 43.00' N||8 54.28' W||9.7||263||897.6||34.9|
|5||Temenos||43 16.40' N||9 13.40' W||6.6||276||902.9||40.1|
|6||L'Heautontimoroumenos||43 41.00' N||8 37.84' W||7.9||194||923.3||60.5|
|7||Virbac||43 31.16' N||8 29.96' W||9.3||197||935.1||72.3|
|8||Adecco - Etoile Horizon||47 41.56' N||4 25.04' W||8.7||328||1235.8||373|
A close contest between race favourite Sill Plein Fruit and her Italian sistership Tiscali Global Challenge is taking place in the Regata de Rubicon. Earlier this morning Sill had taken the lead, but at the 1100GMT report this morning Simone Bianchetti's Tiscali had established herself slightly further to the west.
The boats are currently rounding Cape Finistere in conditions that are brisk, but not gale force as one weather model suggested. Since the positions above it is believed Kingfisher has moved up to third.
"We've had a pretty rough night with up to 35-37 knots of breeze, but I think we got off lightly considering the conditions that were forecast," commented Ellen MacArthur from on board Kingfisher. "We passed through the front several hours ago earlier this morning and the wind quickly shifted through 90 degrees at which point we tacked. It's been a bit cold, a bit wet and a bit miserable, but spirits are high and above all we've been gain miles on the others".