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Armel Tripon and Franck Le Gal pull out a 9 mile lead in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale

Thursday April 22nd 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

See the image above full size here - courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind

Positions at 0748 GMT

 

Pos Boat Lat Spd Crs Spd2 Crs3 Spd4 Dist DTF DTL
  Crew Long Inst   4 hr av   24 hrs      
                     
1 GEDIMAT 40 22.71' N 5.0 135 5.1 168.0 5.4 129.8 3282.0 0.0
  Armel Tripon/Franck Le Gal 12 33.61' W                
2 LUFTHANSA 40 30.32' N 3.5 230 4.6 192.0 5.2 124.8 3291.0 9.0
  Ronan Treussart/Yannick Le Clech 12 26.91' W                
3 BRIT AIR 40 21.10' N 6.5 175 5.9 171.0 5.1 123.3 3292.1 10.1
  Armel Le Cleac'h/Fabien Delahaye 11 55.84' W                
4 BANQUE POPULAIRE 40 23.83' N 7.0 167 5.4 174.0 5.0 119.3 3293.3 11.3
  Jeanne Grégoire/Gérald Véniard 11 59.99' W                
5 CERCLE VERT 40 22.62' N 7.0 179 5.7 172.0 5.1 121.6 3293.7 11.7
  Gildas Morvan/Bertrand de Broc 11 55.28' W                
6 GROUPE BEL 40 26.63' N 7.0 179 5.0 154.0 4.9 116.7 3294.4 12.4
  Kito De Pavant/Sébastien Audigane 12 04.24' W                
7 CONCARNEAU - ST BARTH 40 46.64' N 6.0 214 4.9 170.0 5.0 120.6 3296.2 14.2
  Miguel Danet/Damien Cloarec 13 02.96' W                
8 GROUPE SNEF 40 50.30' N 6.0 211 4.5 199.0 4.8 115.7 3299.8 17.9
  Jean Paul Mouren/Paul Meilhat 13 02.18' W                
9 GASPE 7 40 32.23' N 6.5 177 5.7 169.0 4.7 113.9 3302.1 20.1
  Joseph Brault/Antoine Koch 11 56.24' W                
10 SKIPPER MACIF 2009 40 27.95' N 5.0 174 5.2 163.0 4.6 110.7 3306.8 24.8
  Eric Peron/Gwen Riou 11 30.02' W                
11 AGIR Recouvrement 40 38.59' N 7.0 198 5.0 182.0 4.7 112.8 3310.0 28.1
  Adrien Hardy/Stanislas Maslard 11 49.40' W                
12 SAVEOL 40 26.02' N 6.5 173 5.5 166.0 4.6 110.7 3310.2 28.3
  Romain Attanasio/Sam Davies 11 15.09' W                
13 CHEMINEES POUJOULAT 40 30.84' N 6.5 174 5.3 183.0 4.7 113.6 3311.0 29.0
  Bernard Stamm/Gildas Mahé 11 25.42' W                
14 SAVE THE RICH 40 35.47' N 4.0 209 5.3 171.0 4.4 104.6 3326.3 44.3
  Christophe Bouvet/Yannick Bestaven 10 53.33' W                
15 LUISINA 40 32.75' N 5.5 130 5.7 154.0 4.1 98.3 3328.7 46.8
  Eric Drouglazet/Laurent Pellecuer 10 40.24' W                
16 KICKERS 40 53.30' N 5.5 159 4.4 166.0 4.1 98.8 3329.8 47.8
  Sébastien Picault/Laurent Bourgues 11 29.55' W                
17 GENERALI Europ Assistance 40 34.80' N 4.0 120 5.1 150.0 3.8 91.8 3332.5 50.5
  Yann Elies/Jérémie Beyou 10 35.04' W                
18 BcomBIO 41 04.60' N 5.0 135 4.5 148.0 4.2 100.2 3340.7 58.7
  Luce Molinier/Bertrand Castelnerac 11 27.17' W                
19 CREDIT MUTUEL DE BRETAGNE 40 36.50' N 4.5 166 5.7 155.0 3.4 82.3 3345.9 64.0
  Nicolas Troussel/Thomas Rouxel 10 03.75' W                
20 GENERALI 40 37.85' N 4.5 142 5.2 158.0 3.6 85.7 3346.1 64.1
  Nicolas Lunven/Jean Le Cam 10 06.36' W                
21 iSanté 41 24.12' N 1.5 144 2.6 229.0 4.0 96.7 3346.3 64.3
  Christophe Rateau/Sylvain Pontu 12 07.33' W                
22 Trier c'est préserver 41 16.00' N 4.5 197 2.0 218.0 3.9 93.4 3353.4 71.4
  Laurent Gouezigoux/Bertrand Delesne 11 19.88' W                
23 GARMIN - ONE NETWORK ENERGIES 41 22.96' N 1.5 253 2.4 237.0 3.9 93.3 3354.4 72.4
  Yannig Livory/Erwan Livory 11 36.70' W                
24 MAISONS DE L'AVENIR- URBATYS 41 13.69' N 2.0 52 2.5 156.0 2.8 66.7 3371.2 89.2
  H-P Schipman/Pierre Canevet 10 22.16' W                
25 MemoireStBarth.com 41 38.15' N 1.0 139 1.6 144.0 3.0 71.3 3397.6 115.6
  Richard Lédée/Christophe Lebas 10 08.36' W                

Day three of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale and while over the course of Tuesday there was pretty much a different leader at every sched, over the last 24 hours former Mini Transat winner Armel Tripon and Franck Le Gal on Gedimat have been consistently ahead. Overnight and during the position reporting black-out, they have done particularly well, just 0.2 miles ahead of Groupe Bel at the beginning of the evening while at the first sched this morning they had pulled out a lead of 13 miles. The night has been particularly good for the boats that have committed to the west of the race course and as the boats has crossed the occluded front and the depression to their south has moved left across their path causing the wind to back to the north, so we reckon the westerly have seen better pressure. Compared to Groupe Bel for example, slightly further to the east, which averaged just 3.2 knots in the four hours leading up to this morning first sched at 0448, compared to Gedimat's 5.8. While this is true for Gedimat and Ronan Treussart and Yannick Le Clech on Lufthansa, Armel le Cleac'h and Fabien Delahaye on BritAir have jumped from fifth to third through sheer grit and boat speed, pulling ahead of what yesterday was the lead group with Cercle Verte, Groupe Bel and Banque Populaire right behind them.

Roman Attanasio and Sam Davies on Saveol are leading some boats some 30 miles to the east of BritAir's group while Eric Drouglazet and Lauent Pellecuer on Luisina ahead of another group 30 miles to their east. Some more race favourites, Nicolas Lunven and Jean le Cam on Generali and Nicolas Troussel and Thomas Rouxel on Credit Mutuel de Bretagne are closest to the Portugese coast (some 70 miles SSW of Oporto).

Weather-wise as mentioned, the shallow depression to their south has now moved from right to left (eastward) ahead of them and is now over the Iberian peninsula with the wind now light and in the north. With the shift so all the boats are now heading on to more of a SSEerly course getting them closer to the great circle to the Canaries gate - still 730 miles away for Gedimat.

By this evening the wind is forecast to have backed into the northeast and the boats may gybe back this afternoon. We say 'may' because  the crews will be looking as the longer term forecast into the weekend and this is much simpler - an area of high pressure is developing over the Canaries and Madeira (ie exactly where they want to go) and those that skirt furthest to the east round this will find the best pressure versus them having to sail a longer route - this is why God invented routing software! So while the easterly boats are looking down the pan at present - just wait....

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  • James Boyd 22/04/2010 - 08:53

    We'll have this table licked one day...

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