Transat AG2R La Mondiale positions Wednesday 1048
Transat AG2R La Mondiale positions Wednesday 1048

BritAir pulls ahead

As Transat AG2R La Mondiale fleet bask in strong Trade Winds running conditions

Thursday April 29th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

The Transat AG2R boats continues to surge out into the Atlantic with a tightly knit group of three boats pulling ahead now that Jeanne Gregoire and Gerard Veniard on Banque Populaire have peeled off on a more southerly option. Little separates the lead trio although Armel le Cleac'h and Fabien Delahaye on BritAir have eeked out four miles over second placed Roman Attanasio and Sam Davies on Saveol.

For 32ft long boats, the fleet are racking up some impressive mileages with Adrien Hardy and Stanislas Maslard on AGIR Recouvrement top boat at the latest sched having sailed 271 miles in the last 24 hours (11.3 knots average), up from the 200-210 boats had managed in the previous 24 hours.

While the met situation remains unchanged with the centre of the area of high pressure now to their NNW, the boats powering downwind in 20+ knots, almost 200 miles separate the boats laterally across the race course. The lead group are in the middle with Banque Populaire now some 30 miles off to port. Numbers are growing in the south, Nicolas Troussel and Thomas Rouxel on Credit Mutuel de Bretagne joined in the last 24 hours by early race leader Armel Tripon and on Franck Le Gal on Gedimat followed by Bernard Stamm and Gildas Mahe on Cheminees Poujoulat who are now on the most extreme southerly route.

Meanwhile, on their own, on a track  almost 100 miles to the north of the leader's and nearest the high pressure, but also closest to the great circle to St Barts are Adrien Hardy and Stanislas Maslard on AGIR Recouvrement.

The crews are enjoying the conditions as Bertrand de Broc on Cercle Verte described: "We have 25-28 knots with a sharp sea. It is more pleasant to helm under spinnaker at night under full moon than in the day, because you can see the waves easily. It 20°C and the boat of occasionally hits 18 nodes  - it is really very pleasant. We don't get to see that often. Before the Canaries, our longest surfing was at 20 knots for a few seconds. Here they are of 17-18 knots but for several minutes! They are very lively and pleasant boats.

For the hours ahead we don't plan to change course - we will go towards the south as long as the conditions remain favorable. you have to keep on top of everything: navigation, weather, the position of the other boats, to see the changes in order to be able to react quickly. We swap over as often as possible, especially during the night when we are fixed on two hour watches as opposed to three hour during the day. As conditions are good, we are benefitting from some good rest to remain effective. When we are both up at the same time, we look at the last position report and the course of the other boats, the differences between them and the weather. Brit Air is a serious competitor and goes quickly."

See the top image full size here courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

Positions at 1048

Pos Boat Lat Spd Crs Spd2 Crs3 Spd4 Dist DTF DTL
  Crew Long Instant   4 hr av   24 hour      
                     
1 BRIT AIR 23 19.74' N 10.5 259 11.5 249.0 10.5 251.4 2000.9 0.0
  Armel Le Cleac'h/Fabien Delahaye 27 40.18' W                
2 SAVEOL 23 21.00' N 12.0 267 11.6 249.0 10.4 249.6 2005.1 4.1
  Romain Attanasio/Sam Davies 27 35.72' W                
3 CERCLE VERT 23 22.90' N 15.5 242 11.0 243.0 10.5 252.7 2005.9 4.9
  Gildas Morvan/Bertrand de Broc 27 34.94' W                
4 BANQUE POPULAIRE 22 56.65' N 8.0 249 13.3 254.0 10.0 240.9 2028.9 27.9
  Jeanne Grégoire/Gérald Véniard 27 08.83' W                
5 AGIR Recouvrement 25 14.95' N 12.0 256 11.0 250.0 11.4 273.8 2052.2 51.3
  Adrien Hardy/Stanislas Maslard 26 52.34' W                
6 GASPE 7 23 43.90' N 12.5 246 11.6 242.0 10.4 249.4 2057.6 56.7
  Joseph Brault/Antoine Koch 26 39.55' W                
7 GENERALI Europ Assistance 23 50.80' N 12.5 243 12.0 242.0 10.3 246.9 2070.3 69.3
  Yann Elies/Jérémie Beyou 26 26.08' W                
8 SAVE THE RICH 24 18.33' N 10.0 239 11.8 239.0 10.9 261.8 2083.5 82.6
  Christophe Bouvet/Yannick Bestaven 26 13.17' W                
9 GENERALI 23 14.50' N 12.0 237 12.1 244.0 10.0 239.9 2085.4 84.4
  Nicolas Lunven/Jean Le Cam 26 07.98' W                
10 LUFTHANSA 23 34.70' N 13.0 245 11.9 245.0 9.9 238.3 2086.5 85.5
  Ronan Treussart/Yannick Le Clech 26 07.54' W                
11 CONCARNEAU - ST BARTH 23 54.68' N 12.0 228 12.0 240.0 10.7 255.7 2092.5 91.5
  Miguel Danet/Damien Cloarec 26 01.94' W                
12 LUISINA 23 37.78' N 10.5 240 12.0 240.0 10.3 246.5 2095.8 94.9
  Eric Drouglazet/Laurent Pellecuer 25 57.47' W                
13 SKIPPER MACIF 2009 23 52.52' N 9.5 229 11.7 242.0 10.9 260.9 2097.4 96.5
  Eric Peron/Gwen Riou 25 56.43' W                
14 CREDIT MUTUEL DE BRETAGNE 22 41.64' N 10.0 264 12.6 244.0 10.0 239.6 2115.8 114.9
  Nicolas Troussel/Thomas Rouxel 25 34.07' W                
15 GEDIMAT 22 50.02' N 9.5 210 11.0 211.0 7.8 188.1 2131.1 130.1
  Armel Tripon/Franck Le Gal 25 17.67' W                
16 KICKERS 23 44.64' N 9.5 247 11.7 241.0 9.9 238.0 2142.1 141.1
  Sébastien Picault/Laurent Bourgues 25 07.21' W                
17 Trier c'est préserver 23 52.40' N 13.0 238 11.3 235.0 10.1 242.1 2144.3 143.3
  Laurent Gouezigoux/Bertrand Delesne 25 05.16' W                
18 MemoireStBarth.com 25 15.12' N 10.0 226 12.5 244.0 11.5 277.1 2152.4 151.4
  Richard Lédée/Christophe Lebas 25 01.28' W                
19 CHEMINEES POUJOULAT 22 40.93' N 8.0 219 11.0 219.0 8.6 207.2 2159.0 158.1
  Bernard Stamm/Gildas Mahé 24 47.26' W                
20 GROUPE SNEF 25 07.93' N 9.5 252 11.6 240.0 10.7 257.1 2159.3 158.3
  Jean Paul Mouren/Paul Meilhat 24 53.06' W                
21 iSanté 24 52.18' N 9.5 242 10.2 238.0 9.5 228.0 2166.9 166.0
  Christophe Rateau/Sylvain Pontu 24 43.51' W                
22 GARMIN - ONE NETWORK ENERGIES 25 17.57' N 9.5 244 11.1 241.0 9.8 235.3 2183.2 182.3
  Yannig Livory/Erwan Livory 24 27.25' W                
23 MAISONS DE L'AVENIR- URBATYS 24 12.50' N 7.0 261 12.1 242.0 9.9 237.9 2192.9 192.0
  H-P Schipman/Pierre Canevet 24 12.69' W                
24 BcomBIO 25 39.07' N 10.0 228 9.8 252.0 10.2 244.1 2216.3 215.4
  Luce Molinier/Bertrand Castelnerac 23 52.20' W                
25 GROUPE BEL 26 54.63' N 11.0 266 10.1 262.0 11.3 271.2 2230.0 229.1
  Kito De Pavant/Sébastien Audigane 23 44.01' W                

 

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