Transat AG2R positions at 1030
Transat AG2R positions at 1030

South coming good in the Transat AG2R

Gaspe 7 continues to lead but southerly group are sailing 2-3 knots faster

Tuesday May 4th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Joseph Brault and Antoine Koch on Gaspe 7 continue to do an exemplary job having led the Figaro's doublehanded Transat AG2R La Mondiale now since yesterday morning. Over the last scheds Gaspe 7 has done well to stay in the breeze which appears to have dropped off 30-150 miles to the north causing Generali - Europ Assistance and Concarneau-St Barthelemy to drop off the pace - second and fifth respectively yesterday at the latest sched they are down to 6th and 11th. However this all looks set to change over the course of today with the southerly group now back into some good trade winds and making 8-9 knots average compared to the race leader's 6.7.

More than 700 miles still remains across the race course between Kito de Pavant and Sebastien Audagne in the north on Groupe Bel, who should be finally off the breeze, that over the last 24 hours has caused them to drop back down from 11th to 18th. Meanwhile the southernmost boats have put in a gybe back to the west (rather than southwest). Bernard Stamm and Gildas Mahe on Cheminee Poujoulat were first to go yesterday afternoon, along with Gildas Morvan and Bernard de Broc on Cercle Verte, one of the original lead four, and overnight it appears most of the southerly boats have followed suit, although many have since gybed back. In terms of the leaderboard this has seen Cercle Verte jump from eighth to fourth place overnight while she has since gybed back now to the north of the still tightly grouped trio of BritAir, Banque Populaire and Romain Attanasio and Sam Davies on Saveol

The question remains - will the north continue to pay for Brault and Koch who are on one of the shortest routes to the St Barts finish line or will it go light, allowing the boats in the south to pull through as they stay in the trades and are able to truck into the finish on a long starboard gybe? 320 miles to the north of the southerly group, the Gaspe 7 crew must be fairly confident, for at the moment for they are on a gybe taking them WNW. Or they are playing the shifts with the wind forecast to veer slightly into the east in 24 hours time. Fact is, it looks unlikely and by tomorrow morning the southerly boats are likely to be back in front probably with Cercle Verte moving into pole.

See a more detailed version of the top image here courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

Positions at 1030

 

Pos Boat Crew Lat Long Spd Crs Spd2 Dist DTF DTL
          4 hour aver   24 hour aver      
                     
1 GASPE 7 Joseph Brault/Antoine Koch 19 05.69' N 40 08.62' W 6.4 281 5.3 127.7 1296.9 0
2 AGIR Recouvrement Adrien Hardy/Stanislas Maslard 19 47.50' N 39 42.34' W 5.7 267 5 119.7 1321.9 24.9
3 CERCLE VERT Gildas Morvan/Bertrand de Broc 14 00.01' N 39 54.89' W 9 227 6.1 146.1 1346.9 49.9
4 BRIT AIR Armel Le Cleac'h/Fabien Delahaye 13 39.94' N 39 54.25' W 8.8 230 4.9 117.8 1352.2 55.2
5 SAVE THE RICH Christophe Bouvet/Yannick Bestaven 16 26.89' N 39 15.85' W 8.1 226 4.3 102.1 1355.5 58.6
6 GENERALI Europ Assistance Yann Elies/Jérémie Beyou 21 20.57' N 39 09.82' W 5.1 225 3.5 83.6 1356.8 59.9
7 BANQUE POPULAIRE Jeanne Grégoire/Gérald Véniard 13 34.59' N 39 50.24' W 8.9 228 5.9 141.2 1357.2 60.3
8 SAVEOL Romain Attanasio/Sam Davies 13 34.98' N 39 47.69' W 8.8 231 5.2 125.1 1359.6 62.6
9 CREDIT MUTUEL DE BRETAGNE Nicolas Troussel/Thomas Rouxel 14 03.62' N 39 06.29' W 9.4 274 6.8 163.4 1392 95.1
10 MemoireStBarth.com Richard Lédée/Christophe Lebas 24 18.91' N 38 45.78' W 4.2 263 4.4 106.2 1403.3 106.4
11 CONCARNEAU - ST BARTH Miguel Danet/Damien Cloarec 22 11.39' N 38 22.90' W 4.2 230 2.5 59.5 1404.9 108
12 GROUPE SNEF Jean Paul Mouren/Paul Meilhat 18 59.48' N 38 10.67' W 7.3 230 4.5 109.2 1408.5 111.6
13 LUFTHANSA Ronan Treussart/Yannick Le Clech 14 04.65' N 38 42.02' W 8.7 271 6.2 148.2 1414.8 117.8
14 GEDIMAT Armel Tripon/Franck Le Gal 14 32.53' N 38 32.59' W 8.8 266 7.7 185.2 1417.8 120.9
15 SKIPPER MACIF 2009 Eric Peron/Gwen Riou 14 01.62' N 38 37.70' W 8.2 258 6.8 163.2 1419.5 122.6
16 LUISINA Eric Drouglazet/Laurent Pellecuer 13 43.44' N 38 37.10' W 8.4 258 6.3 152.1 1424.2 127.2
17 iSanté Christophe Rateau/Sylvain Pontu 17 28.57' N 37 55.82' W 7.3 279 6.3 151 1427.6 130.7
18 GROUPE BEL Kito De Pavant/Sébastien Audigane 25 02.84' N 38 26.74' W 2.7 231 3.7 88.1 1429.3 132.4
19 GENERALI Nicolas Lunven/Jean Le Cam 13 02.59' N 38 39.84' W 8.5 240 5.7 135.6 1431.6 134.7
20 CHEMINEES POUJOULAT Bernard Stamm/Gildas Mahé 13 58.39' N 38 24.08' W 7.9 240 6.9 165.3 1433.1 136.2
21 Trier c'est préserver Laurent Gouezigoux/Bertrand Delesne 15 01.78' N 37 41.42' W 8.5 218 6 143 1460.9 163.9
22 KICKERS Sébastien Picault/Laurent Bourgues 14 28.38' N 37 47.78' W 8.4 262 5.9 142.4 1461.2 164.2
23 MAISONS DE L'AVENIR- URBATYS H-P Schipman/Pierre Canevet 15 58.47' N 35 44.82' W 8.5 271 4.1 98.2 1562.6 265.7
24 GARMIN - ONE NETWORK ENERGIES Yannig Livory/Erwan Livory 16 10.06' N 35 41.03' W 8.4 229 3.7 89.8 1564.6 267.7
25 BcomBIO Luce Molinier/Bertrand Castelnerac 16 03.12' N 35 23.00' W 7.8 228 4.2 102 1582.7 285.8

 

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