Riechers into the lead
Series class positions at 0600 - click to enlarge
A new morning and a new set of leaders in the Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 (Mini Transat). The boats have typically been making better than expected progress over the last 24 hours and the leaders are now closing on the longitude of La Coruna, although they are some 70 miles offshore. As the overall weather chart at the top of the page indicates, the strong southerlies are already in residence just a little further down the race track so tactically the objective is to try and head west to be first to reach the favourable northwesterlies that are due to arrive on Friday. It is unlikely that there will be any shaving of the northwest tip of Spain in this race.
Overnight in the Protos German Mini sailor Jorg Riechers has reclaimed the lead aboard mare.de, but he is just 2.5 miles ahead of Sebastien Rogues on Eole Generation-GDF Suez, and 10 miles in front of Nicholas Boidevezi on Defi GDE and Bertrand Delesne on Zone Large. Yesterday's leader David Raison on his innovative scow TeamWork Evolution has dropped to sixth, now 15 miles off the lead, but continues on one of the most southerly headings, with his teammate Etienne David suffering more even further to the south.
British Proto sailor Dan Dytch has dropped two places overnight and is now in 20th place 27 miles from the leader.
There have been dramatic changes overnight too in the Series class with Davy Beaudart on Innovea Environnement pulling into first place with yesterday morning's leader Gwenole Gahinet now down to 12th. Beaudart has Italian Andrea Pendibene on Intermatica just over a mile behind him and Pierre Cizeau on Masqhotel holding third to the north. British competitor Pip Hare on The Potting Shed has had a good night and has elevated herself to seventh place 5.8 miles off the lead and following a similar track to the race leader.
By way of trivia both the Proto and Series leaders were forced to retire from the 2009 Mini Transat.
One of the support boats following the race reported back this morning that Nicolas Groux has generator problems on Couvac, while Bouyssou Clément on Dout Distribution is suffering from angina and so got in contact with the race doctor for treatment.