mare pulls ahead
Positions at 0830 UTC:
|1||Mare||Jörg Riechers - Marc Lepesqueux||41°19.83'N||013°06.69'W||8.6||243||4462.1||0.0|
|2||Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline||Mathis Prochasson - Matthieu Galland||42°32.56'N||012°59.69'W||7.3||242||4484.9||22.8|
|3||Geodis||Fabrice Amedeo - Armel Tripon||41°25.12'N||012°28.26'W||9||242||4491.4||29.3|
|4||Jack in the box||Aloys Claquin - Ludovic Aglaor||41°02.71'N||012°03.76'W||9.2||238||4504.3||42.2|
|5||Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas||Stéphane Le Diraison - Adrien Hardy||40°53.12'N||011°59.80'W||8.7||233||4505.2||43.1|
|6||Aquarelle.com||Yannick Bestaven - Eric Drouglazet||40°56.74'N||011°59.78'W||9||237||4506.0||43.9|
|7||Eole Generation - GDF Suez||Sébastien Rogues - Bertrand Delesne||41°09.35'N||011°58.71'W||8.5||233||4509.5||47.4|
|8||Looking for a sponsor||Jean Edouard Criquioche - Anna Maria Renken||41°33.40'N||012°05.14'W||8||234||4510.1||48.0|
|9||Initiatives - Alex Olivier||Tanguy de Lamotte - Jean Galfione||41°01.07'N||011°53.84'W||8.8||237||4511.3||49.2|
|10||Transport Cohérence||Benoît Parnaudeau - Benoît Jouandet||41°38.18'N||011°29.03'W||7.4||231||4537.5||75.4|
|11||Groupe Picoty||Jacques Fournier - Jean-Christophe Caso||41°58.73'N||009°05.80'W||3.5||240||4646.2||184.1|
The Class40s in the Solidaire du Chocolat have had a better 24 hours than the GRIBs were indicating yesterday. In particular Jorg Riechers and Marc Lepesqueux on their new Sam Manuard-designed Mach40 mare have managed to pull out a 23 mile lead. Yesterday morning at Cape Finisterre they were slightly further offshore than the rest of the fleet and managed to keep the breeze and as a result they were first to set off on a southwesterly course. They have since opened up a 29 mile lead over third placed Geodis while the main group of boats is some 50-60 miles to their ESE.
For mare, while this has gained them the lead, their current course seems quite dangerous as the forecasts are showing more breeze on the left side of the course, where the bulk of the fleet has positioned itself. While the German boat is sailing into a zone of high pressure, the southeasterly boats will benefit from a stronger northerly flow encouraged by the development of a small depression centred over Gibraltar to the Algarve later today. So it is probable that mare will gybe back to consolidate her lead at some point.
At 0630 this morning Jacques Fournier and Jean-Christophe Caso on Groupe Picoty rejoined the race after stopping in Bayona to repair their damaged rudder. Their stopover lasted just three hours total - (the minimum allowed under the Sailing Instructions), where they carried out the work with the assistance of the Alexandro Montereal Yacht Club, employees at the Port of Bayona and Luis Guervós who organised the technical assistance.
Groupe Picoty arrived at 03:30 this morning, and was inclined using a halyard to lift the damaged rudder out of the water. JC Caso then proceeding to fix the rudder with fast setting epoxy paste after which the rudder was refaired and the boat returned to the horizontal.
"Although the profile of the rudder is not perfect, it should work," Fournier wrote this morning. "Now the hunt is on! The first competitor is now 100 miles way... A huge thank you Alexandro and his colleagues of the port of Bayona and to Luis Guervós."