Solidaire du Chocolat - awaiting the next transition
Positions at 0830 UTC:
|4 hr aver|
|1||Mare||Jörg Riechers - Marc Lepesqueux||34°10.72'N||032°35.52'W||12.1||260||3451.8||0.0|
|2||Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas||Stéphane Le Diraison - Adrien Hardy||32°35.03'N||031°40.76'W||12.6||257||3458.7||6.9|
|3||Aquarelle.com||Yannick Bestaven - Eric Drouglazet||33°30.31'N||031°49.34'W||11.9||260||3471.7||19.9|
|4||Geodis||Fabrice Amedeo - Armel Tripon||33°41.21'N||031°40.71'W||12.5||260||3482.4||30.6|
|5||Jack in the box||Aloys Claquin - Ludovic Aglaor||33°06.99'N||031°10.34'W||10.9||250||3493.7||42.0|
|6||Eole Generation - GDF Suez||Sébastien Rogues - Bertrand Delesne||32°37.01'N||030°45.92'W||12.5||262||3502.9||51.1|
|7||Initiatives - Alex Olivier||Tanguy de Lamotte - Jean Galfione||32°48.71'N||029°50.75'W||10.9||245||3550.6||98.8|
|8||Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline||Mathis Prochasson - Matthieu Galland||36°46.26'N||031°21.69'W||10||254||3571.3||119.6|
|9||Looking for a sponsor||Jean Edouard Criquioche - Anna Maria Renken||33°55.23'N||029°42.12'W||11.3||253||3579.4||127.7|
|10||Transport Cohérence||Benoît Parnaudeau - Benoît Jouandet||31°39.26'N||028°29.50'W||9.6||234||3595.7||143.9|
|11||Groupe Picoty||Jacques Fournier - Jean-Christophe Caso||37°08.54'N||027°15.75'W||11.3||251||3760.1||308.3|
Jorg Riechers and Marc Lepesqueux continue to hang on to their lead in the Class40's Solidaire du Chocolat aboard mare, but the Franco-German crew is far from having it all their own way. At present second placed Stéphane Le Diraison and Adrien Hardy on Agir Recouvrement-Bureau Veritas are on a charge, their average speed 0.5 knots faster than the leaders. Since yesterday evening they have taken 10 miles out of mare's advantage.
At present the boats are enjoying fast speeds to the southwest of the high currently centred over the Bay of Biscay, but with a 130 mile lateral split across the race course among the lead group - with mare furthest the north and Eole Generation - GDF Suez furthest south - so the latter group at present are broad reaching in more breeze, whereas mare is on a tighter reach.
For the crews all eyes are on the trough lying to their west and how they should best tackle this. Will north or south pay? At present it looks as though the trough is narrower for the northerly boats who should be able to make a faster passage through sooner.
Bringing up the rear Groupe Picoty successfully made her second pitstop in this race, last night pulling into Ponta Delgada in the Azores, this time to replace, rather than attempt repairing, their broken rudder. Their shore crew had flown in with a new rudder for their Pogo 40 S2. This they managed to install in just one hour, although their pitstop took three hours. Their set off again at 00:40 this morning.