Solidaire du Chocolat: mare on the rise again

St Barts two days away for leaders, but the wind will clock through 360 before then

Tuesday March 27th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Solidaire du Chocolat charts courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems

Positions at 0430 UTC:

Pos Boat Crew Lat Long Spd Crs DTF DTL
          4 hr aver      
1 Mare Jörg Riechers - Marc Lepesqueux 21°36.74'N 055°35.29'W 11.2 251 2028.1 0.0
2 Geodis Fabrice Amedeo - Armel Tripon 22°58.70'N 055°00.20'W 10.5 242 2097.8 69.7
3 Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas Stéphane Le Diraison - Adrien Hardy 23°01.33'N 055°01.01'W 10.8 246 2098.6 70.5
4 Yannick Bestaven - Eric Drouglazet 23°03.53'N 055°01.51'W 11 245 2099.5 71.4
5 Eole Generation - GDF Suez Sébastien Rogues - Bertrand Delesne 22°19.31'N 053°39.16'W 9.8 250 2143.4 115.4
6 Jack in the box Aloys Claquin - Ludovic Aglaor 22°00.01'N 052°27.73'W 10.8 234 2196.5 168.4
7 Initiatives - Alex Olivier Tanguy de Lamotte - Jean Galfione 21°50.08'N 051°54.34'W 10.6 242 2222.1 194.1
8 Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline Mathis Prochasson - Matthieu Galland 23°23.41'N 049°56.12'W 8.8 241 2357.3 329.2
9 Looking for a sponsor Jean Edouard Criquioche - Anna Maria Renken 24°46.19'N 049°30.57'W 8.4 243 2412.8 384.7
10 Groupe Picoty Jacques Fournier - Jean-Christophe Caso 25°52.86'N 048°24.76'W 8.9 244 2496.3 468.2
11 Transport Cohérence Benoît Parnaudeau - Benoît Jouandet 17°50.96'N 043°52.46'W 10 225 2643.6 615.5

Conditions are swinging back in favour of Jorg Riechers and Marc Lepesqueux on mare. At the latest sched they are again the fastest boat in the fleet, although still on their southern track Tanguy de La Motte and Jean Galfione on Initiatives-Alex Olivier are making the best VMG. As a result mare has once again extended her lead a little up from 48 miles 24 hours ago. A real race however is on behind and to the north between the three boats jockeying for second place, now separated by just 1.5 miles.

Mare still has 466 miles to go before she reaches the turning mark off St Barts. However over the next 24 hours the dice looks set to be rolled once again as the high, dominating the weather, easing away to the northeast, causes the breeze to veer into the southwest. So tomorrow morning mare on the wind while the boats in the north will be the first to see the breeze continuing on into the northwest before the wind continues to swing through its 360 on into tomorrow night. The boats should be on for a fast run into St Barts which mare should reach on Thursday morning UTC.


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