Solidaire du Chocolat: St Barts a day away
Solidaire du Chocolat charts courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems
Positions at 0430 UTC:
|1||Mare||Jörg Riechers • Marc Lepesqueux||20°39.36'N||058°39.19'W||2.3||234||1851.4||0.0|
|2||Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas||Stéphane Le Diraison • Adrien Hardy||22°00.41'N||058°21.67'W||6||263||1915.5||64.2|
|3||Aquarelle.com||Yannick Bestaven • Eric Drouglazet||21°52.86'N||058°08.72'W||5.6||230||1919.2||67.8|
|4||Geodis||Fabrice Amedeo • Armel Tripon||21°59.42'N||058°10.64'W||5.5||250||1922.3||70.9|
|5||Eole Generation - GDF Suez||Sébastien Rogues • Bertrand Delesne||21°29.11'N||056°55.31'W||7.3||278||1959.7||108.3|
|6||Jack in the box||Aloys Claquin • Ludovic Aglaor||21°04.88'N||055°53.86'W||7.6||259||1998.5||147.1|
|7||Initiatives - Alex Olivier||Tanguy de Lamotte • Jean Galfione||21°00.17'N||055°38.62'W||7.5||266||2009.5||158.1|
|8||Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline||Mathis Prochasson • Matthieu Galland||22°37.36'N||053°43.32'W||7.9||280||2148.1||296.7|
|9||Looking for a sponsor||Jean Edouard Criquioche • Anna Maria Renken||23°04.51'N||052°53.51'W||7.7||243||2201.4||350.0|
|10||Groupe Picoty||Jacques Fournier • Jean-Christophe Caso||24°22.85'N||051°58.24'W||8.3||252||2283.7||432.3|
|11||Transport Cohérence||Benoît Parnaudeau • Benoît Jouandet||15°49.43'N||046°49.41'W||7.9||233||2488.6||637.2|
The log continues to count down until the doublehanded Class40s in the Solidaire du Chocolat reach the St Barts turning mark, 288 miles away from mare at the latest sched, in this lengthy race. After rounding the turning mark, the boats still have more than 1500 miles to sail along the south side of the northern arm of the Caribbean chain until they reach the finish line at Progreso on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Overnight mare has slowed as the leaders enter the next transition and after getting up to 88 miles ahead of the chasing trio to the north around lunchtime UTC yesterday, so Jorg Riecher and Marc Lepesqueux's Sam Manuard-designed Class 40 has slowed and at the latest sched their lead is back down to 64.2 miles with more losses to come over the course of this morning.
As the chart above shows the second placed trio to the north is currently in better pressure and look set to be the first to see the shift into the north. We think it is unlikely that they'll be able to catch mare, but they will certainly close on her.