Solidaire du Chocolat: St Barts a day away

Chasing trio close as race leader falls into light winds

Wednesday March 28th 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
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 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.

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