Solidaire du Chocolat: St Barts this afternoon
Solidaire du Chocolat charts courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems
Positions at 0430 UTC:
|1||Mare||Jörg Riechers - Marc Lepesqueux||18°50.28'N||062°14.29'W||13.7||13.2||243||1629.2||0.0|
|2||Aquarelle.com||Yannick Bestaven - Eric Drouglazet||19°18.34'N||061°59.14'W||10.9||13.9||245||1660.7||31.5|
|3||Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas||Stéphane Le Diraison - Adrien Hardy||19°18.01'N||061°58.07'W||12.4||12||224||1660.9||31.7|
|4||Geodis||Fabrice Amedeo - Armel Tripon||19°20.60'N||061°50.33'W||11.6||13.3||245||1666.8||37.6|
|5||Eole Generation - GDF Suez||Sébastien Rogues - Bertrand Delesne||19°27.78'N||059°53.35'W||11.5||11.6||250||1754.2||125.0|
|6||Jack in the box||Aloys Claquin - Ludovic Aglaor||19°35.32'N||059°22.10'W||11.4||12.5||255||1783.7||154.5|
|7||Initiatives - Alex Olivier||Tanguy de Lamotte - Jean Galfione||19°16.45'N||058°39.58'W||10.5||10.8||247||1813.3||184.1|
|8||Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline||Mathis Prochasson - Matthieu Galland||21°01.55'N||056°44.27'W||11.7||10.2||244||1954.8||325.7|
|9||Looking for a sponsor||Jean Edouard Criquioche - Anna Maria Renken||21°31.70'N||056°11.14'W||10.0||10.6||240||1996.4||367.2|
|10||Groupe Picoty||Jacques Fournier - Jean-Christophe Caso||22°29.51'N||055°05.20'W||7.5||10.4||240||2078.3||449.1|
|11||Transport Cohérence||Benoît Parnaudeau - Benoît Jouandet||14°06.73'N||049°16.56'W||4.4||5.3||238||2374.9||745.7|
Solidaire du Chocolat leader mare is just 67 miles from the St Barts turning mark at the latest sched, although as she is sailing directly downwind she going to have to sail more miles and it is unlikely to be until early this afternoon UTC that the first arrival in the doublehanded Class 40 race officially reaches the Caribbean. The boats are obliged to leave the island of Pain de Sucre at the entrance to St Barts' Gustavia Harbour to starboard.
Over the last 24 hours the boats have made it through a transition in the weather and among the leaders the boats in the north have done best, with second placed Stéphane Le Diraison and Adrien Hardy on Agir Recouvrement-Bureau Veritas closing to 27 miles yesterday evening UTC. Worried by this threat mare has been erring to the west to cover the casing trio to her north which this morning are 31 miles adrift of the race leader with Aquarelle.com and Agir Recouvrement-Bureau Veritas impressively still neck and neck as they have been for the last four days. At the latest sched Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet aboard Aquarelle.com are recording the highest average speed in the fleet.