Solidaire du Chocolat: mare on the home straight

Leaders due into Progreso tonight

Wednesday April 4th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Solidaire du Chocolat charts courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems and GRIB (European model) from PredictWind

Positions at 0430 UTC:

Pos Boat Crew Lat Long Spd Crs DTF DTL
          4 hr aver      
1 Mare Jörg Riechers-Marc Lepesqueux 21°38.81'N 086°49.53'W 10.5 286 164.2 0.0
2 Agir Recouvrement - Bureau Veritas Stéphane Le Diraison-Adrien Hardy 21°03.79'N 086°07.58'W 13.3 327 212.3 48.1
3 Geodis Fabrice Amedeo-Armel Tripon 20°52.93'N 085°54.85'W 12.9 324 228.1 63.9
4 Yannick Bestaven-Eric Drouglazet 20°53.71'N 085°51.94'W 11.6 319 230.0 65.8
5 Eole Generation - GDF Suez Sébastien Rogues-Bertrand Delesne 19°36.99'N 083°32.96'W 8.4 286 381.3 217.0
6 Initiatives - Alex Olivier Tanguy de Lamotte-Jean Galfione 17°57.20'N 080°26.73'W 7.2 314 583.7 419.5
7 Jack in the box Aloys Claquin-Ludovic Aglaor 17°51.86'N 080°25.82'W 8.3 312 587.3 423.0
8 Poëmes Bleus - Planète Insuline Mathis Prochasson-Matthieu Galland 16°47.99'N 078°58.03'W 10 300 692.3 528.1
9 Looking for a sponsor Jean Edouard Criquioche-Anna Maria Renken 15°26.46'N 075°46.72'W 11.6 292 891.2 726.9
10 Groupe Picoty Jacques Fournier-Jean-Christophe Caso 16°13.07'N 074°53.45'W 9.1 297 913.1 748.9
11 Transport Cohérence Benoît Parnaudeau-Benoît Jouandet 17°53.84'N 062°50.98'W 0 90 1560.4 1396.2

Just 164 miles to go for the Franco-German duo of Jorg Riechers and Marc Lepesqueux on mare as they pass through the gap between the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba and begin to turnwest to the Solidaire du Chocolat finish line at Progeso.

With a 48 mile advantage over the second placed boat and a 15-20 knots southeasterlies set to continue through today, their position is looking comfortable to take first place later tonight, with an ETA of around 2200 UTC.

The second wave of boats is expected tomorrow morning but here the competition is still on with Agir Recouvrement-Bureau Veritas sailed by Stéphane Le Diraison and Adrien Hardy holding second but ith the next two boats just 15-16 miles astern.

The only change in positions over the last 24 hours is that 2010 Solidaire du Chocolat winner Tanguy de Lamotte, sailing with Jean Galfione on Initiatives-Alex Olivier have managed to repair their big kite and have prised sixth place of Jack In the Box, the Sam Manuard-designed sistership to mare.

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