Transat AG2R: Cercle Verte hangs in there

500 miles to go for race leader

Friday May 11th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Chart courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems and GRIB (GFS model) from PredictWind

Positions at 0930 UTC:

Pos Boat Crew Lat Long Spd Crs Vit Dist DTF DTL
          4 hr aver   24 hours      
1 CERCLE VERT Gildas Morvan - Charlie Dalin 16 03.20' N 54 22.07' W 9.6 292 9.4 224.5 503.6 0
2 NACARAT Erwan Tabarly - Eric Peron 15 42.35' N 54 00.97' W 9.7 291 9.7 232.7 528.6 25
3 BANQUE POPULAIRE Jeanne Gregoire - Gérald Veniard 15 44.43' N 53 39.32' W 9.2 292 9.5 226.9 548.1 44.5
4 MACIF Paul Meilhat - Fabien Delahaye 15 22.85' N 53 44.84' W 9.3 289 9.7 233.2 549.1 45.5
5 CORNOUAILLE PORT DE PECHE Jean-Charles Monnet - Alexandre Toulorge 16 27.61' N 53 24.27' W 9.8 287 9.4 225.2 552.6 49
6 BRETAGNE CREDIT MUTUEL PERFORMANCE Anthony Marchand - Romain Attanasio 15 41.25' N 53 33.44' W 9.7 293 9.4 225 554.4 50.8
7 LES RECYCLEURS BRETONS Michel Bothuon - Simon Troel 16 14.60' N 53 20.42' W 9.8 283 9.5 227.3 558.7 55.1
8 GEDIMAT Thierry Chabagny - Christopher Pratt 15 04.49' N 53 33.82' W 9.7 293 9.7 233.1 565 61.4
9 ARTEMIS Sam Goodchild - Nick Cherry 15 32.42' N 53 18.14' W 9.7 290 9.4 225.8 571 67.4
10 SEPALUMIC Frederic Duthil - Francois Lebourdais 15 12.71' N 53 20.27' W 9.9 297 10.1 242.9 574.8 71.2
11 GAES Anna Corbella - Gérard Marin 14 43.05' N 53 13.32' W 9.5 293 10.1 243.2 590.9 87.3
12 LA SOLIDARITE MUTUALISTE Damien Guillou - Ronan Treussard 15 01.43' N 52 50.75' W 9.3 289 9.8 234.2 605.4 101.8
13 EDM / PAYS BASQUE ENTREPRISES Amaiur Alfaro - Christophe Lebas 14 13.93' N 52 58.94' W 9.9 296 10.2 243.9 614.5 110.9
14 ONE NETWORK ENERGIES Yannig Livory - Guillaume Farsy 15 03.23' N 51 55.24' W 10.2 290 9.7 231.7 655.9 152.4
15 ARMOR-LUX / PERE LOUSTIC / CLOWN A L'HOPITAL Germain Kerleveo - Jean-Sebastien Henry 14 55.28' N 50 17.27' W 10.3 282 9.8 235.3 749 245.4
16 HOTEL EMERAUDE PLAGE SAINT-BARTHELEMY Louis-Maurice Tannyeres - Joanna Tannyeres 14 20.61' N 47 53.18' W 9.8 280 9.5 228.3 892.6 389

The breeze now seems to have evened out across the fleet in the Transat AG2R with Nacarat now only making the smallest inroads into Cercle Verte's lead. At the latest sched Cercle Verte has just over 500 miles left to sail, and over the last 48 hours has edged south to cover Nacarat, which is now 25 miles astern and in turn holds a comfortable 20 mile cushion to Jeanne Gregoire and Gerald Veniard on Banque Populaire in third. The boats are all slightly high on course so that they are likely to have to make a final gybe to get to the finish line off St Barts where the leaders are due in the early hours of Monday morning (UTC).

Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry on Artemis are holding ninth place on a similar track to the race leaders.

 

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