Vendee Globe: Bay of Biscay gale
Jean le Cam on SynerCiel and Mike Golding on Gamesa are due to be the next arrivals into Les Sables d'Olonne today, in fifth and sixth places respectively.
Positions at 0800 UTC
|1 hour aver||24hr aver|
|1||François Gabart||MACIF||Finished: 27/01/2013 14:18:40 UTC||Course time: 78d 02h 16m 40s|
|2||Armel Le Cléac'h||Banque Pop||Finished: 27/01/2013 17:35:52 UTC||Course time: 78d 05h 33m 52s|
|3||Alex Thomson||Hugo Boss||Finished: 30/01/2013 07:25:43 UTC||Course time: 80d 19h 23m 43s|
|4||Jean-Pierre Dick||Virbac||Finished: 04/02/2013 15:05:40 UTC||Course time: 86d 03h 03m 40s|
|5||Jean Le Cam||SynerCiel||46°15.52'N||03°24.03'W||11.5 kts||86°||11.5||14.7||353.2||67.9||0|
|6||Mike Golding||Gamesa||45°39.01'N||05°22.61'W||14.3 kts||74°||14.3||12.9||308.4||157.3||89.4|
|7||Dominique Wavre||Mirabaud||42°38.27'N||16°58.52'W||10.4 kts||57°||10.4||6.3||150||687.5||619.6|
|8||Arnaud Boissières||Akena Verandas||41°57.79'N||19°18.29'W||10.8 kts||109°||10.8||7||167.2||798.3||730.3|
|9||Bertrand De Broc||Votre nom||36°06.45'N||29°08.30'W||11.2 kts||21°||11.2||10.8||259.7||1371.3||1303.4|
|10||Tanguy Delamotte||Initiatives Coeur||15°08.23'N||33°28.99'W||8.7 kts||353°||8.7||4.3||103.7||2464.9||2397|
|11||Alessandro Di Benedetto||Team Plastique||02°59.90'N||24°04.83'W||6.8 kts||333°||6.8||5.3||126.5||2910.3||2842.3|
|RET||Javier Sanso||Acciona||Lost keel and capsized. (3 Feb)|
|RET||Bernard Stamm||Cheminees||Ran out of fuel after hydrogenerator problems (9 Jan)|
|RET||Vincent Riou||PRB||Damage to hull and lower shroud after collision with drifting buoy (24 Nov)|
|RET||Zbigniew Gutowski||Energa||Autopilot failure (21 Nov)|
|RET||Jérémie Beyou||Maitre CoQ||Broken hydraulic ram (19 Nov)|
|RET||Sam Davies||Saveol||Dismasted (15 Nov)|
|RET||Louis Burton||Bureau Vallee||Rammed by a fishing boat, rigging damage (14 Nov)|
|RET||Kito de Pavant||Groupe Bel||Rammed by a fishing boat, hull damage (12 Nov)|
|RET||Marc Guillemot||Safran||Titanium keel broke (10 Nov)|
SynerCiel and Gamesa are now on their final run into Les Sables d'Olonne. The separation between the two boats is now up to 89 miles. So le Cam is due at around 1300 UTC and Golding at around 2000 UTC this evening.
After a windy night the breeze is still blowing a solid 35-40 knots from the northwest. Fortunately there hasn't been a massive wind shift preceeding this so hopefully the sea state on the Bay of Biscay won't be too heinous. Unfortunately Mike Golding says otherwise. He reported this morning: "At the moment all I am interested in is concentrating on dealing with the weather. My only focus right now is just concern to get through the weather right now safely. I have 40 knots of breeze and a really nasty sea state."
Following the issue fairing ahead of the axis for Gamesa's canting keel, Golding is at the same time fighting with a leak from the keel box and is having to slow regularly to help the pumps take water from the inside of his boat.
One wonders what problems there are on SynerCiel.
The next wave of boats - Dominique Wavre's Mirabaud and Arnaud Boissieres on Akena Verandas - are currently negotiating an area of high pressure to the northeast of the Azores. All being well, they are due in on Saturday, local boy Boissieres expecting a particularly warm welcome.