mare into the lead
|1||Mare||Jörg Riechers||Pierre Brasseur||49 30.92' N||3 15.92' W||10||111||131.33||0|
|2||Made In Normandy||Nicolas Jossier||Alexandre Toulorge||49 31.08' N||3 19.00' W||8.4||104||133.31||1.99|
|3||Campagne de France||Halvard Mabire||Miranda Merron||49 35.67' N||3 31.61' W||10.9||103||142.48||11.15|
|4||Geodis||Fabrice Amedeo||Armel Tripon||49 37.12' N||3 46.52' W||10.2||102||149.52||18.2|
|5||Groupe Picoty||Jean- Christophe Caso||Aymeric Chappellier||49 44.92' N||4 15.64' W||11.4||107||157.35||26.03|
|6||Red||Mathias Blumencron||Boris Herrmann||49 40.84' N||4 02.08' W||9.6||109||162.68||31.36|
|7||Momentum Ocean Racing||Dan Dytch||Emma Creighton||49 41.72' N||4 06.40' W||10.4||102||165.61||34.29|
|8||Al Bucq||Brieuc Maisonneuve||Ned Collier Wakefield||49 43.60' N||4 07.00' W||13.6||107||166.47||35.15|
|9||Phoenix Europe Carac||Louis Duc||Stéphanie Alran||49 42.00' N||4 09.04' W||11.2||110||167.32||35.99|
|10||Phesheya-Racing||Phillippa Hutton-Squire||Pip Hare||50 03.92' N||5 46.56' W||7.6||242||234.14||102.82|
|11||Obportus3||Olivier Roussey||Philippe Burger||50 38.99' N||5 39.05' W||7.7||250||267.74||136.41|
|ABD||Eärwen||Catherine Pourre||Goulven Royer|
|ABD||GDF Suez||Sebastien Rogues||Ludovic Aglaor|
|ABD||Jasmine Flyer||Thibault Reinhart||Nicolas Boidévezi|
|ABD||Kogane||Patrice Bougard||Gilles Dadou|
|ABD||Mr Bricolage||Damien Rousseau||Benjamin Develay|
|ABD||Norma Concept - Le Pal||Bruno Jourdren||Thomas Ruyant|
|ABD||Partouche||Christophe Coatnoan||Jean-Charles Monnet|
|ABD||Pascal Atkey & son of Cowes||Piers Tyler||James Stableford|
|ABD||Swish||Roderick Knowles||Paul Peggs|
Over the course of the early hours of this morning as the boats have been heading back across English Channel, so Jorg Reichers and Pierre Brasseur and their Mach 40 mare have taken the lead of the Normandy Channel Race overhauling Nicolas Jossier and Alexandre Toulorge on Made in Normandie. The German Class40 (see a video tour of her here), clearly a powerful reaching machine, moved into the lead at 0315 and was confirmed as the new leader in the 0500 sched and at the latest update this is up to two miles.
At present the boats are bound for the next turning mark of the course, Guernsey, 23 miles from mare at the latest sched, beaming reaching with the wind still in the southwest and blowing at around 20 knots.
Behind Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France are 11 miles astern at the latest sched with a further seven miles back Fabrice Amedeo and Armel Tripon on Geodis. But the fight is really on between the tightly knit group behind.
The top four Class 40s are expected off Guernsey at around and as they head past Raz Blanchard and Barfleur, they’ll have a favourable current until 1800 this evening. With 131 miles to go until they return to Ouistreham, mare is due in in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Philippa Hutton-Squire and Pip Hare aboard the Akilaria Mk1 Phesheya Racing, currently off Land's End, described the conditions: "Wet, bumpy and very choppy seas. Banging up and slamming down - not too much fun".
Louis Duc, skipper of Phoenix Europe–Carac, reported: “48 hours is the time it takes me to relocate what I need to write some messages... Please note that if you find some spelling mistakes in this email, it’s just typing errors resulting from my Spanish keyboard, which isn’t quite the same as usual in terms of the accents. Thank you to the organisation for not sending us into the storm and enabling us to sidestep a spell of upwind sailing in 40 knots of breeze. Tittle-tattlers may well say that sailors have turned into women, no longer wanting to sail in the rough weather. In reality the reverse is true. Women have developed a great deal in terms of seamanship. Proof of this comes from Sylvie Viant, Race Director, who took the decision not to take us to Fastnet or Tuskar Rock, where the return leg was looking very tough and boat-breaking. Before dumping our fine Phoenix Europe spinnaker as we went around the Isle of Wight, in our moment of glory the sail blew out in a gentle puff of air... that hampered our progress today between Land’s End and the passage mark. The passage across the Solent wasn’t very successful, but we’re very happy with our boat. We have confirmation that ours is a weapon capable of teasing the front runners...”
Jean-Christophe Caso, on Groupe Picoty said: “A slight change of programme on this third day of racing with a shortened course. The weather is forecast to be really bad to very bad in the Irish Sea, so there’s absolutely no point in sending us into the lion’s den. We’re into a routine with life on board and rest has been the main goal today, after a fairly good start to the race. Fatigue got the better of us last night where the different sail changes accompanied by quite a lot of wind caused us to drop off the pace a little, which is what has opened up this difference this morning. The front runners are barely 10 miles ahead, so we’re not letting up! We’re in contact with 2 boats, which we can see, and we’re on the attack.”