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10 December 2000

Rhythm of the Race Today marks one month at sea. 20 of 24 starters have made it to the Southern Hemisphere, with the leaders streaking through the dangerous Southern Ocean.

Standings table 

Top 3

1.  PRB  44 South 35 East
2.  Sill 44:2 South 35 East + 23 miles 
3.  Aquitaine Innovations 51:2 South 33 East +35 miles

Fleet round up section 

he first month of the race has belonged to Yves Parlier and Aquitaine Innovations. That's the past. In the present, the lead now belongs to
PRB, with Sill 2nd and Parlier having slipped to 3rd. 

In the last 24 hours Michel Desjoyeaux's PRB has gone from 114 miles behind Parlier to 35 ahead. 

With the top 2 showing speeds of 17.3 and 15.7 they have over double the speed of Parlier at 6.48. Their lead should grow over Parlier.

Parlier's trouble is due to his position too far south. Conversly the new 4th place boat is Active Wear which hewed to a norhtern route. Marc Thiercelin is now 291 miles back.

The top 6 boats are continuing to ahdere to the north. Courses range from Ellen Macathur steering Kingfsiher on a NE course to Sill's East by North heading.

The 8th place boat Union Bancaire Privée has broken the mono hull single handed record 24 hour distance record recently set by Yves Parlier. From 1230 GMT on the 8th to 1230 GMT on the 9th, Dominque Wavre covered 430 miles an average of 17.91 knots.

Virtual Spectator data shows Wavre's Finot 60 at least held the same speed and generally increased in speed for 24 hours. At 1230 on the 8th UBP's speed was 14.6. It peaked 24 hours later at 18.4 knots. The speed was generated by a wind that increaseed just as steadily from 18.5 knots to 27.0 by the end of the run. Wavre's course varied from 080° to 087°. UBP sailed at a true wind angle of downwind, the with the tremendous speed generating apparent wind.

Wavre's description of the record is as follows: "It was very stressful sailing, I was not able to close my eyes for 24 hours. It was so noisy onboard, very violent motion, it was both crazy and great at the same time...and it hasn't stopped yet." 

Skipper Communications

Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "The more wind there is, the worse it is and the better I feel. But as I say from the beginning in such race you need to be patient. We have 6 weeks of sailing in the Southern Ocean. If I can win 10 miles per day, it’s good. This record, shows that even in single handed sailing the boats go faster and faster. I don’t know what the record is for a crew but I am sure we are not far from it. But when we do those things, we are limited, we are not allowed any mistake."

Current weather conditions For Parlier 7 knots of wind. For others 20 to 23 knots of west to NW winds.

Weather Forecast Stay north to avoid high.

What does it all mean

On the one month mark Parlier loses his lead and his 24 hour record.  No question the first month was Parlier's, stay tuned for the sailor of the second month.