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16 December 2000

Rhythm of the Race Thundering east speeds constantly above 10, surf produced white water covering the boat.

Standings table 

Top 3

1.  PRB  46:2 South 78:8 East
2.  Sill 46:4 South 77:5 East + 85 miles 
3.  Aquitaine Innovations 47:2 South 74:1 East +205 miles

Fleet round up section

It's been a day for gains to be made on leader PRB.  2nd place Sill has made up 39 miles, 3rd place Aquitaine Innovations 105.  

Sitting 205 miles back, Aquitaine Innvations has 23 knots of wind and 17.5 knots of speed.  PRB has 16.8 knots of wind and 13.1 knots of speed.  

Tommorow PRB should sail into a new system, while AI will sail out of the current one.  Look for gains for PRB and losses for the others.

The duel between Patrice Carpentier sailing VM Materiaux and Bernard Gallay sailing Voila Fr. is closer than ever.  VM's lead is 1 mile.  Gallays has set Voila Fr. up below VM.  The pair, one a yacht broker (Gallay) and the other a journalist (Carpentier) are sailing in 21 knots of WNW wind.  


Skipper Communications

Thomas Coville Sobedo "Thereís a north-westerly wind of between 25-35 knots. Iím flying along due east at more than 20 knots with the Kerguelen Islands 260 ahead. Iím steaming along here ! It should stay that way for the next 24 hours."

Josh Hall EBP/Gartmore "Today the sky is clear, sunny. Wind from the South South West, 30-35 knots. In the next hours I will decide whether I will pass North or South of the Kerguelen Islands. It will depend on the wind."

Patrice Carpentier VM Materiaux "I am going at 13 knots. I have a North North West wind blowing at 30/35 knots. Itís raining and the visibility is really poor... Yesterday I had a quick chat with Bernard Gallay. He was ok."

Michel Desjoyeaux PRB "As soon as the low pressure goes ahead we will start again then it will be their turn to be next to the ridge and to be slow as well. Itís an accordion game and we are going to play for quite a long time!... We are exactly at the same place and time as Christophe (Auguin, record holder) was four years ago!"

Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "I just manage to read when I glue my feets to the floor! By experience I didnít want to have anything in front of the keel, I moved all the weight astern, to let the boat luff slightly, go fast and not submarine in the sea. It can be dangerous when a wave comes from behind and fall on the deck. You need a fast boat but if you go too fast you can catch the wave ahead and nose dive in. If there is a gust at this moment you can easily lose control of the boat."

Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "I really screwed up yesterday, I misread my notes and was waiting too long for the pressure to drop before gybing. Stupid fool - I was so *&**&* off I cried myself to sleep in my bunk, for the first time."

Current weather conditions Winds start at 269į in 6th place and veer to NW for the leader.

Weather Forecast Tommorow should see the boats at the front benefiting from a new low, the those further back in a slower system.

What does it all mean

For now, it's a matter of your position in relation to the weather system.  If you're being pushed by it speeds is fantastic (17 knots and up).  If it's past you by and you are awaiting the next, then not so great speed (13 knots).  However, since you're in one situation or the other there shouldn't be much change in the standings.