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16 February 2001
 

Rhythm of the Race The fleet continues to fight for every mile to the finish.

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Active Wear made only 103 miles to the finish in the last day.  A period of variable winds and tough sailing for Marc Thiercelin.  His finish will not occur until at least Sunday.

Behind him UBP has an 86 mile lead over Sobedo.  Dominique Wavre has another 994 miles on UBP, putting his finish next business week.

Skipper Communications

Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "I’ve gone through my period of mourning for that 100 day record. I’d like to arrive this weekend at least. The hardest thing is to gain in longitude. The boat’s sailing well even if my heading isn’t great. My genoa furler is bust. I have only one out of four pilots, I am getting desperate to arrive and am trying my best to do so. I worked out that I have only had 3 – 4 days of downwind sailing since Cape Horn, not very much at all.

Mike Golding Group 4 "Things are okay but we must have had up to 40 knots on the nose last night. I was sailing under 3 reefs, staysail and trying to slow the boat up so that nothing would break. Now there’s 9 – 10 knots, but we’ll see a big breeze coming in again in 36 hours, Josh and I."

Patrice Carpentier "My ETA?... Objective: 3-4 March! It’s the weekend too! I arrived during the week last time in the night and I was no longer in the race… but there was still thousands of people out there to greet me!"


Current Weather 30 knots of wind for UBP and Sobedo from ahead.

Weather Forecast Wind will veer but stay at a similar velocity.

What does it all mean

Thiercelin may not make the finish in 100 days, but should still beat the winning time from the last race.