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17 February 2001
 

Rhythm of the Race Lots of forward focused sailors with finish eta on their mind.

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March Thiercelin continues to struggle upwind in Active Wear.  This upwind sailing is delaying his longed for finish.  He's making 10 knots, but not in the direction he needs.  He as 354 miles to go, and perhaps a Sunday finish.

UBP is next, also sailing at 10.5 knots with 792 miles to the finish.  Sobedo is rushing along at 17.5 knots still racing after UBP.

Skipper Communications

Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "Whatís happening? Iím heading 60 straight to the Scilly Isles, and in latitude Iím up the top of the Brittany coastline! Itís impossible to tack right now. Iíve got to get closer to the shore to reach the NNE wind soon. Then Iíll be heading straight towards home port...Upwind I canít push this boat above 10 knots on average...This morning I imagined the perfect Vendťe Globe race: the descent in a multihull, the Southern Ocean solo in a monohull, and the climb back up in a boat specially made for upwind sailing on one tack! Canít we finish in the Falklands or Brazil next time?"

Dominique Wavre UBP "To see the wake rising behind the boat is fantastic! I spend each day analysing the weather as much as I can and taking the position of the other boats three times a day. That takes me some time. I also spend time on manoevres outside and inside I take stock of whatís left to eat, whatís still good to eat. The worst is behind I hope and all the email messages of support have really helped me a lot."

Thomas Coville Sobedo "Iím looking at Friday for my arrival, not before. The other day I had wind from all directions and must have tacked 35 Ė 45 timesÖ and not so that the boat was facing towards home either! It sends a chill down my spine looking at the weather files for the Bay of Biscay. I donít even know if weíll beat Auguinís record. Thatís the ideal, but Iím remaining sceptical with what lies ahead on the screen."

Current Weather UBP and Sobedo have fresh breeze on the beam.

Weather Forecast Active Wear is literally north of France.  The wind should move to the beam very soon for Marc Thiercelin.

What does it all mean

Thiercelin likely wishes he had one of the newer boats which are better on the wind.