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19 November 2000

 

Rhythm of the Race Leaders sailing off the horn of Africa.  Starting to spread out taking their own best route through the Doldrums.

Standings table 

Top 3

1.  Aquitiane Innovations  10:1 North 22:4 West
2.  PRB Michel Desjoyeaux 10:4 North 24:3 West + 21 miles 
3.  Active Wear Marc Thiercelin 12.3 North 23:4 West +76

Fleet round up section 

 Bernard Stamm will take Armor Lux Bizac Foie Gras to the Cape Verde Islands.   He has not revived his autopilots.  Once he moors and accepts assistance he will be out of the Vendee Globe.

Catherine Chabaud is taking Whirlpool west.  Current course is 223° taking her back to the main pack.

Showing a speed of 9.5 knots Yves Parlier and Aquitaine Innovations maybe starting to show the effects of the Doldrums.


Skipper Communications  

Josh Hall Gartmore "I am staying in the middle of the fleet, between the two extremes Ellen Macarthur in the West and Yves Parlier in the East. It’s not time yet for me to take risks."

Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "Todays menu: Hot Oatmeal for breakfast, Sandwiches for lunch and Nasi Goreng for dinner. Add hot water and stir!"

Fedor Konioukhov Modern University for the Humanities "I began to write a book about my resent participation in Iditarod-2000 dog sled race across Alaska. On my boat computer, I have digital pictures of my 22 dogs. It’s amazing, sailing alongside of African coast I am watching pictures of my husky dogs in Alaska. I could hardly believe this expedition was 6 month ago. It was a fruitful year for me, two great adventures like Iditarod and Vendee Globe in one year! I hope the God will let me complete year 2000 successful."

Current weather conditions Still reports of NE winds around 20.  

Weather Forecast From Ellen Macarthur on Kingfisher "I believe the Doldrums will be a little bit more in the East. Today, it seems the area is located 25° West/5°North."

What does it all mean

Leaders closing on the Doldrums.  Their goal is to his them at their narrowest point.  This is made difficult as the narrowest point is ever changing.  A wrong choice could make a big difference in tomorrow's leader board.