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Rhythm of the Race The Doldrums take affect. Single digit wind and boat speeds for the leaders. You have to look back to VM Materiaux 247 miles back to find double digit breeze.
1. PRB Michel Desjoyeaux 7:2 North 24:5 West
2. Aqutaine Innovations 7:3 North 23:2 West + 14 miles
3. Active Wear Marc Thiercelin 8.0 North 24:0 West +36
Virtual Spectator shows Parlier with the green logo on his main nearest to Africa of the leaders. Yellow Spinnaker is Whirlpool trying to consolidate with leaders.
Fleet round up section
At the top of the fleet it looks like PRB so far has out dueled Aquitaine Innovations in Doldrums routing. Then again, at last report PRB was sailing at 2.2 knots, Aquitaine Innovations at 7.18 knots.
A bit farther back are a pair of British boats with different Doldrums plans. Kingfisher is in 7th place. Ellen Macarthur has gone west for her Doldrums passage: 26į. Josh Hall on EBP/Gartmore is taking a route similar to Yves Parlier. Gartmore is at 23į.
Bernard Stamm is at anchor off Sal Island. He is awaiting parts to revive his dead autopilot.
Mike Golding Team Group 4 "Sailing without wind instruments on an Open 60 could be described as being like a Formula 1 car without its rev counter. Licking one finger and sticking it in the air is useless on a boat that can travel as fast as the wind."
Javier Sanso Old Spice "Iím behind but Iím not going to follow the others as our boat speed is similar, so Iíll play my own cards and hope to gybe at the right time and gain back a couple of positions."
Raphael Dindelli Sogal Extenso "I also have problems with my old Kevlar sails, especially with the staysail and the gennaker."
March Thiercelin Active Wear ""Otherwise, last night was spent adjusting everything: furling, unfurling, becalmed / squall / becalmed... classic stuff!"
Dominique Wavre Union Bancaire Privťe "I am
in harmony with the boat, and I have all the potential I need. Here I have less
problems because I doní have all the outside world requirements . I have a
Eric Dumont EUROKA UN UNIVERS DE SERVICES "Iím
not sailing the route I wanted to do, itís more the route I am able to do!
Catherine Chabaud Whirlpool "Itís magic to be able to look for satellite photos which show you the whole world. This planetary game weíre playing with our boats is awesome! You learn so much."
Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "We were sailing
along quite happily, I'd just put the gennaker up when the pilot failed and we
went in to an involuntary gybe. The mainsheet snapped as
it was sliced by the broken block...big mess. I sat down and thought it through
logically - Its taken me two hours to get it all fixed, but I guess
at least I've now sorted out the broken mainsheet block that was sitting there
as an undone job (this is what happens when something is left for too long!). I
used the mobile Spinlock jammer to lock off the remains of the mainsheet while I
sorted the problem."
Didier Munduteguy DDP 60į SUD "This boat is not one which you can push quickly, so I am taking a leisurely rhythm, so I reckon itíll take me 120 days to finish this race."
Yves Parlier Aquitaine Innovations "The wind
died abruptly in the afternoon and I spent the night trying to manoeuvre the
boat in a practically non-existant wind, which remained elusive, and then would
push the boat over to 40 degrees in a sudden gust...So in short Iím in the
Current weather conditions NE winds 10-20 for trailing boats. For the Doldrums bound leaders light winds from the easterly quadrant.
Weather Forecast Veering to East for doldrums bound leaders
What does it all mean
The Doldrums and their uncertainty have enveloped the
leaders. They'll experience it all from frustrating random zephyrs to
sudden boat breaking squalls. No guarantee the positions will remain