Vendee Globe | dag 7

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Loïck Peyron fortfarande i ledningen. Just nu på väg in bland Cap Verde-öarna.

Standings at 1500GMT, Day 7.
1- Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) 21666 miles to finish
2- Seb Josse (BT) at + 35.7 miles
3- Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux) at + 38.4 miles to
4- Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) at + 85.2 miles
5- Vincent Riou (PRB) at + 106.2 miles

Selected international:
10- Mike Golding, GBR, (ECOVER 3) at + 155.9 miles
11-Brian Thompson, GBR, (Bahrain Team Pindar) at + 248.7 miles
12- Sam Davies, GBR,(ROXY) at + 261.9 miles
13- Dominique Wavre, SUI, (Temenos 2) + 303.4 miles
16- Dee Caffari, GBR, (AVIVA) + at 410.9 miles
17- Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) at + 431.4 miles
18- Johnny Malbon, GBR, (Artemis) at + 441.7 miles
19- Unai Basurko, ESP, (Pakea Bizkaia) + 557.7 miles
20-Rich Wilson, USA, (Great America III) + 559.4 miles

At 16h17’33” GMT Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty became the final competitor to re-start. Having repaired small cracks in the deck and hull of Maisonneuve, he set off more than 400 miles behind Derek Hatfield, CAN, (Spirit of Canada).

Lining up to pass the Cape Verde Islands, Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) has a lead of just over 30 miles over Seb Josse (BT). Since losing slightly early yesterday, Josse – sailing the Farr design which was built in Cowes – has held pace almost to the mile with the vastly experienced Peyron, repositioning himself to Peyron’s east as they pick their lines through the island group. The island passage presents a big opportunity for gains and losses. To the east the breeze may be slightly stronger overnight but there are lighter winds ahead on this track.

In third place, Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux), looks a possible candidate to run this line in the east, a strategy that served him well at Madeira. Otherwise it looks like both Gitana Eighty and BT will stay between the islands, with Santo Antao and San Nicolau to starboard. Back in fourth to sixth places Jean Pierre Dick, Vincent Riou and Armel Le Cléac’h, are between 85 and 106 miles behind the leader and look set to pass to the west of the islands, paralleling the rhumb line – which passes through the islands.

Through the last 24 hours the margin separating the second wave from the leading trio has extended as the leaders were first to wriggle progressively free of a ridge of light winds and into better breeze. Jérémie Beyou (Delta Dore) in ninth and Mike Golding, GBR, (Ecover 3) the top international, non-French skipper, in 10th have less than two miles separating them in terms of DTF (distance to finish) but Beyou is more than 20 miles to Golding’s SE, closer to the rhumb line. Brian Thompson, GBR, (Bahrain Team Pindar) in 12th is making a move to get west after losing miles over the last 24 hours. Rich Wilson, USA, (Great America III) has lost his 19th place again in his rivalry with Unai Basurko, ESP, (Pakea Bizkaia). 200 miles west of the Canary Islands this afternoon, Michel Desjoyeaux has made the best average speed of the fleet: !

Voices at sea…

Michel Desjoyeaux, (Foncia):
“I had moved west of the Canary Islands to stay with the wind but as the leaders slowed down I have been able to catch them up a little, to reduce the gap a little.” “If I can keep my west position it could be an advantage to choose at the last time how to get through the Doldrums. At the moment I am just trying to go as fast as I can. I drive the boat as much as I can, when the weather is good, and it has been for two days. Then you can see there are four boats around the Canaries, and they are the next I would like to pass. But I know that it will get more difficult as I move in among the newer boats.”

Jonny Malbon, GBR (Artemis):
“My hand was forced a long time ago to take a more easterly route and since then I have been making good ground on Steve (White) and Dee (Caffari), which is really good, but the next 48 hours will be crucial I think.”

Seb Josse, (BT):
“The important thing is to be in the right pack, the actual positioning is less an issue. It’s very satisfying to have sailed well, to have taken the right options. Then again, it’s not like we have been the first ones to enter the Southern Ocean, the Doldrums still have to be crossed and that can obliterate our lead. The Cape Verde Islands passage is another story, there are several ways in and out, it’s an interesting tactical moment.” »

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    Peter Gustafsson Nov 17, 2008 Reply

    Le Cam leads though Cape Verde Islands

    Standings at 0500GMT, Day 8.
    1- Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux) at 21532.4 miles to leader
    2- Seb Josse (BT) at + 1.6
    3- Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) +9.3 miles to finish
    4- Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) at + 87.7 miles
    5- Vincent Riou (PRB) (mileage not polled)

    Selected international:
    8- Mike Golding, GBR, (ECOVER 3) at + 130 miles
    11- Brian Thompson, GBR, (Bahrain Team Pindar) at + 239.9
    12- Sam Davies, GBR,(ROXY) at + 260.5 miles
    14- Dominique Wavre, SUI, (Temenos 2) + 310.4 miles
    16- Dee Caffari, GBR, (AVIVA) + at 421.2
    17- Steve White, GBR, (Toe in the Water) at + 469.1 miles
    18- Johnny Malbon, GBR, (Artemis) at + 478.6 miles
    19- Rich Wilson, USA, (Great America III) + 618.8 miles
    20- Unai Basurko, ESP, (Pakea Bizkaia) + 627.7 miles

    Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) takes the lead in the Vendée Globe as the leaders negotiate the Cape Verde Islands. Le Cam’s direct route has paid off on VM Materiaux and he leads by 1.6 miles from Seb Josse (BT). Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) now third, 9.3 miles behind Mike Goldling, GBR, (Ecover 3) passes two boats to eighth place, top international. Derek Hatfield, CAN, (Algimouss Spirit of Canada) still struggling in light winds off Portuguese coast.

    The crucial Cape Verde strategies among the top five boats have yet to really play out and provide their net result, but Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux) became this Vendée Globe’s sixth skipper to lead the race when he eased ahead during the passage through the Cape Verde Islands. Le Cam’s direct route choice, some 80 miles to west of Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) – who had lead since Thursday morning – seems to have paid off. Gitana Eighty made two sharp turns last night to pass to the west of the island of Sao Nicolau, while Seb Josse (BT) remains a steady second. Gitana Eighty is third 9.3 miles behind. In their east Le Cam has made better speeds overnight, more than three knots better than Peyron’s net average. Le Cam was heading directly for Santiago this morning and may pass between that island and Fogo, to the west. Some eighty miles to their west Vincent Riou (PRB), the 2004 winner, and Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac) lead the pack which have chosen to go to the west of the island group. Dick is some 87 miles behind the leader but gained about 17 miles on the lead overnight, and this pack – Riou, Dick and Le Cléac’h – all posted good average speeds overnight and looked to have good winds. Mike Golding, GBR, (Ecover 3) gained two places overnight, overturning the advantages of Jérémie Beyou (Delta Dore) and Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement.). His compatriot Brian Thompson (Bahrain Team Pindar), gained from his westerly move yesterday, and cut about 20 miles from his deficit to the leader, lying 11th. After re-starting yesterday evening, the last skipper to do so before the line closes Wednesday, Jean Baptiste Dejeanty had a steady first 12 hours on the race course, posting 10 knot averages as he heads across the Bay of Biscay.

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