Cue the Fat Lady?
No, not that fat lady – she’s not fat! Barring some unforeseen failure, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Michel Desjoyeaux winning the Vendee Globe. Mich is now almost 500 miles ahead of Roland Jourdain and has been averaging 3.5 knots faster than the second placed skipper. Jourdain needs the leader’s progress to be slowed by something other than just the Doldrums if he is to have a chance of catching up. Armel Le Cléac’h in third is also rapidly losing ground to Desjoyeaux and is now over 1000 miles behind, when 48 hours ago that margin was closer to 800.
Off Uruguay, Sam Davies and Marc Guillemot have been dealing with a succession of stormy little lows. Davies now has Guillemot about 400 miles to her SWW. Brian Thompson has been slowed, as he and his pursuers, Arnaud Boissières and Dee Caffari face a high pressure system. Behind those three – 350 miles or so from Cape Horn – the resourceful Steve White has managed to hoist his mainsail again, after his headboard car exploded..
Rich Wilson, 5225 miles behind the leader on Great American III, passed the final ice gate in the Pacific today, battling on in big 5-7m swells and unsettled 30-45 knots winds. He has 1700 miles to sail to Cape Horn. Behind him, Raphael Dinelli and Norbert Sedlacek are sailing in company, just a mile or two apart.
We’re sure you’ll forgive us for yet another pic of the lovely Sam, enjoying an aperitif on the aft deck! Wouldn’t you like to be with her?? More here!