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22 November 2004, 12:05 pm
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At the 1000 GMT ranking this Monday morning, Jean LE CAM (Bonduelle) has streaked even further ahead, Vincent RIOU (PRB) now 36.9 miles behind him with Roland JOURDAIN (Sill et Véolia) losing less ground than Sébastien JOSSE (VMI) and therefore pulling up into third, with a lead of nearly 10 miles on VMI.
In fifth, Mike GOLDING (Ecover) has clearly lost over twenty miles on the leader as a zone of light winds creeps up on them from behind. Sixth placed Alex THOMSON (Hugo Boss) has made up a tiny amount of ground on Golding though and the two English sailors are doing everything they can to try and hang onto the top four french sailors, who with each ranking, seem to be slipping from their clutches.

Fellow Anglo-Saxons Nick MOLONEY (Skandia) and Conrad HUMPHREYS (Hellomoto) are suffering too, even if the latter has now come back to within 0.1 miles of Nick. Joé SEETEN (Arcelor Dunkerque) has benefited from their misfortune to slide through into 9th place, pushing the Australian down into 10th and the English sailor into 11th.

Towards the rear of the fleet the deficits are even more dramatic with American Bruce SCHWAB on Ocean Planet nearly 700 miles from the leader and Austrian Norbert SEDLACEK (Brother) up to a 1333.6 mile deficit. Symbolically, Jean Le CAM is making the best VMG (speed towards the goal) of the whole fleet with 15.5 miles ; the frontrunners racing in around 15-20 knots of north-easterly.

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