Already they are pronouncing it the year of the Glaouch (Breton for Roast Beefs) as both Thompson and Curwen mix it with the best at the front of the Mini Transat.
Many a Frenchman is already claiming that there is a podium place awaiting Curwen while at home they are still looking at the distance to go and insist that we do not count any chickens - and anyway there is packing to do and planes to catch.
The doldrums dealt it easy for the leaders but is causing a good deal of head scratching at the back as they fight with the meteo, power management and possible rationing to come. As the leaders sit in near perfect 15 to 20 knot south-easterlies the bulk of the fleet flop in no wind or battle with 35 knots and there is now a distance of over four hundred miles from front to back in the fleet.
If Thompson is the star of this leg, behind him the two hours at the end of leg one that separated Bestaven and Boissiers (the friends that built each other's boats) look likely to be the deciding distance between first and second in the race overall. Behind them Curwen and Manuard are the other podium favourites although it is not inconceivable that Thompson can put on enough pace to make up the deficit and snatch third. In the Series class little looks to trouble Desport.
Boat Positions - 25 October 2001 15:32:
CL; N°; SKIPPER; BOAT; CODE; DIST.; LAT; LONG
1; 247; THOMPSON Brian; LIGHTHOUSE LIFE FOUNDATION; CL; 0713.0; S030631; W0321683
2; 304; BESTAVEN Yannick; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 0752.1; S024973; W0312420
3; 348; GUERIN Ronan; L'ARTISANAT 1ère ENTREPRISE DE FRANCE; CL; 0774.8; S023753; W0310051
4; 240; CURWEN Simon; QDS; CL; 0785.6; S020473; W0313741
5; 303; BOISSIERES Arnaud; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 0795.7; S014580; W0315386
6; 151; LE BLEVEC Yves; ACTUAL INTERIM; CL; 0800.7; S015613; W0312081
7; 347; DOUGUET Corentin; POUR QUE L'OCEAN RESTE BLEU; CL; 0818.1; S014381; W0310701
8; 260; PARNAUDEAU Benoît; REGION POITOU-CHARENTES; CL; 0835.4; S014361; W0303251
9; 258; MANUARD Samuel; TIP TOP / CHARMILLES SALES; CL; 0840.9; S015191; W0300905
10; 231; LUCAS François; MARINS SANS FRONTIERES; CL; 0844.9; S013283; W0303193