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20 October 2001, 02:00 pm
Thompson Restores His Lead
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©Jacques Vapillon

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The turning of the fleet at the Cape Verde Islands offered some Mini skippers with damaged boats the chance to stop for some land based repairs to broken boats.
Among them leading woman Jeanne Gregoire made some hull repairs during a five hour stop and left full tilt and itching to make up lost ground on Sam Davies on Aberdeen Asset Management and the guys ahead.

Andre Jantet also stopped in Mindelo to make some repairs to his pilot and hopes to return swiftly. Despite rumours that Sander Bakker's mobile radio show boat had run out of CDs to play to the fleet, he did not pull into Mindelo for a trip to the local music shop but had to make repairs to his power generating system - Sander hopes soon to be once again spinning those disks and annoying the neighbours! Eric de Froidmont stopped to repair sails and Karen Leibovici looks unlikely to be taking the old Karen Liquid to the podium this time as she had to stop for repairs involving resin and fibres. Finally Antonio de la Cruz, the Cape Verdian, stopped to continue the repairs to damage suffered in leg one - with friends and family around to help him with the work, one wonders how easy it will be to leave again after; or imagine the send off he will get when he does!

The fleet is now scattering across the oceans as they make their choices towards the south and for the ITCZ ahead. Yves Blevec is immediately seen to be playing a different route to the rest by staying to the east while those around have definately chosen to favour a more westerly track.

Despite starting 30 minutes after the rest of the fleet, and after only 24 hours in Lanzarotte, Benoit Parnadeau has continued his remarkable performance by sailing through the fleet to fifth.

At the front of the Series class, Oliver Desport continues to lead by the same distance as yesterday while leg one winner, Michel Mirabel, has chosen to head hard south in an effort to repeat his performance to Lanzarote.

The wind continues to arrive at about 10 knots from the north-east although this is slightly increased through the Cape Verdes for the back markers. The breeze will lighten during Friday for most of the fleet north of 12N and the ITCZ is currently lying along 8N between 20W and 50W. There are stormy sectors forming between 23W and 30W south of 10N. Boats down here can expect some exciting moments and their courses are likely to vary along with speed when they find themselve under the squalls.

Boat Positions on 18 octobre 2001 16:02:


1; 247; THOMPSON Brian; LIGHTHOUSE LIFE FOUNDATION; CL; 1791.9; N134881; W0260401
2; 304; BESTAVEN Yannick; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 1797.0; N134423; W0253895
3; 151; LE BLEVEC Yves; ACTUAL INTERIM; CL; 1800.6; N134160; W0252348
4; 348; GUERIN Ronan; L'ARTISANAT 1ère ENTREPRISE DE FRANCE; CL; 1807.1; N135998; W0255076
5; 260; PARNAUDEAU Benoît; REGION POITOU-CHARENTES; CL; 1842.3; N143320; W0253861
6; 240; CURWEN Simon; QDS; CL; 1843.7; N143861; W0254856
7; 303; BOISSIERES Arnaud; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 1849.8; N144893; W0255838
8; 347; DOUGUET Corentin; POUR QUE L'OCEAN RESTE BLEU; CL; 1849.9; N144711; W0255336
9; 276; DAVIES Samantha; ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT; CL; 1856.1; N145713; W0260211
10; 231; LUCAS François; MARINS SANS FRONTIERES; CL; 1856.3; N145491; W0255558

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