Thompson and Bestaven are on different routes in to the Bahia finish line and those placed to Thompson's north are making major gains. The first finishers are expected to arrive at the Brazilian port of Bahia on Tuesday morning.
Thompson's track has made his the most southerly boat heading for the Brazilian finishing port of Bahia and those closest to him on the water to his north are approaching faster - his forty mile lead has been slashed during one twenty-four hour period to just thirteen.
After sixteen days of leg two from Porto Calero in Lanzarote, and with the fleet spread out over 800 miles in a variety of weather systems, it looks as though the first boats will begin arriving on Tuesday. As they near the shores of the Brazil they encounter fishing vessels at night along with the cargo boats at any time and have to begin playing the on the 'heat exchange' where the breeze can go up and can come down - and past performance is no guarantee of future returns, either!
In contrast, Desport's Pogo, 'My Workplace', has continued to draw away from his chasers for the last ten days and now holds a fifty mile buffer on his nearest rival.
Far from being the half expected procession into Bahia of weather winners and weather losers only, the finish will be as tight as they ever have been in years past - it is just a case of finding out if Thompson's southerly trip was the slip at the end of a perfect leg.
Prototype on 28 Oct. 2001 14:24 interpolated to the 28/10/2001 12:00:
CL; N°; SKIPPER; BOAT; CODE; DIST.; LAT; LONG
1; 247; THOMPSON Brian; LIGHTHOUSE LIFE FOUNDATION; CL; 0255.3; S100626; W0352228
2; 304; BESTAVEN Yannick; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 0269.1; S094461; W0352513
3; 348; GUERIN Ronan; L'ARTISANAT 1ère ENTREPRISE DE FRANCE; CL; 0307.4; S091208; W0351315
4; 151; LE BLEVEC Yves; ACTUAL INTERIM; CL; 0321.6; S091184; W0345009
5; 240; CURWEN Simon; QDS; CL; 0324.7; S085946; W0345998
6; 303; BOISSIERES Arnaud; AQUARELLE.COM; CL; 0332.1; S085376; W0345505
7; 347; DOUGUET Corentin; POUR QUE L'OCEAN RESTE BLEU; CL; 0353.9; S084705; W0342878
8; 260; PARNAUDEAU Benoît; REGION POITOU-CHARENTES; CL; 0358.2; S083828; W0343193
9; 258; MANUARD Samuel; TIP TOP / CHARMILLES SALES; CL; 0368.7; S092238; W0335319
10; 231; LUCAS François; MARINS SANS FRONTIERES; CL; 0370.5; S083005; W0342250