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20 February 2001, 11:52 am
Marc Thiercelin to finish today
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Vendée Globe 2000


The Vendée Globe is certainly not over yet for fourth placed skipper Marc Thiercelin (Active Wear), who has been cheated yet again of reaching Les Sables d'Olonne for another day, thanks to playfully fickle winds opposing his route.
The large high pressure system with Easterly winds is a god send for everyone on land, bringing clear and sunny skies, however it is a curse for those skippers who need to head directly East to reach port in these agonising final days of the race.

Marc Thiercelin finds himself handicapped greatly by his cumbersome genoa stuck up front, which he cannot furl, and is thus prevented from sailing close to the wind in order to get nearer home. In the variable wind strength he can but play with his mainsail now, the configuration surely destabilising and depowering the boat itself. Moreover, Marc has had to reinforce a slack shroud with halyards and so with the tenacity of the rig also under question, he is having to proceed with caution.

Thiercelin was at his lowest this morning, his voice full of fatigue and frustration:
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