After a very eventful week, Yves Parlier is starting the weekend in good spirits, it's nearly party time on board: "It's great. I'm about 50 miles off the Brazilian coast, near Recife, the city located on the Eastern tip of Brazil.
I'd like to go to Recife because I think it's the carnival over there, and the Brazilian carnival is worth seeing! I don't know which option to choose: either going to Les Sables d'Olonne, or going for a big party in Recife. There's a great atmosphere on board since yesterday, the Brazilian music is playing!"
Even if Yves seems to be very absorbed by what is going on in Brazil, he is still sailing at a good speed: over 10 knots, due North. Yves has covered 191 miles over the last 24 hours. He is catching up on Simone Bianchetti and has outdistanced Didier Munduteguy, now 1063 miles behind Aquitaine Innovations.
Last news from Pasquale De Gregorio (Wind)...
By Oriana Ubaldi
" The Argentinean weather forecast was speaking today of a cold front behind me moving toward NE, bringing winds from NW to SW that should last all evening/night. We are navigating in 20-25 knots of W winds, pitching a lot because of the old waves exactly on the bow, but is something I can endure with. For the rest, everything is fine, its warmer and the sky is serene but concerning my shower and body-disinfection, I'll better wait another day."
Mike Golding (Team Group 4) : "Everything is gone"
"I'm sailing with the foresail under a reef. It's very hard because weather forecast is always changing. The water temperature is altering too.
In fact, my main problem on board is cooking. There is no sugar left, no coffee, no milk. Everything is gone. There is no cigarette left, its very difficult for me."
"I'm very close to the finish line now. Its not the beginning but the end. Its not very pleasant : its a tough race, really. I do what I can in order to lose as less miles as possible. Its so difficult to deal with the weather conditions."
"The boat is fine. Everything is looking good.
Its hard to tell you about my ETA, I cant give you a time, its not a conformable situation…"
Ranking polled at 0700UTC 25/2/01
Boat Skipper Speed DTF
1 PRB Desjoyeaux Arrive - 93d 3h 57m 32s
2 Kingfisher MacArthur Arrive - 94d 4h 25m 40s (+ 1d 0h 28m 8s)
3 SILL Matines La Potagere Jourdain Arrive - 96d 1h 2m 33s (+ 2d 22h 5m)
4 Active Wear Marc Thiercelin Arrive - 102d 20h 37m 49s (+9d 16h 40m 17s)
5 Union Bancaire Privee Dominique Wavre Arrive - 105d 2h 45m 12s (+11d 22h 49m 17s)
6 Sodebo Savourons la Vie Thomas Coville Arrive - 105d 7h 24m (+12d 3h 26m 28s)
7 Team Group 4 Mike Golding 6.53 756
8 Voila.fr Gallay 7.83 1040