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24 January 2001, 09:53 am
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Six Boats Within 500 Miles Of Each Other

Current Vendée Globe leader, Michel Desjoyeaux (PRB), may only be hardly 1 ° in latitude ahead of Ellen MacArthur (Kingfisher),but their difference in longitude is much more important.
This separation puts the two leading skippers in slightly different weather systems where either of them could feel the more favourable winds before the other. The good news is that the wind has at least returned to the scene of the action. Advancing Northwards still, these two skippers have finally put the centre of the high pressure zone behind them and have welcomed the wind rotation, navigating on starboard in a light and variable 5 Ð 10 knot breeze.

Ellen hasn't stopped holding her breath, and is still waiting to see if the anticyclone carries on moving North with them, or stops where it is and lets them go from its clutches.
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