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17 May 2001, 08:05 am
Lighter Winds Slow Fleet.
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Mondial Assistance Challenge

Foncia-Kingfisher only lies 4,8 miles behind the leader.
The five-boat fleet has slowed down. They're stuck near the centre of a depression that is located above the Azores and are waiting for the wind to pick up again. It might take a while before they reach Gibraltar.

Bayer and Foncia-Kingfisher rounded Sao Miguel island at about 4 o'clock this morning. Groupama, in third, rounded at about 5 o'clock. Belgacom still hasn't passed it.

Lalou Roucayrol aboard Banque Populaire had to officially pulled out of the race this morning because new breakage. The brand new trimaran had resumed racing last night after having been repaired in Port-la-Forêt.

There are now only five boats remaining in the competition.
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