Sailing prudently since his keel dropped out of Safran yesterday, Marc GUILLEMOT has been forced to cede third place to Sam DAVIES onboard Roxy.
After losing his keel yesterday Marc GUILLEMOT (FRA) will be satisfied to settle for a slow finish in lighter winds which will be kinder to his predicament on Safran. The skipper from La Trinité has, as he predicted yesterday, given up third place on the water to Sam DAVIES (GBR) on Roxy, but has still been moving well, averaging 9.2 knots overnight, and slowed this morning by the lighter winds to 7.5 knots as the new Azores high pressure system just catches up with Safran. GUILLEMOT had 520 miles to sail to Cape Finisterre this morning.
Now lying third on the water DAVIES noted last night, "I am, however incredibly glad of the forecast for Marco's sake, as the light winds will hopefully enable Safran to get to the finish safely. After all Marco has done, he deserves to get there and I am keeping everything crossed for a safe passage for him and Safran."
She has had a good night, managing to stave off the effects of the high for slightly longer, making 12-12.5 knots for much of the night, with bursts to 14 and 15 knots at times. Even in such brisk conditions DAVIES will not be pushing too hard. She has 460 miles to sail to pass Cape Finisterre and admits that, due to the prominent high pressure which will settle over the Bay of Biscay, her hopes of being back in Les Sables d'Olonne for Valentine's Day are not looking so hot.
Brian THOMPSON (GBR) has had the chance to whip Bahrain Team Pindar on a little more last night, making over 15 knots for spells as he fought to stay out of the high. Yesterday he was slowed for long periods but during the night and this morning he looks to be making decent speeds in 20 knots of SE'ly, whilst Dee CAFFARI (GBR) on Aviva has a little less breeze but is still making nearly 12 knots this morning. Distance to Cape Finisterre for Brian is 1138 miles for Brian and 1148 for CAFFARI this morning and straight line direct to the finish there was less than 20 miles in it.
Arnaud BOISSIÈRES (FRA) has just light airs this morning, just less than 10 knots from the SE and was making less than 5 knots of boat speed on Akena Véranda. In contrast Steve WHITE (GBR) will be pulling a few miles back on BOISSIÈRES, for what its worth, he is in the regular NE'ly trade winds, 750 miles to the west of the Cape Verde islands and is metronome regular at 11.6 knots.
Rich WILSON (USA) onboard Great American III is 150 miles off the coast of Brasil, 380 miles SEE of Salvador de Bahia still but still in light headwinds and making around 10 knots.
Speeds remain matched between 10th placed Raphael DINELLI (FRA) on Fondation Océan Vital and Norbert SEDLACEK (AUT) sailing Nauticsport-Kapsch who are emerging out of the low pressure they were in for four difficult days and should be in to the next high pressure system.
Vendee Globe Leaderboard - 04:00 UTC 10 February 2009
1. Michel DESJOYEAUX (FRA), Foncia finished after 84 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes
2. Armel LE CLÉAC'H (FRA), Brit Air finished after 89 days, 9 hours 39 minutes
3. Sam DAVIES (GBR), Roxy at 817 miles to finish
4. Marc GUILLEMOT (FRA), Safran at 853 miles to finish
5. Brian THOMPSON (GBR), Bahrain Team Pindar not placed but polled OK
6. Dee CAFFARI (GBR), Aviva at 1522 miles to finish
7. Arnaud BOISSIÈRES (FRA), Akena Vérandas at 2165miles to finish
8. Steve WHITE (GBR), Toe in the Water 2866 miles to finish
9. Rich WILSON (USA), Great American III at 4437 miles to finish
10. Raphaël DINELLI (FRA), Fondation Océan Vital at 5475 miles to finish
11. Norbert SEDLACEK (AUT), Nauticsport - Kapsch at 5949 miles to finish
RDG. Vincent RIOU (FRA), PRB, Awarded equal third as redress
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