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13 November 2002, 12:41 pm
Storms Batter the Fleet
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Route du Rhum
St Malo - Guadeloupe

It's all happening. The Route du Rhum is providing more than it's fair share of carnage, as well as some fantastic close racing at the front of both the multihulls and the IMOCA fleets.
Earlier today Loick Peyron aboard Fujifilm noticed that his starboard float was broken in two between the two crossbeams, "I noticed it half an hour ago" Peyron commented at 10:30 French time, "but I think it happened a few hours ago". Peyron is now trying to do all he can to save his new trimaran. He is currently heading into a port in Portugal.

Meanwhile in yet more drama, a third tri has capsized, bringing the total number of casualties in the race to almost twenty.

At the 03.00 GMT position report yesterday, Yvan Bourgnon on Rexona Men was 215 miles west of Vigo(42°30.68'N/13°33.64'W). Bourgnon was sailing without the main sail and only the jib up with the wind at an incredible speed of 75 knots. As Bourgnon was down below talking to his weather router, a stronger gust hit him, immediately capsizing.

Bourgnon has decided to stay onboard, he is well and is in control of the situation. He has 10 days of food supply, and is not asking for rescue at present.

Of the remaining sailors, Briton Mike Golding sailing Ecover has taken the lead for the first time in the Open 60 monohull class with Rolain Jourdain in Sill now back in second place 10 miles behind and Briton Ellen MacArthur third in Kingfisher.

Thomas Colville in Sodebo is back in first place in the ORMA 60 trimaran class with a lead of just 2 miles over Loick Peyron on Fujifilm and 27 miles ahead of Alain Gautier in third.

The first finishers of the single-handed 3,540 mile race are expected in Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe about November 22.

ORMA 60 trimarans

•1 Sodebo/Thomas Colville 2936 miles to the finish
•2 Fujifilm/Loick Peyron +2.3 miles
•3 Foncia/Alain Gautier +27.6
•4 Banque Populaire/Lalou Roucayrol +105.5
•5 Geant/Michel Desjoyeaux +108.7

Open 60 monohulls

•1 Ecover/Mike Golding 2908 miles to the finish
•2 Sill/Roland Jourdain +10.2
•3 Kingfisher/Ellen MacArthur +22.1
•4 Arcelor Dunkerque/Joe Seeten +128
•5 60eme Sud/Didier Munduteguy +135.9
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