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22 November 2002, 03:39 pm
MacArthur Will finish tonight
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Michel Desjoyeaux©Y.Zedda

Route du Rhum
St Malo (FRA) - Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe

Ellen MacArthur, currently leading the Monohull class and likely to take overall line honours in the Route du Rhum, is likely to cross the finish line off Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe some time this evening.



Ellen took the overall lead of the race on Tuesday when the leading 60 foot Triamaran, Technomarine, capsized with only 700 miles to go to the finish. This means that for the first time in the history of the race, a Monohull will be the first to finish. This will be an incredible feat because, although the Multihulls started a day later from St. Malo, they should - in favourable conditions - be able to cover about 100 extra miles daily.

Only 89 miles behind Kingfisher, Milke Golding (GBR) aboard Ecover has been battling for the lead with MacArthur all the way across the Atlantic. Both have had their share of problems, but the final advantage seems to lie with Kingfisher as Golding has now blown out his second (and last) Spinnaker. Some 600 miles behind this leading pair, Joe Seeten (Arcelor-Dunkerque) is in third place, with Roland Jourdain less than 100 miles astern in fourth.

In the 50 foot class, Nick Maloney (AUS) on Ashfield Healthcare still leads, as he has done for some time now, and in order not to be caught out by the squalls, sleeps on a beanbag in the cockpit. Behind him is Luc Coquelin on Florys 162 miles off his stern.

Of the three remaining multihulls, Michel Desjoyeaux is 700 miles from the finish, and should be there some time on Saturday over the weekend, but he is being chased hard by Marc Guillemot, who is only 80 miles shy of the Vendee winning Frenchman. Marc continues to attack and is currently sailing under gennaker and single reefed mainsail.

Kingfisher should finish at some point this evening with the leading Multihull likely to cross the line on Saturday evening or Sunday Morning.
Josephine Lemmel/ISAF News Editor
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