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29 May 2002, 09:25 pm
Fujifilm has passed Belem
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Courses Des Phares

Loïck Peyron and its crew circumvented the buoy in front of the tower of Belem (Lisbon, Portugal) at around 17h30 Wednesday.
Fujifilm set out again for a long sail up the Iberian coasts in direction of the next mark of course: the Irish headlight of Fastnet. 780 miles to be covered in an initially northerly wind.

As for Bonduelle and Foncia, sailed Wednesday evening in a good Northerly trade wind, and have more than 20 knots of average speed. Jean the Camwood and Alain Gautier should arrive in middle of the night in Tage, which is not often the best period, the wind tending to weaken appreciably behind the point of Caiscaïs, Portugal. As for Banque Covefi, the small Spanish airs seriously slowed down it all day and they are expected to make the mark of Corogne during the coming night.

Loïck Peyron had a more than 100 mile advantage on Jean the Camwood and 137 more on Alain Gautier. But to close, the speed of Fujifilm fell to 14 knots while those of Bonduelle and Foncia exceeded 20 knots. At 20:00h Wednesday, still 750 miles to be run for Fujifilm before passing the Fastnet marker then the point of Land's End before embarking on the English Channel for an attempt at record between Dover and Calais, during this second edition of the Courses Des Phares. The envisaged arrivalof the leader is Sunday June 2.
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