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21 November 2008, 10:59 am
Equator Beckons As PEYRON Leads Vendée Fleet Out Of The Doldrums
Loïck PEYRON and Gitana Eighty at the start of the race
Loïck PEYRON and Gitana Eighty lead the Vendée fleet as the Equator beckons

Vendée Globe 2008-09
Les Sables d'Olonne, France

Loïck PEYRON led the Vendée Globe fleet out of the Doldrums and into more settled, building winds as they head towards the Equator.
Moving in to increasing ESE'ly winds Loick PEYRON (FRA) is into his eighth day at the front of the Vendée Globe fleet on Gitana Eighty and looks set to set the pace into the Southern Hemisphere tonight. With about 190 miles to the Equator this morning, PEYRON's lead is at 16 miles over his most consistent shadow Seb JOSSE (FRA) on BT.

2004 Vendée Globe winner Vincent RIOU (PRB) has progressively eased east of Jean Pierre DICK (Paprec-Virbac 2) to occupy third, but there is still just 32 miles between second and sixth places. The two lead boats are now making slightly west of south, RIOU and DICK still taking a small measure of east.

The western route has got Roland JOURDAIN (Veolia Environnement) established back with the top group again in seventh, regaining 100 miles to lie 64 miles behind PEYRON. Mike GOLDING (GBR) has had a less profitable night and lies ninth this morning less than one mile behind Delta Dore.

Swiss skipper Dominique WAVRE (Temenos II) still holds the upper hand over Brian THOMPSON (GBR) on Bahrain Team Pindar as they work towards the Doldrums. WAVRE has eked out another 5 miles on THOMPSON's powerful Juan K design overnight, and leads by ten miles, while Sam DAVIES (GBR) on ROXY is still hanging on five miles behind THOMPSON.

Michel DESJOYEAUX (Foncia), the 2000 winner, is now 16th having gained two places overnight, moving ahead of Steve WHITE (GBR) on Toe in the Water and Arnaud Boissieres (Akenas Verandas).

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Véronique Teurlay (As Amended By ISAF)
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