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24 April 2005, 12:28 pm
MORVAN Takes Third
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Gildas MORVAN (FRA) has overtaken Sam DAVIES (GBR) to move into third position as the fleet race along towards Cienfuegos de Cuba. At the front leader, Eric DROUGLAZET (FRA) and behind him Charles CAUDRELIER (FRA), are at a virtual standstill as they approach the Cuban coastline.
DAVIES on Skandia has progressed only 100 miles since yesterday's position at 0900 hours GMT making for slow progress in continuing light two to six knots of wind and shifty conditions. Since navigating the compulsory waypoint south of the Turks and Caicos Islands, DAVIES this morning is approximately 72 miles from the coast of Cuba lying in fourth place an estimated nine miles behind third-placed MORVAN on Cercle Vert. According to DAVIES, 'my GPS estimates it will take 16.5 hours to reach the coast,' and, no doubt, it will be a long 16.5 hours as the leaders struggle to average one knot of speed. 'It is a struggle between trimming and trying to sleep, there is not much you can do, except try to get to the coast of Cuba and the prospect of the new thermal breeze first.'

Thermal breeze generated by the land mass can be found as much as 30 miles offshore and DAVIES will desperately be searching for that new breeze to help her reach the finish line that still lies another 484 miles away.

DAVIES described the frustrating conditions, 'we drifted and 'flapped' all morning, until a fickle breeze (one to three knots !) filled in. On the nose! So we tacked our way slowly along. Gildas gained a bit because this new breeze filled in from the North (where he was) but I could still see him all day, which was a good gauge.'

samdavies.com (As Amended By ISAF). Image, MORVAN has moved into third:© Benoit Stichelbaut/DPPI
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