Ecover's broken mainsail halyard has cost the British yachtsman dearly. Not only did Mike drop back 200 miles from Vincent Riou, but he exhausted himself, climbing the mast three times in difficult conditions to carry out the repairs as quickly as possible. The result: lots of bruises, physical exhaustion, and he feels downhearted. Today, Mike GOLDING thought 'it would take a miracle to get back up there' with the leaders.
To the north of the Falklands, off the coast of Argentina, Jean-Pierre DICK (Virbac-Paprec) managed to repair his boom, which had split in two. Jean-Pierre still has a lot of work to do however, to get his gooseneck refitted, so he can use his mainsail once again. As if all that wasn't enough, Jean-Pierre found a whole lot of giant seaweed wrapped around his keel. Still smiling and upbeat, Jean-Pierre put on his diving suit to dive into 10°C water to get rid of these nasty invaders!
The race between Dominique WAVRE (Temenos) and Sébastien JOSSE (VMI) is still on. In this remarkable race covering the whole ocean, the Swiss skipper won a slight lead, only 2 miles ahead of the youngest competitor in the race, whose boat is no longer capable of showing her full potential.