Vendée Globe : Payback?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Armel Le Cléac’h is on the comeback trail as his strategy starts to pay off. The Banque Populaire skipper in second place has the best angle and speed among the leaders, making over 15 kts on a course which is in the most southerly direction among the top five.

He is converging fast on starboard tack with leader François Gabart on Macif who is still heading much more to the west on port tack in the SW’ly wind.  Already Armel has taken 20 miles out of his rival this morning and the delta between first and second is down to 40 miles. It should continue to drop for at least the next few hours until the leading duo are in the same wind field.

Also going well this morning are Jean-Pierre Dick on Virbac-Paprec 3 and especially Jérémie Beyou on Maitre Coq, both seem to have timed their approach to the front and passage into the depression nicely, even if they find themselves with a deficit of nearly 100 miles of the leader. By comparison both have taken around 20 miles out of Mike Golding’s Gamesa and Jean Le Cam’s SynerCiel and their profits will likely continue. For the same reasons Alex Thomson has also gained 20 miles on his compatriot and rival Golding.  Vincent Riou’s gains are still slimmer at around seven miles.

And at the back of the fleet the race is on between Zbigniew Gutkowski  on Energa who is looking to halt the advance of Bertrand de Broc on Votre Nom Autour du Monde who is now just ten miles behind the Polish skipper.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2012 )