Has good hope before the Cape: Vincent Riou with "PRB"
At the beginning of the weekend, the French Vincent Riou took the lead again with his "PRB". Second place is currently his compatriot Jean Le Cam with "Bonduelle". Norbert Sedlacek sails far, far behind.
Vincent Riou, who led the 24,000 nautical mile race in the first week, has now taken the lead again after sailing second behind Jean Le Cam for the past ten days. The two French are now sailing in the Southern Ocean at 2 degrees east longitude. Soon you will pass the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa.
While Riou and Le Cam had always advanced at around twelve knots in the last few days, their pursuers had to fight with light winds, the effects of the notorious St. Helena high, and permanently lost nautical miles to the top of the fleet. A three-class society can currently be recognized within the regatta field. In front Riou and Le Cam, who swiftly rush eastwards and have now worked out a lead of around 400 nautical miles on the closest pursuers. This is followed closely by the French Roland Jourdain ("Sill et Véolia") and Sébastien Josse ("VMI") and then the British Mike Golding ("Ecover") and Alex Thomson ("Hugo Boss") 200 and 400 nautical miles back.
The hunted hang out the pack. At the very back the brown spot: Sedlacek with "brother"
Then a tangle of ships: distributed over around 500 nautical miles, 13 other competitors follow, as a large main field that completes the three-class society.
Only then, in the fourth grade, does Norbert Sedlacek sail after the field with his "brother". Even on the penultimate in the field, the French Karen Leibovici with "Benefic", the Austrian is now almost 500 nautical miles behind. For him, however, and he emphasized that time and again in the run-up to the regatta, what counts is the arrival. He continues to strive to skip his already somewhat outdated equipment through the race with some care. At this rate, however, this is likely to continue for a long time. After all, even after 22 days at sea, the Viennese still have around 20,000 nautical miles to go.
Ranking on Monday morning at 11 a.m.:
1. PRB, Vincent Riou, 40 ° 32 'S, 2 ° 11' E, 17,741.9 nautical miles to the destination 2. Bonduelle, Jean Le Cam, nautical miles to leader: 27.23. Sill et Véolia, Roland Jourdain, SzF: 388.44. VMI, Sébastien Josse, SzF: 411.95. Ecover, Mike Golding, SzF: 595.56. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson, SzF: 862.77. Virbac-Paprec, Jean-Pierre Dick ', SzF: 1,063.48. Skandia, Nick Moloney, SzF: 1,075.99. Temenos, Dominique Wavre, SzF: 1,117.410, Pro-Form, Marc Thiercelin, SzF: 1,141.311. Arcelor Dunkerque, Joé Seeten, SzF: 1,174.012. Hellomoto, Conrad Humphreys, SzF: 1,175.413. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, SzF: 1,181.014. UUDS, Hervé Laurent, SzF: 1,184.015. VM Matériaux, Patrice Carpentier, SzF: 1,247.3 16. AkenVérandas, Raphaël Dinelli, SzF: 1,326.017. Roxy, Anne Liardet, SzF: 1479.8 SzF18. Max Havelaar Best Western, Benoît Parnaudeau, SzF: 1,489.019. Benefic, Karen Leibovici, SzF: 1,532.620. brother, Norbert Sedlacek, SzF: 1.917.6