- Maxi Spindrift 2
Both boats have gybed, Loïck Peyron at 7pm (CET) yesterday evening and Yann Guichard at 11pm. The two leaders have both adopted a port tack in a trade wind that is dwindling again. Squalls are also back, forcing the two men to stay alert. Fortunately a vast moon has illuminated the sky over the past few nights.
This morning, Banque Populaire VII lost some speed between 5am and 6am, allowing Spindrift 2 to gain 25 miles. It is not a huge distance given the speeds these boats can reach, but it goes to show that the slightest bit of squall can quickly slow the sailors down.
In the lead since rounding the tip of Brittany, Loïck Peyron moved to within 1,000 miles of Pointe-à-Pitre this morning. Yann reduced the gap to 138 miles, which takes about 7 hours at speeds of 20 knots.
With two days left to run, the stage is set for a grandstand finish, especially as the yachtsmen will have to perform manoeuvres to adopt the right line into the Leeward Islands and avoid the vast, prohibited fishing areas to the east of Guadeloupe.
Ultimes class standings at 10am CET:
1. Loick Peyron / Banque Populaire VII, 852 miles to the finish
2. Yann Guichard / Spindrift 2, 165,33 miles to the leader
3. Lionel Lemonchois / Prince de Bretagne, at 320,43 miles
4. Sébastien Josse / Edmond de Rothschild, at 365,01 miles
5. Sidney Gavignet / Musandam – Oman Sail, at 443,55 miles
6. Francis Joyon / Idec Sport, at 488,78 miles
7. Yann Eliès / Paprec Recyclage, at 642,94 miles
Next update of standings at 12 noon CET.