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May 26 2011

A breathtaking finish!

Since rounding Land’s End, the 12 Class40s still racing have been enjoying downwind conditions and 25/30 knots of breeze. The leaders passed Guernsey at 0300 GMT this Thursday morning. At the head of the fleet, the suspense is unbearable. Yesterday evening, at the 1800 GMT ranking, Marinepool sponsored Port de Caen - Ouistreham was just 200 metres ahead of Initiatives Saveurs. This morning, at the 0400 GMT position report, Tanguy de Lamotte and Sébastien Audigane’s Class40 had moved in front with a lead of over 6 miles. It would seem, according to a message received from Initiatives Saveurs, that Port de Caen – Ouistreham encountered a sail issue. It couldn’t have been an easy night for the two boats racing neck and neck. However, for the second Marinepool crew of Des Pieds et des mains, who have made a great comeback, the last few hours have been rather favourable…

At 0700 GMT, there are less than 70 miles to the finish. The hardest part is behind them and Raz Blanchard has just been rounded with a favourable current. Since the tide has turned the boats have had slightly less pace but they’re still making very high speeds with more than 12 knots VMG. After a theoretical course of nearly 800 miles, the frontrunners are set to cross the finish line in Ouistreham between 1100 and 1300 GMT. We await what is set to be a breathtaking conclusion with baited breath!

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Delahaye/Jourdren, "Port de Caen Ouistreham"?© JEAN-MARIE LIOT/NCR2011