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11/04 - 07h27

Easier Times

After a tough, difficult first one, the second night at sea for the solo skippers of La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe was an easier one. 

When he spoke to Race HQ this morning it was a tired Loick Peyron who admitted he has fallen asleep several times on the helm, nearly risking capsize. But, off Porto and averaging 25kts, he said the winds are between 25 and 40kts but the key thing for him now is that the seas are becoming more organised. More than 150 miles off the Iberian peninsula maritime traffic is not the problem it was and two reefs and tiny jibs the leaders sprint south in a NW'ly wind flow which will press them quickly down to the latitude of Madeira this evening. 
For the IMOCA Open 60s and the Multi50s the Bay of Biscay remains difficult. Yves Le Blévec (Actual) and Erwan Le Roux (FenêtréA-Cardinal) first and second will pass Cape Finisterre during Tuesday afternoon but the IMOCA Open 60s are routing much further offshore, lead as ever by Francois Gabart, seeking to pass closer to the Azores, their routing taking them more directly towards the trade winds. Meantime Vincent Riou (PRB) was about 35 miles from Port La Foret this morning where he intends to pitstop to repair his mainsheet track problem.
The Iberian peninsula is still 200 miles ahead for the Class40s which are racing in a very unstable WNW'ly breeze and they should get down to Finisterre by tonight where the conditions will be pretty dynamic with 25-35kts of wind and big seas, being offshore away from the worst of the marine traffic and the very chaotic seas caused by the Continental Shelf is a priority for some. Alex Pella has dropped to fifth, sailing a lower faster route but struggling for speed slightly. Miranda Merron remains solidly in eighth. South Africa's Philippa Hutton-Squire has abandoned after damaging her rigging and sustaining a compression crack on her mast at the first set of spreaders. She had a collision with another Class 40 around 0300hrs on the first night which affected the rigging. Conrad Humphreys is back on course in 28th place. 
There have been thirteen abandons announced so far but after Charlie Charlie Capelle (Acapella), Jean Galfione (Serenis Consulting), Ricardo Diniz ( and Humphreys restarted Monday o there are more who will restart this morning. Indeed while Peyron has made over 600 miles, there are some in the Rhum class who have not yet made 60 miles! 
They said 
Loick Peyron (Ultimate) Solo Maxi Banque Populaire VII
"The sea begins to flatten and that is the best news we've had in 48 hours! But it remains very bumpy and uneven. The wind is still very unstable: it goes from 25 to 40 knots in the squalls and I am always adjusting the autopilot. The conditions through the first period have been the stuff of Dante. Last night has been much better. There was a moon, not so many clouds, fewer boats and the starting manoeuvres. So it can only get better. By tomorrow it will be more comfortable. I was at the helm for many hours, dropping off sometimes, I am surprised I did not put it over. I have some more white hairs!” 
Marc Guillemot (IMOCA) Safran 
"It's pretty active, but we make do. Conditions are relatively hard but everything goes well. I am mostly in pilot mode as there are plenty of gusts around. We had about 30-32kts and I was a bit overpowered. Now I just have just the mainsail. Conditions will get a little bit more manageable. 
Erwan Le Roux (Multi50) FenêtréA-Cardinal 
"It is still unstable! There are quiet spells and big gusts to 35 knots, it's pretty dangerous. I took a rest at the beginning of night, I was a little tired. For the passage of Cape Finisterre, I will pass inside the TSS "Organize" on board is a big word: the boat is clean but I could not eat much. "
Thibaut Vauchel Camus (Class40) Solidaires en Peloton 
"We are cracking on! The wind is west to north-west 12 to 30 knots ... At this stage I do not care too much about where the others are. I check on them more when I am approaching Cape Finisterre which should be this afternoon or evening. The boat is good even if I am a little tired: this is normal, there has been an intense last month on land and the atmosphere is quite wet on board! "

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