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11/07 - 18h01

Trades But No Swaps

At the front of the race Loick Peyron confirmed how hard it is in the light, unstable trade winds when you can't just gybe and work each wind shift and go searching for pressure.  He has lost some miles to Yann Guichard but both are making good speeds between 22 and 25 kts. Maxi Solo Banque Populaire is 130 miles ahead,  Lionel Lemonchois on Prince de Bretagne is slowed and under attack a bit from the Multi 70s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Musandam Oman Sail which are 70 miles apart now, Seb Josse still ahead.

Sidney Gavignet Ultime Musandam-Oman Sail : “I've got twenty knots of wind. The seas are quite heavy, which is quite a surprise, as they seem to calm down and then get stirred up again. The boat is sailing well. It's much more unstable during the night than during the day with squalls and wind shifts, so we we've had plenty of gybes to do. I am working closely with my router, Jean-François Cuzon. We do a lot of work on the phone and we determine a bearing at which we need to gybe. He sends me the weather in the morning and evening so that I can understand what's going on and together we come to a decision. He is really hard at it around the clock. I don't have any hesitation in calling him up at any time, even at night. We're both hard at it. He is racing from his home."

 

Francis Joyon Sport Idec
“I don't want to be seen as a pessimist, but we need to be realistic. Lionel Lemonchois has grabbed a good lead, and while it is not yet
impossible, it's going to be difficult to catch him. Particularly seeing I'm finding it hard to head down south to pick up the wind.
I'll be doing that as soon as I can, but for the moment, each time, I find myself on a bearing that is no help to me and I keep losing
ground, so I'm heading back towards the west. I spent the night carrying out manoeuvres under a moonlit sky… it was magnificent, but I have to admit that the conditions aren't helping me at all. There is just about 18 knots of wind and my boat only does well in comparison to the others when the wind gets above 21 or 22 knots. I'm going to have to find stronger winds soon to have any chance, but that doesn't look like happening today.”‏

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