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11/10 - 15h01

Yann Guichard approaching for second

Yann Guichard with the second placed Spindrift 2 had about 70 miles to make to the Pointe a Pitre finish line at 1315UTC this afternoon, making 13kts on the west side of the island and so should be in just after 1500hrs UTC this afternoon – mid morning local.

Around the dock at early this morning there is very definitely the feel of the morning after the night before, big party for the locals into the night, Caribbean steel bands, rappers, it was the kind of night where everyone turned out as of course it happens only every four years. Peyron was so impressive – most of all he comes over has someone who just loves his sailing – he pledged to be back in four years in the little tri Happy. He noted that sometimes it is about enjoying getting there and not all about winning. He was so impressive, relaxed, cool and very attentive to everyone's needs, no airs and graces, no ego, just brilliant.
Edmond de Rothschild is 150 miles to the finish- making 25 kts. Speaking on the morning vacations skipper Sébastien Josse, said:

"The finish is not that close but it feels like we are getting there. We still need to get around the island and make the turn and that a new thing. There are still potholes, things that can go wrong. We have ha good winds with not many squalls now. Perfect conditions for a multihull 15-20kts and flat seas. This allows us to make good speeds on port tack. I feel as fit as a guy would after eight days at sea on one of these machines, but I keep a steady pace and trim things. I don't think there was much of a match between the different tris before the start and there is not much of a match at the finish. For us on the smaller trimarans we have to be at 100 per cent all the time, mostly on the edge on one float. We have really not done the same Transat race. 

Musandam-Oman Sail is 244 miles from the line making 23 kts  Sidney Gavignet should be in tonight….
In the IMOCAs Gabart adjusted to the north with a gybe last night – better breeze again filled to his north and so got himself closer to the rhumb line – 1244 miles to the finish, 35.7 miles ahead of Jérémie Beyou. Macif is quicker.

François Gabart, IMOCA MACIF: "It is going well in Trade Winds conditions. At the Azores, we went from headwinds to tailwinds and so sailing has been pretty much fun since then. Jeremie is never far away. He keeps pushing on what amounts to a long speed test. And that is quite logical as there are no strategic choices to make. And I like to sail in contact it is easier  and more fun. Last night I gyes and got a little more to the west to stay on the more direct route to Guadeloupe. My first Route du Rhum is very much up to my expectations, it has been good sport since the start and still is. We have had eight days of great racing and I am enjoying it.

At the back of this group the battle Tanguy de Lamotte is slowly catching up with Alessandro di Benedetto. Both have had their problems. Alessandro is still 305 miles ahead of Tanguy but Tanguy is quicker with more powerful boat a dozen years newer

The leaders are straight lining it to Gaudeloupe

The Multi 50 are just ahead of the IMOCAs on the water Erwan le Roux on FenetreA Cardinal is 63.5nm ahead of Lalou Roucayrol on Arkema Region Aquitaine

Class 40 Kito de Pavant is back ahead by 11 miles in front of Spain's Alex Pella in good conditions, they are in the trade winds under SE of Azores high pressure. Alex Pella is 3 kts quicker and Thibault Vachel Camus is back up to third + 16 miles ahead of Yannick Bestaven

Damien Seguin (Class40): ERDF Des Pieds et Des Mains.
“I have some strapping on my ankle and it is sore but I am OK. It is not great for me because the leaders have got first into the stronger breeze. But I am still well placed. I am happy to be here and the boat is fine, the sun has just risen. I gybed in the middle of the night but as I have connection problems with getting the weather then I am just using the barometer and working out the regime of the anticyclone and that governs my routing more at the moment than wind shifts.
And I am really happy for Loick Peyron he sailed a great race.

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