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11/13 - 09h28

Ready to Win. Le Roux due Thursday midday

Erwan Le Roux is all set to win the Multi50 Class. The solo skipper of FenêtréA-Cardinal should arrive early Thursday morning. In the IMOCA 60s Francois Gabart seems assured of victory and is expected in Pointe a PItre on Friday morning, early. Erwan Le Roux is all set to win the Multi50 Class. The solo skipper of FenêtréA-Cardinal should arrive early Thursday morning. In the IMOCA 60s Francois Gabart seems assured of victory and is expected in Pointe a PItre on Friday morning, early.

On his second participation in La Routedu Rhum Erwan Le Roux's race has been impeccable. He has lead since the Azores and recently has only widened the  gap to his pursuing rival, Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema Aquitaine) who is now over 120 miles behind. Le Roux is making about 14kts towards the finish but can expect to slow down through the final hours of his race, but with the breeze moving to the SE today there should be a little more consistent making the final passage round Guadeloupe less arduous than it was for the Ultimes a couple of days ago.

In the IMOCAs then François Gabart  (Macif) is 100 miles ahead of Jeremie Beyou (Maitre Coq) with just under 300 miles to the finish.  The trade winds are easing but becoming a little more consistent which will be a relief considering the number of squally showers which have been going through.
At 1400 miles from the finish and so expected Wednesday morning,

Alex Pella has even extended slightly on Kito de Pavant and his two rivals Thibault Vauchel-Camus and Yannick Bestaven. Catalan Pella has shown a remarkable work rate, gubing frequently to stay in the best of the breeze.  He continues to show great speed on his Botin design, gadually easing away from his rivals. The 32 remaining Class 40s are spread over 1200 miles now.

And for the Rhum class the situation is that the fleet is now very well spread out. Anne Caseneuve now has a comprehensive lead of 460 miles over second placed Andrea Mura. They are pursued by Wilfrid Clerton (Cap a Cap Location), Jean-Paul Froc (Berto Group) and Robin Knox-Johnston (Grey Power). The British Knight of the Realm is up to fifth now.

Erwan Le Roux-FenêtréA-Cardinal (Multi 50) 1st:
"It feels like a bit of a battle to the line. I did some back downs very hour because of the weed which is amazing. Its thefirst time I have seen it here. There is not much wind and it is expected to drop.   My lead allows me to focus and remain calm. I will do my final strategy with Jean-Yves Bernot. I shaved yesterday and I clean everything I can every day. I am quite picky. I did a little check of the equipment to check for problems. I want everything to be clean for the finish. My finish should be ina few hours. A breakfast in Gaudeloupe, not bad!"


Alex Pella Santander Tales 2 2014 (Class 40), 1st place
"It's not bad, it goes well. Whenever you call me, I'm taking a nap, it's become part of my dreams! The wind collapsed early last night but it came back and I got going again. Conditions were difficult yesterday because the wind was so unstable. Yesterday I made 25 gybes today already a dozen. I try to stay in the corridor of best breeze." 

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