VENDEE GLOBE - Closing to final !
76 days from the start and the lonely sailors almost finished to circle the globe. After rounding Cape Horn, the fleet is now on their return up the Atlantic.
In the frustrating light conditions of the south Atlantic, as they re-cross the Equator, this time to the north, the leader of the fleet is the famous French yachtsman Michael Desjoyeaux in his open 60 yacht the PRB. Curiously, after more than 20.000 miles of race, only 94 miles behind follows the extraordinary, 24 years British girl Ellen MacArthur in her yacht Kingfisher.
So, who is going to win ? Obviously with 3.500 miles still to go to Les Sables d' Olonne, the French small village on the Atlantic coast, where they started - it is far to early to say...
The race is more likely to be won or lost due to tactics and luck playing the weather, while the short distance between them mean that they will normally be experiencing relatively similar weather conditions. The weather in the Doldrums means that either Ellen or Michael could steal a march on the other. We can only wait and see how this unfolds...
In any case we will be stand by and reporting within the next fortnight on this site.
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