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Desjoyeaux back in the race as Frenchmen lead the pack

Video by FRANCE 2

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-11-12

Vendée Globe's 2000-2001 winner Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) is back in the race after he was forced to dock to repair his boat. Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac ) took the lead off Spain's Cape Finisterre, as forecasters announced milder weather.

Jean-Pierre Dick (Paaprec-Virbac) was leading the gruelling Vendée Globe race early on Tuesday morning. As the skippers prepared to pass Spain's Cape Finisterre, the Frenchman led a pack of eight boats which broke away from the rest of race.

The winner of the 2000-2001 edition, France's Michel Desjoyeaux, repaired damaged cables and the electric system of his auxiliary engine to return to the seas at high tide Tuesday morning.

The weather should be more clement after yesterday night's strong gales (55 knots). So far, eight contenders have already been forced to stop the race due to technical difficulties or incidents.


Samantha Davies (Roxy) under 40 knots strong gales (Vendée Globe's images)

Vendée Globe standings at 5am GMT on Tuesday:

1. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/Paprec-Virbac) at 23,333.4 nautical miles from the finishing line
3. Roland Jourdain (FRA/Veolia Environnement) at 1.1nautical miles from the leader
2. Loïck Peyron (FRA/Gitana-Eighty) at 5.5 nautical miles
4. Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA/Brit Air) at 5.6 nautical miles
5. Vincent Riou (FRA/PRB) at 7.7 nautical miles

Date created : 2008-11-11