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Loïck Peyron (Gitana-Eighty) leads the race

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-11-16

France's Loïck Peyron (Gitana-Eighty) leads the Vendée Globe race on Saturday in front of Jean Le Cam (VM-Materiaux). The leading pack sailed off the Canary Islands shores under mild winds.

Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) leads the Vendée Globe race, as reported at 0500GMT+1 on Saturday. The rhythm is still very much upbeat but less so than the last 24 hours, with Peyron covering 370.3 nautical miles on Friday compared to 333.6 Saturday.

 

The route takes Peyron and his followers in front of the Canary Islands, past Capo Verde and then on to the sailors' feared doldrums, a notorious windless belt of sea between the northern and southern hemispheres where sailors have in the past found themselves stranded for months.


 

Satellite view of the race (Vendée Globe graphics)
 


Vendee Globe standings at 0500GMT+1 on Saturday

 

1. Loïck Peyron (FRA/Gitana-Eighty) at 22.064,4 nautical milles from finish
 
2. Jean Le Cam (FRA/VM-Materiaux) at 13,8 from leader
  
3. Sébastien Josse (FRA/BT) at 22,8  
  
4. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/Paprec-Virbac) at 27,8
  
5. Vincent Riou (FRA/ORB) at 51,0

 

 

Briton Samantha Davies (Roxy) on day 4 (Vendée Globe images)

Date created : 2008-11-15

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