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Leader Loïck Peyron crosses the equator

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-11-22

The stubborn leader of the Vendée Globe race Loïck Peyron passed the equator Friday on his Gitana-Eighty boat. The ranking in the rest of the pack remained unchanged as all skippers eagerly awaited fresher South Atlantic winds.

France's Loïck Peyron (Gitana-Eighty) is still leading the gruelling around-the-globe race. On Friday night he crossed the equator, 19 years after crossing the imaginary line for the first time during the first edition of the Vendée Globe. In 1989, the sailor from Brittany arrived second.

The ranking in the rest of the pack remained unchanged, with Sebastien Josse (BT) followed by Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Vibrac2) and Vincent Riou (PBR). The first international skipper is Britain's Mike Golding (Ecover), sailing in 10th place. They are all waiting for the first winds of the South Atlantic Ocean off the Brazilian shores to break the doldrums' routine.

1. Loïck Peyron (FRA/Gitana-Eighty) at 20.760,7 nautical milles from finish

2. Sébastien Josse (FRA/BT) at 20,2 milles from leader

3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/Paprec-Virbac) at 34,9

4. Vincent Riou (FRA/PRB) at 37,4

5. Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA/Brit Air) at 45,1

6. Yann Eliès (FRA/Generali) at 54,9

7. Roland Jourdain (FRA/Veolia Environnement) at 72,9

8. Jean Le Cam (FRA/VM-Matériaux) at 76,0

9. Jérémie Beyou (FRA/Delta Dore) at 76,8

10. Mike Golding (GBR/Ecover) at 77,6

Date created : 2008-11-21