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Skippers venture into Southern Hemisphere

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-11-24

Nearly half the Vendee Globe fleet have crossed into the Southern Hemisphere as leader Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) stretched another two miles ahead of the pack. Jérémie Beyou is heading towards Brazil in a desperate bid to fix spreaders.

Nearly half the Vendee Globe fleet have crossed into the Southern Hemisphere now.

Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) has stretched another two miles ahead of Seb Josse (BT), who is still second. Small gaps are appearing between the boats, with former leader Jean-Pierre Dick now 40 miles behind in third and fourth-placed Riou lagging by a further ten miles.

Mike Golding (Ecover 3), who has the fastest of the Top 10 boats, moved up into seventh place.

The treacherous Doldrums proved fateful to British boats Toe in the Water and Artemis II, which both lost between 75 and 98 miles today, snared by light winds. 

Meanwhile, Jérémie Beyou's nightmare scenario has come true. Two spreaders on the starboard side (his leeward side) have broken down. The Delta Dore's skipper has refused to retire and hopes to carry out repairs himself . But latest news suggests he will need help from outside, which would get him disqualified from the race

 

 

Samantha Davies (Roxy) offers Neptune champagne and chocolate as she crosses the equator

Date created : 2008-11-23

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