French skipper Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) held on to a 60-mile lead over his nearest rival on day 44 of the gruelling Vendée Globe round-the-world solo race, as the fleet burst into the Pacific Ocean south-east of New Zealand.
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) was leading the fleet with a 60-mile advance on second-placed Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) on Wednesday at 5:00 pm (GMT+1), as the gap between the front-runners remained still.
With skippers racing towards the Pacific ocean, the Vendée Globe's organisers decided to move security gate number 9 to the north. The threat of icebergs and drifting ice sheets has forced skippers to change their route plans.
Standings on Wednesday at 05:00 am (GMT+1) :
1. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA/Foncia) - 11,963.5 miles away from the finish line
3. Roland Jourdain (FRA/Veolia Environnement) - 60.1 miles from the lead
2. Sébastien Josse (FRA/BT) - 139,7 miles
4. Jean Le Cam (FRA/VM Materiaux) - 149,4 miles
5. Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA/Brit Air) - 317,7 miles
Date created : 2008-12-24