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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-12-27

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
  

 

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Date created : 2008-12-24

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