Michel Desjoyaux (Foncia) leads the Vendee Globe round-the-world yacht race ahead of Roland Jourdain and Jean Le Cam as sailors face tough conditions through the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 nautical miles from the finish line.
AFP - French sailors dominated the Vendee Globe round-the-world yacht race on Saturday as the flotilla headed out into the Pacific Ocean to the southeast of New Zealand.
Michel Desjoyeaux retained the overall lead with just under 10,000 nautical miles to go before the finish.
He was 74.9 nautical miles ahead of Roland Jourdain with Jean Le Cam 171.6 nautical miles off the pace at 1500GMT on Saturday.
The 30-boat flotilla left the western French port of Les Sables d'Olonne on November 9 heading down to the Cape of Good Hope before crossing the Indian and Southern Oceans south of Australia.
To date a total of 12 boats have abandoned leaving 18 remaining in the race.
Britain's Samantha Davies remained the leading woman and leading non-French challenger in eighth place 1,443.5 nautical miles adrift of the leader.
Standings at 1500GMT:
1. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA/Foncia) 9,841.8 miles to finish
2. Roland Jourdain (FRA/Veolia Environnement) at 74.9 nautical miles
3. Jean Le Cam (FRA/VM Matériaux) 171.6
4. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA/Brit Air) 355.7
5. Vincent Riou (FRA/PRB) 390.8
6. Sebastien Josse (FRA/BT) 578.9
7. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA/Paprec-Virbac) 1,025.4
8. Samantha Davies (GBR/Roxy) 1,443.5
9. Marc Guillemot (FRA/Safran) 1,886.4
10. Dee Caffari (GBR/Aviva) 2,067.8
Date created : 2008-12-27