The gaps are widening between the leaders and rest of the Vendée Globe fleet, as the leaders sail in a westerly breeze. Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) leads now by 35 miles from Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement), while Sébastien Josse (BT) has relinquished his longstanding place among the top three with his northerly routing, electing to pass to the north of the Prince Edward islands. Josse says that his strategy sees him balance prudence against the ‘high risk’ sailing in ice territory, perhaps with memories of his collision with an ice floe during the last Vendée Globe race, influencing his choice of course. “Strategically the end of the depression we’re riding now is good for the front of the fleet but the next low pressure system will help the others come back and we won’t really see the leading pack make a massive breakthrough and create a huge gap. I don’t want to go further south because of the risk of ice – the water temperature is only 5 degrees.” Josse said.

Vendee Globe

Vendee Globe

The speed differential between the following groups and the leaders of the Vendée Globe has been noticeable. Skippers like the Austrian Norbert Sedlacek (Nauticsport-Kapsch) in 24th, and even Dominique Wavre, SUI, (Temenos II) – reported slow progress at the back and in the middle of the Vendée Globe fleet respectively. Armel Le Cléac’h (Brit Air) in 10th was averaging just 6 knots between the rankings at 10h and 15h GMT/UTC, while Jourdain in second has been sailing at more than 15 knots.

Vendee Globe Rankings

December 8 2008 See updated Vendée Globe results here: Vendée Globe

  1. Jean-Pierre Dick, Paprec Virbac 2
  2. Roland Jourdain – Veolia Environnement
  3. Sébastien Josse – BT
  4. Loick Peyron, Gitana Eighty
  5. Mike Golding, Ecover 3
  6. Michel DesjoyeauxFoncia
  7. Yann Eliès – Generali
  8. Vincent Riou, PRB
  9. Jean Le Cam – VM Matériaux
  10. Armel Le Cléac´h – Brit Air
  11. Marc Guillemont – Safran
  12. Dominique Wavre – Temenos
  13. Brian ThompsonPindar
  14. Samantha DaviesRoxy
  15. Bernard Stamm – Cheminées Poujoulat
  16. Arnaud Boissières – Akena Vérandas
  17. Dee CaffariAviva
  18. Steve WhiteToe in the Water (Spirit of Weymouth)
  19. Jonny Malbon – Artemis
  20. Rich WilsonGreat American III
  21. Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty – Maisonneuve
  22. Derek Hatfield – Algimouss Spirit of Canada
  23. Raphaël Dinelli – Fondation Océan Vital
  24. Norbert Sedlacek – Nauticsport-Kapsch

Vendée Globe Times to the Cape of Good Hope

It took Sébastien Josse 26 days 19 hours 38 minutes, or 2 days 17 hours and 20 minutes more than Vincent Riou four years ago to reach the Cape of Good Hope in the Vendée Globe. While it is still possible to imagine the record time to les Sables d’Olonne from 2004 being broken, the 80-day barrier seems unlikely to be reached… Almost two days behind the time to the Equator (1d 19h 45’ to be precise), it was still possible to make up for lost time on the way down the South Atlantic. However, an uncooperative St. Helena high made the task of breaking Vincent Riou’s 2004 record all the more difficult.

The passage between the Equator and the Cape of Good Hope, offered very varied experiences to the first 17 solo skippers to have passed the course’s first great Cape by Monday lunchtime. Some lost time in comparison to the time they took to reach the Equator, while others made gains. The differences from the time to the leader at the tip of Africa (Sébastien Josse) offer us a better picture of the order than an analysis of the distance to the finish. Some figures and some surprises…

In the 2004 Vendée Globe Vincent Riou (PRB) took 13d 14h 05’ to sail this section from the Equator-Cape of Good Hope. Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat), who smashes this time by sailing this distance in 12 days 04 hours 50 minutes followed by Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), the only other sailor to improve on the previous record with a time of 13d 08h 53’ ! All the other competitors took at least 14 days to reach this longitude…


The best times Equator to Cape of Good Hope in the Vendée Globe

1-Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) : 12d 04h 50’
2-Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) : 13d 08h 53’
3-Marc Guillemot (Safran) : 14d 02h 09’
4-Jean Le Cam (VM Matériaux) : 14d 05h 43’
5-Dominique Wavre (Temenos II) : 14d 07h 25’
6-Yann Eliès (Generali) : 14d 07h 50’
7-Sébastien Josse (BT) : 14d 08h 55’
8-Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) : 14d 09h 47’
9-Mike Golding (Ecover 3) : 14d 10h 47’
10-Armel Le Cléac’h (Brit Air) : 14d 11h 18’

Vendée Globe Highlights for today:

  • While the leaders of the Vendée Globe are still profiting from a solid westerly airflow as they passed either side of the Prince Edward Islands, so the mileage losses by the pursuing fleet are increasing as they struggle to make the most of lighter winds. Conditions for them are not those more readily associated with the Southern Ocean, while those in the top five like leader Jean-Pierre Dick and Mike Golding, have enjoyed a measure of respite today after tough conditions in the deep south of the track, where ice is a threat.
  • Dick (Paprec-Veoli 2) leads by 35 miles, into his second day at the head of the fleet.
  • Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) has moved up to third as Seb Josse (BT) drops out of the top three in the rankings for the first time since 14th November.

– Vendee Globe News from various sources

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