Now with following winds, it could be any one of the three leading trimarans first into Newport in the early hours of tomorrow
13 June 1430
This morning in just 90 minutes the lead in the Europe 1 New Man STAR changed three times, that’s how close the racing is. At 0800 this morning it was Alain Gautier’s Foncia that led from Franck Cammas in Groupama and Francis Joyon’s Eure et Loire. Then Joyon led, Cammas second and now Cammas has a half a mile lead, with Gautier caught in light airs, 22 miles behind, though still in contention.
In the Open 60s Roland Jourdain in Sill Beurre de Gall has found his form again having slowed down yesterday and is now within 38 miles of race leader, Ellen MacArthur’s Kingfisher. France’s Catherine Chabaud in Whirlpool has closed right up behind ‘Bilou’ into third place while Mike Golding’s Team Group 4 is a further 60 miles back and being harried by Thierry Dubois in Solidaires.
In Class 2 Emma Richards in Pindar is feeling the strain and has slowed up to get some rest, allowing second placed Andrea Gancia to get within ten miles. Further back in the fleet Jason Baggaley in the smallest boat in the race, Ana, continues to lead Class 5.