Having extended their route considerably by choosing a more southerly trajectory, many of his rivals are now zipping along at between 8 and 11 knots towards Marie Galante, whereas the skipper of Domaine du Mont d'Arbois will only pick up the established trade winds tomorrow evening or early on Thursday morning. Currently, his speed is fluctuating between 4 and 6 knots.
In this morning's radio chat, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent bemoaned this turn of events but remained highly lucid: “The briskness with which the trade winds have become established in the south, and at a good angle to boot, is a bit hard to take, as us ‘northerners' just have to sit and watch. And to make matters worse, a huge windless zone is feared for the finish, preventing us in the northern part of the fleet from taking a more or less direct route. But I'm accepting my misfortune patiently while at the same time trying to gain a tenth of a knot wherever possible so I can join my comrades in the flow of the established trade winds”.
Over the days to come, if they are to figure in the top half of the ranking in the Antilles, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent and Domaine du Mont d'Arbois will have to fight tooth and nail to regain a maximum amount of the ground lost over the last 48 hours. The leaders are expected to reach Marie Galante on Sunday 15 April or thereabouts.
Ranking of the Trophée BPE, Tuesday 10 April, 15:00 :
|Rank||Boat / Skipper||Latitude||Longitude||Speed||Cap||Dist. But||Dist. 1st|
|1||Défi Mousquetaires Thomas Rouxel||14 49.74' N||45 55.02' W||8.5||243||896.6||0.0|
|2||Bostik Charles Caudrelier||14 50.76' N||45 52.98' W||8.4||239||898.6||2.0|
|3||Sojasun Liz Wardley||15 36.50' N||44 57.29' W||8.8||240||950.5||53.9|
|4||Financo Nicolas Troussel||12 31.82' N||45 18.83' W||8.4||231||956.6||60.0|
|5||A.ST Groupe Marc Emig||21 12.18' N||45 03.72' W||9.3||238||981.2||84.6|
|6||Gedimat Armel Tripon||22 15.61' N||45 21.78' W||7.1||229||988.3||91.7|
|7||Theolia Robert Nagy||23 04.02' N||45 31.86' W||5.5||240||995.6||99.1|
|8||Banque Populaire Jeanne Grégoire||16 02.46' N||44 03.84' W||7.9||266||998.4||101.8|
|9||Luisina Eric Drouglazet||21 11.42' N||44 29.34' W||9.2||240||1012.6||116.0|
|10||Groupe Céléos Ronan Treussart||20 35.61' N||44 18.10' W||8.4||236||1015.0||118.4|
|11||Aquarelle.com Yannick Bestaven||18 37.80' N||43 51.87' W||9.3||234||1018.3||121.7|
|12||Les Mousquetaires Bertrand de Broc||20 25.55' N||44 03.44' W||8.2||235||1024.7||128.1|
|13||Cercle Vert Gildas Morvan||19 47.84' N||43 42.90' W||8.5||243||1036.5||139.9|
|14||Lenze Franck Le Gal||14 33.80' N||43 20.80' W||8.0||237||1047.4||150.9|
|15||Le Comptoir Immobilier Gildas Mahé||20 27.16' N||42 50.61' W||8.4||246||1091.3||194.7|
|16||Domaine du Mont d'Arbois Thierry Duprey du Vorsent||24 34.51' N||44 21.29' W||6.8||230||1093.1||196.5|