Monday, November 19, 2007

800 miles to go...

ECOVER view Groupe Bel on the horizon© Mike Golding
With just over 800 miles to go until the finish line in Salvador de Bahia, Brasil Bruno Dubois reported a fair night aboard ECOVER 3 as he and skipper Mike Golding count down the final miles of the Transat Jacques Vabre double handed race from Le Havre searching for the best sail, ballast, keel and daggerboard combinations on the new boat.

“I think we found the right combinations fairly quickly downwind but reaching like this we are always trying and changing and I don’t think we have it hard yet. We have not got the same conditions as the guys in front so it is a little hard to tell, the rich are getting a little richer. But it is OK.” Said Dubois this morning. With the top six boats almost lined up in a straight line on what appears like a drag race to the finish, only second placed Jean Le Cam and Gildas Morvan on VM Materiaux look exposed as they are still well to the west of the pack. It does look like the wind will soften as the leaders approach the coast, and most predictions are of a finish around Tuesday lunch time. - Mike Golding on Ecover