At the 19:00 report Friday, Mike Golding (Gamesa) moved to fourth in the Vendee Globe nail-biter of a finish between Golding and Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel). With 1,169 nm to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne Golding had opened a 55 nm lead by Saturday morning as the two battle all the way to the line.
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Golding was faster than his French counterpart in the past 12 hours. The situation is not clear and there could be an opportunity for Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) to return, despite his low speeds of 3 knots on the last two rankings.
Theoretically, it will be he who touches the wind first will accelerate. Over the next 48 hours, according to the less extreme routings, the duo could go back to the tip of Brittany to pass the high. The two men are expected to Les Sables d'Olonne February 6.
It is terrible weather in Les Sables d'Olonne. The storm that was forecast and causing Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) to decide to seek shelter on a buoy in Galicia, Spain has arrived. There is rain and strong gusts. This winter wind does not prevent onlookers wandering around the race village, in Port Olona, to visit the first three boats of the Vendée Globe. Now, they await a fourth; a blue boat without a keel.
1 February 2013 23:50 GMT