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Golden Globe Race - Day 71 - Ten still racing

 
Frenchman Loïc Lepage docked his Nicholson 32 Laaland in Cape Town

As Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to set the pace across the South Indian Ocean, fellow Frenchman Loïc Lepage docked his Nicholson 32 Laaland in Cape Town.

While Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen surprised himself and American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar by meeting up in mid-ocean.

73-year old Van Den Heede and his Rustler 36 Matmut now have a healthy 7-day lead over Dutchman Mark Slats whose rival Rustler Ohpen Maverick lost a further day on the leader this week.

He now has Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin (Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance) within a day’s distance behind after the Irishman clawed back 4 days this past week.

India’s Abhilash Tomy sailing Thuriya, a replica of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili, winner of the first GGR 50 years ago, has also made big gains.

He overtook Uku Randmaa’s Estonian Rustler 36 One and All at the weekend and moves up to within a day of McGuckin.

Latest positions at 08:00 UTC 10 Sep 2018

1st Jean- Luc VDH (FRA) DTF - 16290 VMG - - 5.2 knots DTL - -  0
2nd Mark Slats (NED) DTF - 17121 VMG - - 4.7 knots DTL - - 831
3rd Gregor McGuckin (IRE)  DTF - 17284 VMG - - 4.6 knots DTL - - 994
4th Abhilash Tomy (IND)  DTF - 17408 VMG - - 4.5 knots DTL - - 1118
5th Uku Randmaa (EST) DTF - 17506 VMG - - 4.5 knots DTL - - 1218
6th  Susie Goodall GBR) DTF -  18604 VMG - - 3.8 knots DTL - - 2319
7th Istvan Kopar (USA) DTF - 18811 VMG - - 3.7 knots DTL - -  2521
8th Tapio Lehtinen (FIN)  DTF - 18812 VMG - - 3.7 knots DTL - - 2522
9th Igor Zaretskiy (RUS)  DTF - 19033 VMG - - 3.6 knots DTL - - 2793
10th Mark Sinclair (Aus)  DTF - 19254 VMG - - 3.4 knots DTL - - 2964

CHICHESTER CLASS

1. Loïc Lepage (FRA) Nicholson 32 Laaland

RETIRED

Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Rustler 36 Lazy Otter
Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Tradewind 35 Sagarmatha
Nabil Amra (PAL) Biscay 36 Liberty II
Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB
Antoine Cousot (FRA) Biscay 36 Métier Intérim
Are Wiig (NOR) OE32 Olleanna

Francesco Cappelletti (ITA) Endurance 35 007

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