A little further south and 200 miles back, Fabrice Amedeo, 14th, has not managed to catch them in spite of a good southerly option. It is true that the skipper of Newrest-Matmut has a halyard that is stuck and he is going to have to climb his mast some time or other, preferably in calmer conditions. That is also the case for Irish sailor, Enda O'Coineen (Kilcullen Voyager-Team Ireland, 15th) who is also waiting for the right moment to try to resolve a similar problem. "Technical problems? Everyone has them. We have to get the toolkit out every day," Eric Bellion explained this morning. The skipper of CommeUnSeulHomme left the international gang comprised of Irishman, Enda O'Coineen, Swiss sailor, Alan Roura (La Fabrique) and American Rich Wilson (Great American IV) to head towards the NE. The reason for this radical choice? To avoid the worst of the low-pressure system expected tomorrow to the west of the Kerguelens.
Heerema: "I'll be getting 40 knots but not for so long"