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(November 19, 2021; Day 13, 10:36 AM) – After nearly two weeks of the 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Ultimes are taking advantage of 30 knots of Samba to get out of the doldrums. The Class 40s have reached their landmark in Cape Verde, but in reality where to get around is less clear. The IMOCA and Ocean Fifty share the same brand off the eastern tip of Brazil with the multihulls in the lead.
Ocean Fifty – joy and pain
While an Ocean Fifty celebrates an anniversary, another suffers the enormous frustrations of a blown spinnaker, just when it needs it most.
As the fleet headed for Martinique, Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP was struck by the sailing equivalent of a strained hamstring. Thibaut Vauchel Camus and Fred Duthil tore their large gennaker (important sail for this final straight) to the finish line in Martinique.
The pair attempted a long and tedious repair of the 25-yard tear, saying, “We had to try. We didn’t want to regret not trying. Thibaut and Fred are currently 5th of seven and are expected to arrive around November 24.
Meanwhile, aboard the Leyton, there was a double celebration. Yesterday they moved into the fleet and are now third just 100 miles behind the leader and today is the 32nd birthday of British co-skipper Sam Goodchild.
While they will hardly have time to rejoice, the duo have completed five gybes overnight which means limited sleep and they are currently focused on maintaining Leyton’s 23 knot speed this morning. “It’s not easy on many levels, physically and mentally, but we’re not going to give up anything for this home stretch,” Goodchild said this morning.
IMOCA – the leaders rush to the finish
It is now the most extensive fleet in the race with 1,000 miles separating the leader from the rear. The three leading boats leave the Doldrums. There isn’t much to separate from LinkedOut, Charal, and Apivia and the winner will likely come from this pack.
Apivia, co-skipper by Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat, has been the fastest boat in the last 24 hours. In front of them, the fast downwind to Martinique with an ETA of November 25 for the leading IMOCAs.
More than 200 miles away and still reeling in the doldrums is the chase peloton led by Sam Davies (GBR) on Heart Initiatives with Charlie Enright (USA) on 11th Hour Racing Team Malama in tow.
Ultimate – samba time
The conditions are ideal for speed merchants who have covered more than 750 miles in 24 hours and make lightning speeds of the order of 30 knots. This trip along Brazil is nothing but pleasure for the Ultime fleet, which “is in one of the most beautiful places in the world to sail, with flat seas and a little sail”, according to Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3 ) during his morning. call.
Maxi Edmond De Rothschild is 400 miles ahead but still has to face 2000 miles before the finish line.
Class40 – Go west!
The rulers eventually turned west to the Cape Verde Islands. Redman is ahead and has chosen a route through the islands but their lead is only 45 miles. But strategy is not their only concern, as co-skipper Pablo Santurde del Arco (ESP) explains: “We will run out of food for almost a week, but we must not let our spirits go down. Given the circumstances, we are quite happy.
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Ranking at 2200 CET:
1. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
2. Banque Populaire XI
3. SVR – Lazartigue
3. Banque Du Léman
The Transat Jacques Vabre is a doubles race featuring four classes of boats starting November 7 from Le Havre, France. Almost 30 years old, having raced for the first time in 1993 and every two years since, the 15th edition in 2021 drew a record of 79 boats: 5 Ultimes, 7 Ocean Fifty, 22 Imoca and 45 Class40.
The course suffers from often brutal winter conditions, with a delay this year for the finish, going from South America to Martinique in the Caribbean, in addition to various mid-Atlantic turns for the four classes.
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