This Tuesday January 12, 65 days after the cannon shot on November 8 in entrance of Les Sables d’Olonne, the primary 5 IMOCAs are beginning a new start. Dalin, Seguin, Bestaven, Rouillard and Burton are solely 25 miles aside and must take care of the meteorological instability so far as Recife, the horn of Brazil, to lastly race in steady and vigorous south-easterly commerce winds. In the meantime, the skippers are busy with the settings, on the lookout for the fitting one laughing, observe the grains in a suffocating dampness. Energy-guzzling little earner!
Another 24 hours of unstable wind
“The road is straight north but not clear. Up to Recife, the north-easterly trade winds are not stable, there are bubbles with less wind, and variations in strength and direction. On the water, there must be pressure differences and therefore speed between the boats. Not easy at all! »Explained Sébastien Josse, weather consultant for the Vendée Globe race management this morning. The long solo race today takes on another face, that of a regatta in contact between 5 IMOCAs, if not 9 by adding Herrmann, Dutreux, Pedote and Le Cam. “Yannick’s chased position is really not easy because he has to hold it. The worst thing is that we risk coming back to everyone because the area of weak wind will go away ”confided King John to the morning session, wound up like a clock, contemporary complexion after his very first bathe and morale within the morning. stunning mounted. The gaps on this main group are unprecedented, presaging an arrival at Les Sables d’Olonne in burst mode. Jean Le Cam underlined by the identical that eight years in the past “Gabart arrived in Vendée, once I was nonetheless in Cap-Green in fifth place. What certainly to place issues in perspective! And to suppose that the primary 9 are held in 127 miles solely …
Foiler and boat by-product : similar battle in mild air
“I have a foil port that I keep coming in and out depending on the gusts of wind and which I hope will serve me in the hours and days to come ”Yannick Bestaven said at the midday vacation. The appendices of Master CoQ IV are indeed in their entirety, like those of Bureau Vallée 2, which is not the case with LinkedOut or Apivia. Unless Charlie Dalin brings out the lethal weapon for a few hours to regain the advantage at the right time? It will be very difficult to know except to look at the speeds on the map. Still, if in the powerful trade winds, the advantage of the supporting wings is undeniable, below 15 knots of wind, the differential is minimal. The boats at by-product will due to this fact play playing cards on tables so far as Recife …
Navigate easily and do a spherical again
The fleet stretches lower than 7,000 miles on Tuesday, and now 17 IMOCAs have been crusing the South Atlantic since Pip Hare overtook the Cap Horn final night time. Two rivals are nonetheless shaken: Romain Attanasio off Montevideo and Alexia Barrier 800 miles west of the level Nemo. Tonic circumstances on chaotic seas for Romain who solely has a few extra hours, robust wind and waves of greater than 6 meters for Alexia who has been consuming her black bread for greater than 24 hours in the midst of a melancholy from Antarctica. On the aspect of Cap Horn, the following to enter the Atlantic will likely be Stéphane Le Diraison and the Spaniard Didac Costa. The two males will shout a good blow to have a good time their victory over a harsh Pacific tomorrow midday!
Land goal for Isabelle Joschke
After her retirement from the Vendée Globe on Saturday east of the Malvinas Islands off the coast of Argentina, and the comprehensible discount that resulted, Isabelle Joschke and the MACSF group shortly received again to work. In the hours that adopted, a race towards time started to make sure the security of the sailor who was obliged to proceed her journey in very tough sea circumstances (5 to six meters from swell, greater than 40 knots of wind). Isabelle Joschke is due to this fact pressured to navigate in a different way on her IMOCA, which now not reacts in the identical approach. The technical group intervened to assist him select the perfect path to observe and decide probably the most appropriate speeds. It additionally advantages from the invaluable assist of Christian Dumard, climate advisor to the Vendée Globe race administration. “Isabelle will now have to be patient. It is currently crossing an area without wind. It should dock in Brazil more certainly than in South Africa, even if today the question is not completely decided. However, the tip of the African continent seems far away and involves risks. The port could be Itajai, Rio de Janeiro or Salvador de Bahia. The objective is for it to reach the north as quickly as possible to find a flow of easterly trade winds circulating on the latitude 25-26 South. We are in the process of setting up arrival solutions to have a team ready to welcome him ”explains Alain Gautier, group supervisor of the MASCF undertaking.
Yannick Bestaven, Master CoQ IV
We are within the delicate, I’m beginning to be a little extra educated than the others as a result of I’ve been there for 2 days. We should make do. It is the onerous regulation of the regatta. I knew there was this anticyclone of Sainte-Hélène which reduce itself in two earlier than gathering weight on us, there isn’t any shock. We have not actually been varnished by the climate circumstances from the start and it is not at this velocity that we’ll break data. Today’s complete day goes to be difficult, within the East as within the West. I assumed originally that by being extra to the West I might perhaps launch the primary one, however I can’t say, from one file to a different it adjustments in all instructions. I’m the place I may go along with the wind that I had within the delicate. I “win little” making an attempt to get nearer to the direct route. We will resume the race when we have now extra established winds.
Charlie Dalin, Apivia
This semi-permanent chilly entrance is a climate phenomenon that’s nearly at all times current on this space. It begins in Cabo Frio and stretches to the Southeast. This transition zone has performed the main position in latest days. Yannick (Bestaven) entered it first, he stumbled into it a little earlier, whereas we profit from a stronger wind on the again, which allowed us to come back again up sharply attract on him. The second phenomenon that got here into play (within the redistribution of roles) is that, being shifted to the West, Yannick is in a barely much less favorable common wind angle, with the wind nearly from the North. Yesterday and the day earlier than, I used to be experiencing passages at a mean of 24 knots whereas he was advancing at 5 knots. Obviously, the margin is diminished at excessive velocity.
Nothing is settled but, the wind will not be established within the space by which I’m crusing. I nonetheless see 24 hours of unstable winds in power and course. As lengthy as we have not recovered from the extra fixed wind, there’ll nonetheless be issues occurring. In the rating of 5 hours Wednesday, we are going to know who labored the perfect.
Jean Le Cam, Yes We Cam!
I should have stayed 45 minutes on the high of the mast yesterday. I’ve bruises in every single place as a result of you must tighten the mast very onerous in order to not give inertia within the uneven water. I do not know the way sailors can climb the mast with extra sea, it is insanity. I must go upstairs to return my J2 when it leaves the sailmaking workshop. Yannick’s chased place is actually not straightforward as a result of he has to carry it. The worst is that we threat coming again to everybody and calm will go away. I have never had a lot luck in my life, but when it may very well be carried out, and it’s doubtless, it might be okay. We’ll see. When François Gabart gained in 2013, I used to be fifth and I used to be at Cap-Green when he was in Les Sables d’Olonne. Normally the primary go away. This 12 months, it is getting back from behind. After this calmthere, will probably be crosswind, commerce winds, a little Doldrums, so issues ought to go away. We’ll must put all of the gear collectively and roll my hen!
Sébastien Destremau, thanks
I had a lengthy sequence of troubles, with the closed off, the pilot, nevertheless it was all linked, I simply could not type it out. Now it is a new concern, the finish– exterior which is cracked, it’s completely my fault. The issues I’ve are sometimes due to a mistake on my half. For the autopilot, I had burnt an digital card by doing a actual mistake and it value me dearly when it comes to bother. There, I noticed for a very long time that the sub-beard, that’s to say the cable which holds the finish exterior was a little delicate. My plan was to retighten it, for that we have now to cease the boat, however I used to be busy with the pilot’s worries and I postponed that. Things shouldn’t be postponed within the Vendée Globe. When one thing is incorrect, you must put within the effort to do it. The proof, with this sub-beard, I broke the finish-outside. The boat is sweet, nevertheless it lacks preparation and navigation. We did what we may. So, it is my fault and I’m biting my fingers immediately. The Vendée Globe is intractable, too unhealthy for me.
CLASSIFICATION at 3:00 p.m. French time
- Charlie Dalin, Apivia, 4,611.85 miles from the end
- Yannick Bestaven, Maître CoQ IV, 4.32 miles behind the chief
- Damien Seguin, Groupe APICIL, 19.3 miles behind the chief
- Thomas Rouillard, LinkedOut, 19.52 miles behind the chief
- Louis Burton, Bureau Vallée 2, 25.76 miles from the chief
Photo Credit: C. Dalin
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