No truce, no, on this Christmas Eve. At the pinnacle of the race, the battle rages between Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ IV), chief of the Northern Way, contested by the revolutionary of the Ice Zone, Charlie Dalin (Apivia). The two males are much less separated by the miles than by the drawing of the trajectories during which they’ve ventured.
Rather a sprint or a circumflex accent?
We may thus summarize the strategic match which opposes Yannick Bestaven, follower of the pointed hat, to Charlie Dalin, who attracts the road alongside the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. If everybody reacted to the circumstances proposed to him – the East ofanticyclone for the skipper of Maître CoQ, the South for the navigator of Apivia -, the primary two to cross underneath the closed off symbolic of the closed off of the ten,000 miles to go even have a selection.
Optimal routing takes Yannick Bestaven by the despair which provides itself in its North-East, with an entry close to in 20 to 25 knots of wind, and a descent, from the highest of the despair, reaching. The street might be fast, however lengthy.
In distinction, Charlie Dalin selected to go knitting alongside the ZEA. “My resolution is taken on and confirmed by my preliminary positioning within the South. To go north was to draw a “huge circumflex accent” within the Pacific and my southern route was extra probably to discover a favorable end result in my view. At the time of my reflection, it solely value me 30 miles to try to flip again if it did not work out. But I made a decision to dare, to try to to imagine in it. Every mile gained eastward is a victory, however it’s nonetheless too early to draw conclusions. »(Source Apivia).
Came a bit late on the negotiating desk with theanticyclone, Thomas Rettant undergoes the sequence a little. The LinkedOut skipper has been heading north since this morning to put together for the subsequent shot, and descend to the South-East with the very best angle and on the precise tack (port tack) in all probability subsequent evening.
For the “hunters”, Boris Herrmann, Jean le Cam, Benjamin Dutreux, Damien Seguin, Isabelle Joschke and Giancarlo Pedote, two choices are open, relying on the subsequent modifications to the recordsdata, but in addition the efficiency of every of the boats. Towards the East on a direct route? From the north?
Served by climate situations conducive to velocity, Maxime Sorel (V and B – Mayenne) and Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) additionally took benefit of the slowdown of the group in entrance of them to carry out and strengthen their ambitions of Top 10. Louis Burton did sturdy by betting on its potential to cross underneath despair which presently obstructs the street of Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire X), Romain Attanasio (Pure – Best Western ©, creator of the very best Christmas movies) and Armel Tripon (L’Occitane en Provence). At close to, in thirty knots of wind, the adopted Malouin confirmed nice dedication simply days after slaving alongside Macquarie Island to patch up a few of his rigging…
It’s simply a unhealthy reminiscence
Four years in the past, Stéphane Le Diraison had given up there, on the longitude from Melbourne, Australia. 18th, by his personal admission a little under his sporting ambitions, the skipper of Time for Oceans has simply exceeded this level of the globe. Here he’s at peace: “When I returned to Melbourne under rigging fortune, I told myself that – through the door, through the window – I will return to this Vendée Globe to finish this round the world tour, to experience the adventure until end. I just passed this longitude. And it’s Christmas so it’s kind of my gift! I’ve been working like crazy for that for 4 years ”.
22 to Cap Leeuwin
Jérémie Beyou (Charal), who overtook Kojiro Shiraishi a little over 48 hours in the past, is about to blow Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean) his twentieth place. Although cautious to spare his formidable foiler till Cap Horn, the three-time winner of the Solitaire du Figaro has gone one step additional: the bull has been dashing at greater than 19 knots on common since close to 36 hours. At the final check-in, he had swallowed 462 miles in 24 hours. The climate recordsdata in the meanwhile recommend that Beyou may have one other three good days of velocity, earlier than having to rub shoulders with a skinny however stable despair with northerly winds of over thirty knots between Sunday and Monday.
Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG Mori Global One) was the twenty second to cross the longitude of Cap Leeuwin, the second of the three capes of this Vendée Globe. Its subsequent symbolic step would be the entry into the Pacific Ocean, on the top of Tasmania.
twenty fourth, Clément Giraud (Compagnie du Lit – Jiliti) has additionally been fueled by tremendous since a good day. Gaining confidence on a boat and the seas he’s getting to know, the Toulonnais enjoys velocity as a lot as he worries about it. The prospect of opening his Christmas presents at sea doesn’t scare him: his reward is racing within the Vendée Globe, and his unwavering joviality conceals nothing of his happiness at sea.
Stéphane Le Diraison, Time for Oceans
The skipper is just not fairly the identical in contrast to 2016 both. As a lot on the Route du Rhum, I didn’t hesitate to go into the laborious, as there I handle the race completely otherwise, with a sure maturity. . I really feel like I’m getting again into the race the place I left off. Today, I understand extra what I’m going by, the enormity of this problem in addition to the pleasure and the possibility to take up this problem. I take pleasure in it, even when it isn’t simple day-after-day. I’ve been a new man since I crossed this longitude of the dismasting in 2016!
Arnaud Boissières, La Mie Câline – Artisans Artipôle
Yesterday it was not horrible, however in the present day, it is advantageous: the ocean remains to be askew however I’ll jibe to do cape within the East, even within the North-East firstly. It is quite peaceable to set up the Christmas tree! In truth, a despair secondary is widening and can convey us sturdy wind, a little unfavorable firstly. There I’m going to have thirty knots from the North-West with gusts, and I need to get out of right here as shortly as attainable to keep away from this new phenomenon, which is much less engaging! I used to be quickly going to maneuver: I placed on my “disguise”, not Santa Claus however sailor … I anticipate a little the sturdy wind to come. There might be a little bit of “animation” on the water. But a priori with Pip Hare, I ought to arrive to slip in entrance. However, on December 26-27, it is going to be a bit tonic! I’ve common relations with the land and I’ve a younger particular person from Kathmandu with whom I change in English. It permits me to hear from the streets of Nepal! I had met him earlier than the beginning of the Vendée Globe and instantly persons are following the Kathmandu race… This offers a sure utility to what we do on the water: it makes younger and previous Nepalese dream. have been left within the streets, however who do not complain. I additionally know that we have now discovered a vaccine for Covid 19: we might be in a position to have a huge banquet on arrival!
Clément Giraud, Compagnie du Lit / Jiliti
It oats, as they are saying! I take miles. Since 4 o’clock within the afternoon, I’ve between 28 and 35 knots. The boat goes very quick, for me anyway. I surfed at 27.5 knots! It’s energetic. It’s a little hectic, nevertheless it’s okay. I’ve discovered a configuration of the sails that goes very well, the boat goes quick, however it is vitally balanced. The waves permit it too, even when it is beginning to cross a bit. You have to settle for the surf, the velocity. I’ve a tribute to pay, as a result of it’s at all times when they don’t seem to be doing nicely that we speak about them… I imply the automotive pilot! It does wonders, it manages the surfs, it retains the boat on its edge till the subsequent surf. I need to make a huge dedication to the pilots that work! We have a barely odd week: it’ll observe within the wind, and I’ve the impression that we should shortly ‘break’ from right here. I am unable to wait to get again to the Pacific. Everyone has mentioned it from the beginning. I might have spent the Cap Leeuwin on the twenty fifth, I had this small purpose. My fortieth birthday at Cap of Good Hope and Christmas in Leeuwin! For me Christmas is at all times the twenty fifth within the morning. I haven’t got a Christmas ornament, however I do know I’ve a bag with little items and a nice meal. I do know my workforce did it proper, they’re pretty. There is a little foie gras, purple wine… I’ve sufficient to have fun Christmas! But I’m very centered. I miss my household. I’m celebrating Christmas however… It’s actually for the date. We are so out of step …
Jean Le Cam, Yes We Cam!
It’s Christmas, what! Of course Christmas is Coluche, it’s the eating places of the guts, it’s solidarity. Today we’re in a interval which isn’t simple for anybody. I discover that you’ve to categorical your self in these moments. ‘Saying an excessive amount of makes you chortle, silencing nicely’: Coluche, he did! Les Restos du cœur is a hand prolonged in the direction of the opposite.
There is Boris Herrmann who’s there, downwind, nevertheless it would not have AIS: it is ‘boring’. And there may be my pal Benjamin (Dutreux) within the wind, however I’m going quicker than him so it is okay, I can go to sleep! I did not look too far forward. I’m already wanting subsequent to me… Boris (Herrmann) has been subsequent door since yesterday. When it eases, I come again, and when it will get stronger, it’s he who comes again, essentially as a result of he has foils. In three or 4 hours, the case is within the bag!
We’re not in the identical state of affairs as the blokes in entrance. They have a ‘bulldozer within the ass’. You had to go quicker than him as a result of if he rolls over you, you are unhealthy! This is the case for Charlie Dalin, nevertheless it’s advantageous: it’s nonetheless operating at 12 knots. Thomas Rouillard, he had no selection as a result of he was already late. The choice of Apivia could be very dangerous: if it softens, it is going to be caught for 2 days. While we, we advance with theanticyclone. For the second we’re heading east so all is nicely! Merry Christmas to everybody !
CLASSIFICATION at 3:00 p.m. French time
|1. Yannick Bestaven, Master CoQ IV, at 9880.4 miles from end|
|2. Charlie Dalin, Apivia, at 16.1 chief miles|
|3. Thomas Rettant, LinkedOut, 282.4 miles behind the chief|
|4. Boris Herrmann Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco, 358.6 miles behind the chief|
|5. Jean Le Cam, Yes We Cam !, 363.2 miles behind the chief|
Photo credit score: Stephane Le Diraison
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