The seat of the chief, Yannick Bestaven, shouldn’t be a throne, however reasonably a rocking chair. All the eye at the moment is concentrated on the advance of the skipper of Maître CoQ IV alongside the ice barrier, a digital line imposed by the Race Management to restrict the encounter of IMOCAs with icebergs and growlers. Because if Yannick manages to slide into the East of the windless bubble, it’s the jackpot! He might significantly widen the hole together with his pursuers Charlie Dalin and Thomas Rettant. Otherwise, it shall be an everlasting restart with a basic regrouping …
In this meteorological configuration, the Antarctic Exclusion Zone or ice barrier does in no way facilitate navigation for the primary “package” of this 9e Vendée Globe. Everyone want to go south to bypass the huge zone of excessive stress that’s coming straight to them, however they merely shouldn’t have the proper, safety requires. It is due to this fact essential to do with and maneuver, to chain the modifications oftack, “Be on it” as sailors say. Master CoQ and Apivia multiply the gybes able additional south than LinkedOut. The night time to return (the day for them) ought to be essential.
Promise of higher days for hunters
This space of weak and erratic winds considerations the primary six. Behind, from GROUPE Apicil nothing ought to actually cease them, no less than the highway shall be much less chaotic, way more direct with a superb north-easterly move to advance. ” There will be a regrouping, it will come back strong from behind, it’s a little annoying, but that’s the game »Confided Benjamin Dutreux in a note written on board this Tuesday. Damien Seguin, he is ready to return to the heart of the match: ” I’ve the chance to return again. I’m able to struggle. I’m ready for the proper time »He confided this morning. Maxime Sorel and Louis Burton even have each probability to choose up, whereas for Romain Attanasio and Clarisse Crémer, it is in no way on the agenda. Both are targeted on how they are going to negotiate the despair Thursday 24 December. ” I’ve to seek out out if I assault the depression from behind or if I wait to be caught by the wind after. I’ll tack in the night, head north »Explains Clarisse Crémer. The one who has a lot to gain from this unusual situation in the South Pacific is Armel Tripon on L’Occitane en Provence. The Nantais posted the best average speed of the fleet today: 446 miles swallowed in 24 hours compared to 257 for Thomas Rettant. Numbers are better than a long speech. Tripon wrote this morning after entering the South Pacific: “ To my right, Antarctica, a huge continent that I dream of seeing close to, and in entrance of me, far, very far, the Cap Horn! Between us, a big ocean and small boats on the water that I dream of overtaking ! “. His dream will quickly come true …
Didac Costa: 40 years and one Cap Leeuwin!
The Barcelona firefighter, at the moment in 19e place, celebrates this Tuesday, December 22 its 40 years and will earlier than midnight (UT) double the cape Australian. On the ex-Kingfisher of Ellen MacArthur with whom she received the Route du Rhum 2002, the Catalan is having fun with his second Vendée Globe on the identical boat. In his group of 5 IMOCAs, the sport is as thrilling as in entrance of the fleet. Didac delivers an excellent struggle with the British Pip Hare, Stéphane Le Diraison, Manu Cousin and Arnaud Boissières, the chief of the small troop.
Two knights and an officer
Following the rescue of Kevin Escoffier on 1er Last December, the Minister of the Sea, Annick Girardin, yesterday knowledgeable Jean Le Cam, Jacques Caraës (Race Director) and Christophe Gaumont (President of the Race Committee) by way of a video, that they had been going be distinguished by the Order of Maritime Merit. Jean Le Cam shall be promoted to officer within the Order of Maritime Merit, Jacques Caraës and Christophe Gaumont can have the privilege of being appointed Knights within the Order of Maritime Merit.
Romain Attanasio, Pure – Best Western
This morning, I handed between the island (Macquarie) and the pebble (Bishop). There was a plateau with 100 meters deep so I used to be a little bit nervous if it was fallacious surge, however there was not more than 2 meters swell behind me so I gave it a go and it went nicely. I did not see the island in any respect and at one level a ray of sunshine handed by way of the boat and once I received out it was tremendous lovely, it’s the primary land I see from the beginning. We have been scanning the information for 2-3 days to learn how we are going to achieve passing these 50 nodes to the close to in entrance of. We should attempt to discover a passage to keep away from this. I’m beginning to see extra clearly, we’ll see tomorrow. There, the wind eases. The night time could also be extra difficult than the night time earlier than. We know that it will buffer a little bit, we should handle the pace. There are two choices, both you must go in, however meaning taking 50 knots at close to alongside the ice zone, which appears to me to be delusional, both undergo the highest of this despair and it appears to quiet down and never go that badly. I’m shifting on that and I believe Clarisse (Crémer) too.
Damien Seguin, APICIL Group
There are probabilities that we are able to choose up in entrance, so I’m working nicely on the climate aspect to grasp precisely what will occur within the system we’re going to fall into with theanticyclone and degree crossings. It requires getting a superb understanding of all this, you must be opportunistic and have a little bit little bit of luck. Usually in roundabouts like this, you want your justifiable share of luck. You’re going to must be wakeful then. But that is not probably the most attention-grabbing half, the method toanticyclone. It’s good to have a climate alternative to have the ability to get again to the entrance of the race. I dropped out a bit from Jean (Le Cam) and Boris (Herrmann), I’ll come again to them and possibly to those that are in entrance too. It will certainly be a brand new starting. It’s good that the elastic would not at all times stretch in a single course, it’s good that it relaxes and that we come again. It will revive a little bit little bit of suspense and stress, as I mentioned, we should be prepared.
Louis Burton, Office Valley 2
I’m tremendous pleased to have returned there every time (in his mast, editor’s notice) and to not have given up. I used to be on the verge of doing it, and I might have regretted it. I simply modified the headsail, as a result of it has softened, and I’m on the level to ship my mainsail excessive, for the primary time in a month. I waited (to take action) for it to subside. The restore is holding, for now. I did gybes, it did not break. The half is way stronger than the earlier one. I really want to ship the mainsail if I do not wish to arrive late within the subsequent system. In quick, I’m pleased and pleased! A despair is in entrance of me, I’m going to slide beneath, alongside the ZEA. I’ll advance to close to, it will not be very humorous, however 30 knots at close to, that’s finished. I’m much less handicapped in these engaged navigations, the boat is best within the struggle than within the comfortable.
CLASSIFICATION at 3:00 p.m. French time
|1. Yannick Bestaven, Master CoQ IV, 10,314 miles from the end|
|2. Charlie Dalin, Apivia, 84.91 miles from the chief|
|3. Thomas Rettant, LinkedOut, 163 miles from the chief|
|4. Boris Herrmann, SeaExplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco, 302.94 miles behind the chief|
|5. Jean Le Cam, Yes We Cam !, 368.87 miles behind the chief|
Photo Credit: JM Liot
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