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  • New Wind And New Leader For IMOCA's

    Meilhat new leader as IMOCA fleet struggle to find new strong Northerly wind

    Some 130 miles off the SW corner of Ireland the IMOCA leaders of the Transat CIC have been negotiating the unsettled winds around the centre of a low pressure which is moving slowly west. They are all seeking to break into the new, strengthening NW’ly breeze first, picking the best, fastest angle west towards New York.

    And so it has been a second very active, busy night after the passage of a front yesterday, all the skippers already feeling tired after the passage of a first front which brought winds of more than 30kts.

    New leader in the IMOCA fleet is Paul Meilhat on Biotherm. He and Nico Lunven (Holcim-PRB), among others, have profited from their choice of staying a little more south yesterday and last night, away from what have been the trickier, lighter and more unsettled winds and they are scored to be first and second this morning only 2.5 miles apart.

    Being closer to the rhumb line course gives them a small advantage on the tracker whilst leader since the start Charlie Dalin (MACIF Sante et Prevoyance) and Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkea) have routed further north – by about 40 miles – and are fourth and seventh at 0500hrs UTC this morning. Their investment could yield a faster, more direct angle as they accelerate into this NW’ly which should build to 30-35kts.

    Briton Sam Davies has profited too from being more south, with Lunven and Meilhat, and is fifth this morning on Initiatives Couer. “I had decided to position myself to the West to approach the small low pressure center to get around it” explained the skipper of Holcim-PRB. ”A northerly, northwesterly wind will come in and it will be very strong, up to 35 to 40 knots, It’s going to be invigorating all day today Tuesday.”


    Among the other internationals Justine Mettraux (Teamwork-Team SNEF) has fallen back to 12t, Italian Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group) is 13th Alan Roura (Hublot) 14th and Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG GLOBAL ONE) is 15th trying to shake off his seasickness and dealing with a few small issues on board, and Boris Herrmann (Malizia-Seaexplorer) has clearly struggled in the light and unsettled winds, making just 2-3 knots in the grip of the calm and is down in 17th.

    Pedote said, “We have been negotiating the centre of the little depression and are now looking for the shift and should then be reaching and then a bit of stop and go as we get to a ridge, but voila that’s how it is going and plenty of weather before we reach the US coast!”

    Top of the daggerboard, non foiling IMOCAs is Benjamin Ferr? (Monnoyer-Duo for A Job in tenth.

    In the IMOCAs there have already been three retirements, Arnaud Boissieres (La Mie Caline) who had a problem with his port foil, Jeremie Beyou (Charal) with J2 headstay issue and Sebastien Marsset (Foussier) who has abandoned for medical reasons. He explains that his decision was taken following a consultation with the race doctor. He was heading towards Port-La-Foret.

    In Class40 it is still tight but no so close as yesterday. There are eight skippers within 20 miles, six in less than 10 miles. The leading trio Nicolas d'Estais (Cafe Joyeux, 1st), Ian Lipinski (Credit Mutuel, 2nd) and Fabien Delahaye (LEGALLAIS Team Voile, 3rd) are top

    “The first night, the wind rose to 35, 37 knots, it was wet and cold but it went well,” reported Ian Lipinski. “It was a complicated first day,” explains Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grande Pirelli) who spoke of “maneuvers that follow one another and fatigue that accumulates.”

    In sixth this morning Alberto Bona reported from IBSA: “It was a complicated first day with the passage of the front a lot of things to do, lots of manoeuvres, lots of sail changes, approaching the depression the wind was very, very unstable and so it was one thing after another, and the real thing was trying to find the right speed and set up for the approach of the depression, but after all that I am happy, the important thing was to pass it and be into the strong wind.”

    Quentin Le Nabour has had to head back to Britanny. He was sailing under a large gennaker in manageable conditions when the bowsprit of his new Mach 40.6 Class40 Bleu Blanc Planete Location broke in two. After recovering the sail and bringing the boat to safety he is returning to assess his options.

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  • #2
    Can Richomme win a Hollywood suspense thriller into New York?
    Might The Transat CIC’s IMOCA class lead Yoann Richomme be making good his escape towards New York? The French solo skipper of Paprec Ark?a has opened out some 25 or 30 miles on his nearest pursuer Charlie Dalin (MACIF Sant? et Pr?voyance) over the last 12-18 hours and late this afternoon was nearly 60 miles clear with some 1300 miles to the finish line which actually lies some 120 miles offshore of New York City.

    Sam Davies being badass

    Briton Sam Davies lies third on Initiatives Coeur but will certainly be upset to have seen her nearest rival, friend and co-skipper Paul Meilhat compromised this morning when his Biotherm hit a floating object suffering damage to his port foil and foil well. He will push on to New York but had already dropped to sixth this afternoon making a modest 12kts whilst fourth placed Boris Herrmann (Malizia Seaexplorer) was making more than 20.

    Richomme, a proven master of weather strategy, is on great form, a daily video today showed him whooping for joy as his IMOCA flew along in the flatter water as he led the fleet out of the complex low pressure system which had given winds of more than 40kts and big seas yesterday. Dalin is slightly slower. Assistant Race Director Yann Eli?s suspects Dalin has had some damage and had spent some time ‘tinkering’ as the French call making repairs.

    “Charlie Dalin had to go ‘off course’ yesterday in difficult sea and wind conditions, which surely caused a lot of damage. He has been displaying jerky speeds ever since. He must be tinkering and trying to find solutions to repair and regain a minimum of potential. The speeds are so high that it's complicated as soon as you stop. I am impressed by the speed and commitment of the sailors. Their faces are hollowed. This shows the intensity of the race they are fully engaged in” says Eli?s who has moved to race direction support after a long career including three La Solitaire du Figaro wins and two Vend?e Globes, but who has raced as co-skipper to Dalin and more recently with Richomme on last year’s Transat Jacques Vabre.

    But while Richomme is looking good just now Elies points out the finish over Monday is forecast to be slow, “It will slow down over the last 400 miles on Monday before the line and the fleet will compress in from behind”. And so nothing is set in stone and there will be a benefit in trying to rest as much as possible for the final 24 hours.

    Dalin loving it too
    Dalin is enjoying every aspect of his return to solo IMOCA racing, and he is just as much up for the final meteo challenges, “The trajectories are interesting, the management of the weather systems is special because you have to think twice.. We don’t just think about the next thing coming, but about the one after that, or even after that.”

    Germany’s Herrmann is sailing another well modulated race so far, comfortable in his own skin back racing solo after developing a love for crewed racing on The Ocean Race. He is very much in his own bubble he says and sailing his own race, although profiting from constantly benchmarking against Davies on the AIS.

    Boris noticed a tear in the mainsail last night.

    This afternoon, he took advantage of the light winds in his current area to patch the mainsail with some glue and fabric, with online assistance from his technical team. During the repair, he had to repeatedly slow down the boat and lower the mainsail, resulting in a loss of some miles.

    Tonight, he reported, “I just hoisted the mainsail. I’m a bit worried that the patch might come off, but so far, everything looks solid! The boat quickly picked up speed, and even in very light winds, it started foiling, reaching 25 knots in just 13 knots of wind. The big swell is also pushing against the boat's foils, which is quite a sight. I even have one or two boats back on the AIS: Justine Mettraux is ahead of me. She’s also going on and off the foils, sometimes reaching 18 knots and sometimes dropping to 10. It’s a pretty enjoyable evening here, and it feels great to have the mainsail back up!”

    Herrmann called in this afternoon, “So far in this race I have always had someone on AIS and I am enjoying matching someone directly since the mark off South Brittany and now I have Sam Davies who I see and I can see the changes coming and down, so I can anticipate and compare my speed. Today was quite and enjoyable day, it got a little bit light and I gybed last night and then I went a little south to get a better angle. I don’t follow the news of the race as I am a little in my own world, life is good, it is bouncy for sure, but it is very warm today for sure, hot, the boat is a little bit of a greenhouse, rather be too hot than too cold which is good news for the South in the future. The conditions are a bit like the South.”

    He is just two miles behind Davies, both are in touch with Richomme who is further west by about 60 miles, not much considering the leaders will be first into the sticky slow stuff.

    Tanguy in a class of his own

    Tanguy le Turquais is now in 12th among the foiling IMOCAs on Lazare, his well optimised straight daggerboard 2007 Finot Conq design which Damien Seguin sailed to seventh on the last Vend?e Globe and on which Eric Bellion made ninth on the previous race.

    Switzerland’s Alan Roura is 13th, reporting today from HUBLOT, “So far I’m quite happy with the race, I was not too bad on the first part. Hopefully I can manage to keep going and catch some of the others, they’re not too far ahead. I’m really happy with the boat and with myself, to sail that fast and that close, I’m actually in the match so I’m pretty happy about it. I don’t have too many problems with the boat, even if I only splashed the boat into the water a week before the start of the race, everything is fine. Just some little things like the furling system of gennaker. I think I have some wind instrument problem but the rest is so far so good. It’s kind of hard to make the boat go well in these kind of conditions, a lot of sea with crossed waves. Now I’ve got 10 knots of wind so it’s hard.”

    And in 25th Ollie Heer reported today from his IMOCA Oliver Heer Ocean Racing, the boat which won the 2008 race, “It’s been quite full on here, after intense days upwind it’s now intense days downwind - 30 to 35 knots, pretty full on. I feel really sorry for the guys that have dropped out, I think Monnoyeur has had a problem as well, looking at his tracker. I think it will stay this way for another two days so we have to look after the boat and keep sailing towards New York."

    Class 40, Is pasta powered Ambrogio poised?

    In Class 40 still in the lead, Ian Lipinski was only 8.5 miles ahead of Italy’s Ambrogio Beccaria, 15.8 miles ahead of Fabien Delahaye and 69.3 miles ahead of Nicolas d'Estais (CAFE JOYEUX). The Transat CIC title is very much in the balance, knowing that a transition zone awaits them 1000 miles from the finish.

    “This transition will be more difficult to cross for those arriving to it later”, says Yann Eli?s, who believes that “everything will be decided in the last moments. Until now, it was mainly about commitment, the reliability of the boats and a little bit of strategy with three moves to play and courses that are not easy to adjust. But the key point for the four leading boats will be three days before the finish.”

    The end-of-race scenario is therefore not easy to predict for the Class40s either and

    Beccaria is in good shape. He said today, “The race has its reputation. I’m feeling like I chose to do this race because it was different from the others and I love to see some other routes but it is not an easy, nice one. It’s full of big storms and I have some little problems on the boat but I think that everyone has some, but I think everyone their own and I do have some, tonight I have the biggest but it didn’t last too long. I don’t know how it was possible but I was able to repair the bowsprit very very fast because I have a bowsprit that can be move it. The system broke in down wind of 30 knots with the Spi. it was a big mess. Two hours later I was able to sail again, I think this is the main lesson of the race. You don’t have to go out, just be in the race, repair as you can and just race. The weather for the next few days - in the next few hours we will dive into the middle of the low pressure, to do as little as possible of the route. We will do some gybes and it will not be an easy task because there will be 35 knots. After this, it’s not super easy to know because there will be a high pressure a big ridge to go through. it’s not very easy to understand if it’ll be from north west or south west or what. So it’s not going to be an easy one. My boat compared to Credit Mutuel Thet are doing amazing but I think I know the boat very well because I sailed with them and the boat a lot. I think only Ian Lipinski can do this kind of racing with that boat because it’s unbelievable. It’s actually a boat that’s lower in reaching and until yesterday it was a reaching race and they were still leading and leading the class.” because now it’s downwind and downwind is very fast. We will see, we will see. it’s an unbelievable race. I love my boat, I love it. It’s mine, everything about it. I did not sail the best route ever in the south of Ireland. But it was a conservative one and I am really happy I was able to check with the leader group. It was not an easy task. Meanwhile I have been cooking a lot of freeze dried unfortunately, but a couple of days ago I cooked some past which was nice, a taste of home always helps and picks you up!”

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    • #3
      Saturday Night Fever….top IMOCAs charging towards New York

      The top trio on the Transat CIC solo race to New York from Lorient, France are charging towards the finish line averaging over 22kts. A slow down is forecast which should see some compression but this Saturday night with just under 700 miles to sail, Yoann Richomme on the Finot Koch designed Paprec Ark?a is over 70 miles ahead of Charlie Dalin with Germany’s Boris Herrmann (Malizia-Seaexplorer) now in a slightly more defined third place at five miles ahead of Briton Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur). And since last night Italy’s Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grande Pirelli) holds the lead in Class 40 by nearly 40 miles over Ian Lipinski (Credit Mutuel) who this evening is three or four knots slower than Beccaria on his Musa 40.

      ? PolaRyse

      We caught up with the leaders today…..

      Being in the lead, what changes psychologically?

      Yoann Richomme: “What changes is that I feel pressure! I would love to win this damn race! It’s so complicated to get everything right and the goal is still far away. I give it my all, being in the lead gives a form of intensity to each decision that I didn't feel before. I try to put things into perspective to think calmly and always try to be one step ahead.”

      Ambrogio Beccaria: “For the moment, mentally, it doesn’t change anything. But it helps me and encourages me because it shows that I am doing things the right way. Our coach, Tanguy Leglatin told us that this race is an ultra trail run and I think he is completely right. Here I am in the lead for the first time in the race but I know that what awaits us is so long that it means nothing.”

      How can we explain this level of intensity since the start?

      Y.R: “When I see the list of competitors, I’m not really surprised. For example I don't know how many Solitaire de Figaro have been contested by each of them, but they are skippers who have this culture of high performance. I knew it was going to be intense from start to finish and it really will be. I know that with the slightest mistake, the group behind me will catch me. The sporting level has risen among everyone.”

      A.B: “I expected this, I didn’t think the intensity of the race was going to be any lowern it is. This is also why I came to compete in The Transat CIC. I wanted to see how far we could go. It’s true that from the start, the pace has been incredible!”

      How do you view the race of the skippers chasing you?

      Y.R: “This is a good group at the head of the race with Charlie (Dalin, MACIF Sante Prevoyance, 2nd), Boris Herrmann (Malizia – Seaexplorer, 3rd), Sam Davies (Initiatives Cœur, 4th) and Maxime Sorel (V and B – Monbana – Mayenne) and everyone is pushing hard. It is super clean. There is a level of navigation and preparation that results in a very close match even for those who take slightly different options. I have a lot of respect for what they do.”

      A.B.: “Until today I was one of the pursuers. I find that Ian (Lipinski, Credit Mutuel) highlights that he is a great champion. He does not have the fastest reaching boat and in the end, he was in the lead for the entire reaching part. His start to the race is incredible. I'm a little disappointed for Nicolas (d'Estais, Cafe Joyeux) who always makes great starts but who probably has to deal with technical problems, it's a real shame. He deserved to be in the good package. Fabien (Delahaye, LEGALLAIS) is one of the favorites and he remains so!”

      What do you expect in to the finish? Y.R:

      “We have a downwind leg that started this morning and we were caught by a bank of fog. It’s super cold, the water must be at 2? and the air not much more. It’s impossible to make too many sail changes in these temperatures. It looks like the Southern Ocean but more extreme sometimes. Then there is a transition area and an ending that looks long and slow depending on the timing. This is why I can't even give an ETA. 5% difference in speed can result in a 24-hour difference, so it's not easy to say.

      A.B.: “There are lots of things that will happen in the next five days of sailing! We have almost one new weather phenomenon per day. Now it's a nice straight path to get to the anticyclone and then there's a very rapid succession of different weather systems. I'm even having trouble seeing it clearly in my head, it's going too fast! It's moving in all directions: I have no idea with what wind we're going to finish in New York!

      Does being in the lead allow you to be more open in your approach or on the contrary is it an added pressure?

      Y.R: “It’s obviously a lot more pressure. It was not bad being right behind Charlie (laughs)! As the finish gets closer, there will be additional intensity. I try to detach myself from the result because I know that until the finish, everything can change.

      A.B.: “No, not at all. The classification it just lets me know if I'm doing things in the right order. It’s a little extra, of course, but I’m not going to spend my time looking at others. We all have different boats, we all have different problems. I have such a small lead with five days to go... I don't feel freer than before!


      The big squeeze in IMOCA, new leader in Class 40

      Transat CIC IMOCA race leader Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkea) has seen his margin shrink very slightly as he sprints towards New York, at under 1000 miles to the finish line. Now with the cetacean exclusion zone coming into play to their north the strategic options for the moment are becoming more limited. And in Class 40 since early this morning Italy’s Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grand Pirelli) is now leading.

      As the IMOCA pacemakers pass the longitude of Cap Race on Newfoundland Island and the Cape Race lighthouse – the Transatlantic Beacon which received the distress call from the Titanic – there will at least be the feeling of reaching the first part of the home strait for the IMOCA peloton and certainly being closer to land even if Newfoundland is 250 miles to the north. And the leaders will pass the spot where the Titanic sank today. Back in mid 19th century a newsboat was kept out there to telegraph first news of liners and ships heading into New York.

      In the brisk NE’ly wind it’s a speed race for now while the wind holds in, but the pressure gradient is slackening all the time, the isobars opening and a slower finish is on the cards. Richomme still has three rivals within 70 miles, Charlie Dalin (MACIF Sante et Prevoyance) has pulled in to be 44 miles behind, Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur) is third at just under 20 miles behind Dalin. The Brit has Germany’s Boris Herrmann (Malizia Seaexplorer) virtually alongside and both are 63 miles behind the leader.

      Sam Davies said yesterday of her tussle with Boris, reflecting exactly what the German said “It’s very motivating to be side by side, to have the same objective, it helps us both to catch up.”

      All three are very slightly south of Richomme’s line which – in what appears to be a lifting NE’ly breeze - will give them slightly more time on the favoured, more direct course whilst Richomme will be forced to gybe first in about six hours time. The fundamental principle is spending most time heading more directly towards the finish.

      Yann Eli?s, one of the race’s assistant directors said this morning “Having a versatile boat is good for Yoann.” And he underlines again that Dalin has been the victim of technical problems which forced him to slow down for a few hours yesterday around midday to find a solution.

      “Since then he seems to have returned to relatively stable speeds and his deficit is nothing bad.” Eli?s confirm.

      Francis Le Goff the Race Director explains the meteo, “They will remain in a northerly flow but it is not constant in strength or direction. It is possible that there are little holes and less wind here and there and they have to get used to it because it's the program for more than 200 miles. And all this is not well modeled, it can vary suddenly from 12 to 17 knots. They will undoubtedly be going through sails.”

      Le Goff adds. “For Monday, it is a little more uncertain, it is not yet clear even if the tendency is to maintain similar conditions. A lot can still happen before the finish, no lead is safe”

      SPRINTING IN CLASS40. Acceleration before a big question mark

      In the Class40s they will continue to truck along all day long. “The depression is very stable, the flow from the North, North-East still as strong as is the sea,” specifies Francis Le Goff. They still have several hours to go. Then next is a period of fast surfing like the IMOCAs yesterday with a slightly flatter sea, good angles and the opportunity to accelerate.” That should be good for the Italian leader on Alla Grande Pirelli, who reported this morning,

      “It is very, very nice. It is very sweet to have this sensation of being first for one of the first times on this race. Wonderful. But there is still a long way, and even right now to get out of this depression is going to be hard work with a lot of manoeuvres but for the moment I am very, very happy.” Said Ambrogio this morning after having stolen first from Ian Lipinski (Credit Mutuel) who is 5 miles away and ahead of Fabien Delahaye LEGALLAIS, 3rd) and Nicolas d'Estais (Cafe Joyeux , 4th).

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      • #4
        Updates from Charlie Dalin, Boris Herrmann, Ollie Heer and Justine Mettraux this morning,

        Charlie Dalin: “There’s not much wind this morning. Not much since yesterday evening. It’s very quiet. We’re in an area of calm weather with a swell that is preventing the boat from advancing as quickly as she should. The forecasts had announced more wind allowing us to take a more direct route but not to be. At the moment, we’re getting caught by some other boats. There are around 200 miles to go to the finish. I’ll do all I can to catch all the boats within my reach.”

        Ollie Heer: “I had quite a bad knockdown 36 hours ago and the boat went well and truly past 90 degrees, it was an absolute mess. I had a complete black out of my energy system. But now things are a bit better, the boat is battered and bruised, I am battered and bruised. After a day’s work I have got basic, basic power back into the boat via my solar panels into my engine battery and back on the main line, so I can make water – I was down to my last litre of water – so I am running the watermaker right now, I have satellite communications so I can communicate with the world and my team. I can say that even going at a snail’s pace we are still heading towards New York and I am more determined than ever to finish the Transat CIC.

        Boris Herrmann:

        “The final bit here to the finish is a bit slower than expected. I only have 12kts at the top of the mast, in reality there is a bit less because of the friction of the wind on the cold water surface, the water is only 10 degrees, at that makes me sail at only 80 percent of polars as the wind at the top of the mast and on the sea surface are not the same. This has been the subject of the last couple of days as if we had had the chance of the route we would have stayed in the warmer waters, there we have more wind and the wind is a bit more right. And also these warm water eddies from the Gulf Stream when they are against the wind then it is really choppy, like it was yesterday as Sam also told me. We had a lot of sea state and then it becomes suddenly a lot warmer, 20 degrees in the boat, and you would not expect that. And I had to a gybe back in that horrible sea state with the strong winds, all of us being a bit scared to break anything in these last miles. Since the it has been rather quiet sailing along the whale protection zone which we have been free off since last night, now we are able to head west in these variable winds. Sometimes it picks up to 13 knots and and the boat foils at 19kts which is such a cool feeling in the flat water, really cool, flat water take off and fully foiling.

        I did see a whale yesterday just breathing out, the spray from its blowhole. I have been on deck for a while after a week inside, the possibility to go on deck has been nice without being in a war zone. But being inside is quite cozy, to be honest, not so much movement. And so I made myself some eggs this morning in the pan, that is quite unique on an IMOCA, very enjoyable. And I am in my chair, not quite able to decide whether to go to bed, as I am trimming the sails all the time.

        The course is the same, on compass mode heading a little bit south of the finish as the wind is supposed to head me as I get towards the finish and so I am putting that 15 degrees in the bank. At this current speed I should finish in six and a half hours, the wind is supposed to pick up, I am not sure, we could see anything between four to five to six to seven hours to the finish. And I am very happy with the race so far, but let’s talk about that once we have finished. A really nice moment we had a lot dolphins last night suddenly came, I asked the others and they were ion bug gennakers so we put it up and immediately they started jumping to the left and right of the boat it was very special.”

        And Justine Mettraux: “Tonight the conditions were choppy again, we are starting to feel the effect of the Gulf Stream with big variations in water temperatures, I had between 7 and 18 degrees between the different zones. At the end of the day and beginning of the night the wind was strong. With the current it gave a bad sea state so it is not always easy to find how to make the boats work without having the impression that we are going to break everything, without it getting too carried away and without it slamming too hard. From now on it should ease off and that's not a bad thing. It will give way, which will bring us closer to the ice gate. I'm going to try to go and rest a little now!”

        Slow motion final morning, Richomme under pressure

        Since yesterday speeds among the leading group on the Transat CIC have dropped significantly. Leader Yoann Richomme (PAPREC ARKEA) has made less than 20 miles over the last four hours, second placed Boris Herrmann (Malizia Seaexplorer) is just 17 miles behind Richomme and making the same kind of speeds this morning, that is to say less than five knots.

        They are in the grip of the very light winds generated by a high pressure ridge which is centred offshore of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The leaders should be able to get into a modest SW’ly breeze after it daylight, but this last night of the Transat CIC for the top trio has been frustrating, requiring maximum concentration. Richomme was 156 miles from the finish at 0600hrs French time and is expected in this afternoon or evening. . Sam Davies (Initiatives Coeur) is holding on to third at 68.5 miles behind Richomme. Clarissee Cr?mer has arrived safely in the Azores and her team will be assessing the bulkhead damage to Loccitaine en Provence. Alan Roura is making fair progress on HUBLOT in 11th after reporting damage to his port foil yesterday. In the Class40s Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grande Pirelli) leads by over 70 miles with just under 800 miles to go to the finish line.

        Updated Sam Davies reported in this morning, "Here is my postcard. It's gray, humid and it's chilly, just 6 to 8 degrees. Plus there's no wind. It's weird after a fast Transat to find yourself in a calm, without it moving without noise or vibrations...A soft landing....Sure there is a little stress in terms of racing, but I keep things in perspective and try to keep calm. I gave my all over these last 8 days and I'm giving it everything until the finish."



        This Sunday at 19:30 (Swiss time), Alan Roura informed his team that his portside foil was badly delaminated. The skipper, who was in 11th place in The Transat CIC, a transatlantic race between Lorient and New York, is fine and has not yet noticed any other structural damage. The possibility of a collision with a floating object has not yet been ruled out, pending a more in-depth analysis once he arrives in New York.

        I heard a crack and then a small buffet stop,’ said Alan. I don't know if I hit it or not, but one thing's for sure: it's in pretty bad shape. The outer skins of the appendage have been badly damaged, while the integrity of the hull and foil well of his IMOCA Hublot doesn't seem to have been affected. On the other hand, the boat's drag is considerably increased, which will inevitably have an impact on the monohull's performance towards the end of the race. So it was at a reduced speed that the sailor was forced to continue towards the finish line, some 540 miles ahead of his bow. It was a definite disappointment for Alan, who up until then had sailed a very fine race: ‘I'm disgusted! For once I was in the thick of things!

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        • #5

          The Podium Placers Arrive In New York!
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