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    6/9/24 RACE

    Jean-Louis Carli / Alea

    After leading the 28 boat IMOCA fleet since last Monday morning, and today holding a margin of over 300 miles over second place, French skipper Charlie Dalin tonight completed an emphatic victory on the 3200 nautical miles New York Vendee Les Sables d’Olonne solo race across the North Atlantic.


    Finish time: 21:44:30 (UTC)
    Race time: 10d 03h 44min 30s
    Distance covered: 3 169.88 nautical miles
    Average speed (on the great circle route): 13.01 knots

    Jean-Louis Carli / Alea


    "I’m really happy, we won and that’s what counts! It was a great crossing, it feels good to win! It was the last rehearsal before the Vend?e Globe, and so an important race to show the competition that I am here, I am present. I used the lessons from the outward race to New York particularly in my sleep and self management. I found my level aboard this great boat in all conditions. upwind and downwind.. It was really a great race, I had a lot of fun! It all happened three days after the start with this trough to cross and then this front. I managed to pass while most were still caught by this system. I managed to pass it and not get blocked or sucked back into it, the wind shifted, I was on the right side... It didn't matter much. After that, I continued to sail with a high intensity to stay in what is a Vend?e Globe rhythm over the long term by managing my sleep and my sail changes. And then I attacked until the end! I was still hitting 30 knots a few hours from the finish. The idea was really not to let up from start to finish and that’s what I did. I sailed with my foot flat on the floor and there is no structural problems, which is good."

    Olivier Blanchet / Alea


    The skipper of the Verdier designed IMOCA Macif Sante Prevoyance broke the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne on the French Atlantic coast, off the Vend?e region, at 23:44:30hrs local time France (21:44:30hrs UTC) on a beautiful mellow early summer night. His elapsed time for the course is 10d 03h 44min 30s since leaving the start line – set some 90 miles offshore of New York – on Wednesday 29th May.

    Between last Sunday and Monday Germany’s Boris Herrmann (Malizia Seaexplorer) and winner Dalin were the only two solo skippers to break through a problematic low pressure trough. As soon as they emerged into the brisk southerly breezes on the other side they built a lead which simply grew and grew whilst all their rivals were left languishing in the mixed up air, unable to pass the weather hurdle which was effectively moving east with them.

    Dalin, who celebrated his 40th birthday in the later stages of the outwards Transat CIC race to New York, adds to a long catalogue of podium finishes on his CV. Most memorably he was first to finish the last Vendee Globe solo round the world race in January 2021 after an immaculately executed first solo circumnavigation.

    But he was displaced to second place by compatriot Yannick Bestaven who was given a time compensation for helping in the search for stricken Kevin Escoffier who had to abandon his sinking IMOCA in the Southern Ocean. Dalin was the perfect sportsman, accepting the result with elegance, empathy and understanding, never showing an ounce of frustration. Dalin won 2022’s race to Iceland, the Vendee Arctic and also triumphed on 2021’s double handed Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre sailing with Yann Eli?s

    After taking fourth on the outwards solo race, his eight hour deficit behind winner Yoann Richomme largely attributed to a technical issues with his steering which required him to slow at a critical phase, Dalin rested up in the Caribbean, wing foiling and spending time with his family. Looking tanned and fit on the dock in Brooklyn Dalin declared, “My goal is to sail hard and go for victory. If there is a little psychological gain, so much the better, it’s now or never.”


    It’s Dalin’s tactical finesse, his analysis, perhaps just the right amount of risk which sets him apart. Whilst rival Herrmann – who was always north of Dalin – climbed away to the far north Dalin stuck to the middle course and built a margin.

    “I put the bow down to accelerate and get out of the system. Initially the break with the others didn’t amount to much.” But in the fleet, everyone saw MACIF Sante Prevoyance escape. “It was a matter of five miles, five miles which will turn into 500 miles,”noted rival Jeremie Beyou (Charal) who won the race in 2016 the only time it has been contested.

    His outstanding triumph tonight, only his second race since he had to miss last Autumn’s Transats due to a medical issue, enhances his rank as one of the outstanding favourites to this winter go one better and win the Vend?e Globe.

    Source: New York Vendee - Les Sables d'Olonne
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    6/10/24 RACE

    Olivier Blanchet / Alea

    It has been a race full of emotions, decisions, and excitement: This Sunday afternoon, the Team Malizia skipper crossed the finish line of the New York Vendee in second place, achieving consecutive second place finishes in this year’s transatlantic solo challenges, and final test before the Vend?e Globe at the end of the year.

    Team Malizia’s skipper Boris Herrmann has secured back-to-back second place finishes in this spring’s transatlantic solo races. While competing against 27 IMOCA sailors in the New York Vendee race to Les Sables d’Olonne, Boris Herrmann took a risky yet well thought-through strategic decision. He was the only sailor to go for a very northern route which saw him fight through light winds, and sail within as little as 300 nautical miles of Greenland. Boris Herrmann then reached the downwind conditions he had been chasing and raced fast towards France, claiming second place in the process. The Malizia - Seaexplorer skipper crossed the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne this Sunday afternoon at 16:52 local time (14:52 UTC), after 10 days, 20 hours, 52 minutes, and 32 seconds at sea.

    With his impressive achievements in The Transat CIC and the New York Vendee, Boris Herrmann has made a big statement highlighting his outstanding potential for the Vendee Globe. Before the start of the race, several competitors cited him as one of the contenders to watch out for, and the German sailor delivered. Not only was he the only skipper, along with race winner Charlie Dalin on MACIF Sante Prevoyance, to pass the infamous front that eluded all the other sailors. But he also surprised many by going north, while Charlie Dalin continued east.

    Jean-Louis Carli / Alea

    “I wasn't quite sure if there was still a risk that the front could catch us", explained Boris Herrmann. "So I was kind of bearing away more, going more north just to be as far away from the front as possible. That brought me in this different position, and from that moment on, I made the big strategic choice to opt for the northern route, thinking that it would be the better choice for me. I observed it for a little while to see if I needed to review this decision, but then I chose to stick with it."

    He explains further: "At some stage, I doubted a little bit because it just looked crazy on the chart. But, scientifically, I thought it was correct. When I took the decision it was also the shorter route, because the route that looked more direct for Charlie had a lot of zig-zags. There was a moment where the routing in the north even had me finish ahead of Charlie, going on a much more direct route around the high pressure, where I now needed to do many gybes. With some of the models the wind was turned by just ten degrees, but that's enough to go on a direct route, and then I would have gained almost a day.”

    The strategy through the high north did pay off: Boris Herrmann flew downwind towards France at high speeds that had even Charlie Dalin doubt for a moment. The Team Malizia skipper progressively went up the ranking, and finally reached the finish line in second place. Racing 4,112 nautical miles over ground at an average speed of 15.76 knots, he arrived 17 hours, 8 minutes, and 2 seconds after Charlie Dalin, and over a day ahead of the next boats which are expected in Les Sables d’Olonne tomorrow.

    “The last moments of the race were great”, said Boris Herrmann. “I had a lift, so I couldn't lay the finish and therefore did two gybes along the shore with lots of boats around. More boats than at the Vendee Globe finish, actually! On the gybe along the shore, I had both foils down and I was in wheeling mode all the way, coming really fast on a hot lay line into the finish. That was exciting!" He then joked: "And after the finish line I had to very quickly furl the sail to not crash into the beach of Les Sables d'Olonne!".

    The Team Malizia skipper added: "It's fantastic to see the team and share this moment with them, they all came out on chase boats to greet me! It's so good to be back, and also such a big contrast to the peaceful quietness I've experienced before."A contrast that got even bigger as he reached the iconic channel of Les Sables d'Olonne: Several thousand fans had lined up all along the channel to give the German skipper an incredibly warm welcome, in a true goosebump moment. "It's beautiful to see how many people come here to celebrate sailing. I think it's unique in the world to have so many people coming out to welcome us, and it's a beautiful day for it. It's such a fantastic welcome. Really incredible, thank you for this."

    Jean-Louis Carli / Alea

    "I really like that I made a big strategic decision like this. I could have just tacked and gone behind Charlie, and followed him about 100 miles behind. But I think it would have been a less exciting race for everyone, myself included. I was also keen to sail downwind and to experience the north with its transitions. So I am happy with my decision."

    The Malizia - Seaexplorer skipper said: “I think both races were great preparation for the Vendee Globe. The race to New York was good because I was sailing in close contact with other boats, and I could see that my speed was good. Then on the way back, I was very alone in the north, which is the feeling that can happen in the Vendee Globe. Sometimes you end up being really alone with no boats around for hundreds of miles. So I could train and remember this feeling a little bit, and prepare for that.”

    Boris Herrmann concluded: “I'm really looking forward to the Vendee Globe. With this race, we achieved what I was hoping for: to have the confidence, to be quiet in the summer, and to not doubt our choices. And so now we will just service the boat a little bit, leave everything as it is, and then take the start of the Vendee Globe.”

    Source: Team Malizia
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