• Blistering Rides For Ultimes, Not So Much For Class 40

    For the pacesetters on the the maxi trimarans, Gitana, Banque Populaire and SVR-Lazartigue, life in the fast lane is good, with 30 plus knots being the norm, and not the exception,
    Franck and Charles on Gitana have passed the last turning mark and are on the home stretch! Now the key is to avoid breaking anything and sailing into any holes!

    The IMOCA top 3 boats, LinkedOut, Apiva and Charal are enjoying speeds in the mid 20's and will continue to distance themselves from the rest of the fleet!

    All of the Ocena 50's have rounded their last turning mark, with the top 3, Primonial, Koesio and Leyton extending their lead from the other 50's

    Now down to just 43 boats, the Class 40 podium positions still look up for grabs for the top 15 boats, with 2,200 nm plus yet to go, anything is possible!

    Class 40 Go west!

    The leaders have finally turned west at the Cape Verde islands. Redman is out in front and has chosen a route through the islands but their lead is now only 45 miles. Strategy is not their only concern though as co-skipper Pablo Santurde del Arco (ESP) explains, "We're going to be short of food for almost a week, but we mustn't let our morale get too low. Given the circumstances, we are pretty happy".

    Croatia Full of Life has made big gains overnight to move into third place. Ivica Kostelic (CRO) and his partner are closely shadowing the leaders but with islands now to port and starboard Class 40 fans will be glued to the tracker to see which of the many possible routes the boats will choose.

    IMOCA – leaders head for finish

    This is now the most extended fleet in the race with 1,000 miles separating the leader from the back. The leading three boats are leaving the Doldrums. There’s little to separate LinkedOut, Apivia and Charal and the winner will likely come from this pack.

    Apivia, co-skippered by Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat have been the fastest boat over the last 24 hours. Ahead of them is the fast downwind ride up to Martinique with an ETA of Thursday 25th November for the leading IMOCAS.

    Over 200 miles further back and still staggering through the doldrums is the chasing pack led by Sam Davies (GBR) on Initiatives Coeur with Charlie Enright (USA) on 11th Hour Racing Team Malama in tow.

    Ocean 50:joy and pain

    Whilst one Ocean Fifty celebrates a birthday, another suffers the huge frustrations of a blown spinnaker, just when it’s most needed.

    As the fleet speeds towards Martinique, Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP has been struck by the sailing equivalent of a pulled hamstring. Thibaut Vauchel Camus and Fred Duthil ripped their large gennaker (an important sail for this final stretch) to the finish line in Martinique. The pair attempted a long and tedious repair of the 25 metre rip saying, "We had to try. We didn't want to regret not trying". Thibaut and Fred are currently 5th out of seven and are expected to arrive around the 24th of November.

    Meanwhile onboard Leyton there was a double celebration. Yesterday saw them move through the fleet and are now in third just 100 miles from the leader and today is British co-skipper Sam Goodchild’s 32nd birthday (photo above). Although he’ll hardly have time to celebrate – the pair did five gybes overnight which has meant limited sleep and they are currently focused on maintaining Leyton’s 23 knots of speed this morning. "It's not easy on many levels, physically and mentally, but we're not going to give up anything for this last stretch.” Goodchild told us this morning.


    Conditions are ideal for the speed-merchants who have covered more than 750 miles in 24 hours and are making lightning speeds of around 30 knots. This trip along Brazil is nothing but pleasure for the Ultime fleet, who "are in one of the most beautiful places in the world to sail, with flat seas and a small beam," according to Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) during his morning call.

    Maxi Edmond De Rothschild has a 400 mile lead but still faces 2,000 miles to the finish line.

    Leaderboard at 09.00 CET
    1. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
    2. Banque Populaire XI
    3. SVR - Lazartigue

    Ocean Fifty
    1. Primonial
    2. Koesio
    3. Leyton

    1. LinkedOut
    2. Apivia
    3. Charal

    1. Redman
    2. Project Rescue Ocean
    3. Guidi

    Current ETA in Martinique:
    Ultime : Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 23 November

    Ocean Fifty : Primonial night of 23-24 November

    Imoca : LinkedOut 25th November

    Class40 : Redman 30th November

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