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    Podium Spots Complete For IMOCA Class



    In the end Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry (Safran ) managed to hold on to second place at 31min 44 sec ahead of Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt (Master CoQ).

    Second place was hotly contested virtually to the finish line but Safran maintain a solid record in this classic two handed race across the Atlanticm making their third podium place over four editions. Guillemot finished second in 2007 when he and Charles Caudrelier lost out by just 58 minutes into Salvador de Bahia to Michel Desjoyeaux and Manu Le Borgne on Foncia and then won into Costa Rica the following year Caudrelier.




    Safran stayed closer inshore on the approach to Cabo Frio and gained some advantage there, extending clear of Maitre CoQ by more than 30 miles, but off Rio the two were again match racing with Maitre CoQ four and then seven miles clear. Only last night on the approach to Itajaí did Safran get back through their rivals again.

    Meantime in Class 40 GDF SUEZ continue to close on the latitude of Recife with a lead of 104 miles on Mare, whilst the Spanish pair Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde have dropped slightly back from Mare. The British pair Mike Gascoyne and Brian Thompson have confirmed they are planning to make a pitstop on Tuesday into Recife to repair the mainsail of Caterham Challenge.



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    They said:
    Marc Guillemot, skipper of Safran : " It was tough all the way, I have rarely been in such an intense race. With Pascal we were on the attack the whole way and he never let up. It was a race for nutcases. The course was long and you could not slow for one second such was the pressure. We are tired because we did not get much sleep. It is better to get here like this than three days later. We are really happy with second place.

    Pascal Bidégorry , co- skipper of Safran : " I thought it would be a bit tamer than the multihulls, but we just never stopped. We were always on it, pushing. You take so much water over the decks. IMOCA’s are submarines, but awesome reaching. Safran is really strong.”

    Guillemot: “ It is funny because PRB is the little brother of Safran, both were built from the same mould. They are great boats. But Vincent and Jean played it well. At Cabo Frio we might have been a bit greedy wanting to get past them, but it was a nice tussle with Maitre CoQ from the very beginning and several times we were racing in sight of each other. It was tight until the end.

    Pascal Bidégorry : "I thought we'd be less comfortable in windy conditions where you have to really press the boat. But we went well and found ways to get back at Maitre CoQ "

    Marc Guillemot: "We really only learn about each other in such a race . When fatigue accumulates, supporting one another gets a bit unclear because nerves get a bit raw. Imagine any couple at all who don’t sleep for a week and it can be a bit tetchy. Sometimes there was a bit of raised tones but that is just normal.”

    Jéremie Beyou: “ We seem to lack a little in speed, me the confidence to push the boat and so we were maybe a little step back. But we found ourselves in the fight with Vincent and PRB and with Marco on Safran, and so if you compare this result with where I was a year ago, then I am certainly happy with the result.
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    Back In The Hunt: Caterham Challenge's Quick Main Repair



    Morning all,

    Back out and with it the chase ahead of the pack. Boat moving well taken goal It Has A Few miles us to get away from the shore and into the stronger winds That the rest of the fleet are in, hence no gains have yet altho we-have

    Caught up in the boat Directly forehead by about 20 miles already. We are now on the right track and moving along well with A3, staysail and full main. Its nice not to worry about the-have to sail every moment. Now time to concentrate and start clawing back the miles and Some positions, our target is to get back to 11th by the finish.

    cheers mike


    Update from Mike and Brian last night, Having left Recife at 6:30 p.m. local time with a fixed sail and a bag of great experiences. We are back out and racing with great year repair in the hand thanks to Dave and the sail loft in Recife Who Did year great job, and thanks to John aussi Brinkers of North sails Have you got together the repair materials at zero notice on Sunday, fantastic team effort!


    Also special thanks to Graziela Have you got everything organised with the yacht club Cabanga, who were fantastically helpful, especially the marvelous Sueli. Have you sorted out all the customs and immigration issues. The yacht club aussi refused any payment so deserve special praise. We arrived early and removed the hanks and battens. The rib from the yacht club arrived 7.45 and the sailmaker was there at 8 and as promised, took to his the sail loft. Dave headed straight to the loft from the airport while Sueli took me to the relevant officials and Brian worked on the boat. Dave returned to the boat around 5 finished with the mainsail and the boat left around 6.15 and We were on the water for 6.30 out the harbor. We-have slipped to 16th 11th goal is just 100 miles ahead so time to get the hammer down. Nice to look up at a good looking mainsail without your heart in your mouth so lets get racing Thanks to all from the boat.

    Mike






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    At the head of the Class 40 fleet GDF SUEZ is coming under gradual but sustained pressure from the Spanish duo on Tales Santander. Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde have a popular following at home in Spain both on the north coast, around Santander where ex 470 racer Santurde is from, where the boat is based and where the Botin design office is, and also of course in Catalonia, around Barcelona where Alex Pella lives.

    Whilst this is Santurde’s first Transatlantic exploit, as well as being a circumnavigator on the last Barcelona World Race with Pepe Ribes, Pella was an extremely talented Mini 650 racer finishing third overall in the 2003 race and then second in 2005 when he won the second leg into Salvador de Bahia. And they have a fan base at Longitud Cero in Burriana where the boat, the second Tales, was built.

    Santurde is 26, from Santander, and raced on Tales 1 with Pella and the owner of the boat, designer Marcelino’s brother Gonzalez. Of his choice of co-skipper, Pella said before the start: "Pablo is a very good sailor. He knows how to and has a good feeling for sailing fast. And he was involved in the building of the boat and so he knows very well the onboard systems"‏‎

    Transatlantic rookie Santurde said in Le Havre: "I have heard many things about the different parts of the race and I have followed other races like this but this is my first time, so I am excited and a bit nervous about what we will find out there".

    Tales have been the quickest in the fleet this morning and have reduced their deficit to 86 miles behind GDF SUEZ, now the meat in a Mach 40 sandwich. The second Mach 40, Jorg Riechers and Pierre Brasseur’s Mare are 14 miles behind.

    The leaders Sebastien Rogues and Fabien Delahaye have slowed slightly but have 923 miles to go getting into lighter and shiftier winds so this compression is inevitable. Should be in Saturday night.

    But in saying that the 4th placed Watt and Sea are about 212 miles behind the leaders and they are now 21 miles ahead of 5th

    Brian Thompson and Mike Gascoyne are stopped into Recife with Caterham Challenge as of this morning. They reckoned on being 8 or ten hours but need to be quick as there was a real posse of boats behind them, but what will be will be….certainly motivated.

    In the IMOCA Open 60 fleet Bureau Valley (Burton- Le Brec) are still just ahead of VNAM but only by about 30 miles while around 80 miles further offshore the Polish duo on Energa remain a threat to both. And it remains an interesting reflection that the four top IMOCA Open 60s finished on the same day and the second phase, fifth to eighth are also predicted to finish on the same day, despite being a variety of different, older generation boats.

    Bureau Valley and VNAM are in contact within thirty miles of each other. But even if Louis Burton and Guillaume Le Brec are well positioned to win in Itajai, they need to maintain a gap of more than two hours on Bertrand de Broc- Arnaud Boissières if they are to hold on to fifth place in the final rankings. Taking into account the two hours of redress the International Jury awarded VNAM for rerouting towards the capsized Multi 50 Arkema - Region Aquitaine then this duel is on a knife edge.

    The Bay of Rio de Janeiro is in the throes of transition, the stormy fronts finally deported eastwardto leave Itajai back in summer sunshine and gentle breeze. During Tuesday afternoon there was just over fifteen knots, but tonight and tomorrow promises to be more complicated with a low pressure bubble forming off Sao Paolo.

    Latest routings give an ETA for the two Multi- 50s Rennes -Saint Malo Agglomeration in this evening and Vers un monde sans SIDA (Nigon Villeneuve) and that keeps them ahead of the IMOCAs.

    Bureau Vallée and VNAM will fight until around midday tomorrow ahead of the Polish IMOCA Energa (Gutkowski - Marczewski ) who are expected about four hours later. The then around sunrise Thursday Team Plastique (Di Benedetto-Monaco) and Initiatives Coeur (Lamotte- Damiens) who were separated by nine miles this afternoon.

    Sounds in English:
    Christof Petter (Vaquita)
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    Maciej Marczewski (Energa)
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    Michelle Zwagerman (Croix du Sud)
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    Class 40 Leaders Near Finish



    From a truly international podium line up, the balance is still with the French duo Sébastien Rogues and Fabien Delahaye, a pair which combines the solid experience and tenacity of Rogues – who had four successful years in the Mini 650 – with the obvious talent of Delahaye one of the rising stars of French solo and shorthanded ocean racing.

    He follows very much in the wake of this year’s youngest ever Vendée Globe winner Francois Gabart, emerging through the Macif Skipper talent search programme. He was the 2011 French offshore champion, fourth in the Solitaire du Figaro last year. And Gabart’s first sailing appointment after winning the solo round the world race, was back in Port La Foret to sail with Delahaye.

    GDF SUEZ started in Le Havre on November 7th as the favourites with the outstanding track record in the class this season with five wins including the Les Sables Azores Les Sables race. They have lived up to their top billing, leading since the re-start in Roscoff. Into the final 90 miles to the finish line, Rogues and Delahaye were leading the Spanish pair, Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde by 48 miles.

    Santurde is more than just a super fast ex dinghy racer to support Pella, who has one circumnavigation and already did the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre in the IMOCA Open 60 class with Pepe Ribes, finishing 5th on W Hotels. Ironically their average speed on this race is likely to be faster than the IMOCA race to Costa Rica. Santurde knows the recently launched design having worked on the build.

    Pella and Santurde on the Botin design Tales Santander 2014 have their hands full, racing hard to also stave off the attack from the Franco-German crew, Jorg Riechers and Pierre Brasseur. Racing a sistership to GDF SUEZ, this pair share the same level of experience as their title adversaries.

    Hamburg born Riechers is building an impressive early Vendée Globe campaign, having followed a perfect trajectory through the Mini class, wining the circuit outright in 2010 and taking sixth in Class 40 in the last Route du Rhum. In Pierre Brasseur he has an impeccable, polyvalent co-skipper whose experience spans 3 Mini Transats, the Figaro, Tour de France a Voile and the Multi 50 multihull.

    While the IMOCA Open 60s, MOD70s and Multi 50s are all berthed in Itajaí now, awaiting Saturday’s postlogue exhibition race, all eyes are fixed on the Class 40s with the winner expected to finish tonight. But with the very light winds expected to continue into the night, and more wind sucking clouds to roll in through the hours of darkness, there are no guarantees that the team which has lead the race throughout, and is looking to add to their 2013 honours, will be the one which breaks the finish line first. The pace has been impressive for the 40 footers, covering the 5450 miles from Le Havre in less than 23 days, and so averaging more than 10.5kts.

    They said:

    Jörg Riechers (GER) skipper MARE:
    "We are very close to the Spanish. The conditions are very unstable, anything can still happen and we will do everything to take second place. First place will be harder to get to now. GDF Suez looks set to win the Transat Jacques Vabre unless they have a technical problem”

    "It has been a great Transat. Good feelings , lots of wind and lots of downwind sailing. We are happy to finish in the top three. I cant wait to celebrate with a caipirinha, maybe two ! "

    Pierre Brasseur:
    "With the conditions off Itajai, it will be difficult to catch the Spanish but we will try to the end! We must work this long straight that leads us to the finish with crosswind of 15 knots. Over the whole race, there was no big strategic moves to make. There were the Doldrums which were good for GDF Suez but this race has mostly been about boats speed. And a lot of the time the leader is just unstoppable".

    Fabien Delahaye, co skipper GDF SUEZ:
    "The final promises to be difficult. The files are showing we should have 15kts of wind reaching with the gennaker but we are under big spinnaker in 5kts of wind. It is difficult to understand what is happening. And we just try to find the right sail combinations. We are close to 100% just now because the big kite is repaired. We are getting there but there can be plenty of pitfalls along the final miles.”



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    Gdf suez win class 40

    Having had a unchallenged lead since the race re-started from Roscoff in the very early hours of the morning of Sunday 10th November, French duo Sébastien Rogues and Fabien Delahaye sailed GDF SUEZ across the finish line off Itajaí, Brasil this Friday evening at 2056hrs local time (2256hrs UTC) to win the Class 40 fleet of the Transat Jacques Vabre from 26 starters.



    The Class 40 winners’ elapsed time for the theoretical course of 5450 miles is 20 days 21 hours 41 minutes and 25 seconds. On the theoretical course they sailed at an average of 10.76kts. In reality they sailed 5578 miles at a real average of 11.12kts.

    Sailing the Sam Manuard designed Mach 40 design, the duo have been comfortable leaders for almost the entire race, only recently coming under pressure when they lead into light, unsettled winds at Cabo Frio at the entrance to the Bay of Rio.

    Early in the race they made a carefully calculated technical pit stop into Muxia on the north west corner of Spain to scale their mast and replace two vital wind vanes. Their stop cost them less than 50 minutes and they still lead the fleet by 19.8 miles when they emerged.



    Benefiting from sailing first into the robust, fast sailing of the Portuguese trade winds they were able to extend ahead of the German Franco duo on Mach 40 sistership Mare, Jorg Riechers and Pierre Brasseur. On 22nd November they lead into the notorious Doldrums with a lead of 77 miles on Mare. Their astute choice of route allowed them to increase that margin by 30 miles. Only later did they reveal that they had actually blown up two key spinnakers in quick succession which ultimately cost them some of their lead in the lighter conditions further down the race course. Indeed at Cabo Frio their lead was halved and the second placed Spanish duo Alex Pella and Pablo Santurde on Tales Santander closed to within 34 miles on the Bay of Rio.

    When GDF SUEZ crossed the line for victory the second placed Class 40 was around 50 miles behind. It is the first big ocean race win for both sailors.



    Rogues said that the two keys to their win were being able to break first through the high pressure ridge off Cape Finisterre which allowed them to get into the Portuguese trade winds first, and their passage through the Doldrums, identifying a narrow corridor using a series of Quickscat images



    Sébastien Rogue, skipper GDF SUEZ. “Without the big spinnaker it was difficult us and on the Brazilian coast we did not have the good sails, we saw the other catching up fast. When we launched the big spinnaker and it held then only then did we know we could be alright. We repaired it during the upwind after the Doldrums and only put it up recently. On the Brasil coast we did not need it. But on every ranking we could see the other were catching us. Three days ago we thought we would finish third, off Rio we put up the big spinnaker and saw that it worked, and only then with Fabien did we say, OK maybe we can win this race.”

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