(November 25, 2021; Day 19) – The winner of the final version of the Transat Jacques Vabre within the Class40 has sustained keel harm, while unhealthy climate off Martinique might delay the end for the main IMOCAs.
Late final evening, Ian Lipinski’s Crédit Mutuel hit an object that broken her keel. The winner of the 2019 race and co-skipper Julien Pulvé have been unharmed and can proceed to Martinique however at diminished velocity. This will likely be a very bitter blow for the pair as they have been in second place when the accident occurred and their brand-new boat had been a favourite from the beginning.
In the meantime the main bunch have simply over 1,000 miles to go to the end line in Martinique. Redman remains to be main the fleet however solely by 30 miles. Regardless of having fun with the commerce winds, the skippers are discovering the circumstances extra capricious than the climate forecast counsel.
IMOCA race constructing to a climax
The end line is just some hours away for leaders Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière on LinkedOut. They’re anticipated mid-afternoon CET however are at the moment dodging the squalls off Martinique so might be delayed.
The battle for second and third continues unabated between Apivia and Charal. Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat have simply 40 miles benefit over Charal. With 300 miles nonetheless to go, co-skippers Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt have been a lot sooner than Apivia within the final 24 hours so the end will likely be nailbiting.
Additional again, eleventh Hour Racing Malama (USA) is doing properly to carry tenth place contemplating the harm they sustained nearly every week in the past. The boat suffered harm to the non-structural fairing of its keel fin. The alloy keel is a one-design part, the identical on each IMOCA, and the composite fairings fore and aft permit water to stream easily across the construction. This fairing harm is inflicting a vibration when crusing at excessive velocity and so to handle it, they’re crusing round 70% of full velocity.
Race particulars – YouTube – Fb – Tracker
Leaderboard at 1100 CET:
1. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild – completed
2. SVR – Lazartigue – completed
3. Banque Populaire XI – completed
1. Primonial – completed
2. Koesio – completed
3. Leyton – completed
3. Seafrigo – Sogestran
The Transat Jacques Vabre is a double-handed race that includes 4 lessons of boats beginning November 7 from Le Havre, France. At practically 30 years previous, having first run in 1993 and each two years since, the fifteenth version in 2021 attracted a record-breaking 79 boats: 5 Ultimes, 7 Ocean Fifty, 22 Imoca and 45 Class40s.
The course endures usually brutal winter circumstances, with a shift this yr for the end, transferring from South America to Martinique within the Caribbean, along with numerous mid-Atlantic turning marks for the 4 lessons.
Supply: Transat Jacques Vabre