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Transat Jaques Fabre
Really bad out there!. +30K with 40K gusts on one of the worst and more dangerous places to have strong winds: The Biscay.
The two mod 70 after that mad cavalcade during a good part of the night are out of the bad weather. They managed not to broke the boats and are out of Biscay.
All the others are still battling sea conditions. As I had previewed that the Open60 on those conditions would close on the Multi 50 and the duo wonder eat them all
and is way ahead of everybody. To give an idea of the conditions it is enough to say that with 30k wind the Open 60 are only making 10k. With the power those boats have you can imagine the pounding they are suffering.
Those two (Gabart/Dejoieux) seem to be untouchable. All other boats have a top sailor and a very good sailor. Macif is the only one with not only two top sailors (and probably the best)as it is one if not the fastest Open 60 on the race. It is not fair
I have said also that these conditions took away some of the advantage of the fastest boats creating more equal conditions and we can see some of the slower boats with a fantastic performance: That's the case with Alessandro de Benedetto that with the older boat (1998) and without canting keel is making a great race and leaving well behind more modern boats like Energa (2007) or Tanguy de la Motte (also with a 1998 boat). That guy deserves a more modern boat.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
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Last edited by PCP; 11-09-2013 at 07:47 AM.