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Vor70: I was wrong, Groupama and Puma could not keep up with the depressions speed and have a wind hole ahead. Big tactical decisions have to be made. They can go near the coast or they can go East. It will be interesting to see if they are going together trying to decide the race om speed or if they will diverge on the tactical decisions. The boats are sailing almost together.
Meanwhile Telefonica that had stopped for repairs on the East coast of Chile has made an incredible come back to the race going for 24 hours at double speed regarding leading boats. They are much nearer the coast and in a much better position regarding wind and forecast. They are going to continue to win big time on the leading boats. A masters stroke. Well played for the Spanish.
Offshore solo racing was for many years completely dominated by French.
For some years now, some racers from other countries are racing with them but the they are still the masters.
However from some years that leadership starts to be contested, first on the minis among others by the Portuguese Lobato and now on the 40class: It seems that on "La Solidaire du Chocolat", a duo transat the victory is not going to escape to Jorg Riechers and the Germans are jumping with happiness. I guess this is going to boost Riechers sailing carrier. He was one of the sailors that defied the french domination on the minis, now on the 40 class and who will know, maybe soon on the Open 60.
Well to be true, the skipper is German but his mate, Lepesqueux is French
These are the guys that are in 4th place in a group of 3 that are fighting for the 2th place.
Solo racing need to raise the enthusiasm it raises in France all over the world. This solo or short crew races are the best vehicle to develop sailing boats and sailing technology to be applied in cruising boats, boats that are also sailed solo or with reduced crew. It is also the kind of sail that needs the smaller budget in what regards professional sailors.
Another incredible video and one of my favorites all categories. The sailors on that big boat are only too, but two great sailors Alain Gautier and Michel Desjoyeaux.
Looking at the movie it looks like they are mad and that only luck prevents them to capsize. It is not obviously the case, these guys are masters.
Gautier is a multihull specialist and a vey good one but my admiration goes to Desjoyeaux the guy to whom the other professional solo sailors call "Le professeur" (the teacher).
He is among the best on Multihulls and among the best on Monohulls and among the best does not mean among the 10 best but among the 3 best om each open category. This guy is the only one that has won two times the Vendee Globe and has the record time of the race.
He is not going to race the next one. This time he is racing in big monohulls, Mod70, to be precise. I would say that there is only one sailor has big and polyvalent as this guy. It it is Franck Cammas, the French skipper of Groupama.
This time I was right about the VOR: Telefonica is winning miles big time over Groupama and Puma. The Spanish are making an incredible come back and won more 70nm on the last 24h and I believe they will be winning more still for some hours. They are now at only 90Nm of the leading boats.
Groupama that now is leading again and Puma are so completely focused on the battle between them (the boats are in plain view of each other) not taking any chance with bold strategig moves that have permitted the come back of the Spanish in the race.
They have ahead lots of upwind sailing and strategic options have to be taken. Will the French and the Australia/American boats continue to shadow each other while the Spanish eat them miles?