Better then never: a turning point (or not) on all different class races. It is a coincidence but what a coincidence:
On Open 60 Beyou has managed to reduce Gabart lead to just 23Nm and they are both entering the famous "pot noir" where the wind is a lottery and one can lose or win a lot depending on tactical options.
The leader at speed:
Jour 10 - MACIF (IMOCA) - Transat Jacques Vabre... por TransatJacquesVabre
On Multi 50 they are both into the "pot" that place that the English call doldrums, and there Yves has managed to caught and overtake Le Roux that has now a 32 nm disadvantage. They are not out of it and one or the other can get out first and win or lose a lot more.
Curiously on the class 40, that are still away from this dark region, the two first are entering in a high pressure zone with little wind. It seems that it was this that Riechers, the 2nd, was hopping for. It seems that he thinks he has an advantage in light winds. Let's see if he is right. He managed to diminish is distance to the first and in 3 hours won 12nm. He is know at 37nm from the first, Rogues.
Finally, on M70 they are closing on the finish line and only 21Nm separates the two boats. The second is finally closing on the long time leader, Josse. Gavignet won 10Nm on the last hours and is only at 21Nm.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
It would be hard to have a more interesting race
Interesting here too, with Delesne (2nd) closing slowly on Pedote (1st). On the last 4 hours he managed to win 6Nm over Pedote and is now at 42Nm.
Cartographie | Mini Transat 2013 - Douarnenez / Lanzarote / Pointe-à-Pitre
Guess who is the designer of Delesne boat? Sam Manuard, who else?
and not a new design (2009).
Sam Manuard as designer is having an incredible performance on this race: 1st and 2nd in class40, 2nd in Mini. Please can someone order a Open60 to this guy?
By the way, Sam Manuard is racing too, not on this one but on the Jaques vabre. He is crewing for Mura a "client" that is racing one of his boats. They had bad luck and had to stop in Spain to have the mast repaired. They went out in 17th and they are now in 13th and winning over the boats ahead. Not bad for a NA
Well, last year he had done better and won the race with Yves in M50. This is certainly one NA that cannot be accused by some fellow sailneters of not having offshore experience...and in differnt types of boats