The fight for the leadership on Open60 continue blazing hot with Riou and Gabart pratically sailing side by side. It seems that both skippers decided to settle it (at least for now) in pure speed and they follow exactly the same course. They see each other quite well, they are out of the doldrums and both making about 17K.
The next is Beyou but already at more than 50nm. All the others are also losing distance for the leading duo.
On Multi 50 Le Roux is ahead again, it seems that is boat is slightly faster then the one from Yves that follows him at 37nm in not agreeable conditions:
Jour 11 - Actual (Multi50) - Transat Jacques... por TransatJacquesVabre
On class 40 it seems that Richers it is not able to catch Rogues, that stays at about 50Nm and that the 3rd is not able to close on Riechers that has an advantage of 60nm.
The Spanish team that at the beginning of the course managed to be 2nd for a considerable time before being forced to stop in Spain for repairs continue its recovery and it i now 4th at few miles from the 3th. Great recovery. That's an all Spanish team including the designer, Marcelino Botin, that on his first attempt designing a 40class racer seems to have got it amazingly right, giving the big experience of other designers on this type of boat.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2013
Bad news for Vincent:
The skipper of Déphémérid'eux ran aground on the coast of Lanzarote at 5:40 (GMT +1). Vincent was under autopilot and fell asleep at the wrong moment. His trajectory shaved too close to the Island and his prototype went aground on the coast not far from Arrecife.
The skipper was very quickly supported by the Island's rescue services. He is under observation at the hospital, and all is well. However, the boat is very badly damaged.
another broken rudder:
Ludovic Méchin has meanwhile arrived in Rabat with a broken runner, a damaged rudder and a hole in the boat. He is assessing the repair time to see if can return to sea or not.
Regarding the race it seems to me that Pedote got it right and the guys that are managing the classification on the race map got it wrong
My respect for Pedote as a sailor has increased a lot. He has not only a hell of a boat as he is bright on the tactical decisions. Now it seems to me that probably the difference in speed is going to paid that longer detour. He is making 11.4K while the 2nd and 3rd are making about 9K. They give Benoit Marie as second at only 5.4K but I think they are wrong and that in fact the (corrected) distance is much bigger. I bet that in the end of the afternoon Pedote will be at 20nm and still in a better position to win more.