"It is the most treacherous race you probably never heard off
Someday they will find out about the mini Transat and regarding that one with 71.6Nm to go Pedote, since he was overtaken, is for the first time slightly faster than Benoit Marie, not much, 0.2K. That means he was able to fix the problem he had? or just a casual difference in wind intensity?
I hope it is the first one and in that case he has 15K for recover. Even with the boat at 100% it would be close to impossible: They should arrive in about 10 to 12 hours and that would mean 1,5K difference in speed.
I am very curious to know what happened with Pedote's boat.
To be fair, most Americans have never heard of F1 or the Premier League either. And if you asked, I predict 7 of 10 could not tell you what the World Cup is about. So no surprise the Vendée Globe is unheard of here.
As for the MT, I'm very conflicted right now. I definitely have supported Pedote and 747 from the start - indeed, all season long during the various races in which they participated. But I am also extremely impressed by the efforts of Benoit Marie, and it may well be the case he truly deserves to win the race.
But, as we have all been saying for the past few weeks, there are many examples of outstanding sailing to be found this time, all through the fleet. Belloir is now going to be a household name in France and should move up to the next level immediately. Not only has he crushed the Series class, he has embarrassed not a few Proto skippers. Delesne is also putting up a heroic struggle to get a podium finish; without the stop to replace his fuel cell, he might very well be leading the race, or at least giving Pedote and Marie another thing to worry about. Likewise, Mettraux and Garcia are winning new fans, and I predict Mettraux is going to get a lot of sponsor attention after this, as did Isabelle Joschke, after her comparable success in the Classe Mini.
I will be very sad when the MT is over and have to wait two years for the next one (not to mention the wait for the next Vendée). I'd like to say I'm excited about the start of the VOR, but the decision to go one design, along with a weak global economy, has really put a damper on that event. With just a few months before the start, only 2 teams have been announced and there are plenty of rumors that Volvo may have to cough up money to pay for at least two or three programs, just to meet their commitment to sponsors for 8 boats on the line. Indeed, I've struggled to care about this race since Illbruck won it, a number of years ago.