Great fight between the two leading Open 60, they are leaving everyone behind including the Multi 50. They have similar courses and went looking for big winds and heavy seas to go faster. They sail at more than 18k and they have wind all the way till the finish.
No one is going to catch those two, but will be Alex Thompson on Hugo Boss able to catch Jean Dick on Virbac Paprec? I don't think so, but it seems that Hugo Boss is not as slow as its bas results on the last circumnavigation led to suppose.
If you remember the boat that sailed without Alex Thompson has a very bad race and it seemed a slow boat. It had two other professional sailors, good ones, but not used to solo sailing. As we can see the difference is huge and it is not enough to be a top Volvo racer to be a top solo racer. Those French on Groupama are proving that the opposite is not true.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2011