After a week at sea, Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt on their Imoca flying "Charal" were Sunday, November 3 still leading the 14th Transat Jacques Vabre, left on October 27 Le Havre. As the islands of Cape Verde approach, this duo, a favorite of the race, has close to 50 miles ahead of another flying boat, "Apivia" by Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès.
"It's great, but we did not have the ideal conditions to fly from the beginning," said Jérémie Beyou. a psychologically weary start to the race. We can find a rhythm for a day or two. We had our first breakfast this morning with Christopher! "
On board the machines that are the new Imoca, it must also be said that life on board sometimes removes the surrounding environment. Sebastien Simon confirms: "We try to stay in the boat, we cling, we do not really enjoy what is happening around." One thing is certain, the end of the first week of racing enhances the atmosphere on board. The boots are dried, the layers of polar are removed and the sunglasses replace the cap on the heads.
"Hugo Boss" gives up
But Sunday was especially marked by the abandonment of one of the favorites for the final victory named Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald, who sailed at 25 knots aboard "Hugo Boss", have touched an Ofni (unidentified floating object).
After inspecting the damage, the two skippers found that the keel was no longer attached by the hydraulic cylinder. Due to damage to the boat, the decision was made not to continue the race. They are now trying to take the boat to the nearest port.
In Class40, it is always Ian Lipinski and Adrien Hardy, on "Credit Mutuel", who are in the lead. Gilles Lamiré and Antoine Carpentier, on "GCA", leads the fleet of Multi50, where Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben ("Primonial") announced at mid-day that they were making a technical stop at the Cape Verde Islands.