Wednesday January 13
A tight peloton like in a Tour de France sprint
By picking up speed, Charlie Dalin dislodged Yannick Bestaven from first place on Wednesday at midday, while Louis Burton rose for the first time to third place in the Vendée Globe in a very shifting ranking at the head of the fleet since the last days. Dalin (Apivia) has only a tiny lead (3.5 nautical miles or 6.5 km) over Bestaven (Maître Coq IV) while the two sailors are approaching the latitude of Salvador de Bahia (Brazil).
1. Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia) 4.428.2 miles from the finish
2. Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître Coq IV) 3.5 miles behind the leader
3. Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2) 21.2
4. Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut) 24.4
5. Damien Seguin (FRA / Apicil Group) 42.5
Finally the time of the Foils?
Until now forced by the racing conditions to keep a low profile, the famous “foilers” of the last generation could finally get out of the game during the ascent to the Canaries, according to Boris Hermann (Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco), in ambush behind the leading pack.
“For now, the goal is to achieve a stable wind that allows me to use my foils. The south-westerly trade winds seem rather weak. If they don’t exceed 11-12 knots I won’t be able to use my foils, at 13 knots it could work. So it doesn’t play out much. The North-East trade winds seem stronger. We should have them as far as the Canaries and then we will reach the winter lows. At the DMG in heavy seas, with 35-38 knots of wind, boats like Damien Seguin’s could be very fast. The game is open. The foil would have less downforce and therefore that will open the game up again! “
Attanasio fell in love
Further on, Romain Attanasio is finally done with the depression, but the skipper of Pure – Best Wester, worn out by the bad weather, hit a winch violently [la borne qui permet de contrôler le codage de la voile] while he was out on the bridge. The ribs have died: “I fell in the apples a bit, I think, but I’m used to it. But it hurts like hell, when I only take a deep breath. I am dizzy. And by the time I do that, the wind has passed to 260 °, I’m downwind and closer, in a sea of beggars. I feel like it’s over. “
Difficult conditions on board @PUREvoile – @BestWesternFr… “Sea of beggars” as it would say @RomainAttanasio ! 🌊
The skipper hurt his ribs, but a priori nothing serious 💪 He made a point with Dr. Jean-Yves Chauve. #VG2020 pic.twitter.com/HZLQYGTxRx
– Vendée Globe (@VendeeGlobe) January 13, 2021
The swell of the pacific for Le Diraison
Stéphane Le Diraison (Times for Ocean) has finally crossed Cape Horn, but he still has in mind the incredible swell of the Pacific, which he had to face for four long days: “I was getting out of the bunk. I saw buildings rushing towards me. The file told me of a 7.5-meter swell. This is the average of the third highest waves. When you are on this average file, it means that you see them regularly at 10 meters and that there are plenty at 8 or 9 meters. “
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