3,600-mile race Vendée-Arctic-les Sables d’olonne, which started from Les Sables-d’olonne (France) last Saturday, leads Jeremy Bau on Charal.
Recall that in this race, which is qualifying for participation in round-the-world Vendée Globe (start is scheduled for November 8), you have 20 racers on the boats of the IMOCA 60 class. However, to prove their skills, reaching the finish, you need only four skippers and one must overcome not less than 2000 miles. Others decided to go to the start in order to obtain needed additional practice.
The route: from Les Sables-d’olonne to a point Northwest of Iceland at the intersection with the 60th parallel- then turn South to the Azores Islands, and then return to Les Sables-d’olonne.
On a segment from the famous Fastnet rock was leading Tom to on LinkedOut, but now, on Tuesday at 11.00 Moscow time, he is only third, behind Bau is 6.9 nautical miles. In second place Charlie Dalen on APIVIA (backlog from the leader – 3,5 of a mile).
The best of non-French parties – German Boris Herrmann on SeaExplorer – is 4-m (39,5 miles from the leader).