Jeremy Bau cruise yacht Charal after ten days of solitary sailing, the first to cross the finish line, winning the race, Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’olonne, thus concluding one of the most exciting battles in the history of the IMOCA class.
Decisive for Bau was the last of the 550-mile stage of the race – after diffraction sign Gallimard he was able from the Lee side to get around the leader Charlie Dalin on Apivia and to keep the advantage until the finish.
And in this race, maybe for the first time in the history of the class, three races claimed victory. Rounded the last mark third, Tom Rouen on LinkedOut managed to catch up with the leaders and even around Charlie Dalin, but Bau for him was unattainable.
Down South, Bayou caught the strong wind and flew to the French coast, only increasing the gap. At the finish he was able not to worry about pursuers, Dalin and finished after 50 minutes and Rouen took another 20 minutes to become the third.
It was quite symbolic when Bau after this “warm-up” race before the Vendée Globe 2021, crossing the same finish line came on the nose and threw up his hands in a victorious salute. And of course the driver himself and his boat are in great shape and ready to compete for victory in the short circumnavigation.
For race Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’olonne he spent 10 days, 5 hours and 14 minutes, going the distance in 3284,3 nautical miles at an average speed of 13.4 per node. The award for him, in addition to specialized chronometer from Ulysse Nardin, was the self-confidence before the start of the Vendée Globe.
As of 10 am (UTC) on July 15, 12 riders have already reached the finish, five boats are still at sea and three have gone the distance.
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