Fuente info Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.
Monday, 5th November 2018
A hectic first 24 hours as the fleet heads west and as the storm looms
The majority of the 123-strong Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic fleet has enjoyed a brisk first 24 hours of racing as they head west into the Atlantic.
But while most have settled into the race without major problems, there have been early difficulties for a minority of competitors.
Among them are some of the most closely followed boats, including that of Seb Josse and Thomas Coville in the ULTIME class and Jérémie Beyou on board Charal – the newest boat in the 20-strong IMOCA fleet.
Those sailors apart, the opening stages have seen the fleet make rapid progress from the start off Saint Malo on Sunday, where hundreds of thousands of people came out to watch, as the sailors made the best of fresh south-southeasterly winds in the opening stages of their 3,542-nautical mile voyage to Guadeloupe.
Once passed Ushant the choice was whether to head north around the Traffic Separation Scheme at the tip of Brittany or go south and, in the IMOCA fleet, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss led the way on his own in the north.
The move has paid handsome dividends for the British skipper as he continues to lead the division going into day two from Vincent Riou on PRB and Paul Meilhat on SMA.
Behind the IMOCAs the battle at the front of the Class 40 fleet has been as competitive as might be expected with a tight leading group separated by just a few miles on the water, led by Yoann Richomme on Veedol AIC.
Britain’s Phil Sharp in seventh place on IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY has already had to deal with his first technical failure, when an internal ballast tank inspection hatch failed, sending 500 litres of water into the boat. Sharp bailed it out and has made running repairs.
In the wake of the Class 40s the amateur Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono classes have been making good progress with a handful of boats – among them Loïck Peyron on the small yellow trimaran Happy – choosing to head for shelter in Brest and other Brittany ports to ride out the storm forecast to hit the fleet tomorrow.
Read the full news story here: https://www.routedurhum.com/en/news/480
Ranking at 1600hrs CET (1500hrs TU), Monday 5/11:
1. François Gabart (MACIF): 2,973 nautical miles to finish
2. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire IX): + 18.46 miles behind leader
3. Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport): +25.96 miles
1. Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema): 3,185 miles to finish
2. Armel Tripon (Beaute Chocolat): +48.48 miles behind leader
3. Thierry Bouchard (Ciela Village): +53.60 miles
1. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss): 3122 miles to finish
2. Vincent Riou (PRB): +26.74 miles behind
3. Paul Meilhat (SMA): +28.18 miles behind
1. Yoann Richomme (Veedol-AIC): 3,249 miles to finish
2. Louis Duc (Carac): +2.5 miles behind
3. Arthur Le Vaillant (Leyton): +7.17 miles behind
1. Pierre Antoine (Olmix): 3,255 miles to finish
2. Jean-François Lilti (Ecole Diagonal Pour Citoyens du Monde): +3.4 miles behind
3. David Ducosson (Air Antilles Caseneuve Maxi Cat): +18.46 miles behind
1. Sidney Gavignet (Joyeux Café): 3,293 miles to finish
2. Vento di Sardegna (Andrea Mura): +11.06 miles behind
3. Wilfred Clerton (Cap au Cap Location): +31.68 miles behind