Seven miles apart after two weeks of racing, leader Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) and second placed Charlie Dalin (Apivia) gybe in step with each other as they descend a corridor of modest breeze between the two evolving zones of lighter airs, an 800 nautical mile stairway down to the strong winds of the Southern Ocean.
Passing 250 miles west of the Cape Verde islands during last night Alex Thomson has the accelerator down on HUGO BOSS on the fast flight south trying to extend on the Vendée Globe rivals who are chasing him. Flying downwind at average speeds of more than 20kts, HUGO BOSS is more than 75 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam and 139 miles up on third placed Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut)
“It is jacuzzi mode this morning on PRB.” Quipped Kevin Escoffier this morning on a video released at 0845hrs this morning. On screen it is clear there is water sloshing around on the bottom of his boat.
Match Racing on the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race
After starting off Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday afternoon Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) turned back southwards at the IOC UNESCO virtual mark, located to the SW of Iceland, at 1141hrs CET this Thursday 9th July, leading the Vendée Arctic -Les Sables d'Olonne Race