Class40 is next in Transat Jacques Vabre
Published on November 28th, 2021
(November 28, 2021; Day 22) – As the IMOCA teams fill the results in the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Class40 leaders are just over 200nm from the finish with Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde Del Arco on Redman holding a 23.5nm advantage as of 21:00 CET.
The difference between fourth and fifth in the IMOCA class was just 21 minutes 40 seconds between Britain’s Sam Davies on Initiatives Coeur and an all-French crew aboard Arkéa-Paprec.
After a long and hard fought battle all the way up the Brazilian coast to the finish line in Martinique, Sébastien Simon and Yann Eliès sailed their 60 foot monohull Arkéa-Paprec to a fourth place finish. They completed the course in 20 days 17 hours 8 minutes and 30 seconds covering 6,670.9 miles at an average speed of 13.42 knots.
Sam Davies and co-skipper Nico Lunven will be very pleased with their fifth place considering the age of their boat Initiatives Coeur which was built in 2010. Their race stats are evidence of a skillful performance both driving and navigating; total distance covered 6,440.1 miles averaging 12.94 knots. Davies has a new boat on the way and this result will act as a shot over the bows of her rivals.
“I think if someone had told me that we were going to be playing alongside the new boats for the whole race, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Davies. “We are super proud. It was a hard and long race. It went very well on board. The magic of ocean racing is that we never stop learning. This was my third Transat Jacques Vabre with this boat and I never get bored.”
About 1 hour 45 minutes behind Initiatives Coeur came Italian Giancarlo Pedote and co-skipper Martin Lepape on Prysmian Group. They guided their boat to sixth place having covered a total of 6,464.13 miles at an average of 12.95 knots.
Leaderboard at 2100 CET:
1. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild – finished
2. SVR – Lazartigue – finished
3. Banque Populaire XI – finished
1. Primonial – finished
2. Koesio – finished
3. Leyton – finished
1. LinkedOut – finished
2. Apivia – finished
3. Charal – finished
2. Banque Du Leman
3. Seafrigo – Sogestran
The Transat Jacques Vabre is a double-handed race featuring four classes of boats starting November 7 from Le Havre, France. At nearly 30 years old, having first run in 1993 and every two years since, the 15th edition in 2021 attracted a record-breaking 79 boats: 5 Ultimes, 7 Ocean Fifty, 22 Imoca and 45 Class40s.
The course endures often brutal winter conditions, with a shift this year for the finish, moving from South America to Martinique in the Caribbean, in addition to various mid-Atlantic turning marks for the four classes.
Source: Transat Jacques Vabre