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11/05 - 12h38

IMOCA have a change of scene

A change of scene is on the cards for the IMOCA class as the leaders enjoy some easier conditions which are the prelude to a new low pressure system which will be particularly challenging

Francois Gabart (MACIF) heads the fleet at 33 miles ahead of Jeremie Beyou (Maitre Coq) who has Marc Guillemot (Safran) absolutely on his heels.

But the IMOCA Open 60 Class stretches to 570 miles today this Wednesday. Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Couer) left Brest yesterday evening after repairing his rudder. For those heading towards the Azores last night was punctuated by manoeuvers and trimming trying to keep speeds up in the unstable breeze. The NW'ly winds have eased before the front arrives. In the afternoon, the flow will gradually return to the western sector as the warm front brings in a new low. That will mean hard upwind sailing before they can turn SW tomorrow. They are about 300 miles from the Azores which will be directly on their track.

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