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11/06 - 17h08

Soon to be

The IMOCA Open 60 Class leaders are passing about 150 miles to the SE of the Azores this Thursday afternoon and are starting to emerge into much more acceptable conditions as gennakers will replace headsails and they will finally accelererate to higher average speeds.

It will be a relief for second places Jeremie Beyou on second placed Maitre Coq as he has been suffering with no J2 genoa. He is about 45 miles behind class leader Macif (Francois Gabart)
For the leaders the front passed last night and so the six IMOCA Open 60's have been in W'ly winds which are veering NW and they have been making between then and 15knots.
In seventh place Tanguy de Lamotte, Initiatives Couer took a hitch offshore last night but is making good speeds south about 130 miles off Cape Finisterre this afternoon.

Tanguy de Lamotte (Initatives Couer) reported this morning:
"It is going good this morning. I have just had my first coffee since the start of the race. I did two tacks during the night to get me out to the west to clear away from the TSS of Cape Finisterre. It is tough enough with 25kts. I am happy to be getting into the ocean racing routine. I took some time to repair things, my AIS is not working all the time and so I am super vigilant on the radar to see what is out there. After my technical stop in Brest it was not that easy to get back on it. But here I am back at 100 per cent and very happy to be back on the race course because it's been a year of preparation for this. At the moment I have 25kts, starboard tack, 2 reefs and staysail. It will drop a bit today and should start to be a bit better."

Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique AMF Telethon) is missing his sparring partner de Lamotte.
"I am sailing in the sunshine again finally. I am a bit further south than the other IMOCA Open 60s because I don't have the same speed and height options on this older boat. I have to try and do something different so that Macif is not five days ahead at the finish. And normally Tanguy should catch me in a few days given the theoretical speeds of our boats. I have been a bit restricted on deck as my muscles are very stiff. There is nothing serious I dont think but have spoken with Dr Chauve (the race doctor) and he gives me some advice.
I am going upwind with the mainsail reef, solent.
The boat in perfect condition, no problem but I have not received regular postions of the other competitors on November 4 and 5 which is a shame because we are in the race and for me it is very important to know where the others are ..."

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