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11/09 - 15h15

The Last of the IMOCAhicans

Just as there is a duel at the top of the IMOCA class between Francois Gabart (Macif) and Jeremie Beyou (Maitre Coq) so too there is a battle further back  between Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Coeur) who made a technical pitstop in Brest and Alessandro di Benedetto (Team Plastique-AFM Telethon) who has has been periodically slowed by problems.

In terms of distance to Pointe-a-Pitre there is 180 miles between the two soloists with Tanguy playing a steady game of catch up with his faster, newer boat. They are sailing in the middle of the Classe40 fleet to the east of the Canary Islands with an erratic trade wind. But they should soon get down to 25 deg N where the easterly flow is better established.

Tanguy De Lamotte (IMOCA):

"The sun rises and with it I am having breakfast and doing the weather, as I do every day. I have 15 knots of wind, I am under mainsail and gennaker and it's going pretty well. I managed to rest a little longer than usual because until now I had notr really had enough rest. I am behind but my boat is a little quicker than Alessandro's. Being with Classe40 is not where I'd want to be, but it does have its advantages. I hope to catch up Alessandro, my boat is ten years newe and my big problems at the start are now resolved. I took the option to go more south than the others at the Azores.

I am well into my batchelor habits. Working in my socks, drinking coffee all the time, I take videos, do the weather, into the really nice rhythm I have missed since the Vendee Globe. I am lucky to have this boat for the next Vendee Globe but physically it is more difficult that is why I struggled after the start a bit. We have saved the 15th child. Having the Classe40 ahead and around helps in seeing what is happening. I may be last but I hope not for long, and I am going as fast as possible."

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