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11/13 - 20h09

Pella Extending

Spain's Alex Pella is now 62 miles ahead of Kito de Pavant in the lead of Classe40.

Britain's only past winner of the Class 40 fleet Phil Sharp commented today:

 

 "It is of absolutely no surprise for me to see Alex Pella, Kito de Pavant lead the current charge downwind into the second half of this race, and also to see Yannick Bestaven right up there in his brand spankingly new Verdier designed.  Interesting to see F18 sailor Thibault Vauchel-Camus right in the mix, proving his offshore capabilities of which I'm sure his new Mach 40 won't be letting him down in the slightest.  But great sailing from him. Then a bit further behind it is fun watching Giancarlo Pedote, on the numbers, scything his way through the fleet after an early pit-stop "
"The conditions the fleet have lately been facing sound very challenging with a lot of squalls through the nights which make the sailing stressful and sleeping very difficult, particularly with all the wind shifts and the need to keep gybing and sail changing to maximise VMG.  The performance we are seeing at the moment is much less down to the boat and much more down to outright tactics, sail setup and boat handling.  In my view I think the conditions will continue to be quite  unstable for the next couple of days and then as the front-runners near the West Indies the trades should fill in as the centre of the high switches further North.  Next week those towards the back of the fleet are going to be having some seriously fast downwind sailing in 25-30 knots to make up for their current slow progress!"

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