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Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

Ultimate: Caudrelier still leads pending decision on his punishment

Charles Caudrelier (Edmond de Rothschild) still leads the Ultimes fleet, ahead of Thomas Coville (Sodebo) and Armel Le Cléac’h. The first seven boats crossed the Ouessant railway, taking two different options: towards the west for Caudrelier, Coville, Le Cléac’h and Gabart or around the tip of Brittany for Le Blevec, Le Vaillant and Joyon.

Romain Pilliard seems to have stopped at the port of Roscoff. The decision on Charles Caudrelier’s appeal against his four-hour penalty will be known later in the day.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Charles Caudrelier (Edmond de Rothschild) at 3269.9 nm; 2. T. Coville (Sodebo) 33.6 nm from first; 3. A. Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) at 38.22 nm; 4. F. Gabart (SVR-Lazartigue) at 46.65 nm; 5. Y. Le Blevec (Actual) at 101 nm; 6. F. Joyon (Idec Sport) at 143.26 nm; 7. A. Le Vaillant (Better) at 143.41 nm; 8. R. Pilliard (Extia’s Use It Again) at 180.59nm.


Imoca: Charlie Dalin leads the southern fleet, Louis Duc chooses the northern option

While most of the Imoca fleet, led by Charlie Dalin, chose to pass through Ouessant between the island and the mainland, Louis Duc decided to pass north of DST, putting him in the lead at 6 o’clock . “I preferred to stay fast than stay on a tack south of the DST”, Norman reasoned in the session. But it was the option that Charlie Dalin took the fastest.

The Guadeloupian Rodolphe Sépho seems to have stopped at the port of Roscoff.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Louis Duc (Fives – Lantana) at 3385.1 nm from the finish; 2. C. Colman (Imagine) 19.5 nm from first; 3. T. Le Turquais (Lazare) at 20 nm; 4. M. Cousin (SETIN Group) at 20.5 nm; 5. Y. Bestaven (Maitre Coq) at 20.7 nm; 6. A. Cornic (HUMAN Immobilier) at 21 nm; 7. F. Amedeo (Nexans – Art & Windows) at 21.2 nm; 8. J. Harayda (Gentoo) at 21.8 nm; 9. Mr. Welded (Freelance.com) at 21.9 nm; 10. A. Boissières (La Mie Câline) at 22.2 nm.


Ocean Fifty: Erwan Le Roux at the head of a class that chooses the south

Erwan Le Roux (Koesio) made the night at the head of the Ocean Fifty class, taking the option further south than Ultimes. The seven contenders still in contention passed the Pointe de Penmarc’h. “We’re heading south a bit before heading out to sea to look for stronger winds and calmer sea conditions,” the Koesio captain explained in the session.

Briton Sam Goodchild, who was injured at the start, confirmed his retirement on Wednesday evening.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Erwan Le Roux (Koesio) 3396.5 nm from the finish; 2. Q. Vlamynck (Arkema) 1 nm from the first; 3. S. Rogues (Primonial) at 3.6 nm; 4. T. Vauchel-Camus (Solidarity in Peloton – ARSEP) at 15.7 nm; 5. Mr. Lamiré (GCA Group – 1001 smiles) at 17.4 nm; 6. E. Péron (Komilfo) at 19.3 nm; 7. A. Tripon (Les P’tits Doudous) at 21.3 nm.


Class40: coastal regatta led by Corentin Douguet

Corentin Douguet leads the Class40s after a tonic first night, very close to the coast. The 55 boats headed to the Ouessant railway, where they had to choose an option. “We will have to make a first choice that is quite clear-cut. At the exit of the English Channel, there are two roads that diverge and you can’t do it in the middle. Either you are heading to the West, or you are heading on a reasonable route to the South West”, analyzed the leader. Behind, Matthieu Perraut, who had been leading on Wednesday night, was hanging on and the fleet was quite tight.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Corentin Douguet (Queguiner – Innoveo) at 3419.1 nm from the finish; 2. G. Perraut (Inter Invest) at 1.1 nm; 3. I. lipinski (Crédit Mutuel) at 1.7 nm; 4. A. Beccaria (Allagrande Pirelli) at 2.1 nm; 5. A. Ducroz (CrossCall) at 2.1 nm; 6. M. Mergui (Centrakor) at 2.5 nm; 7. X. Macarius (SNEF Group) at 2.6 nm; 8. A. Carpentier (Redman) at 2.8 nm; 9. L. Berry (Lamotte – Creationp module at 3.1 nm; 10. M. Le Pape (Stargardt Foundation) at 3.2 nm.


Mono Rum: a class has dispersed and Dick is still ahead

Jean-Pierre Dick and Catherine Chabaud are ahead of the Mono Rum fleet, with the former passing Ouessant during the day. Everyone seems to want to head south, except for Wilfrid Clerton, who seems to be following Louis Duc to go through DST in the north.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Jean-Pierre Dick (Notre Méditerranée – Ville de Nice) at 3415 nm from the finish; 2. C. Chabaud (Formatives Esi Business School for Océan as Commons); 3. W. Clerton (Location of Cap au Cap) at 7.7 nm; 4. W. Bissainte (Tradysion Gwadloup) in 11 nm; 5. G. Pronier (Terranimo) at 16.5 nm; 6. O. Nemsguern (Elora) at 20.1 nm; 7. G. Colubi (Kornog 2) at 24.5 nm; 8. D. Ecalard (SOS Pare Brise +) at 27.3 nm; 9. A. Pennarun (Penn Duick III for the children of Robert Debré); 10. F. Gennari (Bella Donna – Race for Pure Ocean) in 37 nm.


Multi Rum: Philippe Poupon first attacked Ouessant

Philippe Poupon spent the night at the head of Rhum Multi, ahead of Loic Escoffier. Farther north than the others in arriving at Ouessant, it should turn soon enough to go around DST. “We will have a little wind in our nose so there will be a lot of tacks to take to pass Ouessant. Many things happen during the day”, agreed the sailor during the session, knowing that this is not the time to sleep.

The score at 6:03 am: 1. Philippe Poupon (Flo) at 3411.1 nm from the finish; 2. L. Escoffier (Lodigroup) 1.1 nm from the first; 3. G. Buekenhout (Jess) at 3.4 nm; 4. M. Guillemot (Metarom) at 7.4 nm; 5. G. Chapalain (Guayder – Savéol) at 7.4 nm; 6. E. Thiboumery (Interaction) at 10 nm; 7. C. Capelle (Acapella) at 12.5 nm; 8. T. Lurton (Moxie – Armor Frame) at 13.3 nm; 9. L. Etheimer (Happy) at 18.4 nm; 10; D. Ducosson (Trilogik – Dys de Coeur) at 18.8 nm.

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