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Supremacy


Supremacy


That, where IMOCA ocean racing is concerned, is what Michel Desjoyeaux has shown in winning the Istanbul Europa Race, but his task was made a lot easier by a series of self inflicted wounds on the Estrella Damm team, which was leading going into the last leg. The Spanish team first went through a delaying “should we, shouldn’t we stop” session, after suffering some unspecified damage in the mast area, then they got themselves becalmed to such an extent that the series’ also ran, DCNS, almost caught them. None of that detracts from Desjoyeaux’s performance, but the stark fact is that the Spaniards are knocking hard on the door that blocks other nations challenging the French in top flight ocean racing. Pic from Jacques Vapillon and more here.