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IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Les Sables dOlonne FRA – Day 5 – the Foilers on the way up


At the western edge of the low-pressure system over the Azores yesterday, the wind was finally at a strength allowing the foilers to deploy their speed potential for the first time and move on top. Only the amazing Jean Le Cam FRA (Yes we Cam, Non-Foiler) was able to stay in the leading group with his so far flawless strategy: The veteran of the fleet – 61 years old – is in 2nd place, 31nm behind Alex Thomson GBR, the leader this morning UTC. 10nm farther back is Thomas Ruyant FRA (Linkedout, Foiler), another favorite. Already 65nm behind is Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia, Foiler) on 4th. Samantha Davies GBR (Initiatives Coeur, Foiler) was the best woman in 9th place with a 100nm backlog. . —– The next challenge is already awaiting the fleet: To pass the next strong low-pressure front with winds up to 60kn! Different strategies to circumvent the danger zone are being discussed, but experience shows that one or the other of the boats is usually hit! The Vendée Globe remains a race of superlatives! —– The race tracker and the reports