LinkedOut has crossed the finish line in Martinique after 18 days, 1 hour, 21 minutes and 10 seconds of racing. They are followed by Apivia and Charal, who are still racing, and the Imoca class is still on its way to Martinique.
Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière have claimed victory aboard LinkedOut, the foiler that has given them a lead in 72% of the race. The theoretical distance of their course was 5,800 miles, but the French pair actually covered 6,691.30 miles at an average speed of 15.44 knots.
“I had a lot of fun on the water with Morgan. It’s a great sporting experience, these are rare moments. This victory has been in the making for several months, for several years, thanks to the great team working on this project.” -Thomas Ruyant, co-skipper at LinkedOut.
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The Class40 category is still in the race, and the winner of last year’s edition, Crédit Mutuel, has sustained keel damage. Ian Lipinski’s Crédit Mutuel hit an object that has damaged her keel. The co-skippers were unhurt and have continued competition, but at a reduced speed. This is a bitter blow for them as they were in second place when the accident took place.
Redman is still leading the fleet, but the difference amongst leading boats is just 30 miles. The boats are enjoying the trade winds, but skippers are finding conditions to be more complicated than the weather forecast has suggested.
Ranking of Friday 26th November -10h