PxPixel
Drawing Near - Sail Magazine

Drawing Near

This year’s Artemis Transat Race will go down in the record books as a race that no one wanted to lead: If you did, chances were good that you might face the woes of Michel Desjoyeaux, Seb Josse, and Vincent Riou, all of whom were doing well; all of whom were forced to retire due to either collision with marine life (Desjoyeaux and Riou) or gear failure (Josse). Now the race has taken a brighter
Author:
Publish date:

This year’s Artemis Transat Race will go down in the record books as a race that no one wanted to lead: If you did, chances were good that you might face the woes of Michel Desjoyeaux, Seb Josse, and Vincent Riou, all of whom were doing well; all of whom were forced to retire due to either collision with marine life (Desjoyeaux and Riou) or gear failure (Josse). Now the race has taken a brighter turn, as the leaders (still intact, knock on wood) sprint toward Boston. Here’s the (slightly edited) latest press release:

The solo transatlantic is now a match race, with less than 400 miles to go and the two leaders only some 20 miles apart in terms of distance to the finish. But that is a figure that should be taken with caution, as Armel Le Clac'h emphasized: taking into account wind shifts and final trajectory subtleties, Loick Peyron in fact has approximately a 60-mile advantage. Lighter winds expected off the south of Nova Scotia tonight may open the game, but the duelists remain very vague (publicly, at least) about their plans.

att7a466



An attack from
Brit Air?

Loick Peyron didn't seem very convinced when we asked him if he thought Le Clac'h on
Brit Air would make his move. "I think Armel wants to be sure to finish, he needs to qualify for the Vende Globe, he's not going to take any risks", answered a half-asleep Peyron. Yet he admitted feeling some pressure, and having raced against him on the Figaro circuit, Gitana Eighty's skipper knows what kind of competitor Armel is. Despite what he had announced yesterday, Le Clac'h pushed during the night and reduced the gap throughout the storm, maintaining high speeds and keeping his brain gears spinning. The psychological warfare has begun.

"I'm going towards the coast of Nova Scotia. I've decided to play the tactical game 100%", said Brit Air's skipper Armel Le Clac'h. Looking at the wind files this morning, one could have suspected that a tack was inevitably in the cards for Armel, but the reality might have been different, so it was worth checking with the skipper... who smiled and declared "Well, that's the big question for today, but the shift might allow me to continue on this direct route and gain some miles."

Peyron

Loick Peyron took advantage of a lift last night to place himself well to windward of his rival, a textbook defensive move; we're now looking at a finale where close-combat racing tactics apply. Lighter winds expected tonight will complicate the game, but the wise Peyron, contemplating a third historical victory in the event, uttered not a word to that effect. He said, "I'm two days away from finishing in good place - I hope - in Boston, and even though I may have gone a bit far south, I think my position is rather good."

Those of you who have followed the race closely will remember this week’s tumultuous leaderboard change, when Riou was forced to abandon

PRB

due to his collision with a whale, which destroyed one of his keel pins (critical on an Open 60). His savior was none other than Peyron, who was also a strong contender. The big question thus emerged: How much time allowance would Peyron be awarded for practicing excellent seamanship? Here’s the latest from the Transat officials:

The time allowance granted to Loick Peyron by the jury for having diverted and rescued Vincent Riou is 2h30, which takes into account the time spent, but also the position change induced. Gitana Eighty's skipper does not face any penalty regarding the use of his engine during the maneuver. Peyron received the jury's congratulations for his swift operation. Commenting on that decision, Loick said: "That's a capital I hope I won't have to use, it would spoil everything."

Now, as the leaders rush towards Beantown and a nice, warm, stable bed, the time is right to command the lead, so long as you have a bit of luck on your side.

www.theartemistransat.com

Posted: May 22, 2008

Related

Josie-helm-2

Chartering the U.S. and Spanish Virgins

Flying into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands one December morning, three months after Hurricane Irma, I felt like a war correspondent dispatched to the battlefront rather than a sailing magazine writer on an assignment to go cruising.As my LIAT plane descended toward Beef ...read more

Crew-North-27M004

Weather Gear for Inshore Sailing

Just because you’re not planning on braving the Southern Ocean this summer doesn’t mean that you won’t have some dicey days out on the water. If you haven’t got the right gear, a little rain or humidity can make things miserable. As with all safety equipment, “it’s always better ...read more

atlantic-cup-trailer

2018 Atlantic Cup Video Mini-Series

Atlantic Cup 2018: TrailerThis past spring, SAIL magazine was on-hand to document the 2018 Atlantic Cup, a two-week-long Class 40 regatta spanning the U.S. East Coast and one of the toughest events in all of North America. The preview above will give you a taste of the four-video ...read more

3DiNordac_webheader

3Di NORDAC: One Year In

One year ago this month, North Sails launched a cruising revolution with the introduction of 3Di NORDAC. The product promised to deliver a better cruising experience for a market that had not seen true product innovation in over 60 years. Today we’re celebrating the team that ...read more

HB96k_EP

Sea Eagle’s HB96 inflatable SUP

What SUP?Dinghies and kayaks are all very well, but there’s nothing like a stand-up paddleboard for exploring interesting new shorelines while giving you a good workout. Sea Eagle’s HB96 inflatable SUP makes a fine addition to your boat’s armory of anchorage toys, either on its ...read more

DSC_0031-43

Charting the USVI and Spanish Virgins

When my friends and I booked a one-way bareboat charter with Sail Caribe, starting in the U.S. Virgin Islands and finishing in Puerto Rico, we were a little nervous about what we would find in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria—even seven months later.When our plane ...read more

SailRepairKit

Know How: Sail Repair Kit

Despite your best efforts, there will inevitably be times when your sail gets damaged while at sea and needs to be repaired. First, no matter what the job, you will need to do a quick damage assessment, a task that requires a flat wooden surface, sharp scissors and a helping ...read more

01-061018ROAC-8149

Coming of Age at the Atlantic Cup

Midway through the final race of the inshore portion of the 2018 Atlantic Cup, the three boats in the lead—Mike Dreese’s Toothface 2, Mike Hennessy’s Dragon and Oakcliff Racing, representing the Long Island Sound-based sailing school of the same name—suddenly broke free from the ...read more

01_silken_2018-03-08-0052

North U’s Regatta Experience Program

“Want to check the keel?” North U Coach Geoff Becker calls to me from back by the transom. We’ve just suffered our worst finish in the regatta and are absolutely flying on our way back to shore, spinnaker up and heeling at an angle that feels like maybe we’re tempting fate. ...read more