Cheminées Poujoulat crossed the finish line at 06h 24' 34' UTC this Saturday morning after a long beat from the Raz de Sein, the easterly breeze dropping right off inopportunely throughout the night. Bernard Stamm thus takes sixth place after 15 days 16 hours 24 minutes 34 seconds of racing.
The Transat Ecover-BtoB dished up a few fastidious final miles for the Swiss Breton: the last ten miles taking him all night to complete amidst multiple tacks and biting cold! Bernard Stamm thus completes what has been a very fine course on his 2003 Farr yacht design, ex-Virbac-Paprec of Jean-Pierre Dick.
Despite a few ballast concerns and problems with his upperworks and computers, Cheminées Poujoulat showed that the skipper-boat tandem were well in phase with this 4,120 mile South-North course, which comprised in the main a point of sail which involved being closed hauled or sailing with eased sheets, two areas where the potential of the new prototypes is more considerable.
In fact his is the first of the former generation boats to complete the course and though his time was 1 day 07 hours 09 minutes 09 seconds behind the winner Loïck Peyron, this reflects above all the fact that the leaders benefited from more favourable sailing conditions, especially over the end of the course and in the Bay of Biscay.
Finishing Postions - VMG - Speedd - Cap - DTF - DTL - 14:00HRS 15 Dec
1 Gitana Eighty 0 0 0 0 0
2 Groupe Bel 0 0 0 0 0
3 Foncia 0 0 0 0 0
4 Generali 0 0 0 0 0
5 Safran 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cheminées Poujoulat 0 0 0 0 0
7 Roxy 10.4 10.4 66 303.1 0
8 Cervin EnR 10.1 10.1 61 345.7 42.5
9 Akena Vérandas 11.4 11.5 52 548.8 245.7
10 Maisonneuve 9.5 9.9 41 603 299.9
11 Spirit of Canada 10.6 10.7 38 1060.8 757.7
12 Aviva 9.9 10.1 56 1200.7 897.6
13 Great American III 6.1 8 87 1240.4 937.3
'This race was the opposite of the Transat Jacques Vabre - it favoured the powerful boats and I just had to sit back and watch them go at the start. In addition I wasn’t very successful in the Doldrums but I managed to get going again. I didn’t do too bad! And now I’m qualified for the Vendée Globe... '
We’ll have to wait a while for the next arrivals however:
Samantha Davies Roxy and Yannick Bestaven Cervin EnR still have over 400 miles to go so it is likely to be late on Sunday night or early Monday. In the meantime, the British sailor has clawed back an advantage overnight in a weakening Easterly.
Hello everybody. It’s been very difficult since last night with a very shifty wind and confused seas. The wind is between 10 and 25 knots and the shifting 40 degrees, so the choice of sail is complicated, and you really have to be on the ball the whole time. I'm tired and in addition Roxy is not happy! I hope all that will improve during the day as I distance myself from Cape Finisterre.
I’ll be able to rest later, once Roxy has decided that she can make headway on her own! Right now I’m eating my porridge, which is doing me good because it is warming me up - YES – to end, it is very cold! Too cold because the honey I bought in Brazil is completely frozen! See you later.'