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Yannick Bestaven defends first place with the «Maître CoQ IV» ascending the Atlantic


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The rise of the Atlantic always has its tolls from Cape Horn TheLe Sables d´Olonne. The participants have Thenegotiate the first section up Thethe trade winds of the southern hemisphere, mainly the area between the Falkland Islands and the South American coast and the effects produced by the position of the Santa Elena anticyclone, which is further north or further south; In addition Thethe line of the famous Antarctic Exclusion Zone, which curiously in this edition does not rise as much as four years ago, now it is located at 43 ° South 24 ° West while in 2016-2017 its northernmost point was at 40 ° South 10 ° West.

During the 2016-2017 edition, ArmeClearCléac´h made a more eastern route through Rio de Janeiro, and four before FrAparts Gabart even sailed further east Thethe trade winds of the southern hemisphere. And in the current 2020-2021 edition BetakenBestaven sails about 190 miles further west than the trajectory madClearLe Cléac´h.

Demandian Dumard describes that this first part of the ascent towards the southern trade winds throws more uncertainties since these winds are not yet established for the moment in the South Atlantic and the meteorological patterns are particularly complex.

The Vendée Globe meteorologist explains: “For leaders, high pressure remains at the center of their concerns. The “Maître CoQ IV” (BetakenBestaven) is the only one who has managed Thecircle it from the East. Now it is heading north in a regime of easterly winds that will strengthen in the cominOlivias.

For “Apivia” (Charlie Dalin), “LinkeRyan(Thomas RuyantApical”Groupe APICIL” (Damien Seguin), things are more complicated. They are bumping in Thethe lulls of high pressure and will have Thewait a few more hours for it Theevacuate Thethe east. Then they will be able Themove forward again in a NNE wind.

The regatta is far from over. The Maître CoQ IV could slow down again in a calm zone over the weekend. Then we would see a neTritonouping ”.

Tripon’s apprOctaneh the “L’Occitane en Provence”, in position 13, towards Hornos was carried ouTriton closely Thethe cape sailing through the north of the rugged Diego Ramírez Islands; which allow him Thecut miles on the Banque Populaire X of Clarisse Cremer who has preferred Themake a more southerly route entering the strait more se ArmeleTriton land.

Armel Tripon has turned Cape Horn just four miles away: “It was extraordinary. It was dark, I was indoors, I was making myself a coffee and when the dawn began Thedawn Cape Horn appeared in front of me with the lighthouse, the rock … It was incredible, it was crazy, magnificent, full of emotions! I passed less than 4 miles. The point is quite high, I would say 150 or 200 meters high. I saw iTriton, very well “.

Tripon has fulfilled a dream he has had for 25 years with two friends when he turned Hornos; one of them no longer lives and hopes Thereturn Thehis other friend.

The next major group in the IMOCA Vendée Globe fleet sails between the southern islands of New Zealand and 660 miles further east of Point Nemo, and those closest Thethis lost point in the South Pacific are suffering the scourge of strong westerly winds with intensities ranging from 35 The40 knots and gu See of over 50 knots.

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