A few years ago on his Jules Verne-winning cat Orange 2 Bruno Peyron completed the UK’s Round the Island Race as first finisher, then dropped off his guests, took onboard new VIPs and went around again. When he finished the second time he was still mid-fleet. This winter’s 2020/21 Vendée Globe threatens something similar, Patrice Carpentier predicts
To use as a reference the chronometers on the speed runs of the Défi Azimut held in Lorient in mid-September, we deduce that the Imoca fleet now demonstrate very considerable differences in speed with, on the one hand, one-mile covered at more than 23kt by L’Occitane, the record of the day, and on the other hand the modest 15.71kt average for V&B Mayenne, the fastest of the conventional sailing boats with boards.
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