VENDEE GLOBE UPDATE – The two pretenders at the front, François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) are engaged in a match racing battle. Armel Le Cléac’h is pushing hard to the west to steal the advantage in the anticipated wind shift. Will it pay off? Caught in the dark days of dirty weather the six sailors approaching Cape Horn are still neck and neck. Last night, Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) caught sight of Javier Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) ahead on the horizon.
Frustratingly, for the front pair they are now wading through treacle home. They are battling upwind and for the next few days will have to zig zag to the end goal. They are going to be going nowhere fast, which is a stark contrast to the record breaking speeds achieved over the course of the distance. François Gabart(MACIF) said, “It’s been over 50 days, covering over 15,000 miles, but this is the first time we have had to sail upwind in strong winds. It looks like we are going not very far fast.”
It will require patience to see who will gain and lose in this uphill struggle. Gabart must be feeling the pressure as Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) is pushing hard in the west waiting for the winning wind shift. Nicknamed, The Jackal, he is determined to win the advantage. To tack or not to tack, that is the question. Tacking could be fatal to Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) so it’s nail biting time to see which of the two will conquer, as they sail towards the goal. It’s even possible the two pretenders could cross paths in the coming days.