Transat Jacques Vabre, grandstand finishes in Imoca class
After more than twenty days at sea the difference between fourth and fifth in the Imoca class was just 21 minutes 40 seconds between Britain's Sam Davies on Initiatives Coeur and an all-French crew aboard Arkéa-Paprec. Italian Pedote took sixth.
After a long and hard fought battle all the way up the Brazilian coast to the finish line in Martinique, Sébastien Simon and Yann Eliès sailed their 60 foot monohull, Arkéa-Paprec, to a fourth place finish. They completed the course in 20 days 17 hours 8 minutes and 30 seconds covering 6,670.9 miles at an average speed of 13.42 knots.
Sam Davies and co-skipper Nico Lunven will be very pleased with their fifth place considering the age of their boat Initiatives Coeur which was built in 2010. Their race stats are evidence of a skillful performance both driving and navigating; total distance covered 6,440.1 miles averaging 12.94 knots. Davies has a new boat on the way and this result will act as a shot over the bows of her rivals.
About 1 hour 45 minutes behind Initiatives Coeur came Italian Giancarlo Pedote and co-skipper Martin Lepape. They guided their boat to sixth place having covered a total of 6,464.13 miles at an average of 12.95 knots.