“ The last couple of days have been tough, with consistently nasty and demanding weather, and more yet to come.”
The Class40 fleet is currently being led by Thibaut Vauchel-Camus on Solidaires en Peloton-Arsep with Britain’s Phil Sharp on Imerys hot on his stern, following news earlier today that Isabelle Joschke has sustained serious damage to her Class40 Generali-Horizon Mixité.
The two skippers are less than 6 miles apart, and with just over 1,000 miles until they reach the finish line in New York city, they give us their latest thoughts.
Phil Sharp – Class40 Imerys:
“The last couple of days have been tough, with consistently nasty and demanding weather, and more yet to come. I haven’t had time to eat, sleep, or navigate, though at the moment sailing is pretty straightforward. It’s consistently upwind, so in theory, just a couple of tacks and I’m there!
“It’s incredible how much time is lost in making repairs. Today my jib ripped off and my computer screen broke. I spent the entire day being thrown around inside the boat fixing just my jib, priority 1. Computer screen is next on the job list as priority 2! I am dreaming of calmer seas, though the weather files don’t look too kind, it looks like it will be upwind all the way to New York.”
“I am really shocked to hear about Isabelle. It is really tough weather and there are dangers all around. The Transat bakerly is living up to its grueling reputation.”
Thibaut Vauchel – Camus - Class40 Solidaires en Peloton - ARSEP
“Our first thought goes to Isabelle and her GENERALI boat. She suffered bad luck while leading the race. The fight on the water with her has been beautiful and we hope their team will find the best solution to arrive in New York.
“With Seppy (Thibaut’s lucky teddy) we are preparing for a real fight. The wind is severe with gusts of 48knots and the seas are rough which causes the boat to bang violently off the waves.
“The boat is wet, but okay. Tonight we will pass the 1,000 mile mark! That means two-thirds of the course done, and one big push left.
“The show must go on!”