15 boats into a gentle breeze

29  Sep.  2016 -  07h 57

Ichi Ban is the 4th boat to cross the finish line. She arrived at 8 :36pm last night with a warm welcome from New Caledonian public at the Noumea Yacht Club.

15 boats are still racing and tacking on the west coast into a weak /moderate wind. Most of them progress either in « zigzag » at 0,5 kt or sometimes in a straight line between 5 to 8 kts. The 2016 New Caledonia Groupama Race is definitely windward !

It is a tiring race as any strategy adopted impacts immediately on results. Sailing in or off the lagoon ? When ? and especially staying fast !

Kétal is doing well, she is still leading on ORC results. Speed Marine MSC managed it well too by sailing into the lagoon, coming back on her sistership Eye Candy and BNC.

In the IRC Group, Beau Geste is keeping the lead, behind Scallywag and Ichi Ban.

For this 5th day, all the teams have to remain focused and positive !

At the end of the day, Ran Tan II and the first New Caledonian boat Jessica Rabbit, should cross the finish line.


Line of honour at 29 sept 5h45am (Noumea)

  1. TEAM VODAFONE SAILING 2j 33mn 12s
  2. SCALLYWAG 2j 13h 19mn 55s
  3. BEAU GESTE 2j 21h 09mn 30s
  4. ICHI BAN 3j 10h 31mn 04
  5. RAN TAN II
  6. JESSICA RABBIT
  7. KEEL BILL - LEBLANC ILLUMINATIONS
  8. SPEED MARINE – MSC
  9. EYE CANDY
  10. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE-CALEDONIE
  11. BIRDIES FURAX 2
  12. BOULÈGUE - PAO PRODUCTION
  13. KETAL
  14. NOTORIOUS
  15. MOEMITI
  16. XLR8 - PROVINCE SUD
  17. ODYSSEY
  18. DIOGENE
  19. ODYSSEY

ORC

  1. KETAL
  2. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE-CALÉDONIE
  3. BOULÈGUE - PAO PRODUCTION
  4. SPEED MARINE – MSC
  5. EYE CANDY
  6. KEEL BILL - LEBLANC ILLUMINATIONS
  7. NOTORIOUS
  8. XLR8 - PROVINCE SUD
  9. ODYSSEY
  10. GUMMO - PHYTOCAL
  11. DIOGENE

Multihulls

  1. TEAM VODAFONE SAILING
  2. MOEMITI
  3. BIRDIES FURAX 2
  4. JESSICA RABBIT
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