Between the north and Nouméa

29  Sep.  2016 -  00h 51

Beau Geste has arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the 3rd position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. The crew was very pleased about his race. The owner & skipper, Karl Kwok, compared the luxury and unspoilt landscapes from the East coast to Polynesia and the West coast to Cebu island in Philippines.

The crew was even more proud to be ranked above Scallywag on IRC results « It was fantastic, the lanscape around us was amazing, I am pretty sure we will come back and race » sums up Cameron Ward, Beau Geste member.

Ichi Ban is the third monohull to arrive tonight. The only Australian boat of the race is expected at around 8pm. Please feel free to welcome the crew at the Yacht Club tonight.

Focus on day 4 up north

Charles Cali, Groupama Race Commitee Director in the first editions, reminds us « there is no planned route on sea, thus you are free to sail » Each year, the Groupama Race sailors prove it ! In the morning, except the 3 boats left on the East coast, the others were either in the Grand Passage or at the end of it. A south-west moderate wind leads the boats starboard on a straight line towards Nouméa. Speed Marine MSC, unlucky with former her options, tried a new one. Just after the compulsory passage at the Grand Passage, she tried a brand-new option and entered in the North lagoon and it works… she’s going faster !

Map

Moemiti, Furax Birdies 2 or even Kétal, the smallest boat which leads on ORC time, choose this option as well.

Why this brand-new « lagoon » option is working ?

Calm sea ? Favorable current ? stronger wind ? Certainly the connection between those 3 aspects, analyses Denis Thompson, the Race Director.


Line of honour at 29/09 4h30pm (Noumea)

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

ORC

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

IRC

  1. 1 BEAU GESTE
  2. SCALLYWAG
  3. KETAL
  4. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE CALEDONIE
  5. ICHI BAN
  6. BOULEGUE PAO PROD
  7. SPEED MARINE
  8. EYE CANDY
  9. NOTORIOUS
  10. RAN TAN 2

Multihulls

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