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At night, in the rain, this Saturday at 6:56:02, Apivia completed the 550-mile triangle course with a good lead. On the ground, the Verdier plane covered 617.18 miles at 15.51 knots for a race time of 1 day 15 h 48:02. So much for the numbers.

For the rest, we must admit that there was no suspense, as the Dalin-Meilhat pair flew over the debates. Since the last Vendée Globe, where Dalin, 1st on the line but ranked 2nd after the compensation game linked to the rescue of Kévin Escoffier, we know that the Verdier plan is going fast at all speeds, that it has no hole in the racket but his ability to go fast all the time is quite impressive.
Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 with Yann Eliès, Charlie Dalin did not lose by taking on Paul Meilhat: “I’m happy with this duo, it’s fluid, we understand each other, we speak the same language. Physically, Paul is in charge, he is starting to get to know the boat well, ”said Dalin on the victorious arrival in Cherbourg last August.

At the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre on November 7 in Le Havre, Apivia will be a big favorite.

(Vincent Curutchet)

Justine Mettraux – Simon Fischer (11 Th Hour Racing) should finish 2nd ahead of Thomas Rettant – Morgan Lagravière (LinkedOut).




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