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Transat Jacques Vabre - Imerys breaks away

Imerys Clean Energy of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde continues to lead the Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40, breaking away with a 20 nm lead from V & B and Aïna Enfance & Avenir.

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ETA for the Class 40 leaders is Thursday 23 or Friday 24 November, they are now sailing at around 8 knots as they emerge from the doldrums.

Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel – Virbac are predicted to complete a commanding victory in the Imoca class with an ETA of 21:00 UTC later today.

A 21:00 UTC finish in Salvador de Bahia would also mean that Dick and Eliès will set a new record for the Transat Jacques Vabre to Salvador.

With Dick beating his own record, of 13 days 09 hours 19 minutes and seconds set with Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec in 2005.

SMA and Des Voiles et Vous! are expected to finish Sunday.

French Tech Rennes St-Malo is expected to be the fourth and last of the six Multi50 that started to cross the line on Sunday.

Leading positions Saturday 18 Nov. 17:00 UTC

Class40
1. - Imerays Clean Energy . . . 1,130 nm to the finish
2. - V & B + 16 nm
3. - Aïna Enfance & Avenir + 19 nm
4. - Teamwork 40 + 36 nm

Multi50
1. - Arkema . . . Finished
2. - FenêtréA - Mix Buffet - Finished
3. - Reaute Chocolat - Finished
4. - La French Tech Rennes Saint Malo - 91 nm to the finish

Imoca
1. - St Michel - Virbac . . . 24 nm to the finish
2. - SMA + 82 nm
3. - "DES VOILES ET VOUS!" + 243 nm

Ultime
1. - Sodebo Ultim' . . . Finished
2. - Maxi Edmond de Rothschild . . . Finished
3. - Prince de Bretagne . . . Dismasted

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18 November 2017 7:48 GMT


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