Britain’s Samantha Davies (Initiatives Coeur) rounded the waypoint ‘UNESCO’ on the Polar Circle in fourth place, and briefly took the lead during Thursday night (from 23:30 hrs).
Friday morning, Davies sailing a VPLP-Verdier design of 2010 to which foils have been added, is in fifth place, 7 nm off the new leader Charlie Dalin (APIVIA).
Dalin leads the Vendée-Arctique fleet as they head back down to theWaypoint Gallimard mark, the southern waypoint in the Vendée – Arctique – Les Sables d’Olonne.
The first five competitors are within 10 nm of each other, sailing at between 11 and 13 knots.
Davies commented . . . “I am lucky to have this Heart Initiatives boat from 2007 and I have done quite a few miles with it. even if we make changes, it remains the same boat and suddenly, I also benefit from all this experience and that’s pretty good.”
Leading positions Friday updated at 23:30 hrs (FRA):
1st LinkedOut – Thomas Ruyant DTF 1206 nm
2nd SeaExplorer – YC de Monaco – Boris Herrmann +1.2 nm
3rd Charal – Jérémie Beyou +3.2 nm
4th PRB – Kévin Escoffier +3.2 nm
5th Initiatives – Coeur – Samantha Davies +8.4 nm
6th APIVIA – Charlie Dalin +19 nm
7th MACSF – Isabelle Joschke +20 nm
8th Maître CoQ – Yannick Bestaven +29 nm
9th NewRest – Art et Fenetres – Fabrice Amedeo +35 nm
10th Prysmian Group – Giancarlo Pedote +43 nm
11th Banque Populaire X – Clarisse Crémer +45 nm