Arctic Vendée.  Coup de theater: the race definitively interrupted!

Arctic Vendée. Coup de theater: the race definitively interrupted!

Here is the press release published this evening at midnight by the race management of the Vendée Arctic, qualifying race for the Vendée Globe 2024:

The meteorological phenomena which rage in the chain on the south of Iceland will have proved more threatening than hoped. The organization has therefore decided to make the Iceland gate, located in the east of the island, the finish line of this Arctic Vendée – Les Sables-d’Olonne.

Adventure sometimes clashes with reason. While three skippers (Charlie Dalin, Jérémie Beyou, Thomas Ruyant) managed to get through the Iceland gate, set up from the pre-race to guard against potentially scabrous situations, the organization has chosen to make this gate the arrival of the Arctic Vendée.

The meticulous examination of all the meteorological patterns which follow one another in the area where 20 skippers are still evolving revealed the obvious need to allow the solo sailors to quickly project themselves into shelter, or to envisage a route to get away from danger.

Francis Le Goff, race director, explains the choices of the race direction : “The depression is there, and some will have trouble reaching the Iceland gate. But as the situation isn’t any better once through this gate, we preferred to make it the finish line so that the solo sailors can immediately make sure to get to safety.

Unstable and strong winds arrive in the area; the effects of the site which will shake the fjord where two boats have already sheltered do not make it easy to welcome additional Imoca. Closing the race at the gate will allow the sailors to find the best solution for each of them, with the permanent support of the race management and with the expertise of their technical team.

The objective is that, on Saturday afternoon, when the worst of the depression has passed, the skippers can reach Les Sables-d’Olonne, which will not be so simple: they will not be safe from new strong winds, but they will be able to manage like good sailors. We knew about the rapid and brutal weather changes in the area, but we had the worst of what we could have feared. Sincerely, what everyone has experienced during the approximately 1,500 miles of the climb to Iceland – the difficulty of the navigation, the struggle to steer the boat, the resistance to the strong elements – represents an impressive preparation for a Vendée Globe . »


Charlie Dalin (APIVIA), arrived at the Iceland gate at 2:23:20 a.m. on Friday June 17 after 4 days, 9 hours, 23 minutes and 20 seconds, so is the first to the finish line. He was followed by Jeremiah Beyou (Charal) arrived at Iceland Gate at 6:04 a.m., after 4 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes, 3 hours 43 minutes and 34 seconds from the leader; Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) arrived at the Iceland gate at 9:33 a.m., after 4 days, 16 hours and 33 minutes, 7 hours and 10 minutes from the leader, was the third to have crossed what should be called the finish line now .

Arctic Vendée. Coup de theater: the race definitively interrupted!

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