Victory for Bertrand Delesne
Bertrand Delesne this morning won the return leg of the Mini’s Les Sables-Azores-Les Sables race, reaching the famous Vendee Globe port finish line at 02:27:18 GMT. Delesne’s Prati’Buches took 5 days 13 hours 27 minutes and 18 seconds, completing the course at an average speed of 9.53 knots. The combined outbound and inward leg times is 12 days 1 hour 42 minutes and 19 seconds.
During the race Delesne’s 2009 Sam Manuard design achieved a new Mini 24 hour record, starting on 19 August at 1000, of 304.9 miles (averaging 12.7 knots) – no mean feat in a 21ft long monohull. “Since the last Transat 6.50, I thought that the limit of the 300 miles in 24 hours could be exceeded," said Delesne. "It is the kind of performance which I enjoy… It should be pointed out that while you have to push to the limit, it is necessary to know to maintain that rate.”
Delesne, 33 years, heralds from Nantes, although he is originally from the Cote d’ Armor. He took an active part in the construction of the Sam Manuard’s Raging Bull in 2008 in order to compete in the Transat 6.50 Charente-Maritime-Salvador de Bahia the following year in which he finished second.
On the outbound leg, Delesne finished second behind talented German Jorg Reichers on mare.de by 1 hour 45 minutes. At the 1000 GMT sched Reichers was holding sixth place with 72 miles still to go.
In the Series class Xavier Macaire on the Pogo 2 Starter is lining up to take honours. Leading the Series fleet he had 44 miles to go at the 1000 sched. On the outbound leg he finished second to Davie Beaudart in Innovea Environnement, but Beaudart is currently eighth 219 miles off the leader.