Transat Jacques Vabre: five podium places for CDK Technologies

For its 15th edition, the Transat Jacques Vabre sailed from Normandy to Martinique for the first time in its history. A truly unique route, it comprised a series of course marks never before used in transatlantic races, including the archipelagos of Trindade and Martim Vaz for the Ultimes and Fernando de Noronha for the Ocean Fiftys and IMOCAS. The result was an event that was as long as it was demanding. The race proved to be both testing and complex but ultimately those boats built at CDK Technologies carried off no fewer than five podium places, evidence that the experience and expertise of the Breton yard doesn’t lie. Quite the contrary. Indeed, the specialist in prototype yacht construction, which has been amassing a string of successes in the offshore racing domain for over 35 years, is continuing to go from strength to strength in the most prestigious events thanks to its unique know-how and the unfailing commitment of all its associates.


Charal's arrival completes the IMOCA podium

Charal's arrival completes the IMOCA podium but the racing rages on, especially for 4th and 5th between Initiatives Coeur and Arkéa-Paprec. The front of the Class 40 remain incredibly close with the current leader now just 600 miles from the finish. The Ultimes are now all safely in port.


Apivia second Imoca in the Transat Jacques Vabre

This Friday 26th November, at 06:00 hours and 31 seconds in Martinique (11:00 hours and 31 seconds, metropolitan time), Apivia crossed the finish line of the 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in second place in the Imoca category. The duo Charlie Dalin - Paul Meilhat took 18 days 21 hours 33 minutes and 31 seconds to cover the 5,800 theoretical miles from Le Havre at an average speed of 12.68 knots, but they actually covered 6,642.18 miles at 14.64 knots. The gap to the first boat, LinkedOut, is 20 hours 12 minutes and 21 seconds.


SVR-Lazartigue took second place

François Gabart and Tom Laperche crossed the finish line to take second place in the Ultime class aboard SVR-Lazartigue. The French pair were 7 hour 56 minutes and 55 seconds behind the winner .


Banque Populaire XI third Ultime in the Transat Jacques Vabre

About 55 minutes after SVR-Lazartigue, came the third placed Ultime, Banque Populaire XI. On board were French ocean racing veterans Armel Le Cléac'h and Kevin Escoffier. The blue and white maxi-trimaran, launched only seven months ago, managed to keep up with the pace set by her rivals throughout the course and finished less than 9 hours behind the winner.


Leyton 3rd in The Transat Jacques Vabre

Sam Goodchild is the first non-French sailor to cross the finish line of this Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 race. After a poor start a fortnight ago, the Briton and his co-skipper fought back to make the podium in the Ocean Fifty class.
After 15 days and 6,680 miles of tough and, at times, frustrating racing Goodchild and Aymeric Chappellier finished only 3 hours 48 minutes and 29 seconds behind the winner Primonial. The early days of the race proved decisive. The boats that finished ahead of Leyton were also those who managed better in the light, confused conditions of the Bay of Biscay.

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