Second of The Transat in Imoca
The Briton skipper reached Big Apple Saturday, 14 May at 20h20’11” (HF), after 12 days of relentless navigation from Plymouth, that is to say 3730 miles covered at an average speed of 12.74 knots.
Vincent Riou (PRB) finished 2:21 minutes and 32 seconds behind the winner of the IMOCA class Bakerly deckchair, Armel Le Cleac’h (Banque Populaire-VIII). The International Monohull Open Classes Association or IMOCA is an association founded in 1991 that manages the 60 feet monohulls class.
These boats are mainly buit for ocean racing solo or double, as the Route du Rhum and the Vendée Globe and are considered among the fastest in the world.
PRB remains competitive with new-generation monohulls
Both sailors fought a magnificent battle remembering the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre course in which Vincent Riou took victory ahead Armel Le Cléac’h.
Four months before the Vendée Globe, Vincent Riou proves that the boat remains competitive with new generation monohull equipped with foils, appendages on each side of the hull which provide higher speed potential in downwind conditions.
Fifty-two years after the famous victory of Eric Tabarly on Pen Duick II in 1964 (and again in 1976 on Pen Duick VI), The Transat which had not been held for eight years, found a new breath.
The winner of the 2004-2005 Vendée Globe used Man Over Board MOB torch light during this race.