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2 days 33 minutes 12 seconds around the biggest lagoon in the world

by Groupama Race 27 Sep 2016 21:36 BST 25 September 2016
Vodafone finishes the New Caledonia Groupama Race in 2 days 33 minutes 12 seconds © New Caledonia Groupama Race

Vodafone has arrived in Nouméa after 2 days of racing. She is the fastest boat to finish the New Caledonia longest windward / leeward race.

Even if the weather conditions along the East coast were not favourable, she sailed down the west coast at more than 20 knots in 14 hours.

The skipper, Simon Hull, thrilled by his race, asked for "more wind" to come back in 2018 and to finish the race in less than 2 days!

The first monohulls, Scallywag, Beau Geste and Ichi Ban are expected during the night and tomorrow.

Concerning New-Caledonian teams, Jessica Rabbit is the first to go through the Grand Passage, next to Ran Tan, then Birdies Furax and Moemiti, behind the monohulls Keel Bill, Eye Candy, BNC.

The first night was very tactical and decisive for results. The second night was perfect with the wind blowing at more than 20 knots and today is more quiet.

Most of the crews are in a good mood but they are getting worried as there is no wind announced for the third upcoming night...

Real-time at 16h 30m: (Noumea)

1. TEAM VODAFONE SAILING
2. SCALLYWAG
3. BEAU GESTE
4. ICHI BAN
5. RAN TAN II
6. JESSICA RABBIT
7. KEEL BILL - LEBLANC ILLUMINATIONS
8. EYE CANDY
9. BIRDIES FURAX
10. MOEMITI
11. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE-CALEDONIE
12. KETAL
13. SPEED MARINE – MSC
14. XLR8 - PROVINCE SUD
15. NOTORIOUS
16. BOULÈGUE - PAO PRODUCTION
17. GUMMO - PHYTOCAL
18. ODYSSEY
19. DIOGENE

IRC
1. BEAU GESTE
2. SCALLYWAG
3. KETAL
4. ICHI BAN
5. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE CALEDONIE
6. EYE CANDY
7.
8. BOULEGUE PAO
9. EYE CANDY
10. SPEED MARINE MSC
11. NOTORIOUS
12. RAN TAN II

ORC
1. KETAL
2. EYE CANDY
3. BANQUE DE NOUVELLE-CALÉDONIE
4. KEEL BILL - LEBLANC ILLUMINATIONS
5. BOULÈGUE - PAO PRODUCTION
6. SPEED MARINE – MSC
7. XLR8 - PROVINCE SUD
8. NOTORIOUS
9. GUMMO - PHYTOCAL
10. ODYSSEY
11. DIOGENE

Multihulls
1. TEAM VODAFONE SAILING
2. MOEMITI
3. JESSICA RABBIT
4. BIRDIES FURAX 2

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