A very nice 8th place for the Fives – Lantana Environnement skipper
Louis reached the Vendée Arctique Icelandic goal at 2:54AM this Saturday, in 8th position! This goal has become the finish line for the race. This astonishing rank is the result of 5 days of audacity, commitment and success. The Fives - Lantana Environnement skipper, for his 2nd IMOCA race and 1st solitary race, left once more his very own and remarkable mark.
Extreme, pre-polar weather conditions defeated the competition. The racing overseeing team has been confronted with an unsolvable equation. They finally accepted to make Iceland the finish line for this Vendée Arctique.
Skippers couldn't safely stay waiting for the rest of the pack to reach this area. Waiting for the depression to move East wasn't an option either. Weather conditions were still too harsh to send skippers to the next part of the race as they were reaching Iceland.
A short but enthralling Vendée Arctique!
What a shame. The next stage was promosing, but these 5 days reaching 65° North were filled with lessons and twists for the Fives - Lantana Environnement skipper.
Louis only had 2 outings after launching his boat on May 4th. This Vendée Arctique was for him a way to rediscover his boat, after the optimizations made this winter. He planned to watch how his fellow centerboard boat comrades. There were good opportunities to do so in very contrasted weather conditions.
Most of all, the Fives – Lantana Environnement skipper offered us a captivating scenario full of twists with a pretty good finish: a well deserved "to ten", 7 minutes away from one of the current best foilers.
Well done, Louis!
See you very soon for a complete debrief!