Alex Pella, wins the Transat Jacques Vabre with Arkema
Alex Pella and Lalou Roucayrol have sailed the Multi50 Arkema to victory in the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after 10 days, 19 hours, 14 minutes and 19 seconds of racing between the ports of Le Havre (France) and Salvador de Bahía (Brazil). They have also smashed the record previously set by Franck-Yves and Kevin Escoffier at 12 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes y 36 seconds.
The winning duo came in ahead ofFênétrea – Mix Buffet with Erwan le Roux and Vincent Riou who finished 7 hours and 37 minutes later. Alex Pella said on social media: “It’s been a really intense, tough regatta and we worked hard for this! Everything was extremely intense, at an incredible speed! I had to adapt to everything at top speed; my co-skipper, the boat… but it has all been worth it, not just for the victory, but for this incredible experience!”
The Transat Jacques Vabre departed on the 5th November from the French port of Le Havre with 4350 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean up ahead for the racers. Among the fleet of boats taking on the challenge were also 13 IMOCAs. The IMOCA class leader is currently St Michel-Virbac with Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliés, 396 nautical miles from the finishing line at 12:00 GMT today.