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French skipper Charlie Dalin leads the New York Vendée-Les Sables d’Olonne solo race to France

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French skipper Charlie Dalin leads the New York Vendée-Les Sables d’Olonne solo race to France

French skipper Charlie Dalin has emerged as the leader in the New York Vendée-Les Sables d’Olonne solo race to France. Since the race started off the coast of New York, Dalin has maintained a steady lead among the 28 competitors at MACIF Santé et Prevoyance.

As the fleet navigates challenging and unpredictable weather conditions, Dalin has once again taken the lead after several setbacks. With 2,300 miles to go on the solo Transatlantic course, sailors encounter several weather obstacles along the way.

The competitors are currently spread over a vast area of ​​the North Atlantic Ocean and face rapidly changing winds of different strengths and directions. British sailor Sam Goodchild, currently in sixth place and 56 miles behind Dalin, described encountering winds of 5 to 25 knots in just twelve hours.

The weather conditions were particularly intense, with showers similar to the infamous Doldrums making navigation difficult. Despite the challenges, Goodchild remains determined to push forward, taking advantage of favorable wind conditions to maintain his speed without risking damage to his boat.

As the race enters its third day, the Vendee New York Qualifier Leaderboard reflects the fierce competition and resilience of the sailors in the face of unpredictable conditions. As the fleet continues its journey towards France, the race promises to be a test of skill, strategy and endurance for all participants.

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