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Bourgnon Challenge: Tomorrow at 4pm (CEST), ready for the trade winds?

Par Virtual Regatta - April 20 2014



115 miles of smooth sailing is on the program for the 6th leg of the Bourgnon Challenge from Papeete to Raïatea. Departure time is tomorrow Monday, April 21st at 4pm (CEST).

There are no major obstacles forecasted for the next leg, which will be a nice break for Yvan Bourgnon. In his Polynesian Island adventures He has seen it all in the last few legs. He has been assaulted on his little catamaran by multiple capsizes and rough seas in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

The winner of the last leg, françois31 Danfers, and his competitors, will have to do as best as they can with the weak South-East trade winds forecasted for the course between the two islands. The climate is relatively stable in this intertropical zone where the mar’amus dominates the majority of the time, which will make this leg long, but very tactical.

 

As per usual it will be a battle for the places of honour between BlakArrow, Copains-Dabord, herve Avalon, Twins Legacy and Muscadet77 who we have seen regularly in the top 10 since the beginning of the challenge.

 

For Yvan Bourgnon it marks a new step in his amazing circumnavigation. He plans to stay for a week in Raïatea to do a checkup of his catamaran before heading off in the direction of the Fiji Islands toward much more complicated legs.

 


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