After harsh weather conditions saw the IMOCAs’ Transat Jacques Vabre race start postponed by over a week, on the 7th of NovemberTeam Malizia’s Seaexplorer skippered by Boris Herrmann and Will Harris finally set sail from the French city of Le Havre embarking on a 3750 nautical mile adventure.
Following a very early boat dock off at 4:30am, the race yachts were finally released into the open ocean at 9:30 CET, saying goodbye to any sight of land for an expected 12-14 days.
With 40 other IMOCAs racing toward the French island in Caribbean, Martinique, the Malizia - Seaexplorer left fans sitting on the edge of their seats, watching nervously as the boats navigated through very choppy and challenging sea conditions.
The race course will see the fleet first sail through the English Channel and then across the Atlantic towards Martinique.
Due to the delayed start, the race course has been shortened. This new course now opens the boats’ playing field, allowing the skippers to make more individual strategic routing decisions.
However, no matter how well the experienced skippers know their boats, nature is unpredictable.
The outcome and success of these race decisions will therefore keep us on our toes, as we are glued to the race tracker from the comfort of our homes!
Follow the IMOCA fleet and Boris&Will aboard the Malizia - Seaexplorer via the Race Tracker as they race across the ocean here: Tracker
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