Wednesday, November 22 – V and B strike
Aïna Enfance et Avenir, the newer of the two lead boats, leads to Brazil and in the match race along the coast for two days. They report tearing their spinnaker and getting their keel caught on a net overnight. They are neck-and-neck, but V and B four miles west, gradually turn a 3.6-mile deficit at 06:30 UTC into a 1.2 lead at 14:30, when Aïna Enfance et Avenir gybes closer to the coast and V and B gybes ahead to cover them.
Sorel, who finished second in V and B with Sam Manuard, the designer of both lead boats, as his partner, is not to be denied this time.
V and B crosses the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 23:19:15 (UTC), 17 days 10 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy France.
Aïna Enfance and Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier / Arthur Le Vaillant) finish second, just 17 and 42 seconds behind with Imerys Clean Energy only 35 miles from the line.
Imerys Clean Energy complete the podium finishing third, crossing the finish line 05 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds behind the eventual winner, V&B on Thursday 23rd of November at 04:33:41 (UTC) with a race time of 17 days, 15 hours 58 minutes and 41 seconds. Over the theoretical 4,357nm distance, Imerys Clean Energy sailed an actual distance of 4,539 nm, averaging 10.70 knots.
Imerys Clean Energy key achievements:
- Leader for 12 of the 17 day race
- Highest leading advantage of 41.1nm between 1st and 2nd place, the nearest being 9.1nm
- Ranked daily on the podium
- Winner of the doldrums strategy, achieving a 20.4nm advantage on exit
- Highest lead gained in severe oceanic conditions
- Loss of core weather data from day 3; intermittent low detail weather data from day 6 until the finish
- First over the start line
- New boat speed record achieved at 25.5 knots