Gavignet and Thompson lead in the Krys Ocean Race
A wet and windy opening 24 hours saw Sidney Gavignet and Brian Thompson, so full of modest ambition before the start, leading the new 70-foot trimaran class in Oman Sail across the Atlantic from New York to Brest in the Krys Ocean Race.
With the five identical yachts powering along at up to 34 knots, the predictions of a fast time for the 2,900 miles were looking good and even a time-consuming repair to a broken daggerboard on Stève Ravussin’s Race for Water meant there were only 25 miles from front to back after over 24 hours and less than 14 miles, probably less when taking into account tactical positioning, covering the first four.
“We are just trying to hang on. It is as simple as that” Gavignet reported Sunday afternoon, “We have just had our first nose-down at 32kts. It was not so nice. Temperatures are warm but it is still difficult to sleep. It is all good on Oman Sail. Moshin (al Busaidi) and Fahad (al Hasni), the two Omani sailors in the crew, are doing great.”
But the chase was on from Sébastien Josse in Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Guichard in Spindrift, and Michel Desjoyeaux, who said that his Foncia team had taken longer than expected to adjust the set-up of the boat to both the conditions and his rivals.
In Porto, British Olympian Leigh McMillan was again setting the pace in The Wave, Muscat for his rivals in the Extreme Sailing Series. Jes Gram-Hansen, the Danish skipper of SAP, escaped serious injury after being catapulted overboard in a collision with Oman Air, skippered by the American Morgan Larson.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester City paid the price for not dealing with Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho's attempt to influence football's decision-makers is not working. In fact, it may have backfired
Piers Morgan 'hurt' after Arsenal legend Bob Wilson questions his support for the Gunners and labels him a 'pompous individual'
Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit