Photo Finish to Match-Race in Itajaí
Incredibly, just as the 2013 edition’s IMOCA race finished with a match race to the line between Initiatives Cœur and Team Plastique, Tanguy de Lamotte just pipping Alessandro di Benedetto, so again there was only metres and seconds separating eighth placed Newrest Matmut of Fabrice Amadeo and Eric Peron and ninth place Bureau Vallée of Louis Burton and Romain Attanasio.
The eighth IMOCA monohull crossed the finish line in Brazil in the Transat Jacques Vabre at 17h 37 '56' 'UTC Fabrice Amedeo and Eric Peron took 19 days 5 hrs 07 minutes 56 seconds at an average speed of 11.71 knots on the theoretical route of 5400 miles (10,000 km) from Le Havre to Itajaí. But Newrest-Matmut actually sailed 6037 miles on the water at an average speed of 13.09 knots. They are 2d 04h 45 '32' ‘ after first placed PRB
The ninth IMOCA monohull crossed at 17h 41 '33' UTC. Louis Burton and Romain Attanasio took 19 days 5hrs 11 minutes 33 seconds at an average speed of 11.71 knots on the theoretical route of 5400 miles
Bureau Vallée sailed 6017 miles on the water at an average speed of 13.09 knots, to 2d 04h 49 '09'’ after PRB.
The match race duel lasted almost three weeks! From the beginning to Le Havre, the two duos go head to head. They follow the same routing into the Irish low pressure.
Bureau Vallée at the most at 40 miles in their rivals but they closed up in the Doldrums. Burton and Attanasio were handicapped all the time by energy problems.
At Cabo Frio Burton and Attanasio had a lead of five miles with about 500 miles to cover . But the chasing duo refused to give in and passed. Through the final 24 hours there was a mile or so in it. But in the end it was Newrest-Matmut which stole eighth by just 3 minutes 37 seconds after than nineteen days of racing!