Vendee Globe Proves Foils are the Future Of Ocean Racing
Banque Populaire, skippered by Armel Le Cléac’h in his third Vendee Globe, smashed the race record by nearly four days, completing the course in 74 days 3 hours 35 minutes 46 seconds thanks to the foils! British Sailor Alex Thompson finished second, 15 hours behind, after breaking one of his two foils on the run, and Jeremie Beyou placed third.
Three boats, five foils (due to Alex Thomspon breaking one). It’s a clear sign that the future of ocean racing will be in hydrofoiling yachts. As long as they can make the ocean passages without breaking that is...
When will we see one in the Hobart?