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Caudrelier leads Arkea Ultim Challenge fleet around Cape Horn

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Long time leader of the Arkea Ultim Challenge solo multihull race around the world, French skipper Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has led the six-boat fleet around Cape Horn.

Caudrelier passed the famous landmark at 17:08:20hrs UTC on Tuesday. His elapsed time for the passage from the race start is 30 days, 4 hours 38 minutes and 20 seconds. The rounding means French skipper has now led the race at all three of the course’s ‘great capes’ and has now begun the 7,000-mile ascent of the Atlantic to the finish line Brest.

Because of a big storm at Cape Horn over the weekend, Caudrelier had to put his race on hold, going very slowly for some 48 hours to avoid the heinous weather system. He sped up again on Sunday evening to head east again and arrive at Cape Horn this Tuesday evening.

The passage of Cape Horn represents an important moment of deliverance for generations of sailors. Caudrelier’s prudence was rewarded with moderate to fresh northerly winds which allowed him to pass at between 20 to 30 knots of boat speed this evening.

Second placed Armel Le Cléac’h (Maxi Banque Populaire XI) and third placed Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3) are expected at Cape Horn this weekend.