Transat New York – Vendée 2016
On May 29, 2016, at 5:00 PM (French time), Morgan Lagravière took the helm for the start of this brand new solo race between New York and Les Sables d'Olonne, in the Vendée region of France. Part of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship, this West - East 3,100-mile transat across the North Atlantic is a real "warm-up" for the Vendée Globe.
14 participants, from seven countries, will start the race from the foot of Freedom Tower and head to the La Chaume canal in Les Sables d'Olonne.
After sustaining damage on the first day of the race, Morgan Lagravière had to return to Newport where his team was waiting for him. Once the damage had been quickly repaired, Morgan set off once again, albeit with one less foil! He was able to go head to head with his two main opponents, Yann Eliès (Queguiner - Leucémie Espoir) and Jean-Pierre Dick (St Michel - Virbac), which saw the three of them battle it out to the end!
Morgan crossed the finish line on June 12 in 9th place after 13 days, 5 hours and 59 minutes of racing.
Perils of the sea
Around midday (French time) on May 30, Morgan contacted his shore team to inform them he had hit a UFO (unidentified floating object), which had broken a foil and caused a small leak. He was diverted to Newport where he was met by Safran Sailing Team to carry out repair work. The technical team wasted no time taking control of the situation to ensure the repair work was carried out and the race could continue. On June 1, Morgan got behind the tiller of the Safran monohull and set off for Les Sables d'Olonne with just over one hundred miles separating him from the nearest opponents.