After a few minutes in second place just after the start of the VELUX5OCEANS race in La Rochelle, France, Brad overhauled the leading boat and was over the horizon within a few short hours. Luiz, Nitro, JC, and Wazzle followed on a RIB and we'll have some pictures up shortly.
Brad extended his lead overnight, running with full sail downwind in beautiful autumn conditions. As of 2000 CET/1400 EST Le Pingouin leads Operon by 16 miles, and continues to sail faster than his competition.
You can see the fleet's progress at the official VELUX5OCEANS tracker here, and check back later for Brad's own update and the photos of the start. Also check out Sailing Anarchy's story "Gone, Daddy, Gone" for links to the farewell ceremony on the dock and video coverage of the start. VELUX has a great movie up as well. Thanks for all the interest!
-Meaghan Van Liew