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    Published on 12-01-2020 09:04 PM
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    Couldn't help but try to imagine Kevin Escoffier's vision on his boat yesterday... Apocalypse description and more than limited reaction time... ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 03:20 PM
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    The day after crossing the equator, Sodebo Ultim 3 is sailing Tuesday morning off the northeastern tip of Brazil, near Natal. Thomas Coville and his seven team-mates managed to increase their lead a little on the board of Idec Sport (around 70 miles), holder of the Jules Verne Trophy.

    The passage ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 09:31 AM
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    After eleven and a half hours in his liferaft since being forced to abandon his IMOCA 60 PRB in strong winds and big seas 840 nautical miles SW of Cape Town, Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier was dramatically rescued by fellow competitor Jean Le Cam at around 0118hrs UTC this Tuesday morning.

    Escoffier was racing in third place on the 22nd day of the Vendée Globe solo round ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 11:00 PM
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    At 2:18 am French time, the PRB team was informed of the rescue of Kevin Escoffier by Jean Le Cam. At the HQ since the beginning of the evening, the President of PRB, Jean-Jacques Laurent, assisted minute after ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 10:09 AM
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    UPDATE #3

    Here is what has happened since Kevin Escoffier triggered the distress beacon on his IMOCA PRB on Monday November 30 at 2:46 p.m. in the Roaring Forties, on the 22 nd race day of the Vendée Globe. Triggered immediately by the race director, the research initiated by Jean Le Cam, first to arrive in the area, is continuing with the support of three IMOCAs who were also confused.

    Since Kevin Escoffier warned ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 12:18 AM
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    After more than twenty days of sailing, the pecking order is becoming clearer with the leader Charlie Dalin expected to pass the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope on Monday. The South Atlantic has not been very kind for more than ten days, but the weather pattern concerning the St. Helena high is now allowing the two groups of chasers not to lose any more ground. The first Southern low-pressure system is meanwhile developing off Cape Town…

    The Cape of Good Hope is coming ...
    Published on 11-29-2020 10:44 PM
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    Sodebo Ultim 3 entered the Doldrums last night, a vast area north of the equator, in which the trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres converge and which generates squalls and bubbles without wind. Hence a slowdown this morning, which should only be temporary for Thomas Coville and his crew, expected at the equator next night after about five days at sea.

    After a day of Saturday at 30 knots on average heading straight south, the “Sodeboys” have been facing the vagaries of the famous Doldrums since last night. This broad band which, north of the equator, stretches from the ...
    Published on 11-29-2020 06:36 PM
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    With Jérémie Beyou ( Charal ) crossing the equator , the entire racing fleet now stretches out into the South Atlantic. And if Charlie Dalin ( Apivia ) has conquered a quarter of the road and is on the way to free himself from the pangs of this ocean to negotiate with the harshness of another, the Indian, from tomorrow, the rest of the fleet will also have lived the road which separates South America from South Africa with the awareness of change.

    Since Jérémie Beyou, guest of the Vendée Live this afternoon, crossed the imaginary border from the equator to his Charal , 32 of the 33 IMOCAs entered in this Vendée Globe have reached the southern hemisphere. The only thing missing is CORUM L'Epargne , which was stopped in Cape Verde by dismasting.

    The southern hemisphere ...
    Published on 11-27-2020 03:18 PM
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    At approximately 19:00 UTC this evening (Friday 27th November) – 19 days into the Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race – Alex Thomson notified his technical team on shore of damage to the starboard rudder of his HUGO BOSS boat.

    The team immediately advised Thomson to disconnect ...
    Published on 11-27-2020 03:00 PM
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    The Gitana Team interrupts its Jules Verne Trophy attempt
    After three days at sea on their first round the world record attempt, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, in agreement with Cyril Dardashti, the director of the five-arrow racing stable, have this evening taken the decision to interrupt their record bid and return to their port of registry. ...
    Published on 11-27-2020 12:28 PM
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    Gitana Team’s Maxi-soundbites from the ocean, Season 1 - Episode #1
    Batten down the hatches, pin back your ears, and above all buckle up before you allow yourself to be carried away by the force of the ocean, the howling wind and the power of the elements aboard the Maxi ...
    Published on 11-27-2020 11:14 AM
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    Sodebo Ultim 3, which has covered 755 miles in 24 hours, averaging 31.5 knots, is sailing at the latitude of the Canaries this morning, with a 124-mile lead on the table of Idec Sport, holder of the Jules Trophy. Verne. After the first 48 hours ...
    Published on 11-27-2020 10:05 AM
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    As second placed Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut) completed surgery to his port foil yesterday and scaled his mast again to sort out his various issues, Charlie Dalin (Apivia) leads the 32 boat Vendée Globe fleet into the south with a margin, already at 200 nautical miles, which looks set to grow.
    Published on 11-26-2020 01:05 PM
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    At the same time as Alex Thomson euphorically announced this morning that ‘the Boss is Back’ after the British skipper completed four days and nights of structural repairs to the inside of the bow of HUGO BOSS, his French rival, second placed Thomas Ruyant and his team are deciding what to do about the damaged port foil on his LinkedOut. Despite their respective challenges to win the Vendée Globe being compromised for the moment, both skippers remain highly motivated

    The danger in leaving the compromised foil as it is is that it may break off and cause collateral damage to the hull of his IMCOA or indeed the outrigger support ...