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    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.
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    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 ...
    Published on 11-26-2020 10:26 AM
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    Starting at 2:55 am on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday to assault the Jules Verne Trophy, Sodebo Ultim 3 evolves after a little more than 24 hours at sea off Portugal, it is 65 miles ahead of the gait chart. 'Idec Sport, record holder.
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    Published on 11-25-2020 01:11 PM
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    Thomas Coville's Sodebo Franck Cammas's Gitana teams departed yesterday in a duel
    match race around the world in quest of a new Jules Verne Trophy Record. Both teams
    are devouring the miles with the current edge going to Gitana which of this writing is at 494 miles under her pontoons
    with a 63nm advance of the Idec Sport Reference while Sodebo has 46nm ...
    Published on 11-25-2020 12:15 PM
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    As race leader Charlie Dalin starts to finally feel like he is on the threshold of the big south, where he will race for the first time in his life, his closest rival Thomas Ruyant reported damage to the port foil of his IMOCA LinkedOut

    Ruyant was resting inside his boat during last night, around 0200hrs UTC, when he heard ...
    Published on 11-25-2020 09:41 AM
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    While lying in second place in the South Atlantic, some 72 nautical miles behind leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia), Thomas Ruyant last night sustained damage to the port foil of his IMOCA LinkedOut. ...
    Published on 11-24-2020 09:55 PM
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    Departing Tuesday at 4.30 p.m. from its base in Lorient, Sodebo Ultim 3 crossed the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, at 02h 55min (French time), the starting line of the Jules Verne Trophy, located between the Créac'h lighthouse (Ouessant ) and that of Cape Lizard ...
    Published on 11-24-2020 09:21 PM
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    The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sets sail on the Jules Verne Trophy


    Lorient, wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Leaving Lorient shortly after 21:30 hours local time on Tuesday 24 November, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild launched onto an express delivery trip up to Ushant and the start line for their first Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Four hours later, the latest addition to the Gitana fleet was awaiting a front to roll through to set sail on the theoretical 21,760 nautical miles that make up this long, ...
    Published on 11-24-2020 11:02 AM
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    Leader mid South Atlantic, half way between Itajai and Cape Town


    It’s Not Usually Like This

    Dalin Fighting For Metres
    Davies, Burton Break South
    Destremau, Thomson in Repair Mode

    Charlie Dalin, Vendée Globe leader since yesterday morning, confirmed that he is in full ‘inshore mode, fighting for every metre I can gain,’ as he tries to break through to the southern ocean low pressure train ...
    Published on 11-24-2020 09:38 AM
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    © E.Stichelbaut / polaRYSE / Gitana S.A


    Departure postponed for today but a new window targeted for Thursday!


    Lorient, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Record hunting is not a bed of roses, but the many variables, which have inevitably been part and parcel of life for the Gitana Team and her crew since the start of standby, were known about by one and all before they decided to take on the Jules Verne Trophy. ...
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