© Tanguy de Lamotte / Initiatives-Coeur Hi all, Bad news. This morning, after a good and fast night, I woke up from my third nap with a strange feeling. I did not hear anything specific but something was wrong … after quick checks I look out the window but couldn’t see the gennaker because … Read more
© JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team At 5:15am, Jean-Pierre Dick called his technical team to explain the strop (made out of manila fabric) which attached the forstay to the deck had broken. At the time of the incident, Virbac-Paprec 3 was sailing upwind in 30 knots of wind, with two reefs in … Read more
Bubi monte au mât / Bubi climbs the mast / Bubi… por VendeeGlobeTV ‘Bubi’ spend the festive period coming up with and implementing a replacement solution for his mainsail track and cars that keep giving him grieve. Up and running again, the chase is on.
(Source: Vendee Globe) For several days now, third-placed Jean-Pierre Dick has been unable to use two of his headsails – his staysail and gennaker – on Virbac-Paprec 3. The part that holds the top of the sail was broken. Despite the extreme southern latitude, Jean-Pierre Dick climbed up the mast last night (French time) for … Read more
© Mike Golding / Gamesa Mike Golding (Gamesa), was back up to speed on Sunday afternoon after Forties roared at Gamesa in the early hours of the morning. After a frustrating Friday in a hole, Golding was just starting to enjoy himself in 20 knots of wind when, at 0400hrs (UTC) a 35 knot gust … Read more
© Tanguy de Lamotte / Initiatives-Coeur © Tanguy de Lamotte / Initiatives-Coeur Tanguy de Lamotte had a spot of bother yesterday. Read his account here.
Check out Tanguy scaling his mast solo for one last check before diving into the southern latitudes. Make sure that you do your bit by ‘liking’ Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, the charity Tanguy is sailing for. Each ‘like’ equates to a 1 Euro donation which goes towards a child’s heart surgery. Do it – it costs you nothing.
www.energasailing.pl Quite a number of teams have already wrapped up their Vendee Globe campaign for a varity of reasons. Zbigniew Gutkowski did so quite literally. A Chinese jib, due to yet another Autopilot failure caused this hidious wrap of the genacker around the forestay. Amazingly, Gutek got the wrap eventually out without any major damage to … Read more
Sam Davies / Team Saveol Team Saveol is on her way again with a new rig configuration. Read more about it here.
Sam Davies explains the dismasting: “It was quite difficult conditions because I had just gone through the cold front and I had a really cross sea and to start with not much wind and the wind was just starting to establish itself around 25-30 knots and I had the right sails up for those conditions … Read more