Vendée Globe 2012-13: EC6 rigging once again passes the ultimate test EC6 bundled continuous carbon rigging has performed flawlessly for the third time during the iconic Vendée Globe round the world race. (Source: Southern Spars) Five of the top eight Open 60s which completed the 2012-13 Vendée Globe circumnavigation, including unofficial finisher Bernard … Read more
Congratulations Mike Golding (Source: Future Fibres) After 88 days, six hours and 36 minutes at sea, legendary British skipper Mike Golding completed his third Vendée Globe solo round the world race and his sixth circumnavigation of the planet! Crossing the line at Les Sables d’Olonne in sixth place, just hours behind French rival Jean Le … Read more
Navtec Rigging Dominates Vendée Globe (Source: Navtec) The Vendée Globe is unquestionably one of the toughest races on sailors and equipment. The non-stop single-handed around the world race takes the best of both just to finish, let alone reach the podium. Navtec, the rigging division of Lewmar, was chosen by all three podium finishers to … Read more
Tanguy keeps delivering. We love the constant stream of informative and sometimes outright hilarious media coming of ‘Initiatives Coeur’. La montée au mât de Tanguy de Lamotte por VendeeGlobeTV
© 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
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.