sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe - Upwind finish expected for Tanguy de Lamotte
Vendee Globe - Upwind finish expected for Tanguy de Lamotte

'Tanguy de Lamotte, Initiatives Coeur'    Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Coeur    Click Here to view large photo

In the Vendee Globe, Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to cross the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne between nine and ten (French time) on Sunday, February 17. It would give him a race time of around 98 days, 21 hours. But he will not be able to relax until he is home. He faces an upwind finish with more breeze than was expected – 15-18 knot easterlies – and in these conditions the rudder and daggerboard damage to his boat suffered on Sunday February 3 makes stability an issue. He will need to tack once more to the finish but the damage means both tacks are complicated.

'With a 15-knot wind almost coming from Les Sables so I'll have to tack to finish the race,' De Lamotte wrote. 'The bad news is, on that tack, I can't use my stabiliser and when I'm on the other tack, I'll have to keep the boat in an upright position so both rudder blades are in the water.'

In a call this afternoon he also spoke of the stress of the increasing maritime traffic. Collisions with fishing boats, not far de Lamotte, knocked out Louis Burton and Kito de Pavant in the first week of the race. 'I am just going through the middle of a fleet of fishing boats,' he said. 'You really have to be careful because the traffic is intense. I am currently on starboard tack towards the coast and I'm turning in the night onto a port tack to Les Sables d'Olonne.'

Tanguy de Lamotte, Initiatives Coeur - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Coeur  
His advantage is that he has been able take his time, as Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), is a long way behind him. De Lamotte, averaging 9.1 knots over the last 24 hours, is not racing against the clock. He has had a tough time coming back up the Atlantic, but it could have been tougher. This will be his first time around the world but also the first time for his boat, in its third Vendée Globe.

His Marc Lombard-designed Open 60 was launched in 1998 and was Catherine Chabaud’s Whirlpool in the 2000-01 edition. Chabaud, the first woman to finish the Vendée Globe, in the 1996-97 race, was in fifth place, just 500 miles from the finish when she dismasted on February 20, 2001, 250 miles west of the coast of north-west Spain and was forced to head for Vigo. In the next edition, Marc Thiercelin sailed the boat, re-named Pro-Form, but was forced to stop in New Zealand with technical problems, before sailing back to Les Sables out of the official ranking.

De Lamotte’s finishing time would have been good enough for fourth place in the 2000-01 edition. That race, won by Michel Desjoyeaux in 93 days 03 hours and 57 minutes, was the benchmark for him and his boat.

On another tally De Lamotte was even more successful. By Saturday his sponsor, Initiatives Cœur, had 165,000 likes on Facebook. That has been enough to fund heart operations in France for 13 children underprivileged children from around the world, with at least 14 likely by the finish. The operations are organised by the Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque charity, which De Lamotte has been supporting for almost a decade.

Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) is back on track for an arrival on February 21. After twisting his way slowly through the Azores high, he is in 22 knots northwesterlies that will take him south of the Azores archipelago. He has averaged 11.9 knots in the last 24 hours and covered 284.6 miles.

I'm now 160 miles away from the finish line, with a 15-knot wind almost coming from Les Sables so I'll have to tack to finish the race. The bad news is, on that tack, I can't use my stabiliser and when I'm on the other tack, I'll have to keep the boat in an upright position so both rudder blades are in the water. Let's meet in the Sables d'Olonne channel in 24 hours, I should be there around 11AM. I'm being very careful over the last nautical miles and enjoying the ocean and the nice weather. I can't wait to see you all again!

Earlier:
Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA, Initiatives Coeur): No more spinnaker for me, I hoisted the code zero sail and I'm finally sailing upwind, but it's raining, unfortunately. It looks like I'm getting seriously close to the finish line, honestly, it feels so strange...But that's what the plan was and I had been looking forward to sailing upwind so I'm happy. I'm now facing southerly wind on a starboard tack and I have my sight set on the finish line 300 miles away. I should cross it by the end of the night on Saturday so I hope to see you all on Sunday morning along the canal. In the meantime, I'll stay focused on the traffic and the settings of the boat. See you soon, face to face!

Vendee Globe website


by Vendee Globe

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106636

7:19 PM Sat 16 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2012 Vendee Globe

Related News Stories:

17 Feb 2013  Vendée Globe - Au petit matin tu arriveras
15 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Final act will test two skippers still at sea + Video
13 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race’s 24-year history
11 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc arrives ninth in Les Sables d’Olonne
09 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe Race - Hugo Boss makes podium with Doyle Sails
09 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe Race 2013 - Wavre seventh across the finish line
09 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Dominique Wavre takes seventh in Les Sables d’Olonne
08 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Emotion and reflection in Les Sables d’Olonne
07 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Brit Mike Golding 6th in historic third race finish
07 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Jean Le Cam takes fifth place
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















































ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde   
America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - 27th edition underway   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 claims line honours victory   
Saturday June 21st will feature the 39th One More time Regatta   
Rolex China Sea Race - Ragamuffin 90 extends unassailable lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US