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 30 Jan 2013
 


Just a few minutes ago Alex Thomson crossed the finish line of the Vendee Globe at Les Sables d'Olonne after 80 days 19 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds at sea. His average speed around the course was 12.6 knots and he actually covered 28, 022 miles at an average speed of 14.4 knots. (The race's theoretical distance is 24,393.41 nautical miles).

After Ellen MacArthur's second place in 2000 and Mike Golding's third in 2005, Alex Thomson becomes the third British skipper ever to finish on the podium of the Vendee Globe. His time substantially improves Golding's previous British solo race record from 2005, by 7 days 19 hours 52 minutes. After winner Francois Gabart and second placed Armel Le Cleac'h, Thomson has also smashed the previous race record of 84 days 03 hours 09 minutes set by Michel Desjoyeaux in 2009.

So hats off to the man who, all along, said that his main aim was to finish – and that after two previous attempts at the Vendee Globe which ended in disaster and disappointment. Approaching the Azores, third-placed Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec) suffered total keel failure, and Thompson – who lost his keel in the 2004 Vendee Globe – was quick to alter course in case assistance was required. A generous gesture which saw him throw away the chance of finishing inside 80 days.

Congratulations, Alex, on joining one of the most exclusive clubs in the world – the Solo Racing Circumnavigators Club.



Vendee Globe - The end is near + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is due to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne between 6am and 7am early tomorrow, Wednesday morning, and to process down the canal at approximately 8am. He is enduring similar conditions to those that were experienced by François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h, battered in the Bay of Biscay by 35 to 45 knots and very confused, unpleasant seas.... [more]
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RHKYC Class Regatta, Port Shelter, presented by Jeanneau
RHKYC,
Jeanneau will return as the presenting sponsor of the annual Class Regatta at the RHKYC, Shelter Cove, Sai Kung on 2 and 3 February 2013. The one-design classes of the RHKYC relocate from their usual urban territory in Victoria Harbour to the wilds of Port Shelter for the occasion. Around 50 boats will race against each other on RHKATI handicaps... [more]
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Andrea Francolini's unique photos of Festival of Sails 2013
Andrea Francolini,
Festival of Sails 2013 - Photographer Andrea Francolini provides his personal view of the event when searching for something ‘different.'... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Gamesa struggling to stay afloat
Emily Caroe,
Mike Golding onboard Gamesa has been working for the past 24 hours to resolve an issue with his keel. Investigations over the side of the boat with a camera yesterday evening revealed that the front fairing of the keel olive has been lost.... [more]
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Lady Sevenstar all women's team in 2013 Bay Regatta
Lies Sol,
Enthusiasm to join the first all-female sailing team to enter the 2013 Bay Regatta has been more than expected. 'We could almost have two teams,' says initiator Marieke Derks, marketing representative of Sevenstar Yacht Transport.... [more]
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In the Wake of Shackleton - so far so good
Lee Mylchreest,
To honour his remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, Ernest Shackleton's feat is being recreated. Australian Tim Jarvis is leading the expedition in the Alexandra Shackleton, a purpose-built, exact replica of Shackleton's 22.5-foot (6.9m) lifeboat, James Caird across the same stretch of open ocean and then attempt to cross the rugged peaks of South Georgia, as they did.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland confirmed as a stopover for two editions
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland has been confirmed as a stopover for two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The announcement was made at a media function attended by Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean race organisation, the Mayor of Auckland and representatives from Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. The NZD$5.5million event fee has been funded jointly by Auckland Council and the NZ Government.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Transcript of press conference with Armel Le Cleac'h
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
In the Vendee Globe, second place has also now been determined. Armel Le Cléac'h onboard Banque Populaire, crossed the Vendée Globe finish line Sunday 27th January 2013 at 17 hour 35 min 52 seconds GMT. He finishes the race in 78 days 5 hours and 33 minutes.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Transcript of press conference with Francois Gabart
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the winner has been decided. Gabart crossed the finish line onboard Macif at 15 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds, French time, setting a new solo round-the-world record of 78 day, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Beating Michel Desjoyeaux's record by 6 day 00 hours 53 minutes.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: François Gabart wins in new solo round-the-world record
Sabina Mollart Rogerson,
François Gabart crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 15 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds, French time, setting a new solo round-the-world record of 78 day, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Beating Michel Desjoyeaux's record by 6 day 00 hours 53 minutes.... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championships 2013 - Light wind drama
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 suddenly turned wide open and the outcome will likely come down to next Sunday's final race of the series following an incredible Race Four on Sydney Harbour on Sunday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emanating the spirit of sportsmanship + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart (Macif) is expected to cross the finish line between 10am and 1pm on Sunday 26th January, 2-5 hours before Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). The tide will allow the boats to enter the canal to Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne after 2PM.... [more]
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Matchrace Thailand at RVYC attracts quality entries
Morten Jakobsen,
Where to begin? The response to Matchrace Thailand this year has been overwhelming. There are more entries than can be accommodated for our back-to-back events - a Grade 5 warm up on 01 March and the Grade 3 Matchrace Thailand Open National Championship 2013 on 03 March. The kind of world ranking we are seeing among the participants this year could have pushed our events up to ISAF Grade 2!... [more]
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Captain Calamity - 15 rescues but he doesn't want saving
Sail-World Cruising,
At Sail-World we started writing about British catamaran sailor Glen Crawley in 2007, when RNLI members had said they had 'lost count' of the number of times they had rescued him. Then in 2008, after several more rescues, the Newquay harbourmaster imposed a ban on him setting sail alone until he gained a basic competency qualification. Years have passed but the rescues continue.... [more]
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Quantum Key West day 5 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
At Quantum Key West Race Week in Florida, Ingrid Abery was on deck to capture this gallery of images during day five's action.... [more]
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