sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe - Battle continues as Gabart sets new record + Video
Vendee Globe - Battle continues as Gabart sets new record + Video

'Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe'    Vincent Curutchet / DPPI

In the Vendee Globe, the forecast for the finish keeps changing with the evolution of the Azores High ahead of the leaders, but one thing seems certain, barring multiple failures in all of the first four boats, the record will be broken.

On Monday it looked like a January 26 and a 77-day finish, on Tuesday the long range forecast and routing suggested it might be January 27 or 28.


'I still say January 26, but it is not possible for anyone to know the weather this far out,' Denis Horeau, the Vendée Globe race director, said. 'January 26 would be 77 days and that would be significant for two reasons. First of all because of Jules Verne (author of the famous French adventure book 80 Days Around the World) and because that was what multihulls were doing just 15 years ago.

'Then, it is incredible because of the previous 84-day record by Michel Desjoyeaux (2008-09). But we have to be careful here because in fact it was 84 days, it was 84 less 40 hours in port (Desjoyeaux returned to port to make repairs after the start of the last edition). But 77 days would be remarkable.'

There are four boats who are likely to break the 84-day mark and all may even be able to claim that they went around the world alone in 80 days – although Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) would need a fast finish.

'There are four boats and big difference has been the fleet has been very compact,' Horeau said. 'Previously the adventurers were satisfied to make it around the world, now everyone is sailing very fast. Nobody seems to be hurt, fragile or plagued by problems and big dangers on board. It’s even different to the last edition because we had slow boats and people were sick.'

The last skipper in 2008-9 finished more than 42 days after Desjoyeaux, in 2004-05 the gap was 38 days; in 2000-01, 64 days; in 1996-97, 34 days; in 1992-93, 43; and in 1989-90, 53 days. This time Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) should finish within 20 days of the winner.

There are places the race could have been faster – not least in the first two weeks, when they did not break the record to the Equator, the only major mark (Jean Le Cam’s 10 days 11 hours and 28 minutes from 2004-05) not rewritten by this race. But Horeau does not the think the positioning of the ice gates has slowed them down this time.

'In 2008 we kept them up in the Pacific (because of icebergs) and this time we did it in the Indian Ocean,' Horeau said.

The apparently unstoppable Francois Gabart (Macif) continues to break records and set a new Vendée mark for the return to the equator when he crossed at 1341hrs UTC on Tuesday. The 29-year-old’s time of 66 days 1 hour and 39 minutes, broke another of the records of his mentor, Michel Desjoyeaux, the 71 days 17 hours and 12 minutes, set when he won in 2008-9.

Though it is normal to slow down towards the equator and the doldrums where the fleet normally compresses, such has been Gabart’s speed that Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), in second, will have been relieved to have won back 69 miles in the last 24 hours.

Francois Gabart, Macif - 2012 Vendee Globe -  © François Gabart / MACIF  

Likewise Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3), in third, who has been the fastest in the fleet for the last 24 hours, averaging 15.9 knots with 381 miles, but with a slightly worse VMG than Le Cléac’h.

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), in fourth, has watched Dick stretch away to 224 miles ahead, but has not lost to Gabart, who is 870 miles ahead. As the most westerly of the skippers he is hoping for an easier doldrums.

'I’m almost undoubtedly going to cross the doldrums further west than all those three boats and in theory a more westerly doldrums crossing is more secure and less disruptive,' Thomson told Vendée Globe TV live.

'For me the chances to catch up are number one the doldrums and number two hopefully the guys will be slowed by the Azores high and maybe there’s a chance of me getting into the westerlies a bit further west of everybody else. We just have to wait and see, it’s too early to say.'


Replay : Le live du Vendée Globe du mardi 15... by VendeeGlobeTV

After being caught and passed overnight, Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) has escaped again to the west, somehow finding a band of tradewind easterlies in the godforsaken windless hole the four behind him are mired in. Mike Golding (Gamesa) was becalmed on Tuesday afternoon, averaging just 1.6 knots over the last four hours compared to Le Cam’s 15.7 knots. Le Cam has skipped away, 64 miles in the lead.

Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered), like Golding, to the east, has fared almost as badly. His charge is over, or at least on pause, and he was averaging 4.4 knots, 176 miles behind Golding. Ninety miles further down the leaderboard and to the west, Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud), was averaging just 4.6 knots. At a glance, Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) was recovering, averaging 7.6 knots, but he has veered to Uruguay (that’s not a euphemism) and was averaging just 1.1 knots of VMG.

The latest charts suggest that Golding is back into some 13 knots southeasterlies, but as he has bemoaned, the charts have been lying and regardless the road ahead looks far from simple. The true picture for all five boats will take days to emerge.


Day 67 highlights by VendeeGlobeTV

Alex Thomson (GBR, Hugo Boss): I finally got rid of the beard, I did a bit of a comedy beard for my fans on Facebook but I think I looked more like a Mexican porn star than anything else. There will be the natural extension, compression game, so I will probably lose for another day, day and a half, two days and then maybe be even and then maybe I’ll gain a little bit as Jean-Pierre (Dick) goes through the doldrums. There’s a good possibility with my position at the moment. I’m almost undoubtedly going to cross the doldrums further west than all those three boats and in theory a more westerly doldrums crossing is more secure and less disruptive, so maybe there’s a chance to make some miles there.

The last time I’ve done this course was in 2003, the défi Atlantique return race from the Jacques Vabre from Salvador to La Rochelle, that was the race that I broke the 24hr world record in. So, I’m familiar with the course, there’s not too much to it now. For me the chances to catch up are number one the Doldrums and number two hopefully the guys will be slowed by the Azores high and maybe there’s a chance of me getting into the westerlies a bit further west of everybody else. We just to wait and see, it’s too early to say. At the moment it does look difficult if you’re looking a week, ten days ahead at the weather, which isn’t very reliable, it doesn’t look terribly easy to get past the Azores high. So that’s positive for me.

Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA, Team Plastique): There is no security problem on the boat. The (gennaker) halyard is broken but when you see the weather conditions, it is not possible to try to climb on the mast for the moment. I can only use some sails and my average is going to drop, it is only a matter of boat speed. I'm fine and I keep on with my cleaning the. The most important thing is that I'm OK. I could have lost the bowsprit... Within four days I should be at the Cape Horn.

Alessandro Di Benedetto, Team Plastique - 2012 Vendee Globe -  © Alessandro Di Benedetto / Team Plastique  

Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA, Initiatives cœur) - (About his Cape Horn crossing): It's nice, everything is all right. I'm happy, it's really great. Yesterday (Monday), it was typical Cape Horn condition with 30 knots of wind and a lot of sea. But this morning I managed to see the islands, so it was great. Now it is quiet and I sail well. It really was a great Cape Horn.

I was really happy to see the dry land. I was also really happy to discover the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. I discovered amazing things even though there were difficult moments. I am very happy and I have to keep on going like that. I'll try to catch Bertrand de Broc...

Tanguy De Lamotte, Initiatives-Coeur - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA) / Initiatives Coeur  

Mike Golding (GBR, Gamesa): It feels good (to be ahead of Le Cam), but to be honest he might get ahead again, but it is really about the east-west separation at the moment and not distance to finish which is a bit arbitrary. Jean may have some more pressure just now and come back, but longer term I am looking at being at the rotation of the high earlier. I don’t like the idea of being on the coast, it always feels like you are in a corner and if anything changes you can get stuck. Yesterday I had a shave, the beard came off. And it was raining so hard in the end I bit the bullet, got my Ecover washing up liquid and had a full body wash. I’ll tell you what, it was cold, but once you get over the initial shock it was OK. Then I had a full change of clothes, new boots, new sleeping bag. And I had a good meal, Thai green curry, and Christmas pudding with custard. It is lovely to be clean!

Mike Golding, Gamesa - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Mike Golding Yacht Racing ©  

Dominique Wavre (SUI, Mirabaud): I'm fine, there is some sun, but absolutely no wind. But I remain positive, because the weather is nice. I was able to dry my clothes. We are many in the same situation. I have to keep the faith even if it is unpleasant here.

Anyway, being able to dry your clothes, take your boots off, was really something. It was like a rebirth after 40 days in the cold. These are great moments and I want to enjoy them. I'm listening to some music and making some coffee. I'm super happy here.

Javier Sanso (ESP, ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered): We are finally going to know our results when we have Cabo Frio to one side of us (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). There are now all different tactics and strategies to get to the north in whatever way we choose, especially in the next three days that are showing variable winds and areas of calm all along this area on the way up to Cabo Frio...My option to continue more eastwards is now looking good and I hope that it is indeed the case, but it might not be so in five days time and those on the inside can then make a quick recovery. I have preferred to go for the outside option: the option to go further in to the coast might be good, like it worked for Alex, but I think this generally works just one in ten times.

Jean Le Cam (FRA, SynerCiel) - (About his fight with Mike Golding): I'm ahead of Mike once again but the situation is complicated and variable so it is not easy. I've been fighting with him for a long time now. I would have preferred something else, but it's like that, it's my destiny. I do a lot of weather and route forecasts at the moment. I don't miss any weather file and I spend a lot of time on it because it changes very quickly and you have to remain vigilant. I also did a little inventory to see where we are. And then a few repairs and videos.

Vendee Globe website


Matossage à bord de Virbac-Paprec 3 by VendeeGlobeTV


Tanguy de Lamotte fier d'être cap-hornier by VendeeGlobeTV


Nuit australe pour Alessandro Di Benedetto by VendeeGlobeTV


Le gennaker d'Alessandro à l'eau by VendeeGlobeTV


Armel Le Cléac'h au large du Brésil by VendeeGlobeTV


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=105614

5:25 PM Tue 15 Jan 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:

16 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Tough, long night for Golding
16 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe Race – East-bound Gamesa overtakes SynerCiel
15 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - It was not a euphemism + Video
14 Jan 2013  Vendée Globe – Locked in battle
14 Jan 2013  Vendée Globe - Golding catching up to Le Cam + Interview
14 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Fatigue taking a toll on mind, body and soul + Video
13 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe Race – Golding’s Gamesa closing in on Le Cam’s SynerCiel
13 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe – Macif’s Gabart makes furious push towards finish
13 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Of jury decisions and ice cream cravings + Video
13 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Golding recharges his batteries
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

It’s hot, hot, hot in Miami for the third day of Star racing in the 88th Bacardi Cup and it is the last day the Stars will be alone on the bay, as tomorrow the remaining classes, J/70, M32, Viper 640 and VX One, will begin racing in the sixth BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank. ... [more]  

If there was any takeaway for competitors in the regatta's first three races, it's that walking away with the title of Farr 40's Midwinters Champion is not going to be an easy feat. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race – Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed under 5,000 miles to the Barcelona World Race finish line and also crossed over their own outbound track. ... [more]  

Reflecting on his team’s performance on Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright said the youngest crew in the race had sailed its best leg to date. 'It was our most complete leg so far. But like all these legs it had its ups and downs,' said the 30-year-old Enright. 'From a navigation and tactics point of view, we stayed with the group and were hard-charging ... [more]  

Damian Foxall (IRL), one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) for the forthcoming Leg 5. Caudrelier and Foxall were on the Groupama boat that won the 2011-12 edition. The Irishman was the natural choice when Dongfeng’s skipper looked for an experienced sailor to bolster his line-up for the 6,776-nautical mile (nm) stage from Auckland ... [more]  

Marine industry experts from around the world will convene next week in the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin for the fifth High Performance Yacht Design conference. This three-day technical conference, ninth to 11th March, is the latest for those who make it their business to push the performance boundaries of yachts both power and sail. ... [more]  

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is buzzing today with race crews arriving to register for the Gill Commodore's Cup. Over 2000 sailors are expected to take part and many of them have sailed their yachts to St.Maarten from neighbouring islands. ... [more]  

The competition for the 2015 Delta Lloyd Regatta looks promising. Especially the registrations for Laser and Laser Radial are well under way. International top sailors like Marit Bouwmeester (Laser Radial) and Bundock & Curtis (Nacra17) are up to the challenge in Medemblik from 24 - 30 May 2015. Races will start from 26 May onwards. ... [more]  

The 21 Swan yachts competing in the second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean could not have asked for a more perfect start to the event's four scheduled days of racing in Virgin Gorda. After a rip-roaring race around the island accompanied by 20 to 22 knots of breeze and some serious waves, Swan 80 Selene was the victor in Class A (18.29m and above) while Swan 53 Music led yachts in Class B ... [more]  

Studio Borlenghi provide some of these stunning shots from Day 1 of 2015 Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. ... [more]  

It can be the most frustrating stage of non-stop round the world racing. After completing the difficult, stressful four or five weeks in the big south, there is an almost inbuilt expectation that, by comparison, after rounding Cape Horn and passing the Falklands milestong, racing up the Atlantic life should be a bowl of cherries. ... [more]  

2015 EFG Winter Cup - Miami is known as the gateway to Latin America. For Viper sailors, it may also be the jumping off point for points east. If you hailed from an island in the Atlantic Ocean, you probably did well at the Winter Cup. ... [more]  

EFG Bank Pan American Championship 2015 - Things are about to get hot in the Viper 640 class, with two Miami regattas in Miami this week, culminating in the EFG Bank Viper 640 Pan-American Championship held during BACARDI Miami Sailing Week, one of the Class’s major championships. ... [more]  

2015 RYC Midwinters overall by Luis Kitchen, San Francisco Bay
For the third year in a row Jonathan Weston aka Hot Donutz wins the RYC Midwinters in a competitive four day series. ... [more]  

2015 Squirrel Bank Regatta - Overall report by Andy Kopetzky, Southern California
Short close chop, hobby-horsing to weather and donning layers of foul weather gear was the order of the day at Del Rey Yacht Club's annual Squirrel Bank Regatta. ... [more]  

Without cutting edge design and engineering, no one wins the America's Cup. In pursuit of their goal, the British team has developed their own sophisticated 3D sailing simulator, modelled on those used by the world of motorsport. ... [more]  

OTUSA AC45 Turbo workout images by pressure-drop.us ... [more]  

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – A fleet of 21 Swan yachts, comprising an array of different models from seven different countries and territories will contest an eagerly anticipated week of action in the Virgin Gorda archipelago, the British Virgin Islands tomorrow, Wednesday 4 March. ... [more]  

Photographer Tim Wright captured some of these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda. ... [more]  

Gill Commodore's Cup - Entries on the increase by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The Gill Commodore's Cup consists of one day of racing as a stand alone event, immediately prior to the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and is open to all boat categories taking part in the main event (excluding the Lottery Class). This year there is a record entry with over 70 yachts expected to be taking part. Several tight windward leeward races are planned for the fast performance yachts ... [more]  

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Ryan Houston from Team Alvimedica. He talks about wanting to sail on a Kiwi boat in the next race - how this race compares with the others in which he has sailed - how small gains seem to be paying well - the vexed issue of AIS on tactics, and more ... [more]  

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Dave Swete from Team Alvimedica. A product of the RNZYS Youth Program, Swete is on his second Volvo Ocean Race. He touches on the differences between the two programs, the impact that AIS is having on the racing and plenty more ... [more]  

Sail-World.com's New Zealand Editor caught up with Race Director, Jack Lloyd on the floor of the sail-loft in the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard. In this 15 minute interview, Lloyd gives his view of the progress made as a result of adopting the Volvo 65 One Design - with all boats having finished every leg (with one exception - Vestas Wind). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Image gallery - Tour of the Boatyard by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Yesterday Volvo Ocean Race threw open the barriers and let the media have an inside view of the Boatyard at the Viaduct Events Centre The area is open to the public (stay behind the safety barriers) where you can see the boats on the hard, and look inside the Events Centre which has been converted into a massive sail and rigging loft. ... [more]  

Artemis Racing took their development AC45 out on San Francisco Bay, yesterday. Videographer, John Navas was there to catch all the action on high resolution video. ... [more]  

The countdown to the 46th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar has begun in the bay of Palma from 28th March to 4th April. With less than a month to go until the start of the event, the regatta has already around 700 teams (667) from 59 nations representing the five continents. ... [more]  

2015 RC44 Championship Tour - With less than a month to go, eleven teams are eagerly anticipating the season-opener set to take place in Malta's renowned capital of Valletta, the historic 'City of Knights', from 25-29 March. ... [more]  

The 2015 US Grand Slam Series will take place within the month of August, beginning a couple weeks earlier and in a different order than previous editions. The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Chicago Match Race Center, and Oakcliff Sailing organizers are pleased to announce that Requests for Invitation are being accepted now and all venues anticipate high demand. ... [more]  

A beautiful sunny Miami welcomed Star sailors to the first day of the 88th Bacardi Cup. One race is scheduled for each day of the 6-day event as part of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank. With winds around 10 knots from the East, the racing area was set about 1 ¾ miles south of Dinner Key Channel. The course is set at 95 degrees with two-mile legs, which will test sailors ... [more]  

It’s been a month since the International Paralympic Committee publicized its decision to drop sailing from the slate of sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Since then ISAF has stepped up to lead the appeal for reinstatement. At US Sailing, we believe ISAF leadership is critical to our chances of overturning this decision, and we are pleased to see President Carlo Croce take this on himself ... [more]  

Top international photographer, Chris Cameron is working out of the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. ... [more]  

The first WWA Pro Card Qualifier presented by Malibu boats is set for March 22, 2015, hosted once again by Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida. The WWA Pro Card events have been created to separate the top riders in the world and recognize them as elite. ... [more]  

NZ Rigging Supplied the Mast and Rigging package for Adrian Walters new Shaw 11 mtr 'Little Nico'. The mast is a High Modulus mast with internal locks on all halyards, internal mast jack, one piece Nomex cored box section boom, and composite rigging.cored box section boom, and composite rigging. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Easier miles at the front
2015 North American Hobie 16 to be held at Pensacola Yacht Club
2015 Hobie Mid-Winter East North America
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel faced big challenges – Recap Leg 4
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 – 66 best yachts and 600 mile thrilling race
ACWS Portsmouth ticket launch – Watch top sailors battling it out
E.E. Manning Regatta – NHYC kids hold it together in restless weather
2015 California Dreamin’ Series-Long Beach Stop – A close fight
Delivery of Phaedo3 MOD 70
Premiere Racing stepping aside after their 21st Key West Race Week
Sol having Serious Fun at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Barcelona World Race – 60 Days at Sea– Atlantic opens up for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - Media Conference and more
Volvo Ocean Race: Iker Martinez returns to Mapfre as skipper
Miami Sailing Week – Bacardi Cup preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature
Farr 40 International Circuit - Plenty team hungry for more
Coast Guard continues search for San Diego sailor
Sonar Class has a new builder for Sonar
Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - An island-wide effort   
Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4   
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4   
Volvo Ocean Race-Brasileiro ajuda barco espanhol a vencer quarta etapa   
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition   
Eight minutes between Podium players as Spanish win VOR leg 4   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - fleet arrives in Auckland and the winner is   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - the fleet approaches Auckland   
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 10 miles to Auckland finish   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Third time lucky for happy Hap   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Finish - Auckland - Live Video and Updates   
Barcelona World Race - Neutrogena crosses Cape Horn with 40 knots wind   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Natty Rico will close the final night   
Barcelona World Race - At Cape Horn memories are made. and recalled   
Big winds for SCYA Manning Regatta at ABY Club   
Hutchinson and Roble honored at US Sailing’s Rolex Awards ceremony   
Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open   
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!   
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams   
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT