Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Vendee Globe - Gamesa, SynerCiel, Mirabaud pass through first gate

by Vendee Globe on 4 Dec 2012
Dominique Wavre (SUI), Mirabaud © Dominique Wavre
In the Vendee Globe, the seasoned triumvirate of Gamesa’s Mike Golding, SynerCiel’s Jean Le Cam, and Mirabaud’s Dominique Wavre reached a significant point in the ongoing race after passing through the first gate at Aiguilles.

It was not an easy night for the Vendée Globe skippers. The agitated sea bashed the boats and forced the determined navigators to make constant sail changes. Those at the back are moving again. They appear to have been released from the chains of the St Helena High and the senior trio, Mike Golding (Gamesa) Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel), and Dominique Wavre’s (Mirabaud) passed through the first gate at Aiguilles.


How are they doing? How do they cope without lack of sleep, the incessant noise of the humming hull, cold and humidity? After more than three weeks of racing, covering nearly 7000 miles, the fatigue will be beginning to be felt; yet the race is young and they are not even a third of the way around the track. It’s only going to get worse. The sailors are now entering the Indian Ocean for the first time and beginning their solitary, arduous, journey away from land and civilisation. They must strike a balance between performance and disaster. They must not break but at the same time they won’t want to be left behind. This is the dilemma; find the limit but stay in the race.

The Leaders continue their mad stampede to the second gate, Crozet. They have 860 miles to go in changeable erratic winds, spinning quickly from west to northwest. They will endure this for the next three days until they arrive at Crozet and there, they will encounter a wallowing high.


The race leader, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) on this morning’s ranking was cruising steadily along at over 18 knots, and 33 miles behind, in second place, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) was a little faster 19.5 knots, the same speed as François Gabart (Macif).

Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) is on the warpath, unleashing the beast of a boat he calls his ‘weapon’, and chasing down the front-runners, with now only 10 miles between him, and third place, the Golden Boy Gabart’s transom.

This morning, he wrote; 'Restless night aboard Cheminées Poujoulat. Rough and wet. The wind is between 20 and 28 knots. It changes a lot but it is wonderful so I am happy. Early yesterday night, I had a very difficult sea, where the waves intersected, and suddenly become totally disorganized. Downwind, the boat was doing impressive jumps and then we smashed hard into the trough of the wave. The noise was very disturbing. It eventually settled, little by little. Cheminées Poujoulat kept driving haltingly into surfing waves, which resulted in gallons of water washing over the bridge. It’s going well and I feel that we finally advance substantially, sailing at the same speed as the system as the wind is settling.'

Last night, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) seemed to be struggling to stay with the front, with 120 miles between him and Bernard Stamm. No doubt he’ll be considering his options.

Mike Golding (Gamesa) has lead the senior trio through the Gate of Aiguilles. Today promises to be intense as overnight the differences between them significantly decreased. 40 miles between Mike Golding (Gamesa) and Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and then 25 miles behind is Dominique Wavre’s (Mirabaud). It will be a day of many transitions and paying close attention to the westerly wind that will be shifting to the south, gusting up to 35 knots.

500 miles behind, Javier Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) has finally been released from the vagaries of St. Helena. Travelling at 16 knots, he is feeling serene after fulfilling his job list of boat maintenance.

'On board Acciona I’ve had quite a lot of work. I have replaced three broken battens. I chose to spend some time on these repairs now before it all gets too difficult. This has meant that I have been going a little slower in the position reports but now I’m back 100%. This high pressure system seems to have taken a bit of a shine to me and it doesn’t seem to want to let me go. Right now I am on the eastern side of the high pressure system moving as far south as I can to get to the westerly winds. I’m still in good spirits but I have missed the ‘train’ with the first group. Let’s see if over the next few weeks I can catch up and join Mike’s group; I don’t see it being easy but I’m definitely going to give it a go.'

But for the pack at the back there is a great victory as Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM) has moved into 11th place, snatching it from Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) with only three miles between them. It will be a day of celebrations for him. And the fleet soldiers Vendee Globe website

Colligo Marine 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016 - Day 1 Video
Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head Day 1 of Audi Hamilton Race Week 2016 provided the first opportunity for Wild Oats XI and Scallywag to go head-to-head on an inshore race course. The two boats shadowed each other in the pre-race manoeuvres prior to the start of a race to Lindeman Island and back, starting in Dent Passage. Both boats made a fine spectacle as they reached to the northern tip of Dent Island before heading upwind
Posted on 21 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 U.S. National Championship - Argo advance
The Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course 2016 U.S. National Championship - As the breeze remained in the ESE direction overnight and began bucking an outgoing tide in the morning hours, the Melges 32 fleet at the 2016 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport was greeted with a lumpy, streaky race course, rewarding those teams that started clean and minimized maneuvers.
Posted on 21 Aug
2016 Melges 32 Nationals - A daily dose of Vitamina
The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours The 2016 Melges 32 Nationals hosted by Sail Newport began with a whimper as racing was postponed for a couple of hours allowing the northerly drainage breeze to give way to the impending northerly sea breeze.
Posted on 20 Aug