sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe - Runaway leaders due to hit Cape Horn + Video
Vendee Globe - Runaway leaders due to hit Cape Horn + Video

'Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe'    © Jean-Pierre Dick / Paprec Virbac / Vendée Globe

In the Vendee Globe, the two runaway leaders are due at Cape Horn from around 1730hrs UTC (1830hrs French time) this afternoon with the youngest skipper on the course, François Gabart (Macif) expected to be first to pass the longitude of the infamous rock, the most southerly point of the course, on his very first attempt at the solo nonstop around the world race.

At 50 miles to the third and most feared of the race’s three Great Capes, 29-year-old Gabart was leading Le Cléac’h by some 35 miles, just as he also did at Cape Leeuwin, the second Cape, on the evening of December 14th. The top duo have traded the lead 15 times since SW Australia’s Leeuwin, but once more it is Gabart who emerges with the upper hand at a focal point of the race.

The Macif skipper seems set to add to his growing collection of Vendée Globe records. After improving the elapsed time mark from Les Sables d’Olonne to Cape Leeuwin by two days, two hours and 24 minutes, Gabart should now also lower the best time from the start to Cape Horn by something close to four days and nine hours. The bar was set by his project manager and mentor Michel Desjoyeaux in January 2009 at 56 days 15 hours and 08 minutes en route to winning his second Vendée Globe crown. Race rookie Gabart has also already set a new best time for the passage of the Indian Ocean. Le Cléac’h – who finished second to Desjoyeaux in the last race – looks to be around two to 2.5 hours behind.


Dernier jour dans le Pacifique « plutôt glauque... by VendeeGlobeTV

With a proliferation of ice around their route, carefully monitored by CLS and the Chilean and Argentinian air forces, the leading duo are expected to slow to a more prudent pace. Gabart was making 18kts in the early afternoon but on the 1500hrs UTC ranking had slowed to 14kts. They should be delivered from the Pacific Ocean in SW’ly winds of around 20kts. Even a hint of blue skies are expected to add lustre to one of this historic race’s most memorable passages, conditions which are very much contrary to the hardest Cape’s reputation for fierce, freezing winds and mountainous seas. With a large high pressure system attached to the South American peninsula over offering only light winds, the leaders are expected to continue east on a long starboard gybe, ultimately passing to the east of the Falkland Islands.

When the duo double Cape Horn in rapid succession it will be the closest passage of recent editions. In 2009 Roland Jourdain was very nearly nine hours behind leader Desjoyeaux and in 2005 Jean Le Cam lead Vincent Riou by nearly 15 hours.

Speaking on Vendée Globe LIVE today, double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux said: ' I’m not surprised to see François and Armel so close. They’re both such good regatta specialists, they can relish the close proximity. But doing that for such a long period is exceptional, it’s been going on for 15 days, so psychologically it must be so demanding. I’m sure they’d actually prefer to be a little further away from each other. But they will fight hard until the end. Maybe strategy and choices will make a difference in the next few hours.'


Replay : Le live du Vendée Globe du 1 janvier by VendeeGlobeTV

The fortunes of those skippers who are giving the most immediate chase appear to wax and wane. Jean-Pierre Dick has found the winds conspire against him as he anticipates his sixth passage of Cape Horn. Having initially had a direct course towards the mark, Dick has had to reposition to the south and therefore lost more than 150 hard earned miles. The opposite fate is being offered to Briton Alex Thomson who has a fast, direct course. Quickest in the fleet again today, the speedy Hugo Boss skipper has made 111 miles on Dick since the morning of 30th December and is now 470 miles behind the Frenchman. JP on Virbac-Paprec 3 is currently estimated to be at Cape Horn around one day and seven hours after the leader.

Ice berg at Cape Horn - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Vendee Globe ©  
'Rounding Cape Horn is a special moment.' Confirms Desjoyeaux, 'But the reputation of the Cape really dates back to centuries ago. So nowadays, it’s more of relief than anything else. You simply can’t wait to get out of the Southern oceans and feel closer to land. Some skippers will see their first land since Spain. Sometimes, you even don’t care about not sailing flat out because you’re just relieved the conditions are better and you’re closer to civilization. But it’s not like they can relax or anything, the ice is a real concern and they’ll have to be extremely careful.'

Michel Desjoyeaux, FRA, double winner of the Vendée Globe: (on hydrogenerator problems): The hydrogenerator issue is always a tricky one, it’s so hard to pick the right type of hydrogenerator. Because they’re more and more efficient, sailors take less fuel with them on board because they can rely on their hydrogenerators. Alex Thomson is in the same configuration and he’s facing the same problems. The thing is, these hydrogenerators need to be trialled and tested in real race conditions, but only the Vendée Globe provides situations where you sail at more than 20 knots for hours, and sometimes days. Bernard was really counting on his hydrogenerators to produce energy, so it must be a serious disappointment for him.

François Gabart has called me only once so far, and it was more because he needed to talk than anything else. We also exchanged mails, very short ones. It’s sad to see some peple just can’t believe and admit he is actually relaxed. When he says he’s having fun and having a blast, he means it…

Jean-Pierre Dick, FRA, Virbac-Paprec 3: I lost quite a lot of miles last night because I had to go south a little bit to have a straighter route to Cape Horn. I sleep pretty well in the evening but I’m having more troubles falling asleep during the night, which is unusual for me. I’m focusing on the upcoming Cape Horn passage, it’s going to be complicated, I think it will be my fourth, but it’s still a special moment. The leaders are doing great, it will be tough to catch up with them. My New Year celebration was a simple one: Some foie gras (which still hasn’t gone bad) and a few phone calls to friends. I’m saving my bottle of champagne for Cape Horn. I hope 2013 will be a great year.


Jean-Pierre Dick nous souhaite le meilleur pour... by VendeeGlobeTV

Bernard Stamm (SUI, Cheminées Poujoulat): There’s water coming inside the cabin, I’m not sure where it comes from… I’ll be happier when we reach nicer weather. I don’t mind the wet but what I miss the most is the sun. I’ve been in the fog and the gray clouds with a 200-metre visibility since New-Zealand. The boat still needs to be worked on, I’ll have to fix the pedestal winch once more once I’m done with the gate. It’s still not working and every time I have to manoeuvre, it’s extremely tough physically. I’ve had so many issues. It started in Portugal, when the hydrogenerator started acting weird. As far as the winch is concerned, I know it will never be completely back to normal until I reach Les Sables d’Olonne.

All I can do now is make sure its basic functions work, but I can’t do more. I just don’t understand why we left with such a piece of equipment. Because I had two hydrogenerators, I left with much less fuel because I thought I could rely on them to sail around the world. We played it safe, of course, but we just couldn’t imagine some parts would be undersized, it’s been built like a lego toy, not like a serious piece of equipment. People keep telling me I can’t take care of everything myself, I need to let go and trust other people. But when I do, look at what happens! And I end up having to deal with all that by myself. If I could do it all again, I’d control everything. It’s such a shame to find out you just can’t trust people. There’s been so much time, energy and skills spent on this project, to end up with such a mediocre piece of equipment… I’m angry, and I think it’s justified.

It’s been a total pain since Portugal, it’s made my life miserable. 95% of the boat is doing great, it’s a racing machine, but the other 5% are ruining it all. It’s so frustrating and it’s cost me so much energy. But you know, it’s not like dismasting or losing your keel, I’m still in the race, it’s not too bad. But when I look back at our preparation, it’s obvious the container we hit during the Transat Jacques Vabre hurt us a lot in the long term.'

Vendee Globe website


Jolies couleurs pour Team Plastique by VendeeGlobeTV


Alessandro heureux en mer by VendeeGlobeTV


Le Nouvel An sur Team Plastique by VendeeGlobeTV


Episode 10 : S. Diagana et J. Richardson... by VendeeGlobeTV


Les vœux de Nao et Tanguy by VendeeGlobeTV


Jean le Cam n'est pas seul pour le Nouvel An by VendeeGlobeTV


Bernard Stamm célèbre la nouvelle année 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=105220

5:29 PM Tue 1 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:

01 Jan 2014  Vendee Globe - Some kind of deliverance for the skippers + Video
02 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Distant threat for Mike Golding
01 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Tough times into the Pacific
31 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Mean challenges and a fight to the finish + Video
31 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Mike Golding on breakfast, Ainslie and sauce + Video
31 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Full attack mode initiated!
30 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Fatigue at seven weeks + Video
30 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Golding takes some pain
29 Dec 2012  Vendée Globe Race 2012 - Gabart, Le Cléac’h battling; Dick surging
29 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - A welcomed tonic for the leading duo + Video
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

We’re talking, of course, about Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy, who make up one of two German duos in Nassau this year, along with 2014 World Champion Robert Stanjek. Polgar and Koy have been strong sailing partnership for many years now and finished fifth in the 2013 Star Sailors League Final with just Scheidt-Prada, Kusznierewicz-Zycki, Mendelblatt-Fatih and Negri-Lambertenghi in front of them. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Heading into a tropical Depression *Feature by Mike Scullin, Predictwind
The weather team at PredictWind have put together this prognosis for the next few days, looking at what lies ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ... [more]  

Seven Australian Sailing Team and Squad crews are currently competing in five of the Olympic events at Abu Dhabi at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. Next on the AST and Squad’s calendar is the World Cup in Melbourne, December 7-14, 2014. The deadline of Tuesday December 2nd for entries is fast approaching and organiser Yachting Victoria is calling for final registrations. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts on Saturday 29th November 1200 CET from Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Grenada, West Indies, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi 2014: Smiles were present before racing at the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, on the waters off of the Corniche and around Lulu Island and back ashore upon the conclusion of racing. A north westerly breeze that ranged between 9-14 knots greeted the sailors across the four race tracks. The outside courses saw big waves to add some spice to the sailors’ lives. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel: Sailing against the wind and ramming into waves is not exactly comfortable. But it can get worse, because right now we are heading straight into a tropical storm. 'Tro-tro-tropical storm?' I stammer in fright to Louis Balcaen. The young Belgian sailor quickly makes it clear that I’m not the only one who is afraid of this particular weather condition. ... [more]  

The Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club, which has hosted three America's Cups and one America's Cup World Series, appeared on local TV, commenting on the apparent decision to award the 35th America's Cup to British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. In this replay of the video Commodore Chuck Sinks, deftly stays within the confines of not confirming that Bermuda has won the hosting rights. ... [more]  

Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has slipped in the Volvo Ocean Race having led for most of Leg 2, and won Leg 1. But as has been done before Abu Dhabi has caught up, and now playing storm-watch. ... [more]  

Mast track issues have dogged the Chinese Volvo Ocean Race entry, Dongfeng Race Team on Leg 2 on the 40,000nm round the world race. The problem is not fully repairable in the current upwind and bumpy conditions, and is certainly an issue of concern for Charles Caudrelier led team. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: The Traemeister's onboard gym session *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
On Board Reporter, Brian Carlin, claimed he did not know what a Gym before he set foot aboard Team Vestas Wind. And then compounded his issues by saying that he thought 'Gym' was pronounced 'Gime'. Fitness freak Trae has taken on the invidious task of getting the Irish OBM up to a passable fitness level, believed to be 100 push-ups. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Thanksgiving at Sea *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Although they may be far from home, old traditions aren't forgotten as the US crew aboard Team Alvimedica celebrate one of the great traditions. And the non-US crew partake of their first Thanksgiving, off the coast of Madagascar. There's some of the traditional fare, adapted for the Volvo Ocean Race, and some messages and mementos from home. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The official launch of Syd Fischer’s super maxi, Ragamuffin 100, will take place next Tuesday, 2 December 2014, at Sydney City Marine Complex, Rozelle. ... [more]  

The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore. Accessing GRIB files, Weather Routing, GMDSS forecasts and Satellite Imagery is now a simple task with the unique and user friendly interface. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre takes lead in Leg 2 as break point looms *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The latest position report from Volvo Ocean Race Control has given the lead in leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Mapfre (Iker Martinez). She takes over the lead from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker), who has led from soon after the start of Leg 2, a week ago. ... [more]  

Over 270 sailors from 38 nations have enjoyed a mixed range of conditions since their arrival early on in the week. The athletes have used the time to acclimatise to their surroundings, different sea states and a variety of wind strengths. But now, the practice time is over with racing across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding fleets to kick start the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

VOR 2014-15: Some of them also wake up in the middle of the night to check the latest position reports of Team Brunel. The crew is aware of that, including our skipper Bouwe Bekking. 'We are not the only ones looking out for the position reports. We know that the home front is eyeballing every move of us. Our wives, children, girlfriends, friends and supporters live this race as extreme as we.' ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: Among the ten Olympic series represented, Franck Cammas will be participating in the event for the first time aboard a Nacra 17, this time teaming up with the young, light Alizée Desbordes. Having remained in France to satisfy her professional obligations, Sophie de Turckheim will be following the performance of her favourite helm closely. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Bjorn Allansson (SWE), Briana Provancha (USA), Sofia Bekatorou (GRE), Lara Vadlau (AUT) and Anton Paz (ESP) have fully embraced the Abu Dhabi and Emirati life, grasping the opportunities available with both hands. 'There are so many welcoming and friendly people here,' explained Provancha at the opening press conference. ... [more]  

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G has been appointed an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. B&G will also be providing full electronic navigation systems, tactical software and race support to the organisers of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, which began on the October 4th in Alicante, Spain. ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. Adventures of a Sailor Girl #31 - Pathways and passion! ... [more]  

Star Sailors League Finals: This Bahaman event is about much more than just sailing, however: it promises a blistering week of high emotion, passion and dazzlingly action that will deliver a unique display of sporting prowess from a slew of champions. All in an easy-to-grasp and see format that even non-sailing folk will understand perfectly. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Sweden to host World Series regatta in 2015 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th - 30th) 2015. Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote bound for Grenada, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the competing yachts are now safely moored in Puerto Calero Marina and last night an informal welcome drinks reception was well received with crew ... [more]  

2014 Chicago Match Cup - At the end of Chicago Match Race Center's sixth season, the numbers show how well CMRC reached both into and beyond the Great Lakes sailing community. CMRC hosted a total of 12 graded events from May to October. Of these, the five Grade Three regattas were the best attended featuring 23 skippers from nine countries. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Tom Slingsby, Australian Olympic Laser Gold medalist, and member of Oracle Team USA, has signed up as skipper of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail Extreme Sailing teams, for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia (11-14 December). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup - New winners on the Island
Star Sailors League Final -Interview with Robert Scheidt
USODA 2015 Nationals - Pensacola Yacht Club to host
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, an inspirational legend
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Inspiring the next generation in the UAE
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup – Albeau completes world title hat-trick
Volvo Ocean Race – Team Alvimedica pushing harder
Volvo Ocean Race – ADOR continues to inspire youth
Volvo Ocean Race – Team SCA’s super fan
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Abu Dhabi Sailing Instructions published
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Italian 49erFX duo ready for action
St Barth Cata Cup day 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Racing between a Rock and a Hard Place
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 24 Nov 0700 UTC
2014 RC44 Championship Tour trophy – Video highlights
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 1930 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 0748 UTC
Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature
VX ONE Winter Series - Norris and Family earn first weekend victory
RC44 Oman Cup - Nika wins and Team Aqua clinch their fourth RC44 title
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy - Race three   
Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature   
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Bermuda shines   
2014 Turkey Day Regatta – Day 1   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ   
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do   
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman   
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'   
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature   
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos   
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean   
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard   
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist   
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by   
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA   


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