sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe - Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat head for New Zealand + Video
Vendee Globe - Stamm, Cheminées Poujoulat head for New Zealand + Video

'Bernard Stamm, Cheminees Poujoulat'    © Bernard Stamm / Cheminées Poujoulat    Click Here to view large photo

In the Vendee Globe, unable to stay where he is because of the imminent arrival of storm force conditions, Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) was forced to sail to New Zealand on Monday afternoon. Stamm has been anchored at Sandy bay, south of Enderby Island, 200 miles south of New Zealand, since Sunday morning, as he tries to repair his hydrogenerators. He will attempt to finish his repairs and re-start the race.

The Swiss sailor was forced north to Sandy Bay after arriving in winds gusting up to 40 knots, and though the wind dropped his repairs have been slowed by continuous rain. As well as sea lions and orca he has also had the company of Professor Khromov since Sunday.

'On December 23, a Russian scientific vessel, 'Professor Khromov' came to anchor in the same bay as Bernard Stamm,' Stamm’s team said yesterday. 'Shortly after, the anchor of Cheminées Poujoulat couldn’t hold anymore, and forced the skipper to moor to his boat to his neighbour (the Professor Khromov) to save his IMOCA (Cheminées Poujoulat).

'The current situation is far from simple for the skipper whose repairs are going to be longer time than expected because of the incessant rain. In addition to the constant moisture, a storm will arrive on December 24th. When it’ll touch the archipelago, the boat won’t be protected anymore and will risk to be drifted to the coast. The Swiss decided to sail to the south of New Zealand to find a safer shelter and to continue his repairs.

'The possibility of getting fuel from the Russian ship was discarded by the skipper, determined to continue his Vendée Globe race. It was a difficult choice but guided by the sense of responsibility. Bernard Stamm is determined to continue the race, just like any good sailor would do.

'Bernard Stamm keeps on reporting his repairs to the race directors and a statement will be made to the jury in order to track every stage of his work on the boat.'

Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) is set to move into fifth place overnight. He is averaging 17.2 knots in the last hour on a direct course and is just 180 miles behind Stamm – less than half a day’s sailing at current speeds.


Repas de Noël à bord de SynerCiel by VendeeGlobeTV

He is also continuing to fly away from the three in behind him. Mike Golding (Gamesa), Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud) and Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered), have some wind now, but it is not certain they are out of the horrible transition bubble of high pressure south of Tasmania. At one point overnight Golding, now 454 miles behind Le Cam, said he was headed by the wind. He was making 15.3 knots in the last hour, but the routing is still unclear. Wavre has fared marginally better, losing only 107 miles to Le Cam in the last 24 hours but Sansó twisting south, was still making only 11.8 knots and is suddenly 741 miles behind Le Cam.

For many of the skippers, at the front and the back, Christmas celebrations appear to be on hold. They will open presents hidden by their shore crews when they have time. That is true of Stamm and Golding, but even Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), flying in second said he would be waiting for a more convenient time.

Francois Gabart (Macif) is just 11.4 miles ahead of Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) at the head of the fleet and is only 15 miles south of his rival, as they reach northeast in 25-27 westerlies to the Pacific West gate 250 miles away.

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) lost some ground in third and is 515 miles behind, but was averaging the same speed as Gabart – 18.2 knots in the last hour – as he heads due west to the Pacific West gate.


Jean-Pierre Dick fête Noël by VendeeGlobeTV

In fourth, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), was slightly slower at 15.5 knots as he heads northeast to the New Zealand gate around 150 miles ahead (depending on where he crosses). He is 977.8 miles behind the leaders.

A big low pressure system is about to sweep over the four boats at the back of the fleet, which should see further contraction to Sansó in front of them. Arnaud Boissières (Akena Verandas), approaching the East Australia gate, has been the fifth fastest over the last 24 hours, covering 347.1 miles. He is 433 miles behind Sansó. Like Le Cam he has been sailing two miles for every one for those between them, over the last 36 hours.

Also plaudits to the resilient, resourceful and ever-cheerful backmarker Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), who made another 341.7 miles in the last 24 hours – the sixth fastest in the fleet, averaging 17.2 knots - and continues to close back on those ahead of him.

Merry Christmas to all.

Alex Thomson (GBR, Hugo Boss): I crossed the international date line about 0600 this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT. However, I am still working on GMT in everything I do on the boat, and as I don’t sleep normal nights, it doesn’t make that much difference to me. I was pretty close to crossing the date line on Christmas which would have meant two Christmas days! But I am happy to be ahead and also it doesn’t feel much like Christmas out here. I looked out for a Christmas tree, but there isn’t a lot to find down here in the Southern Ocean.

The team have told me they have hidden some Christmas surprises onboard, including something from my wife Kate, and son Oscar, which I will try to wait until tomorrow to open. Today is another day of DIY. Hydrogenerator problems still plague me, but I think we are getting closer and closer to getting to the root of it and hopefully finally fixing it with each hour I spend immersed in hydros.

The next few days look like good Southern Ocean conditions and it would have me arriving at Cape Horn about the second week of January, which would be great speed.

I also want to thank everyone for all the Christmas messages I have been getting through on facebook and twitter when I turn on my computer twice a day. Although it doesn’t feel like Christmas around me, it is great to get all that support especially at this time of year.

Bertrand de Broc (FRA, Votre Nom autour du Monde avec EDM projects): Nice speed around 14-16 knots and not too much sea. There is a northern wind. I’m waiting for a depression. In a few hours there should be stronger winds around 25 knots.


Le Père Noël est passé sur Votre Nom autour du... by VendeeGlobeTV

I did well with my repairs. My hydros work perfectly. I almost have 45 days of gasoline in the boat. In two or three days the boat will be like new and be able to sail at 100% of her capacity.

I didn’t have that much deco inside and don’t have that much present because we didn’t want to take too much things onboard. I’ll have a great meal tonight.

Arnaud Boissières (FRA, Akena Vérandas): I have nice weather condition, between 20-25 knots and a little sea. The boat sails around 12 and 20 knots. I do some good sailing. It’s 6.10 PM local time and it’s not night yet. Nights are great at the moment.

Christmas is a particular day for me. I have a lot of presents I’ll open them tomorrow at 12 PM (French time) like I am used to. I also plan a Skype call with my parents tomorrow.

Mike Golding (GBR, Gamesa): It’s been slow and upwind with some tacks but we are on the right track now. I am easing the sheets steadily and we are reaching progressively so that is feeling a bit better. I am not sure if we are through this ridge or whatever it is, or whether Jean Le Cam will feel some effect, hopefully I am just breaking forwards.

Anyway I have had my Christmas change of mid layer up to my Musto MPX. It was really starting to feel quite cold with the wind from the south, so now I have the foulies and mid layer on and feeling a bit cosier.

It is certainly good to be in the Pacific, it's all starting to feel a bit closer to home for the boat. We have never been this far together and to be fair the boat is going well. It is all going fine, everything is working and that is pretty cool for being half way around the world. We have the odd little thing, like a batten car here and there, but I am in maintenance mode, not repair mode. That work is just continuous, you are always doing something and there is always a next thing to do.

I am kind of regretting not dropping the mainsail at some time just to fix the batten tensions in the head. It is not ideal at the moment and its bugging me a bit. It is not what it should be, but makes more of a difference when you are upwind. It is a job for the long term.

I hope that Bernard can get fixed up and keep going. He has some difficult work to do there, but I really hope he can get things fixed. He needs to finish this Vendée Globe because he never has and he is a really good guy and deserves it.

Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA, Banque Populaire): Merry Christmas everyone! You can wish me good weather conditions. It’s not the best day to celebrate Christmas so I’ll open my presents tomorrow. The sea tells us what to do. We don’t choose the Christmas Eve time. The weather is the boss. I’ll gibe in a few hours. So for the moment it’s dry food time.

I’m sailing at 18.4 knots right now with a wind of 35 knots.

Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA, Team Plastique): I’m very fine. I asked Santa for some wind and he brought me some. For the last hours I’m sailing at 17 knots on average. I’m doing some nice surf. I met Santa a few hours ago. I could film him with my hidden camera. You’ll discover it later on. Santa is using the latest technology and he manage to find the boat.

My record on this Vendée Globe is 32 knots. Today I did 27 knots. But the boat has its limits so I can’t have the same speed average like the others in the front.

Merry Christmas everyone!


La visite du Père Noël sur Team Plastique by VendeeGlobeTV


Alessandro di Benedetto découvre ses cadeaux by VendeeGlobeTV


Messages de Noël: Episode 2 by VendeeGlobeTV


Replay : Le live du Vendée Globe du 24 décembre by VendeeGlobeTV


Belle lumière sur MACIF by VendeeGlobeTV

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=104970

2:24 PM Mon 24 Dec 2012GMT


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:

24 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Stamm diverts to make repairs
22 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding satisfies another safety gate
22 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Mike Golding struggles to find speed on boats ahead
22 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Cheminées Poujoulat's winch broken again
21 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - What separated the best from the rest? + Video
20 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Battle intensifies in the Pacific
20 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Up the mast as front five set to stretch away + Video
20 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Mike Golding, Gamesa pass mid-point
20 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Perilous ascent for JP Dick, Virbac Paprec 3
19 Dec 2012  Vendée Globe - Francois Gabart fights back
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ... [more]  

For the last 18 hours, there has been never more than three nautical miles between the new kids on the block, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's Comanche with Ken Read skippering the boat with distinction and the Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI. Mark Richard's who was blown away by Comanche's reaching speed inside the harbour has been hunting the race leader relentlessly as the two boats beat south. ... [more]  

Clouds outlines what he is expecting to see in the race, and says that while the big boats will take all the attention in the early stages of the race, the weather is against them as the race progresses. The smaller boats will come surfing in a fresh northerly, while the front-runners cope with light winds on their final approach to the finish on the Derwent. ... [more]  

Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Supermaxi Race Start VIDEO *Feature by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race saw the five 100 foot super maxis up against each other for the first time. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ... [more]  

Will Comanche take a scalp? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
After blasting off the startline earlier today, Jim Clark's Comanche continues to hold the lead in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart race eight hours into the race. ... [more]  

A stiff southerly is testing the boats and sailors on the first afternoon of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart and by late afternoon, four yachts had retired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race. The first casualties of the race were Tina of Melbourne, forced out because of hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder, just two hours into the race. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: The 117 competing yachts, including five 100-foot Maxis, represents the race’s largest number of starters since 1994. Of the five Maxis, Jim Clark’s Comanche (USA) made the early gains in the race’s 70th edition, reaching the first mark in record time and setting a blistering pace. Seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI was in close pursuit. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet’s five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local time, Comanche leads seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI by one nautical mile, with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 just a few miles behind the leading duo. ... [more]  

Top international photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and Daniel Forster were on the water, and in the air, for the start of the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Here is a selection of their images of the day. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Start photos by Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

Comanche skipper Ken Read was in fine form in this video interview. He says On the first night, will there will be too much upwind to be able to send it? It absolutey plays on my mind as the skipper this boat is untested. We’re completely cutting edge, and when it's cutting edge it’s a Formula 1 race car that blows up its engine on the first lap. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Brad Kellett, Brindabella’s sailing master, reported that while he was doing his regular checks this evening he discovered larger than normal quantities of water in the bottom of the boat, found to be coming from damaged rudder bearings. 'We were just coming into our own after a risky tactical decision to go offshore paid off,' a disappointed Kellett said. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi ... [more]  

One of the largest fleets in many years started the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today in a building southerly and in bright sunshine. There seemed to be some mind games going on amongst the super maxis during the pre race dry runs as each in turn put in a single reef in the 30 minutes before the start. Possibly there was some tossing of the coin as to whether it was ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Tony Cable just keeps going on. Last year he finished his 48th Sydney Hobart, setting a record for the number of races by an individual - this year it is number 49 - 49 not out, just one off the half ton! ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Designed for fast broad reaching, the 15 knot plus south-easterly breeze on the harbour was made to order for the big red and black hulled yacht owned by American Jim Clark and his Australian wife, Kristy. After a brilliant start slightly ahead and to leeward of Wild Oats XI, Comanche swiftly unfurled her giant spinnaker and took off, quickly ‘rolling the Oats’. ... [more]  

America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill could well be the most overqualified grinder you’ll see in action in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart start line today. 'He’s been a wonderful team player and literally in the pre-start you’re going to see him grinding, he said he’d do whatever it takes, and he’s lived up to that,' Comanche skipper Ken Read said. ... [more]  

Expect a spectacular and very fast start down Sydney Harbour in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year. At the final briefing for crews at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this morning, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Andrew Treloar told the sailors that a southerly front is expected to move through Sydney about an hour before race start. ... [more]  

Chicken pies, the gooseneck and the voodoo stick were the last items to be ticked off today in Wild Oats XI’s preparation for a record-breaking bid in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, which starts on Sydney Harbour at 1pm tomorrow. ... [more]  

The 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart coverage will go live at 0800 AEST with interviews, but will play the promo until then. ... [more]  

In the media scrum for interviews with the skippers and owners of the five super maxis that followed a short press conference at the CYCA on Christmas Eve, anyone from outside the yachting scene might not have noticed one of the world’s finest sailors and circumnavigators standing quietly to one side chatting with Iain Murray and Steve Jarvin ... [more]  

America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill could well be the most overqualified grinder you’ll see in action in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart start line today. 'He’s been a wonderful team player and literally in the pre-start you’re going to see him grinding, he said he’d do whatever it takes, and he’s lived up to that,' Comanche skipper Ken Read said. ... [more]  

When most would have been sitting down for Christmas lunch the Wild Oats XI team were to be seen out on Sydney Harbour testing their new - and appropriately named - gooseneck, that replaces the one that failed when out training earlier in the week. In a puffy nor'easter Wild Oats XI headed to Manly on the wind, swung around close to the Manly East mark and headed back down the harbour for home. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature by John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ... [more]  

For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature by Brendan Maxwell
Santa’s elves started on January 7th 2014 building a set of shiny new Sail-World.com websites and just minutes before Christmas morning in one of Santa’s first touch downs Auckland New Zealand , TetraMedia General Manager Jedda Murphy flicked the switch on the dedicated TetraMeda servers in Frankfurt Germany to take almost all our world-wide audience to the new Sail-World sites. ... [more]  

Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ... [more]  

Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ... [more]  

The skippers of the five 100 foot super maxis battling for Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race speak about the boats, the weather and their expectations. ... [more]  

For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skippers of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Another great journey south
Sydney Hobart - Ragamuffin's David Witt explains deck failure + Video
Wild Oats XI - Damage drama in lead-up to Sydney Hobart Race
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi
Five faces behind the 100ft super maxis by Andrea Francolini
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Everyone's in with a chance
Comanche Designers talk before Sydney Hobart
Olympic Sailing Waters - Rio de Janeiro
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - To Hobart in Style
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Ken Read's notes on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Video of Team Vestas Wind being removed from reef
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!
Entries open for 2015 ORC Championship events
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Levelling the playing field
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race video preview
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It's a Woman’s world too
Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature
Miami Winter Series - M32 racing gets underway
Rio 2016 - Super-bugs found in Rio sailing waters   
Building the bridge from Optimist to Laser and beyond – with Byte C1 *Feature   
Kieler Woche - Notices of Race published – entry systems are now open   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 22 show   
RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada - Overall report   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind images from the reef recovery   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef   
RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Prizegiving   
Qingdao to continue as Asian ISAF Sailing World Cup venue   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Will it be Bash and Crash?   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: USA's RIO 100 trains off Sydney Heads   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Weather early Xmas gift for small yachts   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hollywood focused on victory   
Soldiering on in the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Count down to Caribbean opener   
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - The mental game + Videos   
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Jim Clark's thoughts on Comanche's maiden race *Feature   
St Thomas International Regatta announce sponsors   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Salt water therapy   
Soto 40 South American Tour - Coming soon   


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