sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe: A portmanteau and ‘gunslinging uncles’, what's next?
Vendee Globe: A portmanteau and ‘gunslinging uncles’, what's next?

'Armel Le Cleach’h (FRA) / Banque Populaire -'    © Armel Le Cléac'h / Banque Populaire    Click Here to view large photo

In the Vendee Globe, like many close relationships, the two French leaders are close to earning their own portmanteau: Gabac’h perhaps. Although, Armel has led the race for more days and may prefer Cléart, or if he is going the Brangelina route, Armois.

After 36 days and 13,000 miles at sea there were just 40.2 miles separating Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) from the leader Francois Gabart (Macif) yesterday morning. Le Cléac’h had clawed back 10 miles overnight as they sail their almost identical boats on an almost identical track into the Furious Fifties, a thousand miles south of Australia. Closer than any other boats in the fleet, the will spend their sixth Sunday together.

While the French shops are open this Sunday, exceptionally for Christmas, there are no days of rest in the Vendée Globe, especially for the dynamic duo. They slowed – albeit only to 15-16 knots - overnight in shifty conditions and Jean-Pierre Dick, after his black Friday, may see a chance of closing the 500-mile gap to the front that opened so suddenly. Dick was the third boat across Cape Leeuwin and will be watching closely for where the two in front make their tactical gybe north for the East Australia Gate.

Francois Gabart / Macif -  © François Gabart / MACIF   Click Here to view large photo
500 miles north of Dick, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) and Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat), in fourth and fifth place, are another pair. They will cross the Cape Leeuwin longitude next and have a window to win back some of the miles they lost. They may finally get some benefit from what has been a difficult relationship with what was Cyclone Claudia. Thomson was averaging the best speed of the fleet – 21 knots – in the last four hours before the 0800 UTC ranking. Stamm, just to his north-west, was the second fastest, making 19 knots.

Their passage is not clear, the wind looks to be veering west today and they both have repairs to make but an 800-mile deficit is far from insurmountable with more than half the globe left.

Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) is now semi-officially part of what at least one French writer is calling the ‘Gunslinging Uncles’. It is a broad term because there is over 400 miles and much ocean between their different tracks. But it does reflect Sansó’s gains in the last 36 hours and the fact that all four of these experienced campaigners are still in the hunt for podium places.

The first of their number, Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel), in sixth, was flying again this morning, averaging 18.5 knots over the last four hours, but Mike Golding (Gamesa) has had another frustrating night, twisting and turning south. There is a low pressure system almost on him but he still seems to be waiting for the benefit that Sansó had from it.

Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud), the fourth uncle, after his own black Friday, has been averaging 17 knots and was back to almost 100 miles in front of Sansó. But Wavre is further north and Sansó has the ideal track to the West Australia Gate.

'The last 24 hours and definitely all this last night, have been more entertaining...,…' Sanso wrote in his latest night message. 'Stacking, sail changes, three reefs 50.3 knots, five gybes. Well I'm pretty tired and need to rest and eat well and look after myself. A bit soggy today, I've been soaked several times ...I did not expect that the front would be so windy down here but we have to give 20% more to the wind so you can catch it's fingers....'

With nearly 4,000 miles between the first and the last, there are many different races within races in different weather systems now. Alessandro di Benedetto (Team Plastique) is the first to taste the new systems that move from west to east across the fleet. He has some 25 southwesterlies on the menu today with an early lunch at the Crozet gate. Bon appétit Alessandro.

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=104748

1:39 PM Sun 16 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:

16 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe – Gamesa’s Golding reaches point of last race’s debacle
16 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Masters of their own universe + Video
16 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Gabart breaks Indian Ocean and Cape Leeuwin records
15 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video
14 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate
14 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Champagne for the boat and for the skipper + Video
14 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - The fight for supremacy continues
13 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Advantage remains firmly with the leaders + Video
13 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Mike Golding still on the hunt for opportunities
13 Dec 2012  Vendee Globe - Challenging night in the Indian Ocean onboard Gamesa
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ


















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   
Rolex China Sea Race on the horizon   
What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm?   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 10 rumbles on   


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.
XL WAS US