sail-world.com -- Vendee Globe Race - The pressure is on

Vendee Globe Race - The pressure is on    

'Jean Pierre Dick, Virbac Paprec 3 - 2012 Vendee Globe'    © JM Liot / DPPI / Virbac-Paprec Sailing Team

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) sustained its surging speed as he drew closer to pace-setters Francois Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire). Meanwhile, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) was forced into a second trip up the mast in as many days following the loss of another headsail.

Di Benedetto had already lost the use of his gennaker, after going up the mast over the weekend to assess the halyard failure, when last night he ripped his spinnaker. It will have been enough to test even the bright spirit of the indomitable Franco-Italian skipper. It meant another dangerous climb 100ft in air on a heaving mast, in unsavoury wind and sea conditions for this kind of exercise – never savoury, especially alone. 500 miles northeast of the Falklands Islands, with 20-22 knot southwesterlies behind him, he spent two hours in the air to release the spinnaker halyard.

Di Benedetto said he was knocked around a lot during his climb but is fortunately not injured. His speeds may be for some time though without his two big sails and he was making just seven knots in the last hour.

The front of the fleet is already beginning to concertina as it approaches the Azores high.

Third-placed Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) should make significant gains today after being comfortably the fastest in the fleet overnight. Dick averaged 14.7 knots overnight and 15.4 knots in the last 24 hours in which he has covered 370 miles. He has closed 78 miles on Francois Gabart (MACIF), who is 474 miles ahead.

But significantly he is not drawing away from his British pursuer, Thomson, in the 17-18 knot northeast tradewinds. Dick is faster but their VMG to the finish in Les Sables are almost identical. Thomson is 265 miles behind.

Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) made no impression on Gabart’s lead overnight and is still 142 miles behind, but is set to gain on Monday as Gabart’s speed dropped to 9.5 knots in the last hour as he approaches the Azores high. Le Cléac’h was making 12.6 knots in the last hour.

The Unfortunate Five in the middle of the fleet are still being taxed in the South Atlantic. Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and Mike Golding (Gamesa) are on a convergent path, with Le Cam, 85 miles west, only nine miles ahead. Golding averaged just 7.8 knots overnight but with a better VMG as they eke out the miles in the difficult northerly wind and choppy waters. In seventh, Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud) continued to draw away from Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) and is 52 miles ahead. Wavre is 188 miles behind Golding.

Arnaud Boissières (Akena Verandas), hugging the coast of Brazil, albeit less tightly, has the best night, averaging 10.1 knots, with the most direct VMG.

Ahead of Team Plastique, Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives-core) and Bertrand de Broc (Your Name Around the World with EDM Projects) continue to enjoy the best conditions, backed by 17-18 knots southeasterlies.

Vendee Globe website



by Vendee Globe
- 10:43 AM Mon 21 Jan 2013 GMT





Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below
http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=105780

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
2012 Vendee Globe

Related News Stories:
26 Apr 2013  Vendee Globe - Seventh edition generates benefits never reached before
09 Apr 2013  Vendee Globe - President of the French Republic receives skippers
23 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Di Benedetto, Team Plastique across the line + Video
21 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Out of the final calm and into the breeze + Video
17 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Tanguy de Lamotte crosses finish line + Video
17 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Upwind finish expected for Tanguy de Lamotte
15 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Final act will test two skippers still at sea + Video
13 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Closest finish in the race’s 24-year history
11 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe - Bertrand de Broc arrives ninth in Les Sables d’Olonne
09 Feb 2013  Vendee Globe Race - Hugo Boss makes podium with Doyle Sails

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.
X6XL NEW AUS