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Vendee Globe – Gamesa’s Golding reaches point of last race’s debacle By Emily Caroe, Sydney, Australia , 8:33 PM Sun 16 Dec 2012
Almost to the day four years, and within three hundred miles or so of the same spot that he lost his mast in the last Vendée Globe, Mike Golding has emerged this morning from a problematic incident which, but for the actions of the highly experienced skipper, could have been much worse. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Masters of their own universe + Video By Vendee Globe, , 5:52 AM Sun 16 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, whilst the rest of the fleet struggle to deal with either no wind or too much, only the leader and Francois Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) seem to be masters of their own universe. But even they will need to brace themselves for the cold to come as, 950 miles south of Australia, they dive down into the freezing Furious Fifties for the first time. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Gabart breaks Indian Ocean and Cape Leeuwin records By Vendee Globe, , 3:40 AM Sun 16 Dec 2012
The Vendee Globe is currently underway and like every young man in a hurry to meet his destiny, Francois Gabart (Macif) arrived early last night and in his urgency, claimed an unexpected second record. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Leaders shrug off pursuers at Cape Leeuwin + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:41 AM Sat 15 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h are the double act which have shared the top two places through the Indian Ocean locked together for six consecutive days now. This evening, probably around midnight, the race’s runaway leaders should pass the longitude of SW Australia’s Cape Leeuwin in quick succession. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Leaders reach Australia's West gate By Vendee Globe, , 6:13 PM Fri 14 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h passed the Australia West gate last night at around 1944hrs UTC on its most westerly mark 21 minutes ahead of François Gabart, who was 18 miles to the east, but it is Gabart who has made the overnight gain as the fleet heads under Australia. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Champagne for the boat and for the skipper + Video By Vendee Globe, , 5:23 AM Fri 14 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, there has been champagne for the boat and a little for the skipper, as the effervescent Italian Alessandro Di Benedetto celebrated his passage of the Cape of Good Hope yesterday evening in the time honoured fashion, spraying more on the decks of his trusted IMOCA Open 60 Team Plastique than he consumed himself. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - The fight for supremacy continues By Vendee Globe, , 12:00 AM Fri 14 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, three key duels of differing intensities prevail on the race track this morning - but only in the head-to-head tussle for the overall lead has there been no change in supremacy overnight. Racing in sunshine and 20kts of SW’ly winds it is the battle between François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h which remains closest. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Advantage remains firmly with the leaders + Video By Vendee Globe, , 5:10 AM Thu 13 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, the advantage remains firmly with the leaders. Though they have had challenging conditions, negotiating a front this morning which saw their wind swing from the north west to south west, requiring a gybe, the top duo François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h remain locked in combat less than ten miles apart. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Mike Golding still on the hunt for opportunities By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 4:22 AM Thu 13 Dec 2012
After 32 days at sea in the Vendee Globe, Briton's Mike Golding continues to hunt for opportunities. The last few days have not been easy in the Indian Ocean, passing through the small landmark of one month. After a spell riding a beneficial low pressure trough which actually saw Gamesa, SynerCiel and Mirabaud gaining on the leaders, the last few days the bungee elastic has stretched again. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Challenging night in the Indian Ocean onboard Gamesa By Emily Caroe, , 2:39 AM Thu 13 Dec 2012
Vendée Globe Live interview with Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa: 'Right now I have seventeen knots of breeze and I am heading upwind and ahead of me I have a ridge, an area of light breeze, and to the north of it I have a northerly breeze which will allow me to reach along the course....' ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Small gains as leaders head for Australia West gate By Vendee Globe, , 10:46 PM Wed 12 Dec 2012
Current Vendée Globe leader Francois Gabart on Macif banked a small, but significant gain overnight against his main rival Armel Le Cléac’h as the leading five continue to open a significant distance on the second group of boats. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Indian Ocean, Amsterdam gate, and beyond + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:50 AM Wed 12 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, after the toughest 24 hours of his race so far, required to make a vital repair to his rudder mechanism on Hugo Boss after hitting a floating object during Sunday night, Alex Thomson (GBR) has been losing no time in getting right back into the race. This afternoon he has been closing fast on Bernard Stamm to challenge the Swiss skipper for fourth place. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Macif leads through gate, Hugo Boss hits object By Vendee Globe, , 10:51 PM Tue 11 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson, whose race so far has been one of the highlights of this edition, has reported that he has hit an unidentified object at high speed during Sunday night, damaging one rudder mechanism and a hydrogenerator on his IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - One record smashed, another under threat + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:44 AM Tue 11 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, flying François Gabart stepped up his challenge with an unprecedented display of lightning fast sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean today. The youngest skipper in the race who, remarkably, is a rookie to solo sailing in the Southern Ocean has set a set a truly electric pace. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Leaders consistently returning top speeds By Vendee Globe, , 9:14 PM Mon 10 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, as they roll seamlessly into their 30th day at sea racing, miles tumbling quickly hour by hour on the heels of strong 25-30 kts NW’ly winds, the leaders are consistently returning top speeds but also still proving how closely matched the top of the fleet is. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Thomson rises in drag race to Amsterdam gate By Vendee Globe, , 4:21 AM Mon 10 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, British skipper Alex Thomson continues to mount a serious challenge for third place among the fleet leaders as the straight line speed race continues east towards the Amsterdam ice security gate. In a building breeze today, Thomson has been increasingly able to retain the high average speeds that have long been his trademark, twice earning him 24 hour world speed records. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Steady gains as leaders head for Amsterdam gate By Vendee Globe, , 12:17 AM Mon 10 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, making their course for the Amsterdam gate - some 800 miles ahead, the leaders are still experiencing small differences in the wind relative to their proximity to the high pressure system to their north which is still influencing them. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Banque Populaire skipper cashes in on the lead + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:42 AM Sun 9 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, after 28 days of relentlessly intense racing since leaving Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 10th November, the leading pack remains tightly compacted. More than 8,000 miles or over one third of the theoretical course of 24,032 miles has been completed. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Slashing the deficit and climbing the leaderboard By Vendee Globe, 12:50 AM Sun 9 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, after making his lone break to pass the Crozet ice gate at its westerly point, Armel Le Cléac’h has been out on his own for three days. The Banque Populaire skipper is now reaping a dividend for his astute choice, racing in a steady NNW’ly wind towards to the next control gate. ...[more]


Vendee Globe - Stress and fatigue in the south Indian Ocean + Video By Vendee Globe, , 5:11 AM Sat 8 Dec 2012
For the Vendée Globe solo skipper, stress and fatigue in the south Indian Ocean is most often brought on by the normally unrelenting big winds and unruly, disorganised seas. But for the top eight skippers, it has been the recent intensity of the competition and the need to follow a strong strategic option to deal with a zone of very light winds which has played much harder on mind and bodies. ...[more]


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