Yesterday, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') lying in 2nd place 72nm behind the leader Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') sustained damage to the port foil of his Open60. After a short stop to assess the situation, it was clear that the the port foil could no longer be used for the remainder of the race. The report. This morning UTC, still in 2nd position, he was 85nm behind Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). ----- The bulk of the fleet influenced by the St-Helena anticyclone is moving forward only slowly. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler), now 350nm behind the leader on 3rd, was the only one daring to attack to the East, the direct route to the Cape of Good Hope. The other pursuers are heading South hoping to reach the low pressure system from th West within two days. Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB') and Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer'), having sailed in sight for 2 days, follow 486nm behind on the positions 4 and 5. The report with video. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
11.08.20 – 01.31.21
11.22.20 – 11.28.20
12.05.20 – 12.08.20
12.17.20 – 12.22.20
News – Thursday, November 26, 2020
With 685 miles for 'Sodebo' (Thomas Coville FRA) and 714 miles for 'Gitana' (Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier FRA), the two maxi-trimarans made - as planned- a quick start to their record attempt in the first 24 hours. Sailing this morning off the coast of Portugal (here the Video) in fresh winds with speeds above 30kn, they are already more than 60 miles ahead of record holder Francis Joyon FRA. The fast ride is expected to continue over the next few days. ----- The report and the race tracker by 'Sodebo'. There is no common race tracker yet, here the one of 'Gitana'.
A rain front brought fresh winds and big waves to Vilamoura yesterday. Three races were sailed in both fleets. ----- With two race wins, Charline Picon FRA was again strong and now leads Katy Spychakov ISR with 7 points. Emma Wilson GBR moved up to 3rd place. ----- In the RS:X men, Yoav Cohen ISR was able to maintain his lead. Yoav Omer ISR advanced to 2nd place. The Israeli sail their Olympic selection: Windsurfing is THE top sport in Israel, the only one to win an Olympic medal so far. The experienced Byron Kokkalanis GRE, who won 2 races yesterday, follows in 3rd place. ----- The rankings and the daily report.
News – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Trophée Jules Verne - The Maxi-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Gitana' started to their Matchrace around the Globe tonight
The high of St.Helena in the South Atlantic proves to be a big obstacle this year, as sometimes the Open 60s come to a complete standstill. The top duo, however, was able to continue to break away and has already reached the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope. The leading 'Apivia' with Charlie Dalin FRA with speeds around 10kn somewhat faster than 'LinkedOut' with Thomas Ruyant FRA with only 6kn. The distance between the two was 82nm this morning UTC. Only on Friday, the leading boats should reach the west wind belt of the Roaring Forties. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) is still in 3rd place already 362nm behind. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 6th position with 442nm backlog. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
News – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The weather remains very varied providing for an extraordinary Vendée Globe! As on the North Atlantic, the wind conditions over the South Atlantic make racing challening and very animated. ----- The top duo reached the first light wind zones of the St.Helena anticyclone yesterday. Charlie Dalin ('Apivia', Foiler) could sail past Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) taking the lead with a 42nm advance this morning UTC. 297nm behind followed Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 3rd. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler), best of the day, is also on the way up new on the 5th place with a 42nm backlog, just behind Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler). Alex Thomson GBR (Hugo Boss' Foiler) was able to finish the repairs resuming the race in 7th place. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) remains the 10th as best-ranked woman. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MSCF', Foiler) follows in 15th place, Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire', Foiler) has moved up to 16th position. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
In a video, Alex Thomson GBR explains the repairs has effected during the past two days, reconditioning the broken longitudinal strut of his Open60 foiler. Thanks to the light winds and the rather flat water, he only lost 500 miles in the race, and his 'Hugo Boss' now seems to be ready for the Southern Ocean. ----- The video.
News – Monday, November 23, 2020
The fleet of 32 participants remaining in the race has been stretched evenmore. So far, only 19 have crossed the equator, and above all, the leaders continue to benefit from good conditions. The top duo Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) and Charlie Dalin ('Apivia', Foiler) are sailing practically in sight this morning UTC. Ruyant's lead has shrunk to 7nm. Today, the two are likely to be decelerated by the St-Helena anticyclone. The report. ----- Alex Thomson GBR, 'Hugo Boss', Foiler) is still busy repairing the structural damage at his Open60. Apparently, a longitudinal strut in the bow is broken. Assisted by radio advice of the technical team, the Englishman is laminating the damaged carbon part. The report. ----- Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) was able to shorten his gap to 250nm thanks to fresher winds and has moved up to 3rd place. Just behind follows a group of 6 chasers with Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 8th place and Samantha Davis GBR ('Intiatives Coeur') in 10th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
In most usually sailing-interested countries, the Vendée Globe does not receive much attention in the public news, contrary to France, where the daily media interest in the Vendée even exceeds all important sporting events such as the Tour de France for cyclists or the Tennis Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros ! ----- The report.
News – Sunday, November 22, 2020
During the last night (UTC), Alex Thomson GBR, sailing in 2nd place, reported structural damage to his 'Hugo Boss'. It is not yet known how severe these are, but Thomson had to slow down considerably and is now sailing with only 6kn. It remains to be seen whether repairs are possible. Thomas Ruyant FRA '(LinkedOut', Foiler) still holds the lead, 38nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler). Thomson follows 73nm behind in 3rd place. The leading trio has already been affected by lighter winds of the St-Helena Anticyclone, allowing Jean Le Cam FRA '(Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 4th place to catch up. He was 275 miles behind this morning, closely followed by a group of six only 100 miles apart, with Boris Herrmann GER in 6th place ('SeaExplorer', Foiler, 355nm behind) and Samantha Davis GBR in 10th place ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler, 417nm behind). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
In the south of Portugal, the European Championships of the Olympic RS:X windsurfers start today. A total of 94 participants will be at the start, including all cracks with Olympic ambitions: ----- Among the women are the Olympic Champion Charline Picon FRA, the World Champion Lilian De Geus NED or Zofia Noceti-Lepacka POL. ----- The men participants include Thomas Goyard FRA, and Piotr Myszka POL. The World champion Kiran Badloe NED is missing. ----- Tomorrow the Practice Race is on the program, the first championship races will be on Tuesday. The event website.