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Sunday, 8. November 2020– Sunday, 31. January 2021

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Thursday, November 26, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 18 - damage alert for 'LinkedOut'

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 18 - damage alert for 'LinkedOut' 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.
Thursday, November 26, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 18 - damage alert for 'LinkedOut' - Alan Roura SUI

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. Alan Roura SUI is still 18th 1'044nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17 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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17, Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17, Alan Roura SUI 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. Alan Roura SUI remains on rank 18, now 1068nm back. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Charlie Dalin FRA takes the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Charlie Dalin FRA takes the lead 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.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Alan Roura SUI 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. Alan Roura SUI (La Fabrique') in 18th place was able to keep his deficit more or less constant at 1055nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Alex Thomson GBR zeigt die Struktur-Schäden

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Alex Thomson GBR zeigt die Struktur-Schäden 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.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15 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.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15. Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15. Alan Roura SUI 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. Alan Roura SUI is still 18th, he was able to shorten his gap to 1002nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - huge Media interest

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - huge Media interest 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.
Sunday, November 22, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 14 -Alex Thomson GBR in troubles

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 14 -Alex Thomson GBR in troubles 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.
Sunday, November 22, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 14 -Alex Thomson GBR in troubles, Alan Roura SUI

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). Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique') is still 18th, now 1058nm in arrear. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, November 21, 2020   (Image © Pierre Bouras)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 13 - Thomas Ruyant FRA takes the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 13 - Thomas Ruyant FRA takes the lead After three days of high-speed sailing, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) took the lead during the past night UTC. Thanks to a more direct course towards the Cape of Good Hope and slightly fresher winds than the western-sailing Alex Thompsom GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler), Ruyant was 23nm ahead of the Englishman this morning. Unchanged on 3rd place Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) with 75nm behind. The next hurdle will be the anticyclone of St-Helena, reaching far to the South. Further changes in the rankings can be expected. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) continues to follow in 4th place, now 272nm behind and being chased by a group of 6 foilers, including Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 7th place, 364nm behind and Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 9th place 400nm behind. ----- The race tracker, the reports, and a detailed video summary of the first week of racing.
Saturday, November 21, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 13 - Thomas Ruyant FRA takes the lead, Alan Roura SUI

After three days of high-speed sailing, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) took the lead during the past night UTC. Thanks to a more direct course towards the Cape of Good Hope and slightly fresher winds than the western-sailing Alex Thompsom GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler), Ruyant was 23nm ahead of the Englishman this morning. Unchanged on 3rd place Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) with 75nm behind. The next hurdle will be the weak high of St-Helena, which reaches far to the South. Further changes in the rankings can be expected. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) continues to follow in 4th place, now 272nm behind and being chased by a group of 6 foilers, including Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 7th place, 364nm behind and Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 9th place 400nm behind. ----- Alan Roura SUI is still 18th, his gap has grown to 967nm. ----- The race tracker, the reports, and a detailed video summary of the first week of racing.
Friday, November 20, 2020   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 12 - Leader change today?

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 12 - Leader change today? In the southern trade winds, the Open 60 Foilers now reach top speeds with daily distances of over 500 miles. ----- This morning UTC, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was only 4nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Even faster underway is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) 44nm behind, with a 24 hour average of over 21kn. Without foils, Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') cannot keep up. He is now 170nm behind in 4th place. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) is 9th with a 302nm backlog. ----- The cartography and the reports.
Friday, November 20, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 12 - Leader change today? Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 12 - Leader change today? Alan Roura SUI In the southern trade winds, the Open 60 Foilers now reach top speeds with daily distances of over 500 miles. ----- This morning UTC, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was only 4nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Even faster underway is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) 44nm behind, with a 24 hour average of over 21kn. Without foils, Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') cannot keep up. He is now 170nm behind in 4th place. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) is 9th with a 302nm backlog. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler) is still in 17th with a 734nm deficit. ----- The cartography and the reports.
Thursday, November 19, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 11 - Equator crossing

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 11 - Equator crossing The leading group crossed the equator yesterday and is chasing down South in well-established southern trade winds. Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) continues to lead the fleet, but Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) and Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) moved up: Ruyant was only 38nm behind in 2nd place this morning UTC. Jean Lea Cam ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler), sailing in 4th place, was able to keep his distance to Thomson GBR of 114nm constant for the third day in a row. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, November 19, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 11 - Equator crossing, Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 11 - Equator crossing, Alan Roura SUI The leading group crossed the equator yesterday and is chasing down South in well-established southern trade winds. Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) continues to lead the field, but Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) and Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) moved up: Ruyant was only 38nm behind in 2nd place this morning UTC. Jean Lea Cam ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler), sailing in 4th place, was able to keep his distance to Thomson GBR of 114nm constant for the third day in a row. Alan Roura SUI lost one place and is now 18th with a 566nm backlog. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 10

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 10 Alex Thomson GBR seems to have passed the Doldrums, and already at good speed in the southern trade winds, he will pass the equator this morning UTC. Almost 10 days after the start, the fleet is more than one day behind the current record. ----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) is now leading 69nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam'!, Non-Foiler) was able to maintain her gap of 113nm. On the way up is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler), who is 4th only 5nm behind Le Cam. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) follows in 8th place. ----- The race tracker and the report.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 10, Alan Roura SUI

Alex Thomson GBR seems to have passed the Doldrums this morning UTC, as already at good speed in the southern trade winds, he will pass the equator this morning. Almost 10 days after the start, the fleet is more than one day behind the current record. ----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) is now leading 69nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam'!, Non-Foiler) was able to maintain her gap of 113nm. On the way up is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler), who is 4th only 5nm behind Le Cam. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) follows in 8th place. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler), now 233nm back, is still 17th. ----- The race tracker and the report.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9 The Open 60 Foilers are now chasing down South under ideal trade wind conditions with average speeds exceeding 20kn. The brave Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') with his conventional Non-Foiler could not keep the pace and lost much mileage on Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss'). New on rank 2 is now Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) 104nm behind the leader. On the way up is also Charlie Dalin FRA ('APIVIA', Foiler) on 3rd with a 149nm backlog. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) on rank 9 was 279nm behind this morning UTC. Alan Roura SUI on rank 18 followed 629nm back, but finally reaching the trade winds, he accelerated leaving the lull zones. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the day with onboard takes.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020   

 This afternoon, Jérémy Beyou FRA with his 'Charal' will restart for the Vendée in les Sables d'Olonne. The big favorite damaged foils and rudder blade in a collision with flotsam and had to turn back. He is now 2500 miles behind Alex Thomson GBR. The report. ----- Nicolas Troussel FRA, who lost the mast of his 'LinkedOut' yesterday and is now heading for the Canary Islands under engine (4 days !), was the first to definitely abandon the race. ----- The report.
Sunday, November 15, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 7

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 7 After the turbulent starting week with the passage of two stormy low-pressure fronts, the top group has finally reached the trade winds. With sunshine and good sailing conditions, the fleet continues to stretch out -----Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') taking advantage of the foils (plus 5kn) reclaimed rank one. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) follows 23nm behind in 2nd place. With Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') in 3rd place (80nm behind) and Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil', 120nm behind) in 4th, the other chasers are on non-foilers as well. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') follows on the 12th position (192nm behind). ----- Now in the trade winds, it will be a speed race with advantages for the foilers in the next days. ----- The race tracker and the reports (Engl/Fre).
Sunday, November 15, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 7, Alan Roura SUI

After the turbulent starting week with the passage of two stormy low-pressure fronts, the top group has finally reached the trade winds. With sunshine and good sailing conditions, the fleet continues to stretch out -----Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') taking advantage of the foils (plus 5kn) reclaimed rank one. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) follows 23nm behind in 2nd place. With Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') in 3rd place (80nm behind) and Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil', 120nm behind) in 4th, the other chasers are non-foiler as well. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') follows on the 12th (192nm behind) position. ----- Now in the trade winds, it will be a speed race with advantages for the foils in the next days. Alan Roura SUI (La Fabrique') is still 17th, his gap has grown to 292nm. The Race-Tracker and the race tracker and the reports (engl/fra).
Saturday, November 14, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 6

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 6 The Vendée Globe fleet had a restless night, as west of the low Theta, the wind exceeded 50kn in some areas. In the prevailing rough conditions, the old generation Open 60s without foils performed a little better than the new designs with foils.----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was still leading the fleet this morning UTC, but Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) moved up to 3.3nm. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA', Non-Foiler), another old-generation Open 60, on rank 3 is 60nm behind. Damien Seguin FRA ('Apicil', Non-Foiler), the leader of the first two days of racing, moved up to 6th place, 98nm behind. Still best-classified woman is Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 8th place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, November 14, 2020   

aIMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 6, Alan Roura SUI

The Vendée Globe fleet had a restless night, as west of the low Theta, the wind exceeded 50kn in some areas. In the prevailing rough conditions, the old generation Open 60s without foils performed a little better than the new designs with foils.----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was still leading the fleet this morning UTC, but Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) moved up to 3.3nm. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA', Non-Foiler) is the second non-Foiler to take third place, 60nm behind. Damien Seguin FRA ('Apicil', Non-Foiler), the leader of the first two days of racing, moved up to 6th place, 98nm behind. Still best-classified woman is Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 8th place. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler), now in 17th place, is 209nm in arrear. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, November 13, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - the Foilers on the way up

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - the Foilers on the way up At the western edge of the low-pressure system over the Azores yesterday, there was finally enough wind for the foilers, showing their speed potential for the first time moving to the top. Only the amazing Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) was able to stay in the leading group with his so far flawless strategy: The veteran of the fleet - 61 years old - is in 2nd place, 31nm behind Alex Thomson GBR. 10nm farther back is Thomas Ruyant FRA ('Linkedout', Foiler), another favorite. Already 65nm behind is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) on 4th. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) is the best woman in 9th place with a 100nm backlog. . ----- The next challenge is already awaiting the fleet: To pass the next strong low-pressure front with winds up to 60kn! Different strategies to circumvent the danger zone are being discussed, but experience shows that one or the other of the boats are usually hit! The Vendée Globe remains a race of superlatives! ----- The race tracker and the reports
Friday, November 13, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - the ongoing repairs ....

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - the ongoing repairs .... The big favorite of the race Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal', Foiler) is still on his way back to Sables d'Olonne, where he will arrive tomorrow Saturday. After an analysis ashore of the damage caused by the collision with flotsam, he will decide if he can resume the race. A restart is still possible until next Wednesday - here the report. ----- Armel Tripon FRA ('L'Occitane', Foiler) has rejoined the field after his repair break, he was 296 miles behind this morning. Three times, Sorel FRA ('V&B Mayenne', Non-Foiler) had to climb the mast in 8th place to thread a halyard - the report with video. Sébastien Destremau FRA ('Merci', Non-Foiler) had to climb the mast yesterday to free a trapped fall. Now his Open 60 seems to be okay again, at the end of the field - and 419 miles behind - he has resumed the race - the report.
Friday, November 13, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - Alan Roura SUI

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 5 - Alan Roura SUI After a slow start into the race, Alan Roura SUI with his foiling 'La Fabrique' benefited too from the fresher winds yesterday and moved up to 13th position at times. This morning UTC, he is 18th struggling with duller conditions, while the group ahead of him is already benefiting from the influence of the new disturbance. Here is his latest report.
Thursday, November 12, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 4

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 4 Since its start, the Vendée Globe 2020 has exceeded all expectations in terms of excitement and incidents! Unusual weather conditions for this time of year have made for a very balanced race, with the non-foiling outsiders continuing to lead the standings. In the night, the fleet, previously split into a northern and southern group, reunited. Jean LeCam FRA ('Yes we Cam'), sailing in the very south, has taken the lead. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA', non-foil) and Nicolas Troussel FRA ('Corum', foil), both also from the south, followed closely behind this morning UTC. With a gap of 17nm, Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', foil) racing in the northern group is in 4th place. Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', foil) 30nm back was in the 8th position. With a 58nm backlog, Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer', foil) is now 16th, Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', foil) advanced on rank 17 with a 69nm deficit. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, November 12, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 4 - more equipment problems

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 4 - more equipment problems The first front with fresh winds around 40kn led to more incidents yesterday. The most prominent victim is the co-favorite Charal' with Jéremy Béyou FRA, who is returning to Les Sables d'Olonne after a collision with flotsam damaging rudder and keel and leaving the suspicion of further structural damage. The report. Since the last night, Sébastien Destremau FRA ('Merci', Non-Foil) is also on its way back to France, the causes are not yet known at the time of writing. After Fabrice Amedeo FRA ('Newrest', Non-Foil), who resumed the race after his early return, Armel Tripon FRA ('L'Occitane', Foil) also on his way back to Europe was able to rejoin the race too. Both reported damage at the (hook, the fixation of the jib halyard at the top of the mast. ----- The report.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 3

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 3 After the passage of Cape Finisterre yesterday, the fleet had split: A group in the north sailed towards the cold front in the west, which brought up to 40kn wind and 5-meter waves tonight. In the very south, another group chose the direct route, leading the overall classification. A third group did opt for the middle. ----- This morning the northern group also veered south, but despite fresher winds, the favored foiler boats hardly reached higher speeds than the non-foilers in the south this morning. ----- The ranking was led this morning UTC by Maxime Sorel FRA (non-foiler), followed by Maxime Troussel FRA (Corum), the only foiler in the southern group, in 2nd place with a 13nm gap. Jean Le Cam FRA was in 3rd place, 15nm behind. The front from the west has claimed its first prominent victim tonight: Armel Tripon FRA (L'Occitane) had to turn off towards Spain after the hook of the jib halyard broke. Apparently a weak point of the new Open 60, as this is already the third such damage. Fabrice Amedeo FRA, who had to return to Sables d'Olonne for this reason shortly after the start, started again tonight. Samantha Davies GBR was 75nm behind in 12th place, Alan Roura SUI follows in 25th place with a 123nm deficit. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, Alan Roura

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, Alan Roura During the last night, the hero of the first 40 hours, the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA (here his video report of day one) passed the Cape Finisterre at the most northwestern point of Spain as first. While the favored foilers were forced to follow a longer more northerly course to remain up to speed in the very light southwesterly breeze over the Bay of Biscay, the old-generation Open 60s took the direct route bringing them on top of the leader board. This morning UTC however, the wind was slackening and the boats closed up, but a frontal system over the Iberic peninsula from the West has been announced for this evening, and the fleet will, without doubt, be reshuffled. ----- With Jéremy Beyou FRA ('Charal') and Nicolas Troussel FRA ('Corum'), two foilers have now for the first time taken the lead this morning. In the 3rd position with a 6nm backlog followed Jean Le Cam FRA as the first non-foiler. Some favorites are already behind: Samantha Davies ('Initiatives Coeur') was 10th 21nm back, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') 13th with a 30nm deficit. ----- Alan Roura SUI progressed rather cautiously, occupying rank 28 with a 66nm gap to the leader. ----- Tomorrow morning, the leader board will definitely look differently. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2 During the last night, the hero of the first 40 hours, the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA (here his video report of day one) passed the Cape Finisterre at the most northwestern point of Spain as first. While the favored foilers were forced to follow a longer more northerly course to remain up to speed in the very light southwesterly breeze over the Bay of Biscay, the old-generation Open 60s took the direct route bringing them on top of the leader board. This morning UTC however, the wind was slackening and the boats closed up, but a frontal system over the Iberic peninsula from the West has been announced for this evening, and the fleet will, without doubt, be reshuffled. ----- With Jéremy Beyou FRA ('Charal') and Nicolas Troussel FRA ('Corum'), two foilers have now for the first time taken the lead this morning. In the 3rd position with a 6nm backlog followed Jean Le Cam FRA as the first non-foiler. Some favorites are already behind: Samantha Davies ('Initiatives Coeur') was 10th 21nm back, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') 13th with a 30nm deficit. ----- Tomorrow morning, the leader board will definitely look different. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, November 9, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 1

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 1 With over a one-hour delay due to fog, the 33 Solo Skippers started off the Sables d'Olonne to the much-awaited Vendée Globe Solo Round-the-World Race yesterday, finally in moderate conditions and sun. In southerly winds, the fleet was mostly heading West to reach a first frontal system allowing then to veer South into favorable winds. As expected, the favorites were leading the pack initially, but the leader board this morning (UTC) had the most southerly boats, non-foilers, in the lead. ----- Maxime Sorel FRA as first was 0,3nm ahead of Jean Le Cam FRA. Another 2,4nm back followed the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA as 3rd. The first of the northern group was the co-favorite Jérémy Beyou FRA with his 'Charal' on rank 4. Up on a northerly course as well was 'Hugo Boss' of Alex Thomson GBR on rank 19 with a 14,3nm backlog. Not far behind followed Alan Roura SUI on rank 23 with an 21nm deficit on the leader. ----- The race tracker. ----- The first equipment failure had to be noted as well: Fabrice Amedo FRA had to return to the Sables d'Olonne to repair the hook of a jib halyard. The report.
Sunday, November 8, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Start at 13.02h CET

After years of preparation, the 33 participants in the Vendée Globe 2020 will depart from Les Sables Olonne to their adventure around the Globe by noon UTC. A southerly 15kn breeze has been announced, allowing the 16 Open 60 foilers to deploy their full speed potential. A spectacle right from the beginning! ----- The official preview.
Sunday, November 8, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the starting procedure

The dock-out was a major happening in previous years attracting a huge crowd, but with the Corona restrictions, it will be more quiet this time. The leaving of the harbor thru the channel will be presented live stream beginning at 8h CET. Armel Tripon FRA with his 'Occitane' will leave the quay as first, followed every 4 minutes by the rest of the fleet. Ari Huusela FIN will conclude the pararde. The participants will have about 3 hours on the water for the last checks together with their teams, before the technicians have to leave the Open 60s. At 12.02h UTC, the start will be given, direction control buoy 7nm away, before the Open 60 head for the open sea. ----- The program.
Sunday, November 8, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Alan Roura SUI

Switzerland has been represented at the Vendée Globe since 2000. This time, Alan Roura SUI will be present for the second time, having followed Dominique Wavre SUI and Bernard Stamm SUI 4 years ago. As the youngest participant on the eldest boat, he finished on the remarkable 12th place. This time, the Geneva skipper aims for a top-10 finish, in less than 80 days. Still the youngest participant with 27 years, he will leave the port at 8h UTC. Here his latest report.
Saturday, November 7, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the participants

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the participants 33 participants from 11 nations will be at the start of the Vendée tomorrow Sunday at 13.02h CET, a record-size fleet, split in foilers - 10kn faster, depending on the wind - and the previous generation non-foilers. An expert group, among others with the double Vendée winner Michel Désjoyeaux FRA, has evaluated the potential of the different Open 60s. See also the overview of the fleet on the official website.
Saturday, November 7, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Live transmission on TV and the Internet

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Live transmission on TV and the Internet The start of the Vendée Globe tomorrow at 13.02h CET will be aired on TV channels around the World. Alone in France, 20 stations such as TF1, TF2 and TV3, will be live online, and also in small, land-locked Switzerland, SRF and RTS will transmit the event. And obviously, our portal www.sailing-news.com will be present beginning at 8h a.m. livestreaming all official broadcasts. ----- The report.
Friday, November 6, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 48 hours until the Start

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 48 hours until the Start On Sunday at 13h CET, the 33 Solo-Skippers will depart in Les Sables d'Olonne to their Round-the-World Race. The Vendée Globe is THE sailing top-event this year, that will be followed live by a big crowd, and in these Covid-19 times more than ever on TV and the Internet, not only by sailing addicts, but also by a sport-interested public in general. ----- For the time being, the participants are in quarantine, execising to remain fit and studying weather forecasts. ----- The news.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 24'296 miles

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 24'296 miles 24'296 miles, about 45'000 km, is the distance of the 2020/1 Vendée Globe. Last Saturday, the Race Direction defined the safety zones on the Southern Oceans, to avoid the drift ice, and at the same time limiting the maximum distance from the South Australian Coast to allow possible rescue actions. During the race, the ice zones will constantly be monitored over satellites and the borders may be adjusted accordingly. ----- The report.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Damien Séguin FRA

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Damien Séguin FRA The multiple Paralympic medalist Damien Séguin FRA will be the first disabled sailor to participate in the Vendée Globe. Séguin was born without his left hand and will have to master the many artisanal requirements aboard his Open 60 in difficult conditions. The winches of his "Apicil Group" are fitted with a glove so that he can handle without restriction. A portrait and an interview.
Monday, November 2, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the safety hazard

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the safety hazard Keeping the Vendée as safe as possible, the Race Direction team of four, led by Race Director Jacques Caraes, formerly a round the world ocean racer himself, keep the fleet under constant surveillance all the way before and during the race. The required safety equipment of all 33 IMOCAs was checked by the scrutineers. After earlier passing their medical examination and their first aid and medical training, the skippers and their IMOCAs are fully checked off and deemed ready to race. ----- A report on the event website.
Monday, November 2, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Skippers help with scientific data gathering

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Skippers help with scientific data gathering Ten weather data buoys, three Argo floats and three thermosalinographs are the key items of scientific measuring and recording equipment which will be taken by Vendée Globe skippers during this upcoming race. At a time when there is a greater need than ever before to understand what exactly is happening to our oceans so we can target the most efficient preservation and sustainability initiatives. In these vitally important projects - in cooperation with the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of Unesco and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) - 17 of the 33 Vendée Globe skippers are taking part in. The report.
Monday, November 2, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Virtual Regatta

Also this year, several hundred thousand participants will take part in the Virtual Vendée at home in front of the screen, an intense fun that requires regular checks of the race situation. Four years ago, two Russian students won, alternating in two-hour turns to monitor the course and the sail settings. For beginners, an Online-Seminar will be run tomorrow and at the end of the week, to inform on the requirements and possibilities of the virtual race. ----- The Details.
Friday, October 30, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the Women

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the Women Six women are among the 33 participants of the Vendée Globe 2020/1. ----- With her fourth start, Samantha Davis GBR is among the most experienced skippers. Although her Open 60 is already 10-year old, the British sailor is a favorite for a top finish. Her 'Initiatives Coeur' occupied rank 3 at the last Vendée with Jérémy Beyou FRA, and was among the best during the preparation races in the past months. ----- Good chances has also the two-passport-holder Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. Preparing her first solo round-the-world race, her results in the tune-ups were promising. She will be sailing an elder Open 60, but updated with foils. ----- The young Clarisse Cremer FRA, a Vendée rookie as well, finished 2nd at the Mini-Transat three years ago. Her Open 60 belonged to the Vendée 2012/13 winner François Gabart FRA, and has also been beefed up with foils. ----- The Race Village at the Sables d'Olonne harbor has meanwhile been shut down, and it is now quiet along the shores in the Corona pandemic mode. The start to the race however will take place in 9 days according to program.
Thursday, October 29, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the favorites

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - the favorites With the new Foiler Open 60s, the IMOCA cards were reshuffled. 10 new constructions as well as 6 older designs, newly equipped with foils, will be participating. The preparation program, restricted due to Corona, only allowed a few comparisons. Always at the forefront was Jérémy Beyou FRA with his 'Charal'. Beyou was able to complete the first tests with his new boat in 2018 already and thus had the opportunity to further optimize the technology. He will be participating in the Vendée for the 4th time, after two abandonements and a 3rd place in 2016. 'L'Occitane' of Armel Tripon FRA made a strong impression as well. Tripon started his offshore career with a win at the Mini-Transat 2003 and is now sailing his first Vendée Globe. His Open 60 has a round (scow)bow, similar to the fastest Mini and Class 40 yachts. Also always up front was 'Apivia' with Charlie Dalin FRA in his first appearance at the Vendée. Although 'PRB' of Kevin Escoffier FRA is already 10 years old, the upgrade with foils seems to have worked well in the preparation events, where he was always at the forefront of fleet. The hottest favorite is probably Alex Thomson GBR with his 'Hugo Boss'. The Englishman, starting for the fifth time, finished the last two Vendées in 3rd and 2nd places. ----- But to finish first, you have to finish first! ----- The event website with the News.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA

In 12 days, the start of the Vendée Globe Non-Stop-Solo-Round-the-World Race, this year the absolute highlight of sail racing, will be given at the French Atlantic Coast. A race of superlatives is awaiting us: half of the 33 participating Open 60s are equipped with foils, and a new record (74 days so far ) can be expected, although some of yachts will probably be eliminated by havaries. Until the start, we will present daily information of interest about this unique race, as available on the event website. ----- The Sables d'Olonne Race Village has already been opened for 10 days, offering visitors a racing atmosphere and daily entertainment. Here the program. ----- Want to participate? Enter the race from home, joining the virtual Vendée Globe. Several 100,000 participants will be online every day for 3 months!


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