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

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

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Sunday, January 24, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 77 - a quartet pulling away

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 77 - a quartet pulling away 1'200 miles before the finish, a top quartet was able to pull away somewhat: Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) still leads with 18 miles over Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2). Boris Herrmann GER (Seaexplorer) follows in third place, 48 miles behind, and Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) still has a good chance with 88 miles to go. ----- On the Bay of Biscay, another flat high-pressure zone awaits, and the race will only be decided in the final approach to the finish. ----- At the very end of the fleet, Alexa Barrier FRA and Ari Huusela FIN will be the last to round Cape Horn today. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, January 23, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 76 - exciting close racing

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 76 - exciting close racing In four days, the Vendée Globe will come to an end....and the final remains exciting: The first 6 are still only 160 miles apart. Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) has made up a lot of ground the past 24 hours, and he is only 17 miles behind Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) in 2nd place this morning UTC. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) follows 90 miles back in 3rd place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, January 22, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 75 - Burton now 2nd behind Dalin

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 75 - Burton now 2nd behind Dalin Leaving the trade winds behind, the leading pack has now reached a transition zone influenced by the Azores high and moving closer together. The first 7 are only 185 miles apart with 2,000 miles to go. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) continues to lead, ahead of Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) new in second place, only 29 miles behind. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) follows in 3rd place, 61 miles behind. The best non-Foiler continues to be Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil), who is only 102 miles back in 5th place. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, January 21, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 74 - Dalin 98nm ahead of Herrmann new on 2nd

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 74 - Dalin 98nm ahead of Herrmann new on 2nd The leader Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) still has 2200 miles to go until the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. The leading group will reach a last flat transition zone today, which will probably be decisive for the race: Whoever of the leading group, which is still sailing close together, reaches the fresh westerly winds first, has a good chance of winning. 98 miles behind Dalin, Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) has moved up to second place. Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) follows in 3rd place, 108 miles behind. Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil, Non-Foiler) has moved up to 5th place. He will be benefiting from good easterly wind conditions today. The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 73 - Dalin FRA now 110nm ahead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 73 - Dalin FRA now 110nm ahead Heading straight North in northerly trade winds, the leading group will probably have to overcome the last strategic hurdle before the final sprint to Les Sables d'Olonne tonight: a flat high-pressure system ahead. By this morning UTC, Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) extended his lead to 110 miles. Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) sailing in the far west follows in 2nd, Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) is now again 3rd with Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) now in 4th with 143 miles behind. As best non-Foiler, Damien Seguin FRA follows on 5th position (181 miles behind). The Race-Tracker and the Reports.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 72 - deviation West or direct course?

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 72 - deviation West or direct course? With 2700 miles left to the finish, the race remains exciting with the leading group continuing to sail closely together in the northerly trade winds. The two leaders Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) and Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) 96 miles behind chose a more westerly course while Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) sailing in 3rd place and the other chasers stayed as high on the wind as possible and thus chose the more direct route. The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, January 18, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 71 - the leaders sailing progressing in the northern trade winds

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 71 - the leaders sailing progressing in the northern trade winds After traversing the equator, the leading group crossed the Doldrums yesterday and reached the northern trade winds this morning. Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) held on to the lead, but Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) stayed close, 21 miles behind. Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) has fought his way back up to 3rd place still 96 miles back. The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, January 17, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 70 - Back in the Northern Hemisphere

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 70 - Back in the Northern Hemisphere Last night, the leaders passed the equator, and now, the 3500-mile final sprint back to Les Sables d'Olonne FRA lies ahead. Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) was the first back in the north, but this morning, he was again 1.6 miles behind Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) in second place. Moving up further is Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer). In 3rd, he is only 22 miles behind Dalin. Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) remains the best non-Foiler in 6th place with a 93 miles backlog. In 22nd and 23rd places, Miranda Merron FRA and Clément Giraud FRA passed Cape Horn this morning. Only Samantha Davis GBR, Alexa Barrier FRA, and Ari Huusela FIN remain in the Pacific. Sébastien Destremau FRA (merci) finally abandoned yesterday after a long series of repairs and is on his way to New Zealand. The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, January 16, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 69 - Leading pack crossing the Equator by this evening UTC

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 69 - Leading pack crossing the Equator by this evening UTC The leading group, still sailing close together, has reached the southern trade winds and will traverse the equator this evening. The good conditions are now favoring the foiling boats, which are going a few knots faster. Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) still has a 16 mile lead over Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Valléé 2). Boris Herrmann GER is 3rd, 48 miles behind. Damien Seguin FRA follows as best non-Foiler with 93 miles behind in 5th place. The race tracker and the news.
Saturday, January 16, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 68 - Clarisse Cremer FRA working hard on top of the mast

After the retirement of Samantha Davis GBR and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, Clarisse Cremer FRA (Banque Populaire), sailing 1160 miles behind in 12th place, is now the best-classified woman. For more than a week, she has been sailing close to Armel Tripon FRA (L'Occitane), one of the favorites who was set back at the start by an incident. Clarisse Cremer also had time to laminate her headsail in the masthead. Hard work, as the video (4min29sec) reveals.
Saturday, January 16, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 68 - Clarisse Cremer FRA working hard on top of the mast

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 68 - Clarisse Cremer FRA working hard on top of the mast After the retirement of Samantha Davis GBR and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, Clarisse Cremer FRA (Banque Populaire), sailing 1160 miles behind in 12th place, is now the best-classified woman. For more than a week, she has been sailing close to Armel Tripon FRA (L'Occitane), one of the favorites who was set back at the start by an incident. Clarisse Cremer also had time to laminate her headsail in the masthead. Hard work, as the video (4min29sec) reveals.
Thursday, January 14, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 67 - another leader change

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 67 - another leader change And another leader change! Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') reclaimed rank one and was now 19nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau Vallée 2') this morning UTC. Two weeks ago, Burton had to make a repair stop in the lee of the Macquarie Islands, and now he is back sailing for victory after a brilliant recovery .... we are in week 67, and the race lasts about three more weeks only! ----- 37nm behind, the long-time leader Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') still remains a top challenger. However, sailing on the most westerly course, he is likely to lose further distance as the trade winds shift to the right. In pole position for the expected conditions seems to be Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') on the 5th place, 58nm back, all the way in the East. ----- With Stéphane Diraison FRA, Didac Costa ESP, and Kojiro Shiraishi JPN, the ranks 18-20 did pass Cape Horn last night. Next up to round tomorrow will be Manuel Cousin FRA ('Groupe Setin'). ----- The race tracker and the reports (eng./franz).ng./franz)[/URL].
Wednesday, January 13, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 65 - Bestaven FRA back on top

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 65 - Bestaven FRA back on top With 4500nm left to the finish, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') on the most western course along the Brazilian coast has regained the first position during the past 24 hours. Separated by only 120nm, the leading 9-boat-pack is sailing closer together than ever. The runner-up Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') was 6nm behind this morning UTC. 23 respectively 26nm back followed Louis Burton ('Bureau Vallée') new in 3rd and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') in 4th. Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') in 5th (and first Non-Foiler) kept the 41nm deficit on the leader. ----- The first woman Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') in 12th was 800nm behind. ----- The northeast trade winds are unstable with variations in strength and direction and therefore provoking speed differences between the boats. Position changes guaranteed. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 65 - Close up on top

Just four days ago, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') led the field by more than 400 miles. During the past night UTC, he dropped to 3rd! Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is the new leader with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') following 18nm behind, and Bestaven also staying close with a 26nm backlog. Still sensational Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') in 4th (and first Non-Foiler) only 41nm back. ----- The first woman Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') is 12th 800nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, January 11, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 63 - another anticyclone decelerating the leader again

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 63 - another anticyclone decelerating the leader again The weather remains very variable over the South Atlantic, and the leading Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is currently again slowed down by a new high-pressure area. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') could catch up to 97nm. Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') 204nm back is now in 3rd, with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') following 11nm behind. ----- Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') is now 7th with a 396nm backlog. ----- The race Ttracker and the reports.
Sunday, January 10, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 62 - Out for Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 62 - Out for Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER After the swing keel hydraulics failures a few days ago, the keel suspension of her Open 60 broke yesterday, and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF'), partly sailing up to rank 4, was forced to abandon the race. ----- At the top, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') had to give away about half of his lead in a flat anticyclone during the past two days, but this morning he was the first to reach fresh winds from the north and is pulling away again. In 2nd, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is 181nm, and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') 292nm behind in 3rd, with Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') following just 8nm back in 4th. ----- Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') is now 8th, 582nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, January 9, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 61 - the leader loosing about 100 miles

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 61 - the leader loosing about 100 miles As in the first phase of the race in November, the South Atlantic presents itself very complex again on the way back. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'), having pulled away in the past days, was slowed down by the next high-pressure zone this morning UTC. Faster than the leader, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), 327nm behind, and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), 354nm back, were able to reduce the backlog by 100nm during the past 24 hours. With a 446nm deficit, Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') kept the 4th place by this morning UTC. The inconsistent conditions will continue to cause position changes today, especially in the closely packed chasing group. ----- Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') is now 712nm back in 9th, the first woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') follows in 11th now 754 miles behind. ----- Pip Hare GBR ('Medallia') had to replace one of the rudders (here is the report) loosing one place to 16th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, January 8, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 61 - Yannick Bestaven FRA now with a 435nm lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 61 - Yannick Bestaven FRA now with a 435nm lead Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') pulls away! After being the first to leave the slack high-pressure area behind yesterday, Bestaven extended his lead to 435nm, the largest advantage achieved so far in this race. The first pursuers Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') are only 14nm apart. Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') now in 4th is approaching from the south, and it remains to be seen if he can catch up with the chasing duo. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, January 7, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 60 - Bestaven FRA extending lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 60 - Bestaven FRA extending lead Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is pulling away at the top. He was the first to leave the slack high-pressure zone behind and accelerate to over 20kn. New on the second place is now Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') 374nm behind. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') are having a close duel another 10nm back. ----- The closely packed pursuer group, led by Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA'), is following with a 600nm deficit. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') improved to rank 9, while Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') is still 11th. ----- Next to round Cape Horn in about 3 days will be Pip Hare GBR ('Medallia'), on rank 15, handicapped by autopilot problems, 90nm ahead of Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique'). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 59 - Leading duo progressing slowly

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 59 - Leading duo progressing slowly Over the South Atlantic, a flat high-pressure system provides a first obstacle on the way north. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') progressing at only 6.7kn this morning UTC is about to lose some of his lead. But Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), now 210nm behind, is only making 6.4kn as well. Still on a fast pace are Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') and, sailing in the far south, Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil'), both 299nm behind. ----- Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') has picked up speed (19.5kn) in spite of the blocked swing keel, and is now 10th, just ahead of Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') back in the race after repairing the torn mainsail. Early this morning UTC, Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Armel Tripon FRA ('L'Occitane') rounded Cape Horn in 12th and 13th. It will take a few days for the next group, led by the still amazing Pip Hare GBR ('Medallia'), to reach the Atlantic. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 58 - high traffic off Cape Horn

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 58 - high traffic off Cape Horn Tonight UTC within a few hours, seven teams of the closely sailing chasing fleet rounded Cape Horn at the most southern point of the Americas. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMNIA') on rank 5 is 645nm behind the still leading Yannik Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'). Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau Vallée 2') has reduced the gap on Dutreux to 17nm. 100nm behind is Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') in 7th, just ahead of Maxime Sorel FRA ('V and B Moyenne'), Giancarlo Pedote ITA ('Prsymian'), and Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer'). In the gale force winds on the approach to Cape Horn, Herrmann tore the mainsail and is now waiting for more moderate conditions for repair. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') however had to note irreparable damage to the keel hydraulics, and she can no longer use the swing keel, reducing her speed by up to 30%. At the top, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is continuously pulling away. Today, entering the high of St.Helena, he will be slowing down a lot. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') was 235nm behind this morning UTC. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') was the only one to hold directly north and benefitting from better winds, he might reduce his deficit of 350nm for now. Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') in 4th place remains 100nm behind Ruyant. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, January 4, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 57 - Ruyant and Seguin rounded the Cape in 3rd and 4th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 57 - Ruyant and Seguin rounded the Cape in 3rd and 4th Last night UTC, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') and Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) rounded Cape Horn in 3rd and 4th place. The duo, 45 miles apart, managed to pull away 230nm from the chasing peloton. Already sailing at the height of the Falkland Islands, leader Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is 145nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). The chasing pack led by Benjamin Dutreux FRA (OMIA), 618nm behind, remains close together. 685nm back follows Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') in 8th. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') has dropped to 10th, 734 miles behind. ----- At the very end of the field, Sébastien Destremau FRA ('Merci') is creeping towards Australia with a damaged steering system, and he will probably have to abandon the race. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, January 3, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 56 - Bestaven and Dalin rounded Cape Horn

After 55 days and 2 hours, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') was the first to pass Cape Horn yesterday afternoon UTC. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), 144nm behind, reached the Atlantic Ocean in the last night as well. Next to round the Cape tonight will be Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') and Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil'), 479 and 525nm behind Bestaven. The closely together sailing chasing group led by Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') is 126nm back. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') follows 64nm behind Dutreux in 8th, and Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer') only 3nm back is 9th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, January 3, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 56 - Bestaven and Dalin rounded Cape Horn

After 55 days and 2 hours, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') was the first to pass Cape Horn yesterday afternoon UTC. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), 144nm behind, reached the Atlantic Ocean in the last night as well. Next to round the Cape tonight will be Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') and Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil'), 479 and 525nm behind Bestaven. The closely together sailing chasing group led by Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') is 126nm back. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') follows 64nm behind Dutreux in 8th, and Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer') only 3nm back is 9th. ----- The race tracker, the reports and a video of the leader.
Saturday, January 2, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 55 - Rounding Cape Horn in a storm

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 55 - Rounding Cape Horn in a storm This afternoon UTC, Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') will be the first to round Cape Horn after a very uncomfortable approach, as he will have to weather a front from the north with winds up to 55kn and 9-meter waves. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') 166nm behind is the only one who could keep up. The chasing group has lost some distance. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') in 3rd is already 475nm back. Another 48nm behind, Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') is still 4th as the best non-Foiler. He could break away from the chasing group and is in turn 116nm ahead of Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA'). Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer'), 37nm behind Dutreux, is leading the pursuer group (ranks 5-11) sailing within 60nm only. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, January 1, 2021   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 54 - Cape Horn tomorrow

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 54 - Cape Horn tomorrow Yannik Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq') and 147nm back Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') were able to extend their lead yesterday in well-established fresh winds from the northwest, while the chasing group was slowed down. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') is now already 401nm behind in 3rd place. Still best non-Foiler is Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') in 4th position with a 497nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') follows now 595nm behind in the 5th position. ----- Tomorrow, Yannik Bestaven FRA will pass Cape Horn and turn onto the home stretch back to France on the Atlantic Ocean. ----- Pip Hare GBR rank 16 on her 'Medallia' - the 20-year-old former 'Superbigou' of Bernhard Stamm SUI, on which Alan Roura achieved 13th place at the Vendée 4 years ago - remains astonishing. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, December 31, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 53 - two more days left to the Cape

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 53 - two more days left to the Cape Two more days for the leaders until Cape Horn! The fresh winds in the South Pacific continue to provide for high speeds, and the leading Yannik Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is underway with almost 20kn average speed extending the advantage. The only one who could keep up yesterday was Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') on 2nd place 107nm behind. Excellent performance of Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) in 3rd place, 270nm back, who could break away from the chasing group. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') in 4th place is already 327nm behind. The rest of the chasing pack (ranks 5-11) continues to sail close together, and further position changes until Cape Horn are very likely. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 52

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 52 The wind conditions along the exclusion zone are now quite stable and the leading group is rapidly moving towards the Cape Horn in fresh aft winds. The leader Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'), still missing about 1700nm this morning UTC, should round the Cape on January 2nd. Keeping his 2nd place 157nm behind, was Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), but a chasing group is moving up more and more. New in 3rd place with now a 197nm backlog is Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) who has made up 40nm since yesterday. Only 6nm behind Séguin follows Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') now in 4th, the 5th-ranked Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') is another 24nm back. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') in 7th has a 274nm deficit, Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') follows 6nm behind her in 8th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 51 - winds exceeding 30nm on the Pacific

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 51 - winds exceeding 30nm on the Pacific After rather moderate weather conditions over the Pacific Ocean so far, a large low-pressure system is now providing fresh winds exceeding 30kn. ----- The leading Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') could extend his lead on Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') still in 2nd to 135nm. The big chasing group behind reduced the distance to the leader. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') on 3rd is now 202nm back. The first non-foiler of the Paralympic Gold Medalist Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') has moved up to 4th place, 227nm behind, followed by Isabelle Joschke GER ('MASCF') in 5th another 50nm back. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') and Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') are just one mile farther behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, December 28, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 50 - Cape Horn about one week away provided the favorable condtions persist

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 50 - Cape Horn about one week away provided the favorable condtions persist The high-pressure system flattened along the iceberg exclusion zone and the leading group is finally making good progress again. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') - sailing at 19.6kn this morning UTC - extended his lead on Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') to 86nm. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') has regained 3rd place with a 276nm deficit. New in 4th now Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) 328nm behind, followed 18nm back by Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF'). Cape Horn, about 2000 miles away, will be reached by the leaders early next week. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, December 27, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 49 - up on speed again

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 49 - up on speed again After the leading duo, the chasing group has passed the center of the anticyclone during the last night UTC as well and is making good speed again. ----- Winner of the day was Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), who opted for the most northerly deviation and after tacking, he is now moving East at high speed on the intact foil of his Open60. From 8th place, he advanced on 3rd tonight (322nm behind) and is still the fastest of the leading group. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') remains on top 44nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam!', Non-Foiler) is now back in 4th place, 329nm behind. Ranks 3-10 are only 100nm apart. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, December 27, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 49 - other winners of the day

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 49 - other winners of the day In addition to Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), who improved to 3rd place, Maxime Sorel FRA ('V and B Mayenne') was also one of the winners of the day: Joining the chasing group as 8th, he was only 80nm behind 3rd place this morning UTC. Also continuing to advance were the two co-favorites Armel Tripon FRA ('L'Occitane') and Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal'), who had to stop for repairs shortly after the start: Armel Tripon FRA, with 21kn this morning the fastest, is now 13th, but still 1100nm behind. Jérémy Béyou FRA, who started the race 9 days late after the repair return, is also coming strongly from behind, holding now rank 18 with a 2600nm backlog this morning. 400nm ahead of 'Charal' in 17th place is the 48-year-old Englishwoman Pip Hare GBR, who is doing excellently with the 21-year-old former 'Superbigou' of Bernard Stamm SUI, the oldest Open 60 in the fleet, and has always been among the fastest during the last days. ----- The race tracker.
Friday, December 25, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 47 - the leading trio splits courses

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 47 - the leading trio splits courses In the still dominating light-winds of the huge anticyclone, the leading trio has been opting for different strategies. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is trying to deviate the slack on the northern edge, while the runner-up Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), squeezing in along the ice exclusion zone in the extreme south, has been reducing the backlog to only 1.2nm this morning UTC. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), previously 3rd, went the farthest north dropping to 7th. New in 3rd now is Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') with a 294nm backlog. Just one mile behind follows Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') in 4th place as best non-Foiler. Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) sailed not far behind 319nm back in 5th, accompanied by two whales yesterday. The video. Ranks 3-8 (Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, 'MACSF') remained just 30 miles apart. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, December 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 46 - merging of the fleet

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 46 - merging of the fleet The slack conditions over the South Pacific have led to further mergings within the fleet yesterday, and this with a high-pressure system moving concurrently in the same direction .... It remains exciting! ----- Yannik Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is leading now 49nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). The backlog of the pursuer group led by Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') has grown to 219nm, but the ranks 4 (Benjamin Dutreux FRA, 'OMIA', Non-Foiler) to 8 (Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, 'MASCF', Foiler) are down to just 10nm! ----- The racetracker and the reports.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 45 - a major close up to expect

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 45 - a major close up to expect After the so far extraordinary wind conditions on the Atlantic as well as on the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean shows itself from an unusual side too: A huge high pressure system is slowing down the top of the fleet. The leader Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') is sailing at just 10kn. The chasers will catch up massively in the next two days, and a major close up might be expected. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') was 92nm back in 2nd this morning UTC. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') is still in 3rd with a 179nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER '(SeaExplorer') as 4th reduced the gap to 300nm. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') is new in 5th place, 354nm behind. Still among the fastest is Isabelle Joschke GER ('MACSF') who is 8th, only 390nm behind the leader, about to overtake Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') only 9nm in front of her this morning. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 44 - the parade is slowing down in a high pressure zone

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 44 - the parade is slowing down in a high pressure zone A distinct anticyclone along the ice exclusion zone is currently causing flat conditions on the South Pacific, and the leading trio has already been slowed down, while the chasing group is moving up. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') continues to lead with now 94nm on Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') is 175nm back in 3rd. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') follows 315nm behind in 4th place, and Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') in 5th, the first non-Foiler, has also reduced the gap to 360nm. Again among the fastest of the day was Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF'), who in 8th place is now 522nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, December 21, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 43 - News on damaged boats

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 43 - News on damaged boats After the stormy entrance to the Indian Ocean, the situation has now largely calmed down, although conditions remain very sporty with waves, fresh winds, and cold temperatures. ----- Louis Burton FRA, currently ranked 9th, has been seeking shelter for his 'Bureau La Vallée' near the Macquarie Island, for various major repairs to the rig - the report. ----- At the very end of the fleet, Sébastien Destremau FRA ('Merci') is struggling with steering system failures. A temporary repair should get him all the way to Australia, where most probably, he will abandon the race - the report. ----- Last Tuesday, Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') resumed her circumnavigation of the Globe in Cape Town. With the claim of outside help, she is out of the race, but she still wants to finish the course 'hors-concours', to continue to raise money for her sponsor Initiatives Coeur, funds to enable heart surgeries for sick children.
Sunday, December 20, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 42

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 42 By yesterday, the first 11 Open60s entered the Pacific Ocean heading for the next waymark Cape Horn, the last of the three Capes to round. So far in moderate winds, the leading group is sailing close to the iceberg exclusion zone along the 55th latitude south. ----- Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') extended his lead over Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') to 90nm. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') continues to follow in 3rd place, 151nm behind on this Sunday morning UTC. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') is now 4th with a 354nm backlog. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') in the 5th position 400nm behind Bestaven FRA is steering the first non-Foiler. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') is one place ahead on the 8th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, December 19, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 41 - Close up in anticyclone calms

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 41 - Close up in anticyclone calms During the past night UTC, the leaders were decelerated by a high-pressure calm zone without deviation possibilities because of the iceberg exclusion zone in the south. Accordingly, the fleet closed up even more. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') continues to lead 35nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). Already 145nm behind followed Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') on the 3rd position. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') still holds the 4th place as best non-Foiler. He could reduce the gap to 363nm. Another 30nm back is Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') in 5th place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, December 17, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 39 - Damage for LinkedOut

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 39 - Damage for LinkedOut Last night, the second-ranked Thomas Ruyant FRA reported a major water leak on his 'LinkedOut', which immediately forced him to stop racing and pump out water to determine the cause of the leak. Meanwhile, Ruyant is back in the race, with a deficit of 127nm on Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'). Charlie Dalin ('Apivia') remains in 3rd place, 153nm behind. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') in 4th place is the first non-Foiler to follow 498nm back. Close behind are Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) and Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 5th and 6th place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 38 - Leading duo separated by 8 miles only

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 38 - Leading duo separated by 8 miles only During the past night UTC, the race has normalized along the Exclusion Zone, as the Anticyclone areas did move north, and the leaders and chasers are making good progress again.. ----- Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') continues to lead by almost 8nm ahead of Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'). Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') resumed racing after his collision incident as apparently, the damaged foil could be repaired. The report. ----- The chasing pack did close up yesterday with as many as five Open 60s sailing within sight of each other. The reports with videos. In 4th place this morning UTC was Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) at 439nm, followed by Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') 456nm behind the leader. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 37 - Leader change!

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 37 - Leader change! After a collision with flotsam, the leading 'APIVIA' with Charlie Dalin FRA damaged the port foil yesterday evening and was slowed down - The report. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') is now in the lead, just 2nm ahead of Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq'). Charlie Dalin FRA is 9nm behind in 3rd. ----- Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA', Non-Foiler) in 4th as first of a chaser group, is already 346nm in arrear. They may lose more distance as of today, as a slack high is blocking the way to the east. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, December 14, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 36 - Passing Cape Leeuwin

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 36 - Passing Cape Leeuwin Yesterday, the top trio sailing close together passed Cap Leeuwin at the southwest tip of Australia within only 3 h 20 min - next destination: Cape Horn! The difficult weather conditions so far have left the leaders more than 6 days behind the 2016 record, despite foilers, a deficit hard to catch up. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is now 55nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), while Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') follows 77nm behind. 280nm in arrear, the 'non-foiler trio' is sailing, lead by Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') 2nm ahead of Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') and 17nm ahead of Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA'). Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') moved up to 8th place, one mile ahead of Boris Hermann GER ('SeaExplorer'). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, December 13, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 35 - Today, Cape Leuuwin, the second of three Capes

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 35 - Today, Cape Leuuwin, the second of three Capes After 35 race days, the leaders will pass Cape Leeuwin on the southwestern point of Australia today. In good sailing conditions, the fleet has moved closer together: Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is still leading 62nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'). Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq') follows only 5nm behind in 3rd, and Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') is the first Non-Foiler in 4th place. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') is still 9th, while Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique') remained in 15th place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, December 12, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 34 - Close up on top

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 34 - Close up on top On the approach to Cap Leeuwin at the southwestern point of Australia, the leading duo was slowed down by decreasing winds. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is now only 71nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), and only another 13nm behind follows Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq') in 3rd place. Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil')in 4th place, 211nm behind as the best non-Foiler, leads the tightly packed chasing fleet. ----- After the failure of his two on-board computers, Fabrice Amedeo FRA ('Art & Fenêtres') had to abandon the race yesterday as sixth to leave the Vendée early. ----- At the backend of the fleet, the former top favorite Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal'), who started 7 days late after a repair return, has left the last place to Ari Huusela FIN ('Stark'). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, December 11, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 33

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 33 After the stormy days on the South Indian Ocean, the weather has now calmed down for the whole fleet at least until Cap Leeuwin at the southwestern point of Australia. Moderate conditions should allow the participants a few days of rest. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') remains in front. His lead over Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') this morning UTC was 165nm. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq') in 3rd was 200nm behind. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') is the first non-Foiler to follow in 5th place, 285nm back. Reducing the gap on the leading group is Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER in 9th 420nm in arrear. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, December 10, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 32 - no change on top

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 32 - no change on top Conditions on the Indian Ocean remain windy, but the storm has veered south. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is leading 209nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'). 100nm behind, the chasing group follows, led by Louis Burton ('Bureau Vallée'), who checked the repairs on the mast top with a drone video. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq') follows closely 10nm back. The first non-foiler is Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') 45nm behind in 5th position. Isabelle Joschke ('MASCF') with a 495nm backlog follows as 9th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 31 - the leading duo in survival mode

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 31 - the leading duo in survival mode Yesterday evening UTC, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') reached the storm depression over the South Indian Ocean. At 45kn, in peaks up to 60kn, both are sailing in survival mode with retracted foilers and minimal sail area. Dalin FRA lies 285nm miles off Ruyant FRA this morning UTC. The chasing group, on the other hand, is benefitting from 'normal' conditions (25kn) at the backside of the disturbance. Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée') was able to complete repairs moving up to 3rd place with a 336nm backlog. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') advanced to 5th place as best non-foiler, in front of Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler), who apparently was able to repair his autopilot. Isabelle Joschke FRA ('MACSF') in 9th place was still one of the fastest, reducing the gap to 578nm. Armel Tripon FRA ('L'Occitane') rank 14, coming strongly from behind with an 18kn average speed, was the fastest in the fleet. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 30

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 30 For days, the leading group has been struggling with the rough conditions of the Indian Ocean. The leading duo with Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') and Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') 209nm behind has reached a new weather system yesterday and should be able to break away today. The pursuers, newly led by Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq'), are now already 344nm and more behind. Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil'), busy repairing his autopilot, fell back to 7th position 472 miles in arrear. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') on rank 9 another 90nm behind is still the best-classified woman. ----- Much wind and difficult cross waves have been announced for today and more cancellations might well be expected. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, December 7, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 29 - deviation northwards to avoid storm depression

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 29 - deviation northwards to avoid storm depression A storm depression in the south provoked the first half of the fleet to opt for a more northerly course on the Indian Ocean to avoid the worst. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') remains in the lead 188nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée'), sailing the Vendée winning boat of 2016 (François Gabart FRA). For 2 days now, he has been handicapped by a defective autopilot and the windy conditions have prevented him from making repairs so far. ----- Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') follows closely 10nm behind. ----- Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil'), still the first non-foiler, moved up to 4th with a 300nm backlog. ----- The best-ranked woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') follows in 9th place 606nm back. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, December 6, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 28 - the fleet sailing in safety mode in the prevailing fresh winds

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 28 - the fleet sailing in safety mode in the prevailing fresh winds No changes at the top of the fleet sailing in safety mode without too many risks in the prevailing fresh winds and big waves. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') was 233nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') this Sunday morning UTC. Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée') follows another 33nm behind. As the first non-foiler, Damien Seguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') on 4th continues to perform excellently 110nm behind Burton. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER on rank 10 remains the best-classified woman. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, December 6, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 28 - Samantha Davis GBR abandons the race ... but continues out of competition

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 28 - Samantha Davis GBR abandons the race ... but continues out of competition After the collision with flotsam, Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') reached Cape Town yesterday. Examining the damages, she had to realize that she would not be able to repair the Open60 on her own, and therefore she was forced to give up the race. After the repairs done by her shore team, she still wants to continue the round-the-world trip, out of the competition. ----- The report.
Sunday, December 6, 2020   

Trophée Jules Verne - Day 11 - full speed, extending lead

 Trophée Jules Verne - Day 11 - full speed, extending lead In the Roaring Forties, Thomas Coville FRA and his team are now proceeding at full throttle. With an average speed of 36kn and a daily distance of 864 miles in the past 24 hours, the maxi-trimaran 'Sodebo' extended her lead on the record to over 600nm. Today, 'Sodebo' will pass the Cape of Good Hope, expecting that the highspeed ride shall continue for at least two more days. ----- The race tracker with the videos and the reports.
Saturday, December 5, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 27 - LinkedOut replaced Bureau La Vallée on 2nd

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 27 - LinkedOut replaced Bureau La Vallée on 2nd Fresh winds characterized again the third day on the Indian Ocean. During the night, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') was able to distance Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée') who slowed down considerably to only 9kn this morning UTC. The reason? At the last position check, he already fell back behind Thomas Ruyant FRA ('Linked Out'). 350nm behind, Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil') has moved up to 4th place again. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER follows in 10th place 552nm back. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Saturday, December 5, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 27 - Sébastien Simon FRA abandons

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 27 - Sébastien Simon FRA abandons Yesterday, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss'), the first participant abandoning the race after a collision, arrived in Cape Town. His first video interview. ----- Sébastien Simon FRA, heading for South Africa too after a collision with flotsam damaging foil and rudder blade, gave up yesterday as well after consulting his technicians. The damage cannot be repaired reliably on its own - The report. ----- It is still open whether Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') can resume the race. She will try to start the repairs on the South African coast - Here her report. ----- As next, Stéphane Le Diraison FRA ('Time for Oceans') will probably have to turn off in the direction of Cape Town: The mainsail hook on top of the mast top is broken, and without a mainsail, he did lose a lot of mileage on Alan Roura SUI in the past 24 hours - The video. ----- Two days ago, Sébastien Destremau FRA ('Merci') elegantly executed his repairs in the mast top: In moderate conditions, he was able to heel his Open 60 enough to reach the mast top on the 'footpath' through the mainsail - The report.
Friday, December 4, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 26 - the parade moving cautiously in rough seas

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 26 - the parade moving cautiously in rough seas With fresh winds partly over 30kn and big waves, the South Indian Ocean lives up to its reputation! We reported in the last days about the numerous accidents. Caution is the motto of the hour: even the leaders sail very prudently and therefore slower in the fresh winds. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) continues to lead, now 148nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée', Foiler). Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) is 3rd, 202nm behind. Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) caught up 80nm yesterday and is now 355nm in arrear as 4th. One of the winners of the last few days is Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF', Foiler), who has moved up to 9th place 531nm back. The three battered Open 60s of Alex Thomson GBR, Samantha Davis GBR, and Sébastien Simon FRA sail towards Cape Town, most likely to abandon the race definitively. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, December 3, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 25 - Damage of 'Arkea-Paprec'

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 25 - Damage of 'Arkea-Paprec' At the edge of a low pressure system, the leading boats of the Vendée fleet are sailing eastward at good speeds. The fastest this morning UTC (20kn) was the first-placed Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler), 230nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau La Vallée', Foiler) rank 2. Another 60nm behid followed Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) still in 3rd. Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea-Paprec', Foiler) sailing on the 4th position, collided with flotsam yesterday damaging his Open60 considerably. In addition to defected foil, the boat is leaking. Heading north in a calmer zone, he intends to examine, whether repairs to continue would be possible. With a 455nm backlog on rank 4 is now Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler), as first of a persuer group sailing closely together. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer, Foiler) in 5th follows 20nm behind Séguin. The women's duel was also affected by a collision with flotsam: Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) is also heading north to verify how much her boat has been damaged. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER has now moved up to 10th place with 582nm deficit. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 24 - one Cape done, two more to go

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 24 - one Cape done, two more to go After the dramatic rescue action of Kevin Escoffier FRA, whose Open 60 folded up on a wave in front of the mast at 27 knots, collapsed and sank within minutes, the race returned to normal. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) continues to lead with now 222nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler), who passed the Cape of Good Hope yesterday as 2nd. Louis Burton FRA ('La Vallée', Foiler), the southernmost boat on rank 3, continues to make the fastest progress already sailing in the Indian Ocean. He was 259nm behind this morning UTC, followed by a densely packed chasing group, ranks 4-11, being only 150nm apart, lead by Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea Paprec', Foiler) on 4th with a 413nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 5th place 30nm behind, closely followed by Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) 3nm back as best Non-Foiler. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) has dropped back to 7th place due to his rescue action, but he will receive a time credit which will bring him back into the top 3. In the women's duel, Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur'Foiler) is 11th, now 33nm ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA ('MACSF', Foiler). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 23 - Kevin Escoffier FRA rescued

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 23 - Kevin Escoffier FRA rescued Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Escoffier FRA, sailing in 3rd place, reported a massive water ingress on his 'PRB', and he had to escape on his life raft. After several hours of searching, he was found by Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') and could be rescued this morning at 2h UTC after a long recovery operation. ----- The report. ----- Details on the cause of the damage and the dramatic rescue operation have not yet been published. This morning additional information will be made available on the event website.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 23 - Charlie Dalin FRA at the Cape

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 23 - Charlie Dalin FRA at the Cape At midnight, the leading Charlie Dalin FRA with his 'Apivia' was the first to round Cape of Good Hope after 22 days and 9 hours. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), sailing in 2nd place, was able to catch up slightly, but he is still 217nm behind. After the dramatic rescue operation of Kevin Escoffier FRA, in which Boris Herrmann GER, Sébastien Simon FRA and Yannick Bestaven FRA were involved alongside Jean Le Cam, Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau Vallée 2', Foiler),, sailing in the far south, moved up to 3rd place, 280nm behind. The rescuers will however receive a time credit from the race organizers. On rank 4 is now the astonishing Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non Foiler), only 425nm behind Dalin. Yesterday, the Paralympic Champion was the fastest of the fleet! Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 5th place, 487nm behind. In the duel of the best women, Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER has reduced the gap on Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeurs'), still sailing in 12th place, to 21nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, November 30, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 22, Dalin FRA rounding the Cape today

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 22, Dalin FRA rounding the Cape today After 22 days, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') will be the first to round the Cape of Good Hope today, maintaining his lead of 245nm by this morning UTC. The chasing group has closed up with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') in 2nd place now only 30nm ahead of Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB'), and another 20nm behind Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 4th place. ----- 450nm back follows the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) up on rank 9. Behind him, the women's position fight is taking place: Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') is 12th, only 62nm ahead of Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF'), and in 17th place Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') already more than 350nm behind Samantha Davis. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, November 29, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 21, Dalin FRA now 281nm ahead, about to enter the Indian Ocean

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 21, Dalin FRA now 281nm ahead, about to enter the Indian Ocean After three race weeks, the bulk of the fleet has bypassed the St-Helena anticyclone calms and is now in the approach to the Cape of Good Hope. Leading by 281nm this Sunday morning UTC, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) will leave the Atlantic and enter the Indian Ocean tomorrow Monday. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) continues to follow in 2nd place, with Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler) now in 3rd position, as Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) could not quite keep the speed of the foilers in the fresh winds. Ranks 3 to 9 (Damien Séguin FRA, 'Apicil', Non-Foiler) are only 180 miles apart. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, November 29, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 20 - Abandonment of Alex Thomson GBR

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 20 - Abandonment of Alex Thomson GBR After loosing one of the two rudders the day before yesterday, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') decided to abandon the race yesterday Saturday, after consulting his technical team. The damage cannot be repaired at sea. He will now call at Cape Town. The report. The so well prepared English top favorite missed the much aspired victory in his fifth participation after 2nd and 3rd places in previous editions. The Vendée-Globe story by Alex Thomson GBR. ---------- With Thomson's out, the fifth of the eight latest generation Foiler Open-60s is already out of the race for victory: 'Corum' (Nicolas Troussel FRA) had to retire early due to a mast break, 'Charal' (Jérémy Beyou FRA) resumed the race after her repair return with a 7 day delay and will be the last one to cross the equator today, more than 3'000 miles behind. After a repair stop, 'L'Occitane' (Armel Tripon FRA) is also far behind. 'LockedOut' of Thomas Ruyant FRA with a broken and now cut off foil is still in second place (here the video), but now, she will have little chance to keep up with the fastest. ... Entering the Roaring Forties, over 30 very challenging rough days are ahead ....
Saturday, November 28, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 20 - Charlie Dalin FRA is pulling clear

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 20 - Charlie Dalin FRA is pulling clear As first of the top trio, Charlie Dalin GBR ('Apivia', Foiler) reached the fresh westerly winds in the Roaring Forties yesterday and increased the lead on his direct opponents. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler), busy getting rid of the damaged foil of his Open60, was already 324nm in arrear this morning UTC. Only 33nm back followed Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non Foiler) still on the 3rd position. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq', Foiler) and Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler), leading the chasing group, were another 80nm behind. Bad luck again for Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler): In a collision with flotsam, one of his rudder blades was torn off. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Friday, November 27, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 19, Charlie Dalin FRA extends the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 19, Charlie Dalin FRA extends the lead The wide-spread St-Helena anticyclone with its light winds continues to dominate the race. Meanwhile, the leading Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) has reached the Roaring Forties, but the iceberg exclusion zone forces him to turn East today with the risk of being slowed down further. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) with his damaged Open60 has lost a lot of ground yesterday, but kept his 2nd place with a 202nm backlog. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) continues to keep up excellently and was the fastest of the top trio this morning UTC, 372nm behind. The first chasing group with Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maitre Coq', Foiler), Kevin Escoffier ('PRB', Foiler), Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) and Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea', Foiler) is 135nm and more behind. Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non Foiler) overtook Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) during the past night. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
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.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17 - Apivia and LinkedOut extend lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17 - Apivia and LinkedOut extend lead The high of St.Helena in the South Atlantic proves to be a big obstacle this year, as sometimes the Open 60s even come to a complete standstill. The top duo, however, was able to continue to break away and has already reached the latitude of Cape of Good Hope. The leading 'Apivia' with Charlie Dalin FRA at speeds around 10kn is 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 will 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.
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) has been 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 - Alex Thomson GBR explains the repairs made

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Alex Thomson GBR explains the repairs made 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, Alex Thomson repariring his Open60

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15, Alex Thomson repariring his Open60 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 carbon damaged 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 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 - 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.
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 westerly 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) 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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 10, Alex Thomson GBR clearly leading, but one day behind record

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 10, Alex Thomson GBR clearly leading, but one day behind record 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.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9, speed race down South

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9, speed race down South 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. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the day with onboard takes.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9 - 'Charal' back in the race - 'LinkedOut' did link out

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 9 - 'Charal' back in the race - 'LinkedOut' did link out 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, Thomson GBR reclaims rank 1 sailing in the trade winds

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 7, Thomson GBR reclaims rank 1 sailing in the trade winds 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 position (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 rank (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.
Saturday, November 14, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 6, Thomson GBR still leading after a rough night

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 6, Thomson GBR still leading after a rough night 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.
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, the wind was finally at a strength allowing the foilers to deploy their speed potential for the first time and move on 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, the leader this morning UTC. 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) was 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 is 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 a personal analysis of the damage caused by the collision with flotsam in the harbor, he will decide whether 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 fleet after his repair break: He was 296nm behind this morning UTC. ----- Three times, Maxime 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) was up on the mast yesterday as well to free a trapped fall. Now his Open 60 seems to be okay again at the end of the fleet and - 419nm behind - he has resumed the race - the 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) from the northern group is in 4th place. Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', foil) 30nm back was on the 8th position. ----- 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), on his way back to Europe too, was also able to rejoin the race. 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. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, the foiler take the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, the foiler take the lead The hero of the first 40 hours, the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA (here his video report of day one) passed 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. On the 3rd position with a 6nm backlog followed Jean Le Cam FRA on rank 3 as the first non-foiler. Some favorites are already behind: Samantha Davies GBR ('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.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, the foilers take the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 2, the foilers take the lead 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 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. On the 3rd position with a 6nm backlog followed Jean Le Cam FRA as the first non-foiler. Some favorites are already behind: Samantha Davies GBR ('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, non-foilers in the lead after first night

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 1, non-foilers in the lead after first night 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. On a northerly course as well was 'Hugo Boss' of Alex Thomson GBR on rank 19 with a 14,3nm backlog. ----- 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 12.02h UTC

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.
Monday, November 2, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Virtual Regatta

 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 and a video.
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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