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The Vendée Globe Global Challenge 2012 - 2013

The Vandée Globe race

 

The course for the Vendée Globe illustrates the straightforward nature and simplicity of the idea behind this major event. You sail around the world from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. There is a long slide down the Atlantic, the perilous voyage across the Southern Ocean with firstly the Indian Ocean and its crossed seas, then the Pacific Ocean, the world's biggest ocean. And finally, there is the climb back up the Atlantic to head back to Les Sables d'Olonne, which marks the start and finish of the Everest of the seas. 

Less than 50 miles to the northwest of La Corruna, Spain Alessandro di Benedetto on Team Plastique is now counting down the final miles to finish his Vendée Globe, expecting to cross the famous line off the Nouch buoy on Friday morning. The conditions for his finish will not be…
Tanguy de Lamotte crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe on Sunday at 10hrs 58min and 10 seconds (French time). He finished in 10th place with a race time of 98 days 21 hours 56 minutes and 10 seconds. He has travelled 28,160 miles on the water at an…
Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to cross the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne between 9 and 10 (French time) on Sunday, February 17. It would give him a race time of around 98 days, 21 hours. But he will not be able to relax until he is…
It is, ironically, for two of the Vendée Globe’s most experienced and toughest skippers, Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, both in their early 50’s, that the Bay of Biscay is set to deliver a sting in the tail for their finishing miles into Les Sables d’Olonne, one final riposte…
French skipper Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne this afternoon at 15hrs 5mins and 40 seconds UTC/GMT to finish fourth in the Vendée Globe, the famous solo nonstop around the world race. His third participation has yielded his best ever result, despite having to race the…
Offshore, along the coast of Brasil, to the west of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, between Madeira and the Azores the skippers sail in the winds, along the edge of high pressure. There is another is low north of Spain. "That's the Vendée Globe," said Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom…
Three down with nine to go. So François Gabart (MACIF), Armel Le Cléac'h(Banque Populaire), François Gabart (MACIF) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) may have written the opening lines of the epilogue of the seventh Vendée Globe, but there remains nine pretenders to yet end the tale. Today, the plotline revolves…
The warmth of the welcome and the passion for the Vendée Globe was immediately obvious to everyone who was in Les Sables d’Olonne last Sunday to witness the historic finishes of winner François Gabart and second placed Armel Le Cléac’h, and indeed to a huge global audience who used every…
Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss, third place in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe Alex Thomson crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 07 hours 25 minutes 43 seconds (GMT) after 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes 43 seconds at sea. He finishes 2 days 18 hours and 7 minutes behind François Gabart.…
British solo sailor Alex Thomson is expected to finish the Vendée Globe, the non stop around the world race, at around 0700hrs UTC (0800hrs local time France) this morning. Thomson should finish in third place, setting a new solo non stop record for a British skipper, breaking Mike Golding's mark…
Fleet News Today, Sunday, January 27, 2013, the world of sailing and yacht racing is preparing for a historic moment. For the first time, two men solo, nonstop and without assistance, will sail around the world in less than 80 days. The legendary duel between François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel…
"The entire race is something very intense and once you arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne, the transition is a unique moment. I've given 100% for two months and a half and when it stops all of a sudden, it feels quite strange. My initial goal was to do my best,…
"It's a perfect way to end the race as the night was falling. I hope the lights were nice for the public. I'm glad I could sail through the channel and directly to the pontoons, without having to wait for the favourable tide. The weather was rough last night, and…
Sunday 26th January, François Gabart (MACIF) Vendée Globe is expected to cross the finish line between 10AM and 1PM, 2 to 5 hours before Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire). The tide will allow the boats to enter the canal to Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne after 2PM.
Flashed over 15 and 16 knots this last hour, François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) have not finished accelerate, as the wind will freshen. The last few miles that lie ahead will soon put an end to this duel global intensity unprecedented. While Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec…
    Yesterday Jean-Pierre Dick was victim of serious damages, the kind you usually don't get over. Nevertheless today, he is still in the race and keeps the doubt, confronted, to a Cornelian choice.
  So long the arrival line hasn't been crossed, everything can happen. A saying Jean-Pierre Dick sadly verified last night.. Shorty after midnight, his boat lost his keel and he many illusions.
François Gabart (MACIF) in his epistle last night to the race HQ explained that his journey through the centre of the Azores High was wrapped in a beautiful rainbow. The young pretender and race leader has elected to sail around the edge of the high, which should enable him to…
  Who said the Cape Horn was synonymous of freedom? Certainly not Alessandro Di Benedetto who, for the last couple of days in the Atlantic South, collects worries: a climb of the mast, a spinnaker in the water, the boat that lies and, to top it all, a broken rib…
This is no longer a Royal Way, but rather to llyl Imperial Highway, which continues its fantastic ride to Les Sables d'Olonne. Benefiting today from severe depression, the leader will leave all his pursuers to several hours or even several days! Overwhelming domination plunging his pursuers in the sense of…