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Vendée Globe, day 31- Gabart just overtook Armel Le Cleac'h!

11/12/2012
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The Vendée Globe is an endurance race. Nevertheless, it's looking more and more like a sprint. Better even, a record on distance covered within 24 hours race.

 

Jean-Pierre Dick
The conditions to break the record are well defined now. But who of François Gabart or Virbac Paprec Jean-Pierre Dick will make it ? That's the question.

 

In other words, it's going fast. We barely hear François Gabart but listen to the noise, look at the vibrations and imagine what they're going through.

 

François Gabart
Here's the Indian Ocean in all it's splendor! I say we're in the heart of the subject. Wind of 35 - 40 knots and the boat that's between 22 and 28 knots. It's quite impressive! I don't have too much sail out yet, I didn't ballast much, I'm trying to keep it cool but it keeps speeding up! So I check, and watch out, eyes and ears on the lookout, mostly to avoid breaking. For the last 4 hours, we're sliding fast and rather effortlessly for the boat. I try to make the most of it. So much the better!

 

Profit is the least one could say: 545 miles within 24 hours, a new record on an imoca in solitary! Better, he just overtook Armel Le Cleac'h. The question is: is he driven by opportunism or necessity? There is something happening with the front moving forward and maybe an attempt to make a break and dash off with Armel.

Be that as it may, Armel spares his boat and looks as peaceful as Baptist.

 

Armel Le Cleac'h
Our buddy François did well overnight, he's moving fast, under the wind, at about 4 miles. We're quite fast here on board Banque Populaire with nice surf, good averages, rather damp here on deck. We're 2000 miles from Cape Leeuwin, the next cape to pass, after the first cape we passed, the Cape of Good Hope. Alright , Bye now!
Last modified on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:08

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