20 December 2012

Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - 40th day video


Highlights of Wednesday, December 19, the 40th day of racing in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013

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Dick Goes up the Mast just in Time - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: " . . . The elastic will be stretched through the fleet some more in the next 48 hours as the leading boats benefit, albeit by clinging on grimly, to the low-pressure system that has swept south from the Tasman Sea. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) was benefitting most averaging 20.4 knots in the last four hours and closed the deficit on the leader Francois Gabart (MACIF), who is only nine miles north east of him, to just 3.9 miles. Almost likewise for fourth-placed Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) and Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat), who is just 17 miles behind in the ranking and 15 miles northwest of Thomson. They are 823 and 840 miles, respectively, west of the leader and 330 miles from passing south of Tasmania and entering the Pacific. Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) continues his charge, averaging 420.6 miles at 17.5 knots over the last 24 hours, the best in the fleet. He is just 53 miles behind Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud).Mike Golding (Gamesa) in seventh place, has been cursing his luck after hitting a ridge of high pressure, but is through it now and has made 50 miles back on Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) in the last 24 hours at the 1500hrs (UTC) ranking, to leave him 150 miles."


Yachting: Gabart leads Vendee Globe
Global Times
The enthralling battle for the lead in the round-the-world Vendee Globe hit the halfway point on Wednesday, with Frenchman Francois Gabart leading compatriot Armel Le Cleac'h by just over 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers). With 12,035 miles (19,368 ...

Vendee Globe - Up the mast as front five set to stretch away + Video
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, if you have neglected one part of your preparation, for skipper or boat, the Race will find you out. It is a race that always rewards the ready and the lucky. Halfway around the world, the weather gods continue to smile on the ...

Sail World

The Jackal out in front in Vendee Globe
7M SPORTS
It was all change at the front of the Vendee Globe on day 37 as Banque Populaire, skippered by Armel Le Cleac'h, retook the lead from Macif and Francois Gabart. Gabart had been at the head of the fleet for six days and 15 hours but slipped into second ...

Vendee Globe - Mike Golding, Gamesa pass mid-point
Sail World
With the Vendee Globe leaders in the Southern Pacific Ocean, and having passed the mid-point of the Race (theoretical course distance of 24,394 miles), Mike Golding can feel that the second half of the race is now on his horizon. The past week has been ...

Sail World

Vendée Globe - Francois Gabart fights back
Sail World
The Vendée Globe 2012-13 is on the 38 day of racing with 470 miles to the Auckland Islands. How quickly the hunter becomes the hunted. Francois Gabart (MACIF) re-took his lead on Wednesday morning, 15 hours after losing it to Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque ...

Sail World

Records and Repairs in the Vendée Globe | Sail Magazine: ". . . the remaining 13 competitors are still finding themselves pushed to the limit as they contend with both breakages and the extreme weather conditions that mark the Southern Ocean. British sailor Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss has hit a floating object that tore through one rudder mechanism and a hydrogenerator blade. Repairs to the rudder tie bar took 15 hours, and Thomson, now sailing with only one hydogenerator, has a limited power supply, forcing him to cut off communication with the outside world. “The repair to the tie bar seems to be holding up well, although it is currently on the windward unloaded side, so I won't really know if it will hold until it is fully loaded while sailing on starboard,” Thomson reported. “If [the repair] should fail, I have various other options available which will take more time. So in terms of finishing I don’t see this as a real problem. “I am getting used to the lack of comms onboard,” Thomson added. “I certainly miss speaking to my wife and the team, but we still communicate via email so it is not the end of the world.”. . . "

Asian economy picks up sailing tab
Aljazeera.com
Like many other professional sports, sailing was not spared by the 2008 global financial crisis as sponsors in Europe pulled out and governments were not keen to host large-scale tournaments. However, halfway across the world, Asia's resilient economy ...

Aljazeera.com

Shortlist Announced for US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
US SAILING (press release)
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (December 19, 2012) – With the record books about to close on another year of racing, US Sailing is celebrating the most outstanding performances of the year with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Rolex Yachtsman ...

US SAILING (press release)

A fine day for sailing a model boat
KING5.com
We a group of RC sailing enthusiasts that build and race these model sailboats, the T37, a 37" long sailboat made of 1/8" plywood. These are kits made locally, (Tippecanoe boat in Everson, Wa.) Worldwide, there are nearly 1800 sailing but locally ...

Andrew Lewis Conquers Tobago To Trinidad Sail
International Sailing Federation
Lewis and his team planned the event for weeks, however on what was an otherwise beautiful day for beach goers, strangely presented the worst possible conditions for sailing. The 23-year old began the sailingchallenge at 9:00 at Pigeon Point. However ...

International Sailing Federation

Sailing - Olympic duo to go separate ways for Rio 2016
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Although we won't be sailing together towards Rio, we're both so excited about the road ahead." Meanwhile Bithell admits he can't wait to make the transformation from crew to skipper, citing the likes of double Olympic champion Sarah Ayton as his ...

Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Digicel onboard to sponsor RBYC's Sailing Academy
Royal Gazette
The Sailing Academy provides young Bermudians with the opportunity to develop essential skills in the sport and has seen huge growth within its first year such as the 2010 Nationals which saw three Royal Bermuda Yacht Club participants, while this year...

A positive year in 2012 for the Artemis Offshore Academy
BYM News (press release)
Sailing rapidly into its third year and the 2013 Class Mini and Figaro season that lies ahead, the Artemis Offshore Academy looks back over the learning curve that was 2012; its triumphs, challenges and, at times, tear jerking moments that made for a ...

Good wind and sunshine bless year-end sailing competition
Clarence Valley Daily Examiner
CLARENCE River Sailing Club sailors were given an early Christmas present on Saturday with near perfect conditions prevailing for their final event of 2012. A fine and warm summer afternoon with a 10-knot northeasterly breeze plus with a healthy fleet ...

READER SUBMITTED: Sailing Club Sails Through Winter
Hartford Courant
The club does a variety of social and recreational activities besides sailing, including group trips, dances, geo-caching events, hiking, theater events, dinners and brunches. One fun event this year was a lobster bash at the Essex Yacht Club, Cummings ...

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