25 December 2012

Vendée Globe 2012-2013 Christmas Day video

Day 46 highlights - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by VendeeGlobeTV

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80 days under threat - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "The record for the Atlantic climb from Cape Horn is 27 days and 12 hours. Presently it looks as if the leaders might leave the Pacific around January 1s, so some 52 days after leaving Les Sables d’Olonne. So if François  Gabart and/or Armel Le Cléac’h can be close to Michel Desjoyeaux’s 2009 reference time they could well lower the bar to less than 80 days, but it needs to be remembered that the Foncia skipper did have very favourable weather conditions and he could sail his own race. But even so, a finish in Les Sables d’Olonne around the 27 to 29th January is not beyond the realms of possibility. . . ."

Vendee Globe - It's a Merry Christmas as Le Cléac'h claims narrow lead
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, it was the night before Christmas when the top two skippers exchanged positions once more, Armel Le Cléac'h taking over the lead by a mere 2.5 miles. Other than for Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm who is climbing north towards New ...

Sail World

Vendee Globe : The Jackal who stole the Christmas lead
BYM News (press release)
But the affable British skipper who is sailing with very tightly rationed electrical power might perhaps be feeling doubly alone and isolated today. He will miss out on all the calls home to friends and family which might otherwise have enjoyed, but ...

Muskegon native fulfills his dream after retiring by sailing around the world’s oceans | MLive.com: "He is enjoying every part of the adventure and learning about how sailors took to the high seas generations ago. “You are sailing the sea with no engine, generating no noise, looking up and all the sails are set, you can hear the water rippling past,” he said. “You and your watch, together with the other two watches, have heaved and set and trimmed them all by hand, the way that has been done for hundreds of years -- muscle and sweat and teamwork. It's amazing.” Berdinka hopes this adventure will not be the end of his sailing experience. “I am sure that I will maintain at least some connection to the sea, maybe part time relief work on sailing ships in the future,” Berdinka said. “I don't know if I will do this exactly again, but yes in a part-time, more leisurely mode, it is an amazing, fulfilling and educational experience.”"

Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com

Sydney-to-Hobart draws old-timers back to sea
The leading old salts of the Sydney to Hobart fleet are creeping closer to 50 appearances, with a number of celebrated sailors establishing personal landmarks in this year's race. Tony Cable, whose first crack at the annual event was way back in 1961...

Skipper confident of sixth Sydney to Hobart win
Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards is confident he has just about every base covered as he strives for a sixth Sydney to Hobart line honours victory and revenge against a boat described as a beast by it's new skipper. Wild Oats XI has notched five ...

Syd Fischer on why he is competing in his 44th Sydney to Hobart yacht race at ...
The Daily Telegraph
The former carpenter-turned-self-made multi-millionaire property developer has done what no one thought he ever would - get himself a 100-foot super maxi to race in a Sydney to Hobart. And he's hoping to do something no other octogenarian ever has in ...

New crew ready for Sydney to Hobart
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
By Michael Carayannis. Dec. 26, 2012, 7 a.m.. WHILE no boats are aligned to sailing clubs across the region, Brannew has a local feel, after setting sail in its first Sydney to Hobart race today. Brannew, a play on brand new, is owned and skippered by ...

Yachting: Drag race for super maxis in Sydney to Hobart
New Zealand Herald
Ragamuffin Loyal skipper Syd Fischer is predicting a good old-fashioned drag race between Wild Oats XI and his boat for line honors when the Sydney to Hobart begins tomorrow in Sydney Harbour. The two super maxis are favorites with Wild Oats XI having...

Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards predicts Sydney-Hobart race to be won and ...
WILD Oats XI skipper Mark Richards has revealed covert night manoeuvres could well be what secures his super maxi this year's Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. While high-tech sails have been unveiled as the yachts secret weapon in the past, Richards said ...

Kuldeep Kumar Pandey hogs limelight in Coastal National Sailing Championship
Times of India
MUMBAI: With a top two finish in the two of the three races held on Monday, Kuldeep Kumar Pandey overtook his compatriot Dharmender Singh in the overall point's tally of the Standard Laser Class during the Coastal National Sailing Championship at the ...

Missing Yacht School Friends: Police Find Clothing on Small Island - ABC News: "Clothing items believed to belong to two missing yacht school friends were found on the rocks of a small island off the coast of Maine, Kennebunkport police said today. Zachary Wells, 21, and Prescott Wright, 23, were last seen hanging out at a home in the seaside community on Thursday, police chief Craig Sanford said. The disappearance of the two friends baffled authorities, who have searched by air, water and in wooded areas for the men. Today marked the first breakthrough in the case, when authorities discovered the clothing, including one item that was marked to indicate that it belonged to one of the men, Sanford said. Wells and Wright are students at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine., where they were learning boat building and yacht design."

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