16 January 2013

Vendée Globe - Cléac’h cuts Gabart lead to 61 miles then stalls too (video)

Highlights video of the 68th day of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe - Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Cléac’h cuts Gabart lead to 61 miles then stalls too - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) is just 61 miles behind the leader Francois Gabart (MACIF) but the gains may have finished for now as both struggle in the doldrums. Le Cléac’h has averaged 10.6 knots over the last four hours (compared to Gabart’s 6.6), but was down to 6.3 knots over the last hour (compared to Gabart’s 7.4). But it seems likely that Le Cléac’h will be able to bank many of the 212 miles he has won back since Monday afternoon. . . .  "

The solo sailing blog: ‘I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race’ | Alex Thomson | Independent Editor's choice Blogs: " . . . Conditions are good onboard Hugo Boss today and there seems to be a little more wind than yesterday but still up and down and shifting up to 50 degrees without the aid of any squalls. During the last two nights I have had more wind than the day time and it has been more stable allowing for more night naps. This is better as it is sweltering inside the boat during the day. The route looks fairly simple up to the equator and across the doldrums. At the moment it looks like I will have an easier crossing than those in front and I will cross further west which should theoretically be easier. You can never tell with the doldrums though! . . ."

The Independent (blog)

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