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Around the World in 78 Days! François Gabart Sets New Record Winning Vendée Globe

François Gabart, sailing MACIF, won the Vendée Globe round-the-world single-handed race in 78 days and two hours, shattering the previous record of 84 days and three hours, set in 2009 by Michel Desjoyeaux.   Ending what has been a round-the-world match-race between the … Continue reading

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‘I’d Go Faster if I Had a Keel’ – Dramatic Dash to the Finish in the Vendée Globe

François Gabart sailing MCIF in the Vendée Globe is less than 700 miles from the finish line, 76 days after setting out in the singled-handed around-the-world race. Armel Le Cléac´h sailing Banque Populaire is roughly one hundred miles behind Gabart.  The third place contender, Jean-Pierre Dick … Continue reading

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The Strange New World of Single-handed Racing – Alex Thomson Vendée Globe Week 4 Highlights

In 1969 in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, there was considerable concern for Robin Knox Johnson whose radio had malfunctioned off New Zealand.  Four months later, he was able to make contact with a … Continue reading

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Vendée Globe: Leaders Cross the Equator & ‘Gutek’ Retires due to Autopilot Failures

The six boats leading in the Vendée Globe non-stop round-the-world single-handed yacht race have all crossed the equator and are heading for the Southern Ocean.  The leaders are, respectively – Armel Le Cléac´h,  François Gabart, Bernard Stamm, Vincent Riou, Jean-Pierre Dick, and Alex Thomson.  Meanwhile, Zbigniew Gutikowski, … Continue reading

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