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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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More Vendée Globe Gear Problems – Jérémie Beyou Drops Out After Keel Failure

A week ago last Sunday, 20 boats sailed by 20 sailors set off in the Vendée Globe non-stop round-the-world single-handed yacht race. Now only 15 remain in the race.  Jérémie Beyou dropped out yesterday after the hydraulic ram on his articulating keel broke on his Open 60 class boat, Maître CoQ.   Of the … Continue reading

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Dismasting and Collision – Sam Davies & Louis Burton Drop Out of Vendée Globe

After only a week into the Vendée Globe non-stop round-the-world single-handed yacht race, four of the twenty original sailors have dropped out due to casualties or gear failure. The latest include Louis Burton, who was in a  collision with a fishing boat off Portugal, and Samantha Davies whose boat suffered … Continue reading

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Kito de Pavant Hit by Fishing Boat, Retires from Vendée Globe

A collision with a fishing boat has taken Kito de Pavant, sailing for Groupe Bel, out of the Vendée Globe non-stop round-the-world single-handed yacht race, two days into the race and only a  day after Marc Guillemot was forced to drop out a keel failure on … Continue reading

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Marc Guillemot on Safran Retires from Vendée Globe with Broken Keel After One Day’s Racing

Marc Guillemot, sailing Safran, was a favorite to win the Vendée Globe non-stop round-the-world single-handed yacht race, yet only one day into the race, he was forced to turn back due to a broken keel.  Fifty miles into the race, he reported hearing a “loud bang.”  Guillemot’s Open … Continue reading

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