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Vendee Globe - Good, steady night for Mike Golding + Video By Emily Caroe, , 3:34 AM Sat 8 Dec 2012
Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding, sailing Gamesa, gives insight on what he faces in the South Indian Ocean. It has been a good night for Mike, making steady miles east towards the Crozet gate, the second ice safety gate on the Vendée Globe race course. Golding has been the quickest of the entire fleet overnight and has pulled back miles on the leaders. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Smokin' Cheminées, new leader emerges By Vendee Globe, , 11:42 PM Fri 7 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, becoming the third successive leader in less than 24 hours, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm has established a small margin of 11.5 miles as he directs Cheminées Poujoulat into lighter breezes to take the Crozet control gate which is about 140 miles in front of him. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Gabart back on top, but for how long? + Video By Vendee Globe, , 5:08 AM Fri 7 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h, the most regular pacesetter of this solo round the world race, was paying a price for his punchy, direct rhumb line strategy this Thursday afternoon as he acceded his lead to the young Macif skipper Francois Gabart. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Fleet hobbled by high pressure and tension By Vendee Globe, , 4:46 AM Thu 6 Dec 2012
On board the top eight IMOCA Open 60’s on the Vendée Globe solo ocean race around the world there is added pressure to absolutely maximise speeds over what might prove a key section of the three month race. For both the leading group of five, and the so called ‘chasing trio’ behind them, high pressure systems are encroaching from the west and also possibly from the north east. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Brutal 48 hours for Golding, Gamesa By Sara Blackwell / Emily Caroe, 2:51 AM Thu 6 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, after a brutal 48 hours of tough, unstable conditions, big, untidy seas and winds which varied massively in strength, Mike Golding is consolidating this morning in slightly lighter winds making 13-14kts as he tries all he can to stay in touch with the leading group of five. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Stable winds, good speeds and frustration By Vendee Globe, , 11:57 PM Wed 5 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, still with the indefatigable Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire in the lead, the advantage continues to grow for the pace making pack this morning as they reach fast towards to the Crozet ice gate, the second control designed to keep the fleet north of the worst of the ice threat. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Tumultuous times on board Gamesa By Emily Caroe, 8:52 AM Wed 5 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, times have been tumultuous for skipper Mike Golding on board Gamesa. Mike discusses the ongoing battle with the conditions. ...[more]

Is Vendée Globe skipper François Gabart crazy? By Vendée Globe, 2:53 AM Wed 5 Dec 2012
Third placed Vendée Globe golden boy, François Gabart (MACIF) today confirmed on Vendée Globe LIVE that he is excited, but not frightened, about entering the mountainous swells of the southern seas. Is this naivety, optimism or just plain craziness? ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Armel Le Cléac’h sets a new record By Vendee Globe, , 6:42 AM Tue 4 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, The Jackal, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) is the new race record holder for the fastest Open 60 from Les Sables d’Olonne to the Cape of Good Hope, clocking a time of 22 days 23 hours 48 minutes and managing to knock an astounding 24 hours two hours and 22 minutes off the record set by Vincent Riou in the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Gap widens as first five pass Gate of Aiguilles By Vendee Globe, 1:36 AM Tue 4 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, just thirty minutes was the gap that separated the first boat through the Gate of Aiguilles, François Gabart (Macif) and the third boat, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire); a metaphorical photo finish in a race that covers 24,000 miles. It is incredible that the boats are racing so tightly. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Leaderboard shuffles, Le Cam gets tied up + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:39 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) realised last night that he was slowing down and that all was not well with his Bruce Farr designed Open 60. After a thorough examination of his boat, and asking himself many questions about the set up, he realised that his problem was below the waterline ...[more]

Vendée Globe leaderboard shuffles on Day 21 By Vendée Globe, , 11:15 PM Sun 2 Dec 2012
The Vendée Globe 2012-13 is on day 21 of racing. Roll up, roll up, place your bets as the leaderboard shuffles through the night. The leading trio are playing musical chairs, and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) this morning is at the front, ahead of François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) sits closely on his tail ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Interesting night for Golding, Gamesa + Video By Sara Blackwell, , 2:06 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012
Vendee Globe - Mike Golding, Gamesa update from the radio vacs at 12:05 GMT:You had an interesting night Mike, you put a gybe in, how was that? It was fine, the shift when it came, came pretty quickly, although I was semi prepared it was still quite complicated, because the shift was quite large it put us in to a nasty head sea which meant the boat was slamming... ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Gamesa passes Tristan da Cuhna + Video By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 12:17 PM Sat 1 Dec 2012
Mike Golding’s passing of isolated island Tristan da Cuhna marks the start of a new chapter in the voyage of the British sailor and his boat Gamesa as he heads into challenging waters of the Southern Ocean in the 20th day of the Vendee Globe 2012-2013 ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Thomson's 2003 record broken by Gabart, Macif? By Vendee Globe, , 5:43 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012
Yesterday in the Vendee Globe, between 12pm GMT Thursday 29th to 12pm GMT Friday 30th November François Gabart (Macif), travelled from point to point, 482.91 miles in 24 hours, averaging speeds of 20.1 knots. This breaks the record held previously by Alex Thomson in 2003. Confirmation of the record is subject to the WSSRC validation. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Fleet sailing to the beat of a different drum By Vendee Globe, , 2:20 AM Sat 1 Dec 2012
In the Vendee Globe, as expected, the front of the fleet has compressed and the distances between the competitors has shrunk. Just seventy miles separates Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), François Gabart (Macif) and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) François Gabart (Macif) has closed the gap to a very tight twenty miles. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Banque Populaire clutches the lead By Vendee Globe, , 6:13 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, it was resolute Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) that appeared on the live Visio video link up on Vendée Globe LIVE today. He said, 'I went around the St Helena anticyclone. I am heading to the first Ice gate. I am looking at the others and I believe we won’t be very far away from each other in 48 hours...' ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding feeling good on board Gamesa By Emily Caroe, , 3:58 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012
Mike Golding, on board Gamesa, discusses his progress in the Vendee Globe and his outlook on what is to come: 'I'm feeling good. I think we are in a good place, Jean [Le Cam] is in a better place. Overall we are going to make a close on the lead group and that is the most important thing at this stage. The exact amount is difficult to predict. ...[more]

Vendee Globe waiting game ensues By Vendee Globe, , 2:57 AM Fri 30 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) is holding onto to his lead as he picks his way through the light winds, near the ridge, northwest of the anticyclone of St. Helena. But, coming from a more southerly aspect, his pursuers are starting to accelerate ahead of the front of the depression that has been brewing in the west, near Argentina. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Tension rises as the clock ticks on By Vendee Globe, , 5:31 AM Thu 29 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, with 760 miles to go until the boats arrive at the first mark Gough Island, which they must leave to starboard, everything is still to play for in this nail biting strategic climax to the gateway of the southern ocean. If the fleet compresses it means the drag race through the mountainous swells of the icy south seas and leaves the race wide open. ...[more]

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