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Vendee Globe - Penalties given while another one 'bites the dust' By Vendee Globe, , 5:10 AM Thu 22 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa), bowed to the apparently inevitable and announced his retirement from the race on Wednesday at 1330hrs (French time) after days trying to find a fix for his autopilots. Gutek, almost 2,000 miles behind the leader, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) had been sailing east, running tests on his two autopilots after his wipe out on Saturday. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding nears 22nd Equator crossing By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 3:39 AM Thu 22 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, British solo racer Mike Golding will cross the Equator later today – his 22nd crossing in his sailing career. While he has had better passages through the Doldrums than he has experienced over the past 48 hours, he has certainly had much worse. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Energa, 'Gutek' bow out of the race By Zbigniew Gutkowski, 1:27 AM Thu 22 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe has been nothing short of hectic for the skippers who set off from Les Sables d’Olonne and now, yet another skipper has been forced to retire. Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski, sailing on board Energa, has announced his retirement from the race. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Brits excel in the Doldrums By Vendee Globe, , 5:41 AM Wed 21 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson and Mike Golding have been two of the big winners in the Doldrums. Thomson was down to sixth at the 1600hrs (French time) ranking, having been up to third this morning, but just 2.3 miles separate the five boats chasing the leader, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire). Thomson made up eighty miles as the fleet compressed and has been able to bank that. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - The fixable, the un-fixable and the avoidable By John Curtis, , 3:53 AM Wed 21 Nov 2012
Despite having teams of people overseeing every aspect of the preparation, a Vendee Globe Ocean Race is still an undertaking of colossal proportions. I am not a metallurgist or engineer, but it is a statement of fact that the Titanium used in Safran's Keel is a more brittle material that steel. I am sure that this is the first problem his engineers put their minds to. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss moves into third place By Vendee Globe, , 2:25 AM Wed 21 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, at the back of the fleet, Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (Energa) partially revealed the reason for his strange heading – he is testing a new solution to his autopilot nightmare. Since releasing his gennaker, the 39-year-old Polish skipper, has been heading due east and is 1607.9 miles from the top of the fleet. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Leaders take on the Doldrums + Video By Vendee Globe, , 4:56 AM Tue 20 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) became the fifth skipper to abandon yesterday after he was unable to find a safe solution to secure his broken canting keel. Beyou has arrived safely Mindelo harbour in Sao Vincente, one of the Cape Verde islands, where he had diverted on Saturday night to find shelter. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Maître CoQ skipper retires from the race + Video By Vendee Globe, 2:06 AM Tue 20 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, the Maître CoQ skipper has reached Cape Verde islands, where he was able to analyse his situation. Along with his shore crew, Jérémie has considered every possible solution allowing him to stay in the race. But none of them guaranteed Jérémie's safety without help from the outside. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Rudder scare on board Hugo Boss + Video By Vendee Globe, 1:32 AM Tue 20 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe fight continues for the remaining skippers. Alex Thomson was faced with a broken rudder bar on board Hugo Boss as the hydro generator ripped off whilst Gutek is heading north-west on board Energa. If Alex Thomson ever retires from sailing he might be able to open a mechanic’s workshop after unveiling the result of seven hours handiwork with his grinder. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding contemplates Doldrums passage By Emily Caroe, , 1:18 AM Tue 20 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, benefiting from the unfortunate problem of Jérémie Beyou – who has a broken ram which controls the keel head on Maitre Coq – and has slowed to try and repair - and trading places with nearest rivals Jean Le Cam on SynerCiel and Dominique Wavre on Mirabaud. He has a positive outlook on the week ahead as he contemplates his passage across the Doldrums, which will start tomorrow. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Advancements made as skippers' fight continues By Vendee Globe, , 4:44 AM Mon 19 Nov 2012
The 20-strong fleet that set off in the Vendée Globe has already been reduced to sixteen and the trauma of this toughest of sailing race continued on the eighth day, with the news that Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Enjoyable miles on board Gamesa By Emily Caroe, , 3:30 AM Mon 19 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, there have been enjoyable miles in steady trade wind conditions for Mike Golding who this morning is in a close, intense race with Jean Le Cam on SynerCiel. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on By Vendee Globe, 4:16 AM Sun 18 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday. ...[more]

Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16 By Vendee Globe, 4:16 AM Sat 17 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Mike Golding nearing completion of first full week By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 2:29 AM Sat 17 Nov 2012
As Mike Golding looks forward to completing his first full week of his fourth Vendée Globe solo round the world race tomorrow, Saturday 17th November, the British skipper has been facing a frustrating time dealing with a wide band of high pressure which is making for light and unsettled breezes as he tries to improve his eighth place position today [Friday]. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on By Vendee Globe, 1:43 AM Sat 17 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Frustrating, busy night onboard Gamesa By Emily Caroe, , 1:26 AM Sat 17 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, it has been a frustrating, very busy night for Mike Golding on Gamesa currently lying in eighth place, chasing Jérémie Beyou on Maitre CoQ who is 32 miles ahead in seventh but over 200 miles to his west as he races 125 miles SWW of the west side of Canary Islands. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Battered and broken but pushing on By Vendee Globe, 5:51 AM Fri 16 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Louis Burton was winning his race against time yesterday as he limps back to Les Sables d’Olonne after his collision with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. He had 408 miles to go at 1600hrs (French time) after and making 263 miles in the last 24 hours. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Sanso reports damage to Acciona 100% EcoPowered By Vendee Globe, 1:41 AM Fri 16 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, the Acciona Sailing Team has been informed by its skipper Javier 'Bubi' Sansó that the boat Acciona 100% EcoPowered has had to modify its sailing route having suffered a bit of damage to the track of the main sail halyard whilst sailing in very harsh sea and wind conditions. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders By Vendee Globe, , 5:03 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, the rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders, as on the heels of strong breezes from the north, speeds for the pacemakers surged this afternoon, finally freeing them from the shackles of the high pressure ridge and a frontal passage, which combined to form the biggest strategic challenge of the solo nonstop round the world race thus far. ...[more]

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