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Vendee Globe - Safran out of the water, keel removed By Soazig Guého, , 4:39 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012
Early this afternoon in Saint Philibert, Marc Guillemot’s team took off Safran’s mast and pulled her out of the water at the team’s base. The enquiry into the causes leading to the keel breaking four hours after the start of the Vendée Globe can now begin. At the same time, the whole team is busy working on establishing a race programme for 2013. ...[more]

Vendee Globe: Collisions at sea - Every ocean racer's worst nightmare By John Curtis, , 2:24 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012
Now with two collisions with fishing trawlers in the Vendee Globe, one wonders what should be done about this serious hazard. As you may have heard by now, a second Vendee Globe boat has collided with a fishing trawler. It was Louis Burton aboard Bureau Vallee. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Updates from Mike Golding onboard Gamesa By Emily Caroe, , 2:10 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012
Vendee Globe, transcription of Mike Golding on Radio Vacs: Update 13:05 GMT: 'Life onboard is good, I've come through the front now and we are on our way south again, so quite a relief to get past that. 'Last night was pretty busy as we went through pretty much everything on the sail plan and the boat is alright down below but a bit of tidying up in the cockpit is needed. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Gains and strikes as skippers enter day 5 at sea By Vendee Globe, 1:33 AM Thu 15 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, Race Direction took a call at 0310hrs CET this morning from Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee. He reported that that he had been struck a glancing blow on the port side of his IMOCA Open 60 by a trawler. At the time, Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Productive third night at sea onboard Gamesa By Emily Caroe, 9:04 AM Wed 14 Nov 2012
In the 2012 Vendee Globe, challenging fellow Brit Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss for sixth place this morning, Mike Golding has had a productive third night at sea onboard Gamesa making one of the best 'VMG’ [net speed towards the finish] of the fleet by retaining to a good, southerly course. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Race Village in Paris-Montparnasse inaugurated By Vendee Globe, , 8:19 AM Wed 14 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, just two days after the race village in Les Sables d’Olonne which had attracted around a million people over three weeks closed, Bruno Retailleau has inaugurated the Race HQ in Paris today, Tuesday. It will be open to the public every day for the next three months and can be found on the Tour Montparnasse esplanade. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Macif continues to lead as waiting game evolves By Vendee Globe, , 7:46 AM Wed 14 Nov 2012
In the Vendee Globe, if there is to be a time for rest, repairs and recuperation after the first three days of racing, it has been granted over the last few hours and into the fourth afternoon at sea. At the front of the 18 boat fleet the advance of François Gabart continued again this afternoon. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Bitter conclusion for Kito De Pavant By Vendee Globe, , 5:52 AM Tue 13 Nov 2012
'I am cursed. The Vendée Globe is not for me.' That was the conclusion of the intensely disappointed Kito de Pavant this Monday afternoon, despairing at the harsh reality that his challenge to complete the Vendée Globe is, again, very prematurely over. For the second successive edition of the race this charismatic, twinkle eyed skipper from Port Camargue in the Mediterranean is having to withdraw. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - High traffic spells high alert through second night By Vendee Globe, , 2:31 AM Tue 13 Nov 2012
Following a rapid passage across the Bay of Biscay since Saturday’s start of the Vendée Globe, the Portuguese coast is passing at good speeds for the leading group in brisk tradewinds conditions. In the busy shipping area, a state of high alert has been required through the second night at sea. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Emotional roller coaster ride continues By Vendee Globe, , 6:20 AM Mon 12 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe is in full swing as the emotional roller coast ride continues. Rather than the strong gales which often prevail on the Bay of Biscay it was irregular, unsettled winds and big squalls which set a high work rate for the solo skippers through their first night of the solo race around the world. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Active, challenging first night at sea By Vendee Globe, , 2:49 AM Mon 12 Nov 2012
Following the high emotions of the start day of the Vendee Globe in Les Sables d’Olonne, skippers competing in the solo round the world race had an active, challenging first night at sea dealing with unstable winds, occasional squalls and regular manoeuvres. On the early morning ranking, François Gabart leads the fleet which already spans 74 miles on the Bay of Biscay. ...[more]

Emotional highs and lows continue through first night of Vendée Globe By Sail-World, , 9:51 PM Sun 11 Nov 2012
After the high emotions of start day in Les Sables d’Olonne skippers competing in the 2012-13 edition of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race had an active, challenging first night at sea dealing with unstable winds, occasional squalls and regular manoeuvres. On the early morning ranking François Gabart leads the fleet which already spans 74 miles on the Bay of Biscay. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Safran heads back to Les Sables d'Olonne By Soazig Guého, 5:48 AM Sun 11 Nov 2012
The 2012 Vendee Globe is now underway with Safran having been in the lead early on but, at approximately 17:45 local French time, Marc Guillemot heard a loud bang, likely from a collision. At the time, he was sailing under a main and headsail. He has decided to head back to Les Sables in order check on how serious the situation is. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Excellent start for Wavre and Mirabaud By Bernard Schopfer, , 4:38 AM Sun 11 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe is now underway with Dominique Wavre, skipper of Mirabaud, and his fellow competitors racing out into the open ocean this afternoon, alone for the first time in three weeks and having seen over a million visitors in Les Sables d’Olonne. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Fleet sets off from Les Sables d’Olonne + Video By Vendee Globe, , 3:20 AM Sun 11 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe is now underway with 19 of the 20 skippers entered for the seventh edition of the solo 24, 048 mile, three month circumnavigation race around the world taking to the start line at 1302hrs local time off Les Sables d’Olonne, France today. A small collision with his support team’s rigid inflatable boat required Bertrand de Broc to return to port even before the start. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Safran leads the way By Soazig Guého, , 2:17 AM Sun 11 Nov 2012
They’re off! The journey that is the seventh Vendée Globe could not have got off to a better start for Safran: at 13h32, after the first half hour of racing, Marc Guillemot was leading the way. A twelve-knot south-westerly wind, choppy seas, with showers passing over in grey skies, mist and with hundreds of accompanying boats… that was the scene at the start of this seventh Vendée Globe. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Mike Golding commences fourth entry onboard Gamesa By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 1:56 AM Sun 11 Nov 2012
The Vendee Globe is now underway and at 1302h (local) today, Mike Golding OBE, skipper of Gamesa, crossed the start line for his sixth circumnavigation of the world and fourth entry in the Race. The solo, non-stop round the world race should see the Southampton-based skipper race over 28,000 miles for up to 90 days east-about the world past Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Final countdown underway By Vendee Globe, , 7:08 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012
For the Vendée Globe, weather forecasts look promising for the 20 solo skippers who start the seventh edition of the 28,050 mile solo non-stop around the world race tomorrow, Saturday at 1302hrs (French time, 1202hrs UTC). The final hours before the start are never, ever easy to deal with. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Golding aims for best possible start By Gamesa Sailing Team, , 5:53 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012
Tomorrow, Saturday, 10th November, the Vendee Globe solo round the world race will get underway and British solo skipper Mike Golding OBE will be calling on all of his years of experience to make the best possible start. Golding will be among a top class fleet of twenty IMOCA Open 60 racing yachts starting the 28,000 mile race. ...[more]

Vendee Globe - Guillemot and Safran ready to set off By Soazig Guého, , 3:52 AM Sat 10 Nov 2012
The start of the Vendee Globe is almost here. At 1302hrs CET (1202hrs GMT) on Saturday, Marc Guillemot will be setting off around the world aboard Safran. The weather for the start is looking fairly good, but they will face their first hurdle at Cape Finisterre, as they will have to deal with a ridge of high pressure with light winds. Marc is looking at this closely with Pascal Bidégorry. ...[more]

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