Well done

What can one say. Brilliant round the world record.

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Welcome back in France Francois.

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Bad news from the South Atlantic

Yves le Blevec capsized just after passing the Cape Horn early this morning. There was a strong 30 to 50 knots wind with burns up to 70 knots. One of the arms on the port side broke.

Apparently he is secure inside the boat and rescue is being organised.

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He had a 2.600 nautical miles lead on the previous record holder after 19 days and 10 hours.


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Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 3

A very windy start last Sunday apparently.

It is worth watching some of the videos if you like sailing.

Below an extract of the volvooceanrace.com blog from early this morning.

“Six of the seven Volvo Ocean Race boats remain in the Roaring Forties this morning, south of 40-degrees latitude, in the area where strong low pressure systems circle the planet bringing stong winds and mountainous waves.

But that’s not the experience they’re seeing at the moment. The wind is around 10 knots. Boat speeds are in the same area. It’s been a relatively benign 24 hours. But that will all change soon.

“We are getting our first little bit of Southern Ocean taste, the water temperature starts dropping, the gloves and hoodies are out,” said Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking. “The breeze has been very up and down yesterday, sometimes gaining, but last night had a big loss. Could see clearly the lights of Mapfre and Akzo, but then the breeze dropped to 6 knots out of nothing… (But) tonight the breeze will build quickly as a low pressure esystem is approaching, it will be the first wild ride.”

The forecast is for winds in the 35 knot range, with gusts much stronger. Seas of over 6-metres are expected. 

“The wind is building and slightly more headed than the forecast which creates some questions. It’s just a question of how much it lifts. It affects our sail choice and how low we sail. Right now we’re sort of hedging on the side of caution,” said Vestas 11th Hour Racing navigator Simon Fisher. “Feels like we’re manning battle stations and preparing for war.”

The entire fleet has now gybed to the north, with Dongfeng Race Team still holding a narrow lead over MAPFRE.”

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Pouvez-vous imaginer avoir la même voiture durant 82 ans ! Posez-vous la question :  “Quelle voiture ai-je gardée le plus longtemps ?”    M. Allen Swift (Springfield, MA.) a reçu cette Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster 1928 de son Père.  Elle était neuve et ce fut son Cadeau de Fin d’Etudes en 1928. Il l’a conduite jusqu’à son décès, en 2010, il avait 102 ans Il était le plus vieux propriétaire vivant d’une voiture ayant été achetée neuve.                         Au décès du propriétaire, cette voiture a été donnée au Musée de Springfield.

Elle fonctionnait encore parfaitement  après 82 ans d’utilisation.   – Pour vous donner une idée, elle avait roulé une moyenne de 13 048 miles par année (21 000 Kms). Lors de la photo, le compteur indiquait 1 070 000 miles (1 783 333 Kms).
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In-port race

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Well done boys.

The start of Leg 2 Cape Town to Melbourne will start this coming Sunday 10th December. Quite a exciting leg in the south seas.

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What are our 2 heroes up to?

Quite simple.

They are going so fast it is hard to keep up with them.

Yves Le BLEVEC (Red boat) after 7 days has already 1.183 nautical miles advance on the previous record holder.

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François Gabart (Yellow boat) is about to round cap Horn and leave the Pacific to enter the Atlantic and the last stretch home. He has 1.124 nautical miles advance on the previous record. He has managed an average of 34.8 knots in the last 24 hours.

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Second crazy Frenchman

Exactly 24 hours ago, Yves Le Blevec left for a record attempt non stop around the world.

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Unlike Francois Gabart mentioned in one of my earlier post, Yves is taking the “reverse” route i.e East to West against the dominating winds and currents.

The theoratica distance is 24.389 nautical miles which translates into 45.168 kilometers.

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The record to beat is 122 Days, 14 Hours and 3 minutes from 2004 held by (guess what) a Frenchman (despite the name): Jean Luc Van den Heede.

Anyone interested in following the attempt can do this with this link: https://www.teamactual.eu/la-cartographie/


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