Class40s Complete RORC Transatlantic:
(December 12, 2016; Day 17) – Catherine Pourre’s Class40, Eärendil crossed the finish line of the RORC Transatlantic Race outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina today at 13 hours 25 minutes and 02 seconds.
Eärendil was nearly a day behind the Class40 winner, Campagne de France. However, Eärendil enjoyed a fast finish into Grenada as the trade winds fully filled in. The three crew on board were skipper, Catherine Pourre, Benoit Hochart and on helm through the finish line was Anna-Maria Renken. All three are highly experienced ocean racers, but this was the first time they had come together as a team.
“Eärendil is a new design from Sam Manuar…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Class40s Complete RORC Transatlantic, Editor
Vendée Globe: At the Center of the Low:
(December 12, 2016; Day 37) – Alex Thomson found himself as the slowest in the entire Vendée Globe fleet between 5 and 9 this morning, totally becalmed in the centre of the low that he was trying to round via the north at 50°00 S, while leader Armel Le Cléac’h was battling it out 120 miles further south at 52°03. They were both slow this morning, but Banque Populaire VIII found the wind earlier than Hugo Boss.
During that 4-hour period, Armel Le Cléac’h managed to keep up an average speed of 10.3 knots, while Alex Thomson was down to 4.4 knots with speeds occasionally down to less than 2 knots and a VMG that was practically nil between 0700 and 0730 hrs for example. All in all…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Vendée Globe: At the Center of the Low, Editor