Coville Sets Indian Ocean Record:
(November 29, 2016; Day 22, 23:22 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM has set a new time for crossing the Indian Ocean in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. Coville’s latest 24 hour run of 514.6 nm increases his margin to 1071.53 (+44 nm) ahead of the current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008. Full report.
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Vendée Globe: It’s About to Get Real:
(November 29, 2016; Day 23) – They might be in different oceans split by 3,500 nautical miles but today both the Vendée Globe leaders and the pack at the back of the fleet were gearing up for big breeze.
Frontrunners Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson, just 20 miles adrift as they rocket towards the Kerguelen Islands, could be hit with gales in a few days’ time after transitioning through a tricky high pressure zone. Around 10 days behind the leading pair the large group of 15 boats bringing up the rear were also anticipating strong winds of up to 35 knots as they’re scooped up by a large easterly-moving depression.
Title favourite Le Cléac’h, who has now led for two days,…
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