François Gabart Conquers The Transat bakerly:
(May 10, 2016; Day 9) – François Gabart and his 100-foot VPLP designed trimaran Macif was first to finish The Transat bakerly, the 3050nm solo transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York. Gabart crossed the finish line today at 18:24 ET, a crossing time of 8 days, 8 hours, 54 minutes, and 39 seconds.
Gabart had enjoyed a magic carpet downwind ride across the Atlantic but his progress to the race finish was slowed as he encountered light airs crossing the Gulf Stream. The light and fickle conditions had seemingly thrown the game wide open between him and Thomas Coville on Sodebo, who this morning was 64 miles behind Macif. However, Gabart enjoyed a 118 nm margin at the finish.
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Olympic Games: When Your Country Says No:
There are ten Olympic sailing events, and while you may be the best in your country in one of the events, that does not guarantee you will make it to the Olympics. That is the lesson sailors in New Zealand are finding out.
The first step is that your county must perform well enough in qualifying regattas prior to the Games. Each event has limited entries, and only the best nations get invited. But once invited, the country can decline, typically when a sailor is not deemed sufficiently competitive to warrant the expense of participation.
In the USA, the laws permit no subjectivity to selection, and if the country qualifies, a sailor will fill that entry. Conversely, Canada h…
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