Gabart faces final tactical decision in record attempt:
(December 12, 2017; Day 39, 22:30 FR) – The current pace by François Gabart will this week have him successfully set a new singlehanded round the world record. With just 2045.53 nm remaining, the skipper of the 30m MACIF trimaran has covered 715.6 nm in the past 24 hours and is now 2530.68 nm ahead of the record time. His northerly course now is taking him to the west of the Azores high-pressure area, and he will need to decide when it is safe to turn east to the finish. Full report.
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Volvo Ocean Race: Risk and reward:
(December 12, 2017; Leg 3, Day 3) – A trade-off between speed and safety was playing out among the Volvo Ocean Race fleet today as the teams gear up for their first real taste of Southern Ocean brutality.
A huge depression is forming west of the fleet with winds of up to 60 knots at its centre – and it is moving so fast that the seven Volvo Ocean 65s will not be able to outrun it. Rather the teams will have to make tough decisions about where to position themselves in relation to the storm, which is set to strike on Thursday (Dec. 14).
The toss-up is between risk and reward. A more southerly route will see faster sailing over the next day or so but with it comes the danger…
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