Good Times Continue for IDEC SPORT:
(December 28, 2016; Day 13, 22:22 FR) – Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT continue to make ground in their bid win the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest outright time around the world. As they approach the longitude of Cape Town, South Africa, their latest 24 hour run of 867 nm has the deficit decreasing to 443 nm (+226 nm) behind the current time set in January 2012 by Loïck Peyron and his crew on the 40 VPLP-designed trimaran Banque Populaire V of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.
Status as of 22:00 FR
Distance to Finish: 15941 nm
24 Hour Distance: 867 nm
24 Hour Speed Average: …
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Vendée Globe: Leader Losing Ground:
(December 28, 2016; Day 53, 18:13 FR) – The big losses which Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac’h has suffered over recent days to the British skipper Alex Thomson have stabilised today but the French solo racer who has topped the solo round the world race since December 3rd seems set to come under more pressure from his pursuer in the coming days.
A wide swathe of lighter, variable winds blocks the northwards climb up the South Atlantic. Some weather routing models have the two leading skippers racing at the same latitude at the weekend. After making a net gain of some five miles during this Wednesday afternoon, Thomson was 269 nautical miles behind on the 1700hrs UTC ra…
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