IDEC SPORT Builds Lead on Rival:
(January 9, 2016; Day 24) – Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT continue to improve in their bid win the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest outright time around the world. Their latest 24 hour run of 529 nm has increased their lead to 1575.4 nm (+357.1 nm) ahead of 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. Full report.
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Vendée Globe: Let the Match Race Begin:
(January 9, 2017; Day 65) – As the solo non-stop round the world race enters its final 3,000 nautical miles, Vendée Globe leader Frenchman Armel Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII is hunkering down for an epic battle in the North Atlantic with Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss.
With less than 80 nm between them, Le Cléac’h’s 800+ nm lead over the Brit has all but vanished.
With the pair breaking free of the grasp of the Doldrums today, there remain plenty of variables which could effect the overall outcome of this eighth edition of the Vendée Globe. Ian Walker, reigning champion of the Volvo Ocean Race, sees an excellent race ahead.
“What we don’t know is what state b…
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