In search of the great eight:
American Michael Hennessy is competing in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race on his Owen Clarke designed Class40 Dragon. There were 53 Class40s when the race got underway on November 4, but hard times has reduced the field to 37 skippers in the class.
Hennessy stands 12th in the solo transatlantic race, and after 16 days of sailing, he discusses the sails doing the work:
Set a sail. Roll it out, sheet it on, trim it …
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Golden Globe: On approach to Cape Horn:
(November 20, 2018; Day 143) – The damaged rig on Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s Rustler 36 Matmut has weathered two more southern ocean storms during the past week and the 73-year old Frenchman is now within 400 miles of Cape Horn.
He is on course to round America’s southern tip sometime on November 23 and has a 3-day weather window to slip around before the next series of storms approach. He may just make it in time.
Jean-Luc has climbed up the mast five times to check repairs made two weeks ago to the lower shroud tang conn…
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