Making the Turn to the Finish:
(December 22, 2016; Day 45, 18:23 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ has extended north to get around the Azores High in his bid to break the solo round the world record. With 1733 nm remaining to the finish, his latest 24 hour run of 473.4 nm has his margin decreasing to 2572.11 nm (-28 nm) ahead of the current record pace of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008. Details.
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Vendée Globe: Cape Horn on Friday:
(December 22, 2016; Day 47) – After clocking 373 nm in the past 24 hours, Armel Le Cléac’h is expected to lead the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race around its most feared but most universally welcomed landmark, Cape Horn, tomorrow around midday.
The French skipper should pass the notorious southernmost tip of South America with the biggest lead since January 2001 when Michel Desjoyeaux led English skipper Ellen MacArthur by some 600 miles.
However, given how the ensuing seven days saw Desjoyeaux’s lead over MacArthur in early 2001 cut to some 140 miles in the sticky South Atlantic high pressure system, as that edition of the race effectively…
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