Managing Physical and Mental Strains:
(December 14, 2016; Day 37, 22:39 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim’ continues to fight the fickle Brazilian winds in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. With 4801 nm to go, his 24 hour run of 388.6 nm has his margin decreasing to 1472.47 nm (-152 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. Full report.
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Vendée Globe: Christmas Prayers in the South Pacific:
(December 14, 2016; Day 39) – According to the current weather models, the two Vendée Globe solo round the world leaders Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson should be at Cape Horn at Christmas. But faced with probability of sailing on port tack for almost all of the remaining 3000 miles to the legendary ‘corner’, Thomson has been making his preferences clear in case Santa Claus might be making any stops in the Indian Ocean.
After snapping his starboard foil on November 19th, Thomson suffers a speed deficit in the moderate to fresh wind strengths on port gybe, and is rather hoping for an early Christmas present. Right now the Pacific Ocean is living up to its name for the two …
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