Moral Victories in Vendée Globe:
(February 19, 2017; Day 106) – Swiss skipper Alan Roura, the youngest of the 29 solo sailors who crossed the start line of the Vendée Globe on November 6th is expected to cross the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne tomorrow morning between 0800hrs and midday UTC in 12th position.
Seven solo racers were still at sea this Sunday afternoon. Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race.
Roura, 23, had less than 100 miles to go to the line late on Sunday afternoon and was struggling in light winds still today, making just three or four knots. His mood has been up and down over the last 48 hours or so, but the young skipper con…
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Keeping His Eye on the Prize:
At 2300 French time, Conrad Colman (USA/NZL) called his team on February 10 (Day 97) to inform them his IMOCA Foresight Natural Energy was dismasted. It was his first Vendée Globe, he was in tenth place, and had only 793 nm to the finish in Sables d’Olonne. Devastated but undeterred, here he reports on February 18 (Day 105).
This dismasting and jury rig experience has been so intensely emotional and such a challenge for my resolve I barely know where to start in telling the tale.
I guess it makes sense to go back nearly eight years to August 2008. It was a stifling hot summer on the south coast of England where I was racing at Cowes Week, the biggest regatta of the…
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