The skipper of PRB hit a UFO on Sunday morning, while speeding along with the frontrunners in the Vendée Globe on his way towards the Cape of Good Hope (a different incident from yesterday’s, when his rudder kicked up). Following on from this collision, Vincent Riou did not initially notice any damage and was able to continue to sail normally. It was only three hours later that the keel started to vibrate and emit loud noises, indicating there were huge strains on the appendage. These sounds continued to grow during Sunday night.
Taking into account the weather conditions (25 to 30 knot winds with average speeds around 19-20 knots), Vi…
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the record that wasn’t:
Over the weekend British sailor Alex Thompson racing in the Vendée Globe was shredding the course with his speed at times averaging in the mid 20 knot range. He, along with five other competitors, are in a leading pack that is riding a tight low pressure system that is propelling them past the latitude of Cape Town and soon into the Southern Ocean.
Thompson aboard Hugo Boss has been leading the group and seems to be pushing the hardest. Indeed he pushed so hard that he bettered the fastest 24-hour solo speed record set in the last Vendée Globe by François Gabart. Gabart’s distance of 534.48 nautical miles was an astounding accomplishme…
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