Thomson’s Turning Point:
By Matt Sheahan
After 24,000 nautical miles and 74 days he was barely across the finishing line of the Vendée Globe and already declaring that he wanted another go.
Conditions were below zero as the sun rose over Les Sables d’Olonne. He had slept just five hours in the last three days and none in the last 24hours. He had declared he was ‘dangerously exhausted’ some days before. British solo sailor Alex Thomson was running on empty, finishing as the bridesmaid and yet already thinking of the next race.
Offshore sailors rarely say this. They have notoriously short memories, which allow them to recover quickly and go back out for another go, but few ever m…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Thomson’s Turning Point, Assoc Editor
IDEC SPORT Approaches the Trade Winds:
(January 21, 2017; Day 36; 20:15 FR) – Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT have been eating up the miles in their bid to win the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest outright time around the world.
Slowed down for the past 36 hours around the Equator in a large area of calms associated with the Doldrums, the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT should start to feel the effect of a Northeasterly wind in the next few hours. The trade winds are not far away and speeds should return to those we have come to expect from Joyon and his men over the five weeks since they set off from Ushant.