Vendée Globe: Thomson Leads into the Doldums:
(November 13, 2016; Day 8) – One week after last Sunday’s start of the eighth Vendée Globe solo race around the world, the British skipper Alex Thomson leads the 29-boat fleet towards a complicated, sticky Doldrums passage. ??Thomson wriggled Hugo Boss through between the Cape Verde Islands of Santo Antao and Sao Vicente during Saturday evening in order to maintain his fast, making gybe southwards.
“It’s a good win for me,” said Thomson this afternoon, “I am surprised no one else came with me.” ??At the same time, long-time leader Armel Le Cleac’h had to gybe West, to avoid the worst of the wind shadow generated by the high ground of Santo Antao, giving away time and dista…
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Earthquakes and Tsunami for New Zealand:
A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake has struck New Zealand’s South Island, killing at least two people. The quake hit just after midnight on Monday (local time, Nov 14), north-east of Christchurch. It was felt as far afield as the capital Wellington on the North Island, 120 miles (200km) away. A tsunami arrived about two hours later. Officials warned everyone along the eastern coast to head inland or for higher ground. Full story.
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