Friday, January 20, 2017

Vende Globe / Thomson claims second in historic Vendée Globe race

British yachtsman Alex Thomson today took the runner-up spot in the Vendée Globe to become the solo round-the-world race's second-fastest sailor ever.

Crédit : V Curutchet

Thomson, 42, set out to become the first Brit ever to win the Vendée Globe but following an epic battle with French skipper Armel Le Cléac'h missed out on the top spot by just shy of 16 hours. The skipper of Hugo Boss crossed the finish line at 0737 UTC in a time of 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds in one of the closest finishes ever in the race's 27-year history. Le Cléac'h, 39, took the top spot yesterday at 1537 UTC with a time of 74 days, three hours and 35 minutes, setting a new race record by three days, 22 hours and 41 minutes. Although Thomson had to settle for second place his time also supersedes the previous record of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor François Gabart in the 2012-13 edition.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Vendée Globe / Le Cléac'h smashes Vendée Globe race record in spectacular style

French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h today won the Vendée Globe in one of the most thrilling finishes the solo round the world race has ever seen. After 74 days and almost 24,500 nautical miles of first-class ocean racing Le Cléac'h was finally crowned victor in the long-running battle with British skipper Alex Thomson for the top spot in the solo round the world race, regarded as one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man.

Crédit : V Curutchet / DPPI

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory

With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h from secondplaced Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre.

Crédit : Marine Nationale

Monday, January 16, 2017

Record / Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record during Vendée Globe

British sailor Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht.

Thomson, 42, is currently in second place in the Vendee Globe just 70 miles behind French race leader Armel Le Cleac'h with 1,000 miles to go to the finish line.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Volvo Ocean Race / Dongfeng is the first Volvo Ocean 65 to complete the three month re-fit

The Chinese boat is the first Volvo Ocean 65 to complete the three month re-fit process at The Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. There are new eye-catching colours, new intricate branding designs, and a brand new one-design bow colourway.

Crédit : A Infante/Volvo Ocean Race

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jules Verne / IDEC SPORT more than 4 days and 6 hours ahead of the record at the Horn

The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran skippered by Francis Joyon crossed the longitude of Cape Horn, the last of the three major capes in the Jules Verne trophy at 0004 UTC on Thursday 12th January. 

Crédit : JM Liot