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SAILING: Vendée Globe 2012-13

22. Februar 2013, 22:53


Vendee Globe 2013


14. Februar 2013, 21:11

In Search of Lost Wind

It looked like Saturday night, running into Sunday morning ,but it could still be Sunday night for the arrival of Tanguy De Lamotte (Initiatives Coeur) and behind him Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique) is already twisting in no wind. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 08/02/2013 - PHOTO TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) / INITIATIVES MEDIA  »

08. Februar 2013, 19:07

Dominique Wavre (Sui), Mirabaud, seventh Vendée Globe 2012-2013

Dominique Wavre crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 15:16:42hrs (UTC). He takes seventh place in the race behind Mike Golding. His elapsed time is 90 days 3hours 14minutes 42 seconds. His average speed on the course is 11.3 knots. He has sailed 27,395.82 miles on the water at an average speed of 12.7 knots. Reminder: the theoretical distance of the route is 24,394 miles.  »

06. Februar 2013, 22:21

Mike Golding (GBR, Gamesa) finishes sixth in the Vendée Globe 2012-2013

When British skipper Mike Golding on Gamesa crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe at 18h 38m 26s UTC this Wednesday 6th February he took sixth place. He became the first sailor ever to finish three Vendée Globe races and finished just 6 hours 23 mins and 28secs behind his French rival Jean Le Cam who he has been duelling with over fifth since early December. SAILING - VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 06/02/13 - PHOTO JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI - VENDEE GLOBE FINISH FOR MIKE GOLDING (GB) / GAMESA - AFTER 88D 06H 36MN 26SEC - 6TH -  »

05. Februar 2013, 22:16

‘Furious Fifties’ Biscay Finale for the Fabulous 50’s Le Cam and Golding

It is, ironically, for two of the Vendée Globe’s most experienced and toughest skippers, Jean Le Cam and Mike Golding, both in their early 50’s, that the Bay of Biscay is set to deliver a sting in the tail for their finishing miles into Les Sables d’Olonne, one final riposte from the weather gods for a duel which has been ongoing since 12th-13th December and more especially since early in their climb back up the South Atlantic. Winds averaging 40kts with gusts to 50kts are expected on their final night. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 04/02/2013 - PHOTO TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) / INITIATIVES COEUR - DERIVE  »

03. Februar 2013, 20:04

Anything. Anywhere. Anytime.

Vendée Globe skippers know only too well that their own race is not over until the finish line is crossed. And although the Southern oceans delivered relatively benign conditions for this edition, the ascent of the Atlantic, for different reasons, has again issued reminders that anything can happen at any time. PHOTO TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) / INITIATIVES COEUR -  »

01. Februar 2013, 22:39

Back on the Track

Offshore, along the coast of Brasil, to the west of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, between Madeira and the Azores the skippers sail in the winds, along the edge of high pressure. There is another is low north of Spain. "That's the Vendée Globe," said Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM).© Jean-Pierre Dick/Virbac Paprec 3  »

30. Januar 2013, 20:00



Alex Thomson sailed into the legendary canal, the artery into the heart of Les Sables d’Olonne this morning at typically breakneck speed. With more than 30 kts of wind and mountainous seas Thomson was in no mood to hang around.SAILING - VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 30/01/13 - PHOTO MARK LLOYD / DPPI - VENDEE GLOBE FINISH FOR ALEX THOMSON (GBR) / HUGO BOSS AFTER 80D 19H 23MN 43SEC / 3rd FOR PODIUM  »

29. Januar 2013, 21:12

Thomson Final Furlong to a Podium Finish

British skipper, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) is due to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne between 6am and 7am early tomorrow, Wednesday morning, and to process down the canal at approximately 8am. He is enduring similar conditions to those that were experienced by François Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire), battered in the Bay of Biscay by 35 to 45 knots and very confused, unpleasant seas. The last 48 hours of his race will be some of the worst he has experienced as he enters a congested maritime motorway. © Alex Thomson / Hugo Boss / Vendée Globe  »

27. Januar 2013, 22:47

François Gabart, MACIF, winner of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe

Gold for ‘Goldenboy’ Gabart

François Gabart crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 15 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds, French time, setting a new solo round-the-world record of 78 day, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Beating Michel Desjoyeaux’s record by 6 day 00 hours 53 minutes. His final race time is 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds. His average speed was 15.3 knots and covering 28,646.55 miles. Note: the race’s theoretical distance is 24,393.41 miles.SAILING - VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 26/01/13 - PHOTO VINCENT CURUTCHET / DPPI - VENDEE GLOBE FINISH FOR FRANCOIS GABART (FRA) / MACIF AFTER 78D 02H 16MN 40SEC / WINNER WITH CHAMPAGNE MUMM.  »

26. Januar 2013, 21:56

The Spirit of Sportmanship

Sunday 26th January, François Gabart (MACIF) Vendée Globe is expected to cross the finish line between 10AM and 1PM, 2 to 5 hours before Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire). The tide will allow the boats to enter the canal to Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne after 2PM.  »

25. Januar 2013, 00:21

Carry On Keel-less

Jean Pierre Dick decision Sunday- Macif and Banque Populaire teams arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne- Golding crosses Equator for 6th time- Tanguy saves another child

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) today on the French version of Vendée Globe LIVE explained his predicament. “I’m in the high, so there’s only 12-13 knots of wind, in a situation that’s not easy for a boat without her keel. I can’t use large sails but the ballasts are full to keep some stability. I’ve talked to Bilou and Marc Guillemot, who had to experience the same situation in the past. Of course, I’d go faster if I had a keel but right now, I’m not thinking too much about my third place. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 24/01/2013 - PHOTO TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) / INITIATIVES COEUR -  »

24. Januar 2013, 05:21

Will He Won’t He?

The fleet leaders are expected to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne, Vendée, France either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. Please visit the website for regular updates. The current plan is that the first three boats crossing the finish line and making their way down the canal will receive LIVE coverage on the Vendée Globe web TV channel hosted by Daily Motion. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 22/01/2013 - PHOTO FRANCOIS GABART (FRA) / MACIF - USB.  »

22. Januar 2013, 23:36

Broken Dreams as Dick loses keel

Shock failure hands Alex Thomson third place

With a third place finish in the Vendée Globe apparently almost guaranteed, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) heard his dream break with an abrupt bang before midnight on Monday night as Virbac Paprec 3 lost her keel with just over 2,000 of the 28,000 mile race left. PHOTO JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - MACIF / SKIPPER FRANCOIS GABART (FRA)  »

20. Januar 2013, 18:22

“Worst South Atlantic ever” sees Golding Facing Power Pressure

Left hook to Les Sables Earlier finish on January 26 predicted Gabart and Le Cléac’h – no more chit-chat Wavre extends over Sansó Di Benedetto loses gennaker

The toughest South Atlantic that any of the skippers stuck in it can remember is beginning to turn the screw on supplies. Being dropped by a fickle wind or battered by a north one is one thing, but sixth-placed Mike Golding (Gamesa) has revealed that just having enough to run his auto-pilots in the busy shipping lanes for the finish is increasingly becoming a worry. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 18/01/2013 - PHOTO TANGUY DE LAMOTTE (FRA) / INITIATIVES COEUR - RUDDER BLADE DAMAGED.  »

19. Januar 2013, 00:49

Thomson Predicts Smooth Doldrums, Golding Eats Philosophical Breakfast

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) threw caution to the wind on Friday and forecast a relatively simple passage through the doldrums on his westerly course. “I don’t really see it being too much of a problem,” a relaxed Thomson told Vendee Globe TV. “When you look at the satellite images there’s quite a lot of cloud, but the cloud is quite a long way north and for if I can get another 85 miles, another 8-10 hours, then I’m fully out. I’ve got the wind now in ENE so I’m not expecting it to be too much of a stop. Francois had probably the toughest time so far out of everybody, hopefully for myself and probably for Jean-Pierre (Dick), who’s probably nearly out, it’s not going to be too arduous.”  »

16. Januar 2013, 14:40

The Bank of the Doldrums

After borrowing and lending to the fleet two months ago, the Bank of the Doldrums is open again. Francois Gabart (MACIF) entered overnight and has logically been giving away miles to those behind, the next few days will show whether they will be able to bank them. Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) and Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) have each borrowed 100 miles back from Gabart in the last 24 hours. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - 15/01/2013 - PHOTO DOMINIQUE WAVRE (FRA) / MIRABAUD  »

14. Januar 2013, 22:25

Golding: “Is Le Cam Missing A Sail?”

Mike Golding (Gamesa) is just 21 miles behind Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) and on Vendée Globe TV yesterday speculated that Le Cam may be missing a sail. It was not a euphemism – he was not suggesting Le Cam is one sail short of a wardrobe – but questioning why the formidable French sailor was almost four knots slower than Golding overnight and this morning.  »

11. Januar 2013, 09:54

Hugo Boss Closes Gap

Fleet News: Thomson’s third place firmly gripped Mirabaud under threat of the duo Acciona and Akéna Verandas Along the same lines

The weekend is almost upon us and for the 12 sailors still in the race they are not thinking about donning their glad rags, or disco dancing, but tacks, gybes and sail trimming. Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) strengthened his hold on his third place. Yesterday, ahead of the game, François Gabart (MACIF) tacked first followed, seven hours later, by Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire). Much later, in the Pacific, Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM) gybed twice on his way to Cape Horn. But watch this space as Dominique Wavre (Mirabaud) is under threat of the duelling duo of Arnaud Bossières (Akena Verandas) and Javier Sanso (Acciona 100% EcoPowered).VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - CAP HORN - 10/01/2013 - PHOTO MIKE GOLDING (GBR) / GAMESA.  »

07. Januar 2013, 22:15

Tricky Times For Jean Pierre Dick

Breaking News-Jean Pierre Dick breaks the strop holding his forestay up Fleet News- Mike Golding without hydro-generators since three weeks Complex weather for the duelling duo - Le Cam due to round Cape Horn tomorrow.© Dominique Wavre / Mirabau  »

05. Januar 2013, 00:12

The Jury is Still Out on Stamm Appeal

Friday 4th January: PM Day 55 Position: 6250 miles to finish Ranking: 1500hrs GMT

Breaking News--The president of the international jury, Bernard Bonneau makes Stamm statement **Fleet News- Alex Thomson cautiously rounds Cape Horn through fields of ice Jean Pierre Dick climbed his mast François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac’h separate laterally.© Bernard Stamm / Cheminées Poujoulat / Vendée Globe.  »

03. Januar 2013, 10:13

Disqualified Stamm will not give up the fight - Stamm pledges to get case reopened and will try to reach Les Sables d’Olonne

Wednesday 2nd January 2013 PM Day 53 Between Tierra del Fuego and Falklands

After being informed that he has been disqualified from the Vendée Globe solo non stop around the world race for ‘receiving outside assistance’ when his anchor dragged during a technical stop in New Zealand’s remote Auckland Islands on December 23rd , Swiss solo skipper Bernard Stamm has pledged to try and have his case reopened by the five person International Jury. PHOTO BERNARD STAMM  »

01. Januar 2013, 19:33

Cape Horn Warning

Vendée Globe’s youngest rookie François Gabart set to lead at Cape Horn Armel Le Cléac’h due to pass two hours later

The two runaway leaders of the Vendée Globe are due at Cape Horn from around 1730hrs UTC (1830hrs French time) this afternoon with the youngest skipper on the course, François Gabart (MACIF) expected to be first to pass the longitude of the infamous rock, the most southerly point of the course, on his very first attempt at the solo non stop around the world race. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - PACIFIC OCEAN - 01/01/2013 - PHOTO BERNARD STAMM (SUI) / CHEMINEES POUJOULAT - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013  »

27. Dezember 2012, 11:35

Go Direct

. Le Cléac’h and Gabart choose to go direct at light winds transition zone . Stamm moves to new shelter .Comeback time for JP Dick and Thomson

As they unfold their strategy for dealing with a serious zone of light, disturbed winds the two Vendée Globe leaders Armel Le Cléac’h and François Gabart have the same 10 miles between them that separated the leader Banque Populaire from Macif yesterday. As they make steady progress to the final safety gate of the course, a little more than 500 miles ahead, it is their two pursuers, Jean-Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson who are now accelerating, already shortening their respective deficits. And in Dunedin, NZ Bernard Stamm has not yet managed to finish his repairs but was forced to move anchorages during last night (daytime NZ) to find a more sheltered haven. PHOTO JAVIER SANSO (ESP) / ACCIONA 100% Ecopowered.  »

24. Dezember 2012, 03:06

Stamm Shelters in Auckland Islands for Repairs

Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has found shelter in the Auckland Islands, 250 miles south of New Zealand, on Sunday morning, after diverting at around 1700hrs UTC on Saturday to try to make repairs to his boat, ostensibly the hydrogenerators.  »

19. Dezember 2012, 10:38

Gabart Back On Top, Dick Slipping, Sansó Charging

How quickly the hunter becomes the hunted. Francois Gabart (MACIF) re-took his lead on Wednesday morning, 15 hours after losing it to Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire). They also both passed the halfway mark on the theoretical mileage for the race and seem destined to play cat and mouse round the world. Just as Armel The Jackal chewed his way to Gabart slowly, likewise Gabart fought his way back a mile every hour. Gabart is just 5.3 miles ahead of Le Cléac’h and only 20 miles to the north as they race in the direction of the Auckland Islands, south of New Zealand. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - INDIAN OCEAN - 16/12/2012 - PHOTO ALESSANDRO DI BENEDETTO / TEAM PLASTIQUE - ALBATROS.  »

16. Dezember 2012, 20:00

Golding Goes Down but Gets Up Again

Mike Golding (Gamesa), was back up to speed on Sunday afternoon after Forties roared at Gamesa in the early hours of the morning. After a frustrating Friday in a hole, Golding was just starting to enjoy himself in 20 knots of wind when, at 0400hrs (UTC) a 35 knot gust broke the line used to furl his code zero headsail. The huge sail was flapping wildly at the bow of the boat, confusing the autopilot, but not Golding – put that in your matrix – who dumped the boat on its side (presumably by the canting the keel and dumping the ballast). That took the pressure off the rig and then he was able to haul down the sail in a giant mess on the foredeck.  »

11. Dezember 2012, 12:15

Alex Thomson hits object, has to make rudder repairs

British skipper Alex Thomson, whose race so far has been one of the highlights of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race, has reported that he has hit an unidentified object at high speed during Sunday night, damaging one rudder mechanism and a hydrogenerator on his IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss.SAILING - PRE-VENDEE GLOBE 2012 - PENMARCH' (FRA) - 24/09/2012 - PHOTO JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - MACIF / SKIPPER FRANCOIS GABART (FRA).  »

08. Dezember 2012, 08:19

Gabart back on top

The Southern Ocean seesaw drops to favour new leader Gabart, but for how long? Thomson starts to gain as he gybes and slants NE to take the Crozet gate De Lamotte’s initiative tested. VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - INDIAN OCEAN - 02/12/2012 - PHOTO FRANCOIS GABART (FRA) / MACIF - SUNSET IN THE INDIAN OCEAN - A LONG WAY, WET BUT WORTHWILE.  »

04. Dezember 2012, 09:27

The Sailors Soldier On

It was not an easy night for the Vendée Globe skippers. The agitated sea bashed the boats and forced the determined navigators to make constant sail changes. Those at the back are moving again. They appear to have been released from the chains of the St Helena High and the senior trio, Mike Golding (Gamesa) Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel), and Dominique Wavre’s (Mirabaud) passed through the first gate at Aiguilles.VENDEE GLOBE 2012/2013 - SOUTH ATLANTIC - 02/12/2012 - PHOTO ALESSANDRO DI BENEDETTO / TEAM PLASTIQUE - SUNSET.  »

28. November 2012, 03:45

Thomson torpedos into second place

Fleet News- Le Cléac’h strategically critical few days Stamm needs to go up the mast- Jean Pierre Dick waiting for payback - Breaking News- Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) torpedoes into second place at the 1500 GMT ranking today. Although he feels it will be short lived, “up to 2nd place on the rankings! Will be short lived when Macif and Virbac get the new wind first but happy anyway!” (c) Bernard Stamm Cheminées Poujoulat  »

24. November 2012, 03:17

Le Cam Cries: “I’m Hunting Brits”

News Flash: Stamm still suffering from the Doldrums - Le Cam vows to attack the British Fleet News: Thomson closes Atlantic Workshop after fixing hydrogenerator Boissières’s Doldrums nightmare is over. PHOTO JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI - AERIAL VIEW (VIRBAC PAPREC) - SKIPPER : JEAN PIERRE DICK (FRA)  »

20. November 2012, 01:29

Leaders in the Doldrums as Beyou starts his Engine

Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) became the fifth skipper to abandon the 2012-13 Vendée Globe yesterday after he was unable to find a safe solution to secure his broken canting keel. Beyou has arrived safely Mindelo harbour in Sao Vincente, one of the Cape Verde islands, where he had diverted on Saturday night to find shelter. (c)Vincent Curuchet dpi.  »

18. November 2012, 11:24

Black Friday: Davies and Burton Abandon

Javier Sansó heads to the Canary Islands with mainsail down Sam Davies and Louis Burton abandons Fleet News: Cléac’h hunts down Gabard England 2 France 0

Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for 32 hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard. It is a hazardous operation even with a crew and even in calmer waters - imagine climbing a hundred foot ladder balanced on a rocking horse (don’t try this at home). ****British sailor Samantha Davies arrives on November 17, 2012 in Funchal, on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Davies, who was eliminated from the solo, round-the-world Vendee Globe after the dismasting of her yacht, limped into Madeira on November 17. The 38-year-old, the only woman in the world's most gruelling yacht race, saw her boat dismasted on Thursday evening in strong winds about 130 nautical miles northeast of Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / GREGORIO CUNHA / DPPI / DPPI.  »

13. November 2012, 09:44

Pain or gain?

Past winner Riou opts for pain, short term losses in the west, looking to long term gain. Gabart increases lead again Golding v Thomson ‘battle of Britain’ is on

François Gabart has increased his lead in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race to over 23 miles as the young French skipper continues to sail an astute descent of the Atlantic, first to pass the latitude of the Gibraltar Straits last night. PHOTO JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - MACIF / SKIPPER FRANCOIS GABART (FRA)  »

11. November 2012, 12:11

Emotional highs and lows continue through first night of Vendée Globe

- François Gabart on Macif leads - Marc Guillemot forced to retire from the Vendée Globe with keel damage - Bertrand de Broc starts

After the high emotions of start day in Les Sables d’Olonne skippers competing in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race had an active, challenging first night at sea dealing with unstable winds, occasional squalls and regular manoeuvres. On the early morning ranking François Gabart leads the fleet which already spans 74 miles on the Bay of Biscay. SAILING - START VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 10/11/2012 - PHOTO FRANCOIS VAN MALLEGHEM / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - VNAM SHORE CREW FIXING THE BOAT AFTER A COLLISION WITH A RID DURING THE START -  »

09. November 2012, 12:38


Saturday is the big day. At 13:02hrs (French, 1202hrs UTC) the twenty solo skippers who will compete in the Vendée Globe solo non stop around the world race take the start line, heading into the open ocean for their legendary passage round the three great Capes. As it is at each successive start, every four years Les Sables d’Olonne will be engulfed by huge crowds of passionate fans. Here is everything you need to know about following the race start on land and sea. SAILING - PRE VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 08/11/2012 - PHOTO JEAN MARIE LIOT / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - ANBIENCE PONTOON - SUNSET -FILMING OF THE TV SHOW "THALASSA" PRESENTED BY GEORGES PERNOUD -.  »

06. November 2012, 19:16

International skippers aim to extend the Vendée Globe history

. 20 skippers start the Vendée Globe, eight represent five different nations . British pioneers are followed by skippers capable of more podium places . First Polish skipper ever start this edition

Of the twenty skippers who will take the start of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race on Saturday, 12 are French. The eight others represent five different nationalities. SAILING - PRE VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 24/10/2012 - PHOTO OLIVIER BLANCHET / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - LOUIS BURTON (FRA) / BUREAU VALLEE WITH SCHOOL PUPILS VISITING  »

04. November 2012, 19:00


The Vendée Globe’s historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d’Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the twenty boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance. This is a fantastic accomplishment, especially considering the unexpected closure of the race village on November 1st due to gale force winds. SAILING - PRE VG 2012-2103 - LES SABLES D'OLONNE (FRA) - 30/10/2012 - PHOTO OLIVIER BLANCHET / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE - AMBIANCE PONTOONS -  »

03. November 2012, 09:21

Around the world via the three capes

Départ 10.11.12

The course for the Vendée Globe illustrates the straightforward nature and simplicity of the idea behind this major event. You sail around the world from west to east via the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. There is a long slide down the Atlantic, the perilous voyage across the Southern Ocean with firstly the Indian Ocean and its crossed seas, then the Pacific Ocean, the world’s biggest ocean. Finally, there is the climb back up the Atlantic to head back to Les Sables d’Olonne, which marks the start and finish of the Everest of the seas. We take a look at each section of the round the world race course...  »