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  1. Mash

    Route du Rhum 2018

    And apparently Arkema (multi 50) went wrong side up. Skipper inside and OK
  2. Mash

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Couple Joyon quotes from interviews in the French press this morning : "I was told this boat won the last two editions, so that I would look like a donkey if I didn't win. I took it I had to put in a bit of an extra effort..." "It was an honor to race again Francois Gabart. I had the most stable boat, and still had to ease sheets in a hurry seven or eight time, it's understandable that there was significant damage across the fleet. We had a lot a boat breaking conditions this year. Good thing with an old boat like mine, anything that was supposed to break, already did" "I realized I could win 1:30 min before crossing the line. Before that, I feared Francois was going to catch and overtake me, he was closing in so fast with his gennaker at the end. I was afraid I would be on the loosing end of a '78 remake"
  3. Mash

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Initiative Cœur (Sam Davis) heading back with significant delamination issues on the hull according to French RdR website
  4. Mash

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Was a bit too far away to get good pics of the big tris or Imocas, but stumbled upon Rail Meat again today: (taken roughly 30 min after the gun, on the fleet's way to cap Frehel)
  5. Mash

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Just happened to be heading in as Rail Meat's Dragon was leaving the lock earlier today... Best of luck to all for the race, next week won't be a walk in the park.
  6. Mash

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Looking grim for Ruyant. Currently both on the french and english version of the official site "The port shell has split open down to below the waterline,” declared Laurent Bourguès, technical director of Le Souffle du Nord. “The starboard shell is also delaminating. The structure of the hull is gradually deteriorating. The danger is that the front section may break completely away from the stern section. Thomas has attempted to fill in the holes. The boat is holding out thanks merely to its longitudinal structure. The starboard rudder is still in place, but only just. Thomas has been working on that. The idea is to get as quickly as possible to the southern tip of New Zealand in order to shelter, as the wind will be becoming much stronger tomorrow morning. Thomas has still not asked for assistance, but the Race Directors are keeping a close eye on the situation, should he asked to be taken off, which is quite possible.” Original French version wording is slightly different, stating that the deck is slowly failing as well (translated as "the structure of the hull is deteriorating), but the general idea really is that the front is about to fall off. These are gonna be 250+ looooooooooooong miles to NZ Edit: and judging from the picture, by "front" they mean everything more than 1,5 meters in front of the mast, that's basically 40% of the boat.... M.
  7. Mash

    Vendee Globe 2016?

    Yup, last news on the VG site states that when/after the top of the mast broke, the halyards seriously cut into the mast tube and they consider the mast's integrity as too compromised to be safe in the southern ocean, it could/would split when stressed . They think he should be able to nurse it home by turning back now and sailing conservatively, though. That's too bad, Tanguy really is one of the good guys. M - uncommon failure mode as well...
  8. Mash

    VOR 2017-18

    Not related to the next edition, but an article in the french sports magazine L'Equipe yesterday mentioned a potential french entry for the 2020 VOR, led by Lionel Pean (winner of the '86 Whitbread). Pean has been running SFS II (VOR 70 ex-Puma from 2011) in the french IRC(!) circuit for the last two years, after SFS I, ex Abu Dhabi, burnt on the hard in January '15. Obviously wins line honors in anything he enters (closest competition being a couple of TP52s), hopefully is a good platform for his sponsor at least.... Not quite sure how he plans to fund it, the article is very vague at this point, I fond it doubtful his current sponsor ( would be able to pony up for that on its own. M. - for what it's worth....
  9. Any hope for us Android users ? M.
  10. Mash

    Team France

    This last article includes "right foot may be partially severed", using a conditional syntax. Let's hope for the best M.
  11. Mash

    Team France

    Ouch Apparently F. Cammas injured himself today, described as "serious" in this article. Badly cut his ankle on a rudder blade after falling in the water "from a foiling catamaran" (type not specified). Had to be airlifted to an hospital. M.
  12. Mash

    New imoca boats

    Interesting, from the outside imoca is looking like a class in decline, curious to how many boats are going to get built this cycle. Class health is directly linked to money available, while the the VG impact remains huge (topping Google searches in France in 2013).Both these team-owners have piles of dough and never won the VG As usual, Moody was right on the money (no pun intended) : Banque Populaire and Safran officially announced today that they were joining forces in the development of their new boats ( ). From the press thing, the extend of said collaboration is not clear: sister ships, common R&D or whatever, it's not specified ("we're happy to collaborate to share costs, risks and efforts" is a bit vague at this point). Maybe somebody has some more precise info, now that the cat's officially out of the bag ? M.