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  1. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The videos of JLC explanations have been edited, I guess for length. The audio clip on the audio page however is not edited and contains additional details I haven't seen anywhere else (8minutes and 29s long). First of all when JLC saw KE in his life raft he was with two reefs, no head sails and not slow enough. He was close enough to tell KE he was coming back. He lost sight not because he started the engine, but because he had to take another reef. Then he came back 5 times to the site but failed to locate the raft in the decreasing light and huge waves. He then continued to search, following the instructions from the race war room. At some point during the night CROSS Gris-Nez got a position from a beacon, transmitted to JLC via the race HQ. JLC turned around and went there, but didn't see anything. But a few minutes later he spotted a flash for a few seconds between two waves a mile and 1/2 away. He did follow the light, came very close with the intention of bumping the raft on the windward side, but despite going full reverse on the engine he missed it. With the raft slipping two meters behind the stern he threw the "banana" and its yellow polypro line (that he had prepared when he took the reef) and KE was able to catch it. It then took a lot of effort to bring the raft close enough for KE to climb aboard as the combination of the sea anchors on the life raft and Hubert drifting at 3 knots was not ideal.
  2. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Source? (Link is behind a paywall…)
  3. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Haha. That's a good one: Destremau teleports into 3rd place…
  4. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Sodebo and Gitana left last night for a try at the Jules Verne Trophy. Is there a place where one can see both the VG and the record attemps on one map?
  5. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    His handheld camera apparently has a button he needs to triple click to make it rotate 180°. Every times he uses it he says “clacclacclac”…
  6. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Main work is the support of the main traveller, the whole support was cracked and needed to be reconnected and reinforced. The main went back to the North loft for repairs (has a tear from uncontrolled jybes). Add some replacement hardware: rudder (they had one in stock), a runner, and some faulty aerials.
  7. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    WTF is Destremau doing? Maybe he thinks he's aboard a 59er?
  8. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    I would have expected her instrument to be in English, not French… I’m French but I always resets my instruments in english if I have a choice! Anyway: “gîte” means heel, as you surmised.
  9. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    The 24h averages are starting to go up for the ones in front!
  10. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Gabart said that he didn't have enough time for the VR, but still wanted to do it, so he's doing it with his team: they are taking turns at controlling the boat.
  11. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    If the boat is repairable I suspect he will restart, trying to go for the 70 days record (or whatever record is eventually set by the current fleet)
  12. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Wow. Louis Burton on BVII is in full carbon repair mode, a bulkhead is seriously cracked… Plus a leaking keel ram, his hands are full for a while.
  13. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    And talking about Kojiro, I thing he wins the best sailor haircut. He looks like he had a brushing done before starting the camera. Especially compared to the dishevelled frenchmen
  14. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Anybody speaks Japanese and grok what Kojiro is saying?
  15. james_007_bond

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Maxime (V&B) climbed his mast not once, not twice, but three times! All that to fix a halyard.