Laurent

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  1. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Regarding stops for the Multi50 fleet: The leader, Armel Tripon has not stopped, as far as I know. Gilles Lamiré, currently 5th did not either. The one who lost the most is Lalou Roucayrol: he was with Armel Tripon offshore Portugal. He as actually leading!!! And he decided to stop. Armel Tripon went to shore, and at the last minute jibed and did not stop. If Lalou would have stayed with him, he would be first right now, or match racing Armel Tripon for first position...
  2. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    More details on the French version of the website, that I could not find on the English version: Gilles Buekenhout has decided to retire. He entered the Cascais Marina. While he was asleem yesterday afternoon, he heard a suspicious noise on his windward ama. He discovered that his starboard foil suddenly dropped inside its trunk. A small cleat holding it in the up position broke. Falling from its whole weight, without restrain, the foil went all the way down, through the hull, to the point where it ended up horizontal under the float. Gilles tried to hold it and recover it but it was already too late. He had to let the foil go, worrying that it could hole the float. He then tried to find a protected mooring in Cascais, and using his dinghy, he inspected the float and discovered a hole 50 cm long. Repair on the mooring was quickly ruled out. It is impossible to make a good strat repair under those conditions. Gilles can only conclude that it is impossible to continue the race. He is very disapointed, and thought that the worse was behind him, after leaving Gijon, looking forward for broadreach sailing in the Trade winds, to show the potential of his "Orma 40". He now is looking for a stratification repairman, to bring his boat back to France and build a new foil... ntré dans la marina de Cascais ce matin, Gilles Buekenhout vient de déclarer son abandon. Alors qu’il dormait hier après-midi, il a été alerté par un bruit suspect du côté de son flotteur au vent. Il s’est vite aperçu que son foil tribord était brutalement redescendu à l’intérieur de son puits. Un petit bloqueur ayant cédé, l’appendice est tombé de tout son poids à l’interieur du flotteur qu’il a traversé au point de se retrouver à l’horizontal sous la coque. Gilles a tenté de le retenir, mais il était déjà trop tard et il s’est résolu à le larguer, de crainte de le voir perforer son flotteur. Il a alors entrepris de se mettre au mouillage à l’abri de Cascais. Utilisant son petit canot gonflable, il a inspecte son flotteur pour découvrir un trou sur une longue de plus de 50 cm. Réparer en mer et au mouillage s’est rapidement avéré impossible, les travaux de stratification demandant une mise en place sécurisée du bateau et certaines dispositions techniques. Gilles ne peut que constater son impossibilité à poursuivre sa course. Sa déception est grande. Il avait navigué avec prudence, et affronté du mauvais temps majoritairement au près. Il pensait, en quittant son abri de Gijon, avoir mangé son pain noir et se réjouissait de futures navigations au portant, pour démontrer tout le fabuleux potentiel de son « Orma 40 ». Il ne lui reste plus qu’à trouver un stratifieur pour permettre à Jess de rentrer en France, où il lui faudra encore reconstruire un foil.
  3. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Commentators correcting the time difference for the record. yl75 is right!
  4. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    I just quoted the commentators, which might be less than accurate...
  5. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Gabart behind by 7 minutes confirmed by the commentator
  6. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    7j 14h 21m 47s New record, for ONE minute!!!
  7. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Francis Joyon crossed the line!
  8. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    IDEC said sailing at 8 knots
  9. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    IDEC tacking in slow motion...
  10. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Side by side... Fucking incredible
  11. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    From the tracker; both seem headed; maybe those 2 tks are going to come!!!
  12. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Commentators said that they will not break the record... Also a very profound statement from one of the "journalist": it is the first one on the line that wins"...
  13. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Commentator on power boat saying that Joyon is 2 miles from finish and Gabart 500 m behind...
  14. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    commentator on power boat saying that Joyon is sailing at 2.6 knots....
  15. Laurent

    Route du Rhum 2018

    The commentators are still talking about those 2 tacks to come... I don't understand, they seem to lay the line to me...