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In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

20 January 2017 - 01:24 PM

So at least 3 boats this time round have had issues with the J1 hardware leading to loss of the sail: ALC, AT and Conrad Colman. For Colman (IIRC) this also acts as the forestay - not sure about the newer boats. That's nearly as many keels as dropped off last time.

AT Never lost the sail IIRC. 

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

19 January 2017 - 05:29 PM

Still doesn't beat 4 years ago for me, but it was absolutely something else! 

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

19 January 2017 - 09:39 AM



good job Armel, you earned it.

 Most definitely. But to my mind, they are all heroes, while this stunning duel between Armand and Alex will see both their names celebrated for many years to come. There are few sports where coming gloriously second would be worth such applause.

Except the previous race was much closer for much longer and most people seem to have forgotten that already... A match race through the southern ocean, and finally finishing just 3 hours apart.


100% Agree- Alex's press machine has ensured that this will be remembered though. 


Have to say as much as I like AT I'm delighted ALC is taking the win- no one deserves to lose an 800 mile lead thanks to bad luck and lose the race. 

He's sailed a masterful race, and is well worth his record.

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

18 January 2017 - 05:29 PM

Simply astounding.
I think we've seen the winning tack.
Bien fait Armel!

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

16 January 2017 - 09:14 AM

Too close and complicated to call. Considering the very limited data of actual performance we have, it is impossible to predict the outcome, but of course we can’t help ourselves trying :) .


How much of the corner can Thomson cut?


How much will Le Cleac’h try to cover, respond to the conditions around him and deviate from the lines the routing predicts?


How much faster is Hugo Boss when the winds are relatively far aft in the coming 24-36 hours? If at all?


Is Banque pop set up better for upwind?


How much will the broken foil penalty be for Thomson?


Will there be an advantage to Le Cleac’h because he has raced more in the Channel, especially on the French side?


Will life ever be the same after this :blink: ?

This is insane- the speeds these guys are managing to clock up are totally unheard of for monos- if only Alex had the second foil!