Conrad has Doyle sails as well. Not sure if any of this failures are the fault of the sail material, but he's down 3 headsails.Good odds you will be right on this. e.g., Ian Walker brought up how little we know about the condition of their sails (and more).[snip]
Given what we know about the other boats, what are the odds that both BP and HB have a full set of working sails still? I think it is very low. Not only that, but we know/have heard that they have different sail selections from the start. So, very plausible that HB has a better sail selection for these conditions, either because he started that way, or due to sail attrition.
starts at 5:51 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x57ve0w_the-vendee-live-of-the-9th-january-vendee-globe_sport
If Alex has not suffered sail-wise, I'm sure we'll hear from Doyle