Vendee Globe 2020

Varan

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The black pepper is on the move again...

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Watch your back AT. I am really curious to see how this machine goes in the south, if she can make it that far.

 

littlechay

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I made a webscraper in python (just for the hell of it) to extract the updates from the VG site and save in Expedition format. If anybody is interested I can post the code somewhere.

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Laurent

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Before VG: AT dOesn’t tRaIn wITh fRenCh his tactics will be poor, boat speed will be missing and can’t measure his pace. 
 

One week into VG: ...guess the guy who has sailed it for 20 years remembers something more than Figaro guys who talked shit before their boat was even launched. 
Can you elaborate about the Figaro guys who talked shit???

I think that all real French contenders know very well that AT is one of the top contenders. His mode of operation - training on his own without any confrontation with other boats - is not new; and everybody knows it works for him (2 podiums in the last 2 VG are here to prove it). But that mode of operation does not really lead to "camaraderie" or help create a relationship with the other skippers.

It does not mean that he is not well respected by the other skippers, even if some of them may have a hard time to admit it, because, yeah, you know, there is that other thing as well... He is a Brit...

But I don't see that as the other guys talking shit.

 
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Rafael

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He will most likely hit something if past history means anything.  :ph34r:
Or break something, as in 2004. 

https://youtu.be/7y159yJ-cbw?t=1213

(ghoul link, but I do like the rudder repair story a few minutes later)
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Wow... good vibes super Anarchists camarades... fans of AT's jinxed past full of disasters and bad luck...

The only way he could not win the race (again)... Best wishes from ATR and HB team

 

Rafael

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Can you elaborate about the Figaro guys who talked shit???

I think that all real French contenders know very well that AT is one of the top contenders. His mode of operation - training on his own without any confrontation to other boats - is not new; and everybody knows it works for him (2 podiums in the last 2 VG are here to prove it). But that mode of operation does not really lead to "camaraderie" or help create a relationship with the other skippers.

It does not mean that he is not well respected by the other skippers, even if some of them may have a hard time to admit it, because, yeah, you know, there is that other thing as well... He is a Brit...

A comment extracted from an Alex report video says it all,


As a french sailor I should support my fellow Frenchman sailors but man that's hard not to become a fan of Alex and his team right away. they are next level!
 
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Rainbow Spirit

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None of Alex's main rivals made up any distance on him in the last 10 hours or so according to the scheds. JLC out to 51.5nm, Thomas at 136.6nm, Charlie at 182.7nm.

It will be interesting to see if Alex stalls going through the ITCZ, which traditionally allows for the pack to close in on the leader.

 

Laurent

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Well then. “The Vendée Globe is a fuck a day.” So much for auto-translation.

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The first comment is a well known saying by Michel Desjoyaux when he explains what is the Vendée Globe:

"Le Vendée Globe, c'est une emmerde par jour".

"The Vendée Globe, it is one fuck-up per day"; or "The Vendée Globe, it is one shitty break down per day"...

Now the burn they refer to in the Instagram post requires some explanations.... Because I doubt the English side of the official site is going to translate what happened...

First of all, I have to say that I am amazed that Clarisse openly discussed her "mis-fortune"...

The French version is below; but once again, the auto-translate to English is crap.





So what happened?

Clarisse explains that she was preparing her first hot drink since the start; she boiled some water to make a tea, poured it in her cup and held the cup between her legs... and spilled the whole drink...

on her pussy... 

(she says "pubis" in the video)

Needless to say: very painful... So call to the race doctor, apply cream for burn scars, take some painkillers... The real risk is infection before it heals but so far, it is healing properly.

She still finds ways to laugh about it: "advice for all of you at home; when you boil water for your hot tea, do not spill it between your legs: it hurts!". She also says: "I found a new way to make a dumbass of myself and therefore give myself a new excuse for losing places in the race"...

She is very candid about it; and I have to say, it is in a weird way, refreshing. (pun intended...)

 
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in_TO

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Sorry if this has been asked already, but what’s up with Corum/Troussel?  Blistering speed at the start, taking only 35 minutes to sail through the fleet after starting late at the wrong end of the line.  Lately has slowed a lot, and the tracker had the boat in single digits for a few scheds.

 

Rafael

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LinkedOut Rouyant pedal to the medal!... 2nd boat breaking the 400Nm in 24 hr barrier, he and the BOSS in the last 4 hours with rythm to reach 500Nm...

 
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minca3

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Sorry if this has been asked already, but what’s up with Corum/Troussel?  Blistering speed at the start, taking only 35 minutes to sail through the fleet after starting late at the wrong end of the line.  Lately has slowed a lot, and the tracker had the boat in single digits for a few scheds.
@stief reported that he had electrical problems: 




 

loneshark64

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So what happened?

Clarisse explains that she was preparing her first hot drink since the start; she boiled some water to make a tea, poured it in her cup and held the cup between her legs... and spilled the whole drink...
I was able to understand that she was burned but not the full picture. Thank you for the clarification. I think...

Seriously, not something you want when you have to work the boat in foulies. Not good.

 

Laurent

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A comment extracted from an Alex report video says it all,


As a french sailor I should support my fellow Frenchman sailors but man that's hard not to become a fan of Alex and his team right away. they are next level!


I am sorry, but I am going to play it hard nose on this one...

Why "it says it all"? What does that comment say exactly? Allow me to paraphase: "I am a French sailor, and I root for my fellow French sailors; but man! That Alex Thomson is on a league on his own!"

I don't see any "talking shit" here. As an offshore sailing afficionado, the person who made that comment has his preferred team/competitor, but recognises the value of the opposition. If anything, it is a true display of sportsmanship.

Unless you wanted to prove my point, and I missed it completely..

 

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