I'm fresh out of likes for today, but it's very cool B)Bump.
Only 1 likey (from me) for this post?
One of the best onboard reports yet, right from the heart, and a philosophical one as well.
And you know what, no so awfully English like some of the other great girls. "You know what I mean?"
Those with French partners seem less affected, unsurprisingly...
If it had to be someone else, I'm glad its Louis.. I hope Armel gets another good boat for 2024.L Occitane is now Bureau Vallee 3!
yes indeed, the short version of Andrew Forrest is also very memorable:Thanks for the long post (it was surprisingly easy to read).
Full article on the VG siteWith her usual quiet, understated efficiency British skipper Miranda Merron completed the Vendée Globe solo round the world race quest this Wednesday night, breaking the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, France at 22:16:51hrs UTC after 101 days 8hrs 56mins 51secs at sea to take 22nd place in the race on her IMOCA 60 Campagne de France. She finishes 21d 5hrs 12mins after winner Yannick Bestaven and 1d 12hrs 48mins after 21st placed French skipper Clement Giraud.
Her result is highly commendable and fulfils the simple target she set herself, to finish the course bringing her boat and herself back to Les Sables d’Olonne in good shape, having fully embraced and enjoyed all of the challenges that came her way on a race she considered she was peaking for at ‘just the right age for me’, 51 years old.
Backed by a leading French dairy and farming cooperative, Merron achieved her Vendée Globe success on a modest budget thanks to a carefully executed preparation period working long days and evenings alongside her hugely experienced life partner Halvard Mabire with occasional outside help. Largely unflappable on the water thanks to her tens of thousands of ocean racing miles and her naturally calm demeanour, Merron has cherished each day, and although she visibly missed her nearest and dearest, she proved a sailor well able to choose her optimal route and press hard enough to make good average speeds for her reliable, solid, boat without putting herself or her boat in danger.
Her elapsed time places her between that of Swiss skipper Dominique Wavre who placed seventh in 2012-13 at 90 days when her Owen Clarke design was newer and the 107 days of Rich Wilson on the last edition when the boat was Great American IV.
The Vendée Globe is very much the peak of her ocean racing career, a professional career which really started in 1998 when she was part of Tracy Edwards 1998 crew to take on the Trophée Jules Verne record – alongside a young Sam Davies – intensifying in 1999 when she won the 50 foot class of the Transat Jacques Vabre with Emma Richards.
Back then the Cambridge educated Merron, was just ‘taking a short break’ from a flourishing career in advertising, working in Tokyo, Paris and Sydney. But she has never looked back since then and her own pride today is magnified by many of the sailors – both female and male – who she has sailed with over her 25 year career.
Starting out crewing for her father in an International 14 at the age of nine, by 1979 she had already completed her first Transatlantic, west to east as her family returned from Canada to the UK for her father to take up a new job, At Cambridge she was a contemporary of Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper and double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, who reminded her during her Vendée Globe
“Back then who would have ever thought we would both have gone on to race round the world. We used to spend hours practising gybing in strong winds, I think we called it gybe ‘til you die!” Walker chuckled…
Since then Merron has raced the Route du Rhum with a career best sixth in Class 40 in 2014, the Transat Québec St Malo and the Volvo Ocean Race as navigator on Amer Sports TOO. She won the Transat Jacques Vabre, Quebec - Saint Malo, the RORC Transatlantic. As part of an all female crew of Aviva in 2009 they set a new record around the British Isle.
And some 23 years later, Tracy Edwards last night expressed the feelings of so many of Merron's legions of friends and peers "You are my absolute hero.”
Not sure I fully understand, but OSCAR can only recognize disruptions in the wave patterns (so nothing under the water). Hoping to hear more about how well it worked this VG.exists a night fish or whale image on a monitor of oscar?
and by the way, helped oscar in the search of escoffier?
it recognizes temperature differences in the infrared range, i.e. a delphin floating in the bow wave or a flying marlin in front would be an exciting picture, but I do not know whether they store pictures, and also not how far can be seen. but a rescue boat with a people at night must be well recognizable, or?Not sure I fully understand, but OSCAR can only recognize disruptions in the wave patterns (so nothing under the water). Hoping to hear more about how well it worked this VG.
Have you heard more about why Boris Herrmann's systems didn't prevent his collision with the fishing boat? Not much i the English press recently, and our German anarchists have been pretty busy elsewhere recently.