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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 16 - Hugo Boss, broken but still fast.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    We waited until nearly week 3 for the first casualty in the front runners but now they are coming thick and fast. Vincent Rou aboard PRB who was managing to keep his previous generation boat in touch with the front pack hit a UFO on Sunday and today has had to retire from the race.

    At first he thought he was going to be able to continue but over the following 24 hours it became apparent that his keel pivot bearings had sustained damage and an irreversible deterioration of the mounting point had begun. He is currently safe but on...
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  • The unofficial home of Bonnie Tyler Jokes.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    The blog post I always wanted to make.

    I’ve just ordered Bonnie Tyler’s Goalkeeping Blunders Vol 2.
    It’s just totally clips of Joe Hart.

    I bumped into Bonnie Tyler in that London. She said shall we go for a coffee?
    I said Starbucks? She said no.
    I said Costa? She said no.
    I think she was holding out for a nero!

    I bought a Bonnie Tyler sat nav
    It’s rubbish
    It keeps telling me to turn around, then every now and then it falls apart!

    I came home from work one day and...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 14 - The war of attrition starts.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    So far in this Vendee Globe there has been relatively few broken boats in the first two weeks. A welcome hiatus that has changed for the worse today.

    In the last Vendee (2013) 4 yachts retired in the first week alone with 3 being dismasted and one suffering a cracked hull. So far in this edition one has returned to port and restarted and one has not retired yet but is sailing back toward Les Sables-d’Olonne with a broken masthead where they will retire. There has been few incidents on the yachts as well apart from a few crunched ribs...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 13 - Deep into the south.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    The leading boats in the Vendee Globe are now diving south at high speed riding a low pressure system off the Brazilian coast. The sailors that are in the front pack will be routing themselves to stay on the front/northside of this low pressure and ride across the South Atlantic above the Ice Wall.

    The sailors cannot sail into as higher latitude as they feel like. The constant threat of drifting ice from Antarctica means that the Vendee Globe organizers position a virtual ice wall that starts at Gough Island (10° West, 40° North) which the sailors leave that to...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 14 - The war of attrition starts.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    So far in this Vendee Globe there has been relatively few broken boats in the first two weeks. A welcome hiatus that has changed for the worse today.

    In the last Vendee (2013) 4 yachts retired in the first week alone with 3 being dismasted and one suffering a cracked hull. So far in this edition one has returned to port and restarted and one has not retired yet but is sailing back toward Les Sables-d’Olonne with a broken masthead where they will retire. There has been few incidents on the yachts as well apart from a few crunched ribs...
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