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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 10 - New reference time to the equator.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    Yesterday evening Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss set a new reference time to the Equator of 9 days 7 hours and 3 minutes. This is a full 1 day 4 hours faster than the previous time set by Jean Le Cam who is currently racing aboard FINISTÈRE MER VENT. Le Cam in this edition was not one of the favourites and is currently in 9th position still 120 miles north of the equator.

    Notice that the time to the equator is referred to as a reference time. Researching https://www.sailspeedrecords.com/ it appears there is no record to the...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 9 - Not so fast.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    Typically in sailing there comes a time when the forecast says one thing but mother nature does another. At the 17:00 report of the 2016 Vendee Globe it looked as though Brit Alex Thomson had stolen a march on his fellow competitors and squeezed through the narrowest of corridors in the doldrums. In fact Alex himself released a Vlog last night where he relayed how happy he was to be out of the “mess” and looking toward the south east trades.

    However through the night it became obvious on the tracker that Hugo Boss had slowed up considerable against...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 8 - Master Tactician?

    Author: Henry Ayres

    The dice has been rolled this morning by the leading sailors in The Vendee Globe. British sailor Alex Thomson has once again turned his back on the perceived best wisdom of the french sailors and is pushing on south as they head sharply west in search of the best route.

    Looking at the current predictions Alex is clearly driving straight south as he believes he can scrape through a narrow window before the door slams shut behind him.
    He will sail a shorter route, be more upwind, and meet the fresh southeasterly breeze first.

    The other sailors will...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 7 - Next Stop The ITCZ

    Author: Henry Ayres

    Alex Thomson continues his relentless charge south in the 2016 Vendee Globe but he will soon be slowing up as he enters The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

    Better known to most as the Doldrums it is the area of light winds where the north east trade winds north of the equator meet the south east trade winds to the south. The area of light winds move around and extends further north or south depending where there is warmer water.

    The sailors at the front of the fleet are already starting to experience its effects and max speeds and...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 6 - Back to the front

    Author: Henry Ayres

    I predicted yesterday that within 24 hours Alex Thomson aboard Hugo Boss would be up to second place in the Vendee Globe. I was wrong but I am glad to report that is because he is one better in in first place.

    If the last 24 hours has show us anything is that the Sailor / Boat combination of Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss is incredibly fast. If the sailor and boat hold together then they have to be the team to beat. At the 17:00 report the deficit has been turned into a 19nm lead. Not all of...
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