No one I’ve met in sailing, and I mean no one, has worked harder to get where you are now, or with more enthusiasm, energy or grace. Enjoy this day, and the precious days to come, and see you soon! …. wrote Elaine Bunting (Yachting World)

Zoals jullie weten volg ik de Vendee Globe … ook nu, juist nu, ook nu, nu er al 14 zijn binnen gekomen … er zitten er nog 11 op zee. Elke dag kijk ik even naar hun positie en de weers omstandigheden die ze hebben of kunnen verwachten. 

Weet je waar ik dan aan denk ? Aan mijn reis met de Zeeman (1993) toen ik door technische problemen geen contact meer kon maken en 40 dagen vermist was …. en elke dag melde de 5uurs Show:  niks van gehoord … wat kan het zijn … zou hij er nog zijn ?   In die tijd had je geen tracker of AIS of iets dergelijks …

 

The following is taken from the official Vendee Globe site       https://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news

 

After the finishes on Saturday, Jérémie Beyou in 13th and Romain Attanasio in 14th arriving in Les Sables d’Olonne’s channel at either end of the day, six more skippers are due to finish this week, among them France’s Arnaud Boissières  and Stéphane Le Diraison, Switzerland’s Alan Roura, Japan’s Kojiro Shiraishi, Great Britain’s Pip Hare and Spain’s Didac Costa.

With tired boats, tired bodies and minds, each face their own personal battles to make the final 1000-1500 nautical miles to the finish but all share the same utter commitment and determination. The next five boats are within 100 nautical miles of each other while Hare is about 100 miles behind Stéphane Le Diraison.

On her 47th birthday today 7th  of februar, Sunday, Hare was in a dilemma after damaging a furler and wrapping a headsail into a mess. Her primal, competitive urge is to press hard to try and take one more place, to attempt to pass Le Diraison, but her pragmatic, prudent self says stay safe and steady over what promises to be four days of very tough conditions, expecting to see 45-50kts as yet another big Atlantic depression pushes into the Bay of Biscay.

Happy birthday   https://www.piphare.com/   No one I’ve met in sailing, and I mean no one, has worked harder to get where you are now, or with more enthusiasm, energy or grace. Enjoy this day, and the precious days to come, and see you soon! …. wrote Elaine Bunting (Yachting World)

Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Caline-Artisans Artipôle, 15th), Kojiro Shiraishi (DMG MORI Global One, 16th), Alan Roura (La Fabrique, 17th), Stéphane Le Diraison (Time for Oceans, 18th) and Pipe Hare (Medallia, 19th) were still all at 15-20 knots this Sunday morning.

Certainly we can feel that they want to get home”, laughs Christian Dumard, the Vendée Globe meteorologist. The group of five is progressing in a north-westerly flow and is at the front of a strong low pressure system.

Only Catalan fire officer Costa (One Planet One Ocean), more than 400 miles behind, is expected to pass behind the centre of the depression. The speed of the group might see them arrive as early as Wednesday.

We still feel that it’s getting harder but I don’t want to take any risks,”said the group leader, Boissières near to concluding his fourth consecutive Vendée Globe.“ I’m being careful but I’m going for it! Alan (Roura) and I were thinking that it would be great to get in during the day after all we’ve been through. What’s more, it will be Saint-Arnaud’s Day! (10th February).”

 


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