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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2012 - 12:49am PT
Into the Southern Ocean and only another 50 plus days to go.

Alex Thomson and some wild wild sailing.

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/mag/5893/alex-thomson-at-25-knots-video.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:28am PT
That was nucking futs!!!!!!!!!!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2012 - 10:50pm PT
Southern Ocean day 37:
http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/mag/6939/day-37-highlights-sunday-december-16-2012-video.html
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Dec 17, 2012 - 01:11am PT
I have been keeping up and it amazes me.

I still think it would be cooler in rowboats, though. Hell, Ray Jardine rowed across the Atlantic.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 17, 2012 - 01:15am PT
Hell, Ray Jardine rowed across the Atlantic.

Yeah, but I think the southern ocean is different.
cb

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 17, 2012 - 05:05am PT
last week the current leader broke the 24hr distance record by a solo mono hull sailor (545.3 miles/24hr), that is huge.

I sailed/raced professionally and the fastest I've gone is about 25kts for just moments at a time. This guy averaged all day and night 22.3kts which means he was probably hitting 30kts regularly to get that high avg. It may not sound fast but that feels like going Mach 6 on a jet for over a day in continuous turbulence.

On top of that they haven't slowed down much since they broke the record.

These new kids leading the vendee are turning into living legends.

hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 17, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
makes space travel to mars a snoozer by comparison, like "lit majors only" need apply
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
Bernard Stamm on day 39 in the Southern Ocean;
http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/mag/7161/day-39-highlights-tuesday-december-18-2012-video.html
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Dec 27, 2012 - 01:54am PT
bump
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 1, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Day 53, first boats around the Horn and icebergs to starboard. A little sleep goes a long way, but the continual deprivation is accumulative and warmer weather will be most welcome.

Tough hombres!

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/mag/8587/day-53-highlights-video.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 1, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
Inside or outside of Staten Island? :-)
Hard to wrap my pea jacket brain around 53 days.
BITD it wasn't unknown for ships to take a month just to round The Horn! (granted that was E to W)
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 6, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
Day 58, some nice video shots and the wear and tear on boat and mind of this venture:
http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/mag/9121/day-58-highlights-video.html
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
4 years ago, in the Vendee Race, Jean Le Cam capsized near Cape Horn and he is now in almost the same location. How many people would have the courage to venture South again into the Southern Ocean. I'm a slow learner but once is enough would be my motto.

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news.html

Upside Down Le Cam So- 2008

Four years ago on this day, 200 miles from Cape Horn Jean Le Cam capsized not far from the point he is currently passing.

Today, four years ago, on the 58th day of racing a dramatic event occurred. January 6 at 2:40 am, VM materials, Jean Le Cam's Open 60 lost its keel bulb and capsized 200 miles from Cape Horn, not far from the current position of Jean Le Cam onboard SynerCiel.

He waited patiently for endless hours in his survival suit in the hull of his upturned boat. At 3:21 p.m., Vincent Riou arrived on the scene and was able to contact Jean by throwing a packet of butter at his boat.

At 19:00, he decided to leave his boat on his own. A chilling expedition in cold water of around 5 degress through a submerged exit hatch. Jean plunged into the cold, weightless in the water, then popped outside and clung to one of the boats rudders. It took four attempts before Riou managed to recover hime aboard PRB. During the rescue, the outriggers of PRB broke and Riou had to abandon the race after passing the Horn for the second time.

Jean Le Cam is expected to round Cape Horn sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Prod

Trad climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
Hey Guido,

Thanks for turning me on to this race. It has been fun watching it for 63 days....

Prod.
Guck

Trad climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Jean Le Cam mentioned in his last audio broadcast (in french) that he was thinking about joining the Carnival in Rio, scheduled to start in a few days. Whether he finishes the race or joins the carnival, this Dude has a lot of class and a good sense of humour!!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
Day 73+
Jean-Pierre Dick on Verbac, in 3rd place in the race loses keel with only 2,000 nm left to the finish in Les Sables D'Olonne, France.
Jean-Pierre Dick on Verbac in the Vendee Race
Jean-Pierre Dick on Verbac in the Vendee Race
Credit: guido

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/article/10785/if-i-go-back-what-will-you-do.html

On Monday, before the loss of his keel, Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) told Vendée Globe TV that would be trying to finish the book he had been reading about Maurice Herzog, the French mountaineer; Un Héros (A Hero) by Herzog's daughter Félicité.

On Tuesday after the loss, he revealed part of his inner monologue of whether he could or should continue in his compromised boat: “The competitor and the sailor do not agree,” Dick said. “Should I continue in a degraded state or abandon and go and hide in the Azores.”

Herzog, who died last year, faced perilous decisions when he and Louis Lachenal became the first to climb a peak over 8000m when they summited the Himalayan mountain Annapurna, the 10th-highest mountain in the world in 1950.

On June 3, 1950, Herzog and Lachenal set out for the summit, without extra oxygen, and wearing thin leather boots. As he felt his feet go numb with frostbite, Lachenal initiated one of the most famous exchanges in climbing:

''If I go back,'' he asked Herzog, ''what will you do?''

''I should go on by myself,'' Herzog replied.

Continuing on meant the loss of Lachenal's toes; turning back meant the loss of Herzog's life. ''Then I'll follow you,'' the gallant Lachenal said.

Jean-Pierre Dick can talk on the satphone to others, but in the end he is alone at sea; the competitor and the sailor. How important is it to finish? This is his third Vendée Globe. He made it home first time round in 2004-05, but was forced out with rudder damage in the last race. He started as one of the favourites for this race. He has lost the chance of third place, but fourth and a hero’s welcome in the Les Sables d’Olonne canal pulls him. What is he prepared to risk to cover the 2,000 miles and close the circle?


BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:49am PT
The race is almost finished!

Can you imagine sailing around the world in 77 or 78 days?

Alex Thompson is hanging around J.P. Dick, who lost his keel as described above. These planing boats must be nigh impossible to sail without that huge bulb keel. Since Thompson has 1000km from #3, he is sailing along with J.P. to make sure he can get home O.K.

The videos of them doing 35 knots downwind in the southern ocean will make your hair stand up.

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
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