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let the (head) games begin – and ask Alex yourself!

alex-thompson-broken-foilOur exclusive comment from the Hugo Boss team regarding Alex Thomson’s replacement foil has lit a fire of speculation from all over the world, and we have to emphasize that we do not have any first-hand knowledge of a spare foil aboard the boat – it’s all just words from an ATR source for now.  But a sharp-eyed Anarchist caught some of those words before they were deleted from the VG website; the conversation was between VG headquarters and Alex via satphone, and here is the text that’s since been scrubbed:

VG: Do you have a spare foil?
AT: “It’s an interesting question. One of the benefits of going for the design that we went for is that you have the ability to be able to push out what was there, and we’d be the only boat in the fleet that could put a foil in through the deck. It was certainly part of our consideration when we chose to go for this foil.

VG: Do you have a spare foil onboard?
AT: “One of the major problems with these foils is that they’re very heavy. They’re north of 100kgs each so the reality of being able to put another one in – getting it up on deck, and jiggling around with it – is that it would be very, very difficult. It’s not an easy thing to try to do – I guess you’d have to have perfect conditions for it.

VG: Do you have a spare foil onboard?
AT: “Do I have a spare foil onboard? That would be telling, wouldn’t it.”

VG: Do you have a spare foil onboard?
AT: “No comment.”

It may all be academic anyway, as Armel Le Cle’ach is just 12 miles from rolling Thomson as we speak.  It’s head to head in the Southern Ocean for now in a race where anything can – and does – happen.  Anyone bored yet?

We’re speaking to Alex tomorrow via satphone; we just put up a thread to ask your questions directly – post yours and if they’re good, we’ll get the answer straight from the leader of the Vendee Globe.

BONUS: For a crazy amount of data on the distances, speeds, and much more from the fleet, check out this cool page.

 

November 26th, 2016

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