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UPDATE: French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process. Le Cléac’h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, at 1537hrs UTC after 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing yacht Banque Populaire VIII.
His time sets a new record for the race, beating the previous record of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor Francois Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by 3 days, 22 hours and 41 minutes. Le Cléac’h, the runner-up in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions of the Vendée Globe, covered 24,499.52 nm at an average speed of 13.77 knots during the race, which began from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 6 last year.
Armel benefitted significantly from the early-race foil breakage of what most believe to be a much faster design in Hugo Boss, but despite Alex Thomson pushing Armel as hard as maybe any human could have, we once again will have to wait another four years for the chance of a non-French winner to emerge from this quintessentially French race.
We continue to be amazed at Thomson’s ability to remain glued to Le Cle’ach’s transom for the better part of 70 days despite the damage to his boat, but Le Cle’ach played the game more as a wise owl than a sneaky jackal, and sailed a masterful covering match race from Cape Town all the way home.
While Armel had all the pressure of the favorite, once again, Alex has proved he belongs in the solo racing Hall of Fame with the performance of a lifetime. Beating his own 2012 race time by nearly 10 days and setting the Vendee Globe and outright solo monohull 24 hour distance record in yet another edition (only exceeded by four crewed boats in the record books), Thomson really is the only hope for taking the title away from the French – and only if he comes back and gets it right, this time without the bad luck. Photo © Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / VENDEE GLOBE
Ask Alex and Armel ANYTHING! We are 99% sure that we’ll be doing audio or video with both these top dogs in the next day or two for the Sailing Anarchy Podcast, and as usual, we like your questions better than our own. Ask Alex and Armel your own questions in this new thread and we’ll see if we can get them answered.
Title should to the movie adaptation of a classic Forsyth spy thriller.
- Tags: alex thomson, armel le cle'ach, banque populaire, finish, hugo boss, imoca, open 60, record, Vendee Globe, verdier, VPLP
January 19th, 2017 by admin
Armel Le Cle’ach rounded Cape Horn on a sunny summer day, once again showing he can do no wrong in this edition of the Vendee Globe. His 47-day tally from France to the Horn shaves an incredible 5 days off Francois Gabart’s record-destroying benchmark of just four years ago, and with Hugo Boss more or less useless upwind on one tack, it’s all over but the cryin’ for him – and in fact, Jeremie Beyou on the Master of Cock has a real chance of reeling in the unlucky Thomson.
Stephane LeDiraison got the worst of recent bad luck, and he blames his dismasting quite specifically on a shattered Harken runner block. Here’s some of his words as translated by SA’er Laurent:
It is middle of the night, there is 6 Beaufort, The sea state is already well-developed; I am ahead of a cold front. The boat is doing about 16-17 knots. The boat speeds up in a gust, and I hear something like a gun shot. A very violent noise, something very sudden, very short, very loud.
I run outside, and when I turn around and look forward, I realize that…the mast is gone. Almost nothing is left. There is a 1 meter piece of the mast still tied to the deck and another 4 meter long piece, with shrouds and spreader attempting to punch holes in the deck. Everything else, the rig and the sails are dragging in the water.
So I go back inside, put on my survival suit, a harness, take with me some spotlights and go back on deck to do a quick assessment, which ends up very dire, of course. Not only the rig is gone, but I have damaged the daggerboards, stanchions are gone…and the rig is threatening to hole the hull.
It takes me several hours to clean up the mess. You have to understand the conditions: breaking waves washing the deck, wind is getting stronger and stronger…Very cold water, all in the middle of the night. It is really not easy to manage…First, I keep the rig and the sails attached to the transom, thinking that I will be able to recover some sails. After several trials, it is obvious that it is impossible to do. It is even dangerous, because the whole rig behaves like a sea anchor, attached to the transom, stopping the boat in the breaking waves. The wind is now 8 Beaufort, the swell is about 5 to 6 meters high, so each breaking wave is crashing in the cockpit, sinking the rear of the boat. It is now puting the boat, and therefore myself in danger. So I decide, heartbroken, to cut off everything and let the rig go.
Watch it all unfold in the thread here.
December 24th, 2016 by admin
New dad Ryan Breymaier and Lending Club have topped the 4ksb threshold in a fairly major way, and it’s just the beginning. Photo credit to Quin Bisset and Q-and-K.
“This was on our first day sailing after putting the 41 meter tall “big rig” in the boat – it’s got 5 meters on the rig that Loick Peyron won the Route du Rhum with. Sail plan was a single-reefed main and J1, sailing downwind in 27 knots of breeze. Everything is going well, and our preparations for record breaking are moving ahead nicely…”
- Tags: banque populaire, groupama 3, lending club, maxi, multicoque, multihull, Ryan Breymaier, trimaran, Ultime
March 22nd, 2015 by admin
We loved the news yesterday that Banque Populaire would be extending its sponsorship of sailing for 5 more years with the building of a Banque Pop IX – a brand new monster trimaran for the solo Ultim Class.
A tidbit in the release caught our eye though; the team announced the sale to Francis Joyon of the most iconic trimarans of the modern era – the Banque Pop VIII (née Groupama 3) that Loick Peyron just raced to a crushing record of the Route Du Rhum course.
Francis Joyon asked BP to keep things quiet for now, but the paint don’t lie – it’s getting scrubbed today in preparation for a brand new look.
We’ll let you know when the new name goes on…
February 19th, 2015 by admin
We were even more enamored than usual with our old pal Löick when we learned of his plan to take the historic and pretty little trimaran Happy across the pond for this year’s Route Du Rhum. Mr. Clean even chatted with him about it in Austria a few months back, and we were extremely excited to follow such a quirky story with one of the sport’s most entertaining characters. Alas, it was not to be.
M. Peyron has just been promoted from a 30 footer to a 130 footer; thanks to a non-sailing related hand injury to Banque Populaire VII (known as Groupama 3 when Franck smashed a thousand records with it) skipper Armel Le Le Cléac’h, Loick just got the last-minute nod to singlehand the second-most insane boat in the race (#1) across the pond. While he may not be the hard-charger that the much younger Le Cléac’h is (and he’ll need it when going for line honors against the bigger and faster S2), you’d be hard-pressed to find a smarter, more humble, or more wily sailor entered in the race. He’s also one of the few who knows what it’s like to be completely screwed in the middle of the Atlantic on a big multihull during this race, he certainly knows his way around monster multihulls as the Jules Verne trophy holder (on the boat that is now his primary competition), and he might just have more solo race crossings of the Atlantic than anyone else in the race.
We know who our money is on. Go tell him congrats on his FB page.
Christophe Launay photo from about 30 seconds ago, with a full gallery over here. Screenshot from a very clever little press release.
September 4th, 2014 by admin