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first in, but did he win?

After an immaculately executed race, at 20h 35m 47s UTC this evening, 80 days 6hrs 15mins 47secs since the start on Sunday 8th November, French skipper Charlie Dalin emerged from a damp, misty Bay of Biscay to break the finish line of the Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop round the world race, in first position and in doing so realised the ocean racing dreams of his youth. But the 36-year-old skipper of APIVIA, who on Sunday November 8th started as one of the favourites to win this ninth edition of the Vendée Globe, now has to wait until two of his closest rivals have crossed the Les Sables d’Olonne finish line to see if victory is his. Both Germany’s Boris Herrmann and French skipper Yannick Bestaven were allocated time allowances of six hours and ten hours and 15 minutes respectively for time and distance lost during their participation in the search for, and rescue of, stricken Kevin Escoffier whose IMOCA PRB effectively broke in two suddenly on November 30th, 550 miles SW of Cape Town, South Africa. Although the win may end up going to one of the other two skippers – and the clock started when Dalin crossed the line - nothing can detract from Dalin’s immaculate, measured performance....

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boris don’t fish

Vendee Globe Breaking News At 1950hrs UTC this evening while racing in third place, some 90 miles from the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, German skipper Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) came into collision with a fishing boat. He reports damage to his starboard foil and some other damage but he is unharmed and has secured the boat and is proceeding towards the finish line at reduced speed....

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all over but the shouting?

Almost no way Charlie Dalin and Apivia aren't going to go across the finish line first. As to who actually wins the Vendee,  it wont be over when Dalin crosses the line.  Maitre Coq and Malizia are owed time for the Southern Ocean rescue - we wont know who’s won until tomorrow... More here....

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closely grouped

The Vendée Globe fleet may essentially be racing in three different classes, but within those groups the competition has been closer than ever seen in a previous solo round-the-world race. Former Virbac skipper Jean-Pierre Dick tells that in the total of six months that he spent racing single and two-handed in the Southern Ocean he never once saw a single other boat. Here Boris Herrmann on Seaexplorer enjoys a tussle with Louis Burton’s Bureau Vallée – the previous race winner as Banque Populaire VIII. This time around on some occasions five or even six Imocas have been racing in sight of each other… after sailing 15,000nm halfway round the world. Read on....

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you’re going down

 This is a follow-up to a pervious article. This motherfucker is going to be real popular in prison... A former sailing coach has been arrested in Greece on charges of sexual abuse after being accused of raping an 11-year-old athlete nine years ago. According to the Athens News Agency, a 38-year-old man was arrested on the island of Samos. Prosecutors have received testimonies from the athlete, now aged 21, and her parents. The coach has reportedly been charged with aggravated rape, repeated seduction and misconduct. The accused had earlier given a media interview, where he claimed he had not raped the young girl. He claimed the "relationship” had started when the girl was 13 and said he "wanted to marry" her. The case was first revealed by Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou. Read on....

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make it go away

Great article from Professional Boatbuilder on how to get rid of old fiberglass boats! The problem of sensible and effective fiberglass disposal is well documented, and proven technological and regulatory solutions are available. So why does practical end-of-life disposal for old composite boats remain elusive? It’s 2021 and we are still trying to figure out how to best deal with derelict fiberglass boats. In the United States and many other countries, the immediately practical answer is to chop them up and cart them to the landfill despite the considerable recyclable material in each boat. It’s like those clear poly­ethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) boxes that protect our prewashed greens; the technology exists to recycle them and they are labeled as such, but when the arugula is gone, in most jurisdictions there’s no market for the material, so they’re simply cut up and trashed. Plastic can be fantastic, but when it comes to end-of-life processing, not so much. Read on....

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the look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dModgpwBuMI&feature=youtu.be Nice look at Palanad 3, the overall winner of the 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race....

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information society

One design racing is all about those tiny margins. A skipper that knows this better than most is Tony Mack who retained the J/111 National Championship and was awarded the J-Cup at the helm of McFly back in September last year. Cyclops Marine proudly sponsored the event and gifted the winner of the J-Cup a smarttune load sensor. (Pictured right, installed on the forestay of McFly). Cyclops were excited that Tony should be the recipient of the device, not just as a worthy winner after his crew’s performance, but because they knew that he was a competitor who would get the most out of it. The owner of McFly is so well respected not just for being fast on the water, but for the effort and diligence put in in preparation and fine tuning. “As with our J/111 one design class (or any similar OD) the margins are very close, technology that can help us go a little faster can be invaluable”.  McFly leaves nothing to chance, because their skipper knows what all the best do: that you can always get faster, tighten those margins and know more about your boat – that resting on your laurels is the first step toward letting your upper-hand slip. “Last year we lost a Cowes Week race by just 12 seconds after almost 5 hours sailing. Having been able to test smarttune we can already see that it is an essential product that will provide us with the next competitive edge”.  Read on....

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sail on

Sad to hear of the passing of one of our sport's true legends, Bob Fisher. A writer of immense talent, one hell of a sailor and a guy that just loved to call bullshit on so much of the nonsense in this sport. Especially The America's Cup, man did he tend to just call it like he saw it. He wrote a number of articles like that for us, and we were honored to publish his contributions. Bob had a special affinity for SA and primarily through Clean, he saw us as kindred spirits. I was stoked to spend a bit of time with him at SDYC during a Master's Regatta in 2013, just shooting the breeze about all things sailing. A great man and likely a complete one of a kind. - ed. There is a discussion thread. And here is a very thorough look at the life of Bob Fisher....

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