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    Posted: 16 Jan 17 at 12:26pm
This is shaping up to a real close finish to what has to have been one of the most interesting yacht races ever.... or is that just me!

It staggers me that they can be at sea, alone, for 70+ days sailing thousands of miles, flat out with all that the elements can throw at them and yet they are now just 70 miles apart... and with Thompson closing.

Its just a shame that the trackers dont update more regularly.


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I have been following all the way through, but for the damage to his foils I think Alex would have been clear favorite and home already. He has done really well to catch back up with a lot of help from the weather fronts.
To think the French had dismissed him as a possible threat despite him doing so well last time in an out of date boat.
Lets hope for lots of Starboard to the finish.
Go on Alex catch and pounce on the jackal.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan 17 at 4:23pm
Have to admit this is the first time I have followed the race so closely, quite gripping now in a way only sailors could understand, the weather from Tuesday to the finish will be interesting to say the least and I doubt either will sleep at all.
And..... 22.4 Knts average for a 24 hour period is something quite special, I know the technology drives a lot on these boats, but the skipper has to make the big calls regarding sails and heading, whatever the final outcome I hope Alex Thomson and all his sponsors get some serious coverage in the UK and due credit.
Of course the French will be mad if a broken British boat can beat them all!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jan 17 at 6:42pm
Been following since the start, and it's been exciting all the way. Hoping for a really close finish, whichever way it goes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jan 17 at 1:31pm
Looks like they are starting to turn to the east now, heading to the finish... I doubt they are gong to be sleeping much now until the end
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So there are just 300 miles to go and Alex is just 35 miles behind 

All they have to do is make there final tack to home... who is going to blink first!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 17 at 2:18pm
I haven't paid that much attention, but would Alex have his one remaining foil in action now? If so presumably he'll lose relative boatspeed when they tack.

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Crazy close considering the distance they have gone, live broadcasts tomorrow and hourly updates to the tracker as they get nearer to the finish.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 17 at 2:47pm
Originally posted by JimC

I haven't paid that much attention, but would Alex have his one remaining foil in action now? If so presumably he'll lose relative boatspeed when they tack.

Yup he is on his favoured tack at the moment so will probably loose height/speed once they change direction
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So unless he can find something in the weather he probably needs to get ahead before the tack?

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