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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 17 at 3:27pm
Yup he doesn't really have much he can use to attack with. If he goes early, on the off chance he can find something in the weather then he is technically at a disadvantage and Armel can just tack and cover and if he goes late, well he is just following Armel :-(
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Where can I follow the coverage?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 17 at 3:53pm
best means of tracking is via windy tv

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Originally posted by ifoxwell

Yup he doesn't really have much he can use to attack with. If he goes early, on the off chance he can find something in the weather then he is technically at a disadvantage and Armel can just tack and cover and if he goes late, well he is just following Armel :-(

We can hope, he's sailing a bit faster and has the gap down to 28nm. WindyTV has him projected to fall back again though (not French are they? Angry)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 17 at 4:44pm
The way it's panning out it's going to be a reach down the south Brittany coast and Alex has admitted his chances are now very very slim. He lost his masthead instruments a few days ago and the deck mounted anemometer has now failed so he has reported he hasn't slept for 2 days and without the instruments his autopilot will steer to a heading but not to the wind, so it's been very tricky.
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http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
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Congrats to Armel LeCleach

Something that struck me, I remember when boats that finished round the world races were rust streaked wrecks, or looked that way... Now we see photos of a boat that superficially looks good to just keep on going. OK its been out there a fraction of the time, but its also hit the waves a lot harder.Thought it was an interesting illustration of what modern materials have done for us in reducing maintenance...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 17 at 5:33pm
Well, they don't go rusty for starters..... And no paint to flake off (as such, they seem to have a fair few logos etc). Structurally an old steel boat would be unlikely to break though.

Congrats to both Armel LeCleach and Alex Thomson. Shame Alex broke that foil, it would have been even more of a race....
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... it would have been a completely different race.

I think Alex had sufficient speed advantage to have sailed away from Armel, but we will never know now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 17 at 9:18pm
That's the way it goes in this silly game we all play. Maybe next time, and 2nd is not too shabby (I don't subscribe to the 2nd is the first loser nonsense) :)
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