Whilst we go about our daily routines 20 lone sailors are racing around the world without a stop.
Each weekday ATWOS will present a report on the 2004-2005 Vendee Globe race. Who will join Lamazou, Desjoyeaux etc. as winners? Who will be a breakout young star like Ellen Macarthur? Which sailors will participate in dramas such as those of Pete Goss & Yves Parlier?
The report will cover the rhythm of the race, whether it’s fast or slow, what’s the degree of difficulty, is it iceberg territory?
Each day we’ll check the standings to see who the leaders are and who else is on the move.
The fleet roundup will cover news of interest from any and all boats both the success’s and the inevitable failures.
From the lone sailors will highlight the most interesting communications from the multi national group of sailors.
Rhythm of the Race “Tonight the whole of the sixteen strong Vendée Globe fleet are strewn between the two Capes of Leeuwin (Western Australia) and Horn (South America), over 5000 miles dividing leader Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) from the backrunner Karen Leibovici (Benefic).”
Standings 1. Bonduelle 2. PRB 243 miles back 3. Ecover 308 miles back
Fleet Round Up Thiercelin retires 339 for VMI. WX
From the Lone Sailors Raphael Dinelli “It was very bizarre and I ended up getting surprised by a 45 knot gust which sent the boat into a broach under one reefed main and small gennaker. The boat remained over on its ear for quarter of an hour.” Nick Moloney “The good thing about having new year in the middle of the ocean is that the cops can´t chuck me in jail. It´s really good to be approaching the new year and I really hope that 2005 has in store for me a fantastic memory of the finish and a fantastic memory of a large portion of this adventure, and I hope 2005 brings for everybody else a lot of happiness and a lot less world grief . My thoughts a primarily with people in desperation or heartbreak from the effects of the tidal wave” J.P. Dick “It’s not always easy to lose some miles when you’ve got racing in the blood ; but the route is long” Mike Golding “My New Year’s resolution is not to come back to the Southern Ocean on the Vendee Globe!”
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