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20 February 2001
 

Rhythm of the Race Sailor continue to fight a battle of patience with the Atlantic. 

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Fleet round up section

Marc Thiereclin completed his third solo circumnavigation today. This time
he completed the Vendee Globe course in 102 days 20 hours 37 minutes and
49 seconds to finish 4th. Although not a podium spot, nor under the 100
day mark as he desired Thiercelin's time is 10 and one half days better
than his 1996-97 Vendee Globe.

While Active Wear crossed the finish line to end her Vendee Globe Whirlpool was not as fortunate.

Catherine Chabaud's yellow Open 60 was dismasted while sailing upwind
early this morning. Chabaud was entering the Bay of Biscay.

Catherine then cut away the wreckage. After over 2 hours she was left with
no spars.

After assessing the situation Chabaud decided to start her engine and make
for Vigo Spain 250 miles away. This disqualifies her from the race.

Further, Whirlpool has fuel enough to power at most 100 miles. Therefore
Chabaud's shore team will need to come up with a plan to tow Whirlpool the rest of the way.

The next finisher should be UBP and Sobedo likely on Thursday. With Whirlpool now out of the race, the next boat is Group 4 1200 miles farther back. None the less Group 4 is the fastest in the fleet at 10.5 knots.

Skipper Communications

Catherine Chabaud Whirlpool "It was 0130 UT, I was asleep by the chart table. The boat had been sailing upwind for 24 hours in a fairly chaotic sea, under 2 reefs and staysail. I awoke because I’d fallen on the bulkhead. There was a great ‘crack’ and I leaped out of the cabin to see that there was nothing of the rig left on the deck, just a stub of mast...I cannot even get a jury rig up...At around 0400hrs UT I turned the engine on, and so I have abandoned the race! I’ve only got 80 – 90 litres of fuel left. I am head on into the waves, it’s fairly choppy, and the boat speed is between 2 – 4 knots. I don’t have enough to get to shore so my team are organising for a boat to come and meet me at sea." 

Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "It remains a great adventure. More an inner voyage than one with the elements this time, in fact...I really want to get back to the Southern Ocean, it was just incredible. The last Vendée Globe was more physical, this one much more tactical. All three of my circumnavigations have been totally different...The rookies got to the podium, good on them. It’s one heck of a race, and I’ll try to recount it all bit by bit. The last stage was interminable. Whatever direction I headed in, the wind was always on the nose. My first circumnavigation was idyllic, just pure fun. I have lasting impressions from it still. The second was very tough. The third testing, tactical. The guys ahead got all the breaks, but not those behind." 

Current Weather Moderate following winds


Weather Forecast More likely the wind will drop than pick up for UPB and Sobedo.

What does it all mean

Today 2 sailors end the Vendee Globe for dissimilar reasons, showing the random unpredictability and chance of this global contest.