Vendée Globe 2016-17. Sébastien Destremau con TechnoFirst–faceOcean termina su maratónica regata.

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SATURDAY 11 MARCH 2017, 01H55

Sébastien Destremau (TechnoFirst–faceOcean) crossed the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne in eighteenth place at 040hrs UTC on Saturday 11th March 2017 after 124 days, 12 hours, 38 minutes and 18 seconds of racing since the start on 6th November. The skipper from Toulon is the final competitor to complete this eighth edition of the non-stop solo round the world race. The curtain falls on the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe fifty days after the winner, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire VIII), who finished on 19th January.

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Vendée Globe 2016-17. Llegada para Peter Heerema, primer holandés en completar la regata.

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FRIDAY 03 MARCH 2017, 10H40

Pieter Heerema was finally able to enter the harbour in Les Sables d’Olonne this morning. After crossing the finish in seventeenth place yesterday evening, he had to remain on board No Way Back until high tide this morning. He was greeted by the crowds as has been the case for all of the skippers finishing this eighth Vendée Globe. On his arrival at the pontoon, he made his first declarations and then thanked all his supporters, many of whom had made the journey to Vendée to welcome him home. He gave us his first thoughts on completing the non-stop solo round the world race.
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Celebration prior to channel during Finish arrival of Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back,17th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on March 2nd, 2017 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Pieter Heerema (NL), skipper No Way Back, 17ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d’Olonne, France, le 2 Mars 2017 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot /

Initial feelings?
That’s a difficult question to answer. Incredible. The position isn’t important. There were so many amazing things. So many incredible things. It’s not important to speak about one thing. There were so many things. I need to think about it and go on holiday to filter all that.

Hard times?
There have been some very difficult moments. The technical breakdowns but with the support of people, people on facebook for example showed such support that even if I was so slow, I had to continue. The mechanical things were not serious, but the electronics…

Back again next time?
The whole project was astonishing and now the mission is complete. I won’t be here in 4 years, because I’m now 65. I have seen it. I have done it, but sailing is my life. I want to sell the boat. I have some other plans.

The foils?
The foils were not a good choice for me. I had never sailed on an IMOCA a year before and never alone six months before, so the learning curve was straight up. The foils were an extra complication. Yesterday was the only real race days. I was a little unlucky as I did something with the rudder and lost an hour. Otherwise I could have come in last night.

No Way Back?
This is an excellent boat. There is no delamination. No Way Back, because once you start something you have to finish it.

“116 days. 4 months. It’s a really long time. Alone. But that’s not the worst. Everyday something happens. There are some nice moments, but also a lot of difficult moments.”
“I had planned to be here on Monday, but there was a huge weather system and it was too dangerous to go into the Bay of Biscay. I had to wait off the coast of Portugal. It was weird, as I just had no goal any more. Being alone is not a problem. But it would be nice to choose when you are alone. 120 days alone is a bit long.”
“There was one thing that started right away. And came back again and again. All the wizards looked at it, but it just wouldn’t work. I had three capsizes one night. I went out each morning and said Wow the mast is still standing. That problem stayed with me until Australia. Then I said forget it. I’ll do it my way without that system, so I was slower.”

“It’s not super important to be the first Dutchman. I have done it, which is the most important thing.”
“I would do it again and on this boat, but it was the wrong boat for me. It was too much to learn in a very short time. It was so physical. I wore knee pads 24 hours a day as you bounce around. It’s violent. For an old fogey like me, it’s too much.”
“Age is a strength and handicap. A few years ago I was sailing off Alaska with my daughter. We walked up to see the bears. We saw a young bear jumping around. Then an old bear came out – I said here comes experience. The old bear sat there doing nothing, while the young bear was in and out of the water trying to catch fish but not succeeding, while the old bear just got one each time. That’s experience.”

Vendée2020Vision. Objetivo, un inglés ganador de la Vendée Globe.

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Six best solo sailors selected

While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line of the Vendée Globe after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time.

In its first year, Vendée2020Vision helped with the coaching and development of a 10-strong squad of Britain’s top aspirant solo skippers. For 2017, this field has been narrowed to six and will be pared down further towards the end of this season when the intention is for the two top contenders to take part in November’s Transat Jacques Vabre doublehanded transatlantic race.

Whitecap, the Southampton-based company which runs Vendée2020Vision, has now confirmed the 2017 squad: Sam Matson, Will Harris, Sam Goodchild, Andrew Baker, Lizzy Foreman and Henry Bomby (see for more information about the individual sailors)

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Vendée Globe 2016-17. Heroica llegada del neocelandes Conrad Colman.

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Conrad Colman shares his thoughts
Friday 24 February 2017, 18h37

After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero’s welcome into Les Sables d’Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race sailing the first boat to use only natural energy, no fossil fuels, Colman shared his thoughts and memories of the race fluently in both French and his native English. Here are the some of the highlights of his pontoon arrival, his public reception and his press conference.

“I’m thankful that I had so many difficulties. Several times a problem with the pilot. Then, there was the fire. That normally would be a highlight in terms of problems, but as it is, that was almost nothing. So it was a progression of things, which allowed me not to be crushed when the mast came down, so now I’m stronger.”
“I feel like I have moved mountains to achieve what I did. I did the very best with what I had. You don’t win the race at sea. You lose it at sea. You win the race during the preparation, but my time to prepare was very short.”

“The wind gods are a fickle bunch. I got smacked several times. When I couldn’t escape from the big storm, I had sixty knots.”

“Mentally, it’s easier to sail with a jury rig, because when you have all the sails up, you are crazy. You go for it in the race. But with a small sail, you can relax. I spent time adjusting it, but there isn’t much you can do.”

“It’s harder sailing solo, especially mentally. There’s no one there to support you. I kept telling myself, there’s always a solution and I will find it. There’s a dialogue going on in your head all the time. I ended up talking to myself, so I’m not sure if it’s healthy. You have to find confidence. While remaining humble. You need to find the force within, rather than from outside.”

“Natural energy? It’s an extension of everything I have said. We can do it if we want to. I think it is impossible to sail three times around the world and see the natural environment without being affected. I think we need to change the way we live our lives. It has to come from politics, from industry and I’m a little afraid that there isn’t the political will, so I think what may drive this change is motivated individuals. That is why I wanted to grasp this opportunity. We can still do what we want and use the technology we want. I was handicapped by not being able to use all my solar panels. We have to diversify production and it’s the same thing on a boat.”

“Writing? It’s central for several reasons. I came into this sport as a fan. I was trying to figure what to do with my life. I really appreciated the stories, seeing Vincent Riou win in 2004. That was truly inspirational and led me to believe I could do the same. The lifestyle I lead is very interesting, technologically, the people I meet, the life I lead, and I feel that it’s almost an obligation to share that with those that don’t have the same chance as I do. I enjoy writing and enjoy the idea that I’m sharing that with others.”

“I’d like to give this race the respect it deserves. It’s not something you can throw together over a few months. That means more time preparing.”

(Involvement with charity for families who have suffered stillborn births)
“I know what it is like in families where something is missing. I lost my father when I was just a baby. My brother committed suicide two years ago. I thought a lot about that. And this was another motivation in my race.”

Vendée Globe 2016-17. Romain Attanasio con Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, terminan en el puesto 15º.

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Romain Attanasio takes 15th place
Friday 24 February 2017, 11h10

French skipper Romain Attanasio, sailing Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, took 15th place in the Vendee Globe non stop solo race around the world this morning (Friday 24th February) when he crossed the finish line at 1006hrs UTC. The elapsed time for the French skipper who raced the 1998 launched IMOCA which was originally Catherine Chabaud’s Whirlpool is 109 days 22 hrs 4 minutes. He sailed 28,569 miles at an average speed of 10.83 knots.
Friday finish for Attanasio and Colman

Friday finish for Attanasio and Colman…

Celebration during Finish arrival of Romain Attanasio (FRA), skipper Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys, 15th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on February 24th, 2017 – Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Romain Attanasio (FRA), skipper Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys, 15ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d’Olonne, France, le 24 Févr

For the 39 year old solo racer who has a diverse background in offshore and ocean racing, completing his first Vendee Globe is the culmination of a personal goal, stepping up from singlehanded racing in the Mini 6.50 and in the solo one design Figaro class, to take on the pinnacle solo ocean race around the world. Attanasio took over fifteenth place early on the final morning, passing Conrad Colman who had raced the final 715 miles of his Vendee Globe under jury rig. Since repairing his rudders in South Africa Attanasio raced a hard, intense duel with the Spanish skipper Didac Costa, the pair racing older boats which both have storied histories. Ultimately Costa, on the former Kingfisher of Ellen MacArthur managed to escape into better wind pressure on the transition out of the NE’ly trade winds and went on to take 14th place, just over 24 hours ahead of Attanasio.

A talented navigator in his own right who sailed on the ORMA multihull circuit with Franck Cammas world championship winning crew and on the Maxi catamaran Gitana XI, Attanasio is best known as a leading Figaro class sailor who twice finished in the top 10 of the French solo offshore championship. He raced twice across the Atlantic with his British partner Sam Davies – who herself has raced two Vendee Globes, finishing fourth in 2008-9 and who has been his project manager. As such he had never sailed more than 21 days solo before he started this race. “It’s a bit worrying, as I don’t know where I’m going. I’m keeping myself busy trying not to think about that too much. Otherwise, it would be terrifying,” he said pre-start.

His race was going well, increasing in confidence and among a competitive group of boats, just behind fellow rookie Eric Bellion, when in 18th place he hit an unidentified floating object at around 1130 UTC on Monday 5th December. He was around 470 miles south of Cape Town when his boat, Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys collided with the UFO, which damaged both his rudders. He took the decision to head for Cape Town to attempt to carry out repairs. Two days later on 7th December he reached Simonstown, to the south east of Cape Town at around 1800hrs UTC. After two days of hard work carrying out repairs, the French skipper managed to replace his port rudder and repair his starboard rudder without assistance. “If I’d known it was going to be like this I wouldn’t have come,” he laughed. “It was so hard. From detaching the rudders and then dragging them up onto the deck. I repaired one of the rudders and switched the other, which was an operation and a half. Crucially, I suffered delamination on the bottom of the hull over a 2-metre strip at the back. Repairing that took a huge amount of time.” When he set off again Attanasio had to sail upwind in a 25-30 knot breeze to rejoin the fleet in 21st place having lost 1200 miles on Bellion.

On January 2nd Attanasio told Race HQ in Paris: “It’s frustrating being at the rear. Those ahead have made their getaway, but at least I’m still racing and my boat is fine. I’m experiencing something incredible. Michel Desjoyeaux said that the Vendée Globe meant one problem each day and he was right. Today, I had a problem with my autopilot. A cable needed changing. Two days ago, it was my wind instruments. Yesterday, I repaired a batten and a halyard. I knew the Vendée Globe was tough, but not that tough.” But after the Spanish skipper Costa struggled with a storm and technical problems under Australia, Attanasio and Costa converged under New Zealand and by January 5th the duo were locked in a battle which was to last weeks, making both of their races.

When Attanasio rounded Cape Horn at 2043hrs UTC after 75 days 8 hours and 41 minutes of racing. He was around 100 miles ahead of Didac Costa. Through late January and early February, Attanasio and Costa continued their duel all the way up from Southern Brazil to the North Atlantic. He re-crossed the Equator at 0409hrs UTC after 92d, 16hrs, 7mins of racing. On 9th February, Attanasio broke his port daggerboard after colliding with an unidentified floating object. He noticed a small ingress of water in the housing and was no longer able to use this daggerboard. A long way west of the Canaries in the middle of the North Atlantic, Costa extended his lead over over Attanasio, who was left 400miles behind in trickier, light winds conditions.

First reactions at the finish

“It wasn’t the Vendée Globe I was aiming for or how I thought it would be. I knew I wouldn’t be fighting it out with the leaders, but I thought there was a group I could race against. That happened in the Atlantic, but down at the bottom of the South Atlantic, I hit something and there was a horrible noise as the carbon splintered. I thought it was over. I called Sam (Davies), then I repaired it and set off again. But by then the race had changed. The group I was in had made their getaway. So my aim was to finish and not be forced to retire. It’s horrible when you have to retire. That stays with you. There are some incredible memories. Highs and lows. The sword of Damocles hangs over you. You wonder what is going to happen all the time. I think Sam really needs to be here in 2020, so she can become the first female winner. She is really made for this race. This is a race like no other.”

Vendée Globe 2016-17. El español Didac Costa termina en el puesto 14º, premio a la tenacidad y determinación.

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Jueves, 23 de febrero de 2017

Didac Costa, segundo español y primer catalán de la historia en terminar la Vendée Globe

El navegante español Didac Costa ha cruzado la línea de llegada de la vuelta al mundo a vela en solitario, sin escalas ni asistencia, hoy jueves 23 de febrero a las 8:52 horas. Este bombero catalán, un regatista amateur al que le gustaría continuar su carrera para convertirse en profesional, cumple así el que ha sido su sueño desde niño, inspirado por el navegante solitario José Luis Ugarte, el primer español de la historia en completar la Vendée Globe (1992-93) en 134 días y 5 horas.

Tenaz y determinado Costa ha conseguido su objetivo con éxito y con unos de los presupuestos más bajos de los 29 patrones que comenzaron la regata el pasado 6 de noviembre en la localidad francesa de Les Sables d’Olonne. Natural de Barcelona, Didac Costa completa así su segunda vuelta al mundo sin escalas en tres años, navegando de nuevo en el IMOCA 60 construido hace 17 años para la navegante británica Ellen MacArthur. Junto con el también catalán Aleix Gelabert, Costa terminaba cuarto en la Barcelona World Race en abril de 2015.

Costa ha vivido un gran y emotivo recibimiento en Les Sables especialmente del cuerpo de bomberos, que estuvieron con él y le ayudaron después de que tuviese que volver a puerto 90 minutos después de la salida.

El tiempo invertido por Didac para completar las 27.964 millas de recorrido que finalmente ha navegado, de Les Sables d’Olonne a Les Sables d’Olonne, ha sido de 108 días 19 horas 50 minutos y 45 segundos, con una velocidad media de 10,71 nudos. Didac Costa termina en la 14ª posición de la general, 1 día 19 horas y 2 minutos después del décimo tercer clasificado, el estadounidense Rich Wilson.

Didac Costa sufrió una repentina e importante entrada de agua 90 minutos después del pistoletazo de salida del 6 de noviembre, teniendo que regresar a puerto. Con el agua salada poniendo seriamente en peligro el motor y la electrónica que un mes antes había sido sustituida – el agua había llegado a las baterías- cuando Didac volvió a Les Sables nos sabía si podría volver a tomar la salida de una en la que tanto tiempo y dinero personal había invertido. Fue gracias a la solidaridad e iniciativa de sus colegas bomberos de Les Sables que Costa puedo retomar la salida.

La Vendée Globe de Didac
El patrón español vivió muchos momentos emotivos, sin olvidar un mes antes de la salida cuando en un entrenamiento en Barcelona su barco fue alcanzado por un rayo que dañó toda la electrónica del barco. Debe su regata a la intervención en Les Sables del mecánico Joel Aber, que le advirtió de la urgencia de sacar inmediatamente el motor y limpiarlo para evitar el fatal daño del agua salada.

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Vendée Globe 2016-17. Objetivo cumplido para el estadounidense Rich Wilson con Great American IV.

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Martes, 21 de febrero de 2017

Rich Wilson termina la Vendée Globe en 13º lugar

El patrón estadounidense Rich Wilson ha cruzado la línea de llegada de la Vendée Globe hoy martes, día 21, a las 13:50 hora local. De la flota de 29 barcos que iniciaron la regata en Les Sables d’Olonne (Francia) el pasado 6 de noviembre, Wilson y su Great American IV se llevan el 13º puesto tras 107 días 48 minutos y 18 segundos de navegación alrededor del mundo en solitario,

“Es fantástico estar aquí de nuevo. Ver a todo el público francés aquí. Y ha sido fantástico ver a Eric (Bellion) y Alan (Roura) aquí. Fueron mis hermanos en el Gran Sur. Hablamos casi todos los días por correo electrónico. Creo que en esta edición ha habido mucha más comunicación entre los patrones que en la de 2008-09 – Koji, Fabrice, Nandor, Stéphane y Dídac, que me perseguían. Hablamos de todo. Ha sido un poco más duro porque soy mayor que entonces. Este barco ha sido más fácil de llevar por los tanques de lastre. Puedes usarlos más en vez de tener que poner un rizo todo el tiempo, que es lo que tenía que hacer en el otro barco. Otra de las cosas más diferentes de esta edición es que fue muy gris, el cielo estaba gris todo el tiempo, cruzando el Sur y luego subiendo el Atlántico. Gris, gris. Era deprimente. Hace cuatro o cinco días, el sol salió durante 20 minutos y salí para poner la cara y las manos un poco al sol. Estaba gris durante tanto tiempo… ¡Eso fue duro!”, declaraba el estadounidense a su llegada al pantalán.

Wilson, que con 66 años de edad es el mayor de la regata, completa por tanto con éxito la que es su segunda Vendée Globe. Mejora su tiempo de la edición 2008-09, que era de 121 días y 41 minutos, logrando así uno de sus objetivos de esta nueva aventura.

Durante la regata Wilson también ha llevado a cabo un programa educativo dirigido a más de 750.000 jóvenes de más de 55 países, otra de las razones fundamentales por las que Wilson regresaba a la Vendée Globe. Con esta llegada Rich Wilson se convierte además en el estadounidense más rápido en circunnavegar el planeta en esta regata, superando el récord de 109 días y 19 horas que Bruce Schwab estableció en la edición 2004-05.

El experimentado patrón americano, un navegante de toda la vida nativo de Boston, Massachusetts, suma esta segunda Vendée a su carrera de más de 40 años como navegante, que incluye tres navegaciones de récord: San Francisco a Boston en 1993, Nueva York a Melbourne en 2001, y en 2003 Hong Kong a Nueva York.

El Great American IV ha regresado a Les Sables d’Olonne en casi el mismo estado, casi perfecto, que salió a principios de noviembre. Wilson superaba una serie de problemas técnicos, especialmente con el sistema de piloto automático, el del hidrogenerador y algunas reparaciones de velas. Terminar dos Vendée Globe con sus dos barcos en perfecto estado es una prueba de su impecable navegación, de su continua concentración y disciplina para mantenerse dentro de protocolos prudentes que el mismo se fija, buscando lograr velocidades medias altas y navegar eficientemente mientras mantiene patrón y barco seguros.

El número de millas que finalmente ha recorrido es casi el mismo que el del ganador Armel Le Cléac’h – navegando alrededor de 27.450 millas-, cifra mejorada únicamente por Jéremie Beyou (3º), Yann Eliès (4º) y Jean Le Cam (5º), que navegaron alrededor de 300 millas menos.

Wilson no es para nada un loco que busca poner a prueba las capacidades de un deportista de más de 60 años. Siempre ha considerado la edad un mero número, pero se ha esforzado por estar tan en forma y tan fuerte como fuese posible antes de ambas ediciones: “No estoy listo para la pipa, el sofá y las zapatillas de casa. La edad es sólo un número”, decía en varias ocasiones antes de la salida. Dicho esto, su éxito de hoy será una gran inspiración para que todo el mundo, tenga la edad que tenga, persiga sus sueños y siga con sus pasiones. Su barco para esta edición de la regata, un diseño de Owen-Clarke con el que Dominique Wavre terminó séptimo en 2012-13, era más rápido pero también más físico que el Great American III.

A lo largo de la regata Wilson ha relatado su historia con claridad y pasión, asegurándose de que los temas que ha tratado fuesen interesantes e informativos, con atractivo para todas las edades. Un ex profesor de matemáticas que tiene estudios superiores por la Harvard Business School y un título universitario de Harvard que ha estado en contacto regular con muchos de los otros patrones en liza, sobre todo Alan Roura, el patrón más joven con 23 años y que ayer terminaba por delante de Wilson.

Rich Wilson – Great American IV

Fecha y hora de llegada a Les Sables d’Olonne:

21/02/2017 – 13:50 horas

Tiempo invertido:

107 días 00 horas 48 minutos 18 segundos

Distancia real recorrida:

27.480 millas

Velocidad media:

10,70 nudos

Diferencia con respecto al vencedor, Armel Le Clèac’h:

32 días 21 horas 12 minutos 32 segundos

Diferencia con respecto a su antecesor en al clasificación, Arnaud Boissières (10º):

1 día 4 horas 37 minutos 46 segundos