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THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPER Volume 30 Issue 1 January 2017


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Maine Coastal News FREE LeCleach Leads Record Breaking Pace in Vendee Globe


The IMOCA 60 HUGO BOSS screaming across the Indian Ocean.


As of 18 December, 1800 hrs Skipper/boat


1 Armel Le Cleach 2 Alex Thomson 3 Paul Meilhat 4 Jeremie Beyou 5 Yann Elies


MAITRE COQ QUEGUINER-LEUCEMI


17 Rich Wilson GREAT AMERICAN IV


USA In the sailing world, the most grueling


and challenging race is the Vendee Globe, which races non-stop from France all the way around the world, fi nishing back in France. This year’s Vendee Globe began with 29 competitors, mostly French and at the time of this writing seven racers had offi cially retired. The last Vendee Globe set a fi nishing


record of just over 78 days and in this race the pace has been incredible and numerous records have fallen already. It is even expect- ed that the total elapsed record time could be broken by a number of days. In the last issue, HUGO BOSS (Alex


Thomson of Great Britain) was the leader by about 100 miles, but after suff ering a colli- sion with an unknown object, which broke


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one of his foils, he has fallen to second, los- ing about 600 miles in the last 30 days. The new leader is BANQUE POPILAIRE VIII (Armel Le Cleach, France) who grabbed the lead and as of this morning (20 December) was 1,500 miles from Cape Horn. 22 November (Day 17): News was


received that PRB (Vincent Riou) had suff ered damage to his keel and was forced to retire just as he was nearing the Cape of Good Hope. The collision caused the keel to be unstable, which means if it continues to move could severely damage the rest of the boat’s structure. Just after the collision the winds were 25 to 30 knots and the boats was traveling at about 20 knots Vincent was not able to check the damage. When he fi nally was able to do so, he found that the


BANQUE POPILAIRE VIII HUGO BOSS SMA


Country Type FRA Foiler


GB Foiler FRA


FRA Foiler FRA


Distance Distance to leader to fi nish 8914


439.1


1265.8 1270.9 1947.7


9354


10180 10185 10862


Photo by: Marine Nationale/Nefertiti #Vendee Globe


axis to the keel was damaged and there was a possibility of the keel breaking completely away from the racer. After retiring, he head- ed PRB for Cape Town where repairs were to be made before heading back to France. The leaders are getting further away


from those in the middle pack as they got bogged down in the St. Helena high. 23 November (Day 18): EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD (Sebastien Josse, French) was in third place doing over 20 knots, when he struck an unknown object, which damaged the system that keeps the rudders down. After making repairs, which took four hours to complete, he was back racing. The three leaders HUGO BOSS, BAN- QUE POPILAIRE VIII and EDMUND DE ROTHSCHILD were adding to their lead as they were in front of the low pressure system that has slowed the racers behind them. 24 November (Day 19): HUGO BOSS


sets the record for the Vendee Globe from the start to the Cape of Good Hope with a time of 17 days, 22 hours and 58 minutes breaking the former record by more than fi ve days. We also learn that SAFRAN (Morgan


Lagraviere) had radioed his shore side team that his steering was damaged by hitting a submerged object while doing about 25 knots. The damage was so severe that he was forced to withdraw from the race. As for Americans, Rich Wilson he has moved into the 18th


position. 25 November (Day 20): All wondered C o n t e n t s


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Port Safety Forum News U. S. Navy News


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Building a Foremast for BOWDOIN 5 70s Memories


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Waterfront News


MMM to Acquire Schooner Mystic Seaport News


Commercial Fishing News DELA Director's Report Salty Ocean can Forecast Rain


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Misc. Commercial Fishing News ME DMR News Boat Yard News


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Maritime History


History from the Past Classifi ed Ads


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how long HUGO BOSS would be able to hold the lead despite the damage to his starboard foil. On this day BANQUE PO- PILAIRE VIII was just 40 miles back and gaining. They along with EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD were looking for the best way to enter the Indian Ocean depression. These front three keep putting more distance between them and those behind. As the day wore on HUGO BOSS


added to his lead, but EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD was slipping further back as it seemed like this was turning into a two boat race. 26 November (Day 21): HUGO BOSS


lost miles to BANQUE POPILAIRE VIII and now just 20 miles separated the two. 27 November (Day 22): The front


runners had been slowed by lighter winds, which gave hope to those behind. PRB (Vincent Riou), who retired four


days before due to keel damage, has arrived in Cape Town. BANQUE POPILAIRE VIII takes over


fi rst place, but this was short lived as HUGO BOSS took the lead back later in the day with a lead of 16 miles. Those in 11th


to 23rd will sail into a high,


which will slow them down considerably. The International Jury penalized Jer-


emie Beyou two hours for accidentally breaking the seal on his engine.


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