Re: Wow... Bernard Stamm's Open 60 "breaks in half" in the Western Approaches...
Found some interesting stats on the Vendee races.
Since it began there have been 138 total entries
DNFs amounted to the following;
18 rig failures.
14 miscellaneous - from medical issues to DSQ for receiving assistance.
11 rudder failures
9 keel failures
3 lost at sea
3 went ashore
2 hull failures
That's a 48% DNF rate, 36% due to catastrophic equipment failure of one sort or another (assuming the capsizes & lost at sea were due to equipment failure).
You can draw your own conclusions but to my mind that list does not indicate a bunch of strong & seaworthy boats.
It looks more like a typical NASCAR race.
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