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While we wait for the in-port race in Lisbon we can have a look at the Open 60 race. They leaved Lisbon some days before the VOR 70 arrived turned around Açores, turned around the Fastnet rock and are almost arriving to the leg finish at La Rochelle.
This is the last race, a kind of check up before the Vendee globe. We can take some conclusions: First that is worrying the level of breakage in boats that will have to go around the world non stop: Virbac Paprec after having won the first leg did retired on the beginning of the second leg due to an issue with the hydraulics which drive the keel rams. Groupe Bel dismasted near Açores.
In 7 boats 2 retired in such a short race. That is a worrying sign for the next Vendee.
Regarding the positive signs he can see that François Gabart, on Macif and Vicent Riou are in great form, as Jean Pierre Dick, at least till he had to retire. The performance of these guys and their boats is very close and they will be favorites on the next BIG race.
Last edited by PCP; 06-02-2012 at 09:12 PM.