Vincent Riou worked all nigh laminating with carbon to find out at day light that it would not going to stick
He has abandoned the race and is sailing to Brazil.
Day 16 highlights - Sunday, November 25, 2012 por VendeeGlobeTV
On the head of the race things have not changed: Armel is leading and François was not able to close on him but is not losing miles either. The third, Jean-Pierre has lost some miles to the leader but he is more to the west and they have again a big tactical play ahead: Before getting strong winds again they have to pass a high pressure zone with weak wind.
Certainly one of them has the better position, Armel or Jean-Pierre? The conditions are different but I confess that I cannot say who will have the advantage: Jean-Pierre seems to have stronger wind, Armel a better angle. Anyway tomorrow it will be interesting to see who has gained on this little play.
François is just only a bit more to the west regarding Armel and the difference in what regards position advantage (or disadvantage) should not be as big as in what regards Jean-Pierre that is much more to the west of both.
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Meanwhile the Polish Zbigniew Gutkowski that was racing in last position has also given up with unsolvable problems on the autopilot. Here is his presentation video:
Zbigniew Gutkowski's Portrait por VendeeGlobeTV