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And François Gabart, the smiling kid, is the first to pass the Horn and enter the Atlantic, on the last leg of the race. Very few would think the rookie could make it so far on the lead. Yes he is one of the fastest and we all knew that but to win the Vendee is needed much more than to be fast. Normally a lot of experience is required...well, normally, not for the kid
He is also the fastest man to reach the horn in monohull with only 52 days. can he beat the 80 days around the globe, the mythical mark?
Anyway he has to watch out. He can very well do that and even so lose the race. Armel is only 25NM behind
Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - Tracking
Michel Desjoyeaux, the only skipper to win the Vendée Globe twice, whose company manage Gabart’s campaign, commented:
“ I exchanged text messages with François, very short messages. He told me the visibility was under two miles, he’s sailing ahead of a (cold) front and approaching Cape Horn. So he has his hands full right now.”
“ It is a very emotional moment, but I’m afraid he doesn’t have time to enjoy it because the data collected by CLS shows there’s ice all over the area. It’s hard to tell exactly what type of ice blocks, growlers and icebergs there is but they definitely need to be out on the deck and visually check. You need to stand next to the helm, even if the autopilot is on, because you can grab the helm if necessary or work on the sails if you need to change the heading of the boat very quickly. Radars aren’t enough because they can’t detect smaller objects.”
They both have to be careful and not sail too close to the coast either.”
“I’m so happy for François, he’s been so much in control of his boat and his race from the start onwards, he and Armel have led the race since the Southern Ocean. I’m sure they have had their own technical issues, but they managed to solve them and keep enjoying the experience and to have a blast.”
Day 53 Highlights por VendeeGlobeTV
Last edited by PCP; 01-01-2013 at 05:58 PM.