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The 3 leaders can see each other on radar. Amazing this far into the race.
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Yes and they had been closer. The kid (François) is going away slowly (I hope he does not break the boat) increasing the distance to everybody.

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Short board windsurfing's a huge buzz - deep respect for the guys doing it on big waves - I found small wave sailing a physically challenging pursuit - and that was when I was young & frisky Time on windsurfers did help to refresh my dinghy techniques, in the same way now that time in a Laser helps to refresh the way you helm a 40 footer (even when cruising !) - how many times have you heard from the family "Dad we're not racing this is a family cruising holiday" I say "thanks for the feedback now just wind the genoa in some more "
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By mistake last night I repeated two movies instead of posting this one. This guy not only sails up big waves as it fly over them...and never stops sailing. Enjoy



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...a Laser helps to refresh the way you helm a 40 footer (even when cruising !) - how many times have you heard from the family "Dad we're not racing this is a family cruising holiday" I say "thanks for the feedback now just wind the genoa in some more "
I am lucky; even if my wife can say something like that things are balanced and I never heard "Dad we're not racing this is a family cruising holiday" more like "Dad, why are you reefing? Stay on the wheel let me take care of the sails and let's having fun". Fact is that I have a problem with the boy (now 21) that since a kid was bored with sailing except when it was going very fast. At the age of 12 if I let him he would stay all night at the wheel with 25/30K winds surfing waves at 10K
Even my wife hates to be overtaken by other boats.

Take a look at another movie of that little boat, that I am convinced, it is a great boat, the XP 33.



Of course, they are sailing it with a crew but even so those speeds are impressive for a 33ft mass production performance cruiser:

With 20K wind, upwind speed 6.8/7.2K, downwind speed 14.8K, are speeds that many bigger boats would have difficulty in achieving and in what regards downwind would not achieve at all. There are many boats that are good downwind but few that are fast downwind....and upwind.


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The XP-33 looks like a great production boat package at that size with nice hull lines and generally a simple set-up - almost as if X-boats going one better than J-boats. Will be interesting to see it's IRC rating.

The funny thing about my family is they'll say "we're cruising, relax, it's not a race" followed soon after "why is that other boat going faster than us ? "
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Transat classique

Not only fast performance boats owners like to race, the owners of slower but not less beautiful old ladies like that too.

A lot of boats (12) on the the Cascais - Barbuda Panerai Classique Transat.

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With 10k wind on the back they are making 6/6.5K speed. Not bad for old ladies.

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Short board windsurfing's a huge buzz - deep respect for the guys doing it on big waves - I found small wave sailing a physically challenging pursuit - and that was when I was young & frisky Time on windsurfers did help to refresh my dinghy techniques, in the same way now that time in a Laser helps to refresh the way you helm a 40 footer (even when cruising !) - how many times have you heard from the family "Dad we're not racing this is a family cruising holiday" I say "thanks for the feedback now just wind the genoa in some more "
Wow, I remember when Jason Polakow arrived on Maui as a 16 year old from Austrailia. He came without his family but had their blessing, he had his own place, enrolled in high school and windsurfed. We thought he would be too young to sail the big winter north swell at Maui's Hookipa. But within his first winter he was among the very best. It is good to see he did not burn out like so many in those days did in the early 90's with booze and drugs.

Jaws in those days was just a dream, we knew it existed, we would go sit on the cliff in the cane field and watch it go off for hours. It was not till Laird Hamilton and the gang figured out you could use a jet ski to tow in and that was about 1993 that anyone was able to ride the wave. I believe it was Josh Angulo who was the first wind surfer to ride the wave.

For those who don't know that in order to surf or wind surf Jaws one must put his jet ski in the water about 15 miles from the break then find a way outside the surf line and travel down the coast. The put in place is a little cove and on big swell days there is always the chance a very large wave will come ashore all the way to where people park their jet ski trailers. I remember a few trucks and trailers were not in the parking lot when the guys got back to the cove.

Thanks PCP for the vid, I'm too old to ride them anymore but I still dream it and wake up muscles tense and pumped.

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Wow, I remember when Jason Polakow arrived on Maui as a 16 year old from Austrailia. He came without his family but had their blessing, he had his own place, enrolled in high school and windsurfed. We thought he would be too young to sail the big winter north swell at Maui's Hookipa. But within his first winter he was among the very best. It is good to see he did not burn out like so many in those days did in the early 90's with booze and drugs.

Jaws in those days was just a dream, we knew it existed, we would go sit on the cliff in the cane field and watch it go off for hours. It was not till Laird Hamilton and the gang figured out you could use a jet ski to tow in and that was about 1993 that anyone was able to ride the wave. I believe it was Josh Angulo who was the first wind surfer to ride the wave.

For those who don't know that in order to surf or wind surf Jaws one must put his jet ski in the water about 15 miles from the break then find a way outside the surf line and travel down the coast. The put in place is a little cove and on big swell days there is always the chance a very large wave will come ashore all the way to where people park their jet ski trailers. I remember a few trucks and trailers were not in the parking lot when the guys got back to the cove.

Thanks PCP for the vid, I'm too old to ride them anymore but I still dream it and wake up muscles tense and pumped.

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Surf was before my time. In Europe it arrived later and in the 60 and 70's what was hot was Spearfishing and we were all good at it. When the first Surfers start to appear (mostly Australians) on our spot we just drive them away hunting sharks and showing them around saying that they were killers

You know we dived in the middle of the waves in much the same spot they used to surf. We where used to the waves but having guys passing over at speed seemed just not right and it was really dangerous.

However with our generation spear-diving went out of fashion and the Surf come in. Actually that place is the best Surfing spot in Portugal and one of best in Europe. It is the place where is held the Portuguese round of the world surfing championship.

On the 80's long before I had saw a surfing kayak I learned to do the thing with a canoe and at best of my form I could stay all afternoon surfing without never capsizing the boat. I did not even used a rubber suit.

But that history about jaws surfing and brag about Maui's Hookipa waves, well we don't call them jaws but we have them bigger


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Incredible!!!!! Not only Armel is leading again as he is the owner of the new race record for the fastest Open 60 from Les Sables d’Olonne to the Cape of Good Hope.

The leadership should change again quickly because François went South and I think he is in the best position for the next two days. I believe that Stamm that is also diving South has a good chance to continue to close on the leading trio. HOT RACE, do hot that it is just unbelievable

Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - Tracking


The Jackal, Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) is the new race record holder for the fastest Open 60 from Les Sables d’Olonne to the Cape of Good Hope, clocking a time of 22 days 23 hours 48 minutes and managing to knock an astounding 24 hours 2 hours and 22 minutes off the record set by Vincent Riou in the 2004 edition of the Vendée Globe.

But the leading trio, lead by Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) but with Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) and François Gabart (MACIF) hot on his tail are engaged in a fight with unusual intensity. It will be recorded in the annals of Vendée Globe history as one of the fiercest charges into the Indian Ocean as the three pretenders shuffle continually up and down the leaderboard each day.


Let's have a look at Axel's race and to an amazing interview in direct for the British TV


Alex Thomson's race highlights - Week 3 por VendeeGlobeTV
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