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.
Details here VendÃ©e Globe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You give me a lot of work. You could get your data analysis straight. Having look carefully at the data provided on the link you posted and looking and searching in another places for missing information, considering only boat failures related with that type of boat the number is not 36% but 31.9%
You are assuming wrongly that lost on sea has to do with boat failure. Normally it means only that the skipper went overboard, a problem more common on the old days then now, when many maneuvers implied going out of the cockpit.
I considering all problems related directly with this type of boat (breakage of masts, booms, broken rudders, capsizes , keel problems, hull problems) and disregarded abandons that had nothing to do with the boat (health problems, going overboard, groundings, collisions with other boats) or with systems that are used in all boats like automatic pilot, electrical problems, sail problems. I did not count also a boat damage while Marc was trying to rescue another competitor (the boat was damaged by a collision with the capsized boat).
But even so that percentage is not fair that is not fair because those boats have being continually bettered not only in speed but also in seaworthiness and reliability. What counts are the numbers related with the last generation of Open 60's, the ones we are talking about, Stamm's boat.
Regarding that and the last Vendee Globe, considering the same criteria the percentage of boats that have abandoned due to problems related with that particular boat design was 20%
Comparing what it is comparable and looking at the only solo non-stop circumnavigations race made with no racing boats, the type of old shoes you seem to consider more reliable, on the 1968-1969 race the percentage of boats that have abandoned was 88,8%
You seem not to understand the number of things that can go wrong on a solo circumnavigation. Take for instance the famous grand mother Socrates that have tried several times in her Najad,to circumnavigate solo non-stop and have to satisfy herself with one circumnavigation with a stop for repairing the boat, or that one on an older boat (certainly one that you like) that has been object of a recent thread. He had to stop for repair the rigging.
Glen Wakefield Forced to Turn Back Due to Rigging Failure
A 20% boat failure taking into consideration that, contrary to the Grand Ma and the other guy, these ones push their boats near the limit, is a fantastic performance that, off course, will be bettered on the next race and with better, faster and more reliable boats. Off course,If the boats on the Vendee Globe were not pushed hard and were just used as cruising boats the breakage would be obviously be much smaller and their reliability even better.
Do you think I am crazy and that type of boats are not used for cruising? Think again, there are several fast offshore cruisers that take as model these boats (not to mention the huge influence on most modern cruisers in what regards hull design). Take a look at this onel:
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