Yes the BOSS is out of the Vendée Globe I did not want to SHARE the News, cause it is everywhere and this is the Golden Globe site. I wanted him to win...Yes the #GGR2022 is a different animal, but personally I love the extreme Vendee for what it is. The high tech and drama. You have to be impressed with the eyewatering budgets now crashed. It is a complicated matrix to win the Vendee. A Fine line between success and Disaster. I Had to share this post from another competitor. It says it all.....The spirit of the GGR and Vendee while worlds apAlex Thomson Racingery similar.. :( ...all the best Alex Thomson Racing.....The BOSS will be back 👊
Depuis deux semaines, je passe chaque jour par beaucoup d’émotions et je trouve épouvantablement difficile cette position reculée, loin derrière tout le monde. Mais depuis ce samedi à la mi-journée, je ne me plains plus. Je n’en ai plus le droit. Car le Vendée Globe a perdu l’un de ses favoris, Alex Thomson Racing qui fait route vers Cape Town.
Mais notre course a perdu plus que cela. Alex a révolutionné notre sport : ses bateaux sont toujours les plus beaux et ont un temps d’avance sur ceux de ses concurrents. Alex a modernisé la communication autour de la voile en faisant sauter toutes les barrières : Keel Walk, Mast Walk, Sky Walk. Il y a lui et les autres.
Le Vendée Globe a besoin d’une victoire d’Alex Thomson. J’espère que ce sera pour 2024. Et en plus de tout cela, Alex est sympa et modeste. La course perd donc un favori mais aussi un grand monsieur aujourd’hui ! Je pense bien à lui et à toute son équipe 😢 ... See MoreSee Less
Yes Capt HBoss , I hope to see you soon again , things happened, maybe find the right speed in this Atlantic , good luck for the Future , and Bravo again and arrive safe in the Cap👍✌️⛵️
Il devrait mettre à profit sa belle image pour sensibiliser à l’état de dégradation du milieu marin vu ce qui lui est arrivé
Sad for Alex. 🙁
Now Sam Davies must take up 🇬🇧 for Team GB! 👍
Maybe Alex could try the Golden Globe Race while waiting for his 6th shot at the Vendee
Merci Fabrice, élégant et fair-play
Now it’s up to you😜
El jefe es el mar
Well said Don. Yep when the sea decides your boat is not going to play on it there is nothing you can do about it. Great he and boat are ok to limp into Cape Town.
Don you did it , the strategy is to press fast in good conditions or all conditions or keep the boat in one piece until New Zealand or somewhere else ? JLC is doing a great race with an older boat doing apparently a more straight course..are these newer boats more fragile ?
Pity ... Such a hard time for all of the Boss gang after all there work.
Roll on 2024.
I love watching all the Hugo Boss stuff (excluding the fact they're out for now), and I love the attached post - thank you!
This week is the two year anniversary of the big storm that knocked out Abilash Tomy and Gregor...the conditions are completely different today for the Virtual GGR Fleet with a delayed arrival into the Southern Ocean from a delayed start in Les Sables d'Olonne. Very interesting. THANKS Mike :) #GGR2022... See MoreSee Less
Chilling times indeed especially as Gregor, under jury rig himself, was slowly making his way to Tommy's aid as a backup to Osiris which rescued them both. It was a wild ride for us GGR tragics at the time.
Xmas Present??..it is actually an interesting read and also available now in English on Amazon..:) Aida Ogrm/1677805628896648">#GGR2022 or message Aida Ogr if you need a signed copy ?? in the post.. ... See MoreSee Less
It is going to be a great adventure and the clock is ticking :) #GGR2022Last week we got together with friend and super videographer Carlo Boghi to gather a bit of video and photo material for the future video needs of the campaign. We were super lucky, considering the time of year, to stumble upon a classic Gulf of Punta Ala day with 20-22 knots of Mistral and great light conditions. Soooo stoked ! ... See MoreSee Less
An interesting assessment of the current Vendée Globe completely different than the #GGR2022.......Quote JL VDH......Funding, the nerve of the race Money, the backbone of the competition , explains VDH: " Today, I am saddened by the fact that money makes the race. The result depends on the money we have found. Nothing is ever true. written in advance, anything can happen along the way. But the actual race begins well before mid-November, in the offices of the bankers, by the search for the enormous financing necessary for the manufacture of these boats. not cap the budgets allocated to boats. It would not make sense, because the value of a boat changes over time, regardless of the technology. I do not want and cannot give advice to the organizers . "
On the evolution of boats, the navigator explains " Man feels the need to evolve, in everything. He wants to go faster, higher or further. It is the same with ocean racing. Carbon is The ketches have completely disappeared. The same goes for the steel shrouds. Then the tilting keels, the foils. Racing has become the prerogative of those who have the financial means to build the most technological boat. boats are technicians, engineers, people who have sensors, computers. Fortunately, there are still the legs, the navigators, on board, shaken and abused as always. And even more and more, the faster, the more uncomfortable it is. " ... See MoreSee Less
I can't quite pronounce the name tell him to ask Robin Knox Johnson
Yes it is...! Money for tecnologie, as nasa, F1, moto gp, american's cup.... why not ? This is the right way to spend money!!
Bit of a negative miserable view . There are plenty of sailors competitive in this Vendee in second hand boats and small budgets. It’s a fantastic race with a wonderful spirit and as someone who sails traditional boats professionally, I love to get immersed in all worlds of sailing. You don’t often see or hear Vendee Sailors complaining about old farts spending all their time and money on varnish, old rope, bronze winches and hemp sails, so it would be nice for Golden Globers to join the rest of us in supporting the fantastic sailors out there in the Vendee
I respect and admire the technological level, beauty and speed of Vendée Globe 'flyers' but, VG's statement, repeated in all announcements word by word, would justify some comment from Golden Globe.
"The Vendée Globe is the only sailing race round the world that’s solo, non-stop, and without assistance..." etc.
Well, not true. Even if allowing one mooring stop, without supplies (not excluded by VG rules either), GG's restrictions of external assistance are fare more rigorous.
The Vendée Globe has always been popular but!!! here is the latest!! and we know the #GGR2022 from Les Sables d'Olonne will be much bigger than 2018... The Vendée Globe more followed than the Tour de France cyclist or Roland-Garros? It is not a joke, it is a poll carried out by Odoxa for RTL and Winamax which says it. 48% of French people will follow the “adventure” of skippers around the world. According to an Odoxa poll for RTL and Winamax (on a panel of 1,005 representative people) , the Vendée Globe would be more followed than the Tour de France or Roland Garros. If 46% of French people say they follow the Tour de France cyclist and 42% the matches of Roland-Garros, they would be 48% to say they follow the tour of the world alone and non-stop. According to this same poll, every four years, the public would be interested in these “adventurers” (89%) “courageous” (89%) but a little crazy (49%) nonetheless. For this 9th edition, the favorite of the French is a Welshman: Alex Thomson (19%) ahead of Armel Tripon (18%) and Jérémie Beyou (13%). Finally still according to this Odoxa poll for RTL, the one who marked this extreme race is Michel Desjoyeaux, the only double winner (2001 and 2009). ... See MoreSee Less
C’est au 9e jour de course que les premiers ont abordé le fameux Pot au noir, mardi. Sans trop savoir à quelle sauce ils allaient être mangés. Leur objectif : y rester le moins longtemps possible. Le météorologue Jean-Yves Bernot dit qu’« a priori, ça semble plus sympa pour ceux de devan...
I find it simply amazing that the Vendee Globe official site uses google translate to give us the english version of the articles they post. I mean I hope it's the google translator, because otherwise we're dealing with a person who has been translating washing machine manuals in order to be able to afford excesive quantities of french wine.
Golden Globe Race will you be running a Virtual race alongside the real race, as they have with the Vendee?
If you have not yet seen this 25minute Promo Doco for the "other" solo around the world race from Les Sables d'Olonne here it is and your sure to enjoy it! ...It is the formula 1 of solo sailing. The #GGR2022 is more like the World Rally Championship :) .....Between the large number of new generation foiling boats, the record number of female participants, and the global pandemic, one thing is certain; this editi... ... See MoreSee Less
The talk is getting stronger and "if" this happens, ( I believe it will) it will be a game changer and could even impact the 2022 GGR...it will certainly take out the issue of GGR boats being too small to carry Expensive, unreliable satellite transmitting gear, that tells a GPS position onboard...none of that happens when your talking on SKYPE...so the only issue will be one of maintaining solitude for the skipper....and what that really means? A Skype call to family friends or experts on shore to discuss problems ( as in the Vendée Globe) is in real terms a huge level of assistance to the skipper...and therefore not really unassisted?? by the definition of the #GGR2022...or is it unassisted??...I think followers of the GGR would love it but are we playing with the core values of the Golden Globe...I feel we would be?? ...always interested in opinions of the GGR family..as decisions will need to be made going forward :) ..thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Don, I think great consideration has gone into maintaining the integrity of the original GGR and it had us at the edge of our seats for the duration of the race in 2018.
The comms provision was well and truly tested by the numerous major race incidents which were managed expertly. We couldn’t have been kept better informed whilst still preserving the sense or adventure and imagination that makes the GGR the unique event it is.
Stay special, there is no going back.
Hi Don, I think the GGR was perfect the way it was , and the drama of waiting for updates from you without the pictures added to the drama and excitement. Compared to the Vendee Globe where we get around the clock footage that becomes boring. Stick with the KISS principal
How about totally unassissted, no calls but they can stream movies ;)
It is important that we at home see Videos more frequently. Seeing old pictures from before the start and hearing radio interviews will not convince us in 2022 to become followers.
I would think this should be prohibited. Only communication and assistance between compettitors. What would be possible and very nice is voice/video messages that you check as organiser. Because i really doubt this super 8 stuff helps you. Just let them have a GoPro and the means to send data Just to the organiser. Great footage and news updates as a bonus. Because SSB is not what it used to be with all the radio traffic.
But you could do the same with iridium go now if you wanted... (put the go in a padlock box, limit functionality etc) I thought the issue was that wasn’t in tune with the ethos of the race?
If I would sail the GGR the splendid isolation would be a big part of the fun!
the GGR niche (talking marketing here) should be completely un-unassisted unless innmediate life threatening situaitons about to come (huge storm, ice, etc). it should also be about production boats to avoid falling on the "budget" race (those with money have a quicker boat). what i do think GGR should include is better real-time tracking (positions, boat pitch, temperature, humidity, etc) and documenting capabilities (on board cameras) for the people (not the sailors) in land to follow the race. the technology is there and is very affordable now-a-daways. telemtry is very light (power-wise and bandwidth) and current satellite networks can easily deal with them. video is another story... i love yuor work but not having a documentary about the story you built is a crime.
I think the proverbial cat was out of the bag long ago. Even the original Golden Globe race allowed for basic technology of the time like radios. The last GGR saw problems with position reports being given over radio. I think the spirt of the GGR can easily be maintained with a reasonably low cap on price of electronic equipment allowed on board. To me, the spirt is to have an entry price to the race that could be attainable to anyone with the skill to make the attempt - as opposed to the millions of dollars it costs to enter the Vendee Globe. A good skipper today could circle the globe with a simple cell phone with a navigation app and weather while not diminishing the accomplishment by living in the cave era.
Once these new systems would be allowed what is to stop people giving away other competitors positions/route even by mistake and clouding the unassisted status. Emergency situations are already covered, and worked in the 2018 race. As in the saying " If it is not broke don't fix it".
The GGR is perfect as it is.... so, no need to change a thing...
Concur with most said about being self reliant. Adding Starlink, as it's meant to be, would take too much away form GGR. That said if there's away to connect only video feed and direct GGR link on the boats that could benefit the followers. Another problem this brings is the power requirements and how it's arranged?
I think making a call to shore, whether audio or visual would count as assisted. Kay Cottee's book about her solo non-stop circumnavigation is full of examples where calls to friends and family helped her achieve her voyage, as the mental support was significant. Im sure she would have achieved it anyway, but it would have been a very different experience. The GGR is firstly for the competitors and then for aspirants and followers. Those interested in the concept will enjoy following the sailors, even with limited coverage, which is excellent anyway. Placing a requirement on sailors to supply live footage will be both a burden for them and provide them with mental support. Let's not become PR clones or do things (tech) just because it's possible. Keep it pure, about the skippers fulfilling themselves. Great work GGR team.
Let the sailors solve their own problems at sea. Keep the airwaves silent except for distress calls.
Hi Don, I know where you are coming from...and it is indeed a real (and open) question to embark modern communication tech. Nevertheless, we (skipper) came in 2018 for the true spirit of that race and I hope it will remain as it is. However I like the comment on improving "better real-time tracking and documenting" for the followers. What do you think? I like it. It is a great opportunity to share skipper's daily life without compromissing the "unassisted" side of the race. See Alex Thompson hub...
Five photo's of today on Facebook, 1. Snapshot of the Vendée Globe calling HOME! , 2. A young man shattered and contemplating, 3. An older man dreaming and winning, 4. A Japanese disaster unfolding and 5. Where it all began, in the original Golden GLOBE Race. ! #GGR2022... See MoreSee Less
😔😔 well...these are Not the same kind of emotions than the departure’s ones 😔😔😢😢
Jeremiah Beyou's first words when he returns: ′′ You don't want to be there. It's how it is, it's the sea. It's not very easy. It's been hard making the decision to turn around. On the return, I mostly paid attention to no more damage on board. For sure seeing everyone again, on arrival on the pontoon, puts a big dose of emotion. I wish I was everywhere but here. Some will say, it's all sports but the stop is brutal. The start of the race, strategically, wasn't easy for anyone. Trying to erase the emotion a bit. Giving 24 hours to check the boat. There were several collateral damage, we'll have to check the whole boat to find out if I'm able to leave again. The essentials are here: check the boat to go again. If it's fixable, we'll leave again but we're still in this problem. If I leave everyone will be 5000 miles ahead. You still have a moment when it's not easy to live. I didn't have to move too fast not to damage saffron, bastaque. Thought when I came back in January, the world would have changed a bit. I've never been so ready, you type something and then it's over. You have to keep living with this or you don't do that. The race is beautiful. Trying to encourage those still racing. That time I'm on the dark side. If my boat can be fixed in time and time, we fix and I leave! ′′
What a pity there is no English translation.
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The Vendée Globe hit the spot everyday at 12.30UTC with a 30 minute English commentary LIVE Update of the days events. (The French have their own similar version earlier). These are great shows indeed and as each of the entrants must deliver a minimum of 4 minutes of video and six pictures every week, or face a Euro$5000 fine..there is plenty of great materiel. ..Enjoy !! and Bravo once again to the organisers and Les Sables d'Olonne for this exciting edition. #GGR2022
Vendée Globe [🔴 Vendée Live #06 EN] Your daily meeting dedicated to the Vendée Globe! Today we welcome Marcus Hutchinson, Team Manager for LinkedOut. Everyday from 1.30pm CET, we will be live to tell you about the latest race news. ... See MoreSee Less
Pat Lawless Solo Circumnavigator looks like he just won the GGR but instead he just sold all his Big Value raffle tickets, so still a winner...LIKE his page for the fun details!! ...Go Pat!! ... #GGR2022ALL TICKETS SOLD # 1 Ann Kelleher #2 Alma Murphy # 3 Donal Murphy # 4 Simon Arthur # 5 Ailish Mc Cormack Kelly # 6 Noel Heary # 7 Noel Heary # 8 John Redican # 9 Valery Murphy #10 Michael 0 Connor #11 Breda Power #12 Joe Traynor #13 Gemma O'Donoghue #14 Finola Wrenn #15 Dilly Walsh #16 Francis Walsh #17 Philip Galvin #18 Mary Cuddihy #19 Joanne Geoghegan #20 Dave Geoghegan #21 Aine Carroll #22 Hailey Hanafin #23 Patrick Hanafin #24 John Sweeney #25 Terry Ferrell #26 Aileen Moriarty #27 Cliona Daosn #28 Joanne Mulvaney #29 Michael Mc Laughlin #30 Helen Stritch #31 Martin Kavanagh #32 Jim Byrns #33 Brendan McCormack #34 John Lawless #35 Martin Tennant #36 Tom Kelleher #37 Aiofe Kelleher #38 Jim Sullivan #39 Dan Lawless #40 Clive Cook #41 David Harries #42 Michael Murphy #43 Kate Newell #44 Callum Ramsay #45 Austin O Rirdan #46 Micheal O Conchuir #47 Jeff Rope #48 Vera Wall #49 David Bambury #50 Jimmy Flannery ... See MoreSee Less
The ghost #GGR2022 fleet sailing in todays weather is spreVendée Globeacing interesting challenges, while the Vendée Globe fleet will be all over them in a few weeks...THANKS! once again Mike...so far so good! You can feel the difference in the weather compared to #GGR2018! :) ... See MoreSee Less
Campus Nautisme are assisting Arnaud with his Les Sables d'Olonne48">#GGR2022 preparations in Les Sables d'Olonne The boat arrives Tuesday at Eric Tabarly High School and students and teaching teams are waiting for it! What could be better for them and the class FCIL Boat Technician than preparing a future GGR 2022 boat! They meet Tuesday with Arnaud Gaist for a checklist of tasks to do Welding, fitting, strat, motorization, upholstery. BTS Technico-commercial nautical and Associated Services apprentices from the Tabarly School will also participate in the skipper's project. Participate in a race at a cost, so they will collaborate on the sponsor file. Similarly, the campus will associate students in Professional Bachelor's Degree ′′ Commercial Officer of the Nautism of the IUT of Saint-Nazaire to strengthen this search for financial partners. A very nice collaborative project for campus. BRAVO...In the #GGR2018 students assisted many skippers at the Race village. ... See MoreSee Less
A building story in the Vendée Globe Four boats have had problems with a common part, made by one company, used on most of the latest foiling yachts...a small hook at the top of the mast, used to hold sails up is failing. Once the sail is hoisted by the halyard a hook is engaged to secure the sail, taking the tension off the halyard to stop stress .....if it fails to release on demand, you cannot pull the sail down...even climbing the mast may not fix it easily...potential BIG problem....many other entrants using this same part will now be quite worried. #GGR2022.... Whole race winning campaigns may now be at stake because of one simple little part...Sad for Armel as he was a potential Race winner!! ... See MoreSee Less
Armel Tripon a fait demi-tour. Victime d’une avarie de hook dans le passage du front, il se déroute vers La Corogne (Espagne). Le J3 - la plus petite des voiles d’avant – de L’Occitane en Provence est tombé. Tripon devra trouver un endroit pour mettre son bateau au mouillage et tenter de r...
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Samantha, there are 33 skippers with 23 from France, 4 from Britain, 2 from Germany and 1 each from Italy, Finland and Japan. This year the record has been set with 6 lady skippers, 3 from Britain, 2 from France and 1 from Germany
John is this the reason Fabrice Amedeo had to return to Les Sables d'Olonne just hours after the start to fix his sails?
Strange to see it happening to early in the race, but lucky that it’s happening now rather than in the Southern Ocean!
Hey Don , can the skippers choose only to use the halyard and not engage the hook for those who may be worried of having the same problem? ⛵️🇮🇪 Darin
Oui mais bon! la course ne fait que commencer! C'est vrai qu'ils entrent dans le vif du sujet ces prochaines heures!
le détail qui tue! dommage!
Who are the other entrants,?
How wasnt this identified during all of the pre-race testing? A real shame if some of the top boats are scuppered by such a simple part...
Some of these boats have done a lot of miles and yet the problem was not evident. Indeed a worry for skippers who have this system of halyard lock.
Hard upwind sailing in big waves is not the usual setting for these boats.
Guys who designed this hook must feel pretty bad right now !
Do we know which boats have and which don't?
Keeping it simple could be the answer Don haha :)
On the live broadcast they said that he had decided to fix it on the go.
His hook had apparently failed and the sail dropped to the deck. He's working on a solution and using a lashing on a storm jib for now.
A bit early to call foul on a component without full info.
So far each component failure appears to be slightly different.
Same issue we always had in our mast on our Mumm30. Whoever thought that was a solution: bad idea. You try to avoid something and it even makes things worse....
What are the rules for getting repairs? Is it game over if you get assistance from shore or is there a penalty you can take? Charal is headed back to Les Sable so I am guessing they are pulling out but I would be interested to know the rules around this.