Tanguy set for big breeze on home stretch
Tanguy de Lamotte is preparing for one last challenge of his Vendee Globe as strong winds threaten to batter his stricken yacht as he returns home to Les Sables d'Olonne.
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Avarie à bord de Initiatives Coeur
The Initiatives Coeur skipper had hoped to be able to complete his second Vendee Globe but damage to the top of his mast early on in the race forced him to turn back five days ago. Although he is heading north to Les Sables the French skipper has not officially retired from the race so that he can raise as much awareness and money for charity Initiatives Coeur. De Lamotte has so far made almost 1,000 nm north under reduced sail since making the decision to head back to Les Sables after assessing the damage in the Cape Verde islands.
Speaking tonight from his position 300nm dead south of the Azores, De Lamotte said he was pleased to be counting down the miles despite it meaning the end of his Vendee Globe. ďIím 1200 mils from Les Sables, and Iím going to have a lot of wind in the coming days,Ē he said. ďThe weather situation remains uncertain for my arrival, but itís OK to Cape Finisterre. Itís odd seeing a racing boat at this speed and not having to worry about the race, but Iím pleased to be getting closer to Les Sables even if I havenít completed the round the world race as at least Iím bringing the boat back home.
?ďIím more or less down under the Azores to the west of Madeira and expect to arrive in five or six days. Before that there will be a long upwind sail on the port tack, so Iíll be keeping an eye on how much sail I have up, as I donít want to damage the boat and the weather in the Bay of Biscay isnít looking too bad. I havenít been looking at the rankings so often, but I am aware of what has happened to Bertrand and Alex. Itís really sad to see that happen to [Alex], as heís had such a great race so far. Apart from the mast, everything is fine aboard the boat. I am getting things straight for the coming days to face the strong winds. This morning I took some time off to get some rest, eat and change, as the wind had eased off. Usually weíre kept extremely busy all the time, but now Iím in solo cruising mode, but the goal is still to get to Les Sables díOlonne by next weekend.Ē
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