Feb 25

40th Edition Of Tour De France A La Voile

The Tour de France a la voile is all set to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017. This race was created by Bernard Decree in the year 1978. A lot of French legends like Jean-Pierre Dick, Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Armel Le Cleac’g, François Gabart and Loïck Peyron have been part of the history of this prestigious race. The Tour de France a la Voile is all about the sailors and not the boats. There are 8 classes that have served this race since its inception in 1978.

In 2017, the Tour de France a la Voile has plans to visit some of the most attractive offshore with more time to be spent along the North-West coastline. There will be two stops in Normandy: Jullouville and Fecamp. It will be the first time that the TFV visits these stops. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 16

Alex Suffers Injury In South Atlantic

Alex Thomson the leader of the Vendee Globe slows his foiling yacht when it hit an unidentified submerged objected present under the water.

He was sailing at twenty four knots of twenty two knots of wind. The 60ft yacht two foils got damaged in the hit.

The sailor as occupied the position of twenty four knots of twenty two knots for a week and then he heard of a big bang sound in his boat. Thomson then slows down the speed of the boat to check the damage, he changed the direction of the boat and turned it downwind. He noticed starboard foil was damaged and also there were scarps at the starboard side. According to Thomson there was no structural damage seen on a boat in the initial level of inspection, but he said he will do through checking once the weather gets normal.

Thomson was on his mission to create records for 24 hours solo distance covered.

The Vendee Globe race begun on 6 November and twenty nine skippers of four continents are participating in it. Total ten nations are participating in this tournament.   Read the rest of this entry »