Monday, February 16, 2009

Safran pips Sam

It was just by 79 minutes, but it was enough for Safran to get 3rd place, pushing Sam into forth. After ninety odd days that's a difference of just 0.06% over the entire race.

But kudos to Marc - sailing the last 1,000 miles with no keel. And kudos indeed to all the finishers, including Dee and Brian for finishing what has been an amazing Vendee Globe.

2 comments:

Mike K-H said...

Bravo indeed, Marco! Despite the high attrition rate, this has been an impressive Vendée Globe. We can expect some upgrades to IMOCA keel scantlings, though...

JP said...

Yes, very impressive given the various hurdles he had to overcome.

He also showed good routing skills - twice when battling Sam he chose the better side of a weather system.

The keel debate will no doubt continue for some time.....