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Old 11-11-2008, 13:00   #1
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The Vendee Globe

Long has this race fascinated me!
I've just written a piece about it on my blog - check it out here:
The Vendée Globe « This Train is for Gourock

Feedback is welcome - either here or in the comments section of the blog.

Sure has been some action in the last 36 hours - I'll be writing regular blog posts as the carnage ensues.

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Old 13-11-2008, 03:04   #2
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Great web site Andrew..Thanks for posting it
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Old 13-11-2008, 11:33   #3
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Thanks StillRaining. (It's still raining here in Scotland too).
I'll be posting an update over the weekend, but I also blog on any other number of topics, usually a new post every week.

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Cool...You have a gifted writing style..it keep me engaged
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Love the artical, great writing.

I must take this chance to say " Kick Some Butt! Derek Hatfield / Algimouss Spirit of Canada" Go Derek Go!!!

Here is the link to the official website: Vendée Globe

Lets hope all sailors do well and get back to port safely
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Old 16-11-2008, 12:19   #6
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Andrew! Cool site. Thanks!
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Very engaging writing. As a huge fan of Moitessier I was pleased that you gave him special mention for to me, he still is the “great one”
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Old 16-11-2008, 13:06   #8
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Very engaging writing. As a huge fan of Moitessier I was pleased that you gave him special mention for to me, he still is the “great one”
But Sir Robin,,,, who sailed the world solo before Peter Blake had even served a night watch on "Condor of Burmuda"!!! And takes on challenges even today....

Sir Robin can't be human. There's no way. He's obviously not mortal. When he fell overboard in the last challenge I'm sure he just walked on water and was able to step aboard! At 68?

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Old 17-11-2008, 15:56   #9
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Thanks Duder, Pelagic, and Waverider, for all the great feedback. I was hoping to post an update by now but I've been otherwise engaged.
Such a dramatic and exciting race... I wish the official Vendee site was a bit more usable.
They made an attempt at a weekly video report, but it was only 2 minutes long, and didn't even include the actual highlights of the week. I guess it's up to us bloggers to do it for them...
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Old 07-12-2008, 16:39   #10
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Vendee Globe Update

Ok, so it's a bit late, but here's the update:

The Vendée Globe: week four « This Train is for Gourock

Pretty exciting so far, but I'm sure there's more to come!

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Thanks Andrew! Well done!

It feels impossible to get in debth reports on this incredible race.

I have been so impressed with recent front page news that tells us George W. and Laura Bush have made a decision on a new home in Dallas.

This type of "need to know" information is always so appreciated!
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it has been a fascinating race so far. One more retirement this week. Unaï Basurko (Pakea Bizkaia) has a problem with the starboard rudder cassette and turned back north.

As a Canuck, I'm cheering for Derek, even though he realistically has little chance of winning ... older boat and that enormous delay at the start. But he's hanging in and has had some great days of sailing.

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Seeing the picture of Yannick Bestaven with the jib pole as his mast really made me feel disappointed for him... I'd buy that guy a beer!

I think he became my favorite!
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Connemarra, Derek Hatfield's boat is not old - indeed, he had to rush to finish it in time. I believe that he constructed the hull and deck himself in Cobourg and then fitted out in Port Credit (although apparently, he was still having some sails fit in Halifax by Brian Chapman of UK Halsey as late as August of this year).

That being said, the time/distance he lost having to return to port for repairs have effectively destroyed his chances of winning.

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Thanks man ..I had almost given up on ya.
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