Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Vendee Globe
In the 1980s, I enjoyed a few brief years sailing with friends Jimmy and Kirsty Letton in their UFO 27 called Canna. (It's not Canna, but I recently found this clip of a UFO 27 under sail, and it brought back some great memories!) I learned so much and it was great to be able to appreciate another sport. Until that time my summers had been spent hillwalking. Of course, cruiser racing in the Clyde estuary is a far cry from ocean racing, but the experiences of thirty years ago have meant that even now I follow sailing whenever I can, whether on the box, or via the internet.
the official website, and the usual Facebook and Twitter feeds. You know, it's easy to get sucked into the event, what with tracking the boats via the website, the animations, and the daily updates and stories which include photos and even videos from the boats. The race is dominated by French sailors but there were three Brits on the start line for me to support.
There has been lots of drama during the first week, with collisions, gear failures and dismastings. And the race has only just begun. There's a video summary of the first week here.
I plan to be an armchair sailor for the months ahead, and I look forward to following the fleet as it tackles the challenges in the oceans. Hopefully all will return safe.
The photos are screenshots from the video highlights on the Vendee Globe website.