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Thomson crosses the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France at 0737hrs today
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Alex Thomson, the British sailor with strong Irish roots, has finished the Vendée Globe solo round the world yacht race in second-place after 74 days 19 hours 35 minutes and 15 seconds at sea. Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line…
French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has won the Vendée Globe
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French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process. Le Cléac'h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les…
The Alex Thomson-skippered HUGO BOSS is expected in second place in the Vendeé Globe tonight
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#VendéeGlobe - Despite Enda O’Coineen’s New Year mishap taking him out of contention, the battle for victory in the Vendée Globe retains a distinct Irish flavour. Although he conceded yesterday that his chances of victory were slim – confirmed by…
The French leader Armel Le Cléac'h is currently 36 nautical miles from the Vendee Globe finish line
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Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h is expected to cross the finish line at approximately 1530hrs UTC today after 74 days at sea. The French skipper is currently 36 nautical miles from the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France,…
Armel Le Cléac'h - 24 hours from Vendee Globe victory
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British sailor Alex Thomson – with Cork Harbour connections – today conceded that his chances of overhauling Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait of the Vendee Globe were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35…
Leader Armel Le Cléac'h has under 500 miles to the finish line
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The Vendée Globe is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles as they enter the final 1,000 miles to the finish. Thomson has been playing catch-up…
Marine artist Pete Hogan, who circumnavigated the world solo in the gaff ketch Molly B in the 1990s, has found it difficult to persuade people that he wasn’t the first Irishman to round Cape Horn single-handed – he says that it was Bill King, back in 1973.
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The current Vendee Globe Race non-stop round the world is deservedly attracting enough attention without having to make over-stated claims on behalf of some of its participants writes W M Nixon. The official website is today carrying a story that…
Thomson notched up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht in 24 hours
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British sailor Alex Thomson – with Cork Harbour connections –  today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. Thomson, 42, is currently in second place…
 Alex Thomson (with Irish connections) is blasting towards the home straight of the solo round the world race in winds of up to 30 knots.
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The race to the Vendée Globe finish line today became an all-out, neck-and-neck sprint as the leading pair's speedos rocketed into the 20s.  After several days of slow progress north in light winds, Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson (with…
Enda O'Coineen was dismasted 180 nautical miles south east of Dunedin in New Zealand on New Year’s Day
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#VendéeGlobe - Just days after admitting his “dream is shattered” after his dismasting off New Zealand at the halfway mark of the Vendée Globe, Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen is already preparing for a return to the water. And as the…
Alex Thomson – who spent five years of his childhood in Crosshaven – at full speed in Hugo Boss. He is expected to finish the Vendee Globe next Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Les Sables d’Olonne, and is challenging Banque Populaire VIII for the lead despite losing the starboard foil – seen activated in this photo – at an early stage of the race.
W M Nixon
Enda O’Coineen may have exited the Vendee Globe in dramatic fashion on New Year’s Day when, as he drolly put it, Kilcullen Voyager stopped stone dead as she zapped into the back of a Southern Ocean wave, but his enormous…
Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles
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Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not for British skipper Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles on Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h in the last 24 hours. Thomson revealed yesterday that in order…
With 92% of the race complete, Alex is heading towards the Azores
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With this year’s edition of The Vendée Globe approaching its final days, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place, 160 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. Alex has claimed back 54 miles overnight in difficult conditions for…
Vendee Globe debutante Enda O'Coineen created a great Irish following in the solo Round the world race. The Irish entry was dismasted off New Zealand
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Ireland's contribution to world offshore sailing has been great, but, is in need of constant support and ambition writes Northern Ireland Offshore sailor Andrew 'Hammy' Baker. Here the solo sailor oultines the sailors and the events in the 2017 Irish…
Le Cleac'h was this morning 180nm ahead of the British sailor
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French sailor Armel Le Cleac'h has almost doubled his Vendee Globe lead on arch-rival Alex Thomson overnight after finding breeze to the west of the Cape Verde islands. After several days of painful progress through the Doldrums that allowed Thomson…
Yachtsman Enda O'Coineen with the damage to his yacht, the Kilcullen Voyager
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Following his dismasting on New Year’s Day shortly after he’d resumed racing as Ireland’s sole entry in the Vendee Globe, 61-year-old Irish skipper Enda O’ Coineen with the IMOCA 60 Kilcullen Voyager has succeeded in his gallant ambition of reaching…
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