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The wave of frustration…

… is gone and we are working fully motivated on the organization to dismast our Open60AAL on September 10th and to bring her back to our shipyard for the winter. After we will have the yacht indoor so we will …

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Time for repairs on Open60AAL

It’s Monday, let’s see how the repair is going on the Open60AAL. The team has been working on fixing the pulpit. Yet another final welding is needed to reposition the ring on the front. The painting on the bow is …

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Breaking records demand boldness and perseverance

Many skippers have tried to break records and have failed before reaching their goal. French skipper Jean Luc Van Den Heede on his 85’ Adrien had three vain attempts before breaking the record for solo and non-stop sailing around the …

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Project postponed to 2020

The whole team was on deck this morning to start the analyzing of existing problems. After making a general assessment of the boat, it is now clear that the race against time is unfavorable. The boat was violently rolled on …

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D+7 Back to Les Sables d’Olonne

Norbert arrived safely in Les Sables d’Olonne at 3.00 p.m. The Open60AAL is moored again to the Vendée Globe pontoon and is inspected closely by the crew. Thank you to everybody who came to welcome Norbert.


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D + 6 Clearing up after the storm

With a nice downwind breeze, Norbert can save valuable time and to consider arriving 24 hours ahead of our first estimate. This is also good news given the weather forecasts and the rapid progression of a new low-pressure system that …

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D + 5 Norbert in Les Sables d’Olonne on Monday

In order to benefit from the best possible conditions to repair and restart, Norbert is on his way to Les Sables d’Olonne where he is expected Monday 29. The shore team is ready. The rigging and the rudders of the …

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D+4 Change course for the Open60AAL

The wind was strong last night and one of the headsails got ripped off before passing under the hull and getting wrapped around the keel and rudders. Norbert was able to release the sail and limit the damage. This morning …

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D+3 South of Ireland

Grey sky this morning for Norbert. The boat is located 100 NM south of Ireland at the front of a low-pressure system moving rapidly to the northeast. The southerly wind will therefore gradually move to the southeast, strengthening in the …

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D+2 Light winds

Light winds coming from all direction last night. Since noon, the wind picked up a bit to reach 10 kn from the northwest. Despite the frustration of the short distance traveled, Norbert is nevertheless satisfied with the conditions of this …

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