Force 7 winds and waves of 8 metres off Les Sables d'Olonne, the low pressure system bound for southern Ireland awoke Les Sables d'Olonne this morning.
These gales will die down progressively over the next 36 hours but no boats have left Port-Olona today for testing or photo shoots at sea.
The official Vendée Globe village has nevertheless remained open as have the pontoons, which are still welcoming just as many visitors as before. As regards the boats, suffice to say that any plans to head out to sea have been cancelled. Work on their steeds continues for some and crates of food are being stowed on board. Some skippers are starting to analyse the weather, in particular this current low pressure system. A shore-based exercise for the time being that will soon have to be done at sea with less than 10 days to go!
David Coulthard to name Hugo Boss
Formula 1 racing driver from the MacLaren Mercedes Team, David Coulthard, will be present on the Vendée Globe pontoons on Thursday 4 November. The Scotsman will visit Alex Thomson's boat, Hugo Boss. Latest info: At 1600 GMT, the racing driver who contended the last Grand Prix of the season last week-end in Brazil, will be meeting a fellow speed demon, Alex Thomson, British record holder for the most distance covered solo in 24 hours aboard a monohull. It will be a high-speed encounter in every sense of the term as Coulthard will spend just a few hours in the race village. The way has already been cleared, and the lights and the champagne are all set to welcome Alex's distinguished guest. After Shirley Robertson, Alex « offers us » David Coulthard, only the best!
Jean François LAMOUR, French Minister of Youth and Sport will be in Les Sables d'Olonne tomorrow, Thursday 28 October. He is expected on the Vendée Globe pontoons from 0930 GMT for a visit of the fleet of competing boats, accompanied by Race Director, Denis Horeau. The Minister, a double Olympic fencing champion, will then lunch with some of the racers.
The complete history of PRB!
After 12 years on the top level ocean racing scene, PRB and its already copious past, complete the historic circle of great sponsors, like Fleury-Michon and Fujicolor before it. The adventure of this Vendée-based business is intimately linked to the Vendée Globe. It began in November 1992 with a then penniless skipper, Jean-Yves Hasselin. 153 days and a circumnavigation later, the magic worked. Jacques and Jean Jacques Laurent, managers of the company, had big plans from then on. At the start of 1995, a Finot-Conq design was specially built for Isabelle Autissier. The sailor from La Rochelle was unfortunately forced to retire after breaking a rudder and when she decided to bring her career as a sailor to an end, Isabelle presented the man she deemed most suited to succeed her at the controls of the nautical projects of this Vendée-based company: Michel Desjoyeaux. With this Finisterre sailor at the helm, on 10 February 2001, the monohull PRB, the third of that name, won the Vendée Globe. History repeated itself in the continuity of the friendship. Mich then excelled aboard a trimaran. The attachment of PRB for the Vendée Globe didn't weaken. Vincent Riou, a second in charge and technical manager on the monohull, saw himself rise up the rankings to skipper of that same boat. These 4 sailors representing 12 years of enthusiasm and relentless commitment are in Les Sables d'Olonne from now until the start.