Francois Gabart wins Vendee!

The ‘Golden Boy’ Francois Gabart has won the Vendee Globe in a time of 78-days becoming the first under 80-days around the world solo in a monohull and the youngest at age-29 to ever win it!  Bravo!!!  Meanwhile both of our S&S 34’s are in slips next to each other here in Alameda, San Francisco – the ‘next’ plan coming shortly 😉






West coast winter ascent & descent…






Arrived to San Francisco a few weeks ago aboard my S&S 34 from Seattle then flew to LA and helped deliver Linda Pasquariello’s S&S 34 to San Francisco.  The entire west coast ascent & descent in mid-winter going south and north done and dusted 😉

Below:  Linda standing in hail in Coos Bay, Oregon – handy outdoor freezer for pasta sauce 😉


Approaching the border…

Arrived a week ago to Port Brookings in southern Oregon from Coos Bay aboard my S&S 34.  So we’re now ten miles from the California border!  Next remaining leg is 280-miles to San Francisco on this mid-winter descent from Seattle.  On stand-bye again for the optimal weather window as always! The Aries wind-vane steered perfectly so excited to use it in what will be the normal compression gale off Cape Mendicino and northern California for the final leg…

Meanwhile, it appears Francois Gabart or Armel in the Vendee Globe might finish their circumnavigations in 79-days which would reduce the reference previous record by over five days!  It seems every year there’s a day reduction in the world of around the world speed sailing…

Below Gabart’s  VPLP machine.  Picture rendered by Dassault Systems