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VENDEE GLOBES BERNARD STAMM COMES BACK FIGHTING

Tuesday November 18th, 2008
ImageAfter his frustrating forced return to port last week it looks like favourite Bernard Stamm will soon be back in the running, with his boat Cheminťes Poujoulat sailing at an average speed of 20 knots. Taking advantage of favourable trade-winds he is managing to close the gap between himself and the rest of the boats however he is well aware that things could change dramatically in the near future.
Stamm may well be feeling somewhat optimistic but he knows full well he has to remain realistic at this early stage of the race. ďOf course it feels good to be able to slip along like this, but the leaders have slowed right now and when they get going again itís me that will be entering the Doldrums.Ē
When asked how it felt to be racing with no competitors close by he added. ďItís different, even though Iím trying to sail as if they were alongside, or just ahead. Iím making sure that I snap up every opportunity that arises. Iím sailing cleanly, but Iím sailing another raceĒ.
The good news is that the bowsprit, which was fixed up in a three-day repair marathon is showing no signs of weakness. ďIím keeping an eye on things. Everything seems to be in good shape and as Iím putting the boat through its paces, I have no doubt as to the solidity of recent workĒ. With his arrival in the Dolldrums only days away the former woodsman is keeping a close eye on the leaders and which course they are taking. However he is fully aware that things could have changed drastically by the time he arrives and the concertina effect of his good fortune could be turned on its head. ďIím monitoring whatís happening with the leaders, but Iím not going to position myself in relation to their courseÖ For me things may well be different.Ē
In the meantime it is good to have one of the Vendee Globeís finest back in the race.
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