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Standing knee-deep in snow in 10-degree temperatures in a northern Michigan woods tells you all you need to know about why rallying isn’t a big spectator sport in America.

No grandstands, no corn dogs, no margarita bars in sight (although I saw more than a few cold, cold Miller Lites being hoisted by some fans).

But those extreme weather conditions and the minimalist environment, plus the exhilaration of…  More info..

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A crowd estimated by Vendee Globe organizers at 125,000 people sailed or milled around waiting for winner Michel Desjoyeaux to sail in, with his 60-foot monohull, under sunny skies Sunday afternoon. The excitement turned to dismay for many Monday morning when second-place Roland Jourdain decided to end his race in the Azores after 84 days, trying to sail with a broken keel under very rough conditions.

Desjoyeaux came in at a bright 20 knots, completing the round-the-world solo race in…  More info… 

Team Pindar skipper Brian Thompson moved up to fifth yesterday, as rival sailor Michel Desjoyeaux on board Foncia won the VendŽe Globe round-the-world yacht race after 84 days at sea.

Thompson improved his classification following the retirement of Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environnement, who was going strong in second place until losing part of his keel last week, forcing him to end his campaign in the gruelling race.

Meanwhile, Desjoyeaux reached the finish at Les Sables d’Olonne in France, securing an historic victory after shattering the old record by three days, seven hours, and 39 seconds…  More info…

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