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News – Thursday, November 26, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 18 - damage alert for 'LinkedOut'

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 18 - damage alert for 'LinkedOut' Yesterday, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') lying in 2nd place 72nm behind the leader Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') sustained damage to the port foil of his Open60. After a short stop to assess the situation, it was clear that the the port foil could no longer be used for the remainder of the race. The report. This morning UTC, still in 2nd position, he was 85nm behind Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). ----- The bulk of the fleet influenced by the St-Helena anticyclone is moving forward only slowly. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler), now 350nm behind the leader on 3rd, was the only one daring to attack to the East, the direct route to the Cape of Good Hope. The other pursuers are heading South hoping to reach the low pressure system from th West within two days. Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB') and Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer'), having sailed in sight for 2 days, follow 486nm behind on the positions 4 and 5. The report with video. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Thursday, November 26, 2020   

Trophée Jules Verne - Day 2

 Trophée Jules Verne - Day 2 With 685 miles for 'Sodebo' (Thomas Coville FRA) and 714 miles for 'Gitana' (Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier FRA), the two maxi-trimarans made - as planned- a quick start to their record attempt in the first 24 hours. Sailing this morning off the coast of Portugal (here the Video) in fresh winds with speeds above 30kn, they are already more than 60 miles ahead of record holder Francis Joyon FRA. The fast ride is expected to continue over the next few days. ----- The report and the race tracker by 'Sodebo'. There is no common race tracker yet, here the one of 'Gitana'.
Thursday, November 26, 2020   

RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR - Day 2

 RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR - Day 2 A rain front brought fresh winds and big waves to Vilamoura yesterday. Three races were sailed in both fleets. ----- With two race wins, Charline Picon FRA was again strong and now leads Katy Spychakov ISR with 7 points. Emma Wilson GBR moved up to 3rd place. ----- In the RS:X men, Yoav Cohen ISR was able to maintain his lead. Yoav Omer ISR advanced to 2nd place. The Israeli sail their Olympic selection: Windsurfing is THE top sport in Israel, the only one to win an Olympic medal so far. The experienced Byron Kokkalanis GRE, who won 2 races yesterday, follows in 3rd place. ----- The rankings and the daily report.
 
News – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

Trophée Jules Verne - The Maxi-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Gitana' started to their Matchrace around the Globe tonight

This morning at 2.55h CET (Sodebo) and 3.26h CET (Gitana), the two maxi-trimarans started for the "Trophée Jules Verne" Round-the-World absolute record attempt ! The ideal weather conditions should allow a record-fast reaching of the equator in less than 5 days. A low pressure area off the coast of Brazil should then bring the two teams to the southern tip of Africa in less than 12 days without major detours. - Another offshore spectacle is on the horizon. ----- This morning UTC, 'Sodebo' with Thomas Coville FRA and his 7-man team was already 43nm ahead of the existing record set by Francis Joyon FRA ('IDEC') - The race tracker and the Sodebo website. ----- 'Gitana' with Franck Cammas FRA and Charles Caudrelier FRA had a 43nm lead on the record as well. The Gitana website.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 17 The high of St.Helena in the South Atlantic proves to be a big obstacle this year, as sometimes the Open 60s come to a complete standstill. The top duo, however, was able to continue to break away and has already reached the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope. The leading 'Apivia' with Charlie Dalin FRA with speeds around 10kn somewhat faster than 'LinkedOut' with Thomas Ruyant FRA with only 6kn. The distance between the two was 82nm this morning UTC. Only on Friday, the leading boats should reach the west wind belt of the Roaring Forties. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) is still in 3rd place already 362nm behind. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 6th position with 442nm backlog. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020   

RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR - Day 1

With three races held in light and shifting winds, the RS:X European Windsurfing Championship kicked off yesterday in Portugal. This is the first benchmark for the Olympic windsurfers since the world championships in Australia in February. ----- Yoav Cohen ISR took the lead in the men's event, only one point ahead of Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI in 2nd. Matteo Camboni ITA follows in third place. World Champion Kiran Badloe NED had a rather moderate start in 13th place. ----- On the women's side, the favourites have already taken the lead: Olympic champion Charline Picon FRA leads with 3 points ahead of Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. Lilian De Geus NED follows in 3rd place. ----- All rankings, the report and the video of the day.
 
News – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Charlie Dalin FRA takes the lead

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 16 - Charlie Dalin FRA takes the lead The weather remains very varied providing for an extraordinary Vendée Globe! As on the North Atlantic, the wind conditions over the South Atlantic make racing challening and very animated. ----- The top duo reached the first light wind zones of the St.Helena anticyclone yesterday. Charlie Dalin ('Apivia', Foiler) could sail past Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) taking the lead with a 42nm advance this morning UTC. 297nm behind followed Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 3rd. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler), best of the day, is also on the way up new on the 5th place with a 42nm backlog, just behind Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler). Alex Thomson GBR (Hugo Boss' Foiler) was able to finish the repairs resuming the race in 7th place. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) remains the 10th as best-ranked woman. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MSCF', Foiler) follows in 15th place, Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire', Foiler) has moved up to 16th position. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Alex Thomson GBR zeigt die Struktur-Schäden

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Alex Thomson GBR zeigt die Struktur-Schäden In a video, Alex Thomson GBR explains the repairs has effected during the past two days, reconditioning the broken longitudinal strut of his Open60 foiler. Thanks to the light winds and the rather flat water, he only lost 500 miles in the race, and his 'Hugo Boss' now seems to be ready for the Southern Ocean. ----- The video.
 
News – Monday, November 23, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15 The fleet of 32 participants remaining in the race has been stretched evenmore. So far, only 19 have crossed the equator, and above all, the leaders continue to benefit from good conditions. The top duo Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) and Charlie Dalin ('Apivia', Foiler) are sailing practically in sight this morning UTC. Ruyant's lead has shrunk to 7nm. Today, the two are likely to be decelerated by the St-Helena anticyclone. The report. ----- Alex Thomson GBR, 'Hugo Boss', Foiler) is still busy repairing the structural damage at his Open60. Apparently, a longitudinal strut in the bow is broken. Assisted by radio advice of the technical team, the Englishman is laminating the damaged carbon part. The report. ----- Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) was able to shorten his gap to 250nm thanks to fresher winds and has moved up to 3rd place. Just behind follows a group of 6 chasers with Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 8th place and Samantha Davis GBR ('Intiatives Coeur') in 10th. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 15 - Thomas Ruyant FRA on top of the mast

Last Saturday, the leading Thomas Ruyant FRA ('Linkedout', Foiler) reported problems with the hook of his jib halyard in the masthead as several did before. After two climbings on top of the 35 meter mast, he was able to make the necessary repairs ..... with filming himself. ----- The Video.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - huge Media interest

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - huge Media interest In most usually sailing-interested countries, the Vendée Globe does not receive much attention in the public news, contrary to France, where the daily media interest in the Vendée even exceeds all important sporting events such as the Tour de France for cyclists or the Tennis Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros ! ----- The report.
Monday, November 23, 2020   

RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR

In sunshine (T-shirt weather) yesterday, the European Championship of the Olympic RS:X windsurfers started with the registrations and measurement checks. Today, the Practice Race is on the program. The video of the day and the event website with the entry lists.
 
News – Sunday, November 22, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 14 -Alex Thomson GBR in troubles

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Day 14 -Alex Thomson GBR in troubles During the last night (UTC), Alex Thomson GBR, sailing in 2nd place, reported structural damage to his 'Hugo Boss'. It is not yet known how severe these are, but Thomson had to slow down considerably and is now sailing with only 6kn. It remains to be seen whether repairs are possible. Thomas Ruyant FRA '(LinkedOut', Foiler) still holds the lead, 38nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler). Thomson follows 73nm behind in 3rd place. The leading trio has already been affected by lighter winds of the St-Helena Anticyclone, allowing Jean Le Cam FRA '(Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 4th place to catch up. He was 275 miles behind this morning, closely followed by a group of six only 100 miles apart, with Boris Herrmann GER in 6th place ('SeaExplorer', Foiler, 355nm behind) and Samantha Davis GBR in 10th place ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler, 417nm behind). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sunday, November 22, 2020   

RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR

 RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR In the south of Portugal, the European Championships of the Olympic RS:X windsurfers start today. A total of 94 participants will be at the start, including all cracks with Olympic ambitions: ----- Among the women are the Olympic Champion Charline Picon FRA, the World Champion Lilian De Geus NED or Zofia Noceti-Lepacka POL. ----- The men participants include Thomas Goyard FRA, and Piotr Myszka POL. The World champion Kiran Badloe NED is missing. ----- Tomorrow the Practice Race is on the program, the first championship races will be on Tuesday. The event website.
Sunday, November 22, 2020   

Olympic Sailing - Mixed Doublehanded Offshore Racing - Olympia campaign of the Olympic Champion Ivica Kostelic CRO

The multiple Ski Olympic medal winner and World Champion Ivica Kostelic CRO is planning an Olympic campaign in the proposed new Olympic discipline Mixed Offshore ! Together with the experienced sailor Petra Kliba CRO, he wants to be part of it in 2024 in Marseille. The Report and the Video.
 
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