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Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14, the Swiss Yesterday, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA with their 'Virbac' arrived as first Open 60 in Bahia in a new Transat Jacques Vabre monohull record of 13 days, 7 hours and 36 minutes. This morning UTC, Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA crossed the finish line with 6h backlog. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA will be the next to arrive in the coming hours. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA defended their 8th place and still have roughly three days left to the finish.
The first five Class 40 have left the innertropical convergence zone in the meantime and accelerated again in the southern trade winds. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are still leading 13nm ahead of Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA, and another mile behind Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA on the 4rth place are 42nm behind. 1'000nm are left to Bahia.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 18, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 18, the Swiss Yesterday afternoon, Yann Burkhalter SUI arrived as 24th Series Mini in Le Marin. After his excellent 9th place in leg 1, a repair stop on the Cape Verdes relegated him on the 24th position with a backlog of three days. During the night, Marcel Schwager SUI crossed the finish line as 15th in the Protos Minis. 22 Series-Minis and 9 Protos are still racing.
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Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13, the Swiss The third Class to arrive in Bahia BRA are the IMOCA Open 60. The leading Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA had 137nm left this morning UTC. The positions on top are clear with Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on the 2nd place 127nm behind. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA on 3rd are almost 300nm back. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA moved up another place and are now 8th,
The leading Class 40 are now about to leave the innertropical convergence zone. Closed up yesterday, the fleet is now again separating more and more. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are now already 18nm in front of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Still contenders for victory are Aymeric Chappellier/Antoine Le Vaillant FRA (backlog 20nm) and Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA (backlog 35nm).
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 17, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 17, the Swiss Almost every hour crosses a Mini the finish line off Le Marin in the French Caribbeans. This evening, Yann Burkhalter SUI will have terminated his Atlantic crossing as 24th. He had 80nm left this morning UTC. In the Protos, 12 praticipants has reached the arrival. Today, Marcel Schwager SUI will finish the race as 15th Protos. He had 100nm to sail this morning UTC.
The race tracker and the news.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2, the Swiss

 Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2, the Swiss Two other long-distances races were on the program yesterday on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, both won by Demesmaeker/Gagliani BEL who moved up on rank 2 overall. The Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis GRE remain on top. Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA stay on rank 3. With the ranks 8 and 11, Eric Bouedec/Jean-Richard Minardi SUI advanced on the 11th place.
The ranking list, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5, Alexa Bezel SUI

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5, Alexa Bezel SUI The third round of the Women's International Match Racing (WIM) in Busan KOR was concluded this morning UTC with the Semi Finals and Finals.
Trine Palluidan DEN, undefeated during the whole competition, surprisingly lost the Final against Lucy McGregor GBR with a 0-3 score. Winner in the Petite Final was Anna Östling SWE beating Pauline Courtois FRA 2-0. Alexa Bezel SUI eliminated after the Round Robin is on rank 10 among the 12 teams.
The results and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12, the Swiss The winners in the two multihull classes are known and the Open 60 will be next to arrive in Bahia with most likely Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA on their 'Virbac' crossing the ling as first by tomorrow evening. The second-ranked Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA were almost 100nm behind this morning UTC. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA, on rank 9 since yesterday, are still gaining ground attacking the 8th place only 6nm away.
In the Class 40, Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA were the team of the day with an Etmal of 160nm, and in the middle of the Doldrums, they are now up on rank 3 only 2,5nm behind the still leading Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St.Barth FRA - Day 1, the Swiss

 Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St.Barth FRA - Day 1, the Swiss The Cata-Cup on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, attracting every year a number of teams to enjoy some warm and sunny days, began yeterday with a 20nm race around the island. The favorites have taken the lead with the Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigkonis GRE as first, overtaking the constantly leading Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert FRA just before the finish line. On rank 3 followed Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA. The best Swiss Eric Le Bouedelec/Jean-Richard Minardi SUI finished as 14th, Martin Jöhr/Joachim Piehl SUI followed as 23rd among the 49 teams from 12 nations.
The results, the news (in French) and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

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Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15, Koster SUI 3rd

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15, Koster SUI 3rd 'Rush hour' in Le Marin/French Caribbeans since yesterday with more and more Minis finishing the race, won by Ian Lipinsky POL. 10hrs the 2nd-ranked Jörg Riechers GER, Simon Koster SUI crossed the finish line as 3rd Proto, at the same time rank 3 overall. The news.
This morning at 2:30h, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA (age 20) finished as winner in the Series Minis. Here the news, and this victory is most probably also the first place overall, as Clarisse Crémer FRA underway as 3rd was 100nm back at the last checkpoint yesterday evening UTC. In leg 1, she was 8hrs ahead of Le Draoulec.
Today, 10-12 more Minis will arrive on Martinique, among them Valentin Gautier SUI, winner of leg 1 and potential 3rd overall, depending on the timings of the direct opponents.
The race tracker updated hourly as from now on, and also the various news reports.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11, the Swiss At press deadline this morning (6h UTC), 'Arkema' with Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP crossed the finish line in Bahia BRA as winner of the Multi 50s. The Ultime-Trimaran of Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI expected before did not finish as at 18.15h UTC, their Tri 'Prince de Bretagne' dismasted just 93 miles from the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
In the Open 60s, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA have left the Doldrums behind defending their lead of 76nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenole Gahinet FRA.
The Class 40 have reached the innertropical convergence zone this morning, and the fleet is about to join up. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are only 5nm in front of Maxime Sorel/ Antoine Carpentier FRA. Also Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA on rank 4 reduced the distance on the leaders to 57nm.
The race tracker, the news and the videos. See also the video of the day of Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA, who finally have succeeded to move up on rank 9.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - the Swiss Yesterday, Ian Lipinski POL crossed the finish line of the Minitransat 2017 after 13 days and 22 minutes as winner in the Protos. Dominator of the Class for years, he is the first in the 40-years' history of the Minitransat to win in the Series and the Protos Minis. This morning, Jörg Riechers GER will arrive in Le Marin as second. Simon Koster SUI is on a solid 3rd place with a 25nm advantage on the 4th Andrea Fornaro ITA 130nm off Le Marin.
Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, leader in the Series Minis is expected on Martinique tomorrow morning. With a 77nm advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA, he is on a safe way for victory. He will also be the overall winner as his backlog on Clarisse Crémer FRA in leg one was only 16min. Valentin Gautier SUI remained on rank 7. In the overall rankings, his main opponent is Tanguy Bourroullec FRA 60nm in front of him as 3rd. Yann Burkhalter SUI moved up two places on rank 23.
The race tracker und the news.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10, the Swiss Next to arrive in Bahia after the two Ultime-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Edmond de Rothschild' - both Foiler Trimarans of the latest generation - are Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI with their old-design Tri expected in the night on tomorrow.
The decison in the Multi 50 seems clear, as the 2nd-ranked 'FenétréA' of Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA has apparently technical problems and stopped. With 550nm to the finish, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP are now 112nm in front. They will arrive tomorrow morning as well.
No change in the Open 60: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA lead with a solid 78nm advantage. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA are still fighting for rank 9. This morning the backlog on was only one mile.
The frist three in the Class 40 were separated by 0,4nm only this morning with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on top. Justine Mettraux SUI Bertrand Delesne FRA on rank 4 are 75nm behind.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2, the Swiss

Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE. With a 3-8 score, Alexa Bezel SUI (with Fiona Testuz SUI, Manon Kivell SUI, Bérénice Charrez SUI and Nicole Bolliger SUI) missed the Quarter Final qualification as 10th overall.
The results and the daily news.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8, the Swiss The line honours at the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 went to Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA ! As expected yesterday, the experienced round-the-world record holder Coville with Nélias as co-skipper on their Ultime-Trimaran crossed the finish line as first after 7 days and 22 hours. With a 1h 48min backlog arrived Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA in Bahia BRA.
In the Multi 50, the Doldrum passage brought about a leader change. Within 24 hours, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP transformed a 44-mile-deficit into a 40mn advantage. Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA stalled in the innertropical convergence zone for too long.
The first Open 60 to be decelerated was 'Virbac' with Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA earfly this morning UTC. Her advantage of 37nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA will melt even more during the day. Alex Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA did not succeed to pass Yoann Richomme/Pierre Lacaze FRA sailing only 3nm ahead.
In the Class 40, Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP reclaimed the first place. Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA follow 6nm behind. Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA 9nm back are not far away. The backlog of Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA on rank 4 is now 85nm.
The tace tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13, the Swiss Ian Lipinski POL will cross the finish line of the Mini Transat in Le Marin as winner this afternoon. This morning, only 100nm were left. Rank 2 will go to Jörg Riechers GER 70nm behind the leader who extended the advantage on Simon Koster SUI to 88nm yesterday.
350nm is the distance left for Erwan Le Draoulec FRA in the Series Minis. His advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA has grown to 94nm. The French woman is now in a duel for rank 2 with Tanguy Bourroullec FRA, who gained miles on his southern course and was this morning only 14nm behind. Valentin Gautier SUI moved up on rank 7 and has good chances to climb even more.
The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Foiling Technology - for more than 100 years a topic - documentary film

The foiling technology has changed high-performance sailing in the past 10 years. Beginning with the flying Moths, more and more boats have been equipped with foils, from smaller and larger multihulls and dinghies to the America's Cuppers, Ocean Racers and wind- and kitesurfer boards, allowing to race at superior speeds.
The documentary film 'Flying Boats' presents the history of the foiler technology, beginning in the early 20th Century already. On November 21, the Premiere of this film will take place at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne SUI, an evening dedicated to foiling with short presentations such as the flying experiences of 'Team Tilt' or the successful series-production foiling boats of the Quant Shipyard, the leading-edge boats in the Swiss regatta scene already now. The latest model, the Quant 17, will be exposed in Lucerne. Here the presentation video.
The foiling evening will begin at 18.15h CET in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Here the details.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 8, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 8, the Swiss The leaders in the Ultime Trimarans Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA will arrive at Bahia BRA before noon as winners of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017. 107nm before the finish line, they have an advantage on the 2nd-ranked Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA of 54nm. The other classes will be underway for some more days.
Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA, leader in the Multi 50 have 1'335nm left to the finish. Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP 46nm behind have still a chance to win the race. Both trimarans were in the Doldrums this morning and trailed at speeds around 6kn.
The Open 60 are about to reach the innertropical convergence zone as well without position changes: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA are 62nm ahead of Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA remained on 10th but the backlog on rank 9 is down on 2nm.
In the Class 40, Maxime Sorel/Antoin Le Carpentier FRA have replaced Phil Sharp/Pablo Santurde ESP on top of the rankings, but the advantage on the 2nd was only 1,2nm. Only 10nm farther back, Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Voayant FRA follow closely. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA on 4th have lost the contact with the leading trio as their backlog is now 72nm.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12, the Swiss Roughly 300nm were left for Ian Lipinski POL to the finish line in Le Marin this morning. Yesterday's Etmal was 221nm, and, keeping this pace, he would arrive by tomorrow evening already. Winner of the day in the Protos was Jörg Riechers GER on rank 2, who reduced the backlog on the leader to 123nm, thanks to fresher winds on his southern course. Simon Koster SUI as 3rd is now 30nm behind Riechers.
No change on top of the Series Minis: Erwan Le Draoulec FRA extended his lead on Clarisse Crémer FRA to 82nm. Thomas Dolan FRA on 3rd reduced the gap to the French woman on 18nm. The final overall ranking is still undecided between Erwan Le Draoulec FRA and Clarisse Crémer FRA, separated by 8hrs in the leg one finish in favour of the French woman. All depends on the approch to Martnique, whether Crémer succeeds to defend the 8h advantage over Le Draoulec and become the first woman to win the Mini Transat. Valentin Gautier SUI lost a place to Tanguy Bouroullec FRA yesterday, who is - as Jörg Riechers in the Protos - 3-4kn faster on his southern route. As 7th, the Swiss is 157nm behind the first.
The race tracker and the news.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 11, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 11, the Swiss 580nm were left for the Protos leader Ian Lipinski POL yesterday evening, and with daily distances around 170nm, he will reach Martinique by Wednesday morning. With an advantage of 121nm on Jörg Riechers GER, he can hardly be catched. The duel for the ranks 2 and 3 however remains open. Admittedly, Simon Koster SUI lost quite some miles yesterday, but during the night, the wind turned in his favour - he is about 2kn faster on his northern course - an his backlog on Riechers was again down on 17nm.
The distances between the leading Series Minis remained stable. Erwan Le Draoulec FRA was 66nm ahead of Clarisse Crémer FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI on rank 6 follows with a 147nm deficit.
The race tracker and the news.
Sunday, November 12, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6, the Swiss The two big Ultime-Trimarans 'Sodebo' (Thomas Coville/Jean Luc Nélias FRA) and 14nm back 'Edmond de Rothschild' (Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA) are chasing direction Brazil pushed by the southern trade winds at speeds around 30kn. 700nm are left to the finish line that will be reached by tomorrow noon.
The Multi 50 are the next to cross the Doldrums, but considering the substantial gaps between the boats, the rankings will most probably not change. Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA is 112nm ahead of Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP.
Also in the Open 60, the boats are separated considerably. Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès are 65nm in front of Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA, only 4nm behind Yoann Richomme/Pierre Lacaze FRA, are on the way to advance one position on rank 9.
In the Class 40 however, the leading trio remained closely together with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP 12nm ahead of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI /Bertrand Delesne FRA on rank 4 lost some miles and are now 66nm back.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 10, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 10, the Swiss Leg two of the Mini-Transat is now in its crucial phase.
Ian Lipinski POL, superior leader in the Protos with a 150nm advantage on his first challengers has only 750nm left to the finish in Le Merin on Guadeloupe. Only a major equipment failure could cost him rank 1 at the port of destination and the overall Mini-Transat victory. New on rank 2 is now Jörg Riechers GER, whose attack on an extreme southern course was finally successful with fresher winds compared to Simon Koster SUI in the North. The Swiss on rank 3 has now a 10nm backlog.
The distances between the leading boats in the Series Mini fleet have grown as well. Erwan Le Draoulec FRA is now 55nm ahead of Clarisse Crémer FRA. Thomas Dolan FRA on 3rd is already 100nm behind. Valentin Gautier SUI, winner of leg 1, moved up on the 6th place with 55nm deficit on rank 3.
The race tracker and the news.
Saturday, November 11, 2017   (Image © Alan Roura)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6, the Swiss In the past 24 hours, the leading two Ultime-Trimarans have crossed the innertropical convergence zone with its unconstant winds. The leading 'Sodebo Ultime' with Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA is now 23nm ahead and has reached the southern trade winds accelerating on over 20kn, while the second-placed 'Edmond de Rothschild' (Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA) is still fighting in the Doldrums with speeds around 13kn.
The Multi-50-Trimarans are now on th Cape Verdes latitude and Erwan Le Roux/ Vincent Riou FRA have extended their lead on 64nm.
The gaps between the boats increased also in the Open 60, where Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA are now 47nm in front of Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA remain on the 10th position.
No change in the Class 40 as well with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP leading 30nm ahead of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA stay on rank 4 with a 58nm backlog.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 9, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 9, the Swiss No news from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The still prevailing moderate winds around 15kn push the fleet rapidly direction Caribbeans with increasing gaps betwee the boats, a drag race without position changes on top.
Ian Lipinski POL increased his lead in the Protos to 127nm. The second-ranked Simon Koster SUI is now 17nm in front of Jörg Riechers GER looking in vain so far for better conditions on the most southern course of the fleet.
In the Series Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA enhanced his advantage on 41nm. The second-ranked Clarisse Crémer FRA is another 41nm ahead of Thomas Dolan GBR. Valentin Gautier SUI remains on rankd 8 with a 127nm backlog.
The race tracker and the news.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 9, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 8, the Swiss

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 8, the Swiss Covering partly over 200 miles in 24 hours, the Mini-Transat fleet is still making good progress, and one third of the leg 2 distance has already been left behind.
Ian Lipinski POL easily lives up to his role as favorite in the Protos having enhanced his advantage on the second-ranked Simon Koster SUI to over 100 miles now. The Swiss is on a northern route, as is Lipinski, while Jörg Riechers GER on 3rd gybed South yesterday hoping to reach fresher trade winds soon. His backlog on Koster is small with only 9nm.
No changes in the Series-Minis: Erwan Le Draoulec FRA slightly extended his lead on Clarisse Crémer FRA to 27nm. Tanguy Bouroullec FRA on rank 3 is already 52nm behind. Valentin Gautier SUI remained on 8th with a steady 131nm backlog. Yann Burkhalter SUI stays on rank 26.
The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, November 9, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 4, the Swiss

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 4, the Swiss The leading two big Ultime-Trimarans have accelerated their speeds even more, and - having covered 684 miles in 24hrs - Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA on their 'Sodebo' have taken the lead during the past night. The previously leading 'Edmond de Rothschild' of Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA was too far East, VMG when heading West to reach more favorable winds, and is now with a 54nm backlog on rank 2.
No change in the other three classes. Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA are first in the Open 60s. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP stay on rank 1. In the Multi 50, the duel on top goes on with Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP 6nm ahead of Erwan Le Roux/Vincent Riou FRA. During the past night, the Multi 50 'Drekan' with Eric Defert/Christopher Pratt FRA/GBR capsized 300nm East of the Acores. The team is ok, waiting for the rescue action. Here the news.
The race vewer, the news and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 7, the Swiss

The speed race over the Atlantic Ocean continued yesterday, and in rear winds, the Minis rush at speeds around 10kn. The fleet is more and more stretched over quite a distance with Ian Lipinski POL leading now with a 74nm advantage on Simon Koster SUI, whe endeavours to defend his position against Jörg Riechers GER 18nm back. Romain Bolzinger FRA on 4th is 50nm behind Riechers.
In the Series Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA extended his lead on 24nm. New on rank 2 is now Clarisse Crémer FRA, 3rd in leg 1 and leading actually in the overall rankings. Valentin Gautier SUI remains on 8th, but his backlog has grown to 122nm. Yann Burkhalter remained on rank 26.
The race tracker and the news.
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