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. Alan Roura SUI is still 18th 1'044nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 26, 2020
A rain front brought fresh winds and big waves to Vilamoura y - 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.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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. Alan Roura SUI remains on rank 18, now 1068nm back. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR - Day 1 - Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI on rank 2
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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. Alan Roura SUI (La Fabrique') in 18th place was able to keep his deficit more or less constant at 1055nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, November 23, 2020
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. Alan Roura SUI is still 18th, he was able to shorten his gap to 1002nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, November 22, 2020
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). Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique') is still 18th, now 1058nm in arrear. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
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, Piotr Myszka POL and also Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI. World champion Kiran Badloe NED is missing. ----- Tomorrow Pthe ractice Race is on the program, the first championship races will be on Tuesday. The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, November 21, 2020
After three days of high-speed sailing, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) took the lead during the past night UTC. Thanks to a more direct course towards the Cape of Good Hope and slightly fresher winds than the western-sailing Alex Thompsom GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler), Ruyant was 23nm ahead of the Englishman this morning. Unchanged on 3rd place Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) with 75nm behind. The next hurdle will be the weak high of St-Helena, which reaches far to the South. Further changes in the rankings can be expected. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) continues to follow in 4th place, now 272nm behind and being chased by a group of 6 foilers, including Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) in 7th place, 364nm behind and Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 9th place 400nm behind. ----- Alan Roura SUI is still 18th, his gap has grown to 967nm. ----- The race tracker, the reports, and a detailed video summary of the first week of racing.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, November 20, 2020
In the southern trade winds, the Open 60 Foilers now reach top speeds with daily distances of over 500 miles. ----- This morning UTC, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was only 4nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Even faster underway is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) 44nm behind, with a 24 hour average of over 21kn. Without foils, Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') cannot keep up. He is now 170nm behind in 4th place. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) is 9th with a 302nm backlog. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler) is still in 17th with a 734nm deficit. ----- The cartography and the reports.
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Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 19, 2020
The leading group crossed the equator yesterday and is chasing down South in well-established southern trade winds. Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) continues to lead the field, but Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) and Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) moved up: Ruyant was only 38nm behind in 2nd place this morning UTC. Jean Lea Cam ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler), sailing in 4th place, was able to keep his distance to Thomson GBR of 114nm constant for the third day in a row. Alan Roura SUI lost one place and is now 18th with a 566nm backlog. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Alex Thomson GBR seems to have passed the Doldrums this morning UTC, as already at good speed in the southern trade winds, he will pass the equator this morning. Almost 10 days after the start, the fleet is more than one day behind the current record. ----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) is now leading 69nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler). Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam'!, Non-Foiler) was able to maintain her gap of 113nm. On the way up is Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler), who is 4th only 5nm behind Le Cam. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) follows in 8th place. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler), now 233nm back, is still 17th. ----- The race tracker and the report.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, November 16, 2020
As expected, the foilers were able to make full use of the moderate trade winds to take advantage of their speed benefits. And the rest of the field is also happy about the finally pleasant conditions - a video. At the top, Alex Thomson GBR with his foiling 'Hugo Boss' was able to break away 75nm. Jean Lea Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) on 2nd keeps up well and is still 65nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('Linkedout', Foiler). Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) on rank 11 remains the best-classified woman with a gap of 276nm on the leader. Alan Roura SUI is now 19th 528nm behind. ----- The speed race in the trade winds will continue for a few days, as the inner-tropical convergence zone (Doldrums) is currently only weakly developed. The leading boats will probably be able to advance to the equator without major obstacles. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, November 15, 2020
After the turbulent starting week with the passage of two stormy low-pressure fronts, the top group has finally reached the trade winds. With sunshine and good sailing conditions, the fleet continues to stretch out -----Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') taking advantage of the foils (plus 5kn) reclaimed rank one. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) follows 23nm behind in 2nd place. With Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA') in 3rd place (80nm behind) and Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil', 120nm behind) in 4th, the other chasers are non-foiler as well. Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') follows on the 12th (192nm behind) position. ----- Now in the trade winds, it will be a speed race with advantages for the foils in the next days. Alan Roura SUI (La Fabrique') is still 17th, his gap has grown to 292nm. The Race-Tracker and the race tracker and the reports (engl/fra).
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, November 14, 2020
The Vendée Globe fleet had a restless night, as west of the low Theta, the wind exceeded 50kn in some areas. In the prevailing rough conditions, the old generation Open 60s without foils performed a little better than the new designs with foils.----- Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler) was still leading the fleet this morning UTC, but Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) moved up to 3.3nm. Benjamin Dutreux FRA ('OMIA', Non-Foiler) is the second non-Foiler to take third place, 60nm behind. Damien Seguin FRA ('Apicil', Non-Foiler), the leader of the first two days of racing, moved up to 6th place, 98nm behind. Still best-classified woman is Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur', Foiler) in 8th place. Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique', Foiler), now in 17th place, is 209nm in arrear. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
The Finals yesterday marked the end of the inaugural Wing Foiler Super Grand Slam, held in Fortaleza BRA. ----- In the Freestylers, Titouan Galea FRA from New Caledonia in the Southern Seas defeated Balz Müller SUI. In the Petite Final for rank 3, Fernando Novaes BRA won against Kauli Seadi BRA. Maxime Chabloz SUI was eliminated by Fernando Novaes BRA in the Quarter Finals. ----- The results and the event Facebook page with pictures and videos.