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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 15 The heavy storm depression South of New Zealand killed the southern trade winds and the six teams are in the middle of a record-size doldrum zone, and this for the coming days as well.
New on the first position is 'Turn the tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) and 7nm behind 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). The duo in the West 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) has been decelerated and is now roughly 30nm in arrears. The overall leaders 'Mapfre' and 'Dongfeng' are sailing 90nm behind the leader separated by 0,5nm only.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018   

IRC - RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - Day 2 - Victory and record for Rambler USA

 IRC - RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - Day 2 - Victory and record for Rambler USA With 'QCR' eliminated right after the start to the Caribbean 600-miles-race, 'Rambler' had an easy game to take the monohull line honours after 1 day and 11 hours this morning UTC, a new record for this long-distance race initiated 10 years ago. Here the news. Overall first was the 63-foot catamaran 'Paradox'. The mostly fresh wind overturned the 53-foot catamaran 'Fujin' with the crew rescued unhurt. The report.
The Volvo70 'Warrior' followed with a 45nm backlog on rank 2, 'Varuna', the KER 56 of Jens Kellinghusen GER on 3rd was 145nm behind.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 14 The fleet is now on the Solomon Islands latitude in a massive innertropical convergence zone stretched almost to New Zealand. The boat velocities are below 10kn and the positions remain unchanged with 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) leading 2nm ahead of 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS). 18, respectively 21nm behind follow 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Turn the Tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). 95nm is the backlog of 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' at the end of the fleet.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018   

RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT

 RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT 88 yachts - a record-size fleet - started off Antigua yesterday to the Carribean600 long-distance race. The duel of the two Super-Maxis was decided shortly after the start when the 100-Foot-Maxi 'CQS' was forced to return back to the harbour with technical problems and the 88-Foot-Maxi 'Rambler' sailed away unchallenged. Her advantage on the Volvo70 'Warrior' was 18nm this morning UTC. On rank 3 followed the Ker56 'Varuna'.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, February 19, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018   (Image © Jeremy Lecaudy)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 13 The weather pattern on the Pacific remains unpredictable and apparently, the innertropical convergence zone with thunderstorms and lulls is much wider as presented on the race tracker yesterday. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on a fast track temporarily took the lead for a moment, but stalled this morning UTC and will probably be replaced by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), the only boat progressing with no decelerations and now only one mile behind the leader. The battle will go on passing the lull patches in the coming days. Everybody can win, even the backmarker 'Mapfre' 55nm behind, as there are still 1'800nm left to Auckland.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), 20nm behind, are the big winners of the Equator crossing with a 140nm advantage on the rest of the fleet. By this evening UTC, 'Scallywag' on a more westerly course could even take the lead as this morning, she was twice as fast as 'AkzoNobel'.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 17, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018   (Image © Jeremie Lecaudey)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 30nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) on a westerly course have crossed the Doldrums the fastest and are already enjoying the southern trade winds. The other teams are still fighting with the unconstant breeze, and the 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is already 154nm in arrears. Is this a preliminary decision ?
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Offshore Racing – Friday, February 16, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 10

As expected, the innertropical convergence zone decelerated the fleet, the leading 'AkzoNobel' stalled as first and was bypassed by part of the fleet. Sailing on the extreme East, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR was on first this morning one mile ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED. 'AkzoNobel' is down on 3rd with a 3,nm backlog. Position changes will be the name of the game in the coming 48hrs. The one who will touch the southern trade winds first will be in pole position for the finishing straight to Auckland.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9 The fast reaching ride direction South continued yesterday driven by the trade winds and only slight position changes happened. The situation might change today when the innertropical convergence zone will be reached by the leading boats. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) 32nm ahead this morning UTC will loose speed and the fleet will be closing up. Remains to be seen whether 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) sailing on an extreme leewards position will benefit from a better wind angle. The crossing of the Doldrums will be crucial for the final outcome of leg 6.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018   

Transatlantic Record - 'Banque Populaire IX' arrived in the Caribbeans after 6 days

 Transatlantic Record - 'Banque Populaire IX' arrived in the Caribbeans after 6 days A week ago, the new foiling trimaran 'Banque Populaire IX' departed from
Brest FRA to a first test ride across the Atlantic. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA was very satisfied about the performance in ideal moderate trade winds. In two weeks, the multihull will be sailed back to France. The inaugural regatta will be in April, the 'Nice Ultimed' at the Côte d'Azur FRA.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 8 The fleet, sailing on a tight reach, is enjoying trade wind sailing conditions on a southeasterly course towards the doldrums some 1000 miles away. In about 30hrs, the teams will reach the innertropical convergence zone, the crucial passage for the outcome of leg 6.
'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 11nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) defended their lead on the rest of the fleet. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on rank 3 is 47nm back.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018   (Image © Ugo Fonolla)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 7

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 7 After two fast reaching days, the fleet is now more and more in the weather turbulences of the Equatorial zone and the boats have been closing up during the past night. 'Mapfre' is leading 0,15nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' and 3nm in front of 'Brunel'. Even the backmarker duo reduced the backlog on now 40nm.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, February 11, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 6 The deviation direction North has come to an end for the six teams advancing at speeds around 20kn and all boats are now heading East. The leading trio is still sailing at sight with 'Mapfre' 0,5nm ahead of 'Brunel'. 'Dongfeng' is 2,3nm behind. Approaching the doldrums, the conditions become more and more variable.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 10, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018   (Image © James Blake)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 4 In refreshening winds, the fleet continued the course in the "wrong direction" heading Northeast hoping for a better angle to turn South. The leading four 'Brunel', 'Mapfre', 'Dongfeng' and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' are still within sight of each other (4nm) in brutal upwind conditions. 'AkzoNobel' and 'Scallywag', the first to veer North after passing the southern tip of Taiwan to split the fleet, find themselves over 115nm behind the other boats.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, February 9, 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018   (Image © Yann Riou)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 3

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 3 After passing Taiwan in the South, the teams veered Northeast, almost 180° from the direct course to Auckland. Apparently, this is a circumvention of a lightwind zone ahead though not visible on the race tracker. The rankings are therefore rather meaningless.
'Brunel' was 1,2nm ahead of 'Dongfeng', and another 0,6nm back followed 'Mapfre'. In two days at the latest, the fleet will be heading South, and only in the Doldrums around the Equator, crucial strategies and tactics for success will emerge.
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