Offshore Racing – Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 17

There is still a strategic barrier in the way to Cape Town roughly 1'500nm away for the seven teams. The lulls of a far stretched southeasterly arm of the the St-Helena anticyclone have to be crossed with the wind changing from Northwest to Southwest.
The positions of the boats did not change during the past 24h. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandes ESP is teill leading 24nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). 'Team Brunel' changed into stealth mode yesterday and only this morning, the Dutch's intentions will be revealed.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 16

7 Open 60 have crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Bahia so far. Next will be Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER/Pierre Brasseur FRA, who just passed Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA a few miles before the arrival.
In the Class 40, about two days from the finish, Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA reclaimed the first place from Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA now 7nm back. With a 13nm backlog, Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP remain contenders for victory. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA are 87nm behind and will miss the podium.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 21

The Mini Transat 2017 is now - 8 days after the arrival of the winner Ian Lipinski POL - almost finished, as another six Minis will arrive today in Le Marin, leaving only one still underway: Dorel Nacou ROM, who had a longer repair stop on the Cape Verdes will follow some days later.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16 The announced depression reached the seven boats' fleet yesterday and the teams rush at speeds above 20kn with winds from abeam direction Cape Town still 2'000nm away. The strategy of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) seems to be paying, as sailing on the most southern course, the backlog of 50nm yesterday was transformed in a 35nm lead by this morning UTC thanks to fresher winds and a better wind angle. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA are only 15nm apart on the positions 2 to 4. With an 88nm backlog, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) on the last place is not too far away to finish on a top rank in Cape Town.
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Monday, November 20, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15 The first three Open 60 reached Bahia BRA yesterday, as we reported. The next to arrive will be Boris Herrmann GER/Thomas Ruyant FRA. For Herrmann, representing Germany together with Isabelle Joschke and Jörg Riechers in the so far French dominated offshore/oceanic racing scene, this is the first important competition on an IMOCA Open 60.
In the Class 40, the leading trio with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on first are only 8nm apart. In the southern trade winds, the boat speed exceeds 12kn now.
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Monday, November 20, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 16

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 16 The weather on the South-Indian Ocean is still very variable. Yesterday, François Gabart FRA with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Macif' dived South below the 50th parallel and extended the advantage on the record to 851nm ..... even with 5hrs sleep !
The race tracker, the news and the video summary of the ultra-fast second week of the record attempt.
Monday, November 20, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 19

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 19 The arrivals of the Minis in Le Marin/Martinique FRA continued yesterday. 10 Protos and 7 Series Minis are still underway. The event website contains now not only the results of leg 2 but also the Minitransat overall rankings Ian Lipinski POL, Jörg Riechers GER and Simon Koster SUI are the leading trio in the Protos. Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, Clarisse Crémer FRA and Benoit Sineau FRA are on the ranks 1 to 3 in the Series Minis. The winner of leg one Valentin Gautier SUI, finishing 7th in leg 2, is on the 5th place overall.
The event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15 The seven boats' fleet reached the latitude of the port of call Cape Town yesterday and is now heading East, positioned to touch the winds of an approaching frontal system hopefully as first. Whether the northerly or southerly boats will benefit first is not yet predictable.
This morning, 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was leading 4nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and und 5nm of 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the most southern boat, is last with a 39nm backlog.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14 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 on 2nd. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA will be the next to arrive in the coming hours on 3rd.
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. 1'000nm are left to Bahia.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15 The turbulant weather on the Indian Ocean with rough wave conditions forced François Gabart FRA to take off some steam during the past 24h, but nevertheless, he extended his adavantage on the record with a 530nm Etmal to 791nm. Today, he hopes to reach the expected frontal system on the 45th parallel, pushing him at top speeds direction Australia.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017   

 This afternoon UTC, the start to the 2017 Atlantic Rally will be given in Las Palmas ESP for the 236 teams on the entry list, dislocating their yachts to the Caribbeans on time for Christmas. Among the participants is the Swiss Olympian Lukas Erni SUI with nhis family.
The preview. The race can be followed on a race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13 The fleet has circumvented the flat St-Helena anticyclone and is now heading East direction Cape Town. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the most eastern course did not loose to much in the somewhat lighter winds and remains on top 28nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 50nm backlog follow 'Scallywag'(David Witt AUS), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR all sailing neck and neck. 2'500nm are left to the port of call.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

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

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

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA was much decelerated when changing from one weather system to the next, and the daily distance covered was only 296nm. Now, he has reached the edge of the depression with threatening 50kn winds and 10m waves in its centre, not quite the conditions for a trimaran ... ! Garbart tries to navigate outside the danger zone nevertheless profitting from the fresh breeze. His advantage on the previous record was still 684nm this morning.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12 The seven boat's fleet is split ! 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR opted for the easterly direct route to Cape Town and are now on the positions 1 and 3. But this is a risky way, as the St-Helena high with increasingly lighter winds is not far away. The rest of the fleet preferred to take the westerly deviation with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading and the backlog on the leader of 39nm will most probably be compensated today.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16 Meanwhile, 9 Protos and 10 Series Minis finished the race in Le Marin/Martinique FRA. Valentin Gautier SUIjust crossed the line this morning as 7th Series Mini. Whether the winner of leg 1 will be on the overall podium as 3rd behind Erwan Le Draoulec FRA 1st and Clarisse Crémer FRA 2nd with this rank is not yet known. Today, 10 more finishers are expected in Martinique.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12 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.
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 © Jean-Marie Liot)

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13 Squeezed between the lulls of an anticyclone in the North and the iceberg zone in the South, François Gabart FRA snakes his way across the Indian Ocean. His fabulous time of 11 days and 20 hours at the Cape of Good Hope is an absolute speed record, faster than all previous multihulls even with full crews. This morning, his advantage on the record was 920nm.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15 'Rush hour' in Le Marin/French Caribbeans since yesterday with more and more Minis finishing the race, won by Ian Lipinsky POL. 10hrs after 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.
The race tracker updated hourly as from now on, and also the various news reports.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11 The seven VOR teams are now about half-way of the leg 2 distance to Cape Town off the Brazilian coast. The moderate southern trade winds push the boats at high speeds from 15 to 20kn.
The positions this morning have been shaken up as the different courses sailed by the still closely together fleet have a major influence. The formerly leading duo 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' remained in the West, while the backmarkers 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) opted for an easterly course, more direct to Cape Town, and are now in the lead. All depends on the extension of the calmy St-Helena high pressure system, that has been growing in the last hours making the direct way to the port of call less attractive.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11 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 closing up. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are only 5nm in front of Maxime Sorel/ Antoine Carpentier FRA.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12 This morning at 6h UTC, François Gabart FRA rounded the Cape of Good Hope in the new solo record time of roughly 11 days. He has lost some speed compared to Tuesday, but nevertheless, he extended the advantage on the record to 763nm. Gabart is sailing on the 45th parallel south, not far away from the iceberg zone. A very busy day with only 1h 22min sleep and 2260 revs at the winch !
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL 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 become the overall winner as his backlog on Clarisse Crémer FRA in leg one was only 16min.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10 The closely packed fleet is sailing down South at speeds around 17kn along the Brazilian coast. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is still leading 1,6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) with a 57nm backlog has still an option to finish first in Cape Town. The coming 24h are important for the strategy to follow. With the St-Helena anticyclone compressed by a depression vortex in the South, their is an option to head straight for Cape Town, as did François Gabart successfuilly in his record ride two days ago. It might well be, that one or the other teams goes into stealth mode to leave the opponents in doubt about the decision made.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10 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.
The frist three in the Class 40 were separated by 0,4nm only this morning with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on top.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart François Gabart FRA accelerated even more yesterday on the South Atlantic and is already down on the Roaring Forties. Today, he will pass the Cape of Good Hope with a 608nm advantage - roughly one day - on the previous record. Covering 824nm in 24hrs yesterday, he has improved the solo 24h-record by 36nm, an average speed of 35kn (63km/h). Record also was the sleep time with 7h53min, the longest ever !
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8 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.
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.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9 The fleet has accelerated in the southern trade winds, still lead by 'Dongfeng' with Charle Caudrelier FRA, 5,5nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), and reached the Brazilian coast during the past night. The normally disturbing St-Helena anticyclone is less extended as usual and most probably, the teams will decide to veer East direction Cape Town soon.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13 Ian Lipinski POL will cross the finish line of the Mini Transat in Le Marin as winner this afternoon UTC. This morning, only 100nm were left. Rank 2 will go to Jörg Riechers GER 70nm behind the leader who extended the advantage on the 3rd Simon Koster SUI to 88nm yesterday.
350nm was 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.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8 The seven teams finished the Doldrum passage yesterday without the usual speed differences and contrary to the expectactions, the teams reached the southern trade winds almost at the same moment. The distances between the boats remained small and quite stable. 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) was only 1,5nm behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) this morning. The backmarker 'Scallywag' mit David Witt AUS had a backlog of 58nm. The next obstacle is the St-Helena anticyclone in the middle of the South Atlantic.
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Monday, November 13, 2017   

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 8 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.
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.
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Monday, November 13, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12 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.
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Monday, November 13, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 9

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 9 The extraodinary weather conditions over the South Atlantic allow François Gabart FRA to head straight forward for the Cape of Good Hope. He crossed 772nm during the past 2hrs, i.e. at an average speed of 31kn (57kmh). He extended the advantage on the existing record by 200nm on 230nm. Provided the favorable conditions persist, he will reach the Indian Ocean within two days and a massive advantage on the record. Inspite of the high speed, he had a 4h 13min sleep during the past 24hrs.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 7

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 7 After a race week, the seven teams are approaching the Equator. The innertropical convergence zone slowed the fleet substantially down and the boats are now even closer together. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was still first this morning 3,4nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA), 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) were only about 10nm behind. Even the backmarker 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR cut the backlog in half on 47nm. Today, the teams will reach the southern trade winds and the fleet will again be stretch over a longer distance.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 11

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 11 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.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017   (Image © Samantha Davis)

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6 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.
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.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 8

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 8 The weather situation on the South Atlantic seems to play in favour of François Gabart FRA, as the St-Helena anticyclone retracted considerably, allowing Gabart to leave the Brazilian coast and head directly on the Cape of Good Hope. His backlog on the record has now turned into and advantage of 33nm, that will grow in the coming days.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 6 With now all boats on practically the same heading, the drag race down South went on yesterday. The leading 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA was the first to touch lighter winds and the six following boats reduced all the backlog on the leader. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP on 2nd is 5nm back, another half-mile behind is 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd. In two days, the fleet will enter the innertropical convergence zone with its unpredictable wind pattern with lulls and thunderstorms that will most probably have a major influence on the positions.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 10

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 10 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.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017   (Image © Alan Roura)

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

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 6 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.
No change in the Class 40 as well with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP leading 30nm ahead of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 7

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 7 Along the Brazilian coast, François Gabart FRA with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Macif' has again regained normal speeds above 20kn, having allowed him to catch up almost 100nm of the backlog of the slow Doldrum crossing. He was still 55nm behind the record this morning. The next obstacle is now the widely stretched St-Helena anticyclone clearly visible on the race tracker.
The video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 5 Even after 5 race days, the leading teams are practically sailing at sight. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on the first position is only 6,5nm ahead of the 4th-placed 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED). 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) and 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) are on the ranks 2 and 3. As first team, 'Turn the tide on plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) decided yesterday evening to go in 'Stealth Mode', i.e. to remain invisible for opponents and the public during 24 hours. What will the surprise of the backmarker be in the approach to the Doldrums ?
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Friday, November 10, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 9

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 9 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.
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Friday, November 10, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 5

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 5 After five day's racing, clearly defined leading groups have separated from the bulk of the fleets in all four Classes.
In the big Ultime Trimarans, Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA are on the first place 17nm ahead of Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA. They both enter the innertropical convergence zone today and position changes will be possible.
Only separated by 1,6nm are the leading Multi-50-Trimaran: Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP defended their lead on Erwan Le Roux/Vincent Riou FRA.
Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA extended their lead in the Open 60s on 47nm. New on rank 2 are Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA, and another 10nm behind follow Morgan Lagravière/Eric Péron FRA. Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA remain on the 10th place.
In the Class 40, a group of four distanced the rest of the fleet. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP lead 25nm ahead of Maxim Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA on rank 4 are 50nm behind.
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Friday, November 10, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 6

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 6 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA passed thru the innertropical convergence zone loosing more than his advantage of 100nm. After two difficult days, he is now 148nm behind the old record. Touching the southern trade winds now, the Maxi-Trimaran 'Macif' has re-accelerated on the south-bound ride. The next obstascler is the St-Helena anticyclone, strechted over a larger area as usual in this season.
The race viewer and the video of the day, demonstrating the varying conditions in the Doldrums.
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