Offshore Racing – Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017   

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Final results, Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA overall winners

The second and last leg of tghe Les-Sables-Horta-Les-Sables regatta was concluded yesterday morning. Aymeric Chapellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA finished first 15 minutes ahead of Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA. The Anglo-French team, already second in leg 1, are the clear winners of the Class 44 offshore race.
The report.
Friday, July 21, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Nord-West Passage - a new adventure of Yvan Bourgnon SUI

 Beach-Catamaran - Nord-West Passage - a new adventure of Yvan Bourgnon SUI After rounding Cape Horn and a solo round-the-world journey, Yvan Bourgnon SUI started five days ago with his 6 meter beach catamaran to a new adventure: the North-West Passage of the American continent during the short ice-free period. The weather was extremely bad up-to-now and after three rainy days without sun, the solar-panel feeded batteries are empty and the auto-pilot is not operational for the moment. Comes in addition, that - inspite of foul-weather gear - he is all wet and freezing.
His facebook page contains videos, interviews and reports.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 20, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017   

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 6, arrivals in Les Sables today

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 6, arrivals in Les Sables today The fresh Westwind around 20 kn is pushing the fleet at high speeds direction Les Sables this morning. Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA are still leading with 56 nm left to the finish this morning. Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA follow 5 nm behind on rank 2. Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP are now on 3rd with a 10 nm backlog.
The race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017   

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 5

The wind forecast for yesterday was 25-30 kn from the West, but the reality brought gusts above 40 kn, and the 17 teams still in the race were chasing direction Les Sables at high speeds. This morning, Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA took the lead ahead of Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP 7 nm behind. Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA remained on rank 3. Tomorrow around noon, the first Class 40 will cross the finishline of leg 2 in Les Sables.
The race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (Image © Phil Sharp)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 4

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 4 The Class 40 fleet is now sailing back to Les Sables d'Olonne in a good 18 kn breeze at speeds above 10 kn. But now, a lull zone will slow down the boats and the gaps between the boats will again be substantially reduced.
Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP is still in the lead ahead of Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA 0,6 nm back on rank 2. With a backlog of 2,3 nm, Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA sail in the top group as well. 730 nm are left to the finish line in Les Sables.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   

 The new Beach-Catamaran 24 hours' record, established over the past weekend by Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI, is at 361 nm. A video reveals the details of this adventure course, taken during their ride across the Baltic Seas, that ended almost with a desaster, as the multihull leaked and sunk almost.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   

Offshore records - the new Maxi-Trimaran 'Gitana' has been launched yesterday

 Offshore records - the new Maxi-Trimaran 'Gitana' has been launched yesterday The 32-meter Trimaran 'Gitana', the first foiling offshore multihull, has been launched in Vannes FRA yesterday. No doubt, she will be able to improve a number of ocean records in the coming years. Her first start in a race has been planned for this fall, i.e. the Transat Jacques Vabre. Sébastien Josse FRA will be the skipper.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017   (Image © Phil Sharp)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 3, Santurde/Botin ESP reclaim lead heading East

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 3, Santurde/Botin ESP reclaim lead heading East After two days on a northern course searching for more wind, the fleet veered finally direction East heading for the arrival in Les Sables. Pablo Santurde/Gonazlo Botin ESP, winners of leg 1, have taken the lead 2,5 nm ahead of 'Oman Sail' with Sydney Gavignet FRA/Fahad al Hasni OMN.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017   (Image © Joel Le Gall)

Ocean Records - new Solo Transatlantic Record for Thomas Coville FRA

 Ocean Records - new Solo Transatlantic Record for Thomas Coville FRA After Francis Joyon FRA, who improved his Solo Transatlantic Record last week, it was Thomas Coville FRA with his 'Sodebo' beating the record again with 4 days, 11 hours and 10 minutes from New York to Cape Lizard at the most Southwest point of England, at an average speed of 28,35kn ! The next attempt will follow soon, as François Gabart FRA will attack the record as well on his journey back from the USA to Europe.
The news.
Sunday, July 16, 2017   

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 2, light winds, Bouvet/Guichard FRA lead

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 2, light winds, Bouvet/Guichard FRA lead Light winds prevailed so far during leg 2 of the Class 40 Regatta Les Sables-Horta-Les Sables. The fleet is mostly heading North expecting fresher winds. Franz Bouvet/Thomas Guichard FRA, the most Eastern Boat, have been on the first position this morning, but considering the different courses, the rankings are rather relative.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017   (Image © Christophe Favreau)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 1, leg 2 back to France underway

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Day 1, leg 2 back to France underway Yesterday evening, the 17 two-person teams still in the race started on the Acores POR to leg 2 of their offshore race back to France. This morning, the fleet was still closely together and the distance between the leaders Marc Dubos/Jean-Luc Schoch FRA and the backmarkers 'Oman Sail' of Sydney Gavignet FRA/Fahad al Hasni OMN was only 8 nm.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017   

Ocean Records - new solo Trans Atlantic record for Francis Joyon FRA

 Ocean Records - new solo Trans Atlantic record for Francis Joyon FRA Two weeks ago, Francis Joyon FRA participated with his 100-foot trimaran in the race against the Ocean Liner 'Queen Mary II'. A week ago, he seized the good weather conditions to start a solo North Atlantic record attempt from New York back to Europe. Yesterday, he crossed the traditional finish line off Cape Lizard after 5 days, 2 hours and 7 minutes, improving his own record by 49 minutes.
The news
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017   

Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Mighty Merlow 1st multihull, Comanche first monohull, both with new course records

 Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Mighty Merlow 1st multihull, Comanche first monohull, both with new course records The 49th Transpac Race will be remembered as the year of the records as both the outright multihull and monohull times for the 2225 nm course from Los Angles to Honolulu have been officially eclipsed.
The ORMA-60 'Mighty Merloe' of HL Enloe USA and his crew, steered by Loïck Peyron FRA, took the line honors with an elapsed time of 04:07:03:30, improving on the 20 year old multihull record of 'Commodore Explorer' set at 05:09:18:26 by more than a day. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 'Phaedo3' finished roughly 3 hrs later and Giovanni Soldini's MOD70 'Maserati' took another 3 hours more.
The next record was beaten by the first monohull, the 100-foot 'Comanche' of Jim Clark USA steered by Ken Read USA, navigator Stan Honey USA, setting the monohull course record on 05:01:55:26, over half a day faster than the previous record set by 'Alfa Romeo II' of 05:14:36:20.
The official Transpac website and the race tracker
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record - new record for Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI

 Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record - new record for Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI After three restarts due to equipment failures, the 24-hours' record attempt for foiling F-20 Beach Catamarans finally got underway, and Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel succeeded to improve the existing record of Yan Bourgnon SUI with 361 nm and top speeds above 20 kn. However, the record cannot be homologated as they did not announce the attempt to the Speed Record Council lacking the money for the fees.
Sailing back after the record, bad luck stroke again as a lead in a hull 10 nm before the Polnish coast stopped them and the multihull began to sink. Fortunate enough, the Coast Guard arrived in time to save the duo.
A report and the project website.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record - Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI finished, result not yet posted

 Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record - Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI finished, result not yet posted In the late afternoon yesterday, Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI with their Foiler-Catamaran concluded their 24 hours' record attempt South of Karlskrona SWE, turning immediately South to head for the Polish coast near Gdansk POL, where they arrived during this night. Apparently, they have not yet found an Internet connection to reveal, whether they have been successful to improve 246 nm record of Yvan Bourgnon SUI. The information will certainly be posted on the project facebook page during the day. The GPS tracker.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 9, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017   (Image © Christophe Favreau)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 6, first arrivals in Horta, no position changes on top

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 6, first arrivals in Horta, no position changes on top Yesterday by noon, the first two Class 40 crossed the finish line in Horta/Acores POR. Having led for quite some time, Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP terminated the first leg from Les Sables to the Portuguese island in 5 days, 23 hrs and 05 min. Paul Sharp GBR/Corentin Douguet FRA followed as 2nd with a backlog of 45 min. Alexander Krause GER/Antoine Carpentier FRA on rank 3 arrived 5 hours later. 8 of the 19 teams arrived until this morning. More are expected during this Sunday.
The race tracker and the news.
Sunday, July 9, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record attempt - Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI underway again

 Beach-Catamaran - 24-hours' record attempt - Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI underway again After their unplanned repair stop in Denmark, Simon Koster/Yo Wiebel SUI restarted yesterday to their 24-hours' record attempt for Foiling Beach Catamarans. This morning, the duo was underway at a good 15 kn average speed, but without comparison to the existing record of Yvan Bourgnon SUI.
The race tracker, the website and the facebook page.
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