Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA

In 12 days, the start of the Vendée Globe Non-Stop-Solo-Round-the-World Race, this year the absolute highlight of sail racing, will be given at the French Atlantic Coast. A race of superlatives is awaiting us: half of the 33 participating Open 60s are equipped with foils, and a new record (74 days so far ) can be expected, although some of yachts will probably be eliminated by havaries. Until the start, we will present daily information of interest about this unique race, as available on the event website. ----- The Sables d'Olonne Race Village has already been opened for 10 days, offering visitors a racing atmosphere and daily entertainment. Here the program. ----- Want to participate? Enter the race from home, joining the virtual Vendée Globe. Several 100,000 participants will be online every day for 3 months!
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 22, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 5

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 5 In the race for the Monohull line honors, the two Polish Volvo 70 'I love Poland' of Grzegorz Baranowski POL and 'E1' with Zbigniew Gutkowski POL dueled in the final 10nm to the finish line in La Valetta MLT, and it was Baranowski having the upper-hand with a 23-minute advantage. ----- In calculated time, the Bénéteau First 45 'Elusive 2' of Aaron & Christoph Podesta MLT was on top ahead of the Ker 46 'Tonnerre de Glen' of Dominique Tian FRA. ----- Up-to-now, 18 of the 42 monohulls finished the race. ----- The ranking list and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 4

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 4 The light winds stretched the fleet of the Middlesea Race over a massive distance. Up-to-now, only 5 of the 6 multihulls arrived back in La Valetta. We reported the victory of 'Maserati' with Giovanni Soldini ITA yesterday. ----- The monohulls have rounded Lampedusa and are now on the home stretch direction Malta. 'I love Poland' of Grzegorz Baranowski POL passed Lampedusa in first. The Ker 46 'Tonerre de Glen' of Dominique Tian FRA lead in calculated time. ----- The ranking lists and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 3

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 3 Just before 21h CET yesterday evening, the trimaran 'Maserati' of Giovanni Soldini ITA crossed the finish line of the Middlesea Race in La Valetta, taking the line honors after 2 days 8 hours underway. The news. Only 15 minutes later, the MOD70-trimaran 'Mana' with Brian Thompson GBR arrived as 2nd, winning the race in calculated IRC-rating time. ----- The rest of the fleet is still underway. The first monohull is in the approach of Lampedusa, the last island to be rounded after Pantelleria, where the Volvo 70 'I love Poland' of Grzegorz Baranowski POL was leading. In calculated time, the TP52 'Freccia Rossa' of Vadim Yakimenko RUS was on the first position. ----- The race tracker, all ranking lists and the news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 2 - the two trimarans are extending the lead

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 2 - the two trimarans are extending the lead On day two of the Middlesea Race sailing in light winds, the two leading trimarans already rounded the Pantelleria Island extending the advance on the bulk of the fleet. This morning UTC, the MOD70-trimaran 'Mana' with Brian Thompson GBR was in the first position closely followed by the 70-foot-trimaran 'Maserati' of Giovanni Soldini ITA. ----- The monohulls however passed Stromboli and are sailing North of Sicily. The leader in calculated time is the Swan 50 'Balthasar' of Louis Balcaen BEL. ---- All ranking lists, the race tracker and the daily news
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 18, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 1

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 1 The start to the 2020 Middlesea Race was given in La Valetta MLT yesterday in a moderate breeze. Meanwhile, the wind slackened considerably and only the leading trimarans made good progress, rounding Stromboli already this morning. North of Sicily, the MOD-70-trimarana 'Mana' Brian Thompson GBR closely leading ahead of Giovanni Soldini ITA on 'Maserati'. The first monohulls have passed the Strait of Medina with the TP52 'Freccia Rossa' of Vadim Yakimenko RUS on the first position. ---- The race tracker, the positions and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 17, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Start today

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Start today Today, the start of the 41st edition of the Middlesea-Race will be given in La Valetta. The traditional course around Sicily leads from Malta through the Strait of Messina, and rounding the islands Stromboli, Pantelleria, and Lampedusa back to La Valetta. Due to the Corona pandemic, the fleet is smaller this year, but nevertheless, there are 50 teams from 14 nations on the entry list. Favorites for the line honors are the two trimarans 'Maserati' and 'Shockwave'. ----- The course can be followed live over GPS tracker. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Monday, September 28, 2020
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 26, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020   

Orcas attack sailing yachts - exclusion zone in northern Spain!

 Orcas attack sailing yachts - exclusion zone in northern Spain! At Cape Finisterre in northwest Spain, repeated attacks by orcas on sailing yachts were reported in recent weeks. Numerous sailboats with broken rudders had to be rescued by the coast guard. Spain has now closed an approximately 100km long coastal zone for all sailing yachts under 50 feet. Biologists suspect that the orcas have no bad intentions: They just 'want to play'! ----- The report.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 20, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire du Figaro - St.Nazaire FRA - Final results - Le Cleach FRA winner

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire du Figaro - St.Nazaire FRA - Final results - Le Cleach FRA winner The wind vanished completely and the final fourth leg of the 2020 Solitaire Figaro had to be canceled yesterday evening. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA could celebrate his third win in this classic French single-handed race. Only 10 minutes behind followed Frédéric Duthil FRA as 2nd. Tom La Perche FRA finished on rank 3. ----- Kevin Bloch FRA on rank 12 was the best rookie ahead of Nils Palmieri SUI on 18th as 2nd. ----- The final ranking list and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 19, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020   

Class 40 - Normandy Channel Race - Caen FRA - Victory for Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI !

 Class 40 - Normandy Channel Race - Caen FRA - Victory for Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI ! After a muscly final with up to 35kn headwind, Valentin Gautier/Simon Koster SUI, 'Banque du Leman', finally scored the bullet in the 11th Normandy Channel Race after 4 days 20 hours 25 minutes, and 30 seconds of racing. They made the finish line just 6 minutes ahead of 'Crédit Mutuel' of Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA. During the night, Antoine Carpentier/Nichola Groleau FRA ('Redman') decided the duel for rank 3 in their favor. ----- The ranking list and the news.
Saturday, September 19, 2020   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire du Figaro - St.Nazaire FRA - Leg 4 - Start today

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire du Figaro - St.Nazaire FRA - Leg 4 - Start today This evening at 18h UTC, the start to the final fourth leg of the Solitaire will be given off St-Nazaire. Due to the variable weather forecast - a depression provides for moderate winds with rain squalls - the course has been reduced on 80 miles. ----- Most interesting will be the duel on top: Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Fréderic Duthill FRA only 10 minutes behind are practically neck-and-neck, considering the strong currents and light winds. Tom Laperche FRA on rank 3 is already over one hour in arrear. ----- The preview.
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 18, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020   

BREAKING NEWS: Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI win the Normandy Channel Race !

 BREAKING NEWS: Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI win the Normandy Channel Race ! At 15.30h CET this afternoon, 'Banque du Léman' with Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI crossed the finish line of the Normandy Channel Race as winners, their first important victory in the Class 40. They succeeded to overtake and distance the leading 'Credit Mutuel' of Ian Lipinsky POL/Julien Pulve FRA in the final approach to St-Nazaire with 6 minutes. The fight for rank 3 will be very fierce with the decision expected around midnight. ----- The race tracker, the news and the Facebook page with photos and videos.
Friday, September 18, 2020   

Class 40 - Normandy Channel Race - Caen FRA - Day 5

With 100nm left, 'Credit Mutuel' of Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA and 'Banque du Léman' with Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI remain in a close duel for victory. The Swiss were leading temporarily yesterday, but this morning UTC, they were again 2nm behind, however with a superior upwind speed. Nils Boyer/Pierrick Letouze FRA on the 3rd position were already 23nm behind. ETA this Friday afternoon UTC. ---- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
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