Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 18, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019   

Various Classes - Les Voiles de St-Barth - St-Barthélemy FRA - Day 3 - Local Knowledge Pays Off for Round the Island Race

 Various Classes - Les Voiles de St-Barth - St-Barthélemy FRA - Day 3 - Local Knowledge Pays Off for Round the Island Race For yesterday’s tricky Round the Island race, local knowledge paid off for the race veterans that knew how to successfully navigate the challenges on the 24–32nm courses around St-Barth’s rocky cliffs in a 12–15kn northeasterly with 30° wind shifts.
Here the results, the day 3 report, the photos and the event website.
Today is lay day, racing resumes on Friday and lasts until April 20.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019   

Various Classes - Les Voiles de St-Barth - St-Barthélemy FRA - Day one

 Various Classes - Les Voiles de St-Barth - St-Barthélemy FRA - Day one Perfect conditions prevailed yesterday at the start of the 10th anniversary edition of Les Voiles de St-Barth for the 66 entrants in nine classes racing around the west side of St-Barth on racecourses ranging from 24 – 36 nautical miles in 15 – 20 knots of breeze. Read the day one report with all details on the various fleets and photos, and check-out the results.
The event website.
Racing is planned from April 15 to 20.
Offshore Racing – Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019   

Mini 650 - Plastimo Mini Lorient - Lorient FRA - Final results

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Mini Lorient - Lorient FRA - Final results Meanwhile, all 68 two-person teams have finished the first important Mini event of the 2019 season with Fréderic Denis/Luke Berry FRA as winners as reported yesterday. The best Series Mini with Jezequel/Hantzperg FRA crossed the line as 4th, followed by Simon Koster SUI/Henrik Witzmann GER on 6th overall. Yesterday afternoon, Juliette Graf SUI terminated her first Mini offshore regatta teaming with Olivier Desport FRA on the 38th position.
The race tracker with the ranking list and the final report
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Final results

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Final results Winning leg 3 of this two-person team regatta, Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR finished on top of the Sardinha Cup overall rankings, i.e. the inaugural regatta of the new Figaro-3-Class equipped with foils. Lois Berrehar/Thomas Rouxel FRA on rank 2 finished just one point ahead of Xavier Macaire/Achille Nebout FRA on 3rd.
The results and the final report.
Sunday, April 14, 2019   (Image © Thomas Deregnieaux)

Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 2 This morning at 2h UTC, Fréderic Denis/Luke Berry FRA finished first in the 320nm lorient Mini race 15min in front of François Jambou/Pascal Viefet FRA. Another 30min later, Axel Trehin/ClémentBouyssou FRA crossed the finish line as 3rd. Mathieu Gobet/Fred Moreau SUI are 3h10min behind on rank 12. Up to now, 17 of the 68 two-person teams completed the race. Juliette Graf SUI/Olivier Desport FRA on the 35th position had 15nm left this morning.
The race tracker, the news and the event facebook page.
Sunday, April 14, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 2 - Day 6 - Victory for Aymeric Chapellier FRA

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 2 - Day 6 - Victory for Aymeric Chapellier FRA Yesterday, Pietro Luciani ITA and his team crossed the finish line of leg 2 at the port of destination La Rochelle FRA as first. The overall victory of this West - East Transatlantic Regatta goes to Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team keeping 17 minutes from their advantage in leg one of this race. On rank 3 followed Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 2

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 2 61nm are left for Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR still leading this morning UTC in leg 3 of the Sardinha Cup and now also in command in the overall rankings. New on rank 2 are Xavier Macaire/Achille Nebout FRA 2nm behind. On rank 3 followed Arthur Levaillant/Pascal Bidegorry FRA.
The winds yesterday were very light and the Foiling Figaro 3 yachts could not fly.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Saturday, April 13, 2019   (Image © Thomas Deregnieaux)

Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 1 In Lorient FRA, the Mini 650 season was kicked off with the first race of the year, the Lorient Mini for two-person teams over 215nm. By this morning UTC, 70nm were completed, mostly in very light winds with Frédéric Denis/Luke Berry FRA leading the 68 boat fleet, just one mile ahead of François Jambou/Pascal Fievet FRA.
The race tracker, the report on the start and the event facebook page.
Saturday, April 13, 2019   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 5

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 5 Pietro Luciani ITA and his team are still in front of the fleet now reduced on 10 Class 40s, but Aymeric Chappellier FRA new on 2nd has shortened the backlog on 8nm. The calms over the Bay of Biscay Bay are decelerating the boats and the gaps are decreasing. 173nm were left to the finish in La Rochelle FRA this morning UTC.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 12, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1 31 two-person teams were finally ready to start to the third and last leg of the Sardinha Cup yesterday in moderate winds around 10kn. This morning UTC, the Figaro 3 fleet was still closely together with the Vendée Globe skippers Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR on first one mile ahead of Corentin Douget/Corentin Horeau FRA and Arthur Levaillant/Pascal Bidegorry FRA neck and neck.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Friday, April 12, 2019   (Image © Pierrick Garenne)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 4

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 4 No changes in the positions of the leading trio this morning UTC with Pietro Luciani ITA and his team on first but with a reduced advantage of 17nm on Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP, closely followed by Aymeric Chappellier FRA. The fleet is about to pass Cap Finisterre at the most north-western point of Spain in slackening winds during this morning reducing the gaps between the boats.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 3

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 3 Pietro Luciani ITA and his team remains on first with a 25nm advantage on Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP new on 2nd. The overall leader Aymeric Chappellier FRA follows closely behind on 3rd. On their ride direction La Rochelle FRA, the Class 40 were favored so far by well-established rear winds, but today, the fleet will enter a lull zone reducing the gaps between the yachts.
The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, April 11, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Heute Start

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Heute Start Today a 13h UTC, the start to the third and final leg 3 of the two-person Sardinha Cup will be given. The 33 Figaro 3 foiling yachts will be underway on the 322nm course during roughly 2 days. Moderate winds have been announced.
After the first two legs, Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA are in the lead ahead of Samantha Davies GBR/Yann Eliès FRA.
The positions after two legs, the preview and the race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 2

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 2 The fleet is making good speed in rear winds around 15kn and after two days underway, the three overall leading boats are again in the first positions.
Pietro Luciani ITA (replacing Catherine Pourre FRA) and his team sails 5nm ahead of the overall leader Aymeric Chappellier FRA. The two-person team Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP follows on rank 3.
The race tracker and thedaily news.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow for a 200nm race

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow for a 200nm race As reported yesterday, the start to the third and final leg of the Sardinha-Cup, planned for Tuesday, had to be postponed to repair the numerous mostly minor equipment defects on the Bénéteau Figaro 3 foiling monohulls. Based on the progress made, it has been agreed that the start will be given tomorrow Thursday for a 200nm round course off the French Atlantic Coast, a roughly 30-hour race for the remaining 33 two-person teams, including 6 mixed gender with most experienced offshore team members.
The preview.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1 Yesterday on the Acores, the start to the second leg of the Défi Atlantique - the West to East Class 40 Transatlantic Race to La Rochelle FRA - was given, and after 20 race hours, the leg 1 winner Aymeric Chappellier FRA was again on first this morning UTC, 8nm ahead.
Leaving Horta/Acores, Chappellier FRA and his team had a 9 hour advantage over Cathérine Pourre FRA, who had do leave the boat for professional reasons. Her team will be finishing the race without her. The third-ranked De Pavant FRA/Pella ESP were 24 hours back after leg 1.
The news of the start and the race tracker.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start postponed

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start postponed The start to the third and last leg 3 of the Sardinha Cup, planned for today Tuesday, has been postponed to the coming weekend. The Bénéteau Figaro 3, first production foiling one-design monohull, was in real stress-test, especially in the rough conditions of the second leg of its inaugural offshore regatta during almost three days on the open sea. 9 of the 34 teams were forced to abandon the race. Most equipment failures were at the spreader fixings causing mast breaks. Time is needed for repairs ... and the recovery time for the two-person teams is appreciated as well.
Leading in the overall rankings after to legs are Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA. The first mixed-team Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR, both 2020 Vendée Globe skippers, follows on rank 2. Handicapped by equipment problems and therefore down in the combined 2-leg rankings are among others the mixed-teams Justine Mettraux/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA (rank 20), Loïc Peyron/Amélie Grassi FRA (rank 27) and Joan Mulloy/Mike Golding GBR (rank 32).
The reports
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Leg 2 - Final results

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Leg 2 - Final results The slackening winds in the approach to the finish provoked major position changes yesterday. Winners after 2 days and 2 hours were Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA 3 minutes ahead of Martin Le Pape/Thierry Chabagny FRA. Loïs Berrehar/Thomas Rouxel FRA followed on 3rd with a 4:46min backlog. The best mixed two-person team of Samantha Davies GBR/Yann Eliès FRA is on 4th.
The ranking list and the news
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 2

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 2 No change on top of the rankings after 2/3 of the course completed in a fresh 20kn breeze with Charles Caudrelier/Fabien Delahaye FRA leading this morning UTC closely followed by Arthur Le Vaillant/Pascal Bidégorry FRA one mile behind.
Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR on 8th are the best mixed team 3nm ahead of Justine Metrraux SUI/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on rank 17 among the 32 teams still racing.
The fleet is expected to arrive this afternoon.
The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, April 4, 2019   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 1 - Day 12 - five teams arrived

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 1 - Day 12 - five teams arrived After Aymeric Chappelier FRA and Cathrine Pourre FRA having arrived yesterday morning UTC, three more teams completed leg 1 of the Transatlantic W-E race during the day. As expected, Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP finished on 3rd with a 33hrs backlog. On the ranks 3 and 4 followed the teams of Andrea Fattini ITA and Miranda Merron FRA. The lull patch before the final approach to the Acores stretched the fleet considerably.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Coix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Coix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1 Charles Caudrelier/Fabien Delhaye FRA were leading this morning in the 405nm leg 2 of the Sardhina Cup with an advantage of one mile on Benjamin Schwartz/Cédric Pouligny FRA and Tom Laperche/Ronan Treussart FRA. The mixed-team Justine Mettraux SUI/Gwenolen Gahinet FRA follows 4nm back on rank 9. Fresh winds between 15 und 20kn keep the 33 teams still in the race busy.
This morning UTC, one third of the distance was reached with the fleet still closely together.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Chappellier FRA winner

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Chappellier FRA winner Shortly after press deadline yesterday morning UTC, Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team crossed the finish line off Horta/Acores as winner of leg 1, as expected. 8 hours later, Catherine Pourre FRA and her team arrived at the port of call. The rest of the fleet was still underway this morning UTC. With an advantage of over 60nm on the following boats, Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP will most probably arrive next as 3rd.
The race tracker and the news.
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