Offshore Racing – Monday, March 30, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60, VOR65 - The Ocean Race 2021/22

In an interview with the Race Director Richard Mason by Richard Gladwell, editor Sail-World, details on the Ocean Race organization are being revealed. Two weeks ago, the route with the planned ports of call was presented, the groundwork for the detailed event planning and site setup in the coming 18 months before the start. Here comes part 1 of a 5-part-series.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020   (Image © Yvan Zedda - Transat CIC)

Corona News - the current status of Offshore events

 Corona News - the current status of Offshore events France is undoubtedly the heart of offshore sail racing, an attractive playing field for a large community of professional and amateur sailors. Well run and initiative Class Organisations (Figaro, IMOCA, 650Mini, etc) ensure potential major sponsors that their investments are paying and sustainable. On top of this - and key - are race organisers such as OC Sport Pen Duick, launched in 1998 by Ellen MacArthur and Mark Turner for Ellen's Offshore Challenges. ------ Hervé Favre SUI, President and Offshore Sailing Events Director, gives an overview of major offshore events in the present Corona crisis situation. An interview published on the 'Tip and Shaft' website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 28, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020   (Image © Maxime Horlaville)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2010/21

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2010/21 Despite limited training opportunities, preparations for the Vendée Globe (Start November 2020) are ongoing. It is still open whether the two transatlantic regattas this summer - The Transat CIC and New York-Les Sables d'Olonne - really take place. These are the last qualification regattas for the 30 starting positions, 35 participants have registered. Or 34 now, after Giancarlo Pedote ITA had to announce his retirement from the race after the withdrawal of his sponsor - the news (ita.). ----- In a 5-part video series Alex Thomson GBR, one of the favorites for the race, grants one a look behind the scenes of his team.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020   

Corona News - sailing entertainment at home

 Corona News - sailing entertainment at home A few days ago, we promised to put together an entertainment program with sailing (or sea) films during the Corona crisis, an obvious intention that other sailing portals also have been taking up. ----- World Sailing has asked the sailing community to send in the best sailing and regatta films. It will be interesting to see which unknown or forgotten pearls will appear. ----- The news portal Sailingscuttlebutt has already published a list with links to well-known cinema films like Moby Dick, The Boat or Waterworld, as well as documentary films. Certainly interesting will be the portrait of the first one-hand circumnavigator Joshua Slocum CAN (1892-95) or the rounding of Cape Horn in a storm on a 3 master (1929). ----- A good program for the next two weeks !
Offshore Racing – Monday, March 23, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020   

Virtual Sailing - Transatlantic Race - Start today at 12h UTC

 Virtual Sailing - Transatlantic Race - Start today at 12h UTC No sailracing on the water, but interesting and challenging virtual sailing websites help a little bit to overcome the time away from our beloved sport during the Corona pandemia weeks. ----- E.g a virtual transatlantic race from La Rochelle FRA to Curaçao in the Caribbeans. There are four boat classes to choose from (Ultime, Open 60, Class 40, Figaro 3), and elite sailors like Samantha Davis GBR, Jérémy Beyou FRA, Boris Herrmann GER and Armel Le Cléac'h FRA join you as prominent opponents. The race should last around a week. ----- The news. ----- Start here !.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 22, 2020
Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 21, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020   

Open 60 - Alan Roura SUI ready for an intensive season, but .....

 Open 60 - Alan Roura SUI ready for an intensive season, but ..... Four years ago, the 23-year-old Alan Roura SUI participated in the Vendée Globe with a 16-year-old boat - the legendary 'Superbigou' of Bernard Stamm SUI - as the youngest participant of all time and surprised with a 12th place. Now, he will be taking part in the 2020/21 Vendée in November with a somewhat newer Open 60 equipped with foils. His goal is to complete the circumnavigation in less than 80 days, which would have given him the 5th place four years ago. To prepare for this, two transatlantic races are on the program this summer (if they take place!). ----- The report.
Offshore Racing – Friday, March 20, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020   

Class 40 - News from the Rösti Sailing Team

 Class 40 - News from the Rösti Sailing Team Yesterday, the Swiss 'Rösti Sailing Team' with Valentin Gautier SUI and Simon Koster SUI presented its program for the 2020 season. During the winter months, their boat was further optimized based on the experiences of the first season. The highlight of the season will be the Transat Quebec CAN-St.Malo FRA at the end of July. The race format requires a crew of at least 3 people. The offshore-experienced Justine Mettraux SUI will be an excellent addition to the male double ...... the Swiss offshore elite on one boat ! ----- The Class 40 will be transferred to Quebec end of May. ----- The news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, March 19, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020   

Vendée Globe 1990 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 30 Year Jubilee

 Vendée Globe 1990 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - 30 Year Jubilee Exactly 30 years ago, the first Vendée Globe came to an end in Les Sables d'Olonne. Back then, Titouan Lamazou FRA was 17 hours ahead of Loick Peyron FRA. Jean-Luc Van der Heede FRA followed in 3rd place. Report. ----- Preparations for the upcoming Vendée Globe are in full swing. On November 8th, 10 new-generation Foiler-Open-60 will be at the start .... spectacle guaranteed. ----- This summer, two transatlantic crossings as the last preparation and the final qualification for the limited number of 30 participants are planned, the first one to start in Brest FRA on May 10. Will they take place considering the Corona virus measures ?----- A preview.
Offshore Racing – Monday, March 16, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020   

IMOCA Open 60, VOR65 - The 2021/22 Ocean Race Route is announced

Last week, the organizers announced the route for the Ocean Race 2021/22. In addition to the VOR65 used the last time, the IMOCA Open 60 foilers will be part of the race for the first time. The Round-the- World Race with fully-crewed teams (formerly Whitbread Race and Volvo Ocean Race) follows the usual route. After the departure from Alicante ESP, the first stopover will be on the Cape Verde Islands. At the end of the race, two new destinations will be on the program: Aarhus and the Genoa as final port. Already 10 Open 60 and 8 VOR65 are on the entry list, among them the Open 60 of Thomas Ruyant FRA and Paul Meilhat FRA. The report.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 29, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020   

IRC - RORC Carribbean 600 - English Harbour ANT - Day 5

 IRC - RORC Carribbean 600 - English Harbour ANT - Day 5 The 600-mile race through the Caribbeans is drawing to a close. Meanwhile, 47 of the 59 monohulls remaining in the race have reached the finish line, the last one this morning being the First 47.7 'Kali' with Benedikt Clauberg SUI, the only Swiss team at the start. In the IRC Overall Ranking the TP52 'Outsider' with Bo Teichmann GER won.
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