Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Wednesday, August 15, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Les Sables d'Olonne - Leg 2 - Day 6

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Les Sables d'Olonne - Leg 2 - Day 6 Yesterday, Jörg Riechers GER finished first in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA as winner in the Mini Protos having raced at an average speed of 9,1kn in the leg 2 off the offshore race. Approaching the arrival, he distanced his last challenger Erwan Le Méné FRA by an hour. Overall winner is François Jambou FRA, winner of leg one, who finished 4th yesterday with a backlog of just 2 hours. Le Méné FRA and Riechers GER occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Series Minis, only Ambrogio Beccaria ITA, winner of leg 1, crossed the finish line in Les Sables. Félix De Navacelle FRA und Nicolas D'Estais FRA on the ranks 2 and 3 had 50nm to sail this morning CET, probably also their ranks in the overall classifications.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg2 - Day 5 -ETA today noon

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg2 - Day 5 -ETA today noon This afternoon, the first Protos will cross the finish line of leg 2 in Les Sables d'Olonne erreichen. 68nm before the arrival, Jörg Riechers GER leads 15nm ahead of Erwan Le Méné FRA. Nothing has been decided yet. François Jambou FRA, winner of leg one, follows as 3rd 48nm behind, and his overall victory is practically certain.
In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA will most probably also be first in leg 2, but behind him, the fight for the podium will be close.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, August 13, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 4

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 4 The fleet is making good progress in a 20kn rear wind.
This morning UTC, the leader of the Protos Erwan Le Méné FRA had 330nm left to the finish that he will probably reach tomorrow afternoon. Jörg Riechers GER sailing on a northern course is only 0,5nm behind. François Jambou FRA, the dominating winner of leg 1 follows with a 41nm backlog on rank 4.
In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA extended his lead on 19nm. The fight for rank 2 remains close: Nicolas D'Estais FRA on rank 2 is only 3nm ahead of Félix de Navacelle FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI follows as 5th with a 43nm deficit.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 4

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 4 The complete fleet having veered East is now sailing in a Westwind belt with peaks of up to 35kn, propelling the Minis with speeds of up to 12kn. But the rough sea is very demanding for the solo skippers.
Erwan Le Méné FRA leads in the Protos, but Jörg Riechers GER sailing on a more southern course has reduced the backlog on 2nm. In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA, winner of leg 1, has taken the lead 22nm ahead of Amélie Grassi FRA on rank 2.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 3

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 2 - Day 3 The fleet reached the predicted fresher westwinds during the past night and veered direcion East. In speeds exceeding 10kn, Erwan Le Méné FRA has taken the lead in the Protos 4nm ahead of Jörg Riechers GER on 2nd. In the Series Mini, leg 1 winner Ambrogio Beccaria ITA has taken the command. Valentin Gautier SUI 9,7nm back is on rank 2.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, August 10, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018   (Image © Joao Borba)

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 2 The Mini fleet is still heading North in southwesterly winds around 16kn searching for a fresher breeze.
Jörg Riechers GER keeps the lead in the Protos 2,5nm ahead of Axel Trehin FRA. François Jambou FRA, winner of leg 1, follows on 3rd.
In the Series Minis, leg 1 winner Ambrogio Beccaria ITA has again taken the lead. Félix De Navacelle FRA follows 1,6nm behind. The backlog of Valentin Gautier SUI on rank 3 is 2,5nm.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, August 9, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to leg 2 was given on the Acores for the 48 solo skippers heading back to France 1'600nm away. This morning, the fleet was still closely together sailing North in moderate winds.
In the Protos, Jörg Riechers GER leads while in the Series Minis, Arnaud d'Estais FRA is one mile ahead of Ambrogio Beccaria ITA, winner of leg 1.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Offshore Racing – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Sunday, August 5, 2018   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 14

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 14 Two Minis were still underway this morning, expected to finish in Horta today. On next Tueday, the start will be given for leg 2 back to Les Sables d'Olonne. In both classes, the leading boats are the clear favorites for the overall victory, as François Jambou FRA in the Protos and Ambrogio Beccaria ITA in the Series Minis have substantial advantages.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 13

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 13 Yesterday was rush hour in Horta: 12 of the 13 Protos still in the race and 16 of the 32 Series Minis concluded leg one. Very close was the battle for the ranks 2 to 4 in the Series Minis: Félix De Navacelle FRA, Amélie Grassi FRA and Valentin Gautier SUI finished within onl 4 minutes.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, August 3, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 12

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables - Leg 1 - Day 12 As expected, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA finished leg 1 in Horta as first of the Series Minis. This morning at 7hrs crossed Félix De Navacelle FRA the line as 2nd, while the fight for rank 3 will probably be decided on the finish line only between Amélie Grassi FRA and Valentin Gautier SUI separated by one mile only 19nm before the arrival. They are expected by this afternoon.
In the Protos after the winner François Jambou FRA and the second-ranked Erwan Le Méné FRA, Axel Trehin FRA and Jörg Riechers GER as 3rd and 4th arrived at Horta yesterday afternoon.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018   

Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables Leg 1 - Day 10 - François Jambou FRA wins leg 1

 Mini 650 - Les Sables-Les Acores-Les Sables Leg 1 - Day 10 - François Jambou FRA wins leg 1 Yesterday, after 9 days and 1 hous, François Jambou FRA with his round-bow Protos Mini crossed the finish line of leg 1 as winner. And this inspite of the fact, that the communication electronic broke down and he was withoun weather forecasts and positions. His advantage on the opponents is over a day and he will hardly loose his first place overall during leg 2. Erwan Le Méné FRA had still 57nm to sail this morning. The first non-French Jörg Riechers GER on 4th is 123nm behind.
In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA was 90nm from the arrival this morning. Julien Letissier FRA new on rank 2 was 99nm behind. Position changes are possible in the final approach to Horta this evening.
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