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News – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12 The seven boat's fleet is split ! 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR opted for the easterly direct route to Cape Town and are now on the positions 1 and 3. But this is a risky way, as the St-Helena high with increasingly lighter winds is not far away. The rest of the fleet preferred to take the westerly deviation with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading and the backlog on the leader of 39nm will most probably be compensated today.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16 Meanwhile, 9 Protos and 10 Series Minis finished the race in Le Marin/Martinique FRA. Valentin Gautier SUIjust crossed the line this morning as 7th Series Mini. Whether the winner of leg 1 will be on the overall podium as 3rd behind Erwan Le Draoulec FRA 1st and Clarisse Crémer FRA 2nd with this rank is not yet known. Today, 10 more finishers are expected in Martinique.
The race tracker and the news.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12 The winners in the two multihull classes are known and the Open 60 will be next to arrive in Bahia with most likely Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA on their 'Virbac' crossing the ling as first by tomorrow evening. The second-ranked Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA were almost 100nm behind this morning UTC.
In the Class 40, Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA were the team of the day with an Etmal of 160nm, and in the middle of the Doldrums, they are now up on rank 3 only 2,5nm behind the still leading Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Friday, November 17, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13 Squeezed between the lulls of an anticyclone in the North and the iceberg zone in the South, François Gabart FRA snakes his way across the Indian Ocean. His fabulous time of 11 days and 20 hours at the Cape of Good Hope is an absolute speed record, faster than all previous multihulls even with full crews. This morning, his advantage on the record was 920nm.
The race viewer, the daily news and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4 Yesterday, the Quarter Finals were on the program the WIM in Busan KOR. Anna Östling SWE, Lucy McGregor GBR, Pauline Courtois FRA and Trine Palludan DEN clearly qualified for the Semi Finals all with a 3-0 score. The Semis are already underway this morning UTC. The domination of the unbeaten Trine Palludan DEN continues with a 2-0 lead on Anna Östling SWE. The match Lucy McGregor GBR and Pauline Courtois FRA was 1-1 at press deadline this morning.
The results and the event website with reports.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1

 Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1 The Cata-Cup on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, attracting every year a number of teams to enjoy some warm and sunny days, began yesterday with a 20nm race around the island. The favorites have taken the lead with the Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigkonis GRE as first, overtaking the constantly leading Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert FRA just before the finish line. On rank 3 followed Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA. 49 teams from 12 nations participate.
The results, the news (in French) and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

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News – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15 'Rush hour' in Le Marin/French Caribbeans since yesterday with more and more Minis finishing the race, won by Ian Lipinsky POL. 10hrs after the 2nd-ranked Jörg Riechers GER, Simon Koster SUI crossed the finish line as 3rd Proto, at the same time rank 3 overall. The news.
This morning at 2:30h, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA (age 20) finished as winner in the Series Minis. Here the news, and this victory is most probably also the first place overall, as Clarisse Crémer FRA underway as 3rd was 100nm back at the last checkpoint yesterday evening UTC. In leg 1, she was 8hrs ahead of Le Draoulec. Today, 10-12 more Minis will arrive on Martinique.
The race tracker updated hourly as from now on, and also the various news reports.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11 The seven VOR teams are now about half-way of the leg 2 distance to Cape Town off the Brazilian coast. The moderate southern trade winds push the boats at high speeds from 15 to 20kn.
The positions this morning have been shaken up as the different courses sailed by the still closely together fleet have a major influence. The formerly leading duo 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' remained in the West, while the backmarkers 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) opted for an easterly course, more direct to Cape Town, and are now in the lead. All depends on the extension of the calmy St-Helena high pressure system, that has been growing in the last hours making the direct way to the port of call less attractive.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the day.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11 At press deadline this morning (6h UTC), 'Arkema' with Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP crossed the finish line in Bahia BRA as winner of the Multi 50s. The Ultime-Trimaran of Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI expected before did not finish as at 18.15h UTC, their Tri 'Prince de Bretagne' dismasted just 93 miles from the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
In the Open 60s, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA have left the Doldrums behind defending their lead of 76nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenole Gahinet FRA.
The Class 40 have reached the innertropical convergence zone this morning, and the fleet is closing up. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are only 5nm in front of Maxime Sorel/ Antoine Carpentier FRA.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12 This morning at 6h UTC, François Gabart FRA rounded the Cape of Good Hope in the new solo record time of roughly 11 days. He has lost some speed compared to Tuesday, but nevertheless, he extended the advantage on the record to 763nm. Gabart is sailing on the 45th parallel south, not far away from the iceberg zone. A very busy day with only 1h 22min sleep and 2260 revs at the winch !
The race tracker with all other details and the video of the day.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3 The Round Robin at the WIM in Busan was concluded this morning UTC and the Quarter Finals are now underway. The stellar winner of the Round Robin with 11-0 W/L, Trine Palludan DEN, will meet Sarah Parker AUS in the Quarters. The other three matches were all 1-0 at press deadline: Anna Östling SWE leads over Renée Groenveld NED, Lucy McGregor GBR over Caroline Sylvan SWE and Pauline Courtois FRA over Marinella Laaksonen FIN.
The results and the event website.
 
News – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL Yesterday, Ian Lipinski POL crossed the finish line of the Minitransat 2017 after 13 days and 22 minutes as winner in the Protos. Dominator of the Class for years, he is the first in the 40-years' history of the Minitransat to win in the Series and the Protos Minis. This morning, Jörg Riechers GER will arrive in Le Marin as second. Simon Koster SUI is on a solid 3rd place with a 25nm advantage on the 4th Andrea Fornaro ITA 130nm off Le Marin.
Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, leader in the Series Minis, is expected on Martinique tomorrow morning. With a 77nm advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA, he is on a safe way for victory. He will also become the overall winner as his backlog on Clarisse Crémer FRA in leg one was only 16min.
The race tracker und the news.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10 The closely packed fleet is sailing down South at speeds around 17kn along the Brazilian coast. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is still leading 1,6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) with a 57nm backlog has still an option to finish first in Cape Town. The coming 24h are important for the strategy to follow. With the St-Helena anticyclone compressed by a depression vortex in the South, their is an option to head straight for Cape Town, as did François Gabart successfuilly in his record ride two days ago. It might well be, that one or the other teams goes into stealth mode to leave the opponents in doubt about the decision made.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA

 New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA We reported yesterday on the new Kiteboard Speed World-Record established on Monday. With 57,97kn (107,32 km/h), Alexandre Caizergues FRA was over one knot faster compared with his previous record. In the coming days, the wind will be rather light. The channel will be open for more record attempts until December 3. Tomorrow, the fastest American Kiter Rob Douglas USA will arrive.
The official report (in French).
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10 Next to arrive in Bahia after the two Ultime-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Edmond de Rothschild' - both Foiler Trimarans of the latest generation - are Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI with their old-design Tri expected in the night on tomorrow.
The decison in the Multi 50 seems clear, as the 2nd-ranked 'FenétréA' of Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA has apparently technical problems and stopped. With 550nm to the finish, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP are now 112nm in front. They will arrive tomorrow morning as well.
No change in the Open 60: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA lead with a solid 78nm advantage.
The frist three in the Class 40 were separated by 0,4nm only this morning with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on top.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart François Gabart FRA accelerated even more yesterday on the South Atlantic and is already down on the Roaring Forties. Today, he will pass the Cape of Good Hope with a 608nm advantage - roughly one day - on the previous record. Covering 824nm in 24hrs yesterday, he has improved the solo 24h-record by 36nm, an average speed of 35kn (63km/h). Record also was the sleep time with 7h53min, the longest ever !
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2 Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE.
The results and the daily news.
 
News – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8 The line honours at the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 went to Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA ! As expected yesterday, the experienced round-the-world record holder Coville with Nélias as co-skipper on their Ultime-Trimaran crossed the finish line as first after 7 days and 22 hours. With a 1h 48min backlog arrived Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA in Bahia BRA.
In the Multi 50, the Doldrum passage brought about a leader change. Within 24 hours, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP transformed a 44-mile-deficit into a 40mn advantage. Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA stalled in the innertropical convergence zone for too long.
The first Open 60 to be decelerated was 'Virbac' with Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA earfly this morning UTC. Her advantage of 37nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA will melt even more during the day.
In the Class 40, Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP reclaimed the first place. Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA follow 6nm behind. Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA 9nm back are not far away.
The tace tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9 The fleet has accelerated in the southern trade winds, still lead by 'Dongfeng' with Charle Caudrelier FRA, 5,5nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), and reached the Brazilian coast during the past night. The normally disturbing St-Helena anticyclone is less extended as usual and most probably, the teams will decide to veer East direction Cape Town soon.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record

 Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record Not only in Namibia, but also in the Camargue/South of France, speed record attempts have been started. A very strong Mistral of up to 60kn did set the stage for top speeds. Sailing with a 6,4 m2-Kite, Alex Caizergues FRA established a new speed record for kiteboarders with 57,97kn (107,32 km/h). The record attempts will continue until December 3rd.
The news.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13 Ian Lipinski POL will cross the finish line of the Mini Transat in Le Marin as winner this afternoon UTC. This morning, only 100nm were left. Rank 2 will go to Jörg Riechers GER 70nm behind the leader who extended the advantage on the 3rd Simon Koster SUI to 88nm yesterday.
350nm was the distance left for Erwan Le Draoulec FRA in the Series Minis. His advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA has grown to 94nm. The French woman is now in a duel for rank 2 with Tanguy Bourroullec FRA, who gained miles on his southern course and was this morning only 14nm behind.
The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Foiling Technology - for more than 100 years a topic - documentary film

The foiling technology has changed high-performance sailing in the past 10 years. Beginning with the flying Moths, more and more boats have been equipped with foils, from smaller and larger multihulls and dinghies to the America's Cuppers, Ocean Racers and wind- and kitesurfer boards, allowing to race at superior speeds.
The documentary film 'Flying Boats' presents the history of the foiler technology, beginning in the early 20th Century already. On November 21, the Premiere of this film will take place at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne SUI, an evening dedicated to foiling with short presentations such as the flying experiences of 'Team Tilt' or the successful series-production foiling boats of the Quant Shipyard, the leading-edge boats in the Swiss regatta scene already now. The latest model, the Quant 17, will be exposed in Lucerne. Here the presentation video.
The foiling evening will begin at 18.15h CET in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Here the details.
 
News – Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 8 The seven teams finished the Doldrum passage yesterday without the usual speed differences and contrary to the expectactions, the teams reached the southern trade winds almost at the same moment. The distances between the boats remained small and quite stable. 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) was only 1,5nm behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) this morning. The backmarker 'Scallywag' mit David Witt AUS had a backlog of 58nm. The next obstacle is the St-Helena anticyclone in the middle of the South Atlantic.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the day .
Monday, November 13, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 8

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 8 The leaders in the Ultime Trimarans Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA will arrive at Bahia BRA before noon as winners of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017. 107nm before the finish line, they have an advantage on the 2nd-ranked Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA of 54nm. The other classes will be underway for some more days.
Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA, leader in the Multi 50 have 1'335nm left to the finish. Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP 46nm behind have still a chance to win the race. Both trimarans were in the Doldrums this morning and trailed at speeds around 6kn.
The Open 60 are about to reach the innertropical convergence zone as well without position changes: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA are 62nm ahead of Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA.
In the Class 40, Maxime Sorel/Antoin Le Carpentier FRA have replaced Phil Sharp/Pablo Santurde ESP on top of the rankings, but the advantage on the 2nd was only 1,2nm. Only 10nm farther back, Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Voayant FRA follow closely.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 12 Roughly 300nm were left for Ian Lipinski POL to the finish line in Le Marin this morning. Yesterday's Etmal was 221nm, and, keeping this pace, he would arrive by tomorrow evening already. Winner of the day in the Protos was Jörg Riechers GER on rank 2, who reduced the backlog on the leader to 123nm, thanks to fresher winds on his southern course. Simon Koster SUI as 3rd is now 30nm behind Riechers.
No change on top of the Series Minis: Erwan Le Draoulec FRA extended his lead on Clarisse Crémer FRA to 82nm. Thomas Dolan FRA on 3rd reduced the gap to the French woman on 18nm. The final overall ranking is still undecided between Erwan Le Draoulec FRA and Clarisse Crémer FRA, separated by 8hrs in the leg one finish in favour of the French woman. All depends on the approch to Martnique, whether Crémer succeeds to defend the 8h advantage over Le Draoulec and become the first woman to win the Mini Transat.
The race tracker and the news.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 9

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 9 The extraodinary weather conditions over the South Atlantic allow François Gabart FRA to head straight forward for the Cape of Good Hope. He crossed 772nm during the past 2hrs, i.e. at an average speed of 31kn (57kmh). He extended the advantage on the existing record by 200nm on 230nm. Provided the favorable conditions persist, he will reach the Indian Ocean within two days and a massive advantage on the record. Inspite of the high speed, he had a 4h 13min sleep during the past 24hrs.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video summary of the first race week.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing On the occasion of the World Sailing Annual Assembly in Mexico, Stan Honey and Richard Slater made an impressive presentation on 'Technology, Tracking, Telemetry and Electronic Umpiring'. Honey is not only an excellent sailor/navigator, but as a Stanford graduated engineer also a leading head regarding position tracking of any kind since 1978, as e.g. the ETAK project. Honey's CV (PDF) does not need any explanation.
The 40-minute presentation can be replayed within the video of the Friday session (begins after 6h 42min). While Stan Honey gives a short overview on the technology yesterday, today and in the future, Richard Slater presents the practical implementation at the Bermuda America's Cup as experienced from the teams' side as well as race direction and umpires.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Race 6

 18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Race 6 Race 6 of the 18-Footer Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour was sailed yesterday in the freshest breeze so far, i.e. around 15kn. With 'Noakes Youth' of Kirk Mitchell/Daniel Barnett/Tim Westwood AUS, the sixth different team won a race, but the finish was very close as the surfing duel under spi ended with a 2sec difference leaving 'Panasonic Lumix' with Lachlan Doyle AUS on rank 2. Before the last race of the Championship on next Sunday, the first 6 teams are separated by 9 points in the overall rankings only.
The report with the full video and the link to the ranking lists.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM After several days without substancial winds, the weather forecast for today predicts 'normal Lüderitz conditions', and the chase for speed records will resume in Namibia. Normally, this seabreeze is building up during several days, and record speeds can be expected in the time ahead.
The event facebook page and a video interview with the record Kitesurfer Sébastien Cattelan FRA, who had launched the Lüderitz Speed-Week six years ago digging the speed channel with a bagger himself .... to fix a first world record with 55kn as a consequence.
 
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