Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 24, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3, Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) 7th overall

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3, Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) 7th overall The Solitaire 2017 was concluded yesterday in Dieppe FRA in a fresh reaching breeze after four days in difficult light winds on the English Channel. Charlie Dalin FRA was the winner of the 4th and last leg. Nicolas Lunven FRA grasped his second Solitaire victory ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA and Charlie Dalin FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI on 'Teamwork' (Magenta Project) finished her second Solitaire as best woman on the excellent 7th place overall.
The rankings, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 23, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3 The fleet sailing under spi is now progressing rapidly direction Dieppe FRA in a fresh breeze after four light-wind days and will arrive around 7h UTC. The leading boats are still closely together with Charlie Dalin FRA on first 0,5 nm ahead of Sébastien Simon FRA and 0,7 nm in front of Alexis Loison FRA. With a 2,1 nm backlog, the best woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) was still on the 8th position.
The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 22, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 3 A fresh wind filled in during the crossing of the English Channel after the very light winds during the first hours of leg 4. The fleet made good progress and is sailing East along the English South Coast after having rounded the Wolf Rock on the most Southwestern point of England. Alexis Loison FRA was new on rank 1 this morning 0,5 nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA on rank 2. Thierry Chabagny FRA advanced on rank 3. Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) was up on rank 9 only 2 nm behind the leader.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, June 22, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 4

 Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 4 Early this morning, the first Protos have crossed the finish line off Douarnenez FRA. Ian Lipinski POL, together with David Raison FRA was once more the superior winner almost 5 hours ahead of Romain Bolzinger/Julien Bourgeois FRA 2. With an impressive finish, Jörg Riechers/Robert Stanjek GER advanced on rank 3 removing Simon Koster SUI/Axel Trehin FRA from the podium by 6 minutes. Until Press Deadline (6h UTC) 5 Protos had reached Douarnenez. The final outcome in the Series Minis will be very close. 15 nm before the arrival, Le Draoulec/Clarice Cremer FRA had a one mile lead on Thomas Dolan IRL/François Jambou FRA and auf Tanguy Bouroullec/William Blosse FRA.
The race tracker and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 2

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 2 Lulls all-over on the Atlantic Ocean yesterday again and the 43 Solo-Skippers progressed very slowly only in the 3-8 kn wind and the tide current. This morning, the closely packed fleet was about to cross the Channel to the most Southwestern point of England and back to Dieppe FRA.
Charlie Dalin FRA had a 0,5 nm lead on Sébastien Simon FRA this morning. Another 0,3 nm behind is Adrien Hardy FRA on rank 3. The first woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) is up on rank 12 with a deficit of only 1,4 nm on the leader.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 3

 Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 3 The large fleet of the Mini-Fastnet-Race is on the way back to France. In the Protos, Ian Lipinski POL/David Raison FRA have extended their lead on 20 nm. New on rank 2 are now Simon Koster SUI/Axel Tréhin FRA. In the Series-Minis, the leading group is sailing closely together: Erwan Le Draoulec/Clarice Cremer FRA have defended their first position 2 nm ahead of Thomas Dolan IRL/François Chabou FRA.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 1

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Day 1 Yesterday was the start to the final leg of the 2017 Bénéteau Solitaire off Concarneau FRA. Very light winds and a strong counter current slowed down the fleet considerably. This morning, the leader Alexis Loison FRA was only 0,1 nm ahead of Anthony Marchand FRA and Charlie Dalin FRA sailing neck-and-neck on rank 2. With only one nm backlog, The best-ranked woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) was on rank 13.
The uf Rang 13. Der race tracker, the video of the start and the daily news.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 2 This morning at Press Deadline, the first Minis just rounded the Fastnet-Rock. Ian Lipinski POL/David Raison FRA lead with an 11 nm advantage on Romain Bolzinger/Julien Bourgeois FRA. Another 2 nm behind were Simon Koster SUI/Axel Trehin FRA on the 3rd place. In the Series-Minis, Erwan Le Draoulec/Clarice Cremer FRA were in the lead.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 19, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Start today

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 4 - Start today Today at 13h UTC, the start to the 4th and last leg of the Bénéteau Solitaire will be given in Concarneau FRA, a race over 505 nm around the Wolf Rock off the most Southwestern point of England and back over the Channel to Dieppe FRA. Leader after three legs is Nicolas Lunven FRA 25 min ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA. The first woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) on 'TeamWork' is on the excellent 8th place among the 43 participants.
The ranking list and the preview. The race can be followed via GPS tracking.
Monday, June 19, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to the Mini-Fastnet-Race was given in Douarnenez FRA. This morning, the fleet had already crossed the Channel and passed the most Southwestern point of England at press deadline this morning, heading for the Fastnet Rock. In th Protos, the favorite Ian Lipinski POL sailing together with Stéphane Diraison FRA has already an advantage of 8 nm on the rest of the fleet. Charlie Fernbach/Benît Hantzperg FRA were leading in the Series Minis.
The race tracker and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Final results Yesterday afternoon, the 2017 Solitaire was concluded with the third and last leg of only 180 nm. Nicolas Lunven FRA finished first 6 minutes ahead of Gildas Mahé FRA. Another 7 minutes later followed Adrien Hardy FRA as 3rd. Justine Mettraux SUI could slightly improve her ranking and crossed the finishline as 17th with a 44 minutes backlog.
The ranking list of leg 3 and the news.
Saturday, June 17, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA

 Mini 650 - Mini-Fastnet-Race - Douarnenez FRA The Mini-Fastnet-Race, with 600 miles one of the longest races of the Mini-650 Class, will begin today with the Prologue.
29 Protos are on the starting list, among them the dominator of the Class Ian Lipinski POL (pairing with Stéphane Diraison FRA) will be the one to beat in the Protos. Interesting will be the comeback of Jörg Riechers GER, for the first time on his foiling 'Lilienthal'. Among the participants is also Simon Koster SUI with his '8-Cube'.
In the Series Minis, Valentin Gautier SUI has good chances to sail with the best. Yann Burkhalter is the second Swiss starting.
The entry list and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1 Since yesterday afternoon, the 43 solo skipper fleet has been underway around the Breton islands in leg 3 of the Solitaire. Light winds and the strong current make sailing tactically very challenging. This morning, Nicolas Lunven FRA was first 0,2 nm ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA 2nd, as well as Gildas Mahé FRA on 3rd. The backlog of Justine Mettraux SUI was 2,5 nm, ranked 22nd in the closely packed fleet.,
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Start today

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 3 - Start today The start to leg 3 of the Solitaire over 120 nm around the Bretagne islands will be given today in Concarneau. The tide current will above all make the race difficult. Leader after the first two legs is Nicolas Lunven FRA with a 12 minutes' advantage on Adrien Hardy FRA. Charlie Dalin FRA on the 3rd position is 30 min behind. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) on 'Teamwork' is on the good 8th place with a backlog of 1 hr 35 min.
The overall ranking list and the news with a previeu on leg 3 and the weather forecast.
Thursday, June 15, 2017   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)

IRC - Giraglia Race - St.Tropez FRA - Day 1

 IRC - Giraglia Race - St.Tropez FRA - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to the Giraglia Race over 260 nm from St-Tropez around the Giraglia Rock (North of Corsica FRA) to Genoa has been given. In light winds, the leading boats were just about to round the Rock this morning. The IRC-0 72-foot Maxi 'Caol Ila' of Alex Schaerer GBR was in the lead, 0,7 nm ahead of 'Momo'. another 72-footer. The race tracker.
Over the past weekend, the Giraglia Cup was held in St-Tropez. Here all ranking lists.
The event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 2 - Day 4, with Justine Mettraux SUI, Magenta Project

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Concarneau FRA - Leg 2 - Day 4, with Justine Mettraux SUI, Magenta Project Yesterday, the fleet reached the finish line of Leg 2 of the Solitaire off Concarneau FRA, shortened because of the very light winds, closely together. Adrien Hardy FRA was first 45 sec ahead of Erwan Tabarly FRA. Another 50 sec back was Nicolas Lunven FRA 3 on 3rd. With a backlog of 27 minutes, the best woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) finished 13th.
Therankings of leg 2 and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Gijon ESP - Leg 2 - Day 3

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Gijon ESP - Leg 2 - Day 3 The very light wind conditions prompted Race Management to shorten the second leg of the Solitaire yesterday, in order to be ready for leg 3 on time. This morning, the new leader Pierre Quiroga FRA had 104 nm left to the finish. Erwan Tabarly FRA and Anthony Marchand FRA were only 1,2, respectively 1,5 nm behind. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI (Magenta Project) on the good 10th place had a 3,6 nm backlog.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 12, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Gijon ESP - Leg 2 - Day 2

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Gijon ESP - Leg 2 - Day 2 Light and unconstant winds prevailed also on the second day of leg 2 of the Solitaire. However, the westerly breeze allowed the fleet to head directly on the port of call Concarneau FRA. The leading Sébastien Simon FRA is still over 300 nm from the arrival. With very small gaps between the boats, the final outcome will only be decided in the approach to the finish line. 1,5 nm behind Simon follows Martin Le Pape FRA, Pierre Quiroga FRA 3 is 0,7 nm back. The best women Justine Mettraux SUI is still well positioned on rank 9 with a 4,5 nm deficit.
The Der race tracker and the reports (also in English).
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