Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 17/18 - New Skipper for AkzoNobel announced

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 17/18 - New Skipper for AkzoNobel announced Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch VOR entry team 'AkzoNobel' for the 2017-18 edition of the 83,000-kilometer around the world race, replacing the fired Simeon Tienpont NED. The forty-nine-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand is competing in his seventh Volvo Ocean Race after coaching the Swedish all-women entry Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition. In his earliest round-the-world days, he was a crew member on Pierre Fehlmann's 'Merit Cup', 2nd-ranked in the Whitbread Race 1997/8.
The news
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - In-Port Race Alicante

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - In-Port Race Alicante Moderate winds of up to 8 kn prevailed yesterday at the first In-Port Race of the 2018 Ocean Race in Alicante. Going right on the first upwind was the way to go and 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP booked a start-to-finish victory clearly ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA.
The news with results.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 14, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race - Alicante ESP - first In-Port Race today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race - Alicante ESP - first In-Port Race today The VOR65 Ocean Race begins today in Alicante with the first In-Port Races, to follow on livestream on this website beginning at 13h UTC. In a week's time, the start will be given to the first leg to Lisbon POR.
An eclat happened with team 'AkzoNobel' where the skipper Simon Tienpont NED was fired withoute notice. A new skipper shall be nominate before the start in a week. The news and the event website.
Saturday, October 14, 2017   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 14

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 14 Yesterday, the main bulk of the Mini Transat fleet arrived in Las Palmas, port of call of leg 1. Three Series Minis are still underway, two of them are expected this morning.
The race viewer. The start to leg 2 will be given on November 1. The news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, October 13, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 13

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 13 We reported yesterday on the victory of Valentin Gautier SUI - here the video of his arrival. As winner of the Series Minis, he finished third overall behind the two Protos of Ian Lipinski POL and Arthur Léopold Léger FRA. 23 Series Minis and 4 Protos are still underway.
The race tracker with the rankings, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 12, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 12 Leg 1 of the Mini Transat ended in Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP yesterday by noon with a tight duel in the Protos Minis between Ian Lipinski POL and Arthur Léopold Léger FRA. Lipinski crossed the finish line 1min 56 sec before the Frenchman. As 3rd with a 6hrs backlog arrived Erwan Le Mené FRA.
Swiss victory in the Series Minis with Valentin Gautier SUI arriving 2hrs 30min before Rémy Aubrun FRA. Another 8min behind was Clarisse Cremer FRA 3 on 3rd. Over half of the fleet are still underway.
The race viewer, the news and the video interviews with the winners.
Thursday, October 12, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Final results

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Final results The Prologue of the Volvo Ocean Race - not counting for the overall rankings - ended yesterday morning in Alicante ESP. 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP defended her lead and finished 15min ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED.
The race viewer with the ranking list and the news.
Thursday, October 12, 2017   

Round the world record - Yves Le Blevec FRA attacks the round-the-world direction West record

 Round the world record - Yves Le Blevec FRA attacks the round-the-world direction West record As from next weekend, Yves Le Blevec FRA with his 102-foot Trimaran is on stand-by waiting for an optimum weather window for a round-the-world record attempt in the 'opposite direction', i.e. from East to West. The mostly upwind adventure will be an acid stress for the 50-foot trimaran and her skipper.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 11 This morning UTC, Arthur Léopold Léger FRA was 50 nm from the port of call and his advantage on the second Ian Lipinski POL of 20 nm slightly increased. Either one will probably win the first leg of the Mini Transat. Erwan Le Menè FRA on 3rd is already 40 nm back. With 10 nm on the 3rd place, the 4th-ranked Simon Koster SUI is not far behind.
80 nm to go to Las Palmas for Valentin Gautier SUI new on first in the Series Minis. The trio Rémy Aubrun FRA, Benoît Sinot FRA and Erwan Le Draoulec FRA is roughly 5 nm behind, the rest of the fleet is 20 mn away and more. The former leader Clarisse Crémer FRA on rank 6 is 22 nm back.
The race tracker and the news.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017   (Image © Jen Edney)

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Day 3

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race - Prolog - Lissabon-Alicante ESP - Day 3 Light winds still prevailed on the western Mediterranean Sea yesterday and the 7 Volvo Ocean Race teams advanced tediously only. A front from the West is supposed to fill in today to speed up the race and an arrival late today is still possible. 'Mapre' of Javi Fernandez ESP is still in the lead 7 nm ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED.
The race tracker, the news of yesterday afternoon and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 10 The dying winds stopped the fleet almost completely and the Minis are trailing at speeds around 1,5 to 3 kn direction port of call on Gran Canaria. Arthur Léopold Léger FRA, the Protos leader, had 120 nm to sail this morning. Ian Lipinski POL on rank 2 is now 15 kn behind. Romain Bolzinger FRA on 3rd reduced his backlog on 46 nm.
In the Series Minis, th leader is now Yannick Le Clech FRA 0,8 nm ahead of Benoït Simon FRA.
The race viewer and the news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 9 Approaching the Mini Transat leg 1 port of call on Gran Canaria - the Protos have 150 nm left - the fleets' leaders stalled in a calm zone, and in leader changes happened in both classes.
Arthur Léopold Léger FRA replaced Ian Lipinski POL on top of the Protos. His advantage was 13.3 nm yesterday evening. Erwan Le Mené FRA on the 3rd place was 62 nm back.
The new leader in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, but Clarisse Crémer FRA was only one mile behind at the last position check. On rank 3 with a 10 nm backlog was Tanguy Bouroulec FRA.
The race tracker and the news (in English and French).
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 8, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6 Light and unconstant rear winds stayed on along the Moroccan coast. In fresher lanes, the breeze was up on 12 kn, while a few miles aside, not more as 6 kn annoyed the solo skippers. 250 nm, roughly 2 days, are left to the port of call Las Palmas/Gran Canaria ESP.
In the Protos, Ian Lipinski POL and 15 nm back Arthur Léopold Léger FRA are still clearly ahead of the rest of the fleet. Romain Bolzinger FRA on the 3rd place is already 66 nm behind. Another 85 nm back is Simon Koster SUI on the 5th position.
Clarisse Crémer FRA remains on top of the Series Minis 10 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Valentin Gautier SUI on 3rd is now 27 nm behind.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 7, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 6 Moderate rear winds prevailed during the past 24 hours of the Mini Transat leg 1.
In the Protos, the leader Ian Lipinski POL was the first to touch fresher winds off the Portuguese Coast and he could extend his lead on 24 nm. The only one to remain more or less in contact as 2nd was Arthur Léopold Léger FRA on his more eastern route. Romain Bolzinger FRA and Simon Koster SUI follow with a 67 respectively 92 nm backlog on the ranks 3 and 4.
In the Series-Minis, Clarisse Crémer FRA has taken the lead 15 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA on 2nd and Valentin Gautier SUI 21 nm back on 3rd.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, October 6, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 5 The fleet is sailing South along the Portugues coast in a 15 kn breeze.
Ian Lipinski POL still leads in the Protos but his advantage melted on 10 nm. Arthur Leopold Léger FRA is new on rank 2, Romain Bolzinger FRA 23 nm behind is now 3rd, replacing Simon Koster SUI now on 4th with a 28 nm backlog.
First in the Series Minis is Erwan Le Draoulec FRA with a 7 nm lead, who reclaimed the first place from Rémy Aubrun FRA. On the 3rd place is now Clarisse Cremer FRA with an 11 nm deficit.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 5, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 4 For the past 40 hours, the Minis have been benefitting from the rear wind racing twice as fast - 10 kn average - as during the first day of the race, above all, the round-bow Protos who are about 2 kn faster than the 'normal' designs. The fleet has now passed Cape Finisterre at the most northwestern point of Spain.
In the Protos, the big favorite Ian Lipinski POL has now definitely taken the command distancing the main challengers with 30 nm and more.
In the Series Minis, Rémi Aubrun FRA is the new leader 4 nm ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec FRA. Yannick Le Clech FRA and Clarisse Crémer FRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4.
The race viewer and the news.
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