Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4 Very light winds affected the final leg - 'Leg 0' of the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race, a test and training week under race conditions for the seven teams. Shortly after the passage of Cape Finisterre at the Northwest point of Spain, the race was abandoned with 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA on first closely followed by 'AkzoNobel' of Simeon Tienpont NED. The overall leader 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP followed on rank 3 and finished as winner of 'Leg 0'.
The report with ranking lists.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 2 On Sunday, the start to the fourth part of the Volvo Ocean Race 'Leg 0' was given for the 7 teams leading from St-Malo FRA to Lisboa POR over 700 nm. Because of the light winds and the strong currents, race management decided to split the leg in two. The initial 25-miles' sprint was again won by 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP. Yesterday, the start was given to the second part in the sequence and times of the Sunday arrivals. This morning, still in light winds, Dee Caffari GBR with her 'Turn the tide on plastic' was leading one mile ahead of 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA. The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - difficult days for Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - difficult days for Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage The Swiss adventurer Yvan Bourgnon SUI with his beach catamaran has now the major part of the North-West Passage behind him, but the hardest part is still ahead and he suffers as never before in his long career of oceanic and adventure races. The way in East Canada goes far up North to the 70th parallel and temperatures below 0° and drift ice impact any progress massively. An equipment failure or capsize would be life-endangering. His report.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, August 12, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 2 Yesterday morning, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP finished first in the sprint-race across the English Channel to St-Malo FRA, taking the overall lead in the 'Leg 0', the tune-up race not counting for the Volvo Ocean Race beginning in October. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED (and the new-hire Peter Burling NZL) is 2nd, 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA 3rd.
The news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, August 11, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017   (Image © Marc Bow)

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 1 The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race threefold warm-up phase before the start in October was initiated with seven Volvo 65 yachts at the Fastnet Race - we reported on the victory of 'Dongfeng' CHN with Charles Caudrelier FRA. Yesterday, the start to the second part was given in Plymouth GBR, a short sprint across he English Channel to St-Malo FRA about to finish this morning shortly after press deadline (7h CET). 36 nm before the arrival, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP had a 10 miles' lead on 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED and the new-hire Peter Burling NZL.
The race tracker and the news.
In a third part, the Teams will race from St-Malo to Lisboa POR.
Friday, August 11, 2017   

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Peter Burling NZL joins the Race

Big names join the Volvo Ocean Race teams: the 49er Olympic Champion and America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL will participate aboard of the Volvo 65 'Team Brunel' with the skipper Bouwe Bekking NED. A chance to win the three most important title in sailing within 20 months ! Burling's 49er crew Blair Tuke NZL had joined the 'Mapfre' team some time ago, steered by Javi Fernandez ESP .... another Olympic 49er Champion.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, August 10, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017   

IRC, ORC, Open 60, VOR65, Class 40 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 4

More than have of the fleet is still underway, but in most categories, the top ranks are known.
Yesterday, the first Class 40 finished the race with Maxime Sorel FRA ahead Phil Sharp GBR. In the Open 60, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and Boris Herrmann GER in his first race in the class are on 2nd and 3rd. In the IRC overall rankings, Didier Gaudoux FRA on a JNA 39 is the winner. 'Rambler', first monohull in real time, follows on rank 29. The two Swiss boats did yet finish.
All ranking lists, the race viewer, the news (a.o. about the Olympic Champion and America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL) and the videos.
Thursday, August 10, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage Yvan Bourgnon SUI on his 6-Meter Beach Catamaran has been underway for four weeks now in his Nordwest-Passage journey having covered more the half of the distance. Admittedly, the stress is enormous, but he has had at least a wind from abeam on a direct course East. Technical problems the Autopilot was out-of-function and the mast started to delaminate – forced him to a repair stop in a lonely bay, not without another incident. The wind suddenly changed direction and the anchor lost ground. He could just cast his second anchor do avoid a stranding in the rocks. In the meantime, he has resumed his trip in temperatures below zero degrees and the drinking water is frozen again. But Yvan Bourgnon SUI does not give in.
Reports and videos on his facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)

IRC, ORC, Open 60, VOR65, Class 40 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 3

 IRC, ORC, Open 60, VOR65, Class 40 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 3 After the smashing victory of the MOD70 multihull 'Concise' in one day and 8 hours, the first monohulls finished the Fastnet Race in Plymouth GBR yesterday evening. 2 days and 9 hours was the race time of the 88-foot 'Rambler' of George David USA as second-ranked. 5 hours later, Paul Meilhat FRA finished first in the IMOCA Open 60 rankings. Best of the seven Volvo 65 was 'Dongfeng' CHN with Charles Caudrelier FRA arriving this morning around 4 o'clock just one minute ahead of 'Mapfre' ESP with Javi Fernandez ESP. The remaining Volvo 65s will arrive in Plymouth during this morning. Up to now, only 6 boats crossed the finish line.
All ranking lists, the race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017   

IRC, ORC, Open 60, VOR65, Class 40 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 2, Rambler USA monohull leader

 IRC, ORC, Open 60, VOR65, Class 40 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 2, Rambler USA monohull leader This morning shortly after press deadline (6h UTC), the MOD70 trimaran 'Concise' of Tony Lawson GBR will cross the finish line of the 2017 Fastnet Race with a huge advance. However, to improve the record of Loïck Peyron FRA on the Maxi-Multihull 'Banque Populaire' (today 'Spindrift') of 1 day 8 hours, 10 hours are missing. The first monohull, the 88-foot 'Rambler' of George David USA, rounded the Fastnet Rock early this morning. The first IMOCA Open 60 'SMA' of Paul Meilhat FRA will reach the Fastnet Rock during the morning. The Class 40 leader is still Paul Sharp GBR.
A leader change however happened in the Volvo65 sailing closely together: 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA replaced 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the top position.
The race tracker, the daily news and the 3-hours' video replay of the start.
Offshore Racing – Monday, August 7, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)

IRC/ORC, Class 40, Open 60, Volvo 65 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 1

 IRC/ORC, Class 40, Open 60, Volvo 65 - Fastnet Race 2017 - Cowes GBR - Day 1 Yesterday, the record-size 386 boats fleet started in Cowes Class-wise direction the Fastnet Rock on the South Coast of Ireland. By this morning, only the MOD-70 catamaran 'Concise' had passed the most South-West point of England. In the Open 60 rankings, Paul Meilhat FRA with his 'SMA' is in the lead. First in the Class 40 is Paul Sharp GBR.
The Volvo 65 sail the Fastnet Race as a Prologue of the Ocean Races. This morning, 'Akzo Nobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED was on position one, ahead of 'Dong Feng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP sailing neck-and-neck.
The race tracker, the news on the start and the videos.
Monday, August 7, 2017   

Mini 650 - Transcascogne - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Transcascogne - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to leg 2 of the Transcasgogne from Aviles ESP at the Spanish North Coast back to Les Sables d'Olonne was given with a wind forecast promising a Northeastely during the whole race: 260 nm upwind ! A split of the fleet was evident with some opting for an easterly course - such as the Protos winner of leg one Ian Lipinski POL, who has already taken the lead - and others heading West, such as Simon Koster SUI, the 2nd of leg 1 who is on the 6th place 19 nm back. In the Series Minis, it is also the most easterly boat of Tom Dolan GBR leading, while Clarisse Cremer FRA, winner of leg 1 in the Series Minis has taken the westerly route and is at present on rank 14 with 12 nm backlog.
The race tracker and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 31, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017   (Image © Christophe Favreau)

Mini 650 - Transcascogne 2017 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1

 Mini 650 - Transcascogne 2017 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1 Yesterday in the Sables d'Olonne, the start to the first leg of the Transcascogne, leading across the Bay of Biscay to Aviles ESP at the Spanish North Coast, has been given. The 51 Minis will encounter rather light condition during the coming days. Leader this morning was Felix Guerin FRA in the Protos 4,5 nm ahead of the favorite Ian Lipinski POL on rank 5. First in the Series Minis was Grégoire Mouly FRA.
The race tracker and the report on the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 30, 2017
Sunday, July 30, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage Yvan Bourgnon SUI has been underway on his 6-meter beach catamaran in the North-West Passage from Alaska to Greenland for three weeks now and the Swiss adventurer had to suffer. Dripping wet and frozen after a rainy first week, he was without auto-pilot too as the sun was missing to load the batteries over the solar panel. But now he is sailing in sunshine with high-termperatures around 0°C. Easterly winds force him to sail upwind delaying his journey substantially. Only a 'date' with a whale (photo) brought some entertainment in the lonely trip.
The Facebook page with videos and interviews.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017   

Beach Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage

 Beach Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage After several days in pouring rain and without solar energy, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has anchored in a bay on his way from Alaska to Greenland on the North-West passage. After a good sleep, he is about to continue his adventure direction drift-ice and on.
The facebook page with a video interview and a longer article (in French) in the the magazine "Valeur".
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