Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Maître Coq - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 3

 Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Maître Coq - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 3 Layday yesterday in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA after two days with short races. Today Wednesday, the start to the two days' 350 miles long-distance race will be given. First after the three short races sailed so far is Pierre Quiroga FRA ahead of Anthony Marchand FRA.
The ranking list and the daily news. The race can be followed on the race tracker beginning at 11h UTC.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Maître Coq - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 1

 Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Maître Coq - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 1 Yesterday, the single-hander class Bénéteau Figaro started to the 'Solo Maître Coq' regatta in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA with two short races. Four short coastal races are on the program till Thursday, when the start to the two-days' long-distance race will be given.
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the short races with Nicolas Lunven FRA and Pierre Quiroga FRA as race winners. Pierre Quiroga FRA is the first interim's leader ahead of Nicolas Lunven FRA and the Vendée-Globe veterans Jérémy Beyou FRA and Yann Eliès FRA. 40 participants. The ranking list, the daily news and the video of the day.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017   

Mini 650 - Pornichet Select - Pornichet FRA - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Pornichet Select - Pornichet FRA - Day 2 We reported yesterday on the victory overall and in the Protos Minis of Ian Lipinski POL arriving in Pornichet FRA at 2 hrs on Monday morning. In the mean-time, the complete fleet crossed the finish line. Valentin Gautier SUI (see video) finishing 7th overall was the winner in the Series Minis.
The Protos rankings, the overall ranking list and the event facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Monday, April 24, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017   

Mini 650 - Pornichet Select - Pornichet FRA - Day 2

 Mini 650 - Pornichet Select - Pornichet FRA - Day 2 Early this morning, Ian Lipinski POL crossed the finish line of the Pornichet Select Regatta as winner, 2:30 hrs ahead of Quentin Vlamynk FRA. 20 Protos are still in the race and most of them will arrive later this morning. First in the Series Minis is Thomas Dolan IRL with 24 miles to go this morning. Pierre Chedeville FRA on rank 2 was one mile behind.
The race tracker and the event facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 23, 2017
Offshore Racing – Monday, April 10, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017   (Image © Yvan Zedda)

Mini 650 - Lorient-Bretagne Sud - Lorient FRA - Final results

 Mini 650 - Lorient-Bretagne Sud - Lorient FRA - Final results 60 two-person teams started in Lorient FRA on Saturday to the Lorient Grand Large, a 115 nm race. Superior winners were Ian Lipinski POL/Sébastien Picault FRA crossing the finish line just after 23 h CET on their round-bow Mini 'griffon.fr' with an over 10 nm advantage on Erwan Le Méné/Frédéric Denis FRA. The Protos ranking list. The Series-Minis results have not yet been posted on the event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 9, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Final results Round two of the French Bénéteau Solo Annual Championship Series was concluded yesterday at Concarneau FRA. Sun and an 8-15 kn wind prevailed during the coastal race and the winner Charlie Dalin FRA was just 2 days underway for the 270 nm. With Erwan Tabarly FRA (1min 51 sec behind) and Yann Eliès FRA (at 2min 33 sec), two other routiniers of the class followed closely.
The event website with the results and the video of the arrival.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Start today

 Bénéteau Figaro - Solo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Start today Today at 14.30 h UTC, the second regatta of the 2017 Annual Single-Hand Bénéteau Figaro ChampionshipIn will be started in Concarneau / Southwest Bretagne. The race course leads over 360 nm along the Bretagne coast, and the fleet is expected back during Saturday. 37 participants will be on the starting line, among them the elite of the Class (a.o. also the Vendée-Globe participant Yann Eliès FRA) and the Volvo SCA Magenta Project member Justine Mettraux SUI.
The race can be followed via race tracker as from 14.30 h UTC. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017   

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Dismasting on 'Mapfre'

 Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Dismasting on 'Mapfre' Last week, the Volvo 65 'Mapfre' with Xabi Fernadez ESP dismasted during offshore testing in Spain. There has been no personal injury on board and the boat and team have returned under their own power to their base in Sanxenxo ESP. The broken mast is the one used in the last Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 during over 50'000 nm. Training should resume next week already.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Records, records ....

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Records, records .... The 2016/17 Vendée Globe not only provided records on the water, but also ashore. Yesterday, the organisers presented media data and Race Village visitor statistics. The TV coverage of 1236 hours on 97 Channels in 190 countries is twice the volume of the last edition. 71 mio video sessions were called on the official website. The Facebook page had 236'000 followers. And last but not least, the Race Village was visited by 2,25 mio spectators.
The report.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - 'Vestas' the 4th team to participate

 Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - 'Vestas' the 4th team to participate After 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), the Danish 'Vestas' team confirmed the participation in this year's Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo65 will be co-skippered by Charlie Enright USA and Mark Towill USA, the young Americans, who lead the Turk-USA team 'Alvimedica' in the last Volvo Race. The 'Vestas' Volvo65 was grounded on the Indian Ocean during the 2nd leg of the last Volvo Race, but was refitted for the final leg.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017   

Bénéteau Figaro, Class 40 - Normandie Solo - Cherbourg FRA - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro, Class 40 - Normandie Solo - Cherbourg FRA - Final results Charlie Dalin FRA crossed the finish line of the Figaro 280-Mile-Solo-Regatta 'Normandie Solo' as winner yesterday with a 13 minutes' advantage on Nicolas Lunven FRA on rank 2. Sébastien Simon FRA folllowed as 3rd. The best-ranked woman Justine Mettraux SUI, crew on Sally Barkow's 'SCA' Volvo team, finished on the remarkable 9th place among the 24 solo skippers. After a first phase in moderate winds, a fresh breeze of up to 30 kn filled in with a peak in the middle of the night, making the race quite challenging. For 7 participants, the wind was too strong and they had to abandon the race with damaged boats.
The news with results.
Offshore Racing – Friday, March 17, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017   

Volvo Ocean Race - Carolijn Brouwer NED and Marie Riou FRA join Team Dongfeng

 Volvo Ocean Race - Carolijn Brouwer NED and Marie Riou FRA join Team Dongfeng The French-Chinese 'Dongfeng Race Team' have selected Carolijn Brouwer NED and Marie Riou FRA for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign in 2017-18 – a move that confirms the impact of a rule change introduced by the race to encourage mixed male-female crews. The two women bring a wealth of experience to Charles Caudrelier’s team, including a total of five Olympic Games and a host of world titles. The Dutch triple Olympian participated in two Volvo Ocean Races, in the last edition as co-skipper of the all-female team 'SCA'. Marie Riou FRA won the last four Nacra-17 World Championships with Billy Besson FRA.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Kito de Pavant: Collision with a whale - the video

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Kito de Pavant: Collision with a whale - the video Kito de Pavant FRA was forced to abandon the race during the passage of the Indian Ocean after collision of his Open 60 with an unidentified floating object. An analysis of the onboard videos revealed that it was a collision with a whale.
The video.
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