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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15 Yesterday, the fast ride continued towards the finish, with the 7 teams covering more than 500nm in 24 hours. The leading 'Scallywag' with David Witt was able to extend her lead to 74nm by this morning UTC. The second-ranked 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) had a 22nm lead on the 3rd 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). 1,500nm are still missing and the fleet is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14 Is the die cast ? With 2'000nm to the port of call Hong Kong, the fleet racing at high speeds, has been stretched over quite some distance. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS sailing on a southern course is still taking advantage of better conditions and extended her lead on 67nm. The midfleet with 'Vestas', 'AkzoNobel' and 'Dongfeng' is sailing closely together, while the backmarker trio with the overall leader 'Mapfre' lost some more miles yesterday and is now over 150nm behind.
Big luck for David Gough AUS crew on 'Scallywag', who was washed afloat by a wave without life-vest and life-belt. Thanks to the daylight and moderate conditions, he was rescued within 7min. Here the report with a video.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13 The 15-20kn trade winds are propelling the fleet at good speeds above 20kn direction Hong Kong. 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), the only boat sailing on a southern course, has taken the lead thanks to somewhat better conditions and was 15nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) this morning UTC. The backmarker trio with 'Mapfre' has lost some more miles yesterday, but eventually this morning, better conditions filled in allowing to race 6kn faster than the rest of the fleet.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 13, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 12 After crossing the Equator, the fleet reached the northern trade winds yesterday and has accelerated for the first time since long on speeds above 20kn. Now, it is a fast race direction West to the port of call Hong Kong. The trio having opted for an eastern route touched the fresh wind zone first and distanced the rest of the fleet somewhat except 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on an extreme western course that was only 0,6nm behind the leading 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) on rank 2 this morning UTC, neck and neck with 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). With a 1,6nm backlog, 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) is also part of the leading pack. The remaining teams, among them the overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) are already 80 and more miles back.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, January 12, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 11 The closely packed fleet crossed the Equator direction North during the past night, but the trade winds have not yet turned up. However, the weather maps are predicting fresh Eastwinds by this afternoon UTC to provide for a fast ride to the West direction Hong Kong. Some teams veered East to touch the wind as early as possible. It will be known soon whether this strategy will pay off.
New on the first position this morning UTC was 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandez ESP, followed by 'Turn the tide on plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR as 2nd with a 12nm backlog. The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 10 After almost 4 days in the 'furnace' of the Pacific Ocean with temperatures above 40°C and almost no wind, the closely packed fleet has touched the first light trade winds this morning UTC, accelerating for the first time since long on speeds above 10kn. 'Vestas' in the lead was 0,5nm in front of 'AkzoNobel'. 'Dongfeng' on 3rd was 3nm behind.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 9 The fleet is trailing in the almost windless Doldrums in very hot temperatures above 40°C with still about 24hrs over the Equator to the Northern trade winds, that will relaunch the race. Six teams are sailing closely together within 10nm with 'Turn the tide on Plastic' as leader. Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' is not far away 21nm behind.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 8 On day two in the Doldrums, the fleet was reshuffled several times in the past 24 hours. This morning UTC, 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR was in the lead as the most westerly boat of the fleet on a more direct course to the port of call. However, she will most probably touch the important northern trade winds after the bulk of the fleet. 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the leaders of the past days, dropped on the ranks 5 and 6 for the moment, but their backlog is only a few miles.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018   

Around the world record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' postpones the start

 Around the world record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' postpones the start Yann Guichard FRA and his team have been waiting in Brest FRA for more than a month for the ideal weather window to start to the absolute Round-the-World-Record. Yesterday, "Code green" was given and the 140-Foot-Maxi-Trimaran was on her way to the starting area, when new, unfavorable wind forecasts prompted the team to postpone the start once more. In three days, a promising new situation might show up.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 7

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 7 The innertropical convergence zone - the Doldrums - decelerated the fleet even more yesterday. Passing the Salomon Islands, the only waypoint of the 4th has been reached. In very light winds of max. 5kn and the leading boats sailing at sight, the first four are positioned within 2nm, and the rest of the fleet is about to reduce the backlog more and more. The backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) was only 41nm behind this morning UTC. 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) was still on rank 1 but the advantage on 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) was down on 0,5nm. 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) on 3rd followed 2nm back. In the coming 48hrs, the light winds will persist and posiition changes have to be expected.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 6 Approaching the innertropical convergence zone, the fleet has come together in the slackening winds. 'Dongfeng' with Franck Cammas FRA is still leading but only 0,5nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED), and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) on rank 3 is not far behind with a 2,5nm backlog. And so is 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) at 4nm from 'Dongfeng'. Position changes have to be expected for the coming days.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 6, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018   (Image © Amory Ross)

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 5

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 5 With the breeze down on roughly 12kn, the fleet is heading North with 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) leading ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) separated by 5nm only and the rest of the fleet is not far behind. The lull zones ahead in the next two days will stretch the fleet over longer distances.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, January 5, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 4 The winds along the Australian Eastcoast have substantially slackened and the fleet is closer together again. 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA with Franck Cammas FRA as tactician replacen the injured Pascal Bidégorry FRA) was still in the lead this morning UTC with a 2nm advantage on 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED. 'Mapfre' of Xavi Fernandex ESP underway with a good VMG is up on rank 3, only 10nm behind the leader.
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