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News – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017   (Image © James Blake)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15 The seven boats' fleet reached the latitude of the port of call Cape Town yesterday and is now heading East, positioned to touch the winds of an approaching frontal system hopefully as first. Whether the northerly or southerly boats will benefit first is not yet predictable.
This morning, 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was leading 4nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and und 5nm of 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the most southern boat, is last with a 39nm backlog.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA with their 'Virbac' arrived as first Open 60 in Bahia in a new Transat Jacques Vabre monohull record of 13 days, 7 hours and 36 minutes. This morning UTC, Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA crossed the finish line with 6h backlog on 2nd. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA will be the next to arrive in the coming hours on 3rd.
The first five Class 40 have left the innertropical convergence zone in the meantime and accelerated again in the southern trade winds. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are still leading 13nm ahead of Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA, and another mile behind Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. 1'000nm are left to Bahia.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15 The turbulant weather on the Indian Ocean with rough wave conditions forced François Gabart FRA to take off some steam during the past 24h, but nevertheless, he extended his adavantage on the record with a 530nm Etmal to 791nm. Today, he hopes to reach the expected frontal system on the 45th parallel, pushing him at top speeds direction Australia.
The race tracker and the video of the day.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   (Image © Barracuda)

Melges 40 - Grand Prix - Palma ESP - Final results

 Melges 40 - Grand Prix - Palma ESP - Final results Yukihiro Ishida JPN with Manuel Weiller ESP as tactician won the last two races taking the overall victory at the Palma GP. Winner of the Annual Championship of this new Class after three events is Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA). The news with results and the video of the day.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

 This afternoon UTC, the start to the 2017 Atlantic Rally will be given in Las Palmas ESP for the 236 teams on the entry list, dislocating their yachts to the Caribbeans on time for Christmas. Among the participants is the Swiss Olympian Lukas Erni SUI with nhis family.
The preview. The race can be followed on a race tracker.
 
News – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13 The fleet has circumvented the flat St-Helena anticyclone and is now heading East direction Cape Town. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the most eastern course did not loose to much in the somewhat lighter winds and remains on top 28nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 50nm backlog follow 'Scallywag'(David Witt AUS), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR all sailing neck and neck. 2'500nm are left to the port of call.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13 The third Class to arrive in Bahia BRA are the IMOCA Open 60. The leading Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA had 137nm left this morning UTC. The positions on top are clear with Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on the 2nd place 127nm behind. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA on 3rd are almost 300nm back.
The leading Class 40 are now about to leave the innertropical convergence zone. Closed up yesterday, the fleet is now again separating more and more. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are now already 18nm in front of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Still contenders for victory are Aymeric Chappellier/Antoine Le Vaillant FRA (backlog 20nm) and Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA (backlog 35nm).
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA was much decelerated when changing from one weather system to the next, and the daily distance covered was only 296nm. Now, he has reached the edge of the depression with threatening 50kn winds and 10m waves in its centre, not quite the conditions for a trimaran ... ! Garbart tries to navigate outside the danger zone nevertheless profitting from the fresh breeze. His advantage on the previous record was still 684nm this morning.
The race tracker and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM The wind condition in Lüderitz improve from day to day and on the coming weekend, the seabreeze will probably be at its peak. Yesterday, Sylvain Hoceini FRA was the fastest with 54,03 kn (100,03 km/h) becoming the sixth speed kiter passing the 100km/h barrier.
The news.The event facebook page has not yet been updated early this morning UTC.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2

 Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2 Two other long-distances races were on the program yesterday on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, both won by Demesmaeker/Gagliani BEL who moved up on rank 2 overall. The Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis GRE remain on top. Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA stay on rank 3.
The ranking list, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5 The third round of the Women's International Match Racing (WIM) in Busan KOR was concluded this morning UTC with the Semi Finals and Finals.
Trine Palluidan DEN, undefeated during the whole competition, surprisingly lost the Final against Lucy McGregor GBR with a 0-3 score. Winner in the Petite Final was Anna Östling SWE beating Pauline Courtois FRA 2-0.
The results and the videos.
 
News – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12 The seven boat's fleet is split ! 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR opted for the easterly direct route to Cape Town and are now on the positions 1 and 3. But this is a risky way, as the St-Helena high with increasingly lighter winds is not far away. The rest of the fleet preferred to take the westerly deviation with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading and the backlog on the leader of 39nm will most probably be compensated today.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16 Meanwhile, 9 Protos and 10 Series Minis finished the race in Le Marin/Martinique FRA. Valentin Gautier SUIjust crossed the line this morning as 7th Series Mini. Whether the winner of leg 1 will be on the overall podium as 3rd behind Erwan Le Draoulec FRA 1st and Clarisse Crémer FRA 2nd with this rank is not yet known. Today, 10 more finishers are expected in Martinique.
The race tracker and the news.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12 The winners in the two multihull classes are known and the Open 60 will be next to arrive in Bahia with most likely Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA on their 'Virbac' crossing the ling as first by tomorrow evening. The second-ranked Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA were almost 100nm behind this morning UTC.
In the Class 40, Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA were the team of the day with an Etmal of 160nm, and in the middle of the Doldrums, they are now up on rank 3 only 2,5nm behind the still leading Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Friday, November 17, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13 Squeezed between the lulls of an anticyclone in the North and the iceberg zone in the South, François Gabart FRA snakes his way across the Indian Ocean. His fabulous time of 11 days and 20 hours at the Cape of Good Hope is an absolute speed record, faster than all previous multihulls even with full crews. This morning, his advantage on the record was 920nm.
The race viewer, the daily news and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4 Yesterday, the Quarter Finals were on the program the WIM in Busan KOR. Anna Östling SWE, Lucy McGregor GBR, Pauline Courtois FRA and Trine Palludan DEN clearly qualified for the Semi Finals all with a 3-0 score. The Semis are already underway this morning UTC. The domination of the unbeaten Trine Palludan DEN continues with a 2-0 lead on Anna Östling SWE. The match Lucy McGregor GBR and Pauline Courtois FRA was 1-1 at press deadline this morning.
The results and the event website with reports.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1

 Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1 The Cata-Cup on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, attracting every year a number of teams to enjoy some warm and sunny days, began yesterday with a 20nm race around the island. The favorites have taken the lead with the Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigkonis GRE as first, overtaking the constantly leading Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert FRA just before the finish line. On rank 3 followed Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA. 49 teams from 12 nations participate.
The results, the news (in French) and the video of the day.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

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News – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15 'Rush hour' in Le Marin/French Caribbeans since yesterday with more and more Minis finishing the race, won by Ian Lipinsky POL. 10hrs after the 2nd-ranked Jörg Riechers GER, Simon Koster SUI crossed the finish line as 3rd Proto, at the same time rank 3 overall. The news.
This morning at 2:30h, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA (age 20) finished as winner in the Series Minis. Here the news, and this victory is most probably also the first place overall, as Clarisse Crémer FRA underway as 3rd was 100nm back at the last checkpoint yesterday evening UTC. In leg 1, she was 8hrs ahead of Le Draoulec. Today, 10-12 more Minis will arrive on Martinique.
The race tracker updated hourly as from now on, and also the various news reports.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11 The seven VOR teams are now about half-way of the leg 2 distance to Cape Town off the Brazilian coast. The moderate southern trade winds push the boats at high speeds from 15 to 20kn.
The positions this morning have been shaken up as the different courses sailed by the still closely together fleet have a major influence. The formerly leading duo 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' remained in the West, while the backmarkers 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) opted for an easterly course, more direct to Cape Town, and are now in the lead. All depends on the extension of the calmy St-Helena high pressure system, that has been growing in the last hours making the direct way to the port of call less attractive.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the day.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11 At press deadline this morning (6h UTC), 'Arkema' with Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP crossed the finish line in Bahia BRA as winner of the Multi 50s. The Ultime-Trimaran of Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI expected before did not finish as at 18.15h UTC, their Tri 'Prince de Bretagne' dismasted just 93 miles from the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
In the Open 60s, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA have left the Doldrums behind defending their lead of 76nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenole Gahinet FRA.
The Class 40 have reached the innertropical convergence zone this morning, and the fleet is closing up. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are only 5nm in front of Maxime Sorel/ Antoine Carpentier FRA.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12 This morning at 6h UTC, François Gabart FRA rounded the Cape of Good Hope in the new solo record time of roughly 11 days. He has lost some speed compared to Tuesday, but nevertheless, he extended the advantage on the record to 763nm. Gabart is sailing on the 45th parallel south, not far away from the iceberg zone. A very busy day with only 1h 22min sleep and 2260 revs at the winch !
The race tracker with all other details and the video of the day.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3 The Round Robin at the WIM in Busan was concluded this morning UTC and the Quarter Finals are now underway. The stellar winner of the Round Robin with 11-0 W/L, Trine Palludan DEN, will meet Sarah Parker AUS in the Quarters. The other three matches were all 1-0 at press deadline: Anna Östling SWE leads over Renée Groenveld NED, Lucy McGregor GBR over Caroline Sylvan SWE and Pauline Courtois FRA over Marinella Laaksonen FIN.
The results and the event website.
 
News – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL Yesterday, Ian Lipinski POL crossed the finish line of the Minitransat 2017 after 13 days and 22 minutes as winner in the Protos. Dominator of the Class for years, he is the first in the 40-years' history of the Minitransat to win in the Series and the Protos Minis. This morning, Jörg Riechers GER will arrive in Le Marin as second. Simon Koster SUI is on a solid 3rd place with a 25nm advantage on the 4th Andrea Fornaro ITA 130nm off Le Marin.
Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, leader in the Series Minis, is expected on Martinique tomorrow morning. With a 77nm advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA, he is on a safe way for victory. He will also become the overall winner as his backlog on Clarisse Crémer FRA in leg one was only 16min.
The race tracker und the news.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10 The closely packed fleet is sailing down South at speeds around 17kn along the Brazilian coast. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is still leading 1,6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) with a 57nm backlog has still an option to finish first in Cape Town. The coming 24h are important for the strategy to follow. With the St-Helena anticyclone compressed by a depression vortex in the South, their is an option to head straight for Cape Town, as did François Gabart successfuilly in his record ride two days ago. It might well be, that one or the other teams goes into stealth mode to leave the opponents in doubt about the decision made.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA

 New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA We reported yesterday on the new Kiteboard Speed World-Record established on Monday. With 57,97kn (107,32 km/h), Alexandre Caizergues FRA was over one knot faster compared with his previous record. In the coming days, the wind will be rather light. The channel will be open for more record attempts until December 3. Tomorrow, the fastest American Kiter Rob Douglas USA will arrive.
The official report (in French).
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10 Next to arrive in Bahia after the two Ultime-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Edmond de Rothschild' - both Foiler Trimarans of the latest generation - are Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI with their old-design Tri expected in the night on tomorrow.
The decison in the Multi 50 seems clear, as the 2nd-ranked 'FenétréA' of Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA has apparently technical problems and stopped. With 550nm to the finish, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP are now 112nm in front. They will arrive tomorrow morning as well.
No change in the Open 60: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA lead with a solid 78nm advantage.
The frist three in the Class 40 were separated by 0,4nm only this morning with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on top.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart François Gabart FRA accelerated even more yesterday on the South Atlantic and is already down on the Roaring Forties. Today, he will pass the Cape of Good Hope with a 608nm advantage - roughly one day - on the previous record. Covering 824nm in 24hrs yesterday, he has improved the solo 24h-record by 36nm, an average speed of 35kn (63km/h). Record also was the sleep time with 7h53min, the longest ever !
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2 Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE.
The results and the daily news.
 
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