Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Monday, June 17, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019   (Image © Yvan Zedda)

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1, slow start with the leading trio within 0,2nm

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1, slow start with the leading trio within 0,2nm Yesterday, 46 of the originally 47 solo skippers started on Morlaix Bay in Northern Brittany FRA to leg 3 of the Figaro 3 Solitaire over 450nm to the English South Coast and back. The light winds and the strong tide current make the course very challenging. ----- This morning UTC, the fleet was still very close together with Gildas Mahé FRA leading 0,1nm ahead of Pierre Leboucher FRA, and another 0,1nm back Adrien Hardy FRA on 3rd. Justine Mettraux SUI, 10th overall as best woman, follows on rank 26 with a 2,1nm backlog. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the start.
Monday, June 17, 2019   

Mini 6.50 - Mini Fastnet - Douarnenez FRA - Day 1 - another solo offshore race

 Mini 6.50 - Mini Fastnet - Douarnenez FRA - Day 1 - another solo offshore race Mini650, Figaro3 and Open60 is the logical development path for offshore/oceanic racing, solo or crewed, in Europe. ----- Yesterday, 83 Solo Skippers on Mini650s started to the Mini-Fastnet-Race in Douarnenez FRA. This morning UTC, passing the most south-western point of England, Axel Trehin FRA was in the lead. ----- The race tracker and the event facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 16, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Start at 13h UTC today

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Start at 13h UTC today The start to leg 3 of the Figaro 3 Solitaire will be given in Roscoff FRA today at 13h UTC. Light winds and a strong tide current will make the situation difficult. The course leads across the British Channel to the Irish South Course and back over 450nm. ----- The preview and the race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baie de Morlaix FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow Tomorrow afternoon, the start to leg 3 of the Figaro Solitaire will be given on Morlaix Bay FRA. The course over 450nm leads to the Fastnet Rock South of Ireland and back. ----- Nothing has been decided yet in the overall rankings with Yoann Richomme FRA on first only 2hrs 17min ahead of Pierre Leboucher FRA. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 10 is 4hrs 47min behind. ----- The ranking list and the news (in English and French). ----- The start can be followed livestream on this website www.sailing-news.com.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 14, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019   

IRC - Giraglia Race 2019 - Monaco MON - Final results, Rambler 88 USA winner on real time, Caol Ila R GBR first in IRC calculated time

 IRC - Giraglia Race 2019 - Monaco MON - Final results, Rambler 88 USA winner on real time, Caol Ila R GBR first in IRC calculated time As reported yesterday, the 88-Foot Maxi 'Rambler 88' of George David USA with Brad Butterworth NZL as tactician took the line honors on the Elapsed Time ranking list. The record was not beaten, as a lull patch in the approach to Monaco decelerated the fast pace. Meanhwhile, all 179 participants remaining in the race reached Monaco. In the IRC ranking list, the 72-Foot Maxi 'Caol Ila R' of Alex Schaerer GBR is on rank 1. 'Rambler 88' USA follows on rank 9. First in the ORC ranking list is 'Stella Maris' of August Schram AUT. ----- All other ranking lists, incl inshore/offshore, by class and the final report.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 13, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baix de Morlaix FRA - Leg 2 - Final results, Hardy FRA winner, Richomme FRA extends overall lead

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Baix de Morlaix FRA - Leg 2 - Final results, Hardy FRA winner, Richomme FRA extends overall lead After 2 days and 22 hours, Adrien Hardy FRA crossed the finish line of the Figaro Soltaire leg two in Northern Brittany FRA 5 minutes ahead of the leg one winner Yoann Richomme FRA who extended his overall lead to over 2 hours. Pierre Leboucher FRA and Armel Le Cléac'h FRA followed on the ranks 2 and 3. The Figaro 3 fleet was again closely packed with the ranks 2 to 6 separated by 30 minutes only. ----- The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI finished on rank 20 and advanced on the 9th place in the overall rankings, 5 minutes ahead of the Vendée Globe legend Michel Desjoyeaux FRA. ----- The start to leg 3 will be given on Sunday. ----- The ranking list and the news (in English or French).
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 3, the leg 1 winner Richomme FRA still leading with 64 miles to the finish

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 3, the leg 1 winner Richomme FRA still leading with 64 miles to the finish The 41 solo skippers still in the race have been approaching the final way point on the most western point of Brittany this morning UTC, before rounding direction the finish in Morlaix FRA. 64nm were left for the leading Yoann Richomme FRA. On rank 2 with a 2,6nm backlog followed Xavier Macaire FRA, another mile back was the Vendée Globe winner Armel Le Cléac'h FRA on 3rd. The race is extremely close as the first 20 are within 10nm only. The best women Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 14 was 8,8nm behind the leader. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 2, Yoann Richomme FRA again 1st in a fresh 35kn breeze direction Cowes GBR

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 2, Yoann Richomme FRA again 1st in a fresh 35kn breeze direction Cowes GBR The remaining 38 of the originally starting 46 Figaro 3 solo skippers have passed the most south-western point of England yesterday and are now chasing along the coast direction Cowes GBR in fresh winds around 35kn. The leg one winner Yoann Richomme FRA had taken the lead this morning UTC, 4nm ahead of Armel Le Cléac'h FRA. Well positioned was again the first woman Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 13. With a 10nm backlog on the leader, she is much ahead of the offshore elite skippers and Vendée Globe winners Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (rank 24), Yann Eliès FRA (rank 26) or Loïck Peyron FRA (rank 27). ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 10, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 1 - 45 solo skippers underway again on a 535nm course

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 1 - 45 solo skippers underway again on a 535nm course This morning UTC, after the first race night of leg 2 of the Solitaire, Lois Berrehar FRA was leading 0,1nm ahead of Armel Le Cléac'h FRA, closely followed by Gildas Mahé FRA and Yoann Richhomme FRA, winner of leg 1. After an early collision, Benjamin Schwartz FRA (rank 10 in leg one) and Alain Gautier FRA (rank 13) were forced to abandon the race. ----- 45 solo skippers started yesterday at 17h UTC in Kinsale IRL to leg 2 of the 2019 Figaro 3 Solitaire. A storm alert for Irish Sea prompted Race Mangement to slightly modify the course and send the fleet directly to the English South Coast up to Cowes and from there back to France, 535nm in total. ----- The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sunday, June 9, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 2 - Start at 17h UTC to the longest 615nm leg

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 2 - Start at 17h UTC to the longest 615nm leg The start to leg 2 of the Figaro 3 Solitaire, the longest one with 615nm, will be given in Ireland today at 17h UTC. The fleet will probably sail in a close pack as crossing the Irish Sea will not offer too many tactical options. Yoanne Richomme FRA leads overall just one minute ahead of Tom Laperche FRA. The frist 14 are within only one hour. ----- The ranking list of leg 1, the official preview and the race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 8, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 2 - Start tomorrow over 615nm to Morlaix FRA

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 2 - Start tomorrow over 615nm to Morlaix FRA Already tomorrow Sunday morning, the start will be given to leg 2 of the Solitaire leading from Kinsale IRL over 615nm across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man and back to Brittany with Baie de Morlaix as port of call. The surprise man of leg 1 was Tom Laperche FRA, age 21, sailing for victory in his first Solitaire participation. Finishing 2nd, he was only 1 minute behind. The interview. ----- Satisfied was also Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 14, not only best woman but also best non-French receiving a special prize. With a backlog of only one hours, her objective - the top-10 among the 46 starters - remains intact. The video interview.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 7, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 1 - Final results - first three of the 44 finishers within 3 minutes

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Kinsale IRL - Leg 1 - Final results - first three of the 44 finishers within 3 minutes The finish of the Figaro 3 Solitaire leg 1 in Kingsdale IRL was very close yesterday, as - after five days underway - the advantage of the winner Yoann Richomme FRA on Tom Laperche FRA was only 73 seconds. Pierre Leboucher FRA finished another 2 minutes behind on 3rd. The Vendée-Globe-Champions moved up in the ranks toward the end of leg 1: Loick Peron FRA finished 6th, Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 8th, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA 11th and Alan Gautier FRA 13th. Just one rank back on 14th followed the first woman Justine Mettraux SUI one hour and 3 minutes behind the winner. 44 of the 47 solo skippers finished leg 1. ----- The race tracker and the daily news. ----- The start to leg 2 will be given on Sunday.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019   

Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 1 - Day 4 - Leboucher FRA leads, ETA this evening

 Figaro 3 - La Solitaire - Leg 1 - Day 4 - Leboucher FRA leads, ETA this evening The 46 Figaro 3 Solo Skippers will be rounding the Fastnet Rock this morning UTC to veer direction finish of leg 1 in Kingsdale IRL a short distance away. 82nm were left for the leader Pierre Leboucher FRA (former 49er sailor) this morning UTC. Only 0,1nm behind followed Yoann Richomme FRA on 2nd, Tom Laperche FRA on 3rd was 0,4nm back. The best-ranked of the offshore celebrities was Loîck Peyron FRA on rank 7. The best-ranked woman Justine Mettraux SUI advanced on rank 12 with an 8nm backlog on the leader. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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