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IMOCA Open 60 - Transat BtoB - St.Barth FRA-Lorient FRA

Monday, 5. December 2011– Sunday, 18. December 2011

Website: www.transatbtob-imoca.org/

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Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)
Six of the eight solo-skippers have crossed the virtual finish line on the Atlantic in the meantime, while in the North of France and at the French coast the first real strong winter storm blusters. See the race-viewer (activate wind function). Mike Golding GBR, Marc Guillemot FRA and Alex Thomson GBR arrived on the ranks 4 to 6. The event-website with the videos.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
The extremely stormy wind forecast induced the Race Director not only to divert the course, but to abandon the race at the southern safety gate. François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' crossed the new finish line during the past night, winning a race at his first start in a solo competition. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') will complete the podium in the coming hours. The race-viewer and the reports.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
The 8 participants respectfully await the coming three days of the Transat B-to-B as the final straight of the Atlantic crossing could be extremely difficult. Already now, gust above 40 kn rush over the fleet, and in the coming day, wind speeds of 55-60 kn are expected also at the edge of the storm depression. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA still leads with 67 miles on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and 104 miles on Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer (activate the wind function in upper right corner), the daily report and the videos.
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © Mike Golding)
The eight solo-skippers sail at high speeds in a 20 to 30 kn breeze eastwards. For Thursday, a storm depression with winds of up to 50 kn has been announced that will have a massif impact on the fleet in the final approach to France. The Race Direction has therefore added a safety gate further South off Spain, the make the boats avoid the center of the cyclone.
Not much change as far as the sequence of yachts is concerned, only the distance between the competitors has slightly increased. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA is now 69 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA), while Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is already 116 miles back. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA has problems at this moment, as the foresail halyard is blocked. He has to head South again to lighter winds to solve the problem climbing on the mast. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos. A report in English can be found on Mike Golding's website.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
The expected west wind finally arrived and the 8 solo skippers progress now with their Open 60s at speeds of over 15 kn (and peaks exceeding 25 kn ! ) straightly in the direction of Lorient FRA, 1'800 miles away. The first arrivals after a drag race are expected for next Saturday. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has a 55 miles' lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA is 65 miles behind Gabart. The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
South-westerly winds are slowly filling in and all eight solo skippers are now sailing direction East. In speeds around 15 kn, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has extended his lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') to over 50 miles. The race-viewer and the report.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
And the 8 solo skipper waited in vain for the cold front from the west propulsing the Open 60s on a straight way to France. Instead, the sail upwind in a light breeze. The fleet has split again in two, one group with the leading 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA) on a starboat tack direction east, whereas the third-ranked Jean-Pierre Dick FRA ('Virbac-Paprec') still heads towards the north, but his backlog has increased to 76 miles with this stategy. No weather change expected for today. The report, the videos and the race-viewer.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
Still on a northerly course, the 8 solo skippers will touch a strong cold front arriving from the West today with wintery temperatures. Being most to the North, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virbac-Paprec' will probably be the first to reach this fast train. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' is the new leader after his move to the East, and only 2 miles further back follows Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). The report and the race-viewer, as well as the onboard-videos.
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
The 8 solo-sailors keep on heading north to reach the expected west wind frontal system as early as possible. According to the race-viewer, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' sailing at the extreme east is still mentioned as leader, but François Gabart FRA with his 'Massif', the most norterly boat, seems to have the best chances to touch the fresh west wind as first. The distances between the boats are still small, and only major weather change might reshuffle the fleet. The report of the day.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-handed race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-hand race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start. Dominique Wavre SUI does not compete.
 
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Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)
Six of the eight solo-skippers have crossed the virtual finish line on the Atlantic in the meantime, while in the North of France and at the French coast the first real strong winter storm blusters. See the race-viewer (activate wind function). Mike Golding GBR, Marc Guillemot FRA and Alex Thomson GBR arrived on the ranks 4 to 6. The event-website with the videos.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
The extremely stormy wind forecast induced the Race Director not only to divert the course, but to abandon the race at the southern safety gate. François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' crossed the new finish line during the past night, winning a race at his first start in a solo competition. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') will complete the podium in the coming hours. The race-viewer and the reports.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
The 8 participants respectfully await the coming three days of the Transat B-to-B as the final straight of the Atlantic crossing could be extremely difficult. Already now, gust above 40 kn rush over the fleet, and in the coming day, wind speeds of 55-60 kn are expected also at the edge of the storm depression. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA still leads with 67 miles on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and 104 miles on Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer (activate the wind function in upper right corner), the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © Mike Golding)
The eight solo-skippers sail at high speeds in a 20 to 30 kn breeze eastwards. For Thursday, a storm depression with winds of up to 50 kn has been announced that will have a massif impact on the fleet in the final approach to France. The Race Direction has therefore added a safety gate further South off Spain, the make the boats avoid the center of the cyclone.
Not much change as far as the sequence of yachts is concerned, only the distance between the competitors has slightly increased. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA is now 69 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA), while Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is already 116 miles back. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA has problems at this moment, as the foresail halyard is blocked. He has to head South again to lighter winds to solve the problem climbing on the mast. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos. A report in English can be found on Mike Golding's website.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
The expected west wind finally arrived and the 8 solo skippers progress now with their Open 60s at speeds of over 15 kn (and peaks exceeding 25 kn ! ) straightly in the direction of Lorient FRA, 1'800 miles away. The first arrivals after a drag race are expected for next Saturday. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has a 55 miles' lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA is 65 miles behind Gabart. The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
South-westerly winds are slowly filling in and all eight solo skippers are now sailing direction East. In speeds around 15 kn, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has extended his lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') to over 50 miles. The race-viewer and the report.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
And the 8 solo skipper waited in vain for the cold front from the west propulsing the Open 60s on a straight way to France. Instead, the sail upwind in a light breeze. The fleet has split again in two, one group with the leading 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA) on a starboat tack direction east, whereas the third-ranked Jean-Pierre Dick FRA ('Virbac-Paprec') still heads towards the north, but his backlog has increased to 76 miles with this stategy. No weather change expected for today. The report, the videos and the race-viewer.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
Still on a northerly course, the 8 solo skippers will touch a strong cold front arriving from the West today with wintery temperatures. Being most to the North, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virbac-Paprec' will probably be the first to reach this fast train. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' is the new leader after his move to the East, and only 2 miles further back follows Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). The report and the race-viewer, as well as the onboard-videos.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
The 8 solo-sailors keep on heading north to reach the expected west wind frontal system as early as possible. According to the race-viewer, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' sailing at the extreme east is still mentioned as leader, but François Gabart FRA with his 'Massif', the most norterly boat, seems to have the best chances to touch the fresh west wind as first. The distances between the boats are still small, and only major weather change might reshuffle the fleet. The report of the day.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-handed race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-hand race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start. Dominique Wavre SUI does not compete.
 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)
Six of the eight solo-skippers have crossed the virtual finish line on the Atlantic in the meantime, while in the North of France and at the French coast the first real strong winter storm blusters. See the race-viewer (activate wind function). Mike Golding GBR, Marc Guillemot FRA and Alex Thomson GBR arrived on the ranks 4 to 6. The event-website with the videos.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The extremely stormy wind forecast induced the Race Director not only to divert the course, but to abandon the race at the southern safety gate. François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' crossed the new finish line during the past night, winning a race at his first start in a solo competition. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') will complete the podium in the coming hours. The race-viewer and the reports.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The 8 participants respectfully await the coming three days of the Transat B-to-B as the final straight of the Atlantic crossing could be extremely difficult. Already now, gust above 40 kn rush over the fleet, and in the coming day, wind speeds of 55-60 kn are expected also at the edge of the storm depression. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA still leads with 67 miles on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and 104 miles on Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer (activate the wind function in upper right corner), the daily report and the videos.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Mike Golding)
The eight solo-skippers sail at high speeds in a 20 to 30 kn breeze eastwards. For Thursday, a storm depression with winds of up to 50 kn has been announced that will have a massif impact on the fleet in the final approach to France. The Race Direction has therefore added a safety gate further South off Spain, the make the boats avoid the center of the cyclone.
Not much change as far as the sequence of yachts is concerned, only the distance between the competitors has slightly increased. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA is now 69 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA), while Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is already 116 miles back. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA has problems at this moment, as the foresail halyard is blocked. He has to head South again to lighter winds to solve the problem climbing on the mast. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos. A report in English can be found on Mike Golding's website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The expected west wind finally arrived and the 8 solo skippers progress now with their Open 60s at speeds of over 15 kn (and peaks exceeding 25 kn ! ) straightly in the direction of Lorient FRA, 1'800 miles away. The first arrivals after a drag race are expected for next Saturday. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has a 55 miles' lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA is 65 miles behind Gabart. The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
South-westerly winds are slowly filling in and all eight solo skippers are now sailing direction East. In speeds around 15 kn, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has extended his lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') to over 50 miles. The race-viewer and the report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
And the 8 solo skipper waited in vain for the cold front from the west propulsing the Open 60s on a straight way to France. Instead, the sail upwind in a light breeze. The fleet has split again in two, one group with the leading 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA) on a starboat tack direction east, whereas the third-ranked Jean-Pierre Dick FRA ('Virbac-Paprec') still heads towards the north, but his backlog has increased to 76 miles with this stategy. No weather change expected for today. The report, the videos and the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Still on a northerly course, the 8 solo skippers will touch a strong cold front arriving from the West today with wintery temperatures. Being most to the North, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virbac-Paprec' will probably be the first to reach this fast train. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' is the new leader after his move to the East, and only 2 miles further back follows Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). The report and the race-viewer, as well as the onboard-videos.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
The 8 solo-sailors keep on heading north to reach the expected west wind frontal system as early as possible. According to the race-viewer, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' sailing at the extreme east is still mentioned as leader, but François Gabart FRA with his 'Massif', the most norterly boat, seems to have the best chances to touch the fresh west wind as first. The distances between the boats are still small, and only major weather change might reshuffle the fleet. The report of the day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-handed race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-hand race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start. Dominique Wavre SUI does not compete.
 
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Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)
Six of the eight solo-skippers have crossed the virtual finish line on the Atlantic in the meantime, while in the North of France and at the French coast the first real strong winter storm blusters. See the race-viewer (activate wind function). Mike Golding GBR, Marc Guillemot FRA and Alex Thomson GBR arrived on the ranks 4 to 6. The event-website with the videos.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The extremely stormy wind forecast induced the Race Director not only to divert the course, but to abandon the race at the southern safety gate. François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' crossed the new finish line during the past night, winning a race at his first start in a solo competition. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') will complete the podium in the coming hours. The race-viewer and the reports.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The 8 participants respectfully await the coming three days of the Transat B-to-B as the final straight of the Atlantic crossing could be extremely difficult. Already now, gust above 40 kn rush over the fleet, and in the coming day, wind speeds of 55-60 kn are expected also at the edge of the storm depression. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA still leads with 67 miles on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and 104 miles on Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer (activate the wind function in upper right corner), the daily report and the videos.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Mike Golding)
The eight solo-skippers sail at high speeds in a 20 to 30 kn breeze eastwards. For Thursday, a storm depression with winds of up to 50 kn has been announced that will have a massif impact on the fleet in the final approach to France. The Race Direction has therefore added a safety gate further South off Spain, the make the boats avoid the center of the cyclone.
Not much change as far as the sequence of yachts is concerned, only the distance between the competitors has slightly increased. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA is now 69 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA), while Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is already 116 miles back. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA has problems at this moment, as the foresail halyard is blocked. He has to head South again to lighter winds to solve the problem climbing on the mast. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos. A report in English can be found on Mike Golding's website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The expected west wind finally arrived and the 8 solo skippers progress now with their Open 60s at speeds of over 15 kn (and peaks exceeding 25 kn ! ) straightly in the direction of Lorient FRA, 1'800 miles away. The first arrivals after a drag race are expected for next Saturday. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has a 55 miles' lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA is 65 miles behind Gabart. The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
South-westerly winds are slowly filling in and all eight solo skippers are now sailing direction East. In speeds around 15 kn, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has extended his lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') to over 50 miles. The race-viewer and the report.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
And the 8 solo skipper waited in vain for the cold front from the west propulsing the Open 60s on a straight way to France. Instead, the sail upwind in a light breeze. The fleet has split again in two, one group with the leading 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA) on a starboat tack direction east, whereas the third-ranked Jean-Pierre Dick FRA ('Virbac-Paprec') still heads towards the north, but his backlog has increased to 76 miles with this stategy. No weather change expected for today. The report, the videos and the race-viewer.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Still on a northerly course, the 8 solo skippers will touch a strong cold front arriving from the West today with wintery temperatures. Being most to the North, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virbac-Paprec' will probably be the first to reach this fast train. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' is the new leader after his move to the East, and only 2 miles further back follows Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). The report and the race-viewer, as well as the onboard-videos.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
The 8 solo-sailors keep on heading north to reach the expected west wind frontal system as early as possible. According to the race-viewer, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' sailing at the extreme east is still mentioned as leader, but François Gabart FRA with his 'Massif', the most norterly boat, seems to have the best chances to touch the fresh west wind as first. The distances between the boats are still small, and only major weather change might reshuffle the fleet. The report of the day.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-handed race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-hand race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start. Dominique Wavre SUI does not compete.
 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)
Six of the eight solo-skippers have crossed the virtual finish line on the Atlantic in the meantime, while in the North of France and at the French coast the first real strong winter storm blusters. See the race-viewer (activate wind function). Mike Golding GBR, Marc Guillemot FRA and Alex Thomson GBR arrived on the ranks 4 to 6. The event-website with the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The extremely stormy wind forecast induced the Race Director not only to divert the course, but to abandon the race at the southern safety gate. François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' crossed the new finish line during the past night, winning a race at his first start in a solo competition. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') will complete the podium in the coming hours. The race-viewer and the reports.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The 8 participants respectfully await the coming three days of the Transat B-to-B as the final straight of the Atlantic crossing could be extremely difficult. Already now, gust above 40 kn rush over the fleet, and in the coming day, wind speeds of 55-60 kn are expected also at the edge of the storm depression. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA still leads with 67 miles on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and 104 miles on Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer (activate the wind function in upper right corner), the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Mike Golding)
The eight solo-skippers sail at high speeds in a 20 to 30 kn breeze eastwards. For Thursday, a storm depression with winds of up to 50 kn has been announced that will have a massif impact on the fleet in the final approach to France. The Race Direction has therefore added a safety gate further South off Spain, the make the boats avoid the center of the cyclone.
Not much change as far as the sequence of yachts is concerned, only the distance between the competitors has slightly increased. 'Macif' with François Gabart FRA is now 69 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA), while Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is already 116 miles back. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA has problems at this moment, as the foresail halyard is blocked. He has to head South again to lighter winds to solve the problem climbing on the mast. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos. A report in English can be found on Mike Golding's website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The expected west wind finally arrived and the 8 solo skippers progress now with their Open 60s at speeds of over 15 kn (and peaks exceeding 25 kn ! ) straightly in the direction of Lorient FRA, 1'800 miles away. The first arrivals after a drag race are expected for next Saturday. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has a 55 miles' lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA is 65 miles behind Gabart. The report, the race-viewer and the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
South-westerly winds are slowly filling in and all eight solo skippers are now sailing direction East. In speeds around 15 kn, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' has extended his lead on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') to over 50 miles. The race-viewer and the report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
And the 8 solo skipper waited in vain for the cold front from the west propulsing the Open 60s on a straight way to France. Instead, the sail upwind in a light breeze. The fleet has split again in two, one group with the leading 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Armel Le Cléac'h FRA) on a starboat tack direction east, whereas the third-ranked Jean-Pierre Dick FRA ('Virbac-Paprec') still heads towards the north, but his backlog has increased to 76 miles with this stategy. No weather change expected for today. The report, the videos and the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Still on a northerly course, the 8 solo skippers will touch a strong cold front arriving from the West today with wintery temperatures. Being most to the North, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virbac-Paprec' will probably be the first to reach this fast train. At present, François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' is the new leader after his move to the East, and only 2 miles further back follows Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). The report and the race-viewer, as well as the onboard-videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
The 8 solo-sailors keep on heading north to reach the expected west wind frontal system as early as possible. According to the race-viewer, Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' sailing at the extreme east is still mentioned as leader, but François Gabart FRA with his 'Massif', the most norterly boat, seems to have the best chances to touch the fresh west wind as first. The distances between the boats are still small, and only major weather change might reshuffle the fleet. The report of the day.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-handed race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After the Transat Jacques, the IMOCA Open 60 skippers have now the option to sail their yachts back to Europe in a single-hand race, the Transat B-to-B, starting in St. Barth. The first leader is Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire', only 0,4 miles ahead of Vincent Riou FRA on the 'PRB'. 8 Open 60s participate. Going upwind in the trade wind, the fleet is now split in a nothern and southern group. The race-viewer and the report about the start. Dominique Wavre SUI does not compete.
 
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