Bénéteau Figaro - Transat AG2R - Concarneau FRA-St.Barthélmy FRA
Saturday, 21. April 2012– Saturday, 12. May 2012
Saturday, 21. April 2012– Saturday, 12. May 2012
As apparent during the past days, Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA with their 'Cercle Vert' did not allow anybody to overtake them during the last days, letting them celebrate their Transanat AG2R victory at St-Barth after 22 days and 8 hours underway with an average speed of 7,25 kn. Less than 2 hours after followed Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péron FRA ('Nacarat') as second and Jeanne Grégoire/Gérard Véniard FRA with their 'Banque Populaire' arrived just 3 hours later as 3rd. Meanwhile, 10 of the 16 yachts arrived at the French Carribean island of St-Barth. The rankings, the reports and the videos of the arrivals.
The drag race direction finish continues in a stady 20 kn trade-wind. 315 miles are left for the leading 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) to reach the French Carribean island St-Barth, ETA tomorrow Sunday evening. Admittedly, the chaser reduce their backlogs by some miles, but considering thd stable breeze, any position changed in the coming 36 hours seem unlikely. 'Nacarat' (Tabarly/Péron FRA) on rank 2 is actually 24 miles behind, 'Banque Populaire' with Jeanne Grégoire/Gérard Véniard FRA follows 38 miles back. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
After a tough Atlantic crossing influenced by light winds, the teams benefi t now for the first time from a fresher breeze, the trade-winds, enabling the boats to accelerate to 10 kn. The positions on top did not change with 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) ahead of 'Nacarat' (Tabarly/Péron FRA) and 'Banque Populaire' (Grégoire/Véniard FRA), but the gaps between the boats are so small, that everything can happen in the 780 miles to the finish. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Changing wind conditions, but no change in the positions on top, as the fresher breeze filled in practically everywhere at the same time. 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) keeps the lead on 'Nacarat' (Tabarly/Péron FRA) with a 30 miles' backlog now. The new 3rd-ranked is 'Banque Populaire' with Jeanne Grégoire/Gérard Veniard FRA. 950 miles are left to the finish. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
1100 miles off the finish line at St. Barth, the Transat AG2R comes now in its final phase. Nothing has been decided yet, even though the leader 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) extended her lead again on 46 miles now. But with her more northerly course, there is the risk that the major opponents in the South will touch the fresh trade wind earlier. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
The slow drag race went on yesterday in the middle of the Atlantic, and in light winds of up to 10 kn, the two-person teams all progressed at similar speeds. While 'Cercle Vert' with Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA on top sailing deeper extended their lead on the second-ranked Tabarly/Péron FRA to 38 miles. But the ranks 3-7 are separated by 8 miles only. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Light winds around 10 kn continue to rule the Transat of the 10 meter one-design yachts with two-person teams. The trade-wind zone has slightly moved southwards, leaving now all teams in similar air streams on their way to the finish line. No position changes happened during the last hours, but the gaps between the boats increased again. 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) leads 28 miles ahead of 'Nacarat' (Tabarly/Péron FRA), while 'Les recycleurs Bretons' (Bothuon/Troel FRA) follow 48 miles behind the leaders. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
The fleet is separating and stretching more and more searching for wind. Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA on their 'Cercle vert' stick to a direct westerly course to the port of destination and this strategy resulted in an extension of their lead 33 miles up to now. 'Nacarat' with Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péron FRA on the other side try to find their luck going South where fresher winds prevail. This morning, their speed was 2 kn faster than the leaders'. 1'500 miles are left to the finish. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
The fleet passed the control point North of La Palma yesterday in an unchanged sequence with 'Nacarat' (Duthill/Péron FRA) ahead of 'Cercle Vert' (Morvan/Dalin FRA) and 'Gédiamt' (Chabagny/Pratt FRA). The Race Viewer and the daily report.
The 16 two-person teams have now reached a constant breeze and a summery climate South of Madeira. In the night to tomorrow, the leading boats will pass the Canaries, the usual way point before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. 'Nacarat' with Fred Duthill/Eric Péron FRA and 'Cercle Vert' with Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA separated by 2 miles only /continue their duel for rank The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Moderate but unconstant winds still prevail for the 16 two-person teams that have now reached the latidute of Madeira. Tomorrow, they will reach the Canaries and hopefully also some fresh trade-winds. The gaps between the boats are still very small and the positions on top have not changed. 'Nacarat' with Fred Duthill/Eric Péron FRA leads 4 miles ahead of 'Cercle Vert' with Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA. The race-riewer, the daily report and the videos.
The very variable conditions, sometimes stormy, sometimes almost windless, stretched the fleet. And the race will remain difficult to read in the next days until the trade-winds in the South will be reached. Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péron FRA ('nacarat') have mastered the difficult conditions the best up to now, leading 7 miles ahead of 'Banque Populaire' with Jeanne Grégoire/Gérard Véniard FRA and 7,5 miles on 'Sepalumic' (Duthill/Lebourdais FRA). The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos taken from the accompanying boat 'Ocean Alchimist'.
The fleet is now in more moderate winds after two day in rough conditions. The leader changed four times, and this morning, passing the Lisboa latitude, it was again Fred Duthill/François Lebourdais FRA on the first place 1,7 miles ahead of Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péron FRA. The wind will probably decrease more and more in the coming 24 hours until the trade-winds will be reached. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the videos.
The 16 two-person teams still sail closely together along the Spanish coast with the first low pressure front with gusts of up to 48 kn behind them without major incidents. But the next front is approaching quickly. The leaders at present are Frederic Duthill/Francois Lebourdais FRA, 1,6 mile ahead of Gildas Morvan/Eric Péron FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report (f) and the videos.
After the first two days, sailed in a breeze around 20 kn, the 16 two-person teams passed a frontal system with winds over 35 kn during the past night. The boats are still very close together, with Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dalin FRA ('Cercle Vert') leading 1,4 miles ahead of Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péroin FRA ('Nacarat'). The race-viewer, the report of the day (f) and the videos.
16 two-person teams started yesterday a Concarneau FRA in a 15-20 kn breeze to the France-internal AG2R Transatlantic Regatta. After a 6 miles' round course within the Bay, the teams still very close together are now underway direction Ouest. Leaders this morning were Gildas Morvan/Charlie Dahlin FRA, 0,4 miles ahead of Erwan Tabarly/Eric Péron FRA. The Race-Viewer, der news and the videos.
Today at noon UCT at Concarneau/French Atlantic coast, the start to the Transat AG2R, the longest race of this 10-meter-one-design class, mostly sailed solo, but this time withtwo-person teams, will be given. 16 teams are on the entry list. Fresh North-Westerly winds are announced for the first days of the race. The official preview. The start can be followed live on the Internet.