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IMOCA Open 60 - Europ Warm Up - Leg 1 - Barcelona ESP-Lisabon POR

Saturday, 19. May 2012– Wednesday, 23. May 2012

Website: www.europa-warmup.com/

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Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)
The final outcome of leg 2 of the Open 60 Warm-up was very close with Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') winning a one hour's advantage after 9 days' racing. Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif'), newcomer in the Open 60 flleet, follows on rank 2, making him one of the favorites for the Vendee Globe beginning in November. Another favorite will be Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat'). He lost both spinakers during leg 2 and was forced to let Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') in the final approach. The rankings and the report with video-interviews. Next Friday, another speed contest is on the program.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)
After 8 days' racing, the fleet is now in the approach of the arrival at La Rochelle. Westerly winds push the Open 60s with good speed, and the first boats are expected to finish the leg by noon today Sunday. Fighting for the first place are Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') and Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif') separated by 1,2 miles only this morning. On the loosing side is Bernard Stamm SUI, who has been without meteo news for the past 48 hours having lost the onboard communication technology. As third, he is 55 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Vincent Riou FRA on 'PRB' rounded the famous Fastnet Rock as first, followed only a few minutes later by Bernard Stamm SUI on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with a 4 miles backlog. François Gabart FRA on 'MACIF' passed as third. From now on, the Open 60s are sailing upwind direction La Rochelle 380 miles away. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Perfect sailing conditions with 25-30 kn breeze from astern still prevail and the speed-race direction Fastnet Rock continues. With 457,7 miles in 24 hours - only 10 miles less as the record for the Open 60 - Bernard Stamm SUI fully exploited the potential of his 'Cheminees Poujoulat' reducing the gap to the still leading Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') to 6,6 miles. 32 miles farther back follows Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the 3rd place. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, winner of leg 1 and leading in the 2nd leg right from th beginning was forced to abandon the race yesterday afternoon, as the hydraulic canting keel of his 'Virbac-Paprec' became immouvable. The new leader is Armel Le Cleach FRA with his 'Banque Populaire'. Francois Gabart ('Macif') follows 2 miles behind as 2nd. Bernard Stamm SUI, yesterday sailing closely together with 'Macif', could not be localised this morning. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. Bernard Stamm SUI follows as 5th 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
The first three teams arrived yesterday within 7 minutes at Cascais, port of destination for the Lisboa leg. Having been in the lead right from the beginning, 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team saved a 6 minutes' advantage on 'Macif' mit Jean-Francois Gabart FRA to the finish. Only one minute behind Gabart arrived Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB'. This morning, Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') is expected at Cascais, while Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat') has to defend the 5th position 72 miles before the finish line. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
The seven boats' fleet passed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday in a light breeze, with the leading trio 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA), 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) and 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) sailing closely together at sight. Bernard Stamm SUI and his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' follows on rank five already 125 miles behind, after having lost much ground in the strong currents off Gibraltar. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. Bernard Stamm SUI follows with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' 46 miles behind on rank 6. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60s are sailing along the Spanish coast direction Lisboa POR, lead by a quartet separated by 5 miles only, headed by 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean Pierre Dick FRA). 32 miles farther behind, Bernard Stamm SUI leads the followers. The daily report, the positions and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gap on the followers. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gab on the followers. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' is 5th 32 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Alfred Ferre)
The opening of the IMOCA Europa Race, shortened because of political differences between France and Turkey, took place yesterday off Barcelona instead of Istanbul as originally planned with three short races on a one-miles' course just in front of the harbour. 'Banque Populaire' with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA reached the best time, followed by Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The start to the first leg of the Europa Race to Lisboa POR, sailed with crew, will be given this afternoon. The report.
 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)
The final outcome of leg 2 of the Open 60 Warm-up was very close with Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') winning a one hour's advantage after 9 days' racing. Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif'), newcomer in the Open 60 flleet, follows on rank 2, making him one of the favorites for the Vendee Globe beginning in November. Another favorite will be Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat'). He lost both spinakers during leg 2 and was forced to let Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') in the final approach. The rankings and the report with video-interviews. Next Friday, another speed contest is on the program.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)
After 8 days' racing, the fleet is now in the approach of the arrival at La Rochelle. Westerly winds push the Open 60s with good speed, and the first boats are expected to finish the leg by noon today Sunday. Fighting for the first place are Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') and Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif') separated by 1,2 miles only this morning. On the loosing side is Bernard Stamm SUI, who has been without meteo news for the past 48 hours having lost the onboard communication technology. As third, he is 55 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Vincent Riou FRA on 'PRB' rounded the famous Fastnet Rock as first, followed only a few minutes later by Bernard Stamm SUI on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with a 4 miles backlog. François Gabart FRA on 'MACIF' passed as third. From now on, the Open 60s are sailing upwind direction La Rochelle 380 miles away. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Perfect sailing conditions with 25-30 kn breeze from astern still prevail and the speed-race direction Fastnet Rock continues. With 457,7 miles in 24 hours - only 10 miles less as the record for the Open 60 - Bernard Stamm SUI fully exploited the potential of his 'Cheminees Poujoulat' reducing the gap to the still leading Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') to 6,6 miles. 32 miles farther back follows Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the 3rd place. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, winner of leg 1 and leading in the 2nd leg right from th beginning was forced to abandon the race yesterday afternoon, as the hydraulic canting keel of his 'Virbac-Paprec' became immouvable. The new leader is Armel Le Cleach FRA with his 'Banque Populaire'. Francois Gabart ('Macif') follows 2 miles behind as 2nd. Bernard Stamm SUI, yesterday sailing closely together with 'Macif', could not be localised this morning. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. Bernard Stamm SUI follows as 5th 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
The first three teams arrived yesterday within 7 minutes at Cascais, port of destination for the Lisboa leg. Having been in the lead right from the beginning, 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team saved a 6 minutes' advantage on 'Macif' mit Jean-Francois Gabart FRA to the finish. Only one minute behind Gabart arrived Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB'. This morning, Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') is expected at Cascais, while Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat') has to defend the 5th position 72 miles before the finish line. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
The seven boats' fleet passed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday in a light breeze, with the leading trio 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA), 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) and 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) sailing closely together at sight. Bernard Stamm SUI and his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' follows on rank five already 125 miles behind, after having lost much ground in the strong currents off Gibraltar. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. Bernard Stamm SUI follows with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' 46 miles behind on rank 6. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60s are sailing along the Spanish coast direction Lisboa POR, lead by a quartet separated by 5 miles only, headed by 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean Pierre Dick FRA). 32 miles farther behind, Bernard Stamm SUI leads the followers. The daily report, the positions and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gap on the followers. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gab on the followers. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' is 5th 32 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Alfred Ferre)
The opening of the IMOCA Europa Race, shortened because of political differences between France and Turkey, took place yesterday off Barcelona instead of Istanbul as originally planned with three short races on a one-miles' course just in front of the harbour. 'Banque Populaire' with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA reached the best time, followed by Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The start to the first leg of the Europa Race to Lisboa POR, sailed with crew, will be given this afternoon. The report.
 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)
The final outcome of leg 2 of the Open 60 Warm-up was very close with Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') winning a one hour's advantage after 9 days' racing. Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif'), newcomer in the Open 60 flleet, follows on rank 2, making him one of the favorites for the Vendee Globe beginning in November. Another favorite will be Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat'). He lost both spinakers during leg 2 and was forced to let Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') in the final approach. The rankings and the report with video-interviews. Next Friday, another speed contest is on the program.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)
After 8 days' racing, the fleet is now in the approach of the arrival at La Rochelle. Westerly winds push the Open 60s with good speed, and the first boats are expected to finish the leg by noon today Sunday. Fighting for the first place are Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') and Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif') separated by 1,2 miles only this morning. On the loosing side is Bernard Stamm SUI, who has been without meteo news for the past 48 hours having lost the onboard communication technology. As third, he is 55 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Vincent Riou FRA on 'PRB' rounded the famous Fastnet Rock as first, followed only a few minutes later by Bernard Stamm SUI on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with a 4 miles backlog. François Gabart FRA on 'MACIF' passed as third. From now on, the Open 60s are sailing upwind direction La Rochelle 380 miles away. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Perfect sailing conditions with 25-30 kn breeze from astern still prevail and the speed-race direction Fastnet Rock continues. With 457,7 miles in 24 hours - only 10 miles less as the record for the Open 60 - Bernard Stamm SUI fully exploited the potential of his 'Cheminees Poujoulat' reducing the gap to the still leading Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') to 6,6 miles. 32 miles farther back follows Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the 3rd place. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, winner of leg 1 and leading in the 2nd leg right from th beginning was forced to abandon the race yesterday afternoon, as the hydraulic canting keel of his 'Virbac-Paprec' became immouvable. The new leader is Armel Le Cleach FRA with his 'Banque Populaire'. Francois Gabart ('Macif') follows 2 miles behind as 2nd. Bernard Stamm SUI, yesterday sailing closely together with 'Macif', could not be localised this morning. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. Bernard Stamm SUI follows as 5th 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
The first three teams arrived yesterday within 7 minutes at Cascais, port of destination for the Lisboa leg. Having been in the lead right from the beginning, 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team saved a 6 minutes' advantage on 'Macif' mit Jean-Francois Gabart FRA to the finish. Only one minute behind Gabart arrived Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB'. This morning, Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') is expected at Cascais, while Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat') has to defend the 5th position 72 miles before the finish line. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
The seven boats' fleet passed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday in a light breeze, with the leading trio 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA), 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) and 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) sailing closely together at sight. Bernard Stamm SUI and his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' follows on rank five already 125 miles behind, after having lost much ground in the strong currents off Gibraltar. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. Bernard Stamm SUI follows with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' 46 miles behind on rank 6. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60s are sailing along the Spanish coast direction Lisboa POR, lead by a quartet separated by 5 miles only, headed by 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean Pierre Dick FRA). 32 miles farther behind, Bernard Stamm SUI leads the followers. The daily report, the positions and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gap on the followers. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gab on the followers. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' is 5th 32 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Alfred Ferre)
The opening of the IMOCA Europa Race, shortened because of political differences between France and Turkey, took place yesterday off Barcelona instead of Istanbul as originally planned with three short races on a one-miles' course just in front of the harbour. 'Banque Populaire' with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA reached the best time, followed by Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The start to the first leg of the Europa Race to Lisboa POR, sailed with crew, will be given this afternoon. The report.
 
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Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)
The final outcome of leg 2 of the Open 60 Warm-up was very close with Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') winning a one hour's advantage after 9 days' racing. Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif'), newcomer in the Open 60 flleet, follows on rank 2, making him one of the favorites for the Vendee Globe beginning in November. Another favorite will be Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat'). He lost both spinakers during leg 2 and was forced to let Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') in the final approach. The rankings and the report with video-interviews. Next Friday, another speed contest is on the program.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)
After 8 days' racing, the fleet is now in the approach of the arrival at La Rochelle. Westerly winds push the Open 60s with good speed, and the first boats are expected to finish the leg by noon today Sunday. Fighting for the first place are Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') and Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif') separated by 1,2 miles only this morning. On the loosing side is Bernard Stamm SUI, who has been without meteo news for the past 48 hours having lost the onboard communication technology. As third, he is 55 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Vincent Riou FRA on 'PRB' rounded the famous Fastnet Rock as first, followed only a few minutes later by Bernard Stamm SUI on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with a 4 miles backlog. François Gabart FRA on 'MACIF' passed as third. From now on, the Open 60s are sailing upwind direction La Rochelle 380 miles away. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Perfect sailing conditions with 25-30 kn breeze from astern still prevail and the speed-race direction Fastnet Rock continues. With 457,7 miles in 24 hours - only 10 miles less as the record for the Open 60 - Bernard Stamm SUI fully exploited the potential of his 'Cheminees Poujoulat' reducing the gap to the still leading Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') to 6,6 miles. 32 miles farther back follows Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the 3rd place. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, winner of leg 1 and leading in the 2nd leg right from th beginning was forced to abandon the race yesterday afternoon, as the hydraulic canting keel of his 'Virbac-Paprec' became immouvable. The new leader is Armel Le Cleach FRA with his 'Banque Populaire'. Francois Gabart ('Macif') follows 2 miles behind as 2nd. Bernard Stamm SUI, yesterday sailing closely together with 'Macif', could not be localised this morning. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. Bernard Stamm SUI follows as 5th 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
The first three teams arrived yesterday within 7 minutes at Cascais, port of destination for the Lisboa leg. Having been in the lead right from the beginning, 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team saved a 6 minutes' advantage on 'Macif' mit Jean-Francois Gabart FRA to the finish. Only one minute behind Gabart arrived Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB'. This morning, Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') is expected at Cascais, while Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat') has to defend the 5th position 72 miles before the finish line. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
The seven boats' fleet passed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday in a light breeze, with the leading trio 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA), 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) and 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) sailing closely together at sight. Bernard Stamm SUI and his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' follows on rank five already 125 miles behind, after having lost much ground in the strong currents off Gibraltar. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. Bernard Stamm SUI follows with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' 46 miles behind on rank 6. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60s are sailing along the Spanish coast direction Lisboa POR, lead by a quartet separated by 5 miles only, headed by 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean Pierre Dick FRA). 32 miles farther behind, Bernard Stamm SUI leads the followers. The daily report, the positions and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gap on the followers. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gab on the followers. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' is 5th 32 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Alfred Ferre)
The opening of the IMOCA Europa Race, shortened because of political differences between France and Turkey, took place yesterday off Barcelona instead of Istanbul as originally planned with three short races on a one-miles' course just in front of the harbour. 'Banque Populaire' with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA reached the best time, followed by Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The start to the first leg of the Europa Race to Lisboa POR, sailed with crew, will be given this afternoon. The report.
 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)
The final outcome of leg 2 of the Open 60 Warm-up was very close with Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') winning a one hour's advantage after 9 days' racing. Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif'), newcomer in the Open 60 flleet, follows on rank 2, making him one of the favorites for the Vendee Globe beginning in November. Another favorite will be Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat'). He lost both spinakers during leg 2 and was forced to let Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') in the final approach. The rankings and the report with video-interviews. Next Friday, another speed contest is on the program.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)
After 8 days' racing, the fleet is now in the approach of the arrival at La Rochelle. Westerly winds push the Open 60s with good speed, and the first boats are expected to finish the leg by noon today Sunday. Fighting for the first place are Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') and Francois Gabart FRA ('Macif') separated by 1,2 miles only this morning. On the loosing side is Bernard Stamm SUI, who has been without meteo news for the past 48 hours having lost the onboard communication technology. As third, he is 55 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Vincent Riou FRA on 'PRB' rounded the famous Fastnet Rock as first, followed only a few minutes later by Bernard Stamm SUI on his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with a 4 miles backlog. François Gabart FRA on 'MACIF' passed as third. From now on, the Open 60s are sailing upwind direction La Rochelle 380 miles away. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
Perfect sailing conditions with 25-30 kn breeze from astern still prevail and the speed-race direction Fastnet Rock continues. With 457,7 miles in 24 hours - only 10 miles less as the record for the Open 60 - Bernard Stamm SUI fully exploited the potential of his 'Cheminees Poujoulat' reducing the gap to the still leading Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') to 6,6 miles. 32 miles farther back follows Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the 3rd place. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, winner of leg 1 and leading in the 2nd leg right from th beginning was forced to abandon the race yesterday afternoon, as the hydraulic canting keel of his 'Virbac-Paprec' became immouvable. The new leader is Armel Le Cleach FRA with his 'Banque Populaire'. Francois Gabart ('Macif') follows 2 miles behind as 2nd. Bernard Stamm SUI, yesterday sailing closely together with 'Macif', could not be localised this morning. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60 solo skippers are still closely together now slowed down by a lull zone. Only Jean-Pierre Dick FRA with his 'Virback-Paprec' succeeded to pull clear somewhat of the other opponents. His advance on the second-ranked Armel Le Cleach FRA is almost 20 miles. Bernard Stamm SUI follows as 5th 23 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
The first three teams arrived yesterday within 7 minutes at Cascais, port of destination for the Lisboa leg. Having been in the lead right from the beginning, 'Virbac-Paprec' with Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team saved a 6 minutes' advantage on 'Macif' mit Jean-Francois Gabart FRA to the finish. Only one minute behind Gabart arrived Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB'. This morning, Armel Le Cleach FRA ('Banque Populaire') is expected at Cascais, while Bernard Stamm SUI ('Cheminees Poujoulat') has to defend the 5th position 72 miles before the finish line. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The seven boats' fleet passed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday in a light breeze, with the leading trio 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA), 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) and 'Macif' (François Gabart FRA) sailing closely together at sight. Bernard Stamm SUI and his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' follows on rank five already 125 miles behind, after having lost much ground in the strong currents off Gibraltar. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The fleet of the seven Open 60's has already reached the South Coast of Spain this morning and is actually in the approach on Gibraltar. After the many lull zone during the past days stretching the fleet over quite a distance, a 30 kn plus Westerly breeze has now filled in. The gaps between the boats have remained constant since yesterday. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his auf 'Paprec-Virbac' lead with a 3 miles' advantage on 'PRB' with Vincent Riou FRA. Bernard Stamm SUI follows with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' 46 miles behind on rank 6. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
The seven Open 60s are sailing along the Spanish coast direction Lisboa POR, lead by a quartet separated by 5 miles only, headed by 'Virbac-Paprec' (Jean Pierre Dick FRA). 32 miles farther behind, Bernard Stamm SUI leads the followers. The daily report, the positions and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gap on the followers. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the eight IMOCA Open 60s to the first leg of the three-part 'Warm Up'. Opting for an offshore route, 'Varbec-Paprec' (Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and his team) followed 12 miles behind by 'PRB' (Vincent Riou FRA) have already opened a gab on the followers. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' is 5th 32 miles behind. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Alfred Ferre)
The opening of the IMOCA Europa Race, shortened because of political differences between France and Turkey, took place yesterday off Barcelona instead of Istanbul as originally planned with three short races on a one-miles' course just in front of the harbour. 'Banque Populaire' with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA reached the best time, followed by Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The start to the first leg of the Europa Race to Lisboa POR, sailed with crew, will be given this afternoon. The report.
 
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