Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   
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In Murmansk RUS, the Chinese round-the-world skipper Guo Chuan CHN and his team, among them also Boris Herrmann GER as navigator and the Russian Arctic explorer Sergei Nizovtsev RUS, are readx for a first record attempt across the North - East passage along the Russian North Coast. The climate warming should make it possible to keep the passage ice-free during the coming two weeks. However, there will always be drifting ice, a fatal threat for the 105-foot-trimaran 'Qingdao China' (the former IDEC of Francis Joyon FRA).
The daily news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   
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Three race days are almost over and the main fleet has not yet reached the Fastnet Rock. Only the big multi- and monohulls have finished the race in the meantime.
The line honors went - as expected - to 'Spindrift 2' of Dona Bertarelli SUI, but with 2 days and 10 hours, the record time is far away. The MOD-70-Trimaran 'Phaedo' of Lloyd Thornburg USA crossed the line 2 hours later and is the winner in calculated time. The 100-foot 'Comanche' with Ken Read USA was the first monohull, but the 88-foot 'Rambler' with George David USA finished only 4 minutes later and is the Maxi-winner in calculated time. It remains to be seen whether this time is good enough for the overall IRC-victory on handicap. For the moment, 'Momo' with Dieter Schön GER is in the lead, but she has 13 miles left to the arrival.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
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The Fastnet Race 2015 is continuing slow-motion, and only the multihulls and maxi-monohulls had rounded the Fastnet Rock this morning. The bulk of the fleet is trailing across the Irish Sea in a very light wind and strong currents.
The 130-foot trimaran 'Spindrift 2' with Yann Guchard FRA/Dona Bertarelli SUI leads with a 20 miles advance on the MOD-70 trimaran 'Phaedo' of Lloyd Thornburg USA. The first monohulls rounded the Rock this morning with the 88-foot 'Rambler' of George David USA leading closely followed by 'Comanche' with Ken Read USA.
The race viewer and the reports with videos.
Offshore Racing – Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015   
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The start to the 46th Fastnet Race in Cowes yesterday was given in a very light wind. With 356 yachts on the starting line, a new record participation was recorded. The multihulls were the first of the fleet, split in seven categories, to start, and they have been mostly in the leading pack during the past hours. On the first position is - as expected - the 140-Foot-Maxi-Trimaran 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA/Dona Bertarelli SUI, but advancing at about 7 kn only, the race is really slow this year, and only about one fourth of the 603 miles race distance has been covered up to now. The leading boats passed the South-Western point of England. In the Monohulls, the 100-Foot-Maxi 'Comanche' with Ken Read USA is in the lead.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015   
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The start to the 2015 Fastnet Race will be given in Cowes at 12 hrs UTC. Light winds have been forecast for this year's 600 miles race, and a number of teams have added some anchor rode to avoid drifting back in the strong tide currents. A new record time is not in sight inspite of the hightech available on many boats. On the entry list are among others New Open 60s, the latest MOD-70 trimarans, other multihulls and not to forget the 100 foot Maxi.
The preview and the entry list. The race can be followed live via GPS tracking.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015   
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In his most recent video report, Simon Koster SUI confirms his firm entry to the 2015 Mini-Transat starting in September. The necessary qualification miles have been completed during the Transcascogne we reported about two weeks ago.
The video.
Offshore Racing – Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
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Lacking sponsors, the MOD-70-trimaran circuit has been dissolved, and the owners are now looking for other starting possibilities. Stève Ravussin SUI decided to use his 'Race for Water' in an ecological round-the-world project for the protection of the sea. We reported regularily about this project. The latest news is, that the trimaran 'Edmond de Rothschild', modified in a foiling trimaran in spring, did the first on-the-water tests. Here the report with video.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, August 1, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015   
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The start to the second leg of the Transgscogne back to Port Bourgenay FRA will be given today in Luanco at the Spanish North coast. Ian Lipinski POL has a 50 min lead on Sander Van Doorn NED in the Series-Minis. Only 3 minutes is the advance of Axel Trahin FRA on Frédéric Denis FRA in the Protos.
The start will be given by noon CET, and the race can be followed again live on the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 31, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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Yesterday ended the first leg of the Transgascogne in Luanco ESP after just 25 hours. The difficult conditions with shifty and varying winds kept the solo-skippers awake during the whole race.
Winner in the Protos is Axel Trehin FRA closely followed by Fréderic Denis FRA 3 minutes behind. The 3rd Clément Bouyssou FRA had a 43 minutes backlog.
In the Series Minis, the winner is Ian Lipinski POL 9 minutes ahead of Guillermo Canardo ESP, and another 41 minutes behind Sander Van Doorn NED 3.
The race viewer with results. The event website was not yet updated this morning.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   
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After two days' waiting, the wind at the French Atlantic coast has calmed down enough to allow the start to the Transcascogne this morning at 6.30 h UTC. The 47 participants will encounter a moderate rear wind during the 230 miles' first leg to Luanco ESP, a perfect setting for speed tests with the immediate opponents ! The race can be followed live via GPS tracking. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   
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The stormy conditions exceeding 40 kn at the French Atlantic coast are staying on and the Race Direction decided early to postpone the start on tomorrow Wednesda├┐.
The report and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015   
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The storm front reached the French Atlantic coast during the night but did not decrease this morning as predicted. The organizers postponed the start again, tomorrow at 10am a decision will be taken. On a slightly shortened course, the fleet will head for Luanco at the North Spanish coast and back to Talmont FRA. 47 solo skippers will be on the starting line. The race can be followed - as usual - live on the Internet via GPS tracking
The event website.
 
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