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Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The weather pattern over the Atlantic Ocean alters more and more in favor of the southern group, admittedly still behind, but progressing at high speed direction West thanks to the trade winds. The leading group in the North - reduced by the co-favorite team Chabagny/Tabarly FRA having dismasted - has now to swallow the pill to cross the light-wind zone southwards to reach the trade winds. A leader change will most probably happen within two days. New in the lead are this morning Gwenael Gbick/Kito De Pavant FRA, 3,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA have lost some miles and are now as 3rd 26 miles behind. Fabien Delahaye/Yoann Richomme FRA on rank 4 are now the first boat of the southern group with a backlog of 122 on the first. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The fleet split in two, the leading group in the North and the main fleet in the South, continues to sail in two different wind systems. The wind situation seems to change in favor of the southern group, sailing now in trade winds around 15 knunder spi direction Caribbeans, while the northern group is beating upwind in a light breeze, and the advantage is melting away quickly.
This morning, the leaders Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA were 2,5 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team Nicolas Lunven/Eric Roux FRA on rank 6 has reduced the backlog on the leader to 204 miles and continues to progress over 4 kn faster as the northern group. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday, the fleet of the 14 two-person teams has been spreading out even more. After the low wind on Tuesday, the southern teams have now hit the trade winds and speed up again, pushing them probably on a direct way to the Caribbeans. The leading boats in the North adhering to a West front accelerated also after a short slow-down, and defended their lead up to now. But sooner or later, they have to head South across a lull zone to reach the trade winds. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA lead 5,4 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA, first in the Southern group on position 6 overall, are already 225 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   
Yesterday was the day of the two-person teams having opted for the northern course after the mark rounding off the Canaries. They progressed partly over four times as fast as the rest of the fleet. The new leaders are now Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 7,7 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team are Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA on rank 6 with a 143 miles' backlog. The weather situation remains instable and it is not impossible that upon reaching the trade winds, the southern boats with have the upper hand again. The race-viewer, the daily report (in French) and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The unusual depression cell over the Canary islands continues to produce slack and unpredictable wind streams. Instead of a fast ride across the Atlantic in the trade-winds, the 14 two-person teams still in the race are trailing and searching for wind. While some hope to meet the trade-winds farther down south, some others, such as the routiniers Jean Le Cam FRA (with Gildas Mahé FRA) and Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (with Corentin Horeau FRA) stick to a northern course. It remains to be seen in a few days from now, which option will be paying.
Leaders in the interims position are Le Cam/Mahé FRA 1,2 miles ahead of Gbick/Le Pavant FRA. Horeau/Desjoyeaux FRA follow on rank 4 with a 8,6 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
The 300 miles Pornichet Select Regatta - the solo-skippers opening event for the very popular and spectacular Mini-650-class - ended yesterday at Pornichet FRA. Superior winner in the Protos was Giancarlo Pedote ITA with his 'Prysmian', the round-bow special construction having dominated the class for three years now. Luke Berry GBR follows on rank 2 four hours behind. Very close was the final fight in the Series, where Tanguy Le Turquais FRA crossed the line only 6 minutes ahead of Damien Cloarec FRA. Execellent the first race of the newcomer to the mini-class Patrick Girod SUI finishing on rank 3 only 34 minutes behind the 2nd. The race-viewer with the final rankings and the event-facebook-page.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
Harald Sedlacek AUT needed twice the planned time for his record Atlantic crossing on the only 4,9 meter long experimental construction 'Fipofix'. Lull pads and technical problems - the autopilot broke on day 2 of his journey already - slowed down his ride over the Atlantic Ocean. Starved and tired, the Austrian, age 32, finally reached Palm Beach on Sunday. The project-website.
 
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