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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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Two days after the start, the six teams have now found a fresher breeze out on the open Sea along the Brazilian coast. The fleet still sticks together pushed by a 12 kn wind, and the leading 'Mapfre' is only 4,4 miles ahead of the last-positioned 'Brunel'.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (Image © Mirela Perello)
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As last of the seven two-person teams remaining in the race finished Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Colman NZL with their 'Spirit of Hungary' the Barcelona World Race yesterday. Their circumnavgation lasted 110 days and 11 hours, i.e. 20 days mors as the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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Leg 6 over 5''10 miles from Itajai BRA to Newport RI USA was started in an almost total lack of breeze. After approaching almost an hour of drifting, the Race Committee decided to shorten the inshore buoy course, allowing the fleet to sail out into the open seas from the first mark, hoping to find appreciably more wind up the Brazilian coast through the Atlantic. The boats are expected to take around 17-20 days to reach Newport, the seventh port to host the race.
This morning, the wind around 5 kn continued to be light, and the fleet still sails closely together. 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) was the leader 1,8 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), while the last-positioned 'Brunel' was 5 miles behind.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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The six teams still in the race sailed the Itajai BRA InPort race yesterday in very light winds with the fleet even standing still in some moments. The finish was very close with 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED winning ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) - the results, the report and the video of the InPort race.
Today at 19 hrs UTC, the start to leg 6 ove 5'010 miles to Newport RI, USA will be given, as always transmitted live on the Internet. The preview.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Today, the Itajai InPort Race will take place before tomorrow Sunday, the six teams will start to leg 6 direction Newport RI, USA. The overall 2nd 'DongFeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA will rejoin the fleet thanks to a round-the-clock effort of the whole team to replace the broken mast. 'MAPFRE' with Iker Martinez ESP more and more shining with a solid performance - ranks 1 and 2 in the last two legs - has been penalised with two points, as they did not report repairs effected during leg 5.
The event website, the overall rankings and the link to today's live coverage of the InPort Race (as from 17 hrs UTC).
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © Mireia Perello)
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After 107 days, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA crossed the finish line off Barcelona as 6th of the World Race, a journey full of mishaps. The worst incident was the damaged rudder that could not be repaired while being afloat, and forced the team to sail half of the race in safety-mode. Nevertheless, Jörg Riechers GER, the only active German oceanic racer, showed his satisfaction with his first cirvumnavigation, as he collected much experience in view of his Vendée Globe project. The report.
The last team underway are Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL just crossing the Gibraltar Strait this morning. The race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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This morning at 3 hrs UTC, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA had 27 miles left to Barcelona. Their Open 60 'Renault Captur' moved only very slowly - 6 kn max - in the slack conditions, but before noon, they will nevertheless cross the finish line of the non-stop round-the-world event as 6th. The last boat of Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL is 660 miles before the arrival in the approach to the Gibraltar Strait.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   
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The missing wind on the Mediterranean Sea has delayed the arrival of 'Renault Captur' with Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA in Barcelona by a day. This morning, 177 miles were left to the finish line.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   (Image © Denis Tisserand)
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After a time-consuming passage with little wind and a burning heat, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has reached the African continent yesterday. In the stop-over in Djibouti, he has the possibility to repair the water processing unit.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passed the Gibraltar Strait with their 'Renault Captur' as 6th team, and are now on their home stretch direction Barcelona. 355 miles were left this morning, and the ETA is tomorrow Wednesday. The last-ranked 'Spirit of Hungary' with Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL is now north of the Canary Islands. They have to cover the remaining 870 miles with a keel beginning to break loose.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The Volvo Ocean Race continues next weekend. After the Itajai Inport Race of Saturday, the start to leg 6 to Newport RI, USA will be given on Sunday. Yesterday morning, 'Dongfeng' with her broken mast arrived at Itajai, where the new mast had already arrived last Saturday. Much work for the shore team to make the Volvo 65 race-ready for the Saturday In-Port race, and even more for leg 6, as skipper Charles Caudrelier FRA and his Chinese team have to defend their rank 2 in the overall ranking.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Monday, April 13, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015   
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Saturday, the Mini 6.50 season began in the Atlantic Ocean off Britany with a 200 miles' regatta, but the slackening winds prompted the race committee to shorten the race prematurely.
Winners in the Protos were Davy Beaudart/Yves Le Blevec FRA with their round-bow 'Cultisol' after an infight with Frédéric Denis/Thomas Coville FRA, defeated by 3 minutes only. The first Series Mini of Tanguy Le Turquais/Guillaume Le Brec FRA arrived 2 hrs 30 min after the first Proto. Damien Cloarec/Gildas Mahé FRA on rank 2 ended the race 5 minutes later, Patrick Girod/Bryan Mettraux SUI finished third.
The report and the ranking lists.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passed the Gibraltar Strait this morning after 101 days underway. They will arrive in Barcelona as 6th on the coming Monday.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015   
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Thanks to good wind conditions, the Chinese 'Dongfeng' sailing under jury rig with engine backup will arrive at Itajai BRA 400 miles away on Monday. The new mast arrived meanwhile in Sao Paolo. The team should be ready for the Itajai In-Port Race.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 11, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015   
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The start to the first important Mini 6.50 regatta, a 140 miles race for two person teams, will be given today at 12 hrs UTC off Lorient. Light winds shall prevail during the whole race. Among the 65 Teams are the favorites Ian Lipinski POL/Adrien Hardy FRA and Davy Beaudart/Yves Le Blevec FRA (with their round-bow minis) as well as Thomas Coville FRA (with Frédéric Denis FRA) rejoining the class.
The race can be followed live as from 12 hrs UTC today on GPS tracking. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 10, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015   (Image © Luis Pomar)
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Two weeks after the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arrived Bruno and Willy Garcia ESP as 5th in their home town. Real corinthians in oceanic racing - both have a regular professional activity - the two brothers decided thee months before the start to participate, and they succeeded to bring their Open 60 safely home after 99 days and 3 hours, thanks to a conservative strategy. It will probably take another six days until the arrival of Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA. They are approaching the Strait of Gibraltar with 980 miles to go to the arrival.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
 
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