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Offshore Racing – Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The 70th Sydney-Hobart Race was started on Sydney Harbour this morning at 2 h UTC. The fleet has passed the Heads hin a fresh breeze and is heading South on the open sea. As expected, the five super-maxis are in the lead constantly increasing the advantage on the persuers. 'Perpetual Loyal' of Anthony Bell AUS (with Tom Slingsby AUS, Seve Jarvin AUS) is first closely followed by 'Ragamuffin' of Syd Fischer AUS. 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA (with Ken Read USA) is 3rd. The yachts are still on an upwind course against the well established souterly but by this evening, the breeze is supposed to vanish and shift East.
The race tracker, the report from the start and the event website to be updated with reports and videos of the start.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Tomorrow - UTC during the coming night - the start to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race will be given in Sydney Harbour. The five 100-foot-Super-Maxis among the 117 participants will race for the line honours. Read a detailed articlel on these super racers evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Two of the five contenders suffered damages during yesterday's trainings. The defending champion 'Wild Oats XI' broke the boom (here the report), and 'Raggamuffin', th lightest of the five yachts has structural defects on the deck (here the report with video. During the first 20 race hours, the yachts will have to fight upwind with a very fresh Soutn wind. Lateron, the breeze will calm down to about 5 kn, and therefore, a race record time is hardly possible.
The official preview.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
The 'Vestas Wind' rescue team recovered the VOR 65 yacht grounded on a riff of the Brandon Islands in the Indian Ocean quicker than expected. Towed off the rocks with the help of an upcoming high tide, she was heft aboard a cargo vessel.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Crosby Lorimer)
The countdown to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race is on. In three days, on St-Stephen's Day, the 117 teams will start on Sydney Harbour to the 629-miles race across the Bass-Street to the Tasmanian island. The weather forecast predicts a South wind around 25 kn for the first day, but a decreasing Westerly breeze in the Bass Street will most probably rather be favorable for the smaller yachts when it comes to the IRC handicap rankings. Five super-maxis fight for the line honours. The seven times winner 'Wild Oats XI' has strong opponents, above all the new constraction ' Comanche USA' and 'Perpetual Loyal'.
The preview and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   
Aground on a riff near the St-Brandon islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the VOR 65 'Vestas Wind' with skipper Chris Nicholson NZL will be recovered in the coming weeks. A rescue team already left Mauritius, but the rescue on the boat will be difficult. The plan is to tow the wreck to the center of the atoll and load it on a cargo ship. If this is not possible, the boat will be dismantled on the riff. The report.
Offshore Racing – Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
Shortly after midnight, the all-female Team 'SCA' arrived in Abu Dhabi as 6th and last in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. After a tactical error at mid-race, they had no chance to compensate the backlog. The team, and especially the skipper Samantha Davies, was therefore - no surprise - extremely disappointed. The report.
Overall leaders after two legs are 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) all at equal points. The start to leg 3 direction Sanya CHN follows on January 3, again preceded by an Inport-Race in Abu Dhabi. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014   (Image © Francois Nel/Volvo Ocean Race)
'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED succeeded to pass 'DongFeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA in a close finish, winning the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Her advantage after 23 race days was only 16 minutes ! 'Abu Dhabi Racing' with Ian Walker GBR finished 3rd with a 2 hrs 40 min backlog. 'MAPFRE' (Iker Martinez ESP) followed on 4th, 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA is expected by noon today in Abu Dhabi. The women of 'Team SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR will arrive this evening.
The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
65 miles were left this morning at 6 o'clock UTC for the leading duo with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA 200 meters in front of 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) ! A final matchrace to the finish line will most probably decide on the winner this morning between 9 and 11 hrs UTC. 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR, eager to win in her home town, will hardly compensate the 9 miles' deficit in the remaining time. This evening around 20 hrs UTC, the duel for rank 4 will also be concluded between 'Mapfre' of Iker Martinez ESP and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) 4 miles behind. The all-female 'SCA' of Samantha Davies GBR will arrive in Abi Dhabi tomorrow only. The race-viewer, the report of the day and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
Close-up of the fleet at the Strait of Hormuz entry as expected ! The leading 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED is now only one mile in front of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and also 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) has reduce the backlog on 9 miles. With 211 miles to go, the final outcome will be known on the finish line only tomorrow Saturday ! 200 miles farther back are 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 7 miles behind 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) duelling for rank 4. The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR remains last with a 317 miles' backlog.
The race viewer and the report of the day.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014   
Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race is now in its crucial phase. The leading trio is approaching the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, where very light wind zones and calms will reduced the gaps between the boats, and might well allow promising tactical options for attacks.
'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) still leads 7 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is 22 miles behind. Some 250 miles back, 'Alvimedica' USA is dueling with 'Mapfre' ESP for rank 4, while the all-female 'SCA' team, 355 miles behind, is still couragesly fighting to reduce the backlog as their daily report reveals.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race )
'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was still in the lead this morning and will enter the Arabian Gulf as first during this afternoon. 530 miles are left to Abu Dhabi, very low wind miles, and changes in the positionsa of the leading trio will not be impossible. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) has slightly reduced the backlog and is now 12 miles behind. No position changes in the fleet during the past 24 hours. 'Alvimedica' USA on 4th.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014   
The Mini Class presented the next Mini Transat, leading now from Douarnenez FRA to Guadeloupe FRA at the Salon Nautique yesterday. At the same time, the entry office opened and within the first hour, 50 solo skippers have registered. The report and the event website.