Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 28, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 ended yesterday in Gothenburg with the last InPort Race. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was the winner of a light-wind race and almost climbed on top of the InPort-Race final rankings, as the leading 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) finished only 6th, but leaving her on top with a one point's advance. The all-female 'SCA' team finished 2nd securing the 3rd place overall in the InPort-Race rankings behind 'Abu Dhabi' and 'Brunel'. The duel for rank 4 in the overall VOR rankings went in favor of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) overtaking the tied 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
All ranking lists, the report re the InPort Race and the video of the final day.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 will be concluded today with the Gothenburg InPort Race. The overall winners 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR will also finish on top of this special harbour race classification, as her advance is 6 points. These rankings are only important in case of an overall tiebreak situation, and this is the case between 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) fighing for rank 4. The InPort Race will be covered live on the Internet as from 12 hrs UTC.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015   
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After winning leg 4 of the Solitaire, Xavier Macaire FRA celebrated his overall victory, the but Jury submitted a protest, as Macaire crossed an exclusion zone near a nuclear power plant, and sentenced him with a one-hour penalty. With this, he dropped on rank 3 and Yann Eliès FRA inherited the overall victory, his third in the Solitaire du Figaro.
The report and the final ranking list after jury delibertions.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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As foreseeable yesterday, the winner of the 4th and last leg of the Solitaire was Xavier Macaire FRA, defending his first place at the end in a tight fight with Adrien Hardy FRA only 55 seconds behind. Disappointment for the leading duo Yann Eliès FRA and Charlie Dalin FRA as they did not only loose many ranks in the dying wind, but also over an hour on the winner, and herewith the overall ranks 1 and 2. Xavier Macaire FRA is the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro winner, 15 minutes ahead of Yann Eliès FRA 2nd and Charlie Dalin FRA as 3rd. Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA is on rank 16 of the overall rankings. The reports and the videos.
Thursday, June 25, 2015   
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Yesterday by noon UTC, Yvan Bourgnon SUI with his Beach-Catamaran entered the canal of the port of destination Ouistreham FRA concluding his 15 months, 55'000 kilometre adventure journey around the Globe on the 6-meter-long catamaran. Also the last night afloat - with temperatures of 9°C air and 14° C water the coldest one of his tris - was not without troubles. Bourgnon had to dive and free the daggerboards of his cat from fishermen's nets.
The reports and the facebook page of Bourgnon.
Thursday, June 25, 2015   
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A day after the successful termination of his younger brother Yvan's round-the-world tour, Laurent Bourgnon SUI is missing after a dive near the Tuamotu archipelo in Polinesia. All search operations remained without success up to now.
Laurent Bourgnon SUI catched the attention of the yachting world when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Hobie 18 at the age of 20. Later, he won a series of offshore races such as twice the Route du Rhum or the Solitaire du Figaro. From 1994-2005, he was the 24 hours' solo record holder with 540 miles.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 ended yesterday in Gothenburg SWE with 'Alvimedica' of Charlie Enright USA as winner of the ninth and last leg. After 9 months and 34'000 miles sailed, the overall winner is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The 4th place has not been decided yet as 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Alvimedica' have the same number of points. The final rankings of the InPort races will decide on the final position. For the moment, the Ameicans are w points ahead of the Spanish, and the last InPort Race in Gothenborg on next Saturday will be crucial.
The ranking lists, the report and the video of the arrival.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   
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Alain Thébault FRA left Los Angeles with his 60-foot foiling trimaran 'L'Hydroptère' yesterday to beat the transpacific speed record to Honolulu, Hawaii. The outright record for the 2215 miles' distance of 04:19:31:37 was set in November 2005 by skipper Olivier de Kersauson FRA on the 110-foot trimaran 'Geronimo'. This is the first oceanic record attempt of the Hydroptère. The Bericht, der GPS-tracker and the facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 22, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The advantage of 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA 40 miles before the finish line in Gothenburg SWE on 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is down on 5 miles this morning. Another mile back follow 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) ... and the race for the ranks 2 and 3 overall is fully on. ETA is probably early this afternoon.
The race viewer and the event website, again with live streaming of the arrival.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 21, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015   
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The seven Volvo 65 started yesterday in Den Haag to the second half of leg 9 staggered according to the arrival gaps. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) were lucky with the earliest start time as the had the benefit of good wind conditions. All other teams suffered afterwards from the lack of wind. The Americans lead this morning with a 13 miles' advance on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'SAC' with Samantha Davies GBR as last has already a 50 miles deficit !
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 20, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015   
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The final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Gothenburg will continue today after the pitstop in Den Haag. The seven team restart with time gaps according to their arrival time. 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA will start at 10 hrs CET, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) will leave 2 hours later direction Sweden. The announced program mentioned a Speed Contest to be run in Den Haag, but the event website does not contain information on this competition.
The start can be followed - as usual - live on the Internet.
Saturday, June 20, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The winnners in the Protos and Series Minis arrived at Douarnenez FRA over 24 hours ago, but the Mini-Fastnet has not been terminated yet this morning. Only 14 of the 20 Series-Minis have crossed the finish line up-to-now. 'Pepen' of Andy Abel/Craig Horsfield USA arrived as 9th Series and 27th overall at Douarnenenz.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 19, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015   
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Approaching Den Haag the fleet has split yesterday during the passage of the English Channel. Four teams lead by 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) opted for the French coast while the remaining three sailed close to the English cliffs. 'Alvimedica' catched a fresh breeze in the South and finished first in Den Haag during the past night, 2 hours ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The fleet will restart tomorrow in the arrival sequence with the respective time difference. All teams but the all-female 'SCA' with Samantha Davies arrived meanwhile at press deadline this morning. Today, a Speed-Contest is on the program, and tomorrow, the race continues direction Gothenburg.
The report and the event website.
Friday, June 19, 2015   
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davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow 'Flexirub' won the Mini-Fastnet of the Protos Mini as expected yesterday with almost a one hour advance on Frédéric Denis/Hugo Kerhascoet FRA. Meanwhile, 17 of the 28 Protos have crossed the line. The first Series Mini of Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA arrived shortly after midnight in Douarnenez. 2 hrs 20 min was the backlog of the second-ranked Jonas Gerckens/Alessandro Torresani BEL. Patrick Girod/François Amaury SUI finished 3 this morning at 4 hrs, saving just 2 minutes of their advantage on the 4th. 'Pepen' USA is still underway as 9th of the Series Minis and 24th overall. in real time.
The race viewer with ranking lists and die event website.
Friday, June 19, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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As expected, the winner of the Giraglia Race 2015 is 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simcic SLO with Jochen Schümann GER steering. The light wind conditions made the race very slow and the winning time of 'Esimit' - 29 hrs 11 min for the 243 miles - is twice as much as her record of 2012. Second with a one hour's backlog is the 100-foot Wally 'Magic Carpet'. The bulk of the fleet is still underway. Here the race viewer. No ranking lists have been posted to far, but a detailed report is available.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (Image © Rick Tomlinson)
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Light winds and difficult currents around Brittany and in the Engish Channel made racing challenging and varied, but also rather slow up-to-now. Yesterday, 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) had an important lead, but this morning, it was 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on rank 1 just 0,2 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) while 'Alvimedica' follows a mile back. 20 miles is the backlog of the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) on the 6th place. The fleet is expected this evening for the pit-stop in Den Haag NED.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, June 18, 2015   
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The light and unconstant winds over the Atlantic stretched the fleet over a considerable distance. While the last ten yachts are about to round the Fastnet Rock, Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow Proto are only 47 miles fromt the arrival at Douarnenez FRA. Their advantage of 11 miles is good enough for the final victory in the Protos. Big gaps also in the Series Minis where Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA have an advance of 14 miles on Jonas Gerckens/Alessandro Torresani BEL and another 9 miles on Patrick Girod/Amaury François SUI. But some more chasers are only a few miles farther behind.
The race viewer and the event -Website.
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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Moderate winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the Giraglia Race in St-Tropez and the record-size fleet of 240 left the St-Tropez Bay very slowly. Up to this morning, only the 100-Foot-Maxi 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simic SLO with Jochen Schümann GER steering has rounded the Giraglia Rock North of Corsica. 72 miles are left for the leader, but the conditions remain light.
The race viewer, the video of the start and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   
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The start to the final 1000 miles leg to Gothenburg was given yesterday in moderate conditions. In Den Haag NED, a stopover to race a speed contest has been planned
This morning, the fleet sailing closely together has rounded Brittany with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) in the lead. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) as last is only 1,4 miles behind.
The race viewer and the daily report.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   
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Early this morning, Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow Proto' 'Flexirub' have rounded the Fastnet-Rock as first and are now on their way back to Douarnenez. Half-a-mile behind are Frédéric Denis/Hugo Kerhascoet FRA as 2nd. The first Series-Mini with a 32 miles' backlog belongs to Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA, and Jonas Gerckens BEL/Alessandro Torresani ITA as 2nd are practically side-by-side with the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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Today, the start to the classic offshore 'Giraglia Race' over 243 miles from St-Tropez FRA around the Giraglia Rock North of Corsica to Genoa ITA will be given. 237 teams are on the entry list with the 100-Foot Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simcic SLO as favorite. A slow race has to be expected, as the wind forecast predicts light winds only.
The preview.
A part of the teams did already participate in the St-Tropez Giraglia-Cup last week. Here the ranking lists.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015   
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Today at 15 hrs UTC, the start to leg 9, the last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, will be given in Lorient FRA over 960 miles to Gothenborg SWE with a 'pit-stop' in Den Haag, where a speed-race is on the program. Moderate winds have been forecast for the coming days, but offshore racing means this time highest attention to keep clear of the heavy ship traffic in the English Channel, as well as to avoid the oil platforms and wind farms all over the place.
The preview. The start can be followed as always live on the event website.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015   
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On Sunday, the start to the Mini-Fastnet for two-person-teams was given at Douarnenez FRA from where the fleet heads for the Fastnet Rock on the South-West point of Ireland and back to France. This morning, the boats have rounded the Wolfs Rock at the Soutn-West point of England and are now about to cross the Irish Sea.
Leaders among the 28 Protos are Frédéric Denis/Hugo Kerhascoet FRA 2 miles ahead of Clément Bouyssou/Grégoire Mouly FRA. The leading Series-Minis group is closely together and the first seven are sailing at sight within a mile. Jonas Gerckens BEL/Alessandro Torresani ITA are first for the moment. Andy Abel/Craig Horsfield USA are 23rd.
460 miles are left to the finish and considering the light wind, the 48 teams will be underway for at least another three days. The race viewer and the event website.
 
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