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Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
The Mini fleet is heading directly to the Acores in good sailing conditions. The round-bow Protos up to 2 kn faster as the conventional constructions are constantly extending their lead. Giancarlo Pedote ITA on the Southern route leads 27 miles ahead of Davy Beaudart FRA on a Northern track. The rest of the fleet is already 60 and more miles behind.
First in the Series Minis is Tanguy Le Turquais FRA sailing on a Northern route, but the closest opponents Damien Cloarec FRA and Damien Audrain FRA are only a few miles back.
The race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
As mostly after the passage of Cape Finisterre ESP, the racing teams are looking for different strategical/tactial options and the 38 boats' fleet is spreading widely, some looking for their luck on a Northern course, others following the coast in a Southern direction.
The two leading round-bow Protos of Giancarlo Pedote ITA and Davy Beaudart FRA have extended their advantage. In the Series Minis, Antonio Fontes ESP is now first sailing on a Southern course.
The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
Today by noon, the start will be given to the 5th edition of the Mini 6.50 Sables d'Olonne - the Acores Race. The favorites in the Proto Types are clearly the two round-bow boats 'Cultisol' of Davy Beaudart' ant 'Prysmian' of Giancarlo Pedote ITA. The entry lists, the news and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014   (Image © Maria Muina)
The Spanish were the last registering for the Volvo Ocean Race beginning in October this year. Among the favorites, thanks to the experience of the skipper Iker Martinez ESP - double Olympic Champion in the 49ers and since last week European Champion in the new Olympic Nacra 17 class - this team has now become the team to beat after the engagement of the double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, and this inspite of the very short preparation time !
The report.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014   (Image © Pepe Hartmann)
The ORC-classes started to the 260 miles' race 'Rund Bornholm' in ideal sailing conditions for a fast race. With a westerly breeze, a spinaker race up to Bornholm will be possible and similar spinaker conditions could fill in during the return to Warnemünde, as the wind is supposed to turn North-East.
In the OneDesign-classes, the FD's have terminated their 'Week' yesterday with Peggy and Thorsten Bahr GER as clear winners. In the Dragons' German Championship, Michel Schmid GER defended the lead 2 points ahead of Stephan Link GER new on rank 2. Yesterday was day one of the H-Boat German Championship too, with Lars Bähr GER as clear leader after four races. Flawless was the competition so far for Christian Soyka GER with 4 bullets in 4 races with the X-99's. The new leaders in the Seascape 18 are Lorenz/Neagota GER.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 3, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Winning the 4th and last leg, the Vendée-Globe veteran Jérémie Beyou FRA celebrated the overall Solitaire du Figaro victory, his 3rd triumph in 14 regattas. On rank 2 follows Corentin Horeau FRA, age 25, with a 17 min 56 sec backlog. Charlie Dalin FRA finished 3rd. The final rankings, the report and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 34 solo skippers of the Solitaire have been passing the Guernsey Channel Island this morning on their home stretch to the final port of destination. The last obstacle will be the rounding of the Raz Blanchard full of currents. This morning CET, Paul Meilhat FRA had the lead 0,1 miles ahead of Jérémie Beyou FRA, the overall leader, who will most probably be able to keep his first position till the end of this final leg. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 27, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The third leg of the 'Solitaire' ended yesterday off the Sables d'Olonne with a photo-finish, and Gildas Mahé FRA had the upperhand on Yann Eliès FRA with just 27 seconds. Another 8 minutes later followed Jérémy Beyou FRA. In the overall rankings, Béyou FRA leads with a 15 minutes advance on Corentin Horeau FRA. Charlie Dalin FRA (backlog 18 min) and Gildas Mahé FRA (24 min behind) are still candidates for the overall win after the last leg, start on Sunday. The reports and the videos.
Friday, June 27, 2014   (Image © Gildas H�mon - K�rys)
This morning at 6 hrs CET, Pierre Denjean/Luke Berry FRA crossed the finish line of the Mini-Fastnet as winners, 24 seconds ahead of Pierre Brasseur/Damien Audrain FRA. All other teams are still racing and the next duo expected at Douarnenez are Alan Roura SUI/Ludovic Méchin FRA. The race-viewer and the daily report.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
10 miles to the finish had the leading Yann Eliès FRA to go this morning at press time (7 hrs CET) in the slackening winds prevailing during the past 12 hours. But nothing has been decided yet, as Gildas Mahé FRA on 2nd is only 0,6 miles behind and Jérémy Beyou FRA 1,8 miles back on rank 3 in not far away either. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, June 26, 2014   
After the very slow approach to the Fastnet Rock, the breeze increased somewhat after the rounding of the beacon, and the whole 34 two-person-team fleet is now on the way back to Douarnenez. Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA extended their lead on 4 miles, ahead of Brasseur/Audrain FRA and Denjean/Berry FRA on the positions 2 and 3 of the Prototypes. The first Series-Mini Le Clech/Cloarec FRA is on the 8th place. 160 miles (roughly 24 hours) are left to the finish. The race viewer and the report of the day.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014   (Image © Gildas Hemon)
The light wind remained during third day of the 2014 Mini Fastnet and the fleet has been trailing at 2-3 kn direction the famous Fastnet Rock. This morning, only 4 of the 33 two-person teams have rounded the beacon with Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA on their new-construction Proto 'Cultisol' - again with a round bow - in the lead. About 1 mile behind follow Brasseur/Audrain FRA on rank 2. The best-ranked Series Mini team are Le Clech/Cloarec FRA on the 8th place. The race-viewer and the report of the day.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Light winds below 5 kn have been blowing during the past 24 hours and the 3rd leg of the Solitaire has been and still is very slow. The fleet sails closely together and the new leader Yann Eliès FRA is only 6 miles ahead of the last-ranked Jean-Paul Mouren FRA. The news of the day was the abandonment of the overall leader Fabien Delahaye FRA, who - after the delayed start due to a damage - had a backlog of 30 miles without any chances to rejoin the fleet. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014   (Image © Gildas H�mon - Kerys)
This morning, the 34 Minis are crossing the Irish Sea on their way to the Fastnet Rock in a 15 kn breeze, stronger as previously announced, and the teams reached averages speeds around 6 kn.
Leaders in the Protos are Brasseur/Audrain FRA one mile ahead of Denjean/Berry FRA. 28 miles behind follow Alan Roura SUI/Ludovic Méchin FRA as 6th. 43 miles behind the leading Proto follows the first Series Mini with Le Clech/Cloarec FRA. Their advance on Fredella/Fornaro ITA is 4 miles, and another 5 miles back follow Wolfgang and Morten Bogacki GER on rank 2.
The race viewer and the report of the day.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The start to leg 3 of the Solitaire yesterday was spectacular as in rough conditions around 20 kn, the overall leader Fabien Delahaye FRA broke the lower shroud shortly before the start. He immediately sailed back to the Roscoff harbor for the repair. Starting two hours later, he is now last with a 23 miles' backlog. The fleet has already rounded Britanny FRA with Sam Goodchild GBR leading 0,2 miles ahead of Gildas Mahé FRA, and, another 0,2 miles behind, the favorite Yann Eliès FRA. The race-viewer, the reports in English or French as well as the videos of the start.
Monday, June 23, 2014   (Image © Gildas Hemon)
Light winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the Mini-Fastnet-Race. This morning, after 20 hours racing, the 33 two-person teams are still sailing closely together in the approach to the most Southern point of England. The Protos of Pierre-Francois Dargnies/Jean-Baptiste Daramy FRA, Estelle Greck/Vincent Grison FRA and Pierre Brasseur/Damien Audrain FRA hold the first place together, ahead of Alain Roura SUI/Ludovic Mechin FRA following one mile behind. The best Series Mini of Yannick Le Clech/Damien Cloarec FRA is on rank 7.The race-viewer, the report about the start (French) and the event website.