Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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After almost a week of speed racing, the fleet has massively lost momentum during the past night, influenced by the Azores anticyclone. This situation offered the all-female 'SCA' team the opportunity for a bypass attack deviating the high pressure zone northwards. It seems that this option is about to be paying as the backlog of over 100 miles has been split in half up to now. Samantha Davies GBR and her team, 59 miles back, are currently over 5 miles faster than the rest of the fleet, led by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 0,3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP).
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The winds over the North Atlantic remain unusually moderate, and the fleet sails closely together on its way eastwards. The new leader is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 3,8 miles ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 4 miles on 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). The all-women 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR can not quite follow the drag race and is this morning 18 miles back on rank 6.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The fleet is now again sailing closely together in a slackening breeze, all six having opted for the Northern route following the ice limit to bypass the Azores Anticyclone ahead. Having left the gulfstream, the temperatures did drop substantially, and the upcoming breeze of up to 20 kn will make it even more inconventient.
'Abu Dhabi' lead 0,3 miles ahead of 'Brunel' and 'Mapfre', and as last of the fleet, the all-female 'SCA' team is not far behind with an 8 miles' deficit.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Approaching the low pressure vortex after several days on a tight reach, the wind now turned 180°, and the teams advance reasonably well in rear winds inspite of the very light conditions. The fleet has been somewhat stretched with the most southern 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 7 and 8 miles behind. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is now again last 20 miles behind the leader.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Bernard Stamm SUI will participate in the 2015 Tour de France on a Diam24 trimaran, supported by his long-time sponsor 'Cheminées Poujoulat', ... an entirely new experience for the successful oceanic skipper. He very much looks forward to this new world knowing that he has much to learn in this new buoy-racing environment.
However, the sponsor will not be engaged in the forthcoming Vendée Globe (2016). Most probably, it is too late for Stamm to look for an alternative 18 months before the start.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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The fleet is now sailing within a 4 miles' area in a slackening wind with 'Brunel' leading half a mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi'. The wind will probably decrease even more during the day.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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The fleet has been sailing East in a moderate breeze on a long upwind leg for 40 hours and is still closely together. During the day, the wind will increase to 20 kn and more.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was leading this morning UTC 0,4 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The last yacht 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is only 6 miles behind. The passage of the low pressure vortex ahead opens the first strategic alternatives and the race is about to begin !
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Offshore Racing – Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015   (Image © Marc Bow / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The start to leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the North Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon was given yesterday in Newport RI in sun and a light 10 kn breeze. This morning after 12 hours' racing, the all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR lead the fleet 0,7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 1,2 miles in front of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). For the moment, the conditions are moderate, but within the next 24 hours, the six teams will for the first time be shaken by a front with fresh winds.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Iker Martinez ESP had a successful comeback as helmsman of 'Mapfre' winning the Newport Inport Race start-to-finish. He was absent during leg 7 because of the Nacra-17 Olympic project. The US-Turkish hometeam 'Alvimedica' and 'Abu Dhabi' completed the podium. With this 3rd rank, it is now 'Abu Dhabi' leading also in the Inport- Race rankings.
The report and the video highlights of the Inport Race.
Today at 18 hrs UTC, the start to leg 7 across the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon will be given. Rough downwind conditions are expected and - inspite of the 'short' distance of only 2'800 miles - the teams will encounter quite some challenges.
The preview.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 16, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez /Volvo Ocean Race)
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The race goes on ! After a 10 days' break, the Volvo Ocean Race competition resumes with the Newport Inport Race. Tomorrow Sunday, the start to the 7th leg across the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon will be given. The Inport Race can be followed live on the event website at approx 17 hrs UTC.
Offshore Racing – Friday, May 8, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015   
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With the all-female 'SCA' arriving, all six teams have reached Newport harbour. No changes in the overall rankings: 'Abu Dhabi' leads ahead of the Newport winner 'Dongfeng' who reduced the backlog by one point. 'Brunel' follows as 3rd, while 'Mapfre' joined 'Alvimedica' in points. The overall rankings.
The video on the event facebook page reveals, how close the finish between 'Dongfeng' and 'Abu Dhabi' was on the last miles in the very light wind. The time difference on the finish line was less as 3 minute. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 7, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015   (Image © Billie Weiss)
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The leading quartet crossed the finish line of the VOR leg 6 in Newport RI early this morning UTC within 90 minutes. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA remained on top with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) on the ranks 2 to 4. The home team 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) approaching the finish in light winds will probably arrive before noon today. The all-female 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR, 64 miles from Newport this morning, is expected later in the day.
The arrivals are being covered live on the Internet. The event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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With only 280 miles (roughly 24 hours) left to Newport RI, the outcome of the race is still fully open. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leads 5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 13 miles back, is the third candidate for victory. The other teams have reduced the backlog but remain too far from the leading trio to play a role in crossing the finish line. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR as last is 71 miles behind the leader.
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