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Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
This morning, one third of the fleet is still underway. The start to the second leg back to Les Sables d'Olonne will be given next Tuesday. The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
After the Protos, the first Series Minis have reached Horta/Acores POR yesterday evening finishing leg 1 of the France-Acores-France Regatta. The final approach brought Jonas Geerkens BEL on rank 1 crossing the finish line 50 minutes ahead of Damien Audrain FRA, while François Jambou FRA on 3rd arrived another hour later. Seven of the 22 Series Minis and 7 of the 11 Protos have arrived up to now.
The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 28, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
As expected, Giancarlo Pedote ITA on his Proto Mini crossed the finish line of the leg 1 from the Sables FRA to Horta POR on the Acores as first, 8 hours ahead of Michele Zambelli ITA. Nicolas Boidevezi FRA finished 3rd during the past night. The rest of the fleet is still underway.
A tight finish can be expected in the Series Minis, where - 30 miles before the arrival - Damien Audrain FRA leads 1,8 miles ahead of Jonas Gerkens NED.
The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
After a week underway, the first boats are now approaching the port of call Horta on the Acores. Giancarlo Pedote ITA, leader of the Protos, had 110 miles to sail this morning, and he will arrive during this evening. His fiercest opponent Davy Beaudart FRA on 'Cultisol', also a round-bow design, suffered an average yesterday and ask Race Management for support. Whether he dismasted is not yet known, as the the solo Mini650s are not allowed to use a radio connection.
The leading trio in the Series Minis is still sailing closely together at a distance of 5 miles, with new Damien Audrain FRA on rank 1.
The race viewer and the Event-Website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
A low-wind high pressure area has considerably slowed down the 34 Minis in their race to the Acores. Giancarlo Pedote ITA succeeded nevertheless to extend his lead on Davy Beaudart FRA in the Protos to 37 miles until yesterday evening. The new leader in the Series-Minis is Tanguy Le Turquais FRA, closely followed by Damien Cloarec FRA and Jonas Geerkens NED.
The daily report and the race viewer.
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.