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Offshore Racing – Friday, March 7, 2014
During this winter 2013/4, the French Atlantic Coast was hit by an ununsual number - over 40 - of heavy storm fronts, some in record force. Over the past weekend, it was the depression 'Christine' causing floods and erosion of the beaches. Here a summary of the French TV news. Preparing the coming Bénéteau Figaro regatta season, Nicolas Lunven and Eric Péron FRA used the storm of the weekend before for a training in a 47-60 kn breeze and 7 meter waves, Here a video clip taken from a helicopter.
During the first longer training's run from England to the Canary Islands, the just finished Volvo 65 of 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED covered 540 miles within 24 hours, i.e. at an average speed of 22,5 kn ! This is only 56 miles less compared to the absolute record of the Volvo 70 'Ericsson 4'. The report and the video.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Calm patches all over the route made the first Pacific Ocean leg of his solo round-the-world trip time-consuming for Yvan Bourgnon SUI arriving on the Galapagos on last Monday. He took 4 days for the relatively short leg of 1000 miles from the Panama Canal to the Islands. The reports.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The show of Alex Thomson GBR goes on .... after a video clip with Alex in a smart 'Hugo Boss suit' .... his sponsor's design ... sitting on the keel of his Open 60, his has been in action this time on a 'Mast Walk', climbing on top of the mast perfectly dressed followed by a jump into the water. The video.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Maersk Svendborg lost over 500 containers after being battered by huge waves and 60-knot winds in the Bay of Biscay, about 75 miles south-west of Land's End, but most, around 85%, were empty. The full extent of the damage wasn't realised until the ship docked in Malaga, southern Spain, last week. One container was washed up in Devon full of cigarettes and police had to close the area, reminding people that all such items are private property and if found must be reported. Not doing so is a criminal offence. Read more ..... .
Offshore Racing – Thursday, February 13, 2014
Yvan Bourgnon SUI crossed the Carribeans with his 6-meter-catamaran in a rather short time despite of a capsize, and arrived in Panama on Monday. After the passage of the Canal, the Pacific Ocean is waiting. The report and the video.