Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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9 months before the start to the 8th edition of the solo-non-stop-round-the-world Regatta Vendée Globe, 28 skippers from 9 nations aus on the entry list. Three more have sent in their application, but their financing is not yet confirmed. The fleet will be segmented soon after the start, as there will be six Open 60s of the latest generation with foil-daggerboards, allowing to race at considerable higher speeds, provided they proof to be solid enough for the long circumnavigation in extreme sailing conditions. Here an impressive video of the new 'Safran' of Morgan Lagravière FRA. The youngest participant in the race will be Alan Roura SUI age 22.
With 500'000 spectators at the start and over a million fans following the race during weeks on the Internet, the Vendée Globe has by far the highest public appeal of all sailing events, including the America's Cup. The already high-level media coverage will be enhanced even more with livestream takes bringing the race atmosphere to the Internet and TV public.
The report on the latest presentation of the project on Wednesday in Paris.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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Not only the Swiss Volvo Ocean Race participant Justine Mettraux SUI has announced her ambitions for the Vendée Globe 2020, but also the four-times Mexican Laser Radial Olympian Tania Elias Calles MEX plans to take part in four years from now. The Swiss, very successful solo-skipper on the Mini 650, plans to sharpen her skills racing the larger Bénéteau Figaro in the French solo-circuit. The Mexican however, plans an audacious project sailing the 2'000 offshore miles solo on her Laser from Los Angeles to Hawaii this summer. 2 to 3 weeks nonstop-sailing would be required. She already has a longdistance World record on her Laser crossing the mouth of the Gulf of California - 285 miles - solo. One of the main reason to dare this bold undertaking is the finanincing of her Vendee Globe project.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 24, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016   
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The two team that missed the circumnavigation record by a small margin summarized their highlights in video clip. the 18-minutes film of Spindrift is a chronological review with most spectacular video takes. For ÎDEC', the media responsible Boris Herrmann GER will be guest this Sunday evening 18.45 hrs CET in an interview at the NDR TV station. Shortly before midnight, NDR will air the 'IDEC' video summary. The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016   
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After rounding the Cape Horn with this 6-meter beach catamaran, as well as the 55'000 miles' circumnavigation full of incidents, Yvan Bourgnon plans another challenging project. In the coming summer, he intents to set a new reference time for the North-West Passage, the most northern route around the continent. With temperatures around 0°C, the passage is ice-free only for a few weeks.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 9, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016   
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'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA/Dona Bertarelli SUI finished yesterday the Rount-the-World record attempt after 47 days and 10 hours, loosing 1 day and 21 hours on the existing record. This is the second-fastest time ever. 3 hours later followed IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA missing the record as well, but she was 17 hours faster as Franck Cammas FRA on the same trimaran.
The 'Spindrift' report and the 'IDEC', including videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, January 8, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016   
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This afternoon around 13 hrs UTC, 'Spindrift' will cross the finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy off the isle of Ouessant. Three hours later, 'IDEC' shall arrive as well. 10 meters shorter, 'IDEC' starting 2 hours before 'Spindrift', will have taken only 5 hours more and be faster than Franck Cammas FRA 4 years ago on the same boat, the former 'Groupama', underway during 48 days and 7 hours.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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Early tomorrow morning, Yann Guichard FRA, Dona Bertarelli SUI and their team on 'Spindrift' will cross the finish line of the round-the-world record attempt off the Ouessant FRA island with an approximate 2 days' delay on the record. 'IDEC' of Francis Joyon FRA and his team will follow during the afternoon.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016   
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Time over today for the circumnavigation record ! 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA/Dona Bertarelli SUI still have 1'300 miles or approx. 2 days to sail. The two Maxi-Trimarans are separated by 159 miles now, and there will probably be no match-race between 'Spindrift' and 'IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA in the approach to France. Nevertheless, the last two days will be challenging for both teams with a fresh westerly breeze above 40 kn.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016   
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2'000 miles before the finish line, 'Spindrift' stalled yesterday in an arm of the Azores anticyclone, and the lost fight for the record turns now in a duel with 'IDEC' of Francis Joyon FRA and his team only 100 miles behind Yann Guichard FRA/Dona Bertarelli FRA this morning. The two Maxi-Trimarans are expected back in France next Friday, roughly two days too late for the Jules Verne Trophy.
Offshore Racing – Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016   
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It was evident yesterday, that 'IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA had no chance to beat the Round-the-World record of 45 days and 10 hours. During the past 24 hours, 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertarelli SUI, sailing at a low average speed, lost almost 500 miles on the record and herewith the small chances to beat this time, as over 2'300 miles are still left two days before the record deadline.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 3, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016   
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Roughly three days are left for the two Maxi-Trimarans to beat the circumnavigation record - probably not enough - as 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA/Dona Bertarelli SUI still have about 2500 miles to cross. 'IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA is another 260 miles behind 'Spindrift' and would have to complete three 24-hours-records in a row to compensate the lag.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 2, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016   
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Four days are left for the two maxi-trimarans to beat the circumnavigation record ! Yesterday, both teams reduced the backlog considerably, above all thanks to a more direct route back to France. However, 'Spindrift' would have to cover 700 miles a day and 'IDEC' even 800 miles - a difficult task for Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertarelli SUI and mission impossible for Francis Joyon FRA.
Offshore Racing – Friday, January 1, 2016
Friday, January 1, 2016   
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After the dull crossing of the South Atlantic, 'Spindrift' finally reached the Equator and is now already in the northern trade win area. Although the backlog on the record of 'Banque Populaire' is still 495 miles, there remains some hope for Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertarelli SUI as the record holder was on a considerable detour to the West in the final approach to the finish line. 'IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA will cross the Equator today, but with a lag of 893 miles, the record is out ouf reach.
Friday, January 1, 2016   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
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25 of the 84 yachts retired from the race hit by the strong frontal system during the second day of the Sydney-Hobart Regatta. All remaining teams have now finished the race, with the line honors going to 'Comanche' as we reported four days ago. Winner in the IRC classification is the TP52 'Balance' of Paul Clitheroe AUS, followed by the 10.8 m Valer 'Courrier Leon' of Gery Trentesaux FRA. The final rankings, the reports and the videos.
 
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