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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015   
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The fleet is still racing northwards closely together in a fresh North wind exceeding 30 kn. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) took the lead yesterday 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA). Candidates for victory in this leg to Itajai BRA - 1'300 miles or 5 days away - are also 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) 22 miles back and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 32 miles back. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR will round Cape Horn today as last, hoping that on the then following upwind course, they will be competitive again after days without reacher. Racing against the clock is 'Dongfeng' with the damaged mast. In Ushuaia ARG, they 'constructed' a more solid jury rig and filled one of the water tanks with fuel and are now underway to Itajai hoping to arrive on time to set a new mast before the start to leg 6.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015   (Image © Jorge Andreu)
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Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP with their 'GAES' move forward only very slowly in the light Mediterranean breeze, but they should be able to cover the missing 116 miles to Barcelona to arrive by this evening as 3rd. The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   
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The leading quartet rounded Cape Horn yesterday evening in a fresh breeze with 'Alvimdeica' of Charlie Enright USA as first, 0,4 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), 17 miles of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 20 miles of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). After her dismasting, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is on the way to Ushuaia in Argentina's South. The mast broke just above the third speader after a hard hit. Here the video. The all-female 'SCA' team sailing without jib has no chance to keep the pace of the other boats and is now already 560 miles back.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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During the past night, Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Muñoz CHI crossed the finish line in Barcelona as 2nd after 89 days underway around the World, interrupted only byj a short repair stop in New Zealand. For Altadill, it was the 7th circumnavigation, for Muñoz, the 2nd. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on 3rd are now only 253 milles before the finish, i.e. somewhat more as a day.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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240 miles from Cape Horn in a 30 kn breeze, the overall leader 'Donfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) dismasted early this morning. This means game over for the leg to Brazil, and the Chinese team is now heading for Ushuaia on the most southern point of Argentina under jury rig, hoping to be ready for the start to the 7th leg at Itajai BRA.
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Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The closely packed five-boats leader group is still sailing in a fresh breeze, approaching Cape Horn to be rounded this evening. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) lead this monring 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), sailing side by side. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) followed one mile behind. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was 24 miles back. Dramatically lost has the all-female 'SCA' team doubling the backlog during the past 24 hours on now 475 miles. They broke their FR0 jib 3 days ago, deemed unrepairable at this stage. Sailing under the J1, a lot less powerful combination, means 3 to 4 kn less boat speed compared to the rest of the fleet. The report.
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Monday, March 30, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' will arrive in Barcelona today, 6 days after the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. 250 miles farther back are now Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP also saiing on the Mediterranean, with the ETA Wednesday.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The fleet is chasing in westerly winds around 20 kn direction Cape Horn, that they will pass by tomorrow Monday already. The ranks 1-5 are still separated by 13 miles only, and 'Mapfre' and 'Alvimedica' crossed within two boat lengths on the faraway South Pacific. The video ! The all-female 'SCA' team seems to still have problems, as in similar wind speeds, they are 5 miles slower, and the backlog has increase to 222 miles. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was in the lead this morning 0,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
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Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI had 200 miles left to the finish in Barcelona this morning. Due to the still very light wind, they will not arrive before tomorrow Monday.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The fleet is progressing well in a 20 kn westerly breeze, still sailing in a tight pack practically within sight: The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is 3 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), and the last of this group on the 5th place, 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP), is only 6 miles behind the leading Chinese. Only the all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on an extreme northern route is clearly behind with a 96 miles backlog.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The second-ranked Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' have passed the Gibraltar Strait during the past night and are now sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. However, the conditions are very light, and 'GAES' on the 3rd place will be able to reduce the 430 miles' backlog somewhat. But the rankings are not in danger as 'Neutrogena' is only 400 miles away from the finish line in Barcelona. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA will finally cross the Equator this morning with 3000 miles left to the finish.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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The fleet is sailing closely together along the ice limits South of the 50° parallel in a decreasing wind around 20 kn with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead 2 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica', 7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' and 10 miles ahead of 'Brunel'. The last-ranked 'SCA' has reduced the backlog to 57 miles.
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Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two days after Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arriving victoriously in Barcelona, the runner-up Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will reach the Mediterranean Sea today, and - considering the light winds - another four days will be needed to reach the Catalan metropole. Milestone today also for Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passing the Equator as 6th, and still fighting with the serious handicap of a damaged rudder system.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday afternoon after 84 days and 6 hours' racing, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA crossed the finish line in Barcelona as winners of the 2015 World Race, fixing a new reference time. Thanks to their experience, they managed to bring their Open 60 'Cheminées Poujoulat' safely home inspite of number of minor damages. Their closest opponent 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/ José Munoz CHI) is still sailing on the North Atlantic with 955 miles to go. 'GAES' on rank 3 with Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP has again lost a couple of miles, and with a deficit exceeding 300 miles, the Spanish duo has practically no chance to climb on the 2nd place.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The fleet is now in a rather calm zone, a relief after the windy Tuesday, sailing again closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading 1,7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 2,4 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Sailing now in the Howling Fifties close to the ice exclusion zone, the peaceful moment will soon come to an end, as another storm front is approaching from the West. The all-female 'SCA' team on the last position 108 miles back will be the first to be hit by the stormy breeze.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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With only 127 miles left to Barcelona at 4 a.m. UTC, the Franco-Swiss 'Cheminées Poujoulat' will finish the circumnavigation race early this afternoon with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA as clear winners of the 2015 Barcelona World Race. The last miles will be sailed in a fresh breeze from the shore.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The six teams sailing in the Roaring Forties have been hit by a strom front with wind speeds above 40 kn, and four of them could not avoid chinese gybes. 'Mapfre' has documented this incident on a video clip. Fortunately, only minor damages were the consequences, but substantial changes in the positions happened.
The most southern route of 'Mapfre' seems to be paying, as the Spanish team took the lead during the past night, for the moment with a 4 miles' lead on 'Brunel' and 'Abu Dhabi' closely behind. The chinese gybe and the necessary repair work delayed the all-female 'SCA' substantiall, and they are now on the last position with a 133 miles' deficit
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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Little to no wind at the moment for Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA, moving forward at 2 to 3 kn only, but a depression is approaching and the remaining 250 miles to Barcelona will most probably see a quick finish. ETA right now is Wednesday, 9 hrs UTC. 1'094 miles behind, North of the Canaries was 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) this morning, now 220 miles ahead of 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP).
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues heading east in a fresh westerly wind (more or less) enjoying extreme downwind sailing conditions on the Southern Ocean at speeds exceeding 20 kn. Sometimes, the line between sailing and survival becomes evident. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) was the team of the day reducing the gap to the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on 3 miles. The 3rd-ranked 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is already 31 miles back. The all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on rank 5 has a 60 miles' backlog.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Chemin�es Poujoulat)
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400 miles are left to Barcelona for 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. Today, mainly light winds prevail on the Mediterranean Sea, but for the final sprint to the finish, a fresher North wind has been forecast. The persuers on the Canary Island latitude are now also heading East. 'Neutrogena' is 1'208 miles behind, 'GAES' follows another 170 miles back. The more teams have crossed the Equator: 'One Planet, One Ocean' (Gelabert/Costa ESP) and 108 miles behind 'We are Water' (Garcia/Garcia ESP). On the last ranked yacht, Conrad Coleman NZL injured his shoulder and face when falling, and is unable to do his part on the boat. Much work rests now on the shoulders of Nandor Fa HUN, age 60.
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Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The fleet reached yesterday the Roaring Forties with its West wind stream of 20 kn allowing boat average speeds above 20 kn. The fastest in this downwind ride is appartently 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekkking NED extending her lead on 53 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 11 miles farther back 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) remain the first persuers. The all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) is 87 miles behind on rank 5.
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Monday, March 23, 2015   
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Yesterday, Yvan Bourgnon SUI departed to the last part of his 'Around-the-World-solo' on a beach catamaran in Sri Lanka direction Gulf of Arabia. After the total crash of his first cat, he succeeded to collect the money for a new multihull to successfully conclude his unique adventure ride around the Globe. Bourgnon started yesterday in light winds without really testing his boat.
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA will pass the Gibraltar Strait this morning with 570 miles left to Barcelona. Considering the light wind over the Mediterraean, it will take three days to finish the race. 'Neutrogena', meanwhile on the latitude of the Canaries, is 1'288 miles, or roughly five days, behind the leaders. 'GAES' follows only 123 miles behind on rank 3 with chances for more.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
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The moderate South wind around 10 kn continued yesterday allowing a direct course to Cape Horn. The positions remained unchanged and only the gaps between the boats increased. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leads now 23 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA), and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 37 miles back as 3rd. Today, the drag race will continue and only farther down South, the wind will change West, the typical fresh Roaring Forties wind.
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Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The attack on a northern course seems to be paying for 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA), extending their lead by 20 miles and more. The southern group with 'Dongfeng', 'Mapfre' and 'SCA' was 50 miles behind this morning, waiting for the fresh South wind announced for this morning.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015   (Image © Spirit of Hungary)
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA had a good day yesterday advancing 374 miles in 24 hours thanks to a well-established rear wind. A moderate breeze from behind will stay on and the Gibraltar Strait will probably be passed tomorrow Sunday by noon. The expecte time of arrival in Barcelona is in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in rough Tramontan conditions.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015   (Image © Simon Koster)
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The start to the Mini Transat 2015 will be given in six months from now, and 78 solo skippers are on the entry list up-to-now. The organisers have posted a first line-up, and in both the Series Minis and the Protos, two Swiss are cited among the favorites: Patrick Girod SUI and Simon Koster SUI !
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