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Offshore Racing – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016   
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World Sailing announced at the end of last year a new media strategy. In addition to the not very user-friendly new WS website, a monthly video magazine as a retrospective on the activities of the past month will be produced. The first edtion has just been posted covering a.o. the Trophée Jules Verne and the Olympic Worldcup in Miami. Here the 23 minutes' video.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 6, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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With an intensive crowd-funding action, Sébastien Destremau FRA has acquired an Open 60, that participated already in four Vendée Globe regattas. The former FD sailor - he missed the qualification for the 1992 Olympics by a small margin -, Volvo-Ocean-Race participant and winner of the Sydney-Hobart Race has been active as a sailing journalist during the past years. His video magazine 'Destop-News' was aired on different TV channels around the world. Photos of all his financial sponsors will be present on the hull of his boat, and at the end of the race, his Open 60 wil be raffled among his supporters ! The project website and a presentation video.
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 – Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016   
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In 10 months from now, the start to the Vendée Globe 2016, the single-handed nonstop around the World race, will be given at the Sables d'Olonne. Up to now, 24 skippers have registered. The organisers expect 30 boats on the starting line.
The lastest entry comes from Alan Roura SUI from Geneva, age 22 and the youngest participant so far. He will participate on the old Open 60 of Bernard Stamm SUI. Roura began his solo career on a Mini 650, and at the Transat Jacques Vabre last November, he participated with a Class 40. As major preparation for the Vendée, he will participate in the 'Transat' from New York to Europe end of May. His budget of €uro 415'000 is not yet fully covered and he is looking for more partners. Here the Sponsor's documentation, the presentation video and the news.
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 – Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016   
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The most active Support Organisation from the Lake Zurich region - 'Club Beaufort' - informs wih a periodical newsletter on its projects. The lastest edition contains many interesting news such as Simon Koster finishing the Mini-Transat successfully, Yannick Brauchli with the final steps to the Rio 2016 Olympics, Eric Monnin having joined the leading group of World matchracing. and Aurelia Fischer/Ilona Hersperger with their first experiences at the Youth Sailing World Championshi0p 2015 in Malaysia. Here the newsletter.
More news and details will be presented at the Sailor's Party on January 23 in Horgen/Lake Zürich.
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.
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 (with Bernard Stamm SUI) 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.
 
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