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Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 31, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014   
An exceptional duel is taking place these days at the Norvegian Coast with a team from Renault and one from Helly-Hansen competing. A Renault Captur car is racing on the crooked coast road along the Norvegian Fjords, while the Helly Hansen Team is sailing North on a Yacht. In between, agility competitions are organised. Here the presentation video. The Renault-Captur-Facebook-Page informs on the interim's standings of the competition.
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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 – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
The dices rolled on favour of the Northern group on the 6th day of the Sables - Acores race, as a fresh breeze filled in while the solo skipper on the Southern route stalled in the calm. Leader in the Protos is Giancarlo Pedote ITA with a 58 miles advantage on Davy Beaudart FRA 320 miles before the arrival. The win of the Italian is practically guaranteed.
The leading Series Minis group is sailing closely together. Jonas Geerkens NED is first 1,6 miles ahead ofDamien Audrain FRA, and another 1,4 miles behind follows François Jambou FRA.
The race viewer and the daily report.
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 – Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
Sun and moderate winds have prevailed over the Biscay Bay since the start of the Mini 650 Sables - Açores race on Sunday, allowing to head directly for the Cape Finisterre at the North-West point of Spain.
In the Protos, the two round-bow designs have already taken the lead with a 15 miles' advance this morning CET. Davy Beaudart FRA is first one mile in front of Giancarlo Pedote ITA. In the Series-Minis, Damien Cloarec FRA is one mile ahead of Tanguy le Turquais FRA, closely followed by the rest of the fleet. Today, the fleet will round Cape Finisterre, and from there, the race will be considerable more tactical and difficult.
The race-viewer, the daily report and the video of the start.
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 – Thursday, July 17, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014   (Image © Sea & Co - Th. Martinez)
After loosing his IMOCA Open 60 in a storm at the English South Coast, Bernard Stamm SUI took a break, but now he is back again. Together with Jean Le Cam FRA, he will start at the Barcelona World Race, a round-the-world competition for two-person teams, on December 31st. With the help of his sponsor 'Cheminées Poujoulat', Stamm SUI bought the Open 60 'mare' of Jörg Richers GER, who had to postpone his Open 60 project because of lack of sponsors. This is the Vendée-Globe-winner-boat of Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (2008), that finished 2nd at the Barcelona Race four years ago with Iker Martinez ESP and Xabi Fernandez ESP.
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