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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   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Moderate conditions prevail at the St-Tropez 900 miles' race after the fleet's rounding of Menorque and heading to the most southern point of Sardinia directly. The Volvo70 'SFS' with Lionel Péan FRA still leads overall. The second-ranked Class 40 'Routes du Large' with Emmanuel Pironneau FRA leads in calculated time.
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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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Sunday, March 22, 2015   (Image © SFS / Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Much wind at the start of the 900 Miles of St-Tropez, one of the few long-distance offshore races for Corinithian teams. The favorite 'SFS', the Volvo70 of Lionel Péan FRA, has taken the lead immediatedly after the start as expected and still leads this morning when rounding Menorque. In calclulate time, the Akilaria 9.5 'Pegasus' with Pietro Boerio ITA is first. The next mark to round is Sardania, a challenging task with the prevailing fresh East wind and the rough sea over the Gulf of Genua.
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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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Offshore Racing – Friday, March 20, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015   (Image © Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The drag race direction East on a rough upwind leg went on during the past 24 hours, but meanwhile, the wind is some knots lighter, to the relief of a number of sea-sick crew members. The report.
Sailing the most in the North, 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA has now a 9 miles' lead on 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), also sailing on a northern course. The rest of the fleet is already over 24 miles behind. The all-female 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is on rank 4 with a 34 miles' backlog.
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Friday, March 20, 2015   (Image © GAES Centros Auditivos)
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The trade winds have not been as stable as expected, keeping Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA very busy yesterday. But the next two final days on the Atlantic Ocean promise to be more solid with a westerly breeze filling in. On Sunday, they plan to pass Gibraltar, and next Wednesday, they will be expected in Barcelona 1'100 miles away. 'Neutrogena' has a 1'072 miles' backlog. 'GAES' follows another 10 miles behind.
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Friday, March 20, 2015   (Image © JM LIOT / DPPI/ IDEC)
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Francis Joyon FRA realised a number of smashing solo-offshore-records with his 100 foot trimaran 'IDEC', and the 57 days for a non-stop circumnavigation will probably hard to be beaten. Joyon has now sold his trimaran to the Chinese solo-sailor Guo Chuan CHN, who has been active up-to-now in monohull long-distance record attempts. With his Class 40, he holds among others the round-the-world record Qingdao - Qingdao with 127 days. Joyon will present his new project in Juni.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Pushed by rear winds, the fleet is chasing eastwards at high speeds above 20 kn. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) on a more northern route moved up on the positions 1 and 3 yesterday. In between, 1 mile behind 'Brunel', sails 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The fleet is still closely together and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on the last position is only 8 miles behind.
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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015   
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Since the past night, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA are probably on their final tack East to the Gibraltar Strait to be reached by next Sunday. With a 900 miles' lead on 'Neutrogena' and over 1'000 miles on 'GAES', they have a comfortable advantage on the immediate persuers.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015   (Image © Yann Riou)
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At sunrise, Volvo Ocean Race fleet finally started Leg 5 some 67 hours after the initial start time. With Cyclone Pam now passed, the storm-force winds were reduced to a light breeze at the start with 'Dongfeng' leading the fleet out of the Waitemata Harbour. The six boats face now the toughest of all nine legs as they race through the Southern Ocean around Cape Horn to Itajaí in Brazil.
Leading this morning was 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright) 0,1 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 2,1 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). The all-female 'SCA' team (Sam Davis GBR) as last had a backlog of 9.7 miles.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015   (Image © Bruno Garcia & Willy Garcia )
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The shifty winds forced the leading 'Cheminées Poujoulat' to five tacks within the last 24 hours, more than ever before since the start ! But now, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have reached a solid northern trade wind allowing them to progress well, and Gibraltar should be passed on the coming Saturday. 931 miles is the lead now on 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) and over 1000 miles is the backlog of 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP).Contrary to the weather forecast, the last ranked Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL had a quiet rounding of Cape Horn in a gentle 10 kn breeze.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015   
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Following fresh information on the development of Cyclone Pam, today Race organisers announced that Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil will now start on Wednesday, March 18 at 09:00 NZDT (Tuesday March 17, 20:00 UTC). The start was initially planned for Sunday (Mar. 15) but has incurred several postponements.
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Offshore Racing – Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015   (Image © Bernard Bibiloni)
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A high pressure cell slowed down the successful upwind beat of Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA yesterday and the Franco-Swiss team tries to avoid this zone heading East toward the African coast. Their advantage on 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) on rank 2 has dramtically melted on 617 miles. To note that Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP are abouit to close the gap on the Hispano-Chilian duo and are now only 80 miles back. All teams have now left the Southern Ocean after Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL rouding Cape Horn yesterday, a success for Nandor Fa, who designed and constructed the Open 60 himself, and whose only test was the relocation from Trieste to Barcelona. He found his team pal Conrad Coleman NZL only a few weeks before the race start !
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Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI have crossed the Equator as 2nd during the past night with an 870 miles backlog on Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA this morning. 'Neutrogena' is now moving very slowly in the Doldrums and 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP) reduced the backlog on rank 2 to 170 miles. 'Cheminées Poujoulat' has passed the Cape Verdes after a 40 hours' upwind beat and has now 2'133 miles to the arrival in Barcelona. In the night on tomorrow, Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL on their 'Spirit of Hungary' will round Cape Horn as last, hopefully before the next 60 kn frontal system approaching from the West.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015   
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The tropical cyclone 'Pam' is rushing along the New Zealand coast, after devastating the island Vanuatu. As reported two days ago, the start to leg 5 from Auckland around Cape Horn to Itajai BRA will be on Tuesday at the earliest.
The event website contains a video summary of the Inport Races, won by the all-female 'SCA' team.
 
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