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Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The fleet reached Lorient FRA yesterday evening closely together around 22 hrs CET. Adrien Hardy FRA had finally the upper hand and won 4 minutes ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA, and another 13 minutes later, it was Xavier Macaire FRA who crossed the finish line. The only woman in the fleet, Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, remained on rank 7 among the 20 participants. The second place of Charlie Dalin FRA implies his victory of the French Solo Offshore Championship 2014.
The ranking list, the reports and the videos of the arrivals.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Douane)
The fleet is trailing in a very light East wind instead of the usual fresh autumn breeze from the West. 80 miles are left to Lorient FRA for the leading Adrien Hardy FRA, but the race is not decided yet. Xavier Macaire FRA and Charlie Dahlin FRA follow practically at sight with a backlog of 1,2, respectively 1,6 miles. Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, the only woman in the fleet, follows 17 miles back on rank 7. Four of the backmarkers in the fleet sticking in the lulls have abandoned the race exasperatedly.
The race viewer and the reports (in French).
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Fran�ois Van Malleghem / LHSolo )
The breeze turned East after Cape Finisterre at the most North-Western point of Spain and the entire fleet is now heading directly on Lorient 220 miles away, ETA tomorrow afternoon. The leading group is again sailing closely together with Adrien Hardy FRA new as leader, but only 0,9 miles ahead of Xavier Macaire FRA.
The race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Fran�ois van Malleghem)
The unusual rather light North-East wind persisted also on day 6 of the Horta-Lorient solo ride, and the fleet is now approaching Cape Finisterre. 330 miles are left to the finish line. Xavier Macaire FRA leads 2 miles ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA.
The race viewer, the reports (in French) and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Beno�t Stichelbaut - Bretagne/CMB)
The rough conditions with a 20 kn North wind persisted on day 5 of the solo regatta from the Azores to Lorient FRA. Yesterday, the fleet reached the Gulf of Biscay, split in a Northern and Southern group 10 miles separated. It is fully open, which option will finally be winning. For the moment, the Northern group with Xavier Macaire FRA is ahead, but there remain 475 miles to the finish line.
The race viewer, the reports (in French) and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © Pavel Nesvadba)
Yesterday, the 20 solo skippers continued the race direction Lorient on a long reaching leg in a north-easterly breeze around 20 kn. The ongoing heeling and the choppy sea make life aboard rather troublesome, and comes in addition, that the auto-pilots react wrongly in the hard bumps ! Xavier Macaire FRA leads with a 2,1 miles advantage on Adrien Hardy FRA. In the extreme South, Gildas Morvan FRA separated somewhat from the fleet. He could well be on the profitting side within the next 48 hours. There are 750 miles left to the finish.
The race-viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Benoit Stichelbaut)
After some hours sailing upwind, the breeze shifted northwards yesterday and the fleet is again on a close reaching course straightforward direction Lorient. Adrien Hardy FRA is the new leader 0,3 miles ahead of Xavier Macaire FRA. Gildas Mahé FRA on rank 3 has a 4 miles' backlog. Over 900 miles or roughly days are left to the finish line.
The race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux / MACIF)
The arrival of a frontal system during the past night has changed the wind direction and the solo sailor are now on an upwind course with different strategic and tactical options on their way from Horta/Azores POR back to Lorient FRA. The fleet is still closely together with Gildas Mahé FRA leading 300 meters ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA. Xavier Macaire FRA ard 3rd is now one mile behind the leader.
The daily news, the race tracker and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Paul Meilhat / SMA)
Moderate conditions prevailed yesterday on the Azores for the start of the second and last leg of the Lorient FRA - Horta POR Solo Regatta. The first leg hat do be abandoned because of an approaching heavy thunderstrom. This Regatta is also part of the French Solo Oceanic Racing Championship, lead by Corentin Horeau FRA.
After 15 hours' racing, the fleet sails closely together in a moderte breeze around 15 kn, with Vincent Biarnès FRA as first leader. The video of the start, the race viewer and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven teams starting to the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4th sailed a test race from Alicante ESP to the Baleares and back over the past weekend. The fleet was quite balanced in the prevailing 5 - 15 kn breeze with the Danish 'Vestas Wind' of Chris Nicholson NZL as winner just 10 seconds ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED ! The report and the video.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   
Yesterday evening, Simon Koster SUI presented his new Mini 650 project at Thalwil/Lake Zurich SUI in view of the Mini-Transat 2015. 2013, he finished excellent 3rd in the Series Minis, and now, he switches to the Prototypes. His boat is under construction and will be finished end of November. Designed by the French yachting architect's office Merforte, a.o. designers of Michel Desjoyeaux FRA Open 60, the new Koster Mini has a round bow as the dominating Protos of Giancarlo Pedote ITA ('Prysmian') and Davy Beaudart FRA ('Cultisol'). 50% of the financing has been confirmed. Contacts for sponsoring information are highly welcome. The news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014   
An approaching storm depression North of the Azores prompted the Race Direction to abandon the solo race Loriant-Horta, as the fleet of the 20 solo skippers was on a direct course to the center of the storm. The report.