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Offshore Racing

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.
The bulletin.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014   (Image © Maria Muina)
The Spanish were the last registering for the Volvo Ocean Race beginning in October this year. Among the favorites, thanks to the experience of the skipper Iker Martinez ESP - double Olympic Champion in the 49ers and since last week European Champion in the new Olympic Nacra 17 class - this team has now become the team to beat after the engagement of the double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, and this inspite of the very short preparation time !
The report.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014   (Image © Pepe Hartmann)
The ORC-classes started to the 260 miles' race 'Rund Bornholm' in ideal sailing conditions for a fast race. With a westerly breeze, a spinaker race up to Bornholm will be possible and similar spinaker conditions could fill in during the return to Warnemünde, as the wind is supposed to turn North-East.
In the OneDesign-classes, the FD's have terminated their 'Week' yesterday with Peggy and Thorsten Bahr GER as clear winners. In the Dragons' German Championship, Michel Schmid GER defended the lead 2 points ahead of Stephan Link GER new on rank 2. Yesterday was day one of the H-Boat German Championship too, with Lars Bähr GER as clear leader after four races. Flawless was the competition so far for Christian Soyka GER with 4 bullets in 4 races with the X-99's. The new leaders in the Seascape 18 are Lorenz/Neagota GER.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 4, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The Tour de France à la Voile 2014 begins today in Dunkerque with the Prologue. Only 9 teams will be on the starting line, with last year's winner 'Groupama' as favorites, even though the skipper Franck Cammas FRA will only participate in the second part of the Tour on the Mediterranean Sea. The official preview and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 3, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Winning the 4th and last leg, the Vendée-Globe veteran Jérémie Beyou FRA celebrated the overall Solitaire du Figaro victory, his 3rd triumph in 14 regattas. On rank 2 follows Corentin Horeau FRA, age 25, with a 17 min 56 sec backlog. Charlie Dalin FRA finished 3rd. The final rankings, the report and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The 34 solo skippers of the Solitaire have been passing the Guernsey Channel Island this morning on their home stretch to the final port of destination. The last obstacle will be the rounding of the Raz Blanchard full of currents. This morning CET, Paul Meilhat FRA had the lead 0,1 miles ahead of Jérémie Beyou FRA, the overall leader, who will most probably be able to keep his first position till the end of this final leg. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
No time to sleep for the 34 solo skippers on the final leg of the Solitaire as breeze exceeding 20 kn and a strong current kept them more than busy. During the past night crossing the British Channel direction England, the double leg winner Yann Eliès FRA has again taken the lead, but Paul Meilhat FRA is only 0,4 miles behind, and also the overall leader Jérémie Beyou FRA on rank 8 is only 3 miles back. 230 miles to the finish in Cherbourg FRA are left. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.