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Offshore Racing – Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014   
Light winds prevail on the South-Indian Ocean allowing the fleet to move on at speeds around 10 kn. They will pass La Réunion and Mauritius today. Within the next 24 hours, a low pressure front will arrive with wind speeds of up to 30 kn, creating rough conditions for the seven boats.
The fleet was closely together yesterday, with the first 6 boats sailing at sight during hours. Over night, the gaps between the yachts have slightly increased. 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) leads 1 mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 3 miles in front of 'Brunel'. The all-female Team 'SCA' seems to have problems, as their speed is indicated with 2 kn only and they have lost contact with the other boats having a 70 miles backlog on the leading group.
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Offshore Racing – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/dongfeng race team)
The fleet closed up even more yesterday in a moderate wind around 15 kn. Winner of the day was for once 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) reducing the deficit on the leader to 15 miles. They remain last for the time being, but as the most westerly boat underway at a higher speed this morning, they might well further reduce the backlog, provided the wind conditions stay on.
'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is still leading, but 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is at sight only 0,7 miles behind, and also 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED 2,7 is in contact with a 2,7 miles backlog. The conditions remain difficult, and anything can happen in the 3'000 miles left.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Daniel Forster)
Exactly in a month from now, a record-size fleet - 119 yachts on the entry list - will depart for the 70th Jubilee Sydney-Hobart Race. The dominator of the past years, the 100-foot Maxi 'Wild Oats XI', will encounter strong competors this time. With the two USA yachts 'Comanche' and 'RIO100', as well as the brand new 'Raggamuffin', launched yesterday, and the 'Perpetual Loyal', there are four more super-maxis on the starting line eager for the line honors at Hobart. The list of participants with 119 teams from 7 nations.
The event website.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven Teams have been underway for one week now on leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the Indian Ocean. Unstable conditions still prevailed for the fleet passing the low-wind anticyclone zone west-bound, where the wind has changed to North meanwhile.
The first six teams are separated by 14 miles only, and the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) had reduced the backlog by 10 miles on 30 overnight with hope for more, as their average speed is still 4 kn faster as the rest of the fleet.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR stays on top 3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 9 miles on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 3rd. The passage of Madagascar should not be too difficult today, but lateron, another high pressure system will move in with hardly predictable consequences.
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Offshore Racing – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
The weather situation South of Madagascar remains dynamic, as the flat high pressure system has slightly moved East, opening a ridge with a 12-18 kn wind. For how long, this is the question ? The fleet is now again closer together concentrated on this passage with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR again in the lead. 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP is sailing only one mile behind at sight. On the last place in the fleet is 'SCA' of Sam Davis GBR with a 37 miles' backlog.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
The all-female 'Team SCA' has not been very lucky in the Volvo Ocean Race so far and are now again last in leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. The US-Sailing-Website ‚Sailinganarchy' has published a 17 minutes' interview with Dee Caffari GBR live from aboard, also investigating on the reasons for the unsatisfactory rankings. This video clip gives also an impression on the hard physical work on these large yachts.
Offshore Racing – Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014   
The yachts are approaching the Madagascar anticyclone in decreasing winds, still sailing closely together, but the calm patches ahead will soon stretch the fleet over a larger area. Practically at sight are 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), as well as 3 miles back 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Still last is the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) but the gap has been reduced to 39 miles this morning.
The navigators rack their brains to find the best way across the high pressure system, that might be crucial for the race to Abu Dhabi.
The report and the race viewer.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Avoiding the northern current now, all teams are heading North, where an unclear weather situation with a calm high pressure system is waiting. To find the fastest way northbound considering this anticyclone is the challenge for the navigators.
At present, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is in the lead 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and another mile 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA).
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Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Yesterday, Robin Knox-Johnson GBR finished the Route du Rhum as 3rd of the category 'Class Rhum'. The winner of the first nonstop-solo-round-the-world race, the 'Golden Globe' in 1969, withstood with his modified Open 60 the heavy storms in the beginning of the race and showed an excellent performance at the age of 75. 12 Class 40 and 10 Class Rhum yachts are still underway.
The race viewer, the report of the day and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran-SCA)
The rough conditions stayed on and especially the steep waves due to the strong current are stressing the teams. A calm zone South of Madagascar has delayed shifts on a northern course up to now, but after the long tack eastbound, the navigators will have to take the strategic decision today when to change direction.
'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA leads 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA an. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR as last are now 47 miles behind the leader. Together with 'Abu Dhabi' they are the most-southern team in the fleet.
The race viewer and the event website ... not very easy to read.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Pen Duick)
Yesterday, seven more Class 40 arrived on Guadeloupe and the next one expected will be the Pole Vault Olympic Champion Jean Galfione FRA on the 18th place. Finishing the race are also some participants of the Corinthian Class Rhum, three days after the winner of this category, Anne Caseneuve FRA. Andrea Mura ITA and 28 miles farther back Robin Knox-Johnson GBR, age 79 will finish on the positions 2 and 3.
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Offshore Racing – Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014   
The strong 'Agulhas' current from the North along the African East Coast forces the fleet to a wide detour around the Cape of Good Hope. After some rough hours after the start, the conditions have now calmed down somewhat, but the 20 kn breeze and the current create still an agitated sea keeping the seven teams on an easterly course quite busy. Only during the day, they will leave the current zone and put about northwards direction the port of call Abu Dhabi.
This morning, the Turkish/American 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) was still in the lead 5 miles ahead of the Chinese 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) was last with a 32 miles' backlog. The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, November 21, 2014   
Since yesterday, 10 of the 32 Class 40 yachts still racing have reached Guadeloupe. The official website today is dedicated to women. In addition to the winner in the 'Class Rhum' category, Anne Caseneuve FRA, there was also Miranda Merron GBR finishing on the excellent 6th place in the Class 40. The report. The Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA crossed the finish line yesterday as 8th. Today, seven more Class 40 are exptected at Pointe-à-Pitre, among them Bernard Delesne FRA from the Swiss 'TeamWork' squad. A repair stop right after the start were a too big handicap to race for victory. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014   
Puffy conditions prevailed yesterday evening at the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race off Cape Town, where a one-hour-round-course underneath the Table Mountain was completed in all kind of wind, from 0 to 30 kn, before heading for the open sea with the all-female Team 'SCA' in the lead. During the first night, the fleet rounded the Cape of Good Hope and will shift North during the day.
The Turkish-American 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is in the lead together with 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), but the boats are still closely together in a long upwind course. 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) at the end of the fleet is only 9 miles behind.
The race viewer, the video of the start and the reports.
Thursday, November 20, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
With the arrival of Alex Pella ESP, winner of the Class 40, and Anne Caseneuve FRA, first in the Corinthian 'Class Rhum', the Route de Rhum 2014 is now in its final phase. 32 yachts in total are still underway.
Alex Pella ESP realized the first Spanish victory in an important solo-offshore-regatta. Having taken over the lead at mid-race, he constantly extended his lead on the second-ranked Thibaut Vauchel FRA, and finally protected a one hours' lead in the critical light-wind approach to Guadeloupe. Six Class 40 arrived at Pointe-à-Pitre so far. Anne Caseneuve FRA was the superior winner of the Corinthian category in her fifth participation. She was sailing on the only trimaran and distanced her opponents by over 700 miles.
The race viewer with rankings, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
Alessandro Di Benedetto ITA and 4 hours later Tanguy De Lamotte FRA have crossed the finish line in the earliest morning hours today, occupying the positions 6 and 7, and closing the race of the IMOCA Open 60s. Alex Pella ESP will follow soon as winner of the Class 40, as at 5 hrs UTC, he was only 13 miles before Pointe-à-Pitre. Another 40 miles farther back was Thibaut Vauchel FRA on 2nd defending this place against Kito De Pavant FRA 17 miles behind. Anne Caseneuve FRA, leading in the Corinthian 'Class Rhum' category has 114 miles to sail and is expected in Guadeloupe by this evening.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 continues in the later afternoon today with the start of the seven teams for leg 2, the 6'125 miles to Abu Dhabi at 16 hrs UTC. The Indian Ocean in the Monsoon period is a new experience for most of the navigators. After a windy first phase, calm and thunderstorm zones will influence the strategies of the teams and the fleet might well be spread over a wider area before the entry into the Arabian Gulf will reassemble the boats.
The report.
Racing are also over 100'000 participants in the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race, starting today at 16 hrs UTC as well. Participation is still possible by registering on the VOR Game page. Mikael Rydberg SWE was first in leg 1 winning a trip to the second leg finish in Abu Dhabi !
Follow the coverage of the start as from 15 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
Today, the last two Multi-50 will arrive in Guadeloupe: Alessandro Di Benedetto ITA was 138 miles away this morning, followed 67 miles behind by Tanguy De Lamotte FRA. In the night on tomorrow, Alex Pella ESP with his Class 40 will be the first Spanish winner of a solo-offshore regatta, as his advantage of 96 miles on the second-ranked Thibaut Vauchel FRA is solid, provided no major incident happerns. Vauchel's rank 2 is not yet guaranteed, as the approach to Pointe-à-Pitre rounding Guadeloupe offers some tactical options to the 3rd Kito De Pavant FRA. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
Tomorrow at 18 hrs local time, the start to the 2nd leg of the Volvo Ocean Race will be given. The course leads over 6'125 miles from Capetown across the Indian Ocean to Abu Dhabi UAE. According to the forecast, the inital phase rounding the utmost point of South Africa will be very rough with northerly winds and a strong current. Afterwards, the usual calm and thunderstorm zones around the Equator will be the most critical challenge for the navigators. The danger of pirates along the Somalian coast should no longer be a problem, contrary to four years ago, when the race had to be shortened.
The event website with pictures from Capetown.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
Last weekend, a protest action of Greenpeace against deep-sea oil drillings off the Canary Islands got out of control with violent attacks of the Spanish Coast Guard, ramming the ribs of the environental activists several times. Two severely injured had to be rescued by helicopter and hospitalised. Legal steps have been initiated.
Here the video.
Offshore Racing – Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014   (Image © DR)
After two race weeks, the results in three of the five classes are known and the interests go now to the Class 40, where 32 of the 43 starters are still racing. The leader Alex Pella ESP has 450 miles to sail to the finish where he shall arrive on Wednesday. The Spanish solo skipper extended his lead on the second-ranked Thibaut Vauchel FRA to over 100 miles. The 3rd-ranked Kito de Pavant FRA is 32 miles behind Vauchel. Anne Caseneuve FRA on the only trimaran in the corinthian 'Class Rhum' leads with 600 miles advance. Wilfried Clerton FRA and the sailing legend Robin Knox-Johnson GBR follow on the ranks 2 and 3 among the 13 participants still in the race.
The race viewer, the reports and die videos.
 
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