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Offshore Racing – Monday, December 29, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
Yesterday, the smaller yachts arrived in Hobart in short intervals, and this morning UTC, already 35 teams had crossed the finish line. While the leading super-maxis were forced to traverse the Bass Street in light winds, the main part of the fleet benefitted from an upcoming North-East wind of up to 30 kn pushing them on a direct route under spi towards the arrival. In calculated (IRC) time, the smaller and elder yachts are therefore far ahead in the rankings and the final positions have not yet been decided. As we reported yesterday, the line honours went once more to 'Wild Oats XI', ahead of the other 100-footers 'Comanche', 'Ragamuffin' and 'Rio 100'. The Volvo 70 'Black Jack' follows on rank 5 in the overall list of arrivals. All reports and the video of the arrival of 'Wild Oats XI'.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, December 28, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
After 50 hours racing, 'Wild Oats XI' of Bob Oatley AUS crossed the finish line in Hobart this morning with a 48 minutes advance on 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA who was close to the winning yacht during the whole race but without chance to overtake 'Wild Oats XI' and avoid her 8th line honours. The report. Another super-maxi - 'Rio 100' - with 100 miles to sail to Hobart will arrive as 3rd this morning UTC.
The standings, the race viewer and the event website with the latest news and soon also the videos on the arrivals.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, December 27, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
As expected, the wind decreased after the first 15 rough race hours, and meanwhile, the fight for the lead among the five super-maxis has been reduced to a duel between the multiple Sydney-Hobart winner 'Wild Oats XI' (Bob Oatley AUS) and with a 14 miles' deficit 'Comanche' (Jim Clarke USA). 'Perpetual Loyal' was forced to abandon the race with structural damage, and 'Ragamuffin', a light-wind design, was unable to keep the pace. 'Rio 100' on rank 3 is 44 miles behind the leader. 330 miles are left to Hobart and - with an increasing breeze from the Wast this afternoon - the estimated time of arrival will probably be tomorrow morning. The report of the day, der Race-Viewer und das Video des Tages.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The 70th Sydney-Hobart Race was started on Sydney Harbour this morning at 2 h UTC. The fleet has passed the Heads hin a fresh breeze and is heading South on the open sea. As expected, the five super-maxis are in the lead constantly increasing the advantage on the persuers. 'Perpetual Loyal' of Anthony Bell AUS (with Tom Slingsby AUS, Seve Jarvin AUS) is first closely followed by 'Ragamuffin' of Syd Fischer AUS. 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA (with Ken Read USA) is 3rd. The yachts are still on an upwind course against the well established souterly but by this evening, the breeze is supposed to vanish and shift East.
The race tracker, the report from the start and the event website to be updated with reports and videos of the start.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Tomorrow - UTC during the coming night - the start to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race will be given in Sydney Harbour. The five 100-foot-Super-Maxis among the 117 participants will race for the line honours. Read a detailed articlel on these super racers evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Two of the five contenders suffered damages during yesterday's trainings. The defending champion 'Wild Oats XI' broke the boom (here the report), and 'Raggamuffin', th lightest of the five yachts has structural defects on the deck (here the report with video. During the first 20 race hours, the yachts will have to fight upwind with a very fresh Soutn wind. Lateron, the breeze will calm down to about 5 kn, and therefore, a race record time is hardly possible.
The official preview.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
The 'Vestas Wind' rescue team recovered the VOR 65 yacht grounded on a riff of the Brandon Islands in the Indian Ocean quicker than expected. Towed off the rocks with the help of an upcoming high tide, she was heft aboard a cargo vessel.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Crosby Lorimer)
The countdown to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race is on. In three days, on St-Stephen's Day, the 117 teams will start on Sydney Harbour to the 629-miles race across the Bass-Street to the Tasmanian island. The weather forecast predicts a South wind around 25 kn for the first day, but a decreasing Westerly breeze in the Bass Street will most probably rather be favorable for the smaller yachts when it comes to the IRC handicap rankings. Five super-maxis fight for the line honours. The seven times winner 'Wild Oats XI' has strong opponents, above all the new constraction ' Comanche USA' and 'Perpetual Loyal'.
The preview and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, December 20, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014   
The Spanish 'Mapfre' team will start to the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on January 3 without the skipper Iker Martinez ESP. The double 49er Olympic medalist will be pushing his Olympia 2016 campaign in the Nacra-17 participating in the Miami Worldcup event end of January together with Marina Lopez ESP as crew. Standing in for Martinez ESP will his 49er partner Xabi Fernandez ESP.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   
Aground on a riff near the St-Brandon islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the VOR 65 'Vestas Wind' with skipper Chris Nicholson NZL will be recovered in the coming weeks. A rescue team already left Mauritius, but the rescue on the boat will be difficult. The plan is to tow the wreck to the center of the atoll and load it on a cargo ship. If this is not possible, the boat will be dismantled on the riff. The report.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
After intensive training sessions during the past months, Patrick Girod SUI attended the Paris Salon Nautique to register for the Mini-Transat 2015. As 8th of the Mini Annual Ranking List, he already has the qualification miles required for a participation. All he has to do to be formally on the entry list is successfully sail one of the many solo regattas in 2015.
His 2015 regatta season starts in April at Lorient, continues during summer to be prepared for the start to the Mini-Transat on October 31.
The newsletter.
Offshore Racing – Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
Shortly after midnight, the all-female Team 'SCA' arrived in Abu Dhabi as 6th and last in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. After a tactical error at mid-race, they had no chance to compensate the backlog. The team, and especially the skipper Samantha Davies, was therefore - no surprise - extremely disappointed. The report.
Overall leaders after two legs are 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) all at equal points. The start to leg 3 direction Sanya CHN follows on January 3, again preceded by an Inport-Race in Abu Dhabi. The event website.