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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).
The race viewer and the event website.
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.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
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.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
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.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, November 16, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014   
Fresh winds around 20 kn and rain accompanied the seven Volvo Ocean Race teams during the Capetown Inport Race. 'Abu Dhabi', skippered by the Starboat Olympic medalist Ian Walker GBR, showed her strength in this short race as well with a perfect start, and this downwind, and controlling the fleet finishing with a considerable advance. 'Team Brunel' terminated the heat as 2nd, and the all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR and the Olympian Sally Barkow USA was on 3rd, demonstrating that they can easily handle the Volvo 65.
The report and the video summary.
The Leg 2 start direction Abu Dhabi will be on Wednesday. The event website.
Sunday, November 16, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday evening, Armel Tripon FRA arrived in Guadeloupe as 4th of the IMOCA Open 60. With this result, the newcomer in the class qualified for the Vendée Globe 2016. Today, Louis Burton FRA will follow as 5th at Point-à-Pitre eintreffen. The Class 40 fleet is sailing 700 miles before the finish line in an unconstant trade wind. While Alex Pella ESP holds his leader position still with a 74 miles' advance, the long-time second Kito De Pavant FRA lost his place to Thibaut Vauchel FRA yesterday. Expected time of arrival in Guadeloupe for the Class 40 is next Thursday.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
François Gabart FRA crossed the finish line yesterday morning after 12 days and 4 hours as winner of the IMOCA Open 60, improving the record by 7 hours, and this on his first Route du Rhum. Here the video of the arrival. Jérémy Béyou FRA finished 2nd with an 8 hours' backlog. Marc Guillemot FRA will arrive this morning as 3rd.
The report.
Yesterday, the two Multi 50 of Gilles Lamiré FRA and Yves Le Blevec FRA arrived as 3rd and 4th. No changes in the Class 40, where Alex Pella ESP has a 74 miles' lead over Kito De Pavant FRA.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)
After one week's rest, the Volvo Ocean Race resumes today with the Inport Race in Capetown, a possibility for the teams to test the repairs and to welcome the new team members in action. Admittedly, the results of these races are not counted in the overall rankings, but would be used as tie-breakers in case of points equality. The objective of these short races is not only to entertain the public and offer rides for sponsors' invited VIPs, but also to allow the teams to compare with opponents.
The 'Mapfre'-skipper Iker Martinez ESP takes a day off today. Here the Crew lists with the changes for the Inport-Race.
Yesterday evening, the Prize Giving of leg 1 took place. In addition to the overall winners 'Abud Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR, Brian Carlin IRL from Team 'Vestas Wind' was honored for his entertaining media work, and the Chinese 'Team Donfeng' for the longest day run (541 miles) and the shortest course (8363 miles). The report.
The Inport Race can be followed as from 12 hrs UTC today live on the Internet.
Offshore Racing – Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014   
Erwan Le Roux FRA crossed the finish line in Point-à-Pitre yesterday evening as winner of the Multi-50 ahead of Lalou Roucayrol FRA arriving this morning on Guadeloupe. About 10 hours are left for François Gabart FRA to the victory in the IMOCA Open 60, possibly with a new record for monohulls. No change in the positions of the Class 40 where Alex Pella ESP has a 73 miles' lead on Kito De Pavant FRA. 1142 Meilen or roughly 5 days are ahead to finish.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Friday, November 14, 2014   
Tomorrow Saturday, the Capetown Inport Race is on the program of the Volvo Ocean Race, a last opportunity to test the boat after the latest repairs, and to tune-up the team work with the new crew members aboard. Wednesday, the start to the 2nd leg across the often stormy Indian Ocean to Abu Dhabi UAE wiull be given. Four years ago, the passage along the Somalia Coast had to be shortened and the yachts loaded on cargo ships to avoid incidents with pirates threatening all types of boats. The situation is again under control now and no attacks did happen in 2014. The leg can be sailed over the full distance of about 6,125 miles allowing more strategic options.
The lastest news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
After the 7 maxi multihulss of the Class Ultime having all finished the race - we reported about the arrivals and the new record of Loïck Peyron FRA - , the Multi 50 are expected today in Pointe-à-Pitre on Guadeloupe FRA. Only five of the original 11 boats are still in the race, as the rough conditions earlier in the race overstressed some of the fragile trimarans. This morning, the leading Erwan Le Roux FRA had 128 miles to go this morning, and he will have terminted the Altlantic crossing by noon. Lalou Roucayrol FRA on the unchallenged 2nd place is now 117 miles behing . Tomorrow, the winner of the IMOCA Open 60 François Gabart will arrive in Guadeloupe. Jérémy Béyou FRA follows 94 miles back. The Class 40 have roughly 1'400 miles to sail to the port of destination, and will be underway for another week. Alex Pella ESP remained on top, but Kito De Pavant FRA, is only 31 miles back. He presents his monohull with a video tour. Even the next prersuers Thibaut Vauchel FRA and Yannick Bestaven FRA are close enough to move on the first position. The Class Rhum - a very heterogeneous group with various boats' types - is clearly lead by Anne Caseneuve FRA on her trimaran. 14 of the 19 participants are still in the race. Robin Knox-Johnson GBR age 79, winner of the first round-the-world race 'Golden Globe' in 1969, is on the 5th place.
The race viewer, the report and the Videos.
Thursday, November 13, 2014   
The seven teams at the Volvo Ocean Race are now very busy preparing Inport Races of the next weekend and above all the start to the 2nd leg taking place next Wednesday, and leading across the very often wild Indian Ocean along the Pirates' coast of Somalia to Abu Dhabi UAE. The heavily shaken Spanish 'Mapfre' team made another important organisational step yesterday hiring Rob Greenalgh GBR as navigator/tactician instead of the veteran Michel Desjoyeaux FRA. Rob's sister Libby Greenalgh GBR is the navigator of the all-female 'SCA' team.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014   (Image © Alex Pella)
Yesterday, all Class Ultime multis arrived in Pointe-à-Pitre on Guadeloupe in the French Caribbeans. Lionel Lemonchois FRA on rank 4 crossed the line early in the morning two hours before Sidney Gavignet FRA on 5th. Not far behind followed Francis Joyon FRA and then the last of the big multis with Yann Eliès FRA.
Today is 'lay day' in Point-à-Pitre as the first Multi-50 are scheduled for tomorrow most probably in the sequence Erwan Le Roux FRA, this morning 87 miles ahead of Lalou Roucayrol FRA and Gilles Lamiré FRA 200 miles back. The IMOCA Open 60 will terminate the Route du Rhum on Friday. François Gabart FRA with a 64 miles lead is on a good track to add another victory. In the Class 40 however, the suspense is still on as Alex Pella ESP is only 10 miles ahead of Kito De Pavant FRA.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014   (Image © Maria Muina)
The Volvo Ocean Race continuous on the next weekend with the Capetown Inport-Races. These regattas have no influence on the overall rankings, but in case of a tie at the end of the VOR, the Inport-Race ranking would be the tie breaker.
The Spanish 'Mapfre'-Team with the top stars Iker-Martinez ESP and Michel Désjoyeaux FRA finishing last were the disappointment of leg 1. The wrong strategy along the South-American coast made them loose contact with the leading group and shortly before the finish line, they were even bypassed by the all-female team 'SCA'. The consequences are that the navigator Nicolas Lunven FRA will be replaced by Jean-Luc Nélias FRA. As navigator, he lead the French 'Groupama'-Team to an overall victory foujr years ago. Michel Désjoyeaux FRA will leave the sailing team according to plan.
The report.