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Offshore Racing – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto / Volvo Ocean Race)
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'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED crossed the finish line of leg 7 in Lisbon as winner shortly before editorial deadline, with 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) following on the ranks 2 and 3 only a few minutes later. Both, the Spanish and the Chinese, have been called to the Jury Room, as - just after the start - they crossed an exclusion zone reserved for cargo vessels.
The live transmission of the final race phase is still running and will last during this morning.
The event website.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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Yesterday, the 15 teams still in the race advanced only slowly in the light winds over the Irish Sea. They are expected to round the Tusker Rock at the South-East point of Ireland, and to head afterwards to the Fastnet-Rock at western South coast of Ireland.
Nicolas Troussel /Félix Pruvot FRA are still in the lead with a 15 miles' advantage on Ned Collier GBR/Wouter Verbrak NED. 570 miles, over half of the race, are still left back home to Caen FRA.
The race viewer and the daily report.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015   (Image © Francisco Vignale / MAPFRE / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The fleet crossed the calms of the Azores anticyclone faster as expected and is now in freshening winds on the final stretch to Lisbon. 500 miles or roughly 30 hours were left to go this morning. As in the previous legs, a tight finish can be awaited between 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 3,5 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 4 miles on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Unexpected difficulties has the overall leader 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) as 5th already 32 miles back. The all-female 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) were not successful with their attack on a northern course and remain last 44 miles behind.
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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16 two-person Class 40 teams started yesterday in Caen FRA to the 1000 miles' Normandy Channel Race to England and Ireland back to France. This morning, the fleet was approaching the most South-Western point of Great Britain with Nicolas Troussel/Félix Pruvot FRA leading 7 miles ahead of Yannick Bestaven/Pierre Brasseur FRA.
The race viewer[URL] and the [url=wxw.normandy-race.com/index/newsdetail/idnews/298]daily report (French or English).
Offshore Racing – Monday, May 25, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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After one week racing, more than half of the distance to Europe has been covered, and the fleet is now North of the Azores in the center of the Azores Anticyclone in very calm conditions. The leading trio 'Brunel', 'Mapfre' and 'Dongfeng' was sailing at sight within a mile this morning. The all-female 'SCA' on a more northern course has almost compensated the backlog and is now 20 miles behind but still on a faster pace.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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After almost a week of speed racing, the fleet has massively lost momentum during the past night, influenced by the Azores anticyclone. This situation offered the all-female 'SCA' team the opportunity for a bypass attack deviating the high pressure zone northwards. It seems that this option is about to be paying as the backlog of over 100 miles has been split in half up to now. Samantha Davies GBR and her team, 59 miles back, are currently over 5 miles faster than the rest of the fleet, led by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 0,3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP).
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The winds over the North Atlantic remain unusually moderate, and the fleet sails closely together on its way eastwards. The new leader is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 3,8 miles ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 4 miles on 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). The all-women 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR can not quite follow the drag race and is this morning 18 miles back on rank 6.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The fleet is now again sailing closely together in a slackening breeze, all six having opted for the Northern route following the ice limit to bypass the Azores Anticyclone ahead. Having left the gulfstream, the temperatures did drop substantially, and the upcoming breeze of up to 20 kn will make it even more inconventient.
'Abu Dhabi' lead 0,3 miles ahead of 'Brunel' and 'Mapfre', and as last of the fleet, the all-female 'SCA' team is not far behind with an 8 miles' deficit.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Approaching the low pressure vortex after several days on a tight reach, the wind now turned 180°, and the teams advance reasonably well in rear winds inspite of the very light conditions. The fleet has been somewhat stretched with the most southern 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 7 and 8 miles behind. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is now again last 20 miles behind the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Bernard Stamm SUI will participate in the 2015 Tour de France on a Diam24 trimaran, supported by his long-time sponsor 'Cheminées Poujoulat', ... an entirely new experience for the successful oceanic skipper. He very much looks forward to this new world knowing that he has much to learn in this new buoy-racing environment.
However, the sponsor will not be engaged in the forthcoming Vendée Globe (2016). Most probably, it is too late for Stamm to look for an alternative 18 months before the start.
The report.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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The fleet is now sailing within a 4 miles' area in a slackening wind with 'Brunel' leading half a mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi'. The wind will probably decrease even more during the day.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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The fleet has been sailing East in a moderate breeze on a long upwind leg for 40 hours and is still closely together. During the day, the wind will increase to 20 kn and more.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was leading this morning UTC 0,4 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The last yacht 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is only 6 miles behind. The passage of the low pressure vortex ahead opens the first strategic alternatives and the race is about to begin !
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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Thanks to the assistance of a number of helpers, the raw construction of the new Mini 650 of Simon Kosters in Switzerland has been completed a few days ago. The final assembly and installation of equipment will be done in Lorient. End of Mai at the latest, the boat must be race-ready to qualify for the Mini-Transat.
The Bericht.
Offshore Racing – Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015   (Image © Marc Bow / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The start to leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the North Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon was given yesterday in Newport RI in sun and a light 10 kn breeze. This morning after 12 hours' racing, the all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR lead the fleet 0,7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 1,2 miles in front of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). For the moment, the conditions are moderate, but within the next 24 hours, the six teams will for the first time be shaken by a front with fresh winds.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Iker Martinez ESP had a successful comeback as helmsman of 'Mapfre' winning the Newport Inport Race start-to-finish. He was absent during leg 7 because of the Nacra-17 Olympic project. The US-Turkish hometeam 'Alvimedica' and 'Abu Dhabi' completed the podium. With this 3rd rank, it is now 'Abu Dhabi' leading also in the Inport- Race rankings.
The report and the video highlights of the Inport Race.
Today at 18 hrs UTC, the start to leg 7 across the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon will be given. Rough downwind conditions are expected and - inspite of the 'short' distance of only 2'800 miles - the teams will encounter quite some challenges.
The preview.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 16, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez /Volvo Ocean Race)
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The race goes on ! After a 10 days' break, the Volvo Ocean Race competition resumes with the Newport Inport Race. Tomorrow Sunday, the start to the 7th leg across the Atlantic Ocean to Lisbon will be given. The Inport Race can be followed live on the event website at approx 17 hrs UTC.
 
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