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Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 28, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 ended yesterday in Gothenburg with the last InPort Race. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was the winner of a light-wind race and almost climbed on top of the InPort-Race final rankings, as the leading 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) finished only 6th, but leaving her on top with a one point's advance. The all-female 'SCA' team finished 2nd securing the 3rd place overall in the InPort-Race rankings behind 'Abu Dhabi' and 'Brunel'. The duel for rank 4 in the overall VOR rankings went in favor of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) overtaking the tied 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
All ranking lists, the report re the InPort Race and the video of the final day.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 will be concluded today with the Gothenburg InPort Race. The overall winners 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR will also finish on top of this special harbour race classification, as her advance is 6 points. These rankings are only important in case of an overall tiebreak situation, and this is the case between 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) fighing for rank 4. The InPort Race will be covered live on the Internet as from 12 hrs UTC.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015   
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After winning leg 4 of the Solitaire, Xavier Macaire FRA celebrated his overall victory, the but Jury submitted a protest, as Macaire crossed an exclusion zone near a nuclear power plant, and sentenced him with a one-hour penalty. With this, he dropped on rank 3 and Yann Eliès FRA inherited the overall victory, his third in the Solitaire du Figaro.
The report and the final ranking list after jury delibertions.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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As foreseeable yesterday, the winner of the 4th and last leg of the Solitaire was Xavier Macaire FRA, defending his first place at the end in a tight fight with Adrien Hardy FRA only 55 seconds behind. Disappointment for the leading duo Yann Eliès FRA and Charlie Dalin FRA as they did not only loose many ranks in the dying wind, but also over an hour on the winner, and herewith the overall ranks 1 and 2. Xavier Macaire FRA is the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro winner, 15 minutes ahead of Yann Eliès FRA 2nd and Charlie Dalin FRA as 3rd. Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA is on rank 16 of the overall rankings. The reports and the videos.
Thursday, June 25, 2015   
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Yesterday by noon UTC, Yvan Bourgnon SUI with his Beach-Catamaran entered the canal of the port of destination Ouistreham FRA concluding his 15 months, 55'000 kilometre adventure journey around the Globe on the 6-meter-long catamaran. Also the last night afloat - with temperatures of 9°C air and 14° C water the coldest one of his tris - was not without troubles. Bourgnon had to dive and free the daggerboards of his cat from fishermen's nets.
The reports and the facebook page of Bourgnon.
Thursday, June 25, 2015   
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A day after the successful termination of his younger brother Yvan's round-the-world tour, Laurent Bourgnon SUI is missing after a dive near the Tuamotu archipelo in Polinesia. All search operations remained without success up to now.
Laurent Bourgnon SUI catched the attention of the yachting world when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Hobie 18 at the age of 20. Later, he won a series of offshore races such as twice the Route du Rhum or the Solitaire du Figaro. From 1994-2005, he was the 24 hours' solo record holder with 540 miles.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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On the way back to France, the fleet is about to round the Owers waypoint East of the Isle of Wight. Morgen Adrien Hardy FRA is the new leader this morning as he did replace Xavier Macaire FRA by a small marging (0,4 miles) on top. Vincent Biarnes FRA and Benjamin Dutreux FRA follow on the ranks 3 end 4. The duo duelling for the overall lead follows on the positions 8 and 9 with Charlie Dalin FRA 6,2 miles behind the leader and Yann Eliès FRA another 0,5 miles back.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 ended yesterday in Gothenburg SWE with 'Alvimedica' of Charlie Enright USA as winner of the ninth and last leg. After 9 months and 34'000 miles sailed, the overall winner is 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The 4th place has not been decided yet as 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Alvimedica' have the same number of points. The final rankings of the InPort races will decide on the final position. For the moment, the Ameicans are w points ahead of the Spanish, and the last InPort Race in Gothenborg on next Saturday will be crucial.
The ranking lists, the report and the video of the arrival.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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The fleet rounded the Wolf's Rock on the South-West point of Britain in a 12 kn North wind and is now on a long reaching leg direction France. Xavier Macaire FRA did extend his lead on Corentin Douget FRA on 6,3 miles. Not far behind, the duel for the overall victory is on between Charlie Dalin FRA on 3rd and 0,4 miles behind the overall leader Yann Eliès FRA, Dalin has to compensate a 22 minutes deficit, i.e. approx 2,4 miles, to overtake Eliès.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   
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Alain Thébault FRA left Los Angeles with his 60-foot foiling trimaran 'L'Hydroptère' yesterday to beat the transpacific speed record to Honolulu, Hawaii. The outright record for the 2215 miles' distance of 04:19:31:37 was set in November 2005 by skipper Olivier de Kersauson FRA on the 110-foot trimaran 'Geronimo'. This is the first oceanic record attempt of the Hydroptère. The Bericht, der GPS-tracker and the facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Monday, June 22, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The advantage of 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA 40 miles before the finish line in Gothenburg SWE on 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is down on 5 miles this morning. Another mile back follow 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) ... and the race for the ranks 2 and 3 overall is fully on. ETA is probably early this afternoon.
The race viewer and the event website, again with live streaming of the arrival.
Monday, June 22, 2015   
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Tomorrow, Yvan Bourgnon SUI will probably arrive at Ouistreham FRA after his round-the-globe solo journey full of adventures covering 55'000 kilometers during 220 days. The report.
Monday, June 22, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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The Solitaire fleet started yesterday in Torbay GBR at the English South Coast to the final leg back to France. In a moderate breeze, the yachts headed first West to the most south-western point of the British Island, and this morning, Xavier Macaire FRA was leading ahead of Arnaud Godart FRA by a small margin. Charlie Dalin FRA on rank 3 seems to be in a an attack mode for the overall win, where he has to compensate a 22 minutes' deficit on Yann Eliès FRA, actually 10th 1,7 miles behind.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 21, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015   
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The seven Volvo 65 started yesterday in Den Haag to the second half of leg 9 staggered according to the arrival gaps. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) were lucky with the earliest start time as the had the benefit of good wind conditions. All other teams suffered afterwards from the lack of wind. The Americans lead this morning with a 13 miles' advance on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). 'SAC' with Samantha Davies GBR as last has already a 50 miles deficit !
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, June 21, 2015   (Image © Arnaud Pilpre)
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The 4th and final leg of the Solitaire to Dieppe FRA will be started today at 16 hrs UTC in Torbay GBR at the English South Coast. For Yann Eliès FRA and Charlie Dalin FRA 22 minutes behind, this leg will be crucial for the overall victory, as all other competitors have a much more important backlog.
The official preview and the overall rankings.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 20, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015   
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The final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Gothenburg will continue today after the pitstop in Den Haag. The seven team restart with time gaps according to their arrival time. 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA will start at 10 hrs CET, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) will leave 2 hours later direction Sweden. The announced program mentioned a Speed Contest to be run in Den Haag, but the event website does not contain information on this competition.
The start can be followed - as usual - live on the Internet.
Saturday, June 20, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The winnners in the Protos and Series Minis arrived at Douarnenez FRA over 24 hours ago, but the Mini-Fastnet has not been terminated yet this morning. Only 14 of the 20 Series-Minis have crossed the finish line up-to-now.
The race viewer and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 19, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015   
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Approaching Den Haag the fleet has split yesterday during the passage of the English Channel. Four teams lead by 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) opted for the French coast while the remaining three sailed close to the English cliffs. 'Alvimedica' catched a fresh breeze in the South and finished first in Den Haag during the past night, 2 hours ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The fleet will restart tomorrow in the arrival sequence with the respective time difference. All teams but the all-female 'SCA' with Samantha Davies arrived meanwhile at press deadline this morning. Today, a Speed-Contest is on the program, and tomorrow, the race continues direction Gothenburg.
The report and the event website.
Friday, June 19, 2015   
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davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow 'Flexirub' won the Mini-Fastnet of the Protos Mini as expected yesterday with almost a one hour advance on Frédéric Denis/Hugo Kerhascoet FRA. Meanwhile, 17 of the 28 Protos have crossed the line. The first Series Mini of Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA arrived shortly after midnight in Douarnenez. 2 hrs 20 min was the backlog of the second-ranked Jonas Gerckens/Alessandro Torresani BEL. Patrick Girod/François Amaury SUI finished 3 this morning at 4 hrs, saving just 2 minutes of their advantage on the 4th.
The race viewer with ranking lists and die event website.
Friday, June 19, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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The ranking list is now clearly structured after leg 3, but nothing has been decided yet. The final 600-miles-leg across the English Channel to Dieppe will be influenced by strong currents, and in light winds, much time can be lost fighting against nature. 22 hours separate the first Yann Eliès FRA from the last Marc Pouydebat FRA, but the time gap between rank 1 and 2 of Charlie Dalin FRA is only 22 minutes. The start to the last leg will be given on Sunday.
The ranking list, the reports and the videos.
Friday, June 19, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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As expected, the winner of the Giraglia Race 2015 is 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simcic SLO with Jochen Schümann GER steering. The light wind conditions made the race very slow and the winning time of 'Esimit' - 29 hrs 11 min for the 243 miles - is twice as much as her record of 2012. Second with a one hour's backlog is the 100-foot Wally 'Magic Carpet'. The bulk of the fleet is still underway. Here the race viewer. No ranking lists have been posted to far, but a detailed report is available.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (Image © Rick Tomlinson)
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Light winds and difficult currents around Brittany and in the Engish Channel made racing challenging and varied, but also rather slow up-to-now. Yesterday, 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) had an important lead, but this morning, it was 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on rank 1 just 0,2 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) while 'Alvimedica' follows a mile back. 20 miles is the backlog of the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) on the 6th place. The fleet is expected this evening for the pit-stop in Den Haag NED.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, June 18, 2015   
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The light and unconstant winds over the Atlantic stretched the fleet over a considerable distance. While the last ten yachts are about to round the Fastnet Rock, Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow Proto are only 47 miles fromt the arrival at Douarnenez FRA. Their advantage of 11 miles is good enough for the final victory in the Protos. Big gaps also in the Series Minis where Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA have an advance of 14 miles on Jonas Gerckens/Alessandro Torresani BEL and another 9 miles on Patrick Girod/Amaury François SUI. But some more chasers are only a few miles farther behind.
The race viewer and the event -Website.
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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Leg 3 of the Solitaire ended yesterday in Torbay at the English South Coast with Yann Eliès FRA as winner, 33 seconds ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA. With the leg ranks 2/2/1, he is the clear leader overall witha 22 minutes' advance on Dalin, the only remaining opponent during the final leg ahead. Xavier Macaire FRA on 3rd is almost an hour behind. The best-ranked of the three women, Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA, follows on rank 20.
The ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, June 18, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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Moderate winds prevailed yesterday at the start of the Giraglia Race in St-Tropez and the record-size fleet of 240 left the St-Tropez Bay very slowly. Up to this morning, only the 100-Foot-Maxi 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simic SLO with Jochen Schümann GER steering has rounded the Giraglia Rock North of Corsica. 72 miles are left for the leader, but the conditions remain light.
The race viewer, the video of the start and the reports.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   
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The start to the final 1000 miles leg to Gothenburg was given yesterday in moderate conditions. In Den Haag NED, a stopover to race a speed contest has been planned
This morning, the fleet sailing closely together has rounded Brittany with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) in the lead. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) as last is only 1,4 miles behind.
The race viewer and the daily report.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
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The fleet has rounded the Wolfs Rock (photo) at the South-West point of England yesterday, still sailing in a light wind, and is now under spi on the way to the port of call Torbay GBR. The leading Yann Eliès FRA had 32 miles left this morning and will probably finish the race by noon. Only one mile behind follows Charlie Dalin FRA trying to overtake the leader in the last miles. Xavier Macaire FRA on rank 3 is 6 miles behind.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   
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Early this morning, Davy Beaudart/David Raison FRA with their round-bow Proto' 'Flexirub' have rounded the Fastnet-Rock as first and are now on their way back to Douarnenez. Half-a-mile behind are Frédéric Denis/Hugo Kerhascoet FRA as 2nd. The first Series-Mini with a 32 miles' backlog belongs to Damien and Paul Cloarec FRA, and Jonas Gerckens BEL/Alessandro Torresani ITA as 2nd are practically side-by-side with the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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Today, the start to the classic offshore 'Giraglia Race' over 243 miles from St-Tropez FRA around the Giraglia Rock North of Corsica to Genoa ITA will be given. 237 teams are on the entry list with the 100-Foot Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa II' of Igor Simcic SLO as favorite. A slow race has to be expected, as the wind forecast predicts light winds only.
The preview.
A part of the teams did already participate in the St-Tropez Giraglia-Cup last week. Here the ranking lists.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   
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Yvan Bourgnon SUI on his 6-meter-beach-catamaran has reached Cape Finisterre, the North-West point of Spain after a windy ride along the Portuguese and Spanish coast. 500 miles are left to Ouistreham FRA, the final port of his solo-round-the-world adventure. But the difficulties have not ended yet, as the grey weather did not feed the solar cells enough and the electricity needed for the autopilot is missing. At least four days steering all manually are ahead ! At least, there has been a pack of Dolphins accompanying him for the last four days on his lonely journey.
The report.
 
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