Two weather fronts with winds of up to 40kn have been crossed so far during the race. The approach to the northern waypoint on the Polar Circle continuous now in calmer waters. ----- With a western course, Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal') and Charlie Dahlin FRA ('Apivia') managed to overtake the previous leader Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') yesterday, who is now 30 miles behind the top duo. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur'), who has moved up to fourth place, came up strongly as well. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') follow 9 miles behind. The gaps between the Open 60s will shrink further, as the leading pack is currently sailing in a calm transition zone. ----- The Race-Tracker, die news and the videos.
07.04.20 – 07.14.20
08.14.20 – 08.21.20
Top News – Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Top News – Tuesday, July 7, 2020
In fresh winds around 25kn West of Ireland, the fleet is heading North this morning with Thomas Ruyant FRA on his Open 60 'LinkedOut' increasing the advantage continuously. He was 16nm ahead of Jérémy Beyou FRA ('Charal') at the last checkpoint. One mile farther behind followed Charlie Dalin FRA ('APIVIA') on rank 3. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') moved up on the 4th position with a 53nm deficit. The best woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') is on the 6th place leading Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') and Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the ranks 7 and 8 by a small margin. After Sébastien Simon FRA and Damien Séguin FRA, it was Armel Tripon FRA (L'occitane') yesterday who was forced to abandon the race with structural damages. Apparently, the repairs after a collision with flotsam done in a hurry before the start were not sustainable enough. ----- The report. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Perfect conditions with a 3-5 bft thermal breeze prevailed on Lake Davos (5,120 ft altidude) over the past weekend allowing to complete 10 races. ----- In the Darts, Susanne Hefti/Karin Sommer SCoW finished first just one point ahead of Werner Heynisch/Monika Schroeder YCZ. ---- In the Tornados with teams from 4 nations, Jean-Marc Cuanillon/Michael Gloor YCB were the winners ahead of Martin and Paul Rusterholz RVS and Pavlis/Pavlisova CZE. ----- The the Corsaires, the winners were once more Ralph and Liliane Uhlmann SCSee. ----- The event website.
Top News – Monday, July 6, 2020
The 19 Open60 still in the race reached the Fastnet Rock off the Southwest point of Ireland this morning with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') leading 1,5nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). On rank 3 followed Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal') with a 2,5nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer') on the 5th place has a 10nm deficit, just ahead of the fist woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER. The first to abandon the race was Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea Paprec') with a broken foil. Yesterday evening, the two-time Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil') was forced to leave the competition as well with electricity problems. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Two more races were held on Lake Thoune in light and variable winds for the Finns and the Starboats, making it a total of five over the weekend. ----- Winner of the Finn Trophy was Christoph Burger TYC defending his lead of Saturday, followed by Gerhard Weinreich AUT and Christoph Christen SUI. 56 participants from 4 nations were finally ranked. ----- In the Starboats, Bernhard Seger/Walter Oess SVB remained on top as well. Uwe Barth/Steffen Rutz GER and Urs Hunkeler/Oliver Fuchs YTL - best of the day - completed the podium. ----- The event website, and the Club website.
Top News – Sunday, July 5, 2020
Yesterday in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, the start to the Vendée Arctique was given in a 20kn breeze. Right from the start, the foilers demonstrated their superiority with higher speed. ----- This Sunday morning, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') was in the lead closely followed by Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB') and Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal'). As first women, Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA ('MASCF') had a good start as well occupying rank 5 with a 6,7nm backlog, closely followed by Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer'). With a damaged foil, Sébastien Simon FRA was already forced to a repair stop. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Good conditions prevailed on Lake Thoune yesterday and both classes completed three races each. ----- In the big Finn fleet (56 participants), Christoph Burger TYC and Gerhard Weinreich AUT share the lead at equal points. 3 points back follows Jürgen Eiermann GER on rank 3. ---- In the Starboats (16 teams), Bernhard Seger/Walter Oess SVB are on top ahead of Uwe Barth/Steffen Rutz GER and Jürg Ryffel/Beat Heinz YCR . ----- The event website.
Top News – Saturday, July 4, 2020
With a wind around 16kn, the sailing conditions during the start at 2.30 pm UTC of the Vendée Arctique should be ideal, and the Foiler-Open 60 will rush off at top speeds! The approximately 3,600-mile route to the Arctic Circle and back to Les Sables via the Azores should take 10-12 days of racing. For the second half of the race, rather sluggish conditions have been forecast. Among the 20 solo skippers are 4 women, with Samantha Davis GBR as one of the co-favorites. You can follow the start this afternoon beginning 2.15 pm UTC on this website . ----- The news.----- The start of the virtual Vendée-Arctique will take place today by noon as well, and participation is still possible!
As we reported a month ago, fully-crewed sail racing in Switzerland was restarted with manageable safety measures specified in individual Covid-19 annexes to the Sailing Instructions under the self-responsibility of the organizing authority. One of many events held so far was the first Act of the 2020 J/70 Lake Constance Battle raced over the past weekend with 37 boats on the starting line. ----- Have a look at the very detailed report (PDF) published in the J/Newsletter- July 1st, 2020.