After the dramatic rescue action of Kevin Escoffier FRA, whose Open 60 folded up on a wave in front of the mast at 27 knots, collapsed and sank within minutes, the race returned to normal. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) continues to lead with now 222nm ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler), who passed the Cape of Good Hope yesterday as 2nd. Louis Burton FRA ('La Vallée', Foiler), the southernmost boat on rank 3, continues to make the fastest progress already sailing in the Indian Ocean. He was 259nm behind this morning UTC, followed by a densely packed chasing group, ranks 4-11, being only 150nm apart, lead by Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea Paprec', Foiler) on 4th with a 413nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 5th place 30nm behind, closely followed by Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) 3nm back as best Non-Foiler. Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) has dropped back to 7th place due to his rescue action, but he will receive a time credit which will bring him back into the top 3. In the women's duel, Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur'Foiler) is 11th, now 33nm ahead of Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA ('MACSF', Foiler). ----- The race tracker and the reports.
11.08.20 – 01.31.21
12.04.20 – 12.08.20
12.16.20 – 12.20.20
12.17.20 – 12.22.20
01.16.21 – 01.20.21
Top News – Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Top News – Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Escoffier FRA, sailing in 3rd place, reported a massive water ingress on his 'PRB', and he had to escape on his life raft. After several hours of searching, he was found by Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam') and could be rescued this morning at 2h UTC after a long recovery operation. ----- The report. ----- Details on the cause of the damage and the dramatic rescue operation have not yet been published. This morning additional information will be made available on the event website.
At midnight, the leading Charlie Dalin FRA with his 'Apivia' was the first to round Cape of Good Hope after 22 days and 9 hours. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut'), sailing in 2nd place, was able to catch up slightly, but he is still 217nm behind. After the dramatic rescue operation of Kevin Escoffier FRA, in which Boris Herrmann GER, Sébastien Simon FRA and Yannick Bestaven FRA were involved alongside Jean Le Cam, Louis Burton FRA ('Bureau Vallée 2', Foiler),, sailing in the far south, moved up to 3rd place, 280nm behind. The rescuers will however receive a time credit from the race organizers. On rank 4 is now the astonishing Damien Séguin FRA ('Groupe Apicil', Non Foiler), only 425nm behind Dalin. Yesterday, the Paralympic Champion was the fastest of the fleet! Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer', Foiler) follows in 5th place, 487nm behind. In the duel of the best women, Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER has reduced the gap on Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeurs'), still sailing in 12th place, to 21nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
After 5 days and 9 hours, Thomas Coville FRA and his team passed the equator yesterday, the first milestone of their record attempt. The crossing of the inner-tropical convergence zone slowed down the pace considerably during 24 hours, but now in the southern trade winds, the maxi-trimaran 'Sodebo' is making good progress again, and had a 73-mile lead this morning UTC. ----- The race tracker with the videos and the daily report.
Top News – Monday, November 30, 2020
After 22 days, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') will be the first to round the Cape of Good Hope today, maintaining his lead of 245nm by this morning UTC. The chasing group has closed up with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') in 2nd place now only 30nm ahead of Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB'), and another 20nm behind Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) in 4th place. ----- 450nm back follows the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin ('Groupe Apicil', Non-Foiler) up on rank 9. Behind him, the women's position fight is taking place: Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') is 12th, only 62nm ahead of Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF'), and in 17th place Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') already more than 350nm behind Samantha Davis. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
The intra-tropical convergence zone north of the equator proved to be very pronounced yesterday for Thomas Coville FRA and his 'Sodebo' team. Their maxi-trimaran was slowed down considerably and lost its entire lead over record holder IDEC. However, this morning UTC, 'Sodebo' has now reached the southern trade winds and should cross the equator before noon. The deficit on the record is 56nm . ----- The Race-Tracker and the Reports.
Top News – Sunday, November 29, 2020
RS:X-Windsurfing - European Championship 2020 - Vilamoura POR - Gold for Charline Picon FRA and Yoav Cohen ISR
After a windless Friday, the RS:X Europeans in Vilamoura POR were concluded yesterday with the Medal Races. ----- With another victory, Charline Picon FRA once again demonstrated her superiority and won the women's title ahead of Katy Spychakov ISR and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. Demita Vega MEX finished 24th among 31 participants. ----- In the men's race, Yoav Cohen ISR was able to maintain his lead, Shahar Zubari ISR took silver, Kiran Badloe NED advanced to 3rd place thanks to his victory in the Medal Race. ----- Pedro Pascual Suitt USA terminated the Championship in 33rd, Ignacio Berenguer MEX in 35th out of 43 participants. ----- The last Nations Tokyo Olympic berths went to Greece for the men and Russia for the women. ----- All rankings and the video of the final day. A report is still missing on the event website.
After three race weeks, the bulk of the fleet has bypassed the St-Helena anticyclone calms and is now in the approach to the Cape of Good Hope. Leading by 281nm this Sunday morning UTC, Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia', Foiler) will leave the Atlantic and enter the Indian Ocean tomorrow Monday. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler) continues to follow in 2nd place, with Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler) now in 3rd position, as Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non-Foiler) could not quite keep the speed of the foilers in the fresh winds. Ranks 3 to 9 (Damien Séguin FRA, 'Apicil', Non-Foiler) are only 180 miles apart. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
After loosing one of the two rudders the day before yesterday, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') decided to abandon the race yesterday Saturday, after consulting his technical team. The damage cannot be repaired at sea. He will now call at Cape Town. The report. The so well prepared English top favorite missed the much aspired victory in his fifth participation after 2nd and 3rd places in previous editions. The Vendée-Globe story by Alex Thomson GBR. ---------- With Thomson's out, the fifth of the eight latest generation Foiler Open-60s is already out of the race for victory: 'Corum' (Nicolas Troussel FRA) had to retire early due to a mast break, 'Charal' (Jérémy Beyou FRA) resumed the race after her repair return with a 7 day delay and will be the last one to cross the equator today, more than 3'000 miles behind. After a repair stop, 'L'Occitane' (Armel Tripon FRA) is also far behind. 'LockedOut' of Thomas Ruyant FRA with a broken and now cut off foil is still in second place (here the video), but now, she will have little chance to keep up with the fastest. ... Entering the Roaring Forties, over 30 very challenging rough days are ahead ....
Yesterday, Thomas Coville FRA and his team made good progress in the trade winds, but this morning UTC, they were slowed down by the Innertropical Convergence Zone. However, they are expected to cross the equator in record time (less than 5 days) today. ----- The race tracker with the videos and the daily news.
Top News – Saturday, November 28, 2020
As first of the top trio, Charlie Dalin GBR ('Apivia', Foiler) reached the fresh westerly winds in the Roaring Forties yesterday and increased the lead on his direct opponents. Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut', Foiler), busy getting rid of the damaged foil of his Open60, was already 324nm in arrear this morning UTC. Only 33nm back followed Jean Le Cam FRA ('Yes we Cam', Non Foiler) still on the 3rd position. Yannick Bestaven FRA ('Maître Coq', Foiler) and Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB', Foiler), leading the chasing group, were another 80nm behind. Bad luck again for Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss', Foiler): In a collision with flotsam, one of his rudder blades was torn off. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
After a collision with flotsam, 'Gitana' (Charles Caudrelier FRA, Franck Cammas FRA) was forced to abandon the round-the-world record attempt on day 4 already. The report. ----- Thomas Coville FRA continues to make good progress with his 'Sodebo'. With an average speed of almost 30kn, he was able to increase his lead on the record to 235nm. ----- The race tracker and the reports.