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Top News – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13 The fleet has circumvented the flat St-Helena anticyclone and is now heading East direction Cape Town. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the most eastern course did not loose to much in the somewhat lighter winds and remains on top 28nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 50nm backlog follow 'Scallywag'(David Witt AUS), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR all sailing neck and neck. 2'500nm are left to the port of call.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13 The third Class to arrive in Bahia BRA are the IMOCA Open 60. The leading Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA had 137nm left this morning UTC. The positions on top are clear with Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on the 2nd place 127nm behind. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA on 3rd are almost 300nm back.
The leading Class 40 are now about to leave the innertropical convergence zone. Closed up yesterday, the fleet is now again separating more and more. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are now already 18nm in front of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Still contenders for victory are Aymeric Chappellier/Antoine Le Vaillant FRA (backlog 20nm) and Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA (backlog 35nm).
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA was much decelerated when changing from one weather system to the next, and the daily distance covered was only 296nm. Now, he has reached the edge of the depression with threatening 50kn winds and 10m waves in its centre, not quite the conditions for a trimaran ... ! Garbart tries to navigate outside the danger zone nevertheless profitting from the fresh breeze. His advantage on the previous record was still 684nm this morning.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM The wind condition in Lüderitz improve from day to day and on the coming weekend, the seabreeze will probably be at its peak. Yesterday, Sylvain Hoceini FRA was the fastest with 54,03 kn (100,03 km/h) becoming the sixth speed kiter passing the 100km/h barrier.
The news.The event facebook page has not yet been updated early this morning UTC.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2

 Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2 Two other long-distances races were on the program yesterday on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, both won by Demesmaeker/Gagliani BEL who moved up on rank 2 overall. The Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis GRE remain on top. Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA stay on rank 3.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5 The third round of the Women's International Match Racing (WIM) in Busan KOR was concluded this morning UTC with the Semi Finals and Finals.
Trine Palluidan DEN, undefeated during the whole competition, surprisingly lost the Final against Lucy McGregor GBR with a 0-3 score. Winner in the Petite Final was Anna Östling SWE beating Pauline Courtois FRA 2-0.
The results and the videos.
 
Top News – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 12 The seven boat's fleet is split ! 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED and 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR opted for the easterly direct route to Cape Town and are now on the positions 1 and 3. But this is a risky way, as the St-Helena high with increasingly lighter winds is not far away. The rest of the fleet preferred to take the westerly deviation with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading and the backlog on the leader of 39nm will most probably be compensated today.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 16 Meanwhile, 9 Protos and 10 Series Minis finished the race in Le Marin/Martinique FRA. Valentin Gautier SUIjust crossed the line this morning as 7th Series Mini. Whether the winner of leg 1 will be on the overall podium as 3rd behind Erwan Le Draoulec FRA 1st and Clarisse Crémer FRA 2nd with this rank is not yet known. Today, 10 more finishers are expected in Martinique.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 12 The winners in the two multihull classes are known and the Open 60 will be next to arrive in Bahia with most likely Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA on their 'Virbac' crossing the ling as first by tomorrow evening. The second-ranked Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA were almost 100nm behind this morning UTC.
In the Class 40, Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA were the team of the day with an Etmal of 160nm, and in the middle of the Doldrums, they are now up on rank 3 only 2,5nm behind the still leading Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 13 Squeezed between the lulls of an anticyclone in the North and the iceberg zone in the South, François Gabart FRA snakes his way across the Indian Ocean. His fabulous time of 11 days and 20 hours at the Cape of Good Hope is an absolute speed record, faster than all previous multihulls even with full crews. This morning, his advantage on the record was 920nm.
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Friday, November 17, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4 Yesterday, the Quarter Finals were on the program the WIM in Busan KOR. Anna Östling SWE, Lucy McGregor GBR, Pauline Courtois FRA and Trine Palludan DEN clearly qualified for the Semi Finals all with a 3-0 score. The Semis are already underway this morning UTC. The domination of the unbeaten Trine Palludan DEN continues with a 2-0 lead on Anna Östling SWE. The match Lucy McGregor GBR and Pauline Courtois FRA was 1-1 at press deadline this morning.
The results and the event website with reports.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1

 Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1 The Cata-Cup on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, attracting every year a number of teams to enjoy some warm and sunny days, began yesterday with a 20nm race around the island. The favorites have taken the lead with the Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigkonis GRE as first, overtaking the constantly leading Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert FRA just before the finish line. On rank 3 followed Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA. 49 teams from 12 nations participate.
The results, the news (in French) and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 15 'Rush hour' in Le Marin/French Caribbeans since yesterday with more and more Minis finishing the race, won by Ian Lipinsky POL. 10hrs after the 2nd-ranked Jörg Riechers GER, Simon Koster SUI crossed the finish line as 3rd Proto, at the same time rank 3 overall. The news.
This morning at 2:30h, Erwan Le Draoulec FRA (age 20) finished as winner in the Series Minis. Here the news, and this victory is most probably also the first place overall, as Clarisse Crémer FRA underway as 3rd was 100nm back at the last checkpoint yesterday evening UTC. In leg 1, she was 8hrs ahead of Le Draoulec. Today, 10-12 more Minis will arrive on Martinique.
The race tracker updated hourly as from now on, and also the various news reports.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 11 The seven VOR teams are now about half-way of the leg 2 distance to Cape Town off the Brazilian coast. The moderate southern trade winds push the boats at high speeds from 15 to 20kn.
The positions this morning have been shaken up as the different courses sailed by the still closely together fleet have a major influence. The formerly leading duo 'Dongfeng' and 'Mapfre' remained in the West, while the backmarkers 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) opted for an easterly course, more direct to Cape Town, and are now in the lead. All depends on the extension of the calmy St-Helena high pressure system, that has been growing in the last hours making the direct way to the port of call less attractive.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 11 At press deadline this morning (6h UTC), 'Arkema' with Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP crossed the finish line in Bahia BRA as winner of the Multi 50s. The Ultime-Trimaran of Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI expected before did not finish as at 18.15h UTC, their Tri 'Prince de Bretagne' dismasted just 93 miles from the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre.
In the Open 60s, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA have left the Doldrums behind defending their lead of 76nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenole Gahinet FRA.
The Class 40 have reached the innertropical convergence zone this morning, and the fleet is closing up. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are only 5nm in front of Maxime Sorel/ Antoine Carpentier FRA.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 12 This morning at 6h UTC, François Gabart FRA rounded the Cape of Good Hope in the new solo record time of roughly 11 days. He has lost some speed compared to Tuesday, but nevertheless, he extended the advantage on the record to 763nm. Gabart is sailing on the 45th parallel south, not far away from the iceberg zone. A very busy day with only 1h 22min sleep and 2260 revs at the winch !
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Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3 The Round Robin at the WIM in Busan was concluded this morning UTC and the Quarter Finals are now underway. The stellar winner of the Round Robin with 11-0 W/L, Trine Palludan DEN, will meet Sarah Parker AUS in the Quarters. The other three matches were all 1-0 at press deadline: Anna Östling SWE leads over Renée Groenveld NED, Lucy McGregor GBR over Caroline Sylvan SWE and Pauline Courtois FRA over Marinella Laaksonen FIN.
The results and the event website.
 
Top News – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 14 - Victory for Ian Lipinski POL Yesterday, Ian Lipinski POL crossed the finish line of the Minitransat 2017 after 13 days and 22 minutes as winner in the Protos. Dominator of the Class for years, he is the first in the 40-years' history of the Minitransat to win in the Series and the Protos Minis. This morning, Jörg Riechers GER will arrive in Le Marin as second. Simon Koster SUI is on a solid 3rd place with a 25nm advantage on the 4th Andrea Fornaro ITA 130nm off Le Marin.
Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, leader in the Series Minis, is expected on Martinique tomorrow morning. With a 77nm advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA, he is on a safe way for victory. He will also become the overall winner as his backlog on Clarisse Crémer FRA in leg one was only 16min.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 10 The closely packed fleet is sailing down South at speeds around 17kn along the Brazilian coast. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is still leading 1,6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). Even the backmarker 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) with a 57nm backlog has still an option to finish first in Cape Town. The coming 24h are important for the strategy to follow. With the St-Helena anticyclone compressed by a depression vortex in the South, their is an option to head straight for Cape Town, as did François Gabart successfuilly in his record ride two days ago. It might well be, that one or the other teams goes into stealth mode to leave the opponents in doubt about the decision made.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 10 Next to arrive in Bahia after the two Ultime-Trimarans 'Sodebo' and 'Edmond de Rothschild' - both Foiler Trimarans of the latest generation - are Lionel Lemonchois FRA/Bernard Stamm SUI with their old-design Tri expected in the night on tomorrow.
The decison in the Multi 50 seems clear, as the 2nd-ranked 'FenétréA' of Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA has apparently technical problems and stopped. With 550nm to the finish, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP are now 112nm in front. They will arrive tomorrow morning as well.
No change in the Open 60: Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA lead with a solid 78nm advantage.
The frist three in the Class 40 were separated by 0,4nm only this morning with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on top.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 11 - new 24h record for Gabart François Gabart FRA accelerated even more yesterday on the South Atlantic and is already down on the Roaring Forties. Today, he will pass the Cape of Good Hope with a 608nm advantage - roughly one day - on the previous record. Covering 824nm in 24hrs yesterday, he has improved the solo 24h-record by 36nm, an average speed of 35kn (63km/h). Record also was the sleep time with 7h53min, the longest ever !
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2 Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE.
The results and the daily news.
 
Top News – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Bahia BRA - Day 8 The line honours at the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 went to Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA ! As expected yesterday, the experienced round-the-world record holder Coville with Nélias as co-skipper on their Ultime-Trimaran crossed the finish line as first after 7 days and 22 hours. With a 1h 48min backlog arrived Sébastien Josse/Thomas Rouxel FRA in Bahia BRA.
In the Multi 50, the Doldrum passage brought about a leader change. Within 24 hours, Lalou Roucayrol FRA/Alex Pella ESP transformed a 44-mile-deficit into a 40mn advantage. Erwan Leroux/Vincent Riou FRA stalled in the innertropical convergence zone for too long.
The first Open 60 to be decelerated was 'Virbac' with Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA earfly this morning UTC. Her advantage of 37nm on Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA will melt even more during the day.
In the Class 40, Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP reclaimed the first place. Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA follow 6nm behind. Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA 9nm back are not far away.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 9 The fleet has accelerated in the southern trade winds, still lead by 'Dongfeng' with Charle Caudrelier FRA, 5,5nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), and reached the Brazilian coast during the past night. The normally disturbing St-Helena anticyclone is less extended as usual and most probably, the teams will decide to veer East direction Cape Town soon.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record

 Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record Not only in Namibia, but also in the Camargue/South of France, speed record attempts have been started. A very strong Mistral of up to 60kn did set the stage for top speeds. Sailing with a 6,4 m2-Kite, Alex Caizergues FRA established a new speed record for kiteboarders with 57,97kn (107,32 km/h). The record attempts will continue until December 3rd.
The news.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Las Palmas ESP - Leg 2 - Day 13 Ian Lipinski POL will cross the finish line of the Mini Transat in Le Marin as winner this afternoon UTC. This morning, only 100nm were left. Rank 2 will go to Jörg Riechers GER 70nm behind the leader who extended the advantage on the 3rd Simon Koster SUI to 88nm yesterday.
350nm was the distance left for Erwan Le Draoulec FRA in the Series Minis. His advantage on Clarisse Crémer FRA has grown to 94nm. The French woman is now in a duel for rank 2 with Tanguy Bourroullec FRA, who gained miles on his southern course and was this morning only 14nm behind.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Foiling Technology - for more than 100 years a topic - documentary film

The foiling technology has changed high-performance sailing in the past 10 years. Beginning with the flying Moths, more and more boats have been equipped with foils, from smaller and larger multihulls and dinghies to the America's Cuppers, Ocean Racers and wind- and kitesurfer boards, allowing to race at superior speeds.
The documentary film 'Flying Boats' presents the history of the foiler technology, beginning in the early 20th Century already. On November 21, the Premiere of this film will take place at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne SUI, an evening dedicated to foiling with short presentations such as the flying experiences of 'Team Tilt' or the successful series-production foiling boats of the Quant Shipyard, the leading-edge boats in the Swiss regatta scene already now. The latest model, the Quant 17, will be exposed in Lucerne. Here the presentation video.
The foiling evening will begin at 18.15h CET in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Here the details.
 
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