Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2020 - the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA plans to participate

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2020 - the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA plans to participate At the last Route du Rhum in autumns 2018, Damien Séguin FRA finished on the remarkable 6th final rank. The four-times Paralympian (2x Gold and 1x Silver in the 2.4m keelboat) has been offshore racing for over 10 years. Last year, he migrated to the Open-60-class. Now, the main sponsor 'Apicil' decided to prolongate his support and Séguin can plan to participate in the Vendée Globe as first disabled sailor. Born with only one hand, he mastered all sailing challenges so far, and for the forthcoming round-the-world adventure, the only modification at the Open 60 will be a special glove to allow him to handle the winch with both arms.
Here his video interview about the project.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019   

RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - a new record for 'Maserati'

 RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - a new record for 'Maserati' Fresh winds prevailed on Antigua last Monday at the start of the 600-mile-race around a number of Caribbean islands. Here the video of the start. Among the participants was 'Argo', the MOD-70-catamaran of Jason Carroll USA after her capsize a few days ago, with François Gabart FRA as special guest.
His multihull 'Argo' and the MOD-70 'Maserati' of Giovanni Soldini ITA fighted neck and neck and the Italians had finally the upper hand winning in the new record time of 1 day, 6 hours and 49 minutes with a 7 minutes' advantage on 'Argo'. In the monohulls, the VOR70 'Wizard', steered by Charlie Enright USA finished first.
The news and the ranking lists. The majority of the fleet is still underway.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 16, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019   

RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - Rough trainings

 RORC Caribbean 600 - Antigua ANT - Rough trainings Next Monday, the start will be given to the 600-Mile-Race around various Caribbean Islands with 80 teams on the starting line, among them 10 multihulls. The expected duel between the MOD-70 trimarans 'Argo' of Jason Caroll USA and 'Maserati' of Giovanni Soldini ITA however will fall out, as 'Argo' capsized yesterday during a training session. The news. Already on Wednesday, the 72-Foot-Maxi 'Proteus' was forced to withdraw after breaking the mast. The news.
A number of experienced and well-known sailors will be on the different boats such as the Olympic Champion Jonathan McKee USA, the Volvo Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson NZL, the America's-Cupper Terry Hutchinson USA ...and many more !
The preview.
Offshore Racing – Friday, February 8, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019   

Around the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' in Freemantle AUS

 Around the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' in Freemantle AUS Wednesday evening, the 140-Foot-Trimaran 'Spindrift' of Yann Guichard FRA arrived in Fremantle after having retired from the Round-the-Globe record attempt due to a broken stock between the two bearings of the the boat’s starboard rudder. It seems that the damage occurred without collision with flotsam. After much consideration, the team has decided that the quickest and best solution to repatriate 'Spindrift' back to its home port in Brittany, will be by cargo ship.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019   

Aroud the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' Day 17 - Damage - end of the record attempt

 Aroud the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - 'Spindrift' Day 17 - Damage - end of the record attempt It's over ! Yesterday on the Indian Ocean, the starboard rudder fixation of the maxi-trimaran 'Spindrift' was damaged, and it was obvious, that repair was not possible. The skipper Yann Guichard FRA decided therefore to cancel the record attempt veering North to the Australian south coast where the multihull will be put in order for a journey back home.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, February 1, 2019
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019   

The Golden Globe - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 212 - Victory for Jean-Luc Van Den Heede FRA

After 211 days and 23 hours, Jean-Luc Van den Heede FRA arrived yesterday morning as winner of the Golden-Globe-Jubilee Regatta back in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA. He completed the cicumnavigation in 100 days less than Robin Knox-Johnson GBR 50 years ago. The second-ranked Mark Slats NED is expected by next Friday.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019   

The Golden Globe 2019 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 212 - Jean-Luc Van den Heede FRA about to finish

 The Golden Globe 2019 - Les Sables d'Olonne FRA - Day 212 - Jean-Luc Van den Heede FRA about to finish Around 9h a.m. UTC this morning, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede FRA will reach the finish of the 50-Year-Jubilbee Round-the-World Golden Globe Race as winner. On yachts of the 1968 generation without all the technical and electronic features available today, this circumnavigation lasts of course much longer as today's Vendee Globe. Van den Heede was 212 days underway ! The facebook page informs about the details.
The second-ranked Mark Slats NED is in a difficult approach to the finish hit by a heavy winter storm on the Gulf of Biscay. Adviced by the Spanish Coast Guard, he veered direction Spanish coast to weather the storm. For the unallowed outside communication, he will get a time penalty.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, January 28, 2019
Offshore Racing – Sunday, January 27, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019   

Around the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - Spindrift - Day 11

 Around the World Record - Trophée Jules Verne - Spindrift - Day 11 The Maxi-Trimaran 'Spindrift' has accelerated again down in the Roaring 40ies and sailing in fresh winds around 30kn, the multihull is speeding direction Cape of Good Hope longitude at top speeds. Yann Guichard FRA and his team - advantage on the existing record up this morning UTC on 394nm - will pass the virtual waypoint today.
The race tracker.
Sunday, January 27, 2019   

The Golden Globe Race - Day 210 - final approach, ETA Tuesday

 The Golden Globe Race - Day 210 - final approach, ETA Tuesday With 272nm to go this morning UTC, the ETA for Jean Luc Van Den Heede FRA is still 1000hr next Tuesday 29th January, but his situation with the damaged rig is far from safe. Making 5.7kn in 8-10mtr seas and winds gusting to 50kts or more, it is tough, hazardous sailing. Mark Slats NED is 319nm behind in fantastic 25kt sailing conditions and moderate seas, beam reaching in 25th winds at 6.6kts direct to the finish and slowly closing the gap.
The event facebook page and the live tracker.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019   

The Golden Globe Race - Day 209 - final approach, ETA Monday

 The Golden Globe Race - Day 209 - final approach, ETA Monday Presumably on Monday, Jean-Luc Van den Heede FRA will finish the 50-Year-Jubilee Golden Globe Race as winner. Inspite of a damaged rig, he has been defending his first position against Mark Slats NED who reduced his backlog considerably. For tomorrow Sunday, a 45-55kn gale-force wind has been announced over the Bay of Biscay, i.e. another stress test for boats and skippers.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, January 25, 2019
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