Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019   

Mini 650 - Plastimo Mini Lorient - Lorient FRA - Final results, Denis/Berry winner in the Prototypes, Jezequel/Hantzperg first in the Series Minis

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Mini Lorient - Lorient FRA - Final results, Denis/Berry winner in the Prototypes, Jezequel/Hantzperg first in the Series Minis Meanwhile, all 68 two-person teams have finished the first important Mini event of the 2019 season with Fréderic Denis/Luke Berry FRA on a Protos Mini as winners as reported yesterday. The best Series Mini with Jezequel/Hantzperg FRA crossed the line as 4th, followed by Simon Koster SUI/Henrik Witzmann GER on 6th overall. --- The race tracker with the ranking list and the final report
Offshore Racing – Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Elies FRA/Davies GBR overall winners

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Elies FRA/Davies GBR overall winners Winning the 240nm leg 3 of this two-person team regatta, Yann Elies FRA/Samantha Davies GBR finished on top of the Sardinha Cup overall rankings, i.e. the inaugural regatta of the new Figaro-3-Class equipped with foils . Lois Berrehar/Thomas Rouxel FRA on rank 2 finished just one point ahead of Xavier Macaire/Achille Nebout FRA on 3rd. --- The results and the final report.
Sunday, April 14, 2019   (Image © Thomas Deregnieaux)

Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 2, Denis/Berry FRA winner of this 320nm race

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 2, Denis/Berry FRA winner of this 320nm race This morning at 2h UTC, Fréderic Denis/Luke Berry FRA finished first in the 320nm Lorient Mini Race, 15min in front of Francois Jambou/Pascal Viefet FRA. Another 30min later, Axel Trehin/ClementBouyssou FRA crossed the finish line as 3rd. Up to now, 17 of the 68 two-person teams completed the race. --- The race tracker, the news and the event facebook page. --- TheMini 650 Class - Standard or Prototype Series - are THE entry yacht for offshore/oceanic racing. With 6.50 metre (21.3 ft) length and an up to 125m2 sailplan under spi, these overpowered little boats are as fast as 25kn.
Sunday, April 14, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 2 - Day 6 - Overall victory in this W-E Transatlantic Race for Aymeric Chapellier FRA

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 2 - Day 6 - Overall victory in this W-E Transatlantic Race for Aymeric Chapellier FRA Yesterday, Pietro Luciani ITA and his team crossed the finish line of leg 2 at the port of destination La Rochelle FRA as first. The overall victory of this West - East Transatlantic Regatta goes to Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team keeping 17 minutes from their advantage in leg one of this race. On rank 3 followed Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP. --- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, April 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 2

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 2 61nm are left for Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR still leading this morning UTC in leg 3 of the Sardinha Cup and now also in command in the overall rankings. New on rank 2 are Xavier Macaire/Achille Nebout FRA 2nm behind. On rank 3 followed Arthur Levaillant/Pascal Bidegorry FRA. --- The winds yesterday were very light and the Foiling Figaro 3 yachts could not fly. --- The race tracker and the daily news.
Saturday, April 13, 2019   (Image © Thomas Deregnieaux)

Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 1 - 68 boats in this season opening regatta

 Mini 650 - Plastimo Lorient Mini - Lorient FRA - Day 1 - 68 boats in this season opening regatta In Lorient FRA, the Mini 650 season was kicked off with the first race of the year, the Lorient Mini for two-person teams over 215nm. By this morning UTC, 70nm were completed, mostly in very light winds with Frédéric Denis/Luke Berry FRA leading the 68 boat fleet, just one mile ahead of François Jambou/Pascal Fievet FRA. --- The race tracker, the report on the start and the event facebook page.
Saturday, April 13, 2019   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 5 - Luciani ITA still leading in the Bay of Biscay calms

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 5 - Luciani ITA still leading in the Bay of Biscay calms Pietro Luciani ITA and his team are still in front of the fleet now reduced on 10 Class 40s, but Aymeric Chappellier FRA new on 2nd has shortened the backlog on 8nm. The calms over the Bay of Biscay Bay are decelerating the boats and the gaps are decreasing. 173nm were left to the finish in La Rochelle FRA this morning UTC.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 12, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1 - the mixed-team Davies/Eliès first leaders

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Day 1 - the mixed-team Davies/Eliès first leaders 31 two-person teams were finally ready to start to the third and last leg of the Sardinha Cup yesterday in moderate winds around 10kn. This morning UTC, the Figaro 3 fleet was still closely together with the Vendée Globe skippers Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR on first one mile ahead of Corentin Douget/Corentin Horeau FRA and Arthur Levaillant/Pascal Bidegorry FRA neck and neck. --- The race tracker and the daily news.
Friday, April 12, 2019   (Image © Pierrick Garenne)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 4 - no change on top

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 4 - no change on top No changes in the positions of the leading trio this morning UTC with Pietro Luciani ITAand his team on first but with a reduced advantage of 17nm on Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP, closely followed by Aymeric Chappellier FRA. The fleet is about to pass Cap Finisterre at the most north-western point of Spain in slackening winds during this morning reducing the gaps between the boats.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 3, Luciani ITA stays on top

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 3, Luciani ITA stays on top Pietro Luciani ITA and his team remains on first with a 25nm advantage on Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP new on 2nd. The overall leader Aymeric Chappellier FRA follows closely behind on 3rd. On their ride direction La Rochelle FRA, the Class 40 were favored so far by well-established rear winds, but today, the fleet will enter a lull zone reducing the gaps between the yachts. --- The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, April 11, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start today

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start today Today a 13h UTC, the start to the third and final leg 3 of the two-person Sardinha Cup will be given. The 33 Figaro 3 foiling yachts will be underway on the 322nm course during roughly 2 days. Moderate winds have been announced. --- After the first two legs, Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA are in the lead ahead of Samantha Davies GBR/Yann Eliès FRA. --- The positions after two legs, the preview and the race tracker.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 2, the overall leading trio again in command

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 2 - Day 2, the overall leading trio again in command The fleet is making good speed in rear winds around 15kn and after two days underway, the three overall leading boats are again in the first positions. --- Pietro Luciani ITA (replacing Catherine Pourre FRA) and his team is sailing 5nm ahead of the overall leader Aymeric Chappellier FRA. The two-person team Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP follows on rank 3. --- The race tracker and thedaily news.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow for a 200nm race

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start tomorrow for a 200nm race As reported yesterday, the start to the third and final leg of the Sardinha-Cup, planned for Tuesday, had to be postponed to repair the numerous mostly minor equipment defects on the Bénéteau Figaro 3 foiling monohulls. Based on the progress made, it has been agreed that the start will be given tomorrow Thursday for a 200nm round course off the French Atlantic Coast, a roughly 30-hour race for the remaining 33 two-person teams, including 6 mixed gender with most experienced offshore team members. --- The preview.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1 - Chappellier FRA again in the lead

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 2 - Day 1 - Chappellier FRA again in the lead Yesterday on the Acores, the start to the second leg of the Défi Atlantique - the West to East Class 40 Transatlantic Race to La Rochelle FRA - was given, and after 20 race hours, the leg 1 winner Aymeric Chappellier FRA was again on first this morning UTC, 8nm ahead. --- Leaving Horta/Acores, Chappellier FRA and his team had a 9 hour advantage over Cathérine Pourre FRA, who had do leave the boat for professional reasons. Her team will be finishing the race without her. The third-ranked De Pavant FRA/Pella ESP were 24 hours back after leg 1. --- The news of the start and the race tracker.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start postponed

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Sain-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Start postponed The start to the third and last leg 3 of the Sardinha Cup, planned for today Tuesday, has been postponed to the coming weekend. The Bénéteau Figaro 3, first production foiling one-design monohull, was in real stress-test, especially in the rough conditions of the second leg of its inaugural offshore regatta during almost three days on the open sea. 9 of the 34 teams were forced to abandon the race. Most equipment failures were at the spreader fixings causing mast breaks. Time is needed for repairs ... and the recovery time for the two-person teams is appreciated as well. --- Leading in the overall rankings after to legs are Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA. The first mixed-team Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR, both 2020 Vendée Globe skippers, follows on rank 2. Handicapped by equipment problems and therefore down in the combined 2-leg rankings are among others the mixed-teams Justine Mettraux/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA (rank 20), Loïc Peyron/Amélie Grassi FRA (rank 27) and Joan Mulloy/Mike Golding GBR (rank 32). --- The reports.
Offshore Racing – Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Leg 2 - Final results, Leboucher/Tabarly FRA first in a close race to the finish

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Leg 2 - Final results, Leboucher/Tabarly FRA first in a close race to the finish The slackening winds in the approach to the finish provoked major position changes yesterday. Winners after 2 days and 2 hours were Pierre Leboucher/Erwan Tabarly FRA 3 minutes ahead of Martin Le Pape/Thierry Chabagny FRA. Loïs Berrehar/Thomas Rouxel FRA followed on 3rd with a 4:46min backlog. The best mixed two-person team of Samantha Davies GBR/Yann Eliès FRA is on 4th.
The ranking list and the news
Offshore Racing – Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019   (Image © Baptiste Blanchard)

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 2, duel for victory

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 2, duel for victory No change on top of the rankings after 2/3 of the course completed in a fresh 20kn breeze with Charles Caudrelier/Fabien Delahaye FRA leading this morning UTC closely followed by Arthur Le Vaillant/Pascal Bidégorry FRA one mile behind.
Yann Eliès FRA/Samantha Davies GBR on 8th are the best mixed team 3nm ahead of Justine Metrraux SUI/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on rank 17 among the 32 teams still racing.
The fleet is expected to arrive this afternoon.
The race tracker and the news.
Thursday, April 4, 2019   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 1 - Day 12 - five teams arrived so far

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Horta POR - Leg 1 - Day 12 - five teams arrived so far After Aymeric Chappelier FRA and Cathrine Pourre FRA having arrived yesterday morning UTC, three more teams completed leg 1 of the Transatlantic W-E race during the day. As expected, Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP finished on 3rd with a 33hrs backlog. On the ranks 3 and 4 followed the teams of Andrea Fattini ITA and Miranda Merron FRA. The lull patch before the final approach to the Acores stretched the fleet considerably.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Coix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1, Caudrelier/Delhaye FRA leading

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Gilles-Coix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Day 1, Caudrelier/Delhaye FRA leading Charles Caudrelier/Fabien Delhaye FRA were leading this morning in the 405nm leg 2 of the Sardhina Cup with an advantage of one mile on Benjamin Schwartz/Cédric Pouligny FRA and Tom Laperche/Ronan Treussart FRA. The mixed-team Justine Mettraux SUI/Gwenolen Gahinet FRA follows 4nm back on rank 9. Fresh winds between 15 und 20kn keep the 33 teams still in the race busy.
This morning UTC, one third of the distance was reached with the fleet still closely together.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Chappellier FRA winner

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 11 - Chappellier FRA winner Shortly after press deadline yesterday morning UTC, Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team crossed the finish line off Horta/Acores as winner of leg 1, as expected. 8 hours later, Catherine Pourre FRA and her team arrived at the port of call. The rest of the fleet was still underway this morning UTC. With an advantage of over 60nm on the following boats, Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP will most probably arrive next as 3rd.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019   

Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Start today, fresher breeze for the foiling Figaros

 Figaro 3 - Sardinha Cup - Saint-Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 2 - Start today, fresher breeze for the foiling Figaros 15h UTC this afternoon, the 33 Figaro-3 two-person teams still in the race will start to the second leg of the Sardinha-Cup. After the first leg sailed in light winds, the longer 405nm course ahead will challenge the teams with fresher winds from an inital 15kn breeze to up to 25kn, and to keep the Figaros - now equipped with foil - at top speeds will be demanding.
After the first shortened leg, the time gaps between the boats are minimal, and the major changes in the rankings can be expected.
The preview. As always, racing can be followed over a race tracker.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019   (Image © Olivier Blanchet)

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 10, Chappellier FRA will finish leg 1 today

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 10, Chappellier FRA will finish leg 1 today 53nm were left for Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team this morning UTC in his approach to the port of call Horta/Acores. His lead on the second-ranked Catherine Pourre FRA and her team is comforting with 86nm. The two-person team Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP on 3rd was already 215nm behind.
The race tracker and the daily news (in French).
Offshore Racing – Monday, April 1, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019   

Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 9. Chappellier FRA still on top with 270nm to sail

 Class 40 - Défi Atlantique - Leg 1 - Day 9. Chappellier FRA still on top with 270nm to sail As expected, Aymeric Chappellier FRA and his team increased their advantage on 68nm, and - sailing now in the frontal system having arrived from North-East - they are on a long, rough upwind leg to Horta/Acores 270nm away. The second-ranked Catherine Pourre FRA and her team crossed the calm zone successfully as well and kept a safe 58nm advantage on Kito De Pavant FRA/Alex Pella ESP on rank 3.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Monday, April 1, 2019   

Various Classes - 2019 BVI Spring Regatta - Tortola BVI - Final results - Kulinichenko RUS, Corr AUS and Leoning BVI winners Racing Div 1-3

 Various Classes - 2019 BVI Spring Regatta - Tortola BVI - Final results - Kulinichenko RUS, Corr AUS and Leoning BVI winners Racing Div 1-3 Vladimir Kulinichenko, St-Petersburg RUS on his TP52 'Conviction' defended his lead in the Racing 1 fleet just one point ahead of the Carkeek 47 'White Rhino' of Todd Stuart (Key West FL USA).
In Racing 2, Peter Corr AUS on his King 40 'Blitz' is on first followed by Tony Mack GBR (Tortola BVI) on the J-122 'El Ocaso'.
Leader change in the Racing 3 division with Henry Leoning BVI on the Melges 24 'Fire Water' replacing Mackenzie Bryan, Christiansted, VI, USA on the J-100 'Bad Girl' on top.
The event website with daily video summaries and all ranking lists of the 13 divisions/categories.
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