Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017   

Beach Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage

 Beach Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage After several days in pouring rain and without solar energy, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has anchored in a bay on his way from Alaska to Greenland on the North-West passage. After a good sleep, he is about to continue his adventure direction drift-ice and on.
The facebook page with a video interview and a longer article (in French) in the the magazine "Valeur".
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017   (Image © Christophe Favreau)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Final results, Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA overall winners

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 2 - Final results, Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA overall winners The second and last leg of tghe Les-Sables-Horta-Les-Sables regatta was concluded yesterday morning. Aymeric Chapellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA finished first 15 minutes ahead of Phil Sharp GBR/Adrien Hardy FRA. The Anglo-French team, already second in leg 1, are the clear winners of the Class 44 offshore race.
The report.
Friday, July 21, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Nord-West Passage - a new adventure of Yvan Bourgnon SUI

 Beach-Catamaran - Nord-West Passage - a new adventure of Yvan Bourgnon SUI After rounding Cape Horn and a solo round-the-world journey, Yvan Bourgnon SUI started five days ago with his 6 meter beach catamaran to a new adventure: the North-West Passage of the American continent during the short ice-free period. The weather was extremely bad up-to-now and after three rainy days without sun, the solar-panel feeded batteries are empty and the auto-pilot is not operational for the moment. Comes in addition, that - inspite of foul-weather gear - he is all wet and freezing.
His facebook page contains videos, interviews and reports.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 20, 2017
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017   

Offshore records - the new Maxi-Trimaran 'Gitana' has been launched yesterday

 Offshore records - the new Maxi-Trimaran 'Gitana' has been launched yesterday The 32-meter Trimaran 'Gitana', the first foiling offshore multihull, has been launched in Vannes FRA yesterday. No doubt, she will be able to improve a number of ocean records in the coming years. Her first start in a race has been planned for this fall, i.e. the Transat Jacques Vabre. Sébastien Josse FRA will be the skipper.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017   (Image © Joel Le Gall)

Ocean Records - new Solo Transatlantic Record for Thomas Coville FRA

 Ocean Records - new Solo Transatlantic Record for Thomas Coville FRA After Francis Joyon FRA, who improved his Solo Transatlantic Record last week, it was Thomas Coville FRA with his 'Sodebo' beating the record again with 4 days, 11 hours and 10 minutes from New York to Cape Lizard at the most Southwest point of England, at an average speed of 28,35kn ! The next attempt will follow soon, as François Gabart FRA will attack the record as well on his journey back from the USA to Europe.
The news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017   

Ocean Records - new solo Trans Atlantic record for Francis Joyon FRA

 Ocean Records - new solo Trans Atlantic record for Francis Joyon FRA Two weeks ago, Francis Joyon FRA participated with his 100-foot trimaran in the race against the Ocean Liner 'Queen Mary II'. A week ago, he seized the good weather conditions to start a solo North Atlantic record attempt from New York back to Europe. Yesterday, he crossed the traditional finish line off Cape Lizard after 5 days, 2 hours and 7 minutes, improving his own record by 49 minutes.
The news
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017   

Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Mighty Merlow 1st multihull, Comanche first monohull, both with new course records

 Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Mighty Merlow 1st multihull, Comanche first monohull, both with new course records The 49th Transpac Race will be remembered as the year of the records as both the outright multihull and monohull times for the 2225 nm course from Los Angles to Honolulu have been officially eclipsed.
The ORMA-60 'Mighty Merloe' of HL Enloe USA and his crew, steered by Loïck Peyron FRA, took the line honors with an elapsed time of 04:07:03:30, improving on the 20 year old multihull record of 'Commodore Explorer' set at 05:09:18:26 by more than a day. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 'Phaedo3' finished roughly 3 hrs later and Giovanni Soldini's MOD70 'Maserati' took another 3 hours more.
The next record was beaten by the first monohull, the 100-foot 'Comanche' of Jim Clark USA steered by Ken Read USA, navigator Stan Honey USA, setting the monohull course record on 05:01:55:26, over half a day faster than the previous record set by 'Alfa Romeo II' of 05:14:36:20.
The official Transpac website and the race tracker
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 9, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017   (Image © Christophe Favreau)

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 6, first arrivals in Horta, no position changes on top

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 6, first arrivals in Horta, no position changes on top Yesterday by noon, the first two Class 40 crossed the finish line in Horta/Acores POR. Having led for quite some time, Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP terminated the first leg from Les Sables to the Portuguese island in 5 days, 23 hrs and 05 min. Paul Sharp GBR/Corentin Douguet FRA followed as 2nd with a backlog of 45 min. Alexander Krause GER/Antoine Carpentier FRA on rank 3 arrived 5 hours later. 8 of the 19 teams arrived until this morning. More are expected during this Sunday.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 7, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017   

Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Start of the final wave with the fastest boats yesterday

 Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Start of the final wave with the fastest boats yesterday Another perfect Southern California summer day yesterday yielded bluebird conditions for the third and final wave of starters for the 49th Transpac Race. Joining the 17 fastest monohulls, such as Jim Clarks' 'Comanche' with Ken Read and Stan Honey, were five ocean racing multihulls, with the MOD7s of Giovanni Soldini's 'Maserati' and Lloyd Thurnburg's 'Phaedo3', to set off on their 2225-mile odyssey to the finish in Honolulu. The breeze started at a light 6-8 knots, but quickly built up to 10-12 knots after the start allowing the fleet to speed towards their first – and only – mark of the course at the West End of Catalina.
The race tracker and the event website with positions and videos.
Friday, July 7, 2017   

Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 4, no position changes for now, but a depression could modify the rankings

 Class 40 - Les Sables-Horta - Leg 1 - Day 4, no position changes for now, but a depression could modify the rankings A drag race direction Horta/Acores is underway at an average speed of 8 kn with 268 nm left to the port of call.
Pablo Santurde/Gonzalo Botin ESP increased their lead on Paul Sharp GBR/Corentin Douguet FRA to 17nm. The 3rd Alexander Krause GER/Antoine Carpentier FRA are still 50 nm behind the leaders.
But the final approach to Horta could change the rankings substantially as a major depression will hit the fleet within 24 hours. For the moment, the wind is still light.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017   

Ultime Trimaran - The Bridge - St. Nazaire FRA - Day , three trimarans arrived in NY

 Ultime Trimaran - The Bridge - St. Nazaire FRA - Day , three trimarans arrived in NY Yesterday morning, the first of the four Ultime-Trimarans to cross the finish line in New York was François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif'. Francis Joyon FRA ('IDEC') and Thomas Coville FRA ('Sodebo') arrived later in the day. 'Actual' with Yves Le Blevec FRA sailing far behind abandoned the race and is on her way back to France.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017   

Ultime Trimaran - The Bridge - St. Nazaire FRA - Day 8, the trimarans to arrive in New York today

 Ultime Trimaran - The Bridge - St. Nazaire FRA - Day 8, the trimarans to arrive in New York today The Ultime-Trimarans will terminate their Transat in New York today. The leading François Gabart FRA with his 'Macif' was 115 nm away from the finish line this morning and the backlog of the second-ranked 'IDEC' with Francis Joyon FRA was already 100 nm. Another 100 nm back followed 'Sodebo' of Thomas Coville FRA with an injured crew member. Thierry Briend FRA was washed off the wheel by a big wave hurting his head and making him loose conciousness for a moment.
The race tracker and the news.
Monday, July 3, 2017   

Various classes - 49th Transpac Regatta Los Angeles - Honolulu, Start today

The first wave of three starts to the 49th edition of the 2017 biennial Transpac Race starts today Monday, July 3rd, when 17 yachts in three monohull divisions will cross the start line at Point Fermin in Los Angeles to race to the finish at Diamond Head in Honolulu 2225 miles away. In addition, one yacht in the multihull division – Jerzy Poprawski’s catamaran Kastor Pollux - will make the start this day as well.
The race tracker and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 2, 2017
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