Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 19, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Start today

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Start today The start to the 600-mile Middlesea Race will be given in La Valetta MLT today at 10 a.m. UTC, a race leading around Sicily and the Italian Meditierranean islands Stromboli, Lampedusa and Pancellaria. ----- Among the 110 teams, the 80-foot 'Rambler' of George David USA, 8 time winner and record holder, is the most cited favorite. ----- The preview. ----- The race will probably be started in light winds, but the variable weather systems might bring fresher winds during the race. ----- The weather forecast.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11, eleven boats still underway

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11, eleven boats still underway Yesterday, the bulk of the Mini-Transat fleet arrived at the port of call Las Palmas / Gran Canaria ESP. This morning UTC, 10 Series Minis and Proto were still underway. ----- The race tracker with results and the news. ----- The start to leg two across the Antlantic Ocean to the Caribbeans will be given on November 2.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019   (Image © Christophe Breschi)

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 10, one third of the fleet finished

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 10, one third of the fleet finished Axel Trehin FRA in the Protos and Ambrogio Beccaria ITA in the Series Minis are the winners of leg 1 of the 2019 Mini Transat. ----- 12 Protos and 22 Series Minis - one third of the fleet - completed the race so far. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 14, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 9, Trehin FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series Minis winners

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Las Palmas ESP - Day 9, Trehin FRA Protos and Beccaria ITA Series Minis winners  Against all odds, the winner of the Mini Transat leg one in Las Palmas/Canary Islands ESP this morning 4.30 hrs UTC was Axel Trehin FRA on his Protos overtaking the previous clear leader François Jambou FRA in the very last moment and crossing the finish line with a 6 minute margin. On rank 3 followed Tanguy Bouroullec FRA 30 min behind. Marie Gendron FRA will arrive shortly as 4th. ----- Already in Las Palmas are meanwhile also the first Series Minis with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA as winner and Félix De Navacelle FRA and Mathieu Vincent FRA on the ranks 2 and 3. ----- The Race-Tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 13, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 8, Jambou FRA to arrive this afternoon UTC

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 8, Jambou FRA to arrive this afternoon UTC The 84 Minis still racing progress very slowly direction port of call Las Palmas on Gran Canaria ESP. François Jambou FRA will cross the finish line with his Proto this afternoon as winner. 62nm were left this morning UTC. His advantage on Tanguy Bouroullec FRA was 30nm. ----- In the Series Minis, the situation remains open with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA 15nm ahead of Félix De Navacelle FRA and 130nm left to Las Palmas. ----- The race tracker and the news
Offshore Racing – Saturday, October 12, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 7, less than two days till the verdict

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 7, less than two days till the verdict With 140nm left to the finish of leg one on the Canaries, François Jambou FRA is leading in the Protos 23nm ahead of Tanguy Bouroullec FRA. Axel Tréhin FRA on rank 3 has a 35nm backlog. ----- In the Series Minis, Ambrogio Beccaria ITA was loosing mileage during the past 24hrs and his advantage on Felix De Navacelle FRA was down on 3nm this morning UTC. ----- Light winds prevailed slowing the fleet down along the coast of Morocco. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, October 11, 2019
Friday, October 11, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 6, slow down, no changes on top

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 6, slow down, no changes on top François Jambou FRA was still leading in the Protos this morning UTC with a 35nm advantage on Axel Tréhin FRA. No change on top of the Series Minis either with Ambrogio Beccaria ITA as first 14nm ahead of Félix De Navacelle FRA. 86 participants are still in the race. ----- The fast ride yesterday lasted only till the morning when the breeze started to vanish. Light winds will probably prevail for the rest of leg 1, ETA Sunday morning. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, October 10, 2019
Thursday, October 10, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 5, on a fast ride to the Canaries

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 5, on a fast ride to the Canaries François Jambou FRA is now the sole leader in the Protos, 40nm ahead of a trio with Axel Tréhin FRA, Tanguy Bouroullec FRA and Marie Gendron FRA, the only woman in the Protos fleet. ----- Ambrogio Beccaria ITA is back on top of the Series Minis, 5nm in front of Julien Letissier FRA und Guillaume L'hostis FRA. Meanwhile, Scow (round-bow) Series designs are racing successfully as well, such as Florien Quenot FRA on 7th and Paul Cloarec FRA on 12th. ----- Fresh rear winds provided for a fast race yesterday stretching the fleet over a considerable distance along the southern Portuguese coast at half-distance of leg one with 750nm left to the Canaries. ----- The race tracker and the daily news. ----- The first to abandon the race was Pavel Roubal CZE loosing the transom with the distress buoy. Rescued by helicopter, he is safe. The report.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 4, leader change in the fast ride to the Canaries

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 4, leader change in the fast ride to the Canaries François Jambou FRA has taken the lead in the Protos ahead of Axel Tréhin FRA 6nm behind. In the Series Minis, the dominating leader Ambrogio Beccaria ITA dropped on rank 8 during the past night. Guillaume L'Hostis FRA followed by Julien Letissier FRA are new on top. As only ones bypassing the cargo ship exclusion zone westward, they took advantage of the fresher winds. ----- In freshening rear winds, the fleet passed Cape Finisterre yesterday. The second half of leg one will most probably be a fast ride under the overpowered spinakers. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Tuesday, October 8, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 3, fleet still closely together, no major position changes

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 3, fleet still closely together, no major position changes First this morning UTC was still Axel Tréhin FRA in the Protos, while Ambrogio Beccaria ITA kept the lead in the Series-Minis. ----- Yesterday, the wind turned West forcing the fleet on an upwind course without major influence on the positions. The gaps between the boats are still minimal in the approach to Cape Finisterre at the Northwestern point of Spain to be passed today. ----- The Race-Tracker und die news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, October 7, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 2, fast ride across the Gulf of Biscay

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Leg 1 - Day 2, fast ride across the Gulf of Biscay At 5 a.m. UTC this morning, Axel Tréhin FRA with his Protos Mini was in the lead 7nm ahead of François Jambou FRA. In the Series Minis, the favorite Ambrogio Bellaria ITA was on first followed by Felix De Navacelle FRA 2nm behind. ----- Well-established westerly winds on the Gulf of Biscay propelled the 87 Minis at high speeds, with the foiling Protos in command. ----- The race tracker and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, October 6, 2019
Sunday, October 6, 2019   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - La Rochelle FRA - Leg 1 - Day 1, 87 Solo Skippers departed direction Canary Islands

87-Solo-Skippers started yesterday to leg one of the Mini-Transat direction Las Palmas/Canary Islands ESP with two different strategies. One group opted for a Northern course based on favorable wind forecasts, a minority is preferring the direct way to Cap Finisterre at the most Northwestern point of Spain. ----- The fleet progressing well in a 20kn breeze was still closely together this morning UTC. ----- Leader in the Protos was Vincent Lancien FRA 0,1nm ahead of Franck Colin FRA. ----- In the Series Minis, most on a direct route, Louis-Xavier Lamiraud FRA is on position one half-a-mile in front of Christophe Noguet FRA. ----- The race tracker, the daily news and the video.
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