With the easing of the Corona restrictions for sail racing, our film series of the Ocean Races comes to an end. Here is the video from the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/12, the last time on VOR70 keelboats. Despite a broken mast in the fourth leg, 'Groupama' of Franck Cammas FRA finished as winner. ----- The video (1h 18min).
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Offshore Racing – Friday, May 29, 2020
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 28, 2020
Offshore Racing – Monday, May 25, 2020
Yesterday morning, the Pogo 40 'Black Pearl' of Frank Eckardt GER/Yo Wiebel SUI finished first at the Baltic500 regatta. The ranking list in calculated will be posted today on the Event-Website. ----- The stormy conditions on Saturday evening forced numerous boats to abandon the race. Despite the closed ports in Denmark, the damaged yachts were received in a friendly manner (and without quarantine!). Among the retiring teams were also the Olympic two-person-mixed-offshore candidates Christian Kargl/Lisa Berger AUT on a Mini 650 and Max Gurgel/Lena Weißkichel GER on an L30. ----- The news.
Matthew Sheahan of Planet Sails has reedited the 2019 Brest-Atlantiques video, a must-see 30-minute film covering one of the most spectacular oceanic races on the over 30-meter long foiling Ultime Trimarans. 13'000 miles at top speeds exceeding 40kn were covered at this inaugural event on the Atlantic Ocean last year. ----- The video.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 24, 2020
Mini 650, RC, Yardstick - Baltic 500 - Kiel GER - Day 3 - first after-corona regatta underway in Germany
Last Friday, the first regatta in Germany after the Corona lockdown started in Kiel GER, an offshore race leading over 500 miles from Kiel around the Danish islands to Laeso and back to Kiel with two-person teams only. The very windy race with an up to 45kn wind will end this morning. ----- With 26nm to the finish line, the Pogo 40 'Black Pearl' of Frank Eckardt GER/Yo Wiebel SUI is leading 3nm ahead the Dehler 30 of Oliver Schmidt GER. (Btw, the 'Foiling School' of Yo Wiebel SUI is offering offshore sailing trainings o a Pogo 40.) ----- The race tracker and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, May 23, 2020
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 21, 2020
The inaugural World Championship for the new 2024 Olympic Event on two-person-mixed offshore keelboats was planned to be held during the 2020 Middlesea-Race in October. Due to the corona crisis, the delivery of the L30 yachts to be used for this Championshje World Cup has stalled, so that the competition has now been canceled. The news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The Vendée Globe 2020 - starting on November 8th - is likely to be the highlight of the 2020 regatta season. The important preparatory regattas across the Atlantic and back had to be canceled. On the one hand, it is about the qualification for the last starting places, on the other hand, the many new designs should be tested in racing. ----- The horizon is starting to look clearer for those aiming to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe. On 4th July, they are due to start the Vendée-Arctic-les Sables d’Olonne, a 3600- mile solo ocean race around a big triangle reaching up to the limits of the Arctic Circle. ----- The news.
Offshore Racing – Monday, May 18, 2020
In 1969, Robin Knox-Johnson GBR won 'The Golden Globe', the first solo non-stop round-the-world race, when the leading Bernard Montessier FRA for unknown reasons decided to turn shortly before the finish line to attempt another round. Knox-Johnson is still a most respected person in the British sail racing scene today. A 57-minute video portrait.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 14, 2020
The organizers of the Vendée Globe are holding on to the start date November 8th for the Vendée Globe. What remains, however, is that the Corona measures allow access to the wide starting area along the Coast. With 500,000 spectators normally present on the starting day, the Vendée Globe is one of the most popular sporting events! The news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, May 7, 2020
Together with his helmsman Iker Martinez ESP, Javi Fernandez ESP participated in three Olympic Games in the 49er Class winning a Gold and a Silver Medal. Later, the two switched to offshore racing including the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, Fernandez even as a skipper. In a 49-minute video interview, the Spaniard reveals details on his sailing career.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, May 3, 2020
Our series of Ocean Races presents today the official film of the for the Round-the-World-Race 1997/98, for the first time with W60 Class yachts and a "points vs time" (instead of aggregate leg time) scoring system to enhance the value of the shorter race legs. After 9 legs, 'EFG Language' with Paul Cayard USA was the winner ahead of 'Merit Cup' with Grant Dalton NZL. 9 of the 10 teams finished the race. The video.