Offshore Racing – Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60 - Défi Azimut - Lorient FRA - Final results

 IMOCA Open 60 - Défi Azimut - Lorient FRA - Final results After the 24-hour solo race - we reported on the victory of Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') yesterday - the Speed-Runs for teams were on the program, an impressive spectacle in the prevailing fresh winds.
Jérémy Beyou FRA was the fastest with a top speed of 29,85kn. His 'Charal' is the first Open 60 of the latest design, and with the new foils, the hull is lifted out of the water completely ! Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coers') and Paul Meilhat FRA ('SMA') followed on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking lists, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60 - Défi Azimut - Lorient FRA - Day 2

The 24-hour Solo Race of the 'Défi Azimut' sailed in good 20kn wind conditions was concluded yesterday. After rounding the virtual waypoint on the Atlantic Ocean, the fleet was speeding back to France on along reaching leg.
The leading Samantha Davies GBR sailing at top speeds of 26,5kn could not defend her first place, as Vincent Riou FRA passed as fast as 29kn and won the race with a 7 min advantage. On rank 3 followed Yann Eliès FRA, he too on a Foiler-Open-60.
Today, speed races for teams are on the program.
The news and the race tracker with results.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 22, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60 - Défi Azimut - Lorient FRA - Day 1

Yesterday, the Open 60 'Défi Azimut' - a three days' series consisting of a solo 24-hour longdistance race and speed shorrt races for teams - was kicked off in Lorient FRA. With only 7 weeks before the start to the 'Route de Rhum', 15 solo skippers opted for this event as a tune-up race. The start was given yesterday evening at 18h UTC.
This morning, Samantha Davies GBR with her 'Initiatives de Coeur' was in the lead, 2,6nm ahead of Paul Meilhat FRA ('SMA') on rank 2. Vincent Riou FRA with his 'PRB' is 3,3nm behind on 3rd.
By this morning, the fleet will reach the first waypoint before heading back to Lorient. The race tracketheURL], the [URL=wxw.defi-azimut.net/?mode=actualites]news and das video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 15, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Saint-Gilles-Clair de Vie FRA - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Saint-Gilles-Clair de Vie FRA - Final results The fourth and last leg of the 2018 Solitaire ended yesterday with the victory of Anthony Marchand FRA. Although only 9th in this last leg, Sébastien Simon FRA stayed on top of the overall rankings with a 16 minute-advantage on Anthony Marchand FRA. Finishing 7th in this leg, the best woman Justine Mettraux SUI concluded this solo regatta on rank 11 among the 36 teams.
The final rankings, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 14, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Saint-Gilles FRA - Leg 4 - Day 1

Yesterday evening, the start to the 4th and final leg of the Solitaire was given in Saint-Gilles, a sprint course over 160nm. This morning UTC, the leading Charlie Dalin FRA had 60nm left to the finish. The fleet is closely together. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 12 is only 1,9nm behind the leader. ETA is this afternoon.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the leg 4 start.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, September 13, 2018
Thursday, September 13, 2018   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Saint Gilles Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Saint Gilles Croix-de-Vie FRA - Leg 3 - Final results Yesterday morning, the 3 leg of the Solitaire was concluded in Saint-Gilles FRA, again with Sébastien Simon FRA as winner, extending his overall lead on 35min. He will hardly loose this advantage in the final 4th leg of only 160nm. Behind the leader, the fight for the podium will remain fierce. Xavier Macaire FRA on rank 2 is only 12min ahead of rank 4 (Anthony Marchand FRA). The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI moved up on rank 14.
The ranking list, the news and the videos.
The start to the final leg will be given this evening at 18h UTC.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Leg 3 - Day 4

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Leg 3 - Day 4 This morning 7h UTC at press deadline, the leading Sébsatien Simon FRA had only 10nm to sail to finish the race .... but nothing has been decided yet: Pierre Quiroga FRA on 2nd is only 0,8nm behind and Fréderic Duthil FRA on the 10th place is only 2nm back. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI has a 3,9nm backlog and is 24th. In the light wind and the tide current, everything is possible. By noon, the dice will be cast.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Leg 3 - Day 3

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Leg 3 - Day 3 Since last Saturday, the Solitaire fleet has been underway in leg 3 from Spain to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (French Atlantic Coast North of La Rochelle). Up to now, light winds dominated the scene. The leading Thierry Chabagny FRA was 120nm, roughly one day, from the arrival this morning with a 3nm advantage on a closely sailing persuers' group. Pierre Quiroga FRA on rank 2 is onnly 4nm head of the best woman Justine Mettraux SUI on rank 13. The ETA is early Wednesday morning.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 9, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018   

Mini 650 - Duo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Final day

 Mini 650 - Duo Concarneau - Concarneau FRA - Final day 46nm before the finish line, the final approach at the Concarneau 300-miles race for two-person Mini-650 was fully open this morning UTC in the Protos as well as the Series Minis.
After 2 days and 8 hours racing, the winners in the Protos Axel Trehin/Pierre Bourgeois FRA passed the leading Jörg Riechers GER/François Jambou FRA on the finish line winning with a 38 second advantage.
In the Series Minis, Simon Koster SUI/Henrik Witzmann GER were leading this morning, but the first 8 boats fighting for victory are separated by 3nm only. ETA is this afternoon.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, September 6, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Ria De Muros-Noia ESP - Leg 2 - Final results

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Ria De Muros-Noia ESP - Leg 2 - Final results Leg 2 of the Solitaire ended yesterday at the Spanish Northwest Coast with the arrival of the last boats. With his victory, Sébastien Simon FRA took at the same time the overall lead. The best-ranked woman Justine Mettraux SUI advanced on rank 15, as we reported yesterday.
The start to leg 3 back to France will be given on Saturday.
The news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Ria de Muros-Noia ESP - Leg 2 - Day 3 - Win for Sébastien Simon FRA

 Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Ria de Muros-Noia ESP - Leg 2 - Day 3 - Win for Sébastien Simon FRA After a fast ride across the Bay of Biscay, the fleet reached the port of call of the Solitaire leg 2 at the Spanish Northwest Coast this morning. Sébastien Simon FRA was the winner 20 minutes ahead of Xavier Macaire FRA, and another minute Eric Péron FRA on 3rd. Anthony Marchand FRA, winner of leg 1, followed as 4th with a 26 minutes' deficit. The new overall leader is therefore Simon FRA with a 26 minutes' advantage on Xavier Macaire FRA. The best woman Justine Mettraux SUI finished on rank 14 and slightly improved her overall position on rank 15.
The race tracker, the overall ranking list, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018   

Bénéteau Figaro - La Solitaire - Leg 2 - Day 2

After the ardous passage of northern Brittany with light winds and a strong tide counter current, the fleet has now reached the Gulf of Biscay with a freshening rear wind, allowing average speeds around 12kn.
Sébastien Simon FRA is now leading with a 2,3nm advantage on Eric Peron FRA. On rank 3 follows Pierre Le Boucher FRA. Justine Mettraux SUI moved up on rank 11 with a backlog of 6,1nm this morning UTC. Two days are left to the arrival.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
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