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Offshore Racing – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017   (Image © Volvo Ocean Race)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - start to leg 4 today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - start to leg 4 today The start to leg 4 of the Ocean Race will be given today in Cape Town with 8'000nm to sail across the Southern Oceans to Melbourne AUS thru the Roaring Forties and the Howling Fifties ! Already now at the start, a 40kn wind will be blowing.
The previewu. The start will be given at 13h UTC today.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   (Image © Gabart)

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 36

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 36 After the tedious passage of some depression zones along the Brazilian coast, François Gabart FRA reached the southern trade winds yesterday. In accommodating conditions and high speeds, the Maxi Trimaran will cross the Equator already today, the last waypoint before the finish 3'350nm away.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, December 9, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 35

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 35 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA reached the southern trade winds bringing him at good speed to the Equator, where the innertropical convergence zone will slow down his race for the record. But inspite of the not to big Etmal of 564nm, the advantage on the record grew on 1'817nm.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, December 9, 2017   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race The Race goes on with the start to leg 3 tomorrow in Cape Town RSA. As usual, the tune-up was the InPort Race, held in a fresh 20kn wind off Cape Town. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the lead in the second upwind and distanced the other 6 boats fiercly fighting for the remaining positions. Coming from behind, 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) finished on rank 2 and defended the interim's lead in the InPort rankings.
The news with the results and the video summary of the InPort Race.
Tomorrow noon, the start to leg 3 from Cape Town East across the Southern Oceans to Melbourne AUS will be given. Here the video presentation of leg 3.
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 16

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 16 Along the Brazilian Coast, Yves Le Belevec FRA had to cross a series of low pressure zones forcing him to loose headway. With 360nm in 24hrs, his progress was rather modest, and he is now already sailing upwind, conditions he will meet during the entire course across the Southern Oceans. Not for nothing, the round-the-world west is known as "in the wrong direction".
The race tracker (advantage this morning UTC 2'370nm), the daily news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 8, 2017
Offshore Racing – Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 33

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 33 As expected, François Gabart FRA lost speed yesterday, crossing a lull zone along the Brazilian coast, but nevertheless, the 24h distance was 442nm, and he could even extend his advance on the solo record to 1'686nm. Today, he will probably take up speed again just for a day, as another light-wind zone is ahead before he will reach the southern trade winds.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 32

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 32 Inspite of difficult conditions with an up to 40kn wind and turbulent seas, François Gabart FRA had another fast day with 767nm in 24h. The advantage on the record has grown to 1'657nm. Today, he will have to pass a rather light wind zone and Gabart plans to check the equipment.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - St.Lucia - Day 12

 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - St.Lucia - Day 12 Except two latecomers, the ARC fleet on the long course around the Cape Verdes has safely reached St-Lucia.
Winner of the direct traditional ARC was the catamaran 'Guyader Gastronomie' of Christophe Guyader FRA finishing the race on Sunday. 'Saudade' with Christof Petter AUT with his catamaran followed 6 hours later. Up to now, 7 boats have reached the port of destination.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 31

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 31 The favorable conditions persist also on the South Atlantic and François Gabart FRA covered again over 700nm during the past 24h. About 6'000nm are left to the finish and - provided Gabart can maintain the fast pace - he will arrive in about 10 days from now, very close to the absolute record for teams. The advantage on the solo record has grown to 1'272nm.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the day.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 11

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 11 Along the Brazilian coast, Yves le Bévec FRA is making good progress with average speeds around 20kn, and the advantage on the existing record of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede FRA on an Open 60 was already 1'742nm this morning. The big challenge for Le Blevec will be to steer his Trimaran undamaged upwind across the rough Southern Oceans.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Monday, December 4, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA around Cape Horn - Day 30 - more records !

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA around Cape Horn - Day 30 - more records ! Yesterday around noon UTC, François Gabart FRA rounded Cape Horn after 29 days, 3 hours and 15 miinutes - a new record for solo skippers and the second-best time ever. Even more impressive was his Pacific Ocean crossing: With 7 days and 15 hours, he improved the absolute record time by 15 hours, and was 6 hours faster than the team of Thomas Coville FRA a year ago ! His advantage on the record was 1'156nm this morning, i.e. over 2 days ! Now on the home stretch to France, he is 20 days from a new solo round-the-world record, and without equipment problems, he will cross the Lizard (GBR) - Ouessant (FRA) finish line before Christmas.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, December 3, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 30 - today Cape Horn !

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 30 - today Cape Horn ! 280nm were left this morning UTC for François Gabart FRA to the Cape Horn rounding. Trimaran 'Macif' was again rushing at high speeds in the past 24h with 811nm sailed and a 33kn average speed. By this afternoon, she will be sailing up the Atlantic Ocean direction France. The advantage on the record was up on 1'245nm this morning UTC, roughly 2 days faster.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Sunday, December 3, 2017   (Image © Benoît Stichelbaut)

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 9

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 9 Yves Le Blevec FRA on his Maxi-Trimaran 'Actual' will cross the Equator today after 9 days underway. Not a top time, as the Frenchman was sailing conservatively to stress the equipment at a minimum. The real challenge will begin after Cape Horn when Le Blévec has to tack upwind in the Westwind belt around the globe.
The race tracker and the website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, December 2, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017   

Solo around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 8

 Solo around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 8 Yves Le Blevec made good progress yesterday in the prevailing trade wind and covered 485nm in 24h. He will reach the innertropical convergence zone today, which should not have too much of a negative influence this time. The advantage on the record has grown to 1'129nm.
The race tracker and the website with reports and videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, December 1, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 27

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 27 Sailing on the 55th parallel South, François Gabart FRA found more moderate conditions yesterday, allowing to take up speed again, achieving 654nm in 24h, average speed 26,6kn. 1'800nm were left to Cape Horn this morning UTC - roughly 2,5 days - and his advantage on the record was 786nm.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Friday, December 1, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 7

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 7 After a week underway, Yves Le Blevec FRA reached the trade winds yesterday and passed the Cape Verdes during the night. In order to minimize the stress on his Maxi-Trimaran 'Actual' - the hardest part for boat and skipper will follow after Cape Horn - he is sailing at controlled speeds, crossing 354nm in the last 24h. However, the innertropical convergency zone disturbancies are not in effect these days, so that the Equator should be crossed without loosing mileage.
The race tracker and the event website.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, November 30, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 26

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 26 At half-distance - 16'000nm - François Gabart FRA is now "on his way home". The South Pacific is still quite rough with a 40kn wind and 7m waves. Gabart has reduced the speed to advance in rhythm with the waves, without overtaking them, as the stress for the equipment would be too much. Nevertheless, he kept the advantage on the record of 695nm. In three days from now, he will probably round Cape Horn, the last way point before the home stretch to France.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Thursday, November 30, 2017   

Atlanic Rally for Cruisers - St-Lucia

 Atlanic Rally for Cruisers - St-Lucia Three days after the arrival of the superior winner, the sloop 'Altair', 11 more yachts from the top group with a course around the Cape Verdes crossed the finish line of the ARC. The best Swiss teams will arrive in about two days. Lukas Erni SUI with his Bajka on the 46th position have 340nm left to St-Lucia.
The fleet of the classic ARC on a direct course from the Canaries to the Caribbeans is at half-way distance. In the lead are still the two catamarans 'Guyader Gastronomie' with Christophe Guyader FRA and 'Saudade' with Christof Petter AUT. 500nm back follow Roberto Gradnik SUI and his team as first Swiss boat on rank 18.
The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017   

Solo Around the World - François Gabart FRA - Day 25

 Solo Around the World - François Gabart FRA - Day 25 The deviation North after the frightening encounter with an iceberg costed some miles for François Gabart FRA, but with a 591nm advantage on the record, he is still over a day ahead of the record holder Thomas Coville FRA. With winds of up to 40kn and huge waves, the South Pacific is quite challenging this year. Gabart reduced the sail plan to limit the stress on his multihull. These conditions will remain for at least another two days.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017   (Image © Thierry Martinez)

Solo Around the World from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 5

 Solo Around the World from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 5 Yesterday, Yves Le Blevec with his Maxi-Trimaran finally left the exceptional depression vortex South of the Acores and is now crossing a lull zone to reach the trade winds at the Cape Verdes parallel. Nevertheless, his advantage on the record has grown to 730nm .. to note, that this is the first record attempt with a multihull.
The race tracker and the daily news.
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