Nature will be hitting back also with an above-average number of Hurricanes in 2020, the season to begin in early June. The respective forecast for the Atlantic Ocean has just been published. Because of the higher water temperatures around the Equator, 14-18 storms must be expected, 2-4 of them in the highest category. ----- The news with a video.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Next November, Samantha Davis GBR will start to the Vendée Globe for the third time. With her foiling IMOCA 60 'Initiatives des coeurs', she is among the co-favorites, as demonstrated in the various Open60 regattas during the past months. She started her offshore career at the age of 24 onboard of Tracy Edwards GBR trimaran 'Maiden' in a Jules Verne Trophy around the world record attempt, that ended with a broken mast in the Roaring Forties. After successes in the one-hand class Bénéteau Figaro, she finished her first Vendée Globe 2008 in 4th place. With 3 Vendée participations and a Volvo Ocean Race, she is now one of the most experienced skippers in the one-hand offshore circuit. ----- A 52-minute film portrait.
Offshore Racing – Monday, March 30, 2020
In an interview with the Race Director Richard Mason by Richard Gladwell, editor Sail-World, details on the Ocean Race organization are being revealed. Two weeks ago, the route with the planned ports of call was presented, the groundwork for the detailed event planning and site setup in the coming 18 months before the start. Here comes part 1 of a 5-part-series.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 29, 2020
France is undoubtedly the heart of offshore sail racing, an attractive playing field for a large community of professional and amateur sailors. Well run and initiative Class Organisations (Figaro, IMOCA, 650Mini, etc) ensure potential major sponsors that their investments are paying and sustainable. On top of this - and key - are race organisers such as OC Sport Pen Duick, launched in 1998 by Ellen MacArthur and Mark Turner for Ellen's Offshore Challenges. ------ Hervé Favre SUI, President and Offshore Sailing Events Director, gives an overview of major offshore events in the present Corona crisis situation. An interview published on the 'Tip and Shaft' website.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 28, 2020
Despite limited training opportunities, preparations for the Vendée Globe (Start November 2020) are ongoing. It is still open whether the two transatlantic regattas this summer - The Transat CIC and New York-Les Sables d'Olonne - really take place. These are the last qualification regattas for the 30 starting positions, 35 participants have registered. Or 34 now, after Giancarlo Pedote ITA had to announce his retirement from the race after the withdrawal of his sponsor - the news (ita.). ----- In a 5-part video series Alex Thomson GBR, one of the favorites for the race, grants one a look behind the scenes of his team.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A few days ago, we promised to put together an entertainment program with sailing (or sea) films during the Corona crisis, an obvious intention that other sailing portals also have been taking up. ----- World Sailing has asked the sailing community to send in the best sailing and regatta films. It will be interesting to see which unknown or forgotten pearls will appear. ----- The news portal Sailingscuttlebutt has already published a list with links to well-known cinema films like Moby Dick, The Boat or Waterworld, as well as documentary films. Certainly interesting will be the portrait of the first one-hand circumnavigator Joshua Slocum CAN (1892-95) or the rounding of Cape Horn in a storm on a 3 master (1929). ----- A good program for the next two weeks !
Offshore Racing – Monday, March 23, 2020
The official film about the first Whitbread Round the World Race has been digitalised recently. Winner was the Swan 65 'Sayula II' of Ramon Carlin MEX, who finished the race in 133 days. 17 teams participated. 3 sailors lost their live at sea. ----- The video (30 min).
No sailracing on the water, but interesting and challenging virtual sailing websites help a little bit to overcome the time away from our beloved sport during the Corona pandemia weeks. ----- E.g a virtual transatlantic race from La Rochelle FRA to Curaçao in the Caribbeans. There are four boat classes to choose from (Ultime, Open 60, Class 40, Figaro 3), and elite sailors like Samantha Davis GBR, Jérémy Beyou FRA, Boris Herrmann GER and Armel Le Cléac'h FRA join you as prominent opponents. The race should last around a week. ----- The news. ----- Start here !.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, March 22, 2020
Offshore sailing is also concerned by the Corona Crisis. The start to the Figaro 3 Transat Regatta, planned for April 19, has been postponed without a new date. ----- The news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, March 21, 2020
Four years ago, the 23-year-old Alan Roura SUI participated in the Vendée Globe with a 16-year-old boat - the legendary 'Superbigou' of Bernard Stamm SUI - as the youngest participant of all time and surprised with a 12th place. Now, he will be taking part in the 2020/21 Vendée in November with a somewhat newer Open 60 equipped with foils. His goal is to complete the circumnavigation in less than 80 days, which would have given him the 5th place four years ago. To prepare for this, two transatlantic races are on the program this summer (if they take place!). ----- The report.
Offshore Racing – Friday, March 20, 2020
Yesterday, the Swiss 'Rösti Sailing Team' with Valentin Gautier SUI and Simon Koster SUI presented its program for the 2020 season. During the winter months, their boat was further optimized based on the experiences of the first season. The highlight of the season will be the Transat Quebec CAN-St.Malo FRA at the end of July. The race format requires a crew of at least 3 people. The offshore-experienced Justine Mettraux SUI will be an excellent addition to the male double ...... the Swiss offshore elite on one boat ! ----- The Class 40 will be transferred to Quebec end of May. ----- The news.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, March 19, 2020
Exactly 30 years ago, the first Vendée Globe came to an end in Les Sables d'Olonne. Back then, Titouan Lamazou FRA was 17 hours ahead of Loick Peyron FRA. Jean-Luc Van der Heede FRA followed in 3rd place. Report. ----- Preparations for the upcoming Vendée Globe are in full swing. On November 8th, 10 new-generation Foiler-Open-60 will be at the start .... spectacle guaranteed. ----- This summer, two transatlantic crossings as the last preparation and the final qualification for the limited number of 30 participants are planned, the first one to start in Brest FRA on May 10. Will they take place considering the Corona virus measures ?----- A preview.
Offshore Racing – Monday, March 16, 2020