At Cape Finisterre in northwest Spain, repeated attacks by orcas on sailing yachts were reported in recent weeks. Numerous sailboats with broken rudders had to be rescued by the coast guard. Spain has now closed an approximately 100km long coastal zone for all sailing yachts under 50 feet. Biologists suspect that the orcas have no bad intentions: They just 'want to play'! ----- The report.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 26, 2020
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 20, 2020
The wind vanished completely and the final fourth leg of the 2020 Solitaire Figaro had to be canceled yesterday evening. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA could celebrate his third win in this classic French single-handed race. Only 10 minutes behind followed Frédéric Duthil FRA as 2nd. Tom La Perche FRA finished on rank 3. ----- Kevin Bloch FRA on rank 12 was the best rookie ahead of Nils Palmieri SUI on 18th as 2nd. ----- The final ranking list and the news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 19, 2020
After a muscly final with up to 35kn headwind, Valentin Gautier/Simon Koster SUI, 'Banque du Leman', finally scored the bullet in the 11th Normandy Channel Race after 4 days 20 hours 25 minutes, and 30 seconds of racing. They made the finish line just 6 minutes ahead of 'Crédit Mutuel' of Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA. During the night, Antoine Carpentier/Nichola Groleau FRA ('Redman') decided the duel for rank 3 in their favor. ----- The ranking list and the news.
This evening at 18h UTC, the start to the final fourth leg of the Solitaire will be given off St-Nazaire. Due to the variable weather forecast - a depression provides for moderate winds with rain squalls - the course has been reduced on 80 miles. ----- Most interesting will be the duel on top: Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') and Fréderic Duthill FRA only 10 minutes behind are practically neck-and-neck, considering the strong currents and light winds. Tom Laperche FRA on rank 3 is already over one hour in arrear. ----- The preview.
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 18, 2020
At 15.30h CET this afternoon, 'Banque du Léman' with Simon Koster/Valentin Gautier SUI crossed the finish line of the Normandy Channel Race as winners, their first important victory in the Class 40. They succeeded to overtake and distance the leading 'Credit Mutuel' of Ian Lipinsky POL/Julien Pulve FRA in the final approach to St-Nazaire with 6 minutes. The fight for rank 3 will be very fierce with the decision expected around midnight. ----- The race tracker, the news and the Facebook page with photos and videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, September 17, 2020
Fred Duthil FRA scored an opportunist’s victory yesterday taking the winning gun for leg 3 on the 51st La Solitaire de Figaro off Saint Nazaire. At the end of an epic, extremely tiring 492 miles stage from Dunkirk around Brittany, punctuated throughout by very light winds, strong tidal currents, and many changes in wind direction, Duthil made big recoveries from deep in the fleet in the changing conditions and won 15 minutes in front of Marc Mallaret FRA, the first Bizuth (rookie). The overall leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA, also coming from the back-end of the fleet crossed the line in 4th with a 52-minute backlog and remained on top overall. But Duthil follows only 10 minutes behind in the overall rankings. Nils Palmieri SUI finished leg 3 on rank 16 with a 2-hour deficit and is now on rank 18 overall and 2nd rookie. ----- The results of leg 3, the news and the videos. ----- The start to the final 4th leg over 183nm to Loire Atlantic will be given on Saturday.
This morning UTC, the fleet was again approaching Point Lizard at the most southwestern point of England. ----- Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA ('Crédit Mutuel') are still leading with now Valentin Gautier/Simon Koster SUI as closest pursuers 3nm behind with 260nm left to the finish. ----- The very light and shifty breeze, together with some misty phases, made the race again very slow on day 4 of this Class 40 event, provoking the Race Direction to shorten the course, omitting the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Even after four race days, the Figaro 3 fleet of the Solitaire remained closely packed this morning UTC with Yann Eliès FRA in the lead with 60nm left to the finish line of leg 3. Sam Goodchild GBR followed 1,3nm behind, another 0,3nm back was Xavier Macaire FRA. The overall leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA did comeback strongly from behind and his backlog as 10th-ranked was only 2,9nm this morning. ----- Estimated time of arrival this Wednesday late afternoon UTC. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
This morning UTC, Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA stayed in front 2nm ahead of Stan Thuret/Nicolas D'Estais FRA and Thibaut Lefevere/Sebastien Marsset FRA sailing neck-and-neck on the second position. Only one mile behind followed Valentin Gautier/Simon Koster SUI still in a good place to fight for victory. ----- Light winds were and still are persisting with the fleet having passed Point Lizard at the most southwestern point of England yesterday and heading now for Tusker Rock, the most northern waypoint of the race. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In still persisting very light winds, the fleet is trailing along the English South Coast direction West. The leading trio with 'Redman' of Antoine Carpentier/Nicolas Grolaux FRA, 3nm ahead of 'Credit Mutuel' with Ian Lipinski POL/Julien Pulve FRA, and 7nm in front of 'Banque de Léman' with Valentin Gautier/Simon Koster SUI on rank 3 is constantly extending its advance. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
This morning UTC, the fleet with Pierre Quiroga FRA as leader has reached the most western point of Brittany with a 0,2nm advance on Xavier Macaire FRA, the winner of leg 1. Sam Goodchild GBR on rank 3 follows 0,3nm behind. The distances between the boats are extremely small. The overall leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA on rank 24 is only 8,8nm in arrear. ----- Light winds prevailed yesterday in the North of Brittany and the boats came almost to a complete standstill. ----- The Race-Tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Offshore Racing – Monday, September 14, 2020
On the way to Lorient, the fleet was progressing very slowly only yesterday and is still North of Brittany. This morning UTC, Sam Goodchild GBR was in the first place 2nm ahead of Pierre Quiroga FRA and Xavier Macaire FRA. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA, overall leader, on the 26th position was already 14nm behind. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Yesterday evening in Ouistreham FRA, the start of the Class 40 Normandie Channel Race was given. After 80nm sailed until this morning UTC, Antoine Carpentier/Nicolas Grolaux FRA, and Igor Goikberg RUS/Andrea Fornari ITA are leading neck-and-neck. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the start.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, September 13, 2020
Yesterday, the Solo Open 60s concluded the 500-miles round course off Lorient FRA with massive position changes caused by a calm zone 12nm before the finish line. ----- Jérémy Beyou FRA ('Charal') bypassed the stalled leader group grasping his second win this year. He is undoubtedly a top-favorite for the Vendée Globe to be started in two months from now. Beyou trailed the women trio and Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') finished 2nd only 2 minutes behind. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') followed on rank 3, and Clarisse Cremer FRA with her old-design Open 60 was excellent 4th. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') leading during 80% of the race had to content himself with the 8th place. ----- Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique') finished the race on rank 14. ----- The results, the report (in French and English) and the videos. ----- Today, a short race around the Groux island is on the program, this time with crewed Open 60s.
The 35 Solitaire du Figaro Solo Skippers have started in Dunkerque to leg 3 around Brittany to Loire-Atlantique over 498nm. This morning UTC, Loïs Berrehar FRA was in the lead ahead of Eric Peron FRA 1,4nm behind on rank 2. Tom Laperche FRA follows in 3rd. The overall leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA on the 5th position is well positioned again. ----- The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
In Caen, the start to the first important Class 40 race this year will be given today with 26 two-person teams from 9 nations, among them the USA and Japan. The race over 1'000 miles leads from Caen via the southwestern point of England to the Fastnet Rock and back to France. The start will be given at 18h UTC in the Oiustreham Bay, northern Brittany. The race can be followed on a race tracker. ----- The preview.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, September 12, 2020
The 17 participants in the Défi Azimut are approaching the port of call Lorient during this morning UTC. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia') is on the first position 2nm ahead of Armel Tripon FRA ('L'occitane'), and 7nm in front of Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea Paprec'). Samantha Davis GBR, Clarisse Cremer FRA and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER are on the ranks 8-10 in a close fight for the Ladies rankings. The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 11, 2020
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Yesterday evening, the second leg of the Figaro 3 Solitaire was concluded in Dunkerque with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA as winner 32 minutes ahead of Sam Goodchild GBR. Another 3 minutes behind followed Yann Eliès FRA in 3rd. Herewith, Le Cléac'h FRA is the new overall leader in front of the leg 1 winner Xavier Macaire FRA with a 37-minute backlog. 35 solo skippers racing. ----- The rankings, the reports and the videos.