Two weather fronts with winds of up to 40kn have been crossed so far during the race. The approach to the northern waypoint on the Polar Circle continuous now in calmer waters. ----- With a western course, Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal') and Charlie Dahlin FRA ('Apivia') managed to overtake the previous leader Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') yesterday, who is now 30 miles behind the top duo. Samantha Davis GBR ('Initiatives Coeur'), who has moved up to fourth place, came up strongly as well. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MASCF') follow 9 miles behind. The gaps between the Open 60s will shrink further, as the leading pack is currently sailing in a calm transition zone. ----- The Race-Tracker, die news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, July 7, 2020
In fresh winds around 25kn West of Ireland, the fleet is heading North this morning with Thomas Ruyant FRA on his Open 60 'LinkedOut' increasing the advantage continuoulsy. He was 16nm ahead of Jérémy Beyou FRA ('Charal') at the last checkpoint. One mile farther behind followed Charlie Dalin FRA ('APIVIA') on rank 3. Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer') moved up on the 4th position with a 53nm deficit. The best woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER ('MACSF') is on the 6th place leading Samantha Davies GBR ('Initiatives Coeur') and Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') on the ranks 7 and 8 by a small margin. After Sébastien Simon FRA and Damien Séguin FRA, it was Armel Tripon FRA (L'occitane') yesterday who was forced to abandon the race with structural damages. Apparently, the repairs after a collision with flotsam done in a hurry before the start were not sustainable enough. ----- The report. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Monday, July 6, 2020
The 19 Open60 still in the race reached the Fastnet Rock off the Southwest point of Ireland this morning with Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') leading 1,5nm ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'). On rank 3 followed Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal') with a 2,5nm backlog. Boris Herrmann GER ('Seaexplorer') on the 5th place has a 10nm deficit, just ahead of the fist woman Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER. The first to abandon the race was Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkea Paprec') with a broken foil. Yesterday evening, the two-time Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA ('Apicil') was forced to leave the competition as well with electricity problems. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, July 5, 2020
Yesterday in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, the start to the Vendée Arctique was given in a 20kn breeze. Right from the start, the foilers demonstrated their superiority with higher speed. ----- This Sunday morning, Thomas Ruyant FRA ('LinkedOut') was in the lead closely followed by Kevin Escoffier FRA ('PRB') and Jérémy Béyou FRA ('Charal'). As first women, Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA ('MASCF') had a good start as well occupying rank 5 with a 6,7nm backlog, closely followed by Boris Herrmann GER ('SeaExplorer'). With a damaged foil, Sébastien Simon FRA was already forced to a repair stop. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, July 4, 2020
With a wind around 16kn, the sailing conditions during the start at 2.30 pm UTC of the Vendée Arctique should be ideal, and the Foiler-Open 60 will rush off at top speeds! The approximately 3,600-mile route to the Arctic Circle and back to Les Sables via the Azores should take 10-12 days of racing. For the second half of the race, rather sluggish conditions have been forecast. Among the 20 solo skippers are 4 women, with Samantha Davis GBR as one of the co-favorites. You can follow the start this afternoon beginning 2.15 pm UTC on this website . ----- The news.----- The start of the virtual Vendée-Arctique will take place today by noon as well, and participation is still possible!
Offshore Racing – Friday, July 3, 2020
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 28, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the 340 miles Figaro 3 Maitre-Coq Race was concluded after two days off the French Atlantic Coast with Tom Laperche FRA just defending his lead, celebrating his first victory in the Figaros. Only 20 seconds behind followed Sam Goodchild GBR with a fast finish ride. Pierre Leboucher FRA crossed the line on third. ----- The race tracker with the ranking list and the daily news.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 27, 2020
Tom Laperche FRA ('Bretagne CMB') and Pierre Leboucher FRA ('Guyot Environnement') are closely on top of the Figaro 3 fleet just followed by Corentin Douget FRA[('NF Habitat') only one mile behind. ----- After almost 200nm in 24 hours, the distances between the boats are still very small, and position changes are quite likely before the first teams will cross the finish line around noon today. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Offshore Racing – Friday, June 26, 2020
After the first 18 hours of the 340-mile-solo-race 'Maitre Coq' on Figaro-3s, started yesterday noon in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, Tom Laperche FRA ('Bretagne CMB') and Corentin Douget FRA ('NF Habitat') have been in the lead neck-and-neck 1,5nm ahead of Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'). ----- Light winds are prevailing and the fleet is still sailing in a close pack after a third of the race - about 100nm - completed. ----- The race tracker, and the report about the start
Offshore Racing – Thursday, June 25, 2020
Today at 12h UTC in Les Sables d'Olonne, the 2020 season of the Figaro 3 solo class finally begins with 30 boats on the starting line of the 'Solo Maître Coq', among them the Vendée-Globe-winner Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and the also Vendée experienced Yann Eliès FRA. A 340-mile round course off the coast is on the program. The first arrivals are expected on Saturday. ----- The preview. ----- As always, the race can be followed lifestream over a race tracker.
The rapid development of communication technologies has led to the fact that offshore regattas are easy to follow. However, there is also the possibility of accepting unauthorized help from outside, for example when programming the route or interpreting the weather map. At the request of the participants, the race management of the Vendée Globe has now precisely defined technical communication with additional rules. The report.
During the training in Brittony waters on Monday, the brand new Open60 'Occitane' of Armel Tripon suffered damage at the hull and the starboard rudder after a collision with flotsam. The boat has already been craned out and is at the boatyard for repair to be ready on time for the start to the 'Vendée-Arctic Race' on July 4. ----- The news.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, June 21, 2020
Offshore Racing – Saturday, June 13, 2020
On July 4th, the last preparatory race for the Vendée Globe will be started in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA, leading over 3,600 miles to the northern polar circle and back. 22 participants are on the entry list, among them the co-favorite Jérémy Beyou FRA (Charal), as well as Samantha Davies GBR, Alan Roura SUI, Boris Herrmann GER, and Isabelle Joschke GER. The big absentee is Alex Thompson GBR (Hugo Boss). ----- The preview.