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Top News – Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017   (Image © Martin Keruzore)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 18 The passage of the light-wind zone did not change the positions on top. 'Mapfre' of Xavi Fernandez ESP remained first 20nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Racing for victory in Cape Town with 1'000nm left are also 'Vestas' (27nm behind) and 'Brunel' (38nm). The remaining three teams are 130nm and more back without real chances for a top rank in leg 2.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 17

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 17 Yesterday, Isabelle Joschke FRA-GER/Pierre Brasseur FRA finished the TJV as 8th Open 60, followed 91min later by Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA with their 'Fabrique'. Today, the last three Open 60 will terminate the race.
In the Class 40, the close fight on top of the fleet continues: Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA are still first 3,5nm ahead of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP has lost some miles and have now a 23nm backlog. Without chances for the podium are Justine Mettraux/Bertrand Delesne FRA on 4th with a 115nm deficit.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 18

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 18 After a few days with less breeze, François Gabart FRA with his Maxi-Trimaran has finally reached the front with strong winds and the fast ride can continue. He crossed over 700nm in the last 24hrs at speeds exceeding 30kn. His advantage of 722nm this morning UTC will no doubt increase in the coming days.
The race tracker and the video of the day.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - the participants

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - the participants The Star Sailors League Final in Nassau BAH - again the best-attended sail race of the 2017 season with the top-10 of the Star ranking list challenged by top helmsmen from various Olympic classes, the America's Cup and the offshore scene - will begin in two weeks from now. New names on the Bahamas among others are this time Hamish Pepper NZL, Star World Champion and Team NZL America's Cupper, Francesco Bruni ITA, Starboat Champion and well-known big-boat tactician, the offshore and America's Cup crack Loïc Peyron FRA (with the Bronze Olympian Pascal Rambeau FRA) in a video-Interview after his first Star training on Lake Garda, and another premiere by the famous offshore record man Franck Cammas FRA. The Finn Class is represented by Ivan Gaspic SLO as well aas the two Junior Finn World Champions Oskari Muhonen FIN and Facundo Olezza ARG.
The official preview, the entry list and the event website.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017   

Kite-Boarding - Formula World Championship 2017 - Muscat OMN - Day 2

 Kite-Boarding - Formula World Championship 2017 - Muscat OMN - Day 2 Six qualification runs were held again in Muscat yesterday in ideal conditions, and the dominator was again Oliver Bridge GBR winning all heats in his Group, i.e. a total of 11 wins in 12 races after two days !! On the ranks 2 and 3 follow Nicolas Parlier FRA and Axel Mazella FRA. 51 participants from 21 nations.
In the women's, Daniela Moroz USA is the dominator among the 6 participants.
The ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the first day.
 
Top News – Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 17

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 17 There is still a strategic barrier in the way to Cape Town roughly 1'500nm away for the seven teams. The lulls of a far stretched southeasterly arm of the the St-Helena anticyclone have to be crossed with the wind changing from Northwest to Southwest.
The positions of the boats did not change during the past 24h. 'Mapfre' with Xavi Fernandes ESP is still leading 24nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA). 'Team Brunel' changed into stealth mode yesterday and only this morning, the Dutch's intentions will be revealed.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 16

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 16 7 Open 60 have crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Bahia so far. Next will be Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER/Pierre Brasseur FRA, who just passed Alan Roura SUI/Fréderic Denis FRA a few miles before the arrival.
In the Class 40, about two days from the finish, Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA reclaimed the first place from Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA now 7nm back. With a 13nm backlog, Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP remain contenders for victory. Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA are 87nm behind and will miss the podium.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 21

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 21 The Mini Transat 2017 is now - 8 days after the arrival of the winner Ian Lipinski POL - almost finished, as another six Minis will arrive today in Le Marin, leaving only one still underway: Dorel Nacou ROM, who had a longer repair stop on the Cape Verdes will follow some days later.
The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   (Image © Toby Bromwich)

Kite-Boarding - Formula World Championship 2017 - Muscat OMN - Day 1

 Kite-Boarding - Formula World Championship 2017 - Muscat OMN - Day 1 The Kite Foiler World Championship 2017 began in Oman yesterday with six races per group in a moderate 10kn breeze.
Oli Bridge GBR, age 18, dominated his group winning 5 heats and taking the overall first place in the interim's rankings. His twin-brother Guy Bridge GBR finished 4 runs of the second group on top, as did Nico Parlier FRA in his group. Both share rank 2 overall.
In the women, the defending champion Daniele Moroz USA has taken the lead.
The news with the leading positions. The event website does not yet give the full ranking lists.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Final results

 Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Final results The St-Barth Cata-Cup was concluded yesterday with a round-the-island race with double-points. Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigonis GRE were the winners and at the same time also taking the overall rankings. Gonzalez/Cruz ARG and De Mesmaker/Gagliani BEL followed on the ranks 2 and 3. Eric Le Bouedec/Jean-Richard Minardi SUI finished on the 10th place overall, Martin Jöhr/Joachim Piehl SUI on rank 31 among the 50 teams.
The ranking list, the final report and the videos.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Final results

 18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Final results The 18-Footer Spring Championship 2017 ended on Sunday with the 7th and final race on Sydney Harbour. 'Triple M' with James Ward/Adam Gillson/Huon Oliver AUS finished 32sec in front. The overall victory went to 'Lumix' with Jordan Girdis/Lachlan Doyle/ Nathan Edwards AUS thanks to a 3rd place in the last race.
The news with results the the full video.
Next Sunday, the first race of the NSW-Championship will be sailed.
 
Top News – Monday, November 20, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 16 The announced depression reached the seven boats' fleet yesterday and the teams rush at speeds above 20kn with winds from abeam direction Cape Town still 2'000nm away. The strategy of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) seems to be paying, as sailing on the most southern course, the backlog of 50nm yesterday was transformed in a 35nm lead by this morning UTC thanks to fresher winds and a better wind angle. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA are only 15nm apart on the positions 2 to 4. With an 88nm backlog, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR) on the last place is not too far away to finish on a top rank in Cape Town.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Monday, November 20, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 15 The first three Open 60 reached Bahia BRA yesterday, as we reported. The next to arrive will be Boris Herrmann GER/Thomas Ruyant FRA. For Herrmann, representing Germany together with Isabelle Joschke and Jörg Riechers in the so far French dominated offshore/oceanic racing scene, this is the first important competition on an IMOCA Open 60.
In the Class 40, the leading trio with Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP on first are only 8nm apart. In the southern trade winds, the boat speed exceeds 12kn now.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Monday, November 20, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 16

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 16 The weather on the South-Indian Ocean is still very variable. Yesterday, François Gabart FRA with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Macif' dived South below the 50th parallel and extended the advantage on the record to 851nm ..... even with 5hrs sleep !
The race tracker, the news and the video summary of the ultra-fast second week of the record attempt.
Monday, November 20, 2017   

Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 19

 Mini 650 - Mini-Transat - Le Marin FRA - Leg 2 - Day 19 The arrivals of the Minis in Le Marin/Martinique FRA continued yesterday. 10 Protos and 7 Series Minis are still underway. The event website contains now not only the results of leg 2 but also the Minitransat overall rankings Ian Lipinski POL, Jörg Riechers GER and Simon Koster SUI are the leading trio in the Protos. Erwan Le Draoulec FRA, Clarisse Crémer FRA and Benoit Sineau FRA are on the ranks 1 to 3 in the Series Minis. The winner of leg one Valentin Gautier SUI, finishing 7th in leg 2, is on the 5th place overall.
The event website.
Monday, November 20, 2017   

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - St. Lucia - Day 1

 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - St. Lucia - Day 1 Yesterday, the start was given to the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers in Las Palmas / Canaries ESP. The route is heading directly across the Atlantic Ocean to St-Lucia in the Caribbeans. Already a week ago, a small first fleet started deviating the course around the Cape Verdes. Both races can be followed via race trackers.
The news from the start.
 
Top News – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 15 The seven boats' fleet reached the latitude of the port of call Cape Town yesterday and is now heading East, positioned to touch the winds of an approaching frontal system hopefully as first. Whether the northerly or southerly boats will benefit first is not yet predictable.
This morning, 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was leading 4nm ahead of 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) and und 5nm of 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' (Dee Caffari GBR). 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP), the most southern boat, is last with a 39nm backlog.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   (Image © Vincent Curutchet)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA with their 'Virbac' arrived as first Open 60 in Bahia in a new Transat Jacques Vabre monohull record of 13 days, 7 hours and 36 minutes. This morning UTC, Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA crossed the finish line with 6h backlog on 2nd. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA will be the next to arrive in the coming hours on 3rd.
The first five Class 40 have left the innertropical convergence zone in the meantime and accelerated again in the southern trade winds. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are still leading 13nm ahead of Aymeric Chappellier/Arthur Le Vaillant FRA, and another mile behind Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. 1'000nm are left to Bahia.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 15 The turbulant weather on the Indian Ocean with rough wave conditions forced François Gabart FRA to take off some steam during the past 24h, but nevertheless, he extended his adavantage on the record with a 530nm Etmal to 791nm. Today, he hopes to reach the expected frontal system on the 45th parallel, pushing him at top speeds direction Australia.
The race tracker and the video of the day.
Sunday, November 19, 2017   

 This afternoon UTC, the start to the 2017 Atlantic Rally will be given in Las Palmas ESP for the 236 teams on the entry list, dislocating their yachts to the Caribbeans on time for Christmas. Among the participants is the Swiss Olympian Lukas Erni SUI with nhis family.
The preview. The race can be followed on a race tracker.
 
Top News – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 2 - Day 13 The fleet has circumvented the flat St-Helena anticyclone and is now heading East direction Cape Town. 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED on the most eastern course did not loose to much in the somewhat lighter winds and remains on top 28nm ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). With a 50nm backlog follow 'Scallywag'(David Witt AUS), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) and 'Turn the tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR all sailing neck and neck. 2'500nm are left to the port of call.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - Transat Jacques Vabre - Le Havre FRA - Day 13 The third Class to arrive in Bahia BRA are the IMOCA Open 60. The leading Jean-Pierre Dick/Yann Eliès FRA had 137nm left this morning UTC. The positions on top are clear with Paul Meilhat/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA on the 2nd place 127nm behind. Morgan Lagravière/Eric Peron FRA on 3rd are almost 300nm back.
The leading Class 40 are now about to leave the innertropical convergence zone. Closed up yesterday, the fleet is now again separating more and more. Phil Sharp GBR/Pablo Santurde ESP are now already 18nm in front of Maxime Sorel/Antoine Carpentier FRA. Still contenders for victory are Aymeric Chappellier/Antoine Le Vaillant FRA (backlog 20nm) and Justine Mettraux SUI/Bertrand Delesne FRA (backlog 35nm).
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14

 Solo round the world record - François Gabart FRA - Day 14 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA was much decelerated when changing from one weather system to the next, and the daily distance covered was only 296nm. Now, he has reached the edge of the depression with threatening 50kn winds and 10m waves in its centre, not quite the conditions for a trimaran ... ! Garbart tries to navigate outside the danger zone nevertheless profitting from the fresh breeze. His advantage on the previous record was still 684nm this morning.
The race tracker and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM The wind condition in Lüderitz improve from day to day and on the coming weekend, the seabreeze will probably be at its peak. Yesterday, Sylvain Hoceini FRA was the fastest with 54,03 kn (100,03 km/h) becoming the sixth speed kiter passing the 100km/h barrier.
The news.The event facebook page has not yet been updated early this morning UTC.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2

 Beach-Catamaran - Cata-Cup - St-Barth FRA - Day 2 Two other long-distances races were on the program yesterday on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, both won by Demesmaeker/Gagliani BEL who moved up on rank 2 overall. The Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis GRE remain on top. Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA stay on rank 3.
The ranking list, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 5 The third round of the Women's International Match Racing (WIM) in Busan KOR was concluded this morning UTC with the Semi Finals and Finals.
Trine Palluidan DEN, undefeated during the whole competition, surprisingly lost the Final against Lucy McGregor GBR with a 0-3 score. Winner in the Petite Final was Anna Östling SWE beating Pauline Courtois FRA 2-0.
The results and the videos.
 
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