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Top News – Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 77, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 77, Wilson USA 14th After the triumphal reception of the first and second Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and Alex Thomson GBR, 16 competitors remain in the race. Jérémy Béyou FRA on the 3rd place is battling with light winds on Bay of Biscay, and his arrival has been delayed on Monday evening. New on rank 4 is Jean Le Cam FRA, but Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and Yann Eliès FRA are only a few miles behind. The trio is north of the Acores roughly 1'000 nm before the finish. Rich Wilson USA is sailing unchallenged on the South Atlantic on the 14th position.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017   

Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 37

 Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 37 The passage of the innertropical convergence zone was more difficult as expected for Francis Joyon FRA and his team, as ever and ever again, lull patches decelerated the trimaran. Yesterday evening, 'IDEC' finally reached the northern trade winds, allowing the trimaran to head direction finish 3'000 nm away on a straight upwind leg during the coming two days. 'IDEC' will be expected off Ouessant on next Thursday after 41 days underway, improving the absolute round-the-worlds record by 4 on 41 days. This morning UTC, the advantage was 1'281 nm.
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Top News – Saturday, January 21, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 76

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 76 After a tight duel between the winner Armel Le Cléac'h FRA and Alex Thomson GBR during the whole circumnavigation, Thomson finished the race in the Sables d'Olonne yesterday as 2nd with a backlog of only 16 hours. As next, Jérémy Béyou FRA will be expected on Monday morning. The ranks 4 to 6 will be much disputed as Yann Eliès FRA and Jean Le Cam FRA have almost joined Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and this trio will finish the race in a close in-fight. With Pieter Heerema NED and Sébastien Destremau FRA on the ranks 17 and 18, only two participants are still sailing on the Pacific Ocean.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017   

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 5

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 5 The Key West Race Week 2017 was concluded yesterday with a last race for all classes.
Winning this race, 'Quantum' of Doug DeVos USA and Terry Hutchinson USA as tactician took the overall victory in the TP52 6 points ahead of 'Platoon' of Harm Müller-Spreer GER (John Kostecki USA). In the largest fleet with 38 teams, the J/70s, Tim Healey USA defended his lead, while Martin Kullmann USA replaced Carlo Alberini ITA on rank 2 in the final race.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017   

Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 36

 Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 36 Francis Joyon FRA and his team crossed the Equator yesterday in the record time of 35 days and 4 hours. With only 289 nm in 24 hours, it was the slowest day of the round-the-world record attempt so far. The northern hemisphere trade winds ahead will hopefully speed up the trimaran 'IDEC' again soon to hold or better improve the advantage on the record of 1'286 nm this morning.
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Top News – Friday, January 20, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 75 - Victory and record for Armel Le Cléac'h FRA

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 75 - Victory and record for Armel Le Cléac'h FRA Armel Le Cléac'h FRA with his Open 60 'Banque Populaire' crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo around-the-world race yesterday afternoon in the new record time of 74 days and 3 hours. Here the report and the videos..
This morning around 7 a.m. UTC, Alex Thomson GBR will finish the race as runner-up. The news. Rich Wilson USA keeps the 14th position.
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Friday, January 20, 2017   (Image © PhotoBoat)

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 4

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 4 The Key West Race Week continued yesterday with two races in each class, again in light 6-8 kn winds.
A leader change happened in the TP52 as 'Provezza' sailing under Turkish flag with Peter Holmberg ISV steering and Tony Rey USA as tactician moved up on rank 1 2 points ahead of the tied trio 'Quantum' (Doug DeVos/Terry Hutchinson USA), 'Platoon' (Harm Müller-Spreer GER/John Kostecki USA) and 'Azzurra' (Guillermo Parada/Vasco Vascotto ITA) - a very exciting situation before the last races today.
In the J/70s, Tim Healey USA and his team will hardly be replaced on top as the advantage on the second-ranked Carlo Alberini ITA before the last races today is 9 points.
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Top News – Thursday, January 19, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 74 - Armel Le Cléac'h FRA will finish first this afternoon !

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 74 - Armel Le Cléac'h FRA will finish first this afternoon ! 147 nm were left for Armel Le Cléac'h FRA early this morning to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne. With an 87 nm advantage on Alex Thomson GBR, Le Cléac'h with his 'Banque Populaire' is on a safe way to finish the Vendée Globe 2016/17 as first, and only a major equipment failure could stop him from winning. He will arrive in Les Sables this afternoon in the new record time of 75 days and a few hours. Alex Thomson GBR will arrive roughly 8 hours later. Eliès FRA on rank 4 has been joined by the closely sailing duo Jean Le Cam FRA and Jean-Pierre Dick FRA. Rich Wilson USA is still on rank 14 after rounding Cape Horn, and has 6'436 nm to the finish ahead.
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The arrival this afternoon probably around 16 hrs CET will be broadcast live on the Internet.
Thursday, January 19, 2017   (Image © Sharon Benton)

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 3

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 3 The full program was held in all classes yesterday off Key West in the lightest (8-10 kn) breeze so far.
Despite of a 10th race rank, 'Platoon' of Harm Müller-Spreer GER (tactics John Kostecki USA) defended her lead in the TP52 ahead of 'Azzurra' of Alberto Roemmers ARG (tactics Vasco Vascotto ITA) 2nd at equal points.
In the J/70s, Carlo Alberini ITA dominating the races so far, flopped with a 13th race rank, and Tim Healey USA reduced the backlog on one points.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017   

Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 34

 Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 34 With 635 nm in 24 hours, Francis Joyon FRA and his team are again up to speed in the southern trade winds, and tomorrow, they will already cross the Equator. After the passage of the Doldrums, the wind forecasts look positive for the coming 7 days and the round-the-world absolute record will be improved, provided no major incidents happen. This morning, the advantage of 'IDEC' over the existing record was 1'492 nm, still over two days.
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Top News – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 73 - final day for Le Cléac'h FRA and Thomson GBR

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 73 -  final day for Le Cléac'h FRA and Thomson GBR 383 nm to the finish were left this morning for the leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ... and Alex Thomson GBR was only 39 nm behind. The easterly winds forced the leading duo to a long northerly deviation amidst the heavy ship traffic of the Channel. The conditions remain instable with light winds and currents, and the final outcome is still open, and this after 26'000 nm and 73 days ! Rich Wilson still holds rank 14.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017   (Image © Andy Newman)

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 2

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 2 Perfect conditions on the second day of the Key West Race Week prevailed again with sun, warm temperatures and a 16-20 kn breeze.
In the J/70s, Carlo Alberini ITA and his team finishing 1/3/5 were again the best of the day and extended the lead on Tim Healey USA to 12 points.
Despite of rather medium ranks in the two races of the TP52, Harm Müller-Spreer GER (tactics John Kostecki USA) remained on top, but Doug Devos USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) reduced the backlog on one point.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017   

AC-45-Catamaran - Youth America's Cup 2017 - Hamilton BER

 AC-45-Catamaran - Youth America's Cup 2017 - Hamilton BER Yesterday, the organisers of the Youth America's Cup, Roman Hagara AUT and Hans-Peter Steinacher AUT, double Tornado Olympic Champions, announced the selected teams for this year's competition during the AC event on the Bermudas. In addition to the 6 America's Cup nations, represented by one team each, six more teams have been chosen by the organisers, based on tests and observations. In this exclusive group is als the Swiss 'Team Tilt' with Sébastien Schneiter SUI. The news.
 
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