Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage - Polar bear alert !

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage - Polar bear alert ! The stormy winds of the past days forced Yvan Bourgnon on his way South along the Canadian coast to hop from bay to bay for shelter. In Qikiqtarjuaq Bay, Bourgnon had the visit of an ice bear during the night, leaning on a hull of his catamaran. A shot with the signal pistol and shouting chased the animal away. The news.
Meanwhile, the winds have calmed down and Yvan Bourgnon SUI is now really underway on the last leg of his adventure, the 400 miles' crossing from Canada to Greenland. Check-out the reports and videos on the Bourgnon facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage - the final part

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage - the final part After weathering the two day's storm moored in a bay, Yvan Bourgnon SUI started to the final part of his adventure ride 400 miles across the open sea direction Greenland. Cold temperatures, fog and drift-ice will accompany him during the coming four days. The stopover in the bay was not very accommodating, as the 60 kn storm lifted the hulls to an extent that he had to constantly hike his beach catamaran even without sails to prevent her from capsizing !. The solution was then to flood the hulls with about 200 litre of water each to stabilise the cat.
The Bourgnon facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Friday, September 8, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West-Passage - another stop

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West-Passage - another stop After rounding the most northern point of the North-West-Passage, the next big challenge lies ahead: a storm low pressure system with wind speeds of up to 50 kn will pass over East Canada during the weekend. Bourgnon is looking for a appropriate bay to weather the storm. With 0°C water and -7° air temperature, a capsize would be fatal. The board electronics are still out of work as battery reloads are not possible without sun. Moreover, his drinking water supply is frozen ..... Nevertheless, a positive highlight can be reported: the passage of three Nar Whales (photo).
The Bourgnon facebook page with the daily news (in French) and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, September 7, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West-Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West-Passage Yvan Bourgnon SUI succeeded to round the most northern point of the North-West-Passage - the 74° parallel north - in the fourth attempt. In temperatures around -7°C, the Swiss is again forced to constantly steer his beach-cat, as there was not enough sun to load the solar-cells that feed the auto-pilot. Moreover, the main sail is frozen to the mast, and an emergency lowering is not possible, ... and this with a fresh-breeze front announced for the weekend.
The facebook news.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage - The Journey goes on

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage - The Journey goes on After three failed attempts to cross the drift-ice barrier going far North, Yvan Bourgnon SUI finally succeeded yesterday with his 6-Meter-Beach-Catamaran. At this time of the year, the nights are dark during about 6 hours, and all Bourgnon can do during these hours is to let the cat flow to avoid collisions with the ice. Today, he will reach the most northern point of his journey heading afterwards South to Greenland.
The Bourgnon facebook page with news and videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, August 25, 2017
Offshore Racing – Thursday, August 24, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nord-West-Passage Another setback for Yvan Bourgnon SUI yesterday on his North-West Passage course yesterday. At the end of the Passage on the most easterly point of the North-American continent leading straight North, Bourgnon had to return back. A thick carpet of drift ice (see photo) is mpeding the passage and foremost, he had to avoid the freezing in of his catamaran. For tomorrow, southerly winds have been announced that hopefully will remove the ice barrier. For the moment, the Swiss has anchored in a Bay waiting for sailable conditions, but obviously with the end of the summer approaching, every day counts now for a successful end of his adventure ride.
The Bourgnon facebook page.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the North-West Passage Forced to interrupt his journey because of upcoming ice, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has now tackled the last part of the North-West-Passage, slowed down by drift-ice especially during the night when up in the high North, the sun disappears for about 6 hours. To anchor the cat, a water depth of max two meters is allowed due to the length of the anchor hawser and detours to approach the shore are the consequence. The latest obstacle shows up: the Tundra, free from snow due to the climate warming, is partly on fire in the North of Canada as well as on Greenland, and thick billows of smoke not only cumber the navigation, but heavily reduce the direct warming sunlight. The report (in French).
The facebook page with reports and videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4 Very light winds affected the final leg - 'Leg 0' of the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race, a test and training week under race conditions for the seven teams. Shortly after the passage of Cape Finisterre at the Northwest point of Spain, the race was abandoned with 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA on first closely followed by 'AkzoNobel' of Simeon Tienpont NED. The overall leader 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP followed on rank 3 and finished as winner of 'Leg 0'.
The report with ranking lists.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 2 On Sunday, the start to the fourth part of the Volvo Ocean Race 'Leg 0' was given for the 7 teams leading from St-Malo FRA to Lisboa POR over 700 nm. Because of the light winds and the strong currents, race management decided to split the leg in two. The initial 25-miles' sprint was again won by 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP. Yesterday, the start was given to the second part in the sequence and times of the Sunday arrivals. This morning, still in light winds, Dee Caffari GBR with her 'Turn the tide on plastic' was leading one mile ahead of 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA. The race tracker and the news.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017   

Beach-Catamaran - difficult days for Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage

 Beach-Catamaran - difficult days for Yvan Bourgnon SUI in the Nordwest-Passage The Swiss adventurer Yvan Bourgnon SUI with his beach catamaran has now the major part of the North-West Passage behind him, but the hardest part is still ahead and he suffers as never before in his long career of oceanic and adventure races. The way in East Canada goes far up North to the 70th parallel and temperatures below 0° and drift ice impact any progress massively. An equipment failure or capsize would be life-endangering. His report.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, August 12, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 2

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 2 Yesterday morning, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP finished first in the sprint-race across the English Channel to St-Malo FRA, taking the overall lead in the 'Leg 0', the tune-up race not counting for the Volvo Ocean Race beginning in October. 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED (and the new-hire Peter Burling NZL) is 2nd, 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA 3rd.
The news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, August 11, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017   (Image © Marc Bow)

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 1

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 2 - Day 1 The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race threefold warm-up phase before the start in October was initiated with seven Volvo 65 yachts at the Fastnet Race - we reported on the victory of 'Dongfeng' CHN with Charles Caudrelier FRA. Yesterday, the start to the second part was given in Plymouth GBR, a short sprint across he English Channel to St-Malo FRA about to finish this morning shortly after press deadline (7h CET). 36 nm before the arrival, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP had a 10 miles' lead on 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED and the new-hire Peter Burling NZL.
The race tracker and the news.
In a third part, the Teams will race from St-Malo to Lisboa POR.
Friday, August 11, 2017   

Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Peter Burling NZL joins the Race

Big names join the Volvo Ocean Race teams: the 49er Olympic Champion and America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL will participate aboard of the Volvo 65 'Team Brunel' with the skipper Bouwe Bekking NED. A chance to win the three most important title in sailing within 20 months ! Burling's 49er crew Blair Tuke NZL had joined the 'Mapfre' team some time ago, steered by Javi Fernandez ESP .... another Olympic 49er Champion.
The news.
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