Offshore Racing

Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 108, Wilson USA arrived as 13th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 108, Wilson USA arrived as 13th By noon yesterday, Rich Wilson USA arrived in Les Sables d'Olonne and is with his 66 years the eldest finisher of the Vendée Globe ever on his Open 60 'Great American', the former 'Mirabaud' of Dominique Wavre SUI. 195 nm are left for Didac Costa ESP this morning, and he will be expect at Les Sables by midnight. The next to arrive will hopefully be Conrad Coleman NZL forced to sail upwind very slowly yesterday with his jury rig. Finally today, he should reach westerly winds pushing him towards the finish.
The race viewer, the news and the videos - among others from Rich Wilson USA who was escorted by a dolphin family shortly before the arrival.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 107, Wilson USA to arrive as 13th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 107, Wilson USA to arrive as 13th Alan Roura SUI, the youngest Vendée Globe participant of all times (age 24 in a few days), crossed the finish line yesterday morning on rank 12. The Swiss was very happy about his achievement and announced upon arrival his intention to prepare for the Vendée 2020. This afternoon, Rich Wilson USA, the eldest skipper, age 66, 73 nm from Les Sables this morning, will terminate the race. Conrad Coleman NZL is still tediously sailing upwind with his jury rig at speeds around 3 to 4 kn, hoping to touch westerly winds soon taking him to Les Sables in about 5 days. More and more difficult is the situation for the backmarker Sébastien Destremau FRA: He will probably be hit by a storm front with winds of up to 70 kn and he is also short of food for one week.
The race tracker, the daily news and the videos of the arrival of Alan Roura SUI.
Offshore Racing – Monday, February 20, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 106, Wilson USA now 13th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 106, Wilson USA now 13th Alan Roura SUI was only a few miles from the finish of the Vendée Globe this morning and he will be expected in Les Sables d'Olonne by 9h CET as 12th. To conclude the race - as the youngest skipper - after 106 day on a 16-year-old Open 60 (the former Super-Bigou of Bernard Stamm SUI, who never saw the arrival with this boat) is a remarkable performance and the best among the old-generation Open60s. His report.
As next, Rich Wilson USA - the eldest participant - will reach the finish on Wednesday. He passed Conrad Colman NZL/USA sailing slowly upwind under jury rig during the past 24 hours. Read Colman's impressive report with photo in Scuttlebutt. As 18th and last, Sébastien Destremau FRA crossed the Equator yesterday. He will be underway for another two weeks.
The race tracker, die news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, February 19, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 105, Wilson USA still 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 105, Wilson USA still 14th Next after Fabrice Amedeo FRA arriving as 11th yesterday morning in Les Sables d'Olonne, it will be Alan Roura SUI to finish his first Vendée Globe. 170 nm were left this morning with Roura decelerated in a lull zone. His arrival will therefore be delayed on Monday morning. Rich Wilson USA is still on the 14th position roughly 125 nm behind Conrad Coleman NZL/USA this morning, but sailing more than twice as fast, he might well overtake the handicapped Coleman in the 550 nm left to Les Sables.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 18, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 104, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 104, Wilson USA 14th Busy days in Les Sables d'Olonne ! After Arnaud Boissières FRA finishing his third Vendée Globe yesterday morning on the 10th place (read news), Fabrice Amedeo FRA was only 30 nm from the arrival at press deadline this morning. On rank 12 will follow Alan Roura SUI now 290 nm away tomorrow Sunday by midnight. Rich Wilson USA still ranked as 14th with roughly 850 nm left this morning is making good speed and will probably pass the handicapped Conrad Colman NZL early next week. Romain Attanasio FRA on rank 16 sailing on the Acores latitude had the visit of a dolphin family yesterday. The video.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 103, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 103, Wilson USA 14th At press deadline (6h UTC), Arnaud Boissières FRA was about to cross the finish line as 10th, his third top-10 Vendée result in a row. Tomorrow Saturday, Fabrice Amedeo FRA will follow, the second rookie (Bizuth) to arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne FRA. Alan Roura SUI, who was making good mileage in the past 24 hours is expeced on Sunday as 12th. Rich Wilson USA is still on the 14th place, but he will most probably finish the race as 13th, as Conrad Coleman NZL/USA under jury rig is moving very slowly only.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 102, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 102, Wilson USA 14th Late this evening, Arnaud Boissières FRA will arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne as 10th. Fabrice Amedeo FRA just passed Cape Finisterre this morning UTC, 300 nm from the arrival, and will finish the race on Saturday as 11th. On Monday, Alan Roura SUI will complete his first Vendée Globe as 12th, as Conrad Coleman NZL/USA now 12th, but sailing under jury rig very slowly, is now only 200 nm away. Most probably, also Rich Wilson USA on 14th will move up one position at the end of the race.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 101, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 101, Wilson USA 14th The next skipper to arrive tomorrow in Les Sables d'Olonne will be Arnaud Boissières FRA on rank 10. This will be his third finish at the Vendée-Globe, up-to-now only achieved by Armel Le Cléac'h FRA. The news. Fabrice Amedeo FRA passed Conrad Coleman NZL/USA during the night, is now 11th, and had this morning 580 nm to the arrival. The Kiwi-skipper finally succeeded to put the jury rig in place and thanks to a moderate rear wind, he is progressing at speeds around 3 to 4 kn. Rich Wilson USA remains on a solid 14th place, but has been fighting with light and unconstant winds on his course North on the western edge of the fleet.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 100 - Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 100 - Wilson USA 14th Late yesterday afternoon (16:58), Eric Bellion emerged from one of the most prolonged and challenging storms encountered by any of the 29 skippers of the Vendée Globe 2016/17 finishing his first round-the-globe race on the remarkable 9th place and first newcomer (Bizuth). His first impressions during the media conference.
Conrad Coleman NZL, trailing off the Portuguese coast, is trying to assemble a jury rig, helpless to defend his 10th place. Arnaud Boissières FRA has just passed him, and with roughly 500 nm to go, he will arrive in Les Sables in the night of Wednesday to Thursday. Fabrice Amédéo FRA, rank 12, will overtake Coleman NZL today.Rich Wilson USA sailing on rank 14 roughly 500 nm behind Alan Roura SUI is still making good speed but the Acores High ahead will slow him down.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017   (Image © Rick Tomlinson)

Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017 - Alicante ESP

 Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017 - Alicante ESP While the non-stop-solo-skipper Vendée Globe is in its final phase in the coming weeks, the preparations for the next circumnavigation - the Volvo Ocean Race - are well underway. The start will be give in Alicante ESP in October. Up to now, three teams have formally confirmed their participation: A newcomer is 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED as skipper, experienced Volvo racer as crew on 'ABN-AMRO'. A few days ago, the Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and the Spanish 'Mapfre' (skipper not yet announced) did send in the entry form. Both will sail on the boats of the last race. In total, 8 teams are expected to join the race.
The event website.
Offshore Racing – Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017   

 Probably late this evening, Eric Bellion FRA will reach the Vendée Globe finish as 9th. Stilll underway without main sail, he moved only slowly yesterday, but with the winds veering Southeast, he is now sailing abeam with the 45m2 gennaker at up to 11 kn. For Conrad Coleman NZL, the sea was to rough yesterday to start with the construction of the jury rig, but today, this should be possible. End of this week, Arnaud Boissières FRA and Fabrice Amedeo FRA will be expected in Les Sables d'Olonne. Rich Wilson USA on rank 14 is still 2'000 nm from the arrival and will finish the race in the second half of next week.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 98, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 98, Wilson USA 14th The 10 solo skippers still in the race are struggling with the rough conditions on the North Atlantic. Eric Bellion FRA, expected on the coming Monday to finish the Vendée as 9th, had to lower the main sail as the top detatched from the rail. A repair has been impossible for the moment, due to the heavy storm on the Bay of Biscay. Conrad Coleman NZL/USA too has to wait for less wind and waves to construct a jury rig with his broken mast. Rich Wilson USA is still on the 14th position.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Offshore Racing – Saturday, February 11, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 97 - Conrad Coleman NZL/USA dismasted

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 97 - Conrad Coleman NZL/USA dismasted During the past night, Conrad Coleman NZL on the 10th position lost his mast saiing upwind in a 35 kn wind, and this only 700 nm before the finish line with 97% of his round-the-world race completed ! He tries now to reach Les Sables d'Olonne under jury rig, but no doubt, he would loose some ranks. The news. Eric Bellion FRA - he too fighting in a 30 kn north-easterly upwind - had 450 nm left this morning. His ETA is now Sunday evening. Rich Wilson USA lites]Alan Roura SUI[/URL] was 2'300 nm away from Les Sables d'Olonne this morning. After the incident of Coleman, he will probably move up on rank 13 overall.
The race tracker, the reports and the videos, among others of Sébastien Destremau FRA, with the "Samba fever" aboard off Rio.
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