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Top News – Monday, February 19, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 13

The weather pattern on the Pacific remains unpredictable and apparently, the innertropical convergence zone with thunderstorms and lulls is much wider as presented on the race tracker yesterday. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS on a fast track temporarily took the lead for a moment, but stalled this morning UTC and will probably be replaced by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), the only boat progressing with no decelerations and now only one mile behind the leader. The battle will go on passing the lull patches in the coming days. Everybody can win, even the backmarker 'Mapfre' 55nm behind, as there are still 1'800nm left to Auckland.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018   

Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamos ESP - Day 3 - No races

 Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamos ESP - Day 3 - No races Rainy weather with very light and circling winds inhibited racing yesterday and the overall rankings remain unchanged with only one race on the opening day, as only two of the five groups completed an additional heat the day before yesterday. For the last races today, a fresh 15 to 20kn breeze has been announced.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Sunday, February 18, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2018 - Leg 6 - Day 12 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), 20nm behind, are the big winners of the Equator crossing with a 140nm advantage on the rest of the fleet. By this evening UTC, 'Scallywag' on a more westerly course could even take the lead as this morning, she was twice as fast as 'AkzoNobel'.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Sunday, February 18, 2018   (Image © Lloyd Images)

Diam-24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Final results

 Diam-24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Final results As expected, the short races off Muscat did not alter the positions on top of the Arabian Tour rankings. 'Bejaflore' with Valentin Bellet/Julien Villion/Guillaume Piroulle/Valentin Sipan/Jason Saunders FRA/NZL finished first ahead of 'EFG Bank Monaco' with Thierry Douillard FRA (and a.o. Mathieu Richard FRA) on rank 2.
The final report with ranking lists.
 
Top News – Saturday, February 17, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018   (Image © Alfred Farre)

Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamos ESP - Day 2

 Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamos ESP - Day 2 Light winds prevailed also on the second day of the Optimist Nations' Trophy in Palamos. Only two of the five groups could complete a race in an up to 7kn wind. Marc Mesquida ESP and Andrea Manhes FRA were the winners, but group rankings have not been posted on the event website.
The overall ranking list after the first day - Callies Davis USA is 41st, Jackson Macaulay CAN 176th - and the daily news.
Saturday, February 17, 2018   

Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Final results

 Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Final results No more racing yesterday on Cannes Bay as the wind was lacking. Dominating first in the final rankings of the International Finn Week is therefore after 7 races Guillaume Boisard FRA ahead of Laurent Hay FRA and Liiv Harles EST.
The final ranking list, the ranking lists by age category and the event facebook page with photos.
Saturday, February 17, 2018   (Image © Jeremie Lecaudey)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 11 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 30nm behind 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) on a westerly course have crossed the Doldrums the fastest and are already enjoying the southern trade winds. The other teams are still fighting with the unconstant breeze, and the 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is already 154nm in arrears. Is this a preliminary decision ?
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Saturday, February 17, 2018   

Diam 24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Day 14

 Diam 24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Day 14 The coastal race yesterday was abandonded in the slackening wind. Here the ticker with pictures. Together with the leading French teams was Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' whose performance is better and better every day. Today, last day of the Tour, short races are on the program.
The live ticker, the ranking list and the news.
Saturday, February 17, 2018   

Super Foiler Series - Act 3 - Queensland AUS - Day 1

 Super Foiler Series - Act 3 - Queensland AUS - Day 1 Yesterday began Act 3 of the new Australian Super-Foiler-Trimaran-Series in Queensland. No new re the results as the dominating 'Dream-Team' with Nathan Outteridge, Glen Ashby and Iain Jensen AUS continued their winning streak. However, the teams behind are getting better in every race. Phil Robertson NZL won two heats !
The reports and the event facebook page with videos.
 
Top News – Friday, February 16, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018   

Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamo ESP - Day 1

 Optimist - Nations Cup - Palamo ESP - Day 1 After some delays, racing at the Palamos Nations' Trophy was initiated yesterday afternoon with one race sailed in a light 5kn wind. The big 550 boats' fleet is split in 5 groups.
The day's winners were William Pank GBR, Martin Atilla EST, Zou Schemmel FRA, Nora Garcia ESP (beste girl) and Simon Mille SUI (the best U13 helmsman).
The ranking list and the daily news.
The wind forecast for today is again very light with 5-8kn.
Friday, February 16, 2018   (Image © Johan Lérin)

Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Day 3

 Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Day 3 After two windy days, there was only a light 5kn breeze prevailing on Cannes Bay yesterday, but the leaders remained French in these conditions as well.
Guillaume Boisard FRA extended his overall lead with another race win. Laurent Hay FRA defended on 2nd with the day ranks 2 and 4. Liiv Harles EST stays on 3rd.
The ranking list and the photos.
Friday, February 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 10

As expected, the innertropical convergence zone decelerated the fleet, the leading 'AkzoNobel' stalled as first and was bypassed by part of the fleet. Sailing on the extreme East, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' with Dee Caffari GBR was on first this morning one mile ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED. 'AkzoNobel' is down on 3rd with a 3,nm backlog. Position changes will be the name of the game in the coming 48hrs. The one who will touch the southern trade winds first will be in pole position for the finishing straight to Auckland.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Friday, February 16, 2018   (Image © Lloyd Images)

Diam 24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Day 14

 Diam 24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Muscat OMN - Day 14 After yesterday's lay day and the relocation to Muscat, the final of the 2018 Arabien Tour is on the program today. At 6.30h UTC. the start to the final coastal race will be given, and tomorrow, the last short races are on the program.
'Bejaflore' with Valentin Bellet FRA is the premature winner while 'EFG Bank Monaco' and Averda' will fight for rank 2. The coastal race can be followed live via GPS tracker and a live blog.
 
Top News – Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018   (Image © Johan Lérin)

Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Day 2

 Finn - International Week - Cannes FRA - Day 2 A rough season opening for the Finns on the second day of the Cannes International Week with a 15-20kn Southwind, waves and cold temperatures. Three races were held and Guillaume Boisard FRA dominated again with two bullets. His overall lead on Laurent Hay FRA is now 4 points. Haarles Liiv EST remained on rank 3 with a 13 points' backlog.
The ranking list.
Thursday, February 15, 2018   (Image © Rich Edwards)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 6 - Day 9 The fast reaching ride direction South continued yesterday driven by the trade winds and only slight position changes happened. The situation might change today when the innertropical convergence zone will be reached by the leading boats. 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) 32nm ahead this morning UTC will loose speed and the fleet will be closing up. Remains to be seen whether 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS) sailing on an extreme leewards position will benefit from a better wind angle. The crossing of the Doldrums will be crucial for the final outcome of leg 6.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Thursday, February 15, 2018   

Diam-24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Sur OMN - Day 13

 Diam-24-Trimaran - Arabian Tour 2018 - Sur OMN - Day 13 Three short races were on the program yesterday. Stevie Morrison GBR with his 'Arveda' was the winner of the day and as 3rd overall, he reduced the backlog on the 2nd-ranked 'EFG Bank Monaco' (Thierry Douillard FRA) to 2 points. 'Bejaflore' with Valentin Bellet FRA 10 points ahead is the premature overall winner of the Tour before the last stopover with a coastal race and three short races. Bernard Stamm SUI with his 'Cheminées Poujoulat' dropped on rank 6, but with a 2 points' deficit on rank 4 and one points on the 5th place, he can improve his ranking in the last races.
The news with ranking lists. Today is lay day in Oman.
Thursday, February 15, 2018   

Optimist - Nations Trophy - Palamos ESP - Start today with participants from CAN, MEX and the USA

 Optimist - Nations Trophy - Palamos ESP - Start today with participants from CAN, MEX and the USA After a week with training races and material tests, the Optimist Nations' Trophy begins today in Palamos ESP. Over the past years, the event has become gigantic with now 551 Optimists from 28 nations and 3 continents.
The entry list with participants from CAN, MEX and the USA (15!).
The event website.
Thursday, February 15, 2018   

Transatlantic Record - 'Banque Populaire IX' arrived in the Caribbeans after 6 days

 Transatlantic Record - 'Banque Populaire IX' arrived in the Caribbeans after 6 days A week ago, the new foiling trimaran 'Banque Populaire IX' departed from
Brest FRA to a first test ride across the Atlantic. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA was very satisfied about the performance in ideal moderate trade winds. In two weeks, the multihull will be sailed back to France. The inaugural regatta will be in April, the 'Nice Ultimed' at the Côte d'Azur FRA.
The news.
 
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