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    Published on 12-13-2017 10:59 AM
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    The calm before the storm
    13/12/2017



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    The passage of the Horn for Yves le Blevec is expected early Wednesday night.

    According ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:38 AM
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    Only in the world ... but connected

    After 39 days at sea, François Gabart continues his bypass west of the Azores anticyclone in an easterly trade wind that tends to weaken. If the skipper ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:13 AM
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    Pressure coming on as Southern Ocean storm approaches


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    A north-south divide of more than 200 miles has opened up in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as the teams prepare for a deep Southern Ocean depression to strike...




    Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 04, morning on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Dee Caffari in her thoughts after getting the latest position report. The boat is now the only one who took the option to go north while the rest of the fleet is heading south. ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 03:27 PM
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    1: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 3. John Fisher in the foreground with Vestas 11th Hour racing approaching fast on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017



    2: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 03, on board MAPFRE. Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017.


    Emotions are running high for Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking, who suffered a loss in the family this week.

    I always say family first to my crew(s). It is the most import thing in life. The job we are having takes it's toll. Long away from home , when in stopovers never enough time ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 10:59 AM
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    It smells like Horn!
    12/12/2017

    The first big barrier, one of the major pitfalls if not the major pitfall, of this turn of the world in reverse, is approaching.





    In 48 hours, Yves should have doubled ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 10:41 AM
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    These days when nothing must happen ...

    On Tuesday, François Gabart has 2447 miles ahead of Thomas Coville's theoretical road record. And he has only 2274 miles to go. Strongly perched on this windfall 4 and a half days ahead, still carried by a strong trade wind, the skipper trimaran MACIF has all the cards in hand. Oh, if only the North Atlantic could deign to let it pass peacefully ...
    Point race in brief:

    The MACIF trimaran traveled 720 miles in 24 hours (30 knots)
    The situation after the Azores still uncertain
    Arrival in Ushant between Saturday and Monday


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    Published on 12-11-2017 02:25 PM
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    After a fast and furious opening 24 hours of Leg 3, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet were today enjoying a brief moment of respite as they cross a high-pressure ridge.





    A spectacular start to the 6,500 nautical mile leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday saw the city's famed 'Cape Doctor' breeze send the fleet on its way yesterday with 20 to 25 knots and huge ...
    Published on 12-11-2017 12:21 PM
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    Last week before Ouessant

    Last week of racing for François Gabart and the trimaran MACIF. While only 37 days have elapsed since his departure from Ouessant last Saturday, November 4, the large trimaran is no more than 2,800 miles from the finish line of what promises to ...
    Published on 12-11-2017 10:53 AM
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    It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Ian Farrier passed away in San Francisco on his way back from the USA yesterday. We are in deep shock as we come to terms with the huge loss of our captain, and our focus is on Ian�s immediate family and the Farrier Marine team.

    Ian was a visionary, a multihull genius, an all-round nice guy who leaves behind a huge legacy to the sailing world.
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    Published on 12-11-2017 10:19 AM
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    Updates from the ocean:
    Last coordinates reported 14° 39'51 ' n 49° 46'8 ''. Dario and his pa2sh are in the full of disturbance, achieved already from the early hours of the morning
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    Published on 12-10-2017 12:16 PM
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    IN THE 40TH!
    12/10/2017

    Yves le Blevec, on the Ultim Actual, is since that night in the 40 °, the gateway to the great south ... "It starts to cool, I saw my first big albatross! "He said this morning.
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    Published on 12-10-2017 11:32 AM
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    François Gabart increases his lead to the equator!

    A week after passing the longitude of Cape Horn, François Gabart has signed a new exceptional time at the equator, crossed this Sunday, December 10 at 11:35, 36 days 01 hours and 30 minutes after leaving Ushant. The skipper of the trimaran MACIF now has 5 days 13 hours and 23 minutes ahead of the passage time of the current record holder of the world tour alone, Thomas Coville, who had switched to the northern hemisphere after 41 days 14 hours and 53 minutes. He also signs ...
    Published on 12-10-2017 11:15 AM
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    Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...

    Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish MAPFRE squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent on Sunday.

    It was the eleventh time in the history of ...
    Published on 12-09-2017 04:56 PM
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    With racing taking place in a balmy, near perfect 15 knots on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the ‘take no prisoners’ shoot out on the last day of the Star Sailors League Final saw the fleet narrow to seven teams after the Quarter Finals and to four after the Semis. Finally this left the finals being contested by France’s Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis ...
    Published on 12-09-2017 11:24 AM
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    Volvo Ocean Race sailors prepare for rough re-start in Cape Town





    It's going to be heavy conditions for the start of Leg 3 on Sunday as the famous Cape Town doctor pays a visit...


    Strong winds are forecast for the start of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon in Cape Town as the famous ‘Cape Doctor’ – a strong southeasterly ...
    Published on 12-09-2017 11:01 AM
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    The Maxi Trimaran Spindrift has arrived at Brest at Quai Malbert as she engages in final preparations
    for a Jules Verne attempt!


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    Published on 12-08-2017 05:54 PM
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    After three more races today on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the full 11 Qualifier races of the Star Sailors League Final were completed to determine which ten of the 25 teams would progress through to tomorrow’s final rounds, when the US$ 200,000 prize pot will be distributed.


    There was upset in the first race when another of the Star newbies won, beating the old hands of the ...
    Published on 12-08-2017 12:42 PM
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    Already back in depression
    08/12/2017

    "Yves is in the thick of things," summarizes his router Christian Dumard.

    Along the South American coast, the skipper Actual, who has been engaged for nearly two weeks on his attempt to turn the world upside down ...
    Published on 12-08-2017 10:59 AM
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    More than five days after rounding Cape Horn, François Gabart is continuing to sail up the South Atlantic with his sights set on the equator, which he hopes to cross on Sunday, after a little more than 36 days at sea. Tossed around earlier this week by a severe gale, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran is showing some fatigue, but, as consolation, he is beginning to pick up the trade wind and has more than 3 days' lead over Thomas Coville's passage time, holder of the round the world record.
    LEAD OVER THOMAS ...
    Published on 12-08-2017 10:33 AM
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    "ANOTHER NIGHT WE HAVE ARCHIVED
    The last 24 have been really challenging between: storm, wave of 3 meters, weak wind and sustained gusts, "man overboard" and satellite tracker became fishbait.
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