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    Published on 11-12-2019 11:42 AM
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    LESS THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE LEADERS!




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    A race is never over till it’s over as the saying goes. However, it’s hard to imagine how the 2 leaders, François Jambou (965) in the prototype category and Ambrogio Beccaria (943) in the production boat category could let victory slip between their fingers now. With 419.3 miles to go for ...
    Published on 11-12-2019 10:45 AM
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    A lightning fast and very professional response by the highly experienced crew aboard the supermaxi Wild Oats XI when its mast failed at the weekend saved the yacht from the likelihood of considerably more damage.

    The 30-metre long sloop, which is recognised as the most successful ...
    Published on 11-12-2019 10:30 AM
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    Posted on 12.11.2019
    Since Tuesday morning, 9:18, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is in Salvador de Bahia where the technical team of Gitana Team is working to repair the central drift. The trimaran MACIF took control of "Brest Atlantiques", but will have to make a technical stop on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro to replace its central hull saffron (loaned by the Team Banque Populaire). Sodebo Ultim 3 should take the opportunity to sit at the controls of the race ahead of Actual Leader. Every Tuesday, Sébastien Josse, a consultant for the race director, returns to the last week of "Brest Atlantiques".

    Let's first mention the departure of "Brest Atlantiques" and this descent into the Bay of Biscay, how did it go for the four trimarans?
    They all sailed like a sailor, leaving with one or two ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 12:42 PM
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    A WAR OF NERVES AND DAMAGE GALORE. TWO COMPETITORS’ BOATS HAVE DISMASTED BUT THE SKIPPERS ARE SAFE.


    François Jambou (865) in the prototype category and Ambrogio Beccaria (943) in the production boat fleet are still utterly dominating the competition. Earlier this morning, Russian sailor Irina Gracheva (579) and Julien Berthélémé (742) both announced to Race Management that their boats had dismasted. Otherwise, all is well aboard for both skippers, who are still in the race for now. These two dismastings are the first to occur since the start of this 2019 edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère.


    Irina Gracheva



    Julien Berthélémé


    The sailor from the Finistère ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 11:19 AM
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    +++ SINKING YACHT +++

    A Mayday call just after midday led to the rescue of three Swiss sailors today.

    Their 40 foot yacht hit a navigational buoy at the entrance to Cowes harbour. The collision tore the rudder off and the yacht started ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 11:11 AM
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    Finish Photos © Jean-Louis Carli/Alea


    After arriving in the Bay of All Saints on Monday morning to complete his first transatlantic, Britain’s Will Harris, 25, recounted the moment he heard the boat alongside them in the middle of the North Atlantic – Hugo Boss – had hit something and lost their keel.

    “I remember when we got the news that Hugo Boss’s keel was hanging by a thread,” Harris, who was co-skipper to Boris Hermann on Malizia II – Yacht Club de Monaco, which finished twelfth after a surging comeback, said. “When you’re that close it makes it feels more real and it makes you understand the risks. Ten miles further east and that could have been us. It was really bad luck for them.”

    With the pontoons around the Terminal Turistico Nautico da Bahia in Salvador already full of boats and with so many finishers arriving in the bright sunshine and the tranquil waters of one of the biggest bays in the world, it is to forget how hard this race is, the near misses and those who have not made it here. The 14thedition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre has been a lower ...
    Published on 11-11-2019 10:24 AM
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    First break for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, but a stop is scheduled
    After five days of racing on the Brest Atlantiques course, the Doldrums delivered a favourable verdict for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, the team was hardly slowed down compared to its rivals. Just after crossing the equator this Sunday at 13.45 GMT, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had a 163 mile lead over their immediate competitor, trimaran MACIF. However, the two co-skippers will have to make a technical stopover in Salvador de Bahia for repairs to the daggerboard.
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    Published on 11-08-2019 04:31 PM
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    OMAN AIR BEGINS HER ASCENT
    By Jessica on 08 Nov. 2019


    While it may have been their turn to be top scoring boat on day three of the GC32 Oman Cup, the maths is not looking great for Oman Air in their fight with Alinghi to become 2019 GC32 Racing Tour champions. Going into the final day tomorrow, whichever teams comes out on top will win the big prize. Currently the local heroes led by Adam Minoprio are 10 points ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 01:04 PM
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    The leaders at the midway mark, Ferré excels


    Ambrogio Beccaria

    François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) and Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag), the respective leaders in the Prototype and Production boat category in this 2nd leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019, are at the midway mark in the course between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Le Marin in Martinique after just five days of racing. At the 16:00 UTC position report, they are respectively 1,314.8 and 1,348.1 nautical miles from Le Marin in Martinique.


    François Jambou




    Though for now, the French and Italian skippers have negotiated the wind shifts in the trades to perfection, this ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 12:23 PM
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    Everyone in the trade winds… or almost. Bouroullec in turmoil with technical issues.



    The trio of Jambou, Beccaria, Ferré is continuing its route leaving very little room for tactical error, the whole performance posted at a furious pace (an average of around 10 knots over the past 24 hours). In a favourable trade wind (ENE’ly of 15-20 knots), that is not very stable in terms of position, the slightest error can cost dearly. As such, it’s vital to anticipate the wind shifts as best they can so as to choose the right moment to gybe, which is what the three leaders in this 22nd edition are excelling at. Indeed, it’s easy to imagine that ‘concentration’ and ‘rigour’ are the keywords on board right now…





    Tanguy Bouroullec

    Prototypes: Bouroullec a victim of technical issues, Kremer a model of efficiency, Gendron gambling it all on the south

    In light of the very different headings within the prototype fleet, even for those boats that are fairly close to one another, we can fairly easily deduce that the wind is rather unstable in strength and ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 10:09 AM
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    The regatta is in full swing at "Brest Atlantiques" on Friday with a speed race towards the equator that is currently smiling for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of the fleet . On Friday evening's program, the management of the Cape Verde Islands' wind, before the big question of the week: where to cross the Doldrums?

    The clear voices, the ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 09:54 AM
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    Alex Thomson Racing Update:

    Skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald arrive safely to the

    Cape Verde Islands onboard HUGO BOSS



    This morning (Friday 8th November 2019), shortly after 08:00 UTC, British skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald arrived safely into the Cape ...
    Published on 11-08-2019 09:46 AM
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    Francis Joyon breaks the Mauritian record
    19 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes and 45 seconds to reach Mauritius

    Francis Joyon comes, with a disconcerting appearance of ease, to explode his own record established 10 years ago on this Route des Indes baptized ...
    Published on 11-06-2019 01:06 PM
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    JAMBOU AND BECCARIA SOLID LEADERS, TWO SAILORS SET TO MAKE A PIT STOP IN THE CAPE VERDE ARCHIPELAGO


    Italians Matteo Sericano and Marco Buonanni have both broken a rudder and are making for Mindelo, in Cape Verde, where they’ll make a pit stop to effect repairs before, hopefully, returning to the racetrack. Since the start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, three other competitors have made pit stops before setting sail again: Amélie Grassi, Marie Gendron and ...