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    Published on 01-18-2020 11:30 AM
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    The all-consuming battle between Love Water and Maserati looks set to deliver its grand finale in the next 24 hours. It’s not over yet… and there are likely to be a few twists and turns yet, with notorious wind holes and tides on the final approach to Rio.

    It’s hard to pick a line honours winner, and it’s going to be a real scrap to the end, with neither boat giving a inch in their unwavering efforts to claim the race line honours record, which is looking to get about 2 days leaner!

    At 16 UTC, #LoveWater is still in the lead, 326 miles away from the finish line, but #MaseratiMulti70 is gaining ground and the distance from our competitor is decreasing, going down to 30
    Published on 01-18-2020 11:09 AM
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    Francis Joyon set sail this morning on the Tea Route

    The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran is back racing. Francis Joyon left Hong Kong this morning at 08:00:47 hrs UTC and is on his way to London in the framework of another record attempt: the Tea Route, for which the reference time has been ...
    Published on 01-17-2020 11:00 AM
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    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 12 Report
    By Richard Crockett

    Was it a surprise to see the big dogs dive south so dramatically? Probably not as one has to really keep one eye on the tracker and another on the weather. Those who toggle the wind on in YB Tracker will see that ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ are diving south into some big wind which they hope will slingshot them into Rio at record pace.

    The fact that the two big dogs are shadowing each other, with ‘Love Water’ just some 18nm directly astern of ‘Maserati’, shows that they have both seen the same wind pattern and both want to take advantage of it. Neither are doing massive boat speeds either, around 15 knots, and not the 25-plus that they are very capable ...
    Published on 01-16-2020 11:28 AM
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    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 11 Report
    By Richard Crockett

    Something the landlubbers following this race may not know about ocean racing is that outside assistance is simply not permitted and at its worst can be punishable by disqualification, or with a time penalty at the finish. So the crews out there are self-sufficient – or better yet, have to be self-sufficient in absolutely every respect from victuals to water and even navigation.

    If one receives water from a passing vessel, penalties can apply, and should one receive weather and navigation information from a source that is not available publicly, the consequences can be dire.

    So life on board ...
    Published on 01-16-2020 10:03 AM
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    Francis Joyon to tackle the Tea Route record between Hong Kong and London

    Francis Joyon will begin the final Act of the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR at around 0900hrs UTC on ...
    Published on 01-15-2020 09:15 AM
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    With the front-runners now passing due south of St Helena Island in good breeze, it’s been a spectacular first half for these boats, who are now starting the slow turn down around the south Atlantic high and aiming at last for Rio.

    What an inspiration and thrill it must be for the young crews aboard yachts like JM Busha, Rotary Scout, Haspa Hamburg and Zulu Girl to see just how quickly the two big trimarans have covered the first half of the race course! Remember, both these trimaran teams have been ...
    Published on 01-14-2020 09:43 AM
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    Where to start today? With two distinct groups on the water it’s difficult to give a single overview, so once again I will cover the two groups separately.

    But before that one just has to stand back in awe at the sheer speed and distance covered by the two big dogs, ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ as they are stripping miles off the chart quicker than a marauding gamefish strips line off a reel!

    ‘Love Water’ has covered 1110nm since the start and ‘Maserati’ 1072nm – all this in less than 48 hours at sea. That’s shunting as the last tracker ‘ping’ showed them doing 19.7 knots and 20.5 knots respectively and still heading towards the 20S line of latitude. To really put this ...
    Published on 01-13-2020 09:45 AM
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    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet:
    𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵: 𝘡𝘜𝘓𝘜 𝘎𝘐𝘙𝘓 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘈𝘡𝘐

    Our spinnaker blew, under repair now
    Best regards

    𝗖𝗶𝗮𝗼 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 - 𝗝𝗠 𝗕𝗨𝗦𝗛𝗔 ...
    Published on 01-11-2020 01:37 PM
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    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70 set sail for the 16th edition of the Cape2Rio
    Soldini: "The boat is ready and the crew is super experienced, we will give it our best!"

    They’re off! At 14.30 local time (12.30 UTC, 13.30 Italian time) ...
    Published on 01-10-2020 10:32 AM
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    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team are ready for the Cape2Rio 2020
    The challenge with the 80-feet LoveWater starts tomorrow at 14.30 local time
    A Southerly wind of 15-20 knots is expected for the first 36 hours of the race

    Giovanni Soldini and Maserati Multi 70’s Team ...
    Published on 01-10-2020 10:24 AM
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    The Cape2Rio2020 Race intrigue continues, as the boats do their utmost to balance the options. On one hand, capitalizing on their most careful interpretation of the best macro-weather information available to them, while on the other hand making the most of the wind strength and ...
    Published on 01-09-2020 11:11 AM
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    Ocean racing is one of those difficult sports as one has to have a well planned strategy before the start and stick to as changing strategy is slow, especially if you want to be somewhere quite distant on the course. It’s not as if a position change will happen quickly, and could take many hours or even a day or two.

    Which is why I am impressed with the manner the ‘JM Busha 54′ ...
    Published on 01-07-2020 02:06 PM
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    13 Boats departed Cape Town headed for RIO on Saturday as part of the 3435nm 2020 Cape 2 Rio race. 9 additional boats will depart January 11th, effectively giving the cruisers a week lead. Among the fast boats leaving will be Giovanni Soldini and the crew on the Mod 70 Maserati, hoping to eclipse their own record of 10D 11h 29m 57s set on the Volvo 70 Maserati in 2014. Als in the fast boat ...
    Published on 01-06-2020 01:22 PM

    Highlights, Sports Moments: recipe for the vendée globe adventure...
    3 minutes of images to better understand the magic of ...
    Published on 12-07-2019 09:43 AM
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    François Gabart, Gwénolé Gahinet and Jérémie Eloy crossed the finishing line of the Brest Atlantiques in second place, this Saturday morning, 2 days and 21 hours after Edmond-de-Rothschild. The MACIF trimaran spent 31 days and 20 hours at sea to finish the Brest Atlantiques and sail 17,889 miles in the both the north and south Atlantic.

    The MACIF trimaran crew took 31 days, 20 hours, 43 minutes and 50 seconds to complete the 17,889-mile loop in the north and south Atlantic, with two course marks to round in Rio de Janeiro and the Cape sea. These two passage marks turned out to be useful and important for the MACIF team, forced to make two pit stops to make repairs. On four occasions, the MACIF trimaran suffered ...
    Published on 12-05-2019 09:45 AM
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    December 5, 2019

    At about 19:00 (French time) on Wednesday, December 4, Spindrift ...
    Published on 12-04-2019 12:57 PM
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    Spindrift 2 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy on decembre 3, 2019 at 20H 55' 54" UTC to begin their 21,600 miles around the world record attempt.
    The Objective: to beat the existing record of 40-days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds and cross back over the line again before 20H 27' 25" UTC ...
    Published on 12-04-2019 10:14 AM
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    It is done ! After 28 days 23 hours 24 minutes and 46 seconds of sea, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, accompanied by the media man Yann Riou, won "Brest Atlantiques" this Wednesday, December 4 at 10:24'46 ''. A first big offshore victory for Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, who will have traveled a total of 17,084 miles, at 24.57 knots of real average speed.

    Leaving Brest on November 5th in muscular conditions, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier found this Wednesday morning the city of Ponant in a "time of young lady" (flat sea, light breeze of east, rising sun), crossing as winners to 10h24'46 '' , after having chained ...
    Published on 12-03-2019 09:39 AM
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    BREAKING NEWS - 3 December 2019
    // JULES VERNE TROPHY: START AT 20h 55' 54" (UTC) //
    Spindrift 2 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy on tuesday 3, decembre 2019 at 20h 55' 54" UTC to begin their 21,600 miles around the world record attempt. The Objective: to beat the existing record of 40-days 23 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds and cross back over the line again before 20h 27' 25" UTC on January 13, 2020.

    The twelve crew of the black and gold trimaran crossed the line in front of the Créac’h Lighthouse (Ushant) at 20h 55' 54" UTC on tuesday 3, decembre 2019 in a very moderate
    Published on 12-03-2019 09:05 AM
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    Here is the word of the board sent this Tuesday, December 3 by Ronan Gladu, media man on Actual Leader.

    "The news of Actual Leader, right in the middle of the North Atlantic! We are exactly halfway between the Canaries and Bermuda. We have finally stopped our progression towards the west, the opposite of Brest ... But our road, full north, still does not ...