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    Published on 09-25-2020 09:50 AM
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    In the first of a series of preview articles in the lead-up to the Vendée Globe start on November 8, Ed Gorman looks at the issue of comfort – and discomfort – on board an IMOCA.

    The IMOCA fleet has a deserved reputation for exceptional performance, for spectacular displays of awesome speed and power, but it also for being made up of some of the most hostile racing platforms ever used in world sailing.

    Even ...
    Published on 09-23-2020 12:24 PM
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    Objective Jules Verne Trophy

    The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild 40 days away from the start of stand-by


    Lorient, wednesday, September 23, 2020 - This figure has been on everyone’s minds for many months now; 40 days (23 hours and 30 minutes), is the exact time to beat if the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild is to topple Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport, ...
    Published on 09-23-2020 09:34 AM
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    Three new crew members announced for 11th Hour Racing Team at Homecoming event in Newport, Rhode Island

    September 22, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – Three new sailing crew have been signed by 11th Hour Racing Team, the U.S.-based offshore sailing team with a sight set on winning The Ocean Race 2022-23. In a socially distanced ‘Homecoming’ ...
    Published on 09-12-2020 08:14 AM
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    It took a strong composure and a bit of success to win these 48 hours Azimut.

    Undecided until the end, they consecrate for the second consecutive year Jérémie Beyou (Charal), opportunist hunter finding at the level of the island of Groix the breath of saving air. Samantha Davies takes second place and Isabelle Joschke completes the podium.
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    Published on 09-10-2020 11:42 AM
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    Finally alone! The 17 competing IMOCAs set sail from Lorient this afternoon on a long triangular sprint in the middle of the Bay of Biscay. Leading the way, Charal is battling it out with Arkea Paprec and L’Occitane en Provence, with the foilers already flying along towards the first mark some 143 miles ahead of their bows. After this bracing start, a first night at high speed awaits all the fleet

    To look impressive and steal the show, nothing can beat nailing a start! Heading the fleet this afternoon ...
    Published on 09-09-2020 10:48 AM
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    It’s full house… The pontoons of Lorient – La Base are a hive of activity this Tuesday 8 September, on the eve of the start of the Défi Azimut. “All eyes will be on this event. Weather conditions are not forecast to be rough so it’ll be more a case of gently getting into the swing of things!” admits Gildas Morvan, Race Director for this tenth ...
    Published on 08-31-2020 08:34 PM
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    LEADERS SET TO STRETCH AWAY AS NEW BREEZE BREATHES LIFE INTO STAGE 1 OF LA SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO
    Published on 31/08/2020

    After a first night at sea which proved painfully slow and frustrating at times, the leaders on the 642-nautical mile Stage 1 of La Solitaire du Figaro have their noses into the first of a forecasted new southerly breeze, and by mid-afternoon this Monday, some 27 hours after the start, the pacemakers were seeing intermittent periods of promising ...
    Published on 08-17-2020 12:39 PM
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    Since we last visited Lia, she has progressed slowly but surely towards the Islands, experiences another roll over,
    was visited by more sharks and a large pelagic bird and mahi-mahi. She describes her cabin as smelling like "wet cheese"
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    Published on 08-12-2020 11:02 AM
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    Onboard update from Amory on day 6 of their Atlantic crossing from Brittany, France to Newport, RI.

    43° 26.8 N
    35° 18.0 W
    Sea temp 25C
    10kts of wind, 9 kts of boat speed
    Upwind, calm seas and clear skies







    These are our first miles on the new foil and unanimous opinion is that it’s some next-level kit. When it’s actively lifting, polar percentages have averaged as high as 150%, with some occasional spikes to 175%. ...
    Published on 08-04-2020 12:19 PM



    An unprecedented race, extreme conditions, a fierce battle: relive the prelude of the Vendee Globe from the inside ! ...
    Published on 07-31-2020 12:29 PM
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    11th Hour Racing Team Adds America’s Cup Winner and Former Ocean Race Champion to Transatlantic Sail
    July 31, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – 11th Hour Racing Team announced the addition of several high-profile sailors to its training crew this week with five-time Ocean Race veteran ...
    Published on 07-23-2020 10:10 AM
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    © Amory Ross | 11th Hour Racing

    11th Hour Racing Team Restarts Team Training After Pandemic Delay and Postponement of The Ocean Race
    July 23, 2020 (Newport, Rhode Island) – Following this year’s lockdowns around the globe and the recent announcement of a one-year postponement to the start ...
    Published on 07-19-2020 02:37 PM
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    94 boats set off under light conditions this Sunday from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin bound for La Trinité-sur-Mer for the third edition of the DRHEAM-CUP / GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE DE COURSE AU LARGE. In the program for the first hours of the race, a crossing of the English Channel in rather soft wind, before a descent of the English coasts downwind which promises beautiful cavalcades among all the classes.

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    Published on 07-16-2020 09:16 AM
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    The Ocean Race reboots with announcement of 10-year plan
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    The 14th running of the world’s toughest test of a team in sport will start in October 2022 with a Europe Race being considered for summer 2021...





    Organisers of The Ocean Race have confirmed the next edition of the Race will start from Alicante, Spain, in October 2022 and finish in Genova, Italy, in the summer of 2023 during the 50th jubilee anniversary year of the Race.

    For the first time in race history, further event timings have also been confirmed through the next 10 years and a feasibility study is currently underway for a European race to take place next summer.

    The change to the start date for the next edition of the round the world ...
    Published on 07-14-2020 12:58 PM
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    The Charal skipper crossed the finish line of Les Sables d'Olonne this Tuesday, July 14 at 20 a.m. 44 minutes and 8 seconds (French time) after 10 days, 5 a.m. minutes and 8 seconds of racing.


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    Jérémie Beyou knows a lot about how to finish a race in a winning position – a quick look at his glittering CV tells you that about a man who has won the Solitaire du Figaro three times.

    He is also renowned for his ability to push a boat consistently at its optimum speed.
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    Published on 07-14-2020 10:14 AM
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    The leaders of this inaugural Vendee Artique Race are charging toward the finish, with the leader
    Jeremie Beyou on Charal just 45 nm to the finish. Thomas Ruyant aboard Linked Out just 7.2 nm behind and 3rd place
    Charlie Dalin aboard Apiva 9.2 nm in ...
    Published on 07-13-2020 08:59 AM
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    Charlie Dalin at the helm of the white and yellow foiler, Apivia, was the first skipper to reach the Gallimard Waypoint this morning as he turned his bow eastwards for the final stretch of the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne Race.

    The 36-year-old Frenchman based at Port-la-Fôret was making about ...
    Published on 07-11-2020 11:24 AM
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    Latest update from Boris Herrmann.

    At 07.25 utc Boris Herrmann on Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco had an issue onboard. The main headboard car broke and the main came down. Boris is fine and needs no assistance but he will be slower for the rest of the race. He has secured everything and at the moment is still sailing with the head sail and a much smaller main. He is trying ...
    Published on 07-10-2020 03:02 PM
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    Objective Jules Verne Trophy
    A crewed Drheam Cup to kick off the 2020 season

    Lorient, Friday, July 10, 2020 - After a start to the season that was completely turned on its head by the global COVID-19 health crisis, offshore racing’s protagonists are gradually returning to the ‘school benches’. In this way, on 4 July, the Vendée Globe’s Imocas set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne for a unique warm-up lap ...
    Published on 07-10-2020 01:58 PM
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    This evening, all the competitors in the Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne have rounded the virtual IOC-UNESCO mark, Clément Giraud (Vers un monde sans Sida) bringing up the rear more than a day behind the leaders.
    The instability of the breeze over the past 24 hours has favoured the bunching up of the head of the fleet and ridden roughshod over the hierarchy. En route for the ‘Gallimard’ mark, a ridge of high pressure and a low pressure system will provide the main obstacles. In the next 48 hours, no one can realistically lay claim to the top spot in the long term…


    This Friday 10th July, after a night in overdrive ...