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    Published on 01-29-2020 10:26 AM
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    With more than 770 miles ahead, this morning, on the record holder of the Tea Route, Francis Joyon can hope to cross the symbolic mark of the Cape of Good Hope within 4 days, a little less than 15 days after. his departure from Hong Kong. ...
    Published on 01-29-2020 09:38 AM
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    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 24 Report
    By Luke Scott



    What an amazing day full of finishers! A massive release of a spectrum of emotions from the sailors, families, friends and race supporters as the first five monohulls cross the finish line: Ciao Bella – JM BUSHA 54; Haspa Hamburg; Mussulo 40 Angola Cables; Almagores II & Mojie I.

    And although the final pecking order is far from decided, there are a number of “knowns” to draw from these finishers:
    Ciao Bella : start one monohull line honours, youngest skipper finished.
    Haspa Hamburg: start two monohull line ...
    Published on 01-27-2020 10:38 AM
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    In the violence of the Indian Ocean...

    Over the past five days or so, the Indian Ocean has offered a series of contrasts to Francis Joyon and his crew of four aboard the IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran. ...
    Published on 01-27-2020 09:42 AM
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    The Cape 2 Rio fleet is approaching the finish after more than 3 weeks at sea and enduring Tropical Storm Kurumi

    Read the reports from the past several days:


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    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 18 Report
    By Luke Scott

    The Brazilian Navy, through the Navy Hydrography Center (CHM) and multiple collaborators, has issued a warning predicting the formation of a cyclone with possible subtropical characteristics, starting on the 23rd, when it may be classified as Subtropical Depression. The formation of the cyclone is associated with the establishment of a convergence zone over a region where the sea surface temperature is being observed between 26°C and 27°C. If the intensity of the observed winds reaches or exceeds 63 km / h (34 knots), the phenomenon will be reclassified as Subtropical Storm “Kurumí”, an expression in Tupi-Guarani that means “boy”.




    Predicted weather as at 14h00B, 24 Jan ...
    Published on 01-24-2020 11:21 AM
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    FRANCIS JOYON SURFING AT 38 KNOTS ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN

    The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran has been showing her real efficiency over the past two days, as she passes through the heart of the Indian Ocean. Francis ...
    Published on 01-23-2020 09:24 AM
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    Francis Joyon and crew have moved out of the light winds of Sunda Strait and back into better winds as the Maxi Trimaran enters the Indian Ocean. The lead over the
    standard made by Maserati has grown to 427nm .
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    Published on 01-21-2020 03:48 PM
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    Adriana:
    Received your information, we are dodging the storm and braaing fillet mignon and having a nice red wine. The chef is getting tired of cooking and menacing strike 😀
    Best regards

    Argonaut:
    Last night a petrel landed on our stern and sat there for a while before leaving us again. Some kind of big fish (possibly tuna) swam off with our lure after breaking the line. Currently we have been through every 30 seconds card of both adult and kids version!

    CFM2 – ZULU GIRL powered by MAZI:
    Good evening
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    Published on 01-20-2020 10:51 AM
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    Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini cross the finish line of the Cape2Rio 2020

    The Italian Team finishes the race with an elapsed time of 8 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes and 34 seconds

    Giovanni Soldini: «It was a great and very hard fought race to the end»



    At 12.39 34” local time on Sunday, January 19th (15.39 34” UTC, 16.39 34” Italian time), Maserati Multi 70 crossed the finish ...
    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
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    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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    12|01|2020



    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet:
    𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵: 𝘡𝘜𝘓𝘜 𝘎𝘐𝘙𝘓 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘈𝘡𝘐

    𝗔𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗮:
    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′ ...