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    Published on 09-14-2021 01:24 PM
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    French rookie Jules Delpech (ORCOM) is the breakaway leader of the fourth stage of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro, taking a lone, solo route more than 25 miles to the east of the main body of the fleet as they negotiate the tricky descent of the Celtic Sea after rounding the mythical Fastnet rock in the small hours of this morning. ...
    Published on 07-14-2021 11:51 AM

    Even the most daunting world records are meant to be broken… eventually. For elite navigator Stan Honey and a crew of ...
    Published on 07-12-2021 09:46 AM
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    IRC Zero: big boats getting ready to roll in Rolex Fastnet Race

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    IRC Zero represents the glamour end of the keelboat fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race.

    It’s likely that we’ll see line honours go to one of the maxis in the class, perhaps George David’s 88ft defending line honour champion Rambler 88 (USA), if she can keep the freshly launched ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON) at bay.

    Traditionally IRC Zero produces ...
    Published on 07-07-2021 03:52 PM
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    Solo Ultim World Tour Confirmed for 2023

    The first ever single-handed race around the world in the giant Ultim multihulls will take place in 2023, 15 years after the vision was originally conceived. The race will be organised by OC Sport Pen Duick in collaboration with the Class Ultim 32/23 as well as the skippers and owners of the world’s most highly advanced and exciting ocean-going race boats.

    An incredible test of both man and machine awaits the skippers, in a race which will no doubt create the ...
    Published on 06-14-2021 08:35 AM
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    Argo demolishes Bermuda-Plymouth record

    In her first outing since the beginning of the pandemic, Jason Carroll’s MOD70 trimaran Argo last week blew away the existing record for the passage between Bermuda and Plymouth, UK.

    The previous record for this 2870 mile course eastbound across ...
    Published on 06-07-2021 11:51 AM
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    Team Argo
    May 4th 2021

    Off on the Bermuda to Plymouth WSSRC record attempt this evening around 23.00 UTC.

    Conditions looking good to cross with good downwind conditions, perhaps a bit complicated at the finish with a blocking high in the western
    Published on 06-01-2021 10:29 AM
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    All to play for during final night at sea after a day of fast and furious racing

    Leg One is likely to be decided in the final hours with one last hurdle between the fleet and the finish line off Cascais

    © Martin Keruzore / Mirpuri Foundation Race Team /The Ocean Race

    After an adrenaline-fuelled day of power reaching ...
    Published on 06-01-2021 08:08 AM
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    Freshening winds off the northwest tip of Spain have meant significantly faster sailing for the 12 professional crews representing nine countries racing from Lorient, France to Cascais, Portugal on the opening leg of The Ocean Race Europe.

    After spending much of the first night and day of the leg engaged in a prolonged ...
    Published on 05-28-2021 11:53 AM
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    Teams looking forward to competition ahead of The Ocean Race Europe
    12 of the best sailing teams in the world are ready to start a new race around Europe

    On the eve of the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe the 12 competing teams from around the world are making their final preparations in Lorient, France before of the start tomorrow of the first leg to Cascais, Portugal.

    Divided into two classes of high-performance ocean-going racing yachts – the identical one-design VO65s, and the IMOCA 60 box-rule development class – The Ocean Race Europe fleet will race point-to-point first to Cascais, then on to Alicante, before finishing in Genova, Italy in mid-June.

    Each offshore leg will be scored ...
    Published on 05-24-2021 05:23 PM
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    The Double Handed Transat is currently underway and here are some of the latest dispatches...


    A controlled waterway on board Interaction

    This Monday evening, the race direction of the Double Transat - Concarneau - Saint-Barthélemy was informed by the brothers Yannig and Erwan Livory of a waterway aboard their Figaro Bénéteau 3 Interaction. The duo was 17th at the damage and flying at 900 miles to the west south west of La Palma. The water leak, which occurred around 7 p.m. (HF), followed the tearing of the water intake from the engine cooling system.

    The two skippers managed to master the waterway in 30 minutes. The boat is now dry and the duo have indicated that they are safe. Interaction is currently operating in very manageable conditions in a north-northeast ...
    Published on 05-24-2021 01:33 PM
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    Top tier international fleet assembles in Lorient for The Ocean Race Europe start

    May 22, 2021. 11th Hour Racing Team sailing in Concarneau, France in the lead up to the start of The Ocean Race Europe.
    © Amory Ross / 11th Hour Racing
    International ocean racing teams from around the world are assembling in Lorient, France this week ahead of the start of the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe on Saturday May 29.

    Designed to showcase professional fully-crewed offshore racing, this new European multi-stage race has attracted a top-tier entry of 12 teams representing nine countries.

    The race is open to two classes of high-performance ocean-going racing yachts: the 65-foot one-design VO65 and the 60-foot development rule IMOCA 60. Both classes of boat are capable of high speeds and in the right conditions can cover 600 nautical miles or more in 24-hours.

    The Ocean Race Europe’s 2000-nautical mile (nm) / 3,700-kilometre (km) course will take the teams from Lorient to Genova, Italy, with stops in Cascais, Portugal, and Alicante, Spain along the way.

    The race start on May 29 will be broadcast live on Eurosport across over 50 markets in Europe and can be seen internationally on www.theoceanrace.com and @theoceanrace YouTube and Facebook platforms. Coverage begins at 13.30 CEST ahead of a 13.45 race start.

    The Ocean Race Europe is run by the organisers of The Ocean Race – a gruelling multi-stage around the world race which takes place every four years. The first around-the-world race was contested in 1973 and over the 13 editions of the event, The Ocean Race has become the pinnacle of professional fully crewed ocean racing.

    This year’s inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe leads off a ten-year calendar of racing activity that includes confirmed editions of the around-the-world race ...
    Published on 03-04-2021 10:46 AM
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    Cascais waterfront © Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team

    Following the Race start from Lorient, France, at the end of May, the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe will stop in Cascais, bringing the top international offshore racing teams in the world to Portugal.

    Located 30km ...
    Published on 03-02-2021 10:53 AM
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    The French city of Lorient in Brittany has been appointed as the starting point for The Ocean Race Europe.

    The iconic port, in the heart of the renowned ‘Bretagne Sailing Valley’, will host the start for both the IMOCA and VO65 fleets as they ...
    Published on 02-19-2021 02:50 PM
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    © Porto Antico di Genova

    The first edition of The Ocean Race Europe will finish in Genova, Italy in June.

    The historic maritime city is already the home of The Grand Finale - the finish of the next edition of round the world race ...
    Published on 02-11-2021 12:14 PM
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    French IMOCA team will join inaugural edition of new event

    Nicolas Troussel training on board the IMOCA Corum L'Épargne.
    © Eloi Stichelbaut

    The CORUM L'Épargne Sailing Team, led by ...
    by Published on 02-09-2021 11:16 AM
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    With the arrival of Jérémie Beyou this weekend in Les Sables d'Olonne, the IMOCA Class can now confirm the winner and the top-10 of the 2018-21 IMOCA Globe Series Championship*.

    The German skipper Boris Herrmann, who finished in fifth place in the Vendée Globe on Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco, is the new IMOCA Globe Series champion, after a remarkably consistent campaign by his Team Malizia over the last three years.

    The championship is calculated by accumulating the scores of skippers and their teams in the major IMOCA Class races, among them the Vendée Globe, the Route du Rhum, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Bermudes 1000 and the Vendée Arctique.

    Herrmann, aged 39 from ...
    Published on 01-29-2021 11:54 AM
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    Yannick Bestaven, the 48 year old French skipper of Maître Coq IV, is the overall winner of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe. Although he actually took the gun for third place off Les Sables d’Olonne, France at 03hrs 19mins 46 secs early this Thursday morning, because he carried a time compensation of 10 hours and 15 minutes, awarded by an international jury for his role in the search and rescue of fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier, Bestaven takes victory 2hrs 31mins 01secs ahead of Charlie Dalin and 6hrs 40mins 26secs of Louis Burton who both finished ahead of him and take second and third respectively.

    The skipper of Maître CoQ IV was one of the two skippers who led the fleet for the longest time: 26 days, or 32% of the time an excellent result for the skipper who grew up in Arcachon and has Yves Parlier as his mentor.

    Bestaven finished in Biscay drizzle on a two metre swell in 20 knots of westerly wind before being warmly welcomed back to Les Sables d’Olonne’s channel where well wishers lined their balconies and streets to acclaim the new winner of the Vendée Globe.

    ‘My main quality? "Stubbornness". My main flaw “Stubbornness”. "I also am very resilient " admitted Bestaven before the start.

    Although ...
    Published on 01-27-2021 03:55 PM
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    At 1950hrs UTC this evening while racing in third place, some 90 miles from the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) was in collision with a fishing boat. He reports damage to his starboard foil and some other damage but he is unharmed and has secured the boat and is proceeding towards the finish line at reduced speed.



    German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht ...
    Published on 01-27-2021 01:08 PM
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    This Wednesday January 27 at 8:35 p.m. and 47 seconds (French time), Charlie Dalin crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne after 80 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes and 47 seconds of solo racing around the world nonstop and unassisted.

    At 36 years old and for his very first Vendée Globe, Charlie lived up to his status as a big favorite as he led the race 48% of the time! His talents as a racer, as a technician and his strategic intelligence were sublimated during these 24,365 ...
    Published on 01-27-2021 10:31 AM
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    The final sprint to the Vendée Globe finish line will see the frontrunners start to arrive in Les Sables d’Olonne early this evening. The outcome will only become clear in the final miles and you won’t want to miss a second! Here is everything you need to know about where to follow the action.


    The live video coverage of the finishes can be followed in English on the Vendée Globe website and the race’s official social media channels, Facebook, ...