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    Published on 09-19-2019 09:36 AM
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    22 IMOCA's departed the Lorient earlier today in brisk winds and flat seas. The race is a warm up for the Transat Jacques Vabre
    features a 48 hour loop off the coast of Brittany with two crewmen and a media person to provide onboard coverage as the race progresses.
    The race is overwhelmingly a french affair with many of the top shorthanded franco's ...
    Published on 09-18-2019 09:43 AM
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    For the first time in its history, The Ocean Race will make a stop in Cabo Verde during the 2021-22 edition.

    Cabo Verde will become just the second African venue the Race has ever visited and the first West African nation to host the event, dubbed sport’s ‘toughest test of a team




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    Published on 09-17-2019 01:36 PM
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    - Five days to go till the 22nd Mini-Transat La Boulangère
    - The Prologue postponed until Friday
    - The Mini-Transat, one big family



    D-5! On Sunday 22 September, at 14:15 hours, the 87 entries in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère will set sail from La Rochelle on the first leg to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In the meantime, they’ll be able to make the most of a warm-up lap during the Prologue, which has been switched to Friday (instead of Wednesday) due to the steady breeze announced tomorrow and Thursday in the bay of La Rochelle.

    In the meantime, preparations are continuing and the Mini-Transat La Boulangère sailors are enjoying the rather heartwarming pre-race atmosphere. It’s the famous ‘Mini spirit’, a combination of mutual aid ...
    Published on 09-17-2019 09:38 AM
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    After a busy summer, which saw Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sign his first victory at the Rolex Fastnet Race but which also allowed the duo Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier to validate his qualification for the Brest Atlantiques, the giant 32 meters had found its technical base on August 26 for a few weeks. Scheduled in the 2019 calendar, ...
    Published on 09-11-2019 01:41 PM
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    Azimut Challenge / A week to go
    23 duos in their final battle before the Transat Jacques Vabre

    From 18th to 22nd September, the ninth Azimut Challenge in Lorient will bring together an exceptional line-up of 23 IMOCAs, including three brand new boats: Advens for cybersecurity, Arkea-Paprec and DMG Mori. Because this is a Transat Jacques Vabre year (start on 27th October), the Azimut Challenge, ...
    Published on 09-11-2019 08:13 AM
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    The Hague will host The Ocean Race in 2022

    The Ocean Race will visit The Hague for a third consecutive time when the next edition of the event stops in the Netherlands in Q2 of 2022



    The Hague Stopover. 30 June, 2018.

    Jen Edney/Volvo AB



    The Race first came to The Hague with a ‘pitstop’ on the final leg of the 2014-15 edition. In the last ...
    Published on 09-02-2019 11:13 AM
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    Aarhus confirmed as Host City for The Ocean Race 2021-22
    The city – one of Europe's top sailing hotspots – will become the first ever Danish Host City in 2022...




    The Ocean Race will come to Aarhus, Denmark during the spring of 2022, following a popular ‘Fly-By’ of the city during ...
    Published on 08-21-2019 02:43 PM
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    Aug 16th
    4:30am
    Underway from Graham Harbor




    All day the sea birds are flying the other way. They are headed out of the ice maze, out into Lancaster, back into Baffin and south. Winter migration has begun. All the while, Mo pushes further into the heart of it.

    Last evening’s ice charts show improved conditions. Above Bellot, the ice is about 3/10ths for long stretches, but below there’s still a tongue of ...
    Published on 08-02-2019 09:59 AM
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    Six-Regatta 2020 52 SUPER SERIES Season Will Open in Cape Town
    (Friday 2nd August) – The 2020 52 SUPER SERIES season will visit South Africa as the showcase curtain raiser to a six-regatta year, which will also feature four reliable, popular favourites in Europe.

    The world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit will start with two regattas in South Africa in March and April ...
    Published on 07-25-2019 10:49 AM
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    The new boats are coming..

    The summer news is rolling in off the presses for the IMOCA skippers, some of whom are preparing to switch to race mode for the Rolex Fastnet Race, which will set sail at the end of next week.
    For others, it’s time for their latest-generation IMOCA to leave the yard, as is the case for ARKEA-PAPREC skippered by Sébastien Simon, which was revealed last Thursday, ...
    Published on 07-21-2019 09:05 AM
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    THE ULTIMATE TEST ON AN UNFORGIVING OCEAN
    Around the world single-handed, nonstop and without assistance is widely regarded as the ultimate test of seamanship and courage. Enduring month upon month in his own company, Norbert will be forced to pit his nautical prowess against torrential storms, ice, fierce oceans, loneliness and frustration during a distance of about 34.000 nautical miles. ...
    Published on 07-10-2019 09:03 AM
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    NEWPORT, Rhode Island (July 09, 2019) – Manuka Sports Event Management and 5 Oceans Sports Marketing announced today the beginning of a new era in Class40 racing: The Race Around. The Race Around is a double-handed around-the-world race with the full endorsement of Class40 ...
    Published on 07-08-2019 10:28 AM
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    Randall Reeves Took A break in Halifax to replenish supplies, fix some things and visit family and friends before pushing off for the next leg,
    which resumed on July 2nd. We catch up with Moli and Randall now:




    Eight months following wind and sea succeeded by one month tethered ashore. Neither seems real; in both cases, time has flown. This morning, Mo tugs gently at her anchor. She is happy enough here, as am I, but she knows we must move on. Much has been accomplished but not yet the goal. The whole of the north lies between us and a return.

    As is the case wherever Mo touches, here we have been the recipients of much kindness. Tony and Connie, Wayne, Rob, Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, Ben, Rich, John, Sandy and Hagen are just a few of those who have helped to ready us for the next leg.

    In fact, Mo was ready yesterday, but her skipper was not. He chose to dally, futzing with this and that bit of stowage, and in the evening and after the rain ended, taking one last, long stroll to see the town and her fireworks.

    The dingy will come aboard after this note. And then we will be on our way to St John’s, on our way to the rest of the story…



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    Dutch, an aluminum expedition boat sailed by my friends Sebastiaan and Rhiannon, meets Mo at the breakwater, and together we turn towards the sea. Dutch and family are out for a few weeks of summer cruising. Like Mo, they are headed north.

    The day is sunny. I am in shirtsleeves. The brisk wind off the land ...
    Published on 07-05-2019 10:33 AM
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    July 5 Update: SHK Scallywag in Final Throes of Transatlantic Race 2019

    NEWPORT, R.I. - Eyes are glued to the tracker and bets have been laid for when the first two arrivals in the Transatlantic Race 2019 will reach Cowes.






    At midday UTC, Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi, SHK Scallywag had just passed Portland Bill and was using her length and towering rig to defy ...
    Published on 07-04-2019 10:19 AM
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    July 3 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Features Match Races Throughout Fleet


    NEWPORT, R.I. — With the Irish coast just 200 nautical miles away for race leader Wizard at 1500 UTC today, the front runners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 might seem to be on the home straight, but there remain many hurdles and potholes ahead before they cross the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line this weekend.



    TRACKER


    At present David and Peter Askew’s VO70 and Lee Seng Huang's 100-foot maxi SHK Scallywag (top photo) are attempting to find the best way to exit an area of high pressure just off Ireland’s west coast. Once free, the forecast warns of fickle headwinds for the final 160 nautical miles they must sail up the English Channel to Cowes.

    Since late evening Monday the tracker has stopped functioning onboard SHK Scallywag. Positions are now being sent through manually from the maxi and at 1500 UTC this showed her having made major inroads into Wizard’s lead. On Monday morning SHK Scallywag had been trailing her rival by around 90 miles. At 1500 ...
    Published on 07-03-2019 09:28 AM
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    July 2 Update: Transatlantic Race 2019 Leaders Setting Up to Slow Down


    NEWPORT, R.I. - For the last three days the frontrunners in the Transatlantic Race 2019 have been striding across the North Atlantic at 20-plus-knot speeds, eating up the miles to Cowes in the strong southerlies - exactly the dramatic conditions and high ...
    Published on 07-02-2019 09:33 AM
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    http://yb.tl/tr2019

    Wizard Update

    Time 1020 UTC. 49 24N 022 01W Speed 19.2 knots Course 075 magnetic. True Wind Speed: 16 knots.

    810nm to the finish and approaching the high pressure ridge. Wind speed is dropping,the sky is clearing and the barometer is rising. The sleigh ride is coming to an end and now its back to tactical sailing.

    The trick is to get into the high enough to use the shape to get a nice lift on the exit, while keeping enough wind speed to keep moving. Sometimes it feels a bit like Icarus making sure we don't fly too close to the sun (read High).

    We don't know where our closest competitor Scallywag is (and presumably neither do you, the reader). Their tracker has not worked since 2300utc last night. After about two hours I got worried for them and tried calling their sat phone: no answer! Shit! I then began composing an email to try to establish that they were OK. Luckily I got a call back from Miles (Navigator) on Scallywag who indicated they were fine. Phew! That nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach subsided. I've been involved in enough "dramas" at sea and did not need another one.

    Luckily, the sailing instructions state that "If a transponder fails, the Organising Authority will attempt to establish a communication ...
    Published on 07-01-2019 10:37 AM
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    Update from Scallywag

    Over the last 24 hours the team have not been able to pursue Wizard, who are now 100 miles ahead.
    We received an update from Miles explaining what’s been going on;
    “It’s been a monster night and day, the wind has just dropped below 28kn for the first time in 6 hours.
    As you can see from the tracker we are sailing in limp mode.
    We have one reef in, and currently no headsail on.
    We have a bit of storm damage, but nothing that is making sailing unsafe,
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    Published on 06-30-2019 01:20 PM
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    Transatlantic Race 2019 Fleet in Too Much Wind or Not Enough




    NEWPORT, R.I. – Life in the Transatlantic Race 2019 can be summed up by paraphrasing a familiar survival-of-the-fittest saying: sometimes you’re the keel, sometimes you’re the minnow.

    This year’s race across The Pond has been so uncharacteristic that the 120 sailors ...
    Published on 06-26-2019 02:38 PM
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    Day 1 of Transatlantic Race 2019 Comes Off as Straightforward as Possible
    June26 NEWPORT, R.I. — Few things are straightforward when racing across the Atlantic Ocean.

    There are safety concerns at every turn, from storms and lightning threatening everything above water to unseen floating objects (“UFOs”) threatening the parts underwater.







    VIEW The YB Race Tracker:http://yb.tl/tr2019

    Contrary to that theory, the 13 yachts participating in the Transatlantic Race 2019 have had surprisingly straightforward conditions in their first 24 hours at sea.

    “The first night was fairly easy,” said David Askew, co-owner ...