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    Published on 12-11-2017 02:25 PM
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    After a fast and furious opening 24 hours of Leg 3, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet were today enjoying a brief moment of respite as they cross a high-pressure ridge.





    A spectacular start to the 6,500 nautical mile leg from Cape Town in South Africa to Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday saw the city's famed 'Cape Doctor' breeze send the fleet on its way yesterday with 20 to 25 knots and huge ...
    Published on 12-11-2017 12:21 PM
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    Last week before Ouessant

    Last week of racing for François Gabart and the trimaran MACIF. While only 37 days have elapsed since his departure from Ouessant last Saturday, November 4, the large trimaran is no more than 2,800 miles from the finish line of what promises to ...
    Published on 12-11-2017 10:19 AM
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    Updates from the ocean:
    Last coordinates reported 14° 39'51 ' n 49° 46'8 ''. Dario and his pa2sh are in the full of disturbance, achieved already from the early hours of the morning
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    Published on 12-10-2017 12:16 PM
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    IN THE 40TH!
    12/10/2017

    Yves le Blevec, on the Ultim Actual, is since that night in the 40 °, the gateway to the great south ... "It starts to cool, I saw my first big albatross! "He said this morning.
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    Published on 12-10-2017 11:32 AM
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    François Gabart increases his lead to the equator!

    A week after passing the longitude of Cape Horn, François Gabart has signed a new exceptional time at the equator, crossed this Sunday, December 10 at 11:35, 36 days 01 hours and 30 minutes after leaving Ushant. The skipper of the trimaran MACIF now has 5 days 13 hours and 23 minutes ahead of the passage time of the current record holder of the world tour alone, Thomas Coville, who had switched to the northern hemisphere after 41 days 14 hours and 53 minutes. He also signs ...
    Published on 12-10-2017 11:15 AM
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    Cape Town provided another spectacular stopover to the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet raced off for Melbourne, Australia on Sunday afternoon...

    Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish MAPFRE squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent on Sunday.

    It was the eleventh time in the history of ...
    Published on 12-09-2017 11:24 AM
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    Volvo Ocean Race sailors prepare for rough re-start in Cape Town





    It's going to be heavy conditions for the start of Leg 3 on Sunday as the famous Cape Town doctor pays a visit...


    Strong winds are forecast for the start of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon in Cape Town as the famous ‘Cape Doctor’ – a strong southeasterly ...
    Published on 12-09-2017 11:01 AM
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    The Maxi Trimaran Spindrift has arrived at Brest at Quai Malbert as she engages in final preparations
    for a Jules Verne attempt!


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    Published on 12-08-2017 12:42 PM
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    Already back in depression
    08/12/2017

    "Yves is in the thick of things," summarizes his router Christian Dumard.

    Along the South American coast, the skipper Actual, who has been engaged for nearly two weeks on his attempt to turn the world upside down ...
    Published on 12-08-2017 10:59 AM
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    More than five days after rounding Cape Horn, François Gabart is continuing to sail up the South Atlantic with his sights set on the equator, which he hopes to cross on Sunday, after a little more than 36 days at sea. Tossed around earlier this week by a severe gale, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran is showing some fatigue, but, as consolation, he is beginning to pick up the trade wind and has more than 3 days' lead over Thomas Coville's passage time, holder of the round the world record.
    LEAD OVER THOMAS ...
    Published on 12-08-2017 10:33 AM
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    "ANOTHER NIGHT WE HAVE ARCHIVED
    The last 24 have been really challenging between: storm, wave of 3 meters, weak wind and sustained gusts, "man overboard" and satellite tracker became fishbait.
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    Published on 12-08-2017 09:57 AM
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    Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Dongfeng Race Team traded blows throughout the first half of the Cape Town In-Port Race course on Friday afternoon, before the Chinese-French team grabbed the lead midway through the race and stretched away for their first win in the series.

    The victory vaults skipper Charles Caudrelier’s team to second place on the leaderboard for the In-Port Race Series, just behind MAPFRE who retained the overall lead with a fightback second ...
    Published on 12-07-2017 04:35 PM
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    Golden Globe Race: French Sailing Federation raises concerns about safety

    Katy Sticklnd of Yachting Monthly writes about a stickly situation facing organizers of The Golden Globe Race



    The Fédération Française de Voile (FFV) has told organisers of the Golden Globe Race the event can’t start and end in France because the rules for ...
    Published on 12-07-2017 01:15 PM
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    Misconduct charge against sailors dismissed





    A misconduct charge against two sailors has been dismissed by the International Jury...
    December 07, 2017
    14:52 UTC
    The International Jury has dismissed a charge of ...
    Published on 12-06-2017 12:02 PM
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    Know how to brake
    06/12/2017



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    Yves negotiates on Wednesday morning his first Brazilian depression

    "There was a fairly radical rocking, the wind took 90 °, ...
    Published on 12-06-2017 11:53 AM
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    Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    [Word of the Edge - Day 32] - Fatigue ...

    She is right there. You do not see her but you feel her presence. It comes slowly, viciously, as if to lull your vigilance, and settles down, slowly but surely, deep within you.
    Your movements are slower. Your reasoning is more confused. Your gestures are more clumsy. Your emotions are deeper.

    The fatigue is there ... Accompanied ...
    Published on 12-05-2017 01:15 PM
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    Two days after rounding Cape Horn, François Gabart has met tough wind and sea conditions, off Argentina, that are a severe strain on the boat and the skipper. The picture will gradually change on Wednesday, with a ridge of high-pressure that will enable the MACIF trimaran skipper to concentrate on repairing his J2 furling system again. He hopes to be at the equator next weekend.
    LEAD ON THE THOMAS COVILLE RECORD (Sodebo Ultim)
    1,382 miles

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    Published on 12-05-2017 10:24 AM
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    Dario texts on the last 12 hours:

    First SMS received from the ocean: "big risk all night". so Dario starts the synthetic report of the night, we knew he ...
    Published on 12-04-2017 03:48 PM
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    At more than 20 knots, on a beautiful south-west road, Yves traces to the Brazilian coast in a moderate breeze of 13 to 14 knots.
    "The boat is fast, despite a fairly formed sea. I'm shaking badly, but it's progressing well and on ...
    Published on 12-04-2017 12:13 PM
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    The rocker in a new episode

    In a few minutes, once past the longitude of Cape Horn, François Gabart rocked Sunday afternoon in another universe, and in a new episode of his world tour already marked with the seal of the feat. Returning to the Atlantic, and leaving in it's ...