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    Published on 12-16-2017 09:53 AM
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    Franšois Gabart will soon be relieved! The MACIF trimaran's skipper left the last really windy area of his round the world. He is now making headway behind a ridge of high pressure, which is heading towards Brittany at the same as him. He should cross the finishing line of his single-handed round the world on Sunday morning, following roughly 43 days at sea, setting a new record. Contacted on Friday afternoon, Franšois Gabart spoke about his frame of mind so close to the finishing line.



    LEAD OVER THOMAS COVILLE'S RECORD (Sodebo Ultim)

    2,735 MILES

    How have you spent the last few hours on board the MACIF ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 03:51 PM
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    A hectic and drama-filled day out on the Southern Ocean yesterday saw team AkzoNobel sustain mast and mainsail damage during a gybe in strong winds and gigantic seas while in fourth place on Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne.

    Despite at times surfing at over 20 knots on waves up to 10 meters (32 feet) overnight using just a J2 headsail, the crew had dropped to seventh place in the rankings at 0700 UTC (0800 CET) this morning.

    At this stage, the sailors will care less about their position in the fleet as today they take on the mammoth task of trying to re-attach a three-metre section of the narrow carbon mast track that attaches the mainsail to the aft (back) ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 02:58 PM
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    Friday, December 15, 2017
    The detour of the tour

    While Franšois Gabart begins his last curved line towards Ouessant, the end of a round the world announced around 43 days, the conditions of navigation are probably the most versatile of this planetary journey: facing a warm front before a dorsal border, the trimaran MACIF has never ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 12:37 PM
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    Latest updates from Martinique:
    Aligned on the same time zone (-5 hours from Italy), we receive the updated coordinates this morning:
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    Published on 12-15-2017 11:07 AM
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    Capsized and broken, Actual is still doing 13 knots...


    Yves le Blevec hoisted off Cape Horn
    14/12/2017

    Yves le Blevec was helpled in the early afternoon by the Chilean coastguard.

    The Stella Australis, a passenger boat dispatched to the area by the MRCC Chile, had just arrived near the trimaran, ready to intervene if necessary.




    Last ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 02:44 PM
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    Big sea state building for @teamAkzoNobel who are currently furthest west in the south group. Surfing at speed in excess of 20kt with no mainsail whilst they attempt to repair their track


    Report from OBR Jeremie Lecaudy on Turn the Tide on Plastic:

    Today we finally saw what the Southern Ocean looks like. It looks good.
    Albatross are constantly flying by the boat, they surf the top of the highest waves and come close to the front sails to rotate around the boat, in search of their next breakfast.

    The mornings are cold and the sailors look tired from the busy night manoeuvring on deck. Short naps, intense ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 12:26 PM
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    In the Azores spring

    This morning, while he had started from the east in his race to get closer to the Azores yesterday, Franšois Gabart jibed on this 40th day of racing to get away from ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 10:51 AM
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    One of the favourites to take line honours in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, LDV Comanche, was purchased today (14 December 2017) by Sydneyĺs Jim Cooney from its American owner Jim Clark, making the super maxi yacht an Australian owned and ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 09:29 AM
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    Newsflash
    14/12/2017

    Capsizing the Ultim Actual off Cape Horn. Follow the latest information
    Thursday 14 December 16h00



    Yves le Blevec was rescued early in the afternoon by the Chilean Coast Guard. Filed at first in Puerto William (Chilean port of Navarino Island, located in the Beagle Channel) he was then taken care of by the military to be taken to ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 04:53 PM
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    ��STORM UPDATE:

    The wind is up as the storm builds. We're leaping off waves at
    speeds in the mid 20s (knots) but the downwind angle is easier to stomach than anticipated.

    Charlie is finishing up his chicken a la king with extra sweet and spicy sauce at the nav desk. Mark is perching right behind me with the same dish, coated in BBQ sauce. Both smell amazing. I strike up a deal ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:59 AM
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    The calm before the storm
    13/12/2017



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    The passage of the Horn for Yves le Blevec is expected early Wednesday night.

    According ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:38 AM
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    Only in the world ... but connected

    After 39 days at sea, Franšois Gabart continues his bypass west of the Azores anticyclone in an easterly trade wind that tends to weaken. If the skipper ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:13 AM
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    Pressure coming on as Southern Ocean storm approaches


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    A north-south divide of more than 200 miles has opened up in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as the teams prepare for a deep Southern Ocean depression to strike...




    Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 04, morning on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Dee Caffari in her thoughts after getting the latest position report. The boat is now the only one who took the option to go north while the rest of the fleet is heading south. ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 03:27 PM
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    1: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 3. John Fisher in the foreground with Vestas 11th Hour racing approaching fast on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017



    2: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 03, on board MAPFRE. Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017.


    Emotions are running high for Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking, who suffered a loss in the family this week.

    I always say family first to my crew(s). It is the most import thing in life. The job we are having takes it's toll. Long away from home , when in stopovers never enough time ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 10:59 AM
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    It smells like Horn!
    12/12/2017

    The first big barrier, one of the major pitfalls if not the major pitfall, of this turn of the world in reverse, is approaching.





    In 48 hours, Yves should have doubled ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 10:41 AM
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    These days when nothing must happen ...

    On Tuesday, Franšois Gabart has 2447 miles ahead of Thomas Coville's theoretical road record. And he has only 2274 miles to go. Strongly perched on this windfall 4 and a half days ahead, still carried by a strong trade wind, the skipper trimaran MACIF has all the cards in hand. Oh, if only the North Atlantic could deign to let it pass peacefully ...
    Point race in brief:

    The MACIF trimaran traveled 720 miles in 24 hours (30 knots)
    The situation after the Azores still uncertain
    Arrival in Ushant between Saturday and Monday


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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 Franšois 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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