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    Published on 12-01-2021 12:10 PM
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    An insight into ‘green codes’.
    The situation in the South Atlantic was not offering the right conditions for Sails of Change to reach the Cape of Good Hope in around a dozen days. Jean-Yves Bernot, onshore router for Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard’s team, discusses these meteorological uncertainties …

    Why have there been a succession of postponed starts for the Jules Verne Trophy record campaign?

    Sails of Change had favourable conditions to make rapid headway as far as Cape Frio (offshore of Rio de Janeiro). ...
    Published on 11-30-2021 01:02 PM
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    The last run on weather models did not gybe well with earlier predictions, so the maxi trimaran remains tethered to the dock ...
    Published on 11-30-2021 11:21 AM
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    The crew of Spindrift are code green and waiting for the next cycle of weather updates to confirm if the
    window of opportunity is solid enough to depart. The next update will be 6:00 PM UTC

    Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and all the team of the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change announced a switch to code yellow this morning within ...
    Published on 11-29-2021 11:21 PM
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    World Cruising Club are sad to report the death of crew member Max Delannoy on board the ARC yacht Agecanonix during the night of 26/27 November. The full circumstances of the incident are not known at this point.

    The three-man, all French crew, were sailing Agecanonix, an X-Yachts X4.3, as part of the ARC IRC Racing Division, and had opted for a course well to the north of the rhumb line route to Saint Lucia, aiming to avoid the light winds affecting ...
    Published on 11-29-2021 12:22 PM
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    The Class 40 victory has gone to Redman, co-skippered by Frenchman Antoine Carpentier and Pablo Santurde Del Arco of Spain. Second place went to Banque Du Léman, third to Seafrigo-Sogestran.

    The pair, who started the race as one of the favourites, crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Monday morning. ...
    Published on 11-26-2021 10:13 AM
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    The crew of the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change postpones its departure
    Upon further analysis of the weather files, the Spindrift team has decided to postpone its departure for a fourth attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy. Indeed, the weather conditions in the South Atlantic are shaping up to be less appealing than those analysed on ...
    Published on 11-26-2021 09:49 AM
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    LinkedOut has taken victory in the IMOCA class, crossing the line in Martinique after 18 days 1 hour 21 minutes and 10 seconds of racing.

    Co-skippers Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière claimed their first race victory aboard this latest generation foiler thanks to a superbly sailed race that saw them lead for an extraordinary 72% of the race.

    Although the course was set at a theoretical distance of 5,800 miles the french pair actually covered 6,691.30 miles and averaged 15.44 knots.

    Thomas Ruyant speaking after crossing the line said, "I had a lot of fun on the water with Morgan. It's a great sporting experience, these are rare moments. This victory has been in the making for several months, for several years, thanks to the great team working on this project. A lot of things were done before the start. We were lucky enough to have a boat that was ultra-ready, in which we had confidence, on which we could pull, which we did not spare."

    Morgan Lagravière added, "It's a good moment, winning a race is always a pleasure. These are ...
    Published on 11-24-2021 12:54 PM
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    The Ultime podium is complete. Late last night SVR-Lazartigue took second place ahead of Banque Populaire XI. The leading IMOCAs are due in Martinique on Thursday as the Class 40 make good progress across the Atlantic.

    François Gabart and Tom Laperche crossed the finish line to take second place in the Ultime class aboard SVR-Lazartigue. The French pair were 7 hour 56 minutes and 55 seconds behind the winner Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.

    Gabart and Laperche set out on this double-handed transatlantic race with a brand new boat, their main objective ...
    Published on 11-24-2021 12:11 PM
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    Jules Verne Trophy:

    A Thursday start for the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change
    Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their nine crew will begin a fresh Jules Verne Trophy record attempt this Thursday. Early in the morning, the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change will cast off from her port of registry in La Trinité-Sur-Mer (Morbihan) to make for the start line offshore of Ushant. Their goal: to complete the non-stop, unassisted round the world course, leaving to port the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin, Horn), faster than the record time set by Francis Joyon and his men in 2017 of 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and ...
    Published on 11-23-2021 01:17 PM
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    Primonial has taken line honours and the Ocean Fifty multihull title in the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre race. French pair Sébastien Rogues and Matthieu Souben crossed the line in Martinique ahead of Koesio in second. Britain’s Sam Goodchild was third aboard Leyton.

    Photo by Jean-Louis Carli / Alea

    Primonial ...
    Published on 11-23-2021 11:31 AM
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    A brilliant victory for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in Fort-de-France

    Tuesday 23 November 2021 - They waited for the sun to shine over Martinique before lining the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild up with Diamond Rock and taking full advantage of their crushing victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre. At 10 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds locale (14 hours 16 minutes et 16 seconds ...
    Published on 11-22-2021 10:50 AM
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    22 November 2021
    Last sunrise aboard Ocean Fifty Primonial! This last night was strategic since our sailors were able to seize an opportunity to scavenge several tens of miles on their pursuer Koesio. Now with a comfortable lead, the two skippers are heading for Martinique and heading towards the Rocher du Diamant.

    The crossing of the finish line is gradually becoming clearer and the Primonial rocket is expected at Fort de France in the middle of the evening around 10 p.m

    Sébastien: "It was our last sunrise at ...
    Published on 11-22-2021 09:43 AM
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    A second doldrums to finish

    Last night, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild slipped under the 1,000 miles to go mark with her sights firmly on the finish line. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier are still dominating play in the Ultime category, leading the fleet for the 12th consecutive day out of the ...
    Published on 11-22-2021 09:11 AM
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    Fifteen days into the Transat Jacques Vabre and it was a cruel start to the morning for the embattled duo of Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry, as they rounded the turning mark at Fernando de Noronha. Having revealed yesterday that they have damage ...
    Published on 11-21-2021 11:31 AM
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    The Leaders in all four classes are on a direct route to the finish. The Ocean Fifty multihulls lead the race with just 720 miles to the finish line but the doldrums await them for a second time as the Ultimes and IMOCAs close in.


    Class 40 – all to race for

    If you look at the Class 40 fleet on ...
    Published on 11-19-2021 02:31 PM
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    For the pacesetters on the the maxi trimarans, Gitana, Banque Populaire and SVR-Lazartigue, life in the fast lane is good, with 30 plus knots being the norm, and not the exception,
    Franck and Charles on Gitana have passed the last turning mark and are on the home stretch! Now the key is to avoid breaking anything and sailing into any holes!

    The IMOCA top 3 boats, LinkedOut, Apiva and Charal are enjoying speeds in the mid 20's and will continue to distance themselves from the rest of the fleet!

    All of the Ocena 50's have rounded their last turning mark, with the top 3, Primonial, Koesio and Leyton extending their lead from the other 50's ...
    Published on 11-18-2021 01:10 PM
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    Drag race to São Pedro

    There is certainly no dawdling on the way back up towards the equator for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Beam reaching and powered up at an average speed of 32 knots for the past 24 hours, the leaders of the Transat Jacques Vabre are making the most of the optimum conditions ...
    Published on 11-17-2021 12:12 PM
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    The next two days could be crucial in deciding the winners. Lead changes are expected across three of the four classes today as the weather roles the dice.

    Ocean Fifty – searching for a way out

    Lying 4th Leyton have made up nearly 100 nautical miles on the OceanFifty class race leaders Primonial since yesterday. There are around 300 miles to the little Brasilian island of Fernando de Noronha which is the most southerly turning mark on the Transat Jacques Vabre race.

    Sam Goodchild and Aymeric ...
    Published on 11-16-2021 01:13 PM
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    After nine days of racing the monohulls are still bunched together in cat and mouse battles in which any mistake will prove costly. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild keeps getting faster at the front of the Ultimes whilst the Ocean Fifty class may well be shuffled as they enter the Doldrums.

    Ultime - enter the southern hemisphere

    The Ultimes have been speeding south since escaping the doldrums yesterday. The technical battle of previous days has turned into a speed race between the four leading boats. However, discounting any possible breakages, catching the leader seems like an almost impossible task. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier on Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are almost 300 miles ahead and have averaged 3-4 knots more over the early morning than the chasing ...
    Published on 11-16-2021 10:19 AM
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    The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the southern hemisphere

    Yesterday morning, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was the first to venture into the famous doldrums. Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier, firm fixtures ...