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    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, François 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 Sydney’s 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, François 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, François 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 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 ...