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    Published on 11-13-2018 01:55 PM
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    FRENCH UPDATE 13/11/2018 : #GGR2018

    Apart from Tapio Lehtinen, pushed in the middle of the Sea of Tasmin by a strong ...
    Published on 11-13-2018 12:47 PM
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    UPDATE FROM BOIRS 13/11/18 at 13:00 PART 1:

    Why did Malizia sail this strange curve last night ? Problems with the kite ? Yes. To put this first: no scratch on the sail. It’s in its bag and stacked. But that didn’t look a likely end of the scenario for a frightening hour.

    Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of miles but not all due to the incident. We were still just transitioning ...
    Published on 11-12-2018 09:54 AM
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    After Francis Joyon's victory in the Ultime category, the battle between the IMOCAs is in the spotlight. For behind Alex Thomson, the clear leader, Paul Meilhat, Vincent Riou and Yann Eliès have shown once again that in the Route du Rhum absolutely nothing is certain until the finish line is crossed. On Monday, three competitors, who were in ...
    Published on 11-11-2018 09:22 PM
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    Unbelievable ! Completely crazy! After 6 days of chase after Francois Gabart, everything finally played at the end of a tour of Guadeloupe totally crazy, in the devents and the petole. On board IDEC Sport, Francis Joyon wins an anthology final.

    At the mark of Basse Terre, with 17 minutes in advance, we think that MACIF ...
    Published on 11-11-2018 11:39 AM
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    A few hours from the amazing outcome of the Route du Rhum and the fierce fight that is currently being played out between François Gabart and Francis Joyon, lots of people are wondering about the MACIF trimaran's average speeds. Below is an update on the damage on board.



    (Near the finish, MACIF ...
    Published on 11-10-2018 06:09 PM
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    CHART


    With less than 800 nautical miles to sail to the finish of the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race – from Saint Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe - the French sailor François Gabart is on course not only to win the ULTIME class but to smash the outright race record.

    After just six days at sea Gabart, at the helm of the maxi-trimaran MACIF, is now within a day-and-a-half of finishing the 3,542-nautical mile race and estimates published by the race director’s office suggest ...
    Published on 11-10-2018 08:24 AM
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    Ultime

    Between Francis and Francis, there is only one 'O' difference. An O that resembles the outline of Guadeloupe, or 4 to 6 hours of sailing, perhaps the delta between the two men when crossing the finish line Sunday in the late afternoon between the Islet Pig and Islet Gosier ...

    Between the Charentais and the Eurélien, there is also 27 years of gap. With a little imagination, Francis could have been François's father. Their respective boats are also born one generation apart (2006 and 2015), but these are two VPLP plans with remarkable pedigree. On one side MACIF, a trimaran that took Gabart alone around the world in record time (42 days 16 hours), transfigured into ...
    Published on 11-09-2018 10:42 AM
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    LAST NIGHTS UPDATE 8:30pm 08/11/18: Boris is now in 1st but he sent us this update last night.
    Now I am sitting here taking my “apero” alone. A beer and bel cheese with crackers. I try not to think about the race for 20 minutes. I feel it’s important to refresh my mind starting to be quite tired. A moment of mental ...
    Published on 11-09-2018 09:32 AM
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    THE FIRST WORDS OF ARMEL AFTER HIS RETURN TO EARTH
    Rescued by the Portuguese crew of the "Sonho de Infancia" Tuesday night, Armel joined this morning the port of Vigo in Spain where expected members of his team. He gives us his first words before joining his relatives in Brittany.




    After Ouessant we find ourselves in a somewhat complicated ...
    Published on 11-08-2018 02:53 PM




    La Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe came to a halt very quickly, too quickly, for Sébastien Josse and the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. At the helm of the latest addition to the Gitana fleet, an emblem of the new generation of ...
    Published on 11-08-2018 12:47 PM
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    Here is the retranscription of the message of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede recovered thanks to the radio-amateurs network and the Terre & Mer collective : #GGR2018

    "I had plenty of time
    ...
    Published on 11-08-2018 10:33 AM




    The skipper of the 50-foot trimaran Team Vent Debout, Fabrice Payen, announced that he had dismasted this morning while sailing about 230 miles in western Portugal. It was the starboard star, in the wind, which broke off, causing the mast to fall. Fabrice was sailing with three reefs in the mainsail and J 3 in the front. Conditions seemed to calm down in the area, with just over 20 knots of wind. Fabrice is fine. He secures his boat by dropping the rigging. He can then route the engine to a Spanish or Portuguese port not yet determined. The CROSS Griz Nez is informed and distributes an alert to the ships on the zone. Fabrice Payen had a great start on the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe since he was second ...
    Published on 11-08-2018 10:11 AM
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    Overall

    A new degradation arrives passing to the North of the archipelago of the Azores to sweep the Bay of Biscay next night and especially Friday! The loners of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe still in the north of Cape Finisterre will have to do again the round back while those in the South will have to manage a delicate transition phase towards the trade winds. As for the two leading trimarans, they knit downwind in a still unstable breeze at the latitude of the Canaries ...

    This fourth day of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe has (almost) been a break for most solitaires at sea: only 20 to 30 knots of wind on average and only three to four meters of hollow, except in certain areas. This "lull" allowed many of them to make a quick check-up of their mount and for some, to decide to make a technical stop to the image of Nicolas Troussel (Class40), ...
    Published on 11-07-2018 12:34 PM
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    A front then the trade winds



    Dumped and bumpy for two and a half days, the road that borrows the MACIF trimaran already begins to flatten. Located this morning south of Madeira, still at the head of the Route du Rhum, François Gabart has to cross a high pressure front before touching his ...
    Published on 11-07-2018 11:07 AM
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    INTERVIEW WITH RONAN LUCAS, DIRECTOR OF THE BANQUE POPULAIRE TEAM
    After being rescued last night by a fishing vessel, Armel Le Cléac'h is currently en route to the Spanish coast he should join by Friday. Ronan Lucas, director of the Team ...
    Published on 11-07-2018 11:02 AM
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    FRENCH UPDATE 07/11/2018 : #GGR2018

    " the sea is totally chaotic. I remain on the run without a veil at 5 KT "... this is the terse message sent this night by Jean-Luc Van ...
    Published on 11-07-2018 10:13 AM
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    Several damages have marked these first three days of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. So on Wednesday night, solitaries are either refugees in a port of Brittany, en route to a technical stopover or shelter, or waiting for a final stop ... But some have already left the image of Lalou Roucayrol (Multi50) from Porto or Yann Marilley and Gilles Buekenhout (Multi Rum) from Gijon.

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    • Sébastien Josse (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) technical stop in La Coruna. Damage: starboard float ripped off about ten meters.
    • Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim ') on ...
    Published on 11-06-2018 03:27 PM
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    Whilst facing a very rough seas in the depression sweeping the Bay of Biscay, Sam Davies informed her team on Tuesday, November ...
    Published on 11-06-2018 12:30 PM



    Watch the full update from day 2 of the race with the Atlantic storm that had been forecast at the start making itself felt across the ...
    Published on 11-06-2018 09:53 AM
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    With the dramatic capsizing in the early afternoon of the maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire IX, and after the possibly final stops of Thomas Coville (Sodebo) and Sebastien Josse (Edmond de ...