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    Published on 10-21-2019 09:28 AM
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    2019 | Rolex Middle Sea Race - Day 3 AM

    21 October 0900 CEST DAY 3 AM Report

    Rambler turns south – snakes and ladders for the fleet north of Sicily

    George David's Rambler (USA) is cutting a lonely figure at the front of the 113-boat fleet. The American Maxi is 75nm ahead, having passed San Vito Lo Capo at dawn on the third day of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. During the night, Rambler managed to keep going, but only just, taking over 13 hours to sail from Stromboli to the promontory on the northwest corner of Sicily. Rambler is expected to speed up as she rounds the corner at Favignana and starts sailing to the west of Sicily and down towards Pantelleria. Stronger winds in ...
    Published on 10-21-2019 09:05 AM
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    Francis Joyon and his maxi trimaran IDEC-SPORT have got off to the finest of starts in their latest challenge, the Mauritius Route, an attempt to beat the record set by IDEC SPORT ten years ago between Port Louis (Morbihan) ...
    Published on 10-19-2019 03:55 PM
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    Francis Joyon set off this morning on his attempt at the Mauritius Route record between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius). At 0911hrs UTC on Saturday 19th October, the skipper of IDEC SPORT crossed the start line off the Citadel of Port Louis (Morbihan). Ahead of the boat, a complicated 8,800-mile long solo voyage to ...
    Published on 10-18-2019 12:27 PM
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    Spotted off in the bay of quiberon, our trio Brest Atlantiques in full training... we'll have to be at the top level because the plateau of the race is exceptional.

    Brest Atlantiques, whose start ...
    Published on 10-16-2019 08:31 AM
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    Itajaí returns as host city for The Ocean Race

    Brazilian city to host The Ocean Race fleet in 2021-22 edition of the event...




    The Ocean Race 2021-22 will stop in Itajaí, Brazil, marking the fourth consecutive time the city on the Santa Catarina coastline will host the iconic event.

    In 2017-18, ...
    Published on 10-15-2019 10:52 AM
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    Between now and the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, which begins in Le Havre on Sunday 27th October, the IMOCA class has decided to share with you some portraits of the unusual, unlikely and surprising pairs that have come together ...
    Published on 10-14-2019 09:56 AM
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    Production boats: Ambrogio Beccaria sails a blinder and Félix De Navacelle and Matthieu Vincent complete the podium
    Crossing the finish line in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at 04:30 UTC, Ambrogio Beccaria took the win in the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, after 8 days, 19 hours, 52 minutes and 07 seconds of racing. Event favourite in the production boat category, the Italian skipper held rank despite a complex scenario and a tightly bunched pack of pursuers on his tail. Félix De Navacelle secured second place, 1 hour and 43 minutes behind ...
    Published on 10-13-2019 12:07 PM
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    The denouement of the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère is imminent in the prototype category! At 15:00 UTC this Sunday, François Jambou was just 30 miles from the finish in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Tanguy Bouroullec and Axel Tréhin were respectively 15 and 25 miles shy of the leader. François Jambou is expected on the finish line from 19:00 UTC. This estimate is subject to change given the very light wind ...
    Published on 10-11-2019 12:30 PM
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    Less than two days till the verdict!



    The leaders in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère have passed the latitude of Madeira this evening. Though they can almost glimpse the finish of this first leg to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the end of the course promises to be a bit of a struggle in light airs. The first ETAs are likely from Sunday morning. For now, François Jambou (prototype) and Ambrogio Beccaria (production boat) are holding rank up front. Astern, numerous competitors are lamenting technical woes, which are more or less complicated to deal ...
    Published on 10-10-2019 10:29 AM
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    The sailors’ versatility put to the test




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    The competitors in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère have now been at sea for over five days and they’ve already seen it in a vast array of colours. After a long run in meaty conditions, the wind has eased slight this Thursday, treating some of the sailors to a little respite. However, this reprieve will be short-lived. Indeed, another obstacle is looming over the final section of the course since a ridge of high pressure is sprawled across the path of the ...
    Published on 10-08-2019 10:00 AM
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    The competitors of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère finish with a demanding crossing of the Bay of Biscay. They enter the second major phase of the course, which is not the least exhilarating as the next few days will be at full speed. Virtually all competitors pass through the DST Cape Finisterre, aside from four sailors attempting a potentially lucrative "Wild West" option. Two sailors are forced to technical stopovers, Joe Lacey (Gijon) and Jonathan Chodkiewiez (A Coruña). In proto, ...
    Published on 10-07-2019 11:45 AM
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    Still 87 at sea, technical pit stop for Briton Joe Lacey




    On the third day of racing, the 87 sailors in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are all still at sea, led this evening by Axel Tréhin (prototype) and Ambrogio Beccaria (production). However, it’s not great news for the Briton Joe Lacey, whose diverting to Gijón where he’ll attempt to resolve his energy issues. The rest of the fleet is on a beat to Cape Finisterre, which ...
    Published on 10-05-2019 10:09 AM
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    THE MINI-TRANSAT 2019 SETS SAIL. THE OPEN OCEAN AT LAST!


    This Saturday 5 October, at 10:38 hours, the 87 sailors competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère set sail from La Rochelle on the first leg to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Though the event kicked off in very manageable conditions, the competitors will face a few obstacles throughout the 1,350-mile course, starting with the initial passage of a front tonight.

    Walking the dock of the Bassin des Chalutiers ...
    Published on 10-02-2019 09:55 AM
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    60 sailors to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre in the IMOCA category




    On Sunday 27th October, thirty IMOCAs will line up for the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre – a record. That means sixty sailors (including seven women and sixteen non-French sailors) will be doing battle over the 4350 miles separating Le Havre from Salvador da Bahia. However, it is not just the number of sailors that is interesting. The line-up brings together people from various backgrounds and with various ambitions.

    There were thirteen in 2017 and this year, there will be thirty boats. From one edition to another, the number of double-handed ...
    Published on 10-02-2019 09:17 AM
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    October 5th Prediction via windy.ty



    The waiting game is over for the 87 sailors competing in the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. ...
    Published on 09-27-2019 10:03 AM
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    The 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère will not now be able to set sail this weekend. The narrow weather window has closed and the expected forecast in the Bay of Biscay over the coming days ...
    Published on 09-21-2019 01:11 PM
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    Jérémie Beyou &Christopher Pratt aboard Charal take the 2019 Le Defi Azimut finishing in 1D 18h 43min 46s
    with Kévin Escoffier & Nicolas Lunven on PBR in second with 1D 20h 08min 52s elapsed and in 3rd the Franco American team
    of Charlie Enright & Pascal Bidegorry Taking 3rd on 11th Hour Sailing with a time of 1d 20h 45min 47s.

    The following is some excerpts from the social media blurbs and pic are all from the boats respective ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 11:36 AM
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    Hurricane Humberto spinning in the North Atlantic

    - Start of the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère postponed due to the weather conditions expected in the Bay of Biscay

    - Festivities will continue on Sunday with a prologue in the bay of La Rochelle

    Initially scheduled for Sunday 22 September, ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 09:36 AM
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    22 IMOCA's departed the Lorient earlier today in brisk winds and flat seas. The race is a warm up for the Transat Jacques Vabre
    features a 48 hour loop off the coast of Brittany with two crewmen and a media person to provide onboard coverage as the race progresses.
    The race is overwhelmingly a french affair with many of the top shorthanded franco's testing new boats and fine tuning their program along with up
    and coming teams learning the ropes and which ones to tug on and when. This years entry list has 3 non-french ...
    Published on 09-18-2019 09:43 AM
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    For the first time in its history, The Ocean Race will make a stop in Cabo Verde during the 2021-22 edition.

    Cabo Verde will become just the second African venue the Race has ever visited and the first West African nation to host the event, dubbed sport’s ‘toughest test of a team




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