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    Published on 05-20-2019 11:33 AM
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    What we have learnt
    from the Bermudes 1000 Race

    There is still one competitor still at sea in the second edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race, the Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh, who is expected to finish on Thursday afternoon in Brest. The race was won on Friday by Sébastien Simon (in 7 days, 17 hours and 34 minutes) ahead of Yannick Bestaven and Giancarlo Pedote. This 2000-mile race which is on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar with a weighting of two, was very instructive for the 17 solo sailors competing, none of whom were forced to retire. We look back at the ...
    Published on 05-17-2019 08:53 AM
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    Sébastien Simon winner of Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest
    This Friday, May 17 at 10:34 Sébastien Simon (ARKEA PAPREC) crossed the finish line of the second edition of the Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 02:22 PM
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    For day two of inshore racing for the maxi boats at Rolex Capri Sailing Week it was extremely hard to decide one’s wardrobe; both sails and clothes. The day started with an unfamiliar chilly 20 knot offshore northeasterly that kicked up a lumpy sea just off Capri’s Marina Grande. Then the wind shut down completely. It then re-established, the day finishing with the sun out, the overdue summer finally reaching Capri.

    The conditions ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 01:57 PM
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    After driving at great speed for 24 hours, propelled by a steady northwesterly flow, the leading boats of the Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez-Brest have, as expected, seen their speed of progression drop in all early in the afternoon. And for good reason, the leaders of the fleet are currently negotiating a transition phase. At the end of the day, a soft and unwilling wind that forces them to make small adjustments on the road but also causes some uncertainty. It is difficult, therefore, to know exactly how long each one will be slowed down. For now, the ...
    Published on 05-15-2019 11:30 AM
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    One race, two diets

    The competitors of Bermuda 1000 Breed Douarnenez - Brest are not all housed in the same sign, this Wednesday. The leading boats, still led by Sébastien Simon (Arkéa - Paprec) prance over 15 knots average, propelled by a flow of north-west blowing between 12 and 14 knots, while latecomers, and in particular those who have not yet crossed the Azores waypoint, battle in very small airs (between 2 and 5 knots) of southern sector. The fleet that is currently spreading 380 miles has not finished stretching. No matter, on every level of the fleet, the fight is raging!

    This Wednesday, the vast majority of the fleet has now overflowed ...
    Published on 05-14-2019 01:23 PM
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    Bermudes 1000 Race: Sébastien Simon in the lead at the Azores waypoint. Romain Attanasio’s analysis

    At 1245hrs UTC on Tuesday 14th May, Sébastien Simon was the first to round the Azores waypoint, the second major course mark in the Bermudes 1000 Race. The skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is now on the final leg of the course on his way to Brest. There ...
    Published on 05-14-2019 10:15 AM
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    The two halves of the 49erFX qualification series took place today in a 15-18 knots easterly in Portland Harbour, delivering spectacularly fast conditions for the women’s skiff fleet. While Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey have upped their game significantly in lighter conditions, the British duo were back in their favourite breeze – strong and gusty. Scores of 1,1,2 lift them to top of the leaderboard, tied on points with second-placed Brazilians, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.

    A container ship near the Portland shore on the right-hand side ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 10:20 AM
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    With elastic straps

    If the day yesterday was toned, with a southeast flow blowing between 25 and 35 knots on a short sea, the 17 solitaries of Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest have significantly slowed the pace since last night. In the key, many maneuvers to perform for each other, but also and especially a few strokes of elastic classification. The current leader, Sébastien Simon has seen his lead decrease by more than half in the last 24 hours. At present, the skipper of ARKEA PAPREC is "counting" more than 18 miles ahead of his nearest pursuer after counting to 50, and this gap should not stop making the ...
    Published on 05-13-2019 09:40 AM
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    Rán Wins Close Encounter At RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup
    Round One of the 2019 FAST40+ Class Race Circuit

    10-12 May, 2019

    all images © rick tomlinson/RORC

    “Great day, stunning racing,” commented FAST40+ Class Race Director, Stuart Childerley after racing was concluded at the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup. “The breeze initially filled ...
    Published on 05-12-2019 01:37 PM
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    (Sunday 12th May, Palma) – With just over one week before the TP52 class starts racing on nearby Menorca for the first points races of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES, the 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela has been an intense, no compromise warm-up for the highly competitive, very evenly matched fleet of 10 boats.

    Quantum Racing, the 2018 circuit champions, have made five changes to their title-winning line-up but proved they are adapting ...
    Published on 05-12-2019 10:40 AM
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    Norddeutscher Regatta Verein from Germany took advantage of sensational sailing conditions in Palma de Mallorca to win the first of three qualifiers in season six of the SAILING Champions League. The top eight finishing clubs from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Finland have secured a place at the Final in St Moritz later this summer.

    It was the first time the SAILING Champions ...
    Published on 05-12-2019 10:19 AM
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    A tuneup regatta with 9 Stars sailing in the Troffeo Arch Maroni took an E-Ticket turn
    on Sunday when the winds finally arrives with gusto! ( Get it, GUST-o?)


    Published on 05-11-2019 12:10 PM
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    Wires represent a serious hazard to both helicopters and airplanes flying at low altitude.
    The following footage was filmed on Apr. 3, 2019 near Fond Bellemare, west of Fort-de-France, Martinique, an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles ...
    Published on 05-11-2019 09:24 AM
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    First idea of the pecking order at the Fastnet Rock

    At 0715hrs (UTC) on Saturday 11th May, Sébastien Simon was the first to round the Fastnet rock to the south of Ireland, the first waymark in the Bermudes 1000 Race between Douarnenez and Brest. Sam Davies, Boris Herrmann, Yannick Bestaven and Maxime Sorel followed him. On Saturday at noon, all seventeen solo sailors that set off in this first event of the IMOCA Globe Series were still ...
    Published on 05-10-2019 05:07 PM
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    The second day of the 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela saw the fleet on the Bay of Palma grow to 110 boats as the ORC and One Design classes started their racing programme at this key event which raises the curtain on the Mediterranean mixed classes regatta season.

    There may be just two big boats duking it out in the IRC class, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 and the Reichel Pugh 83 foot one off Vera which has ...
    Published on 05-10-2019 10:08 AM
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    Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest: The Fastnet, first justice of the peace

    The first 24 hours of the Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest were very tactical to extricate themselves from the Brittany coast and climb into the Irish Sea. The progress towards the Fastnet lighthouse, which leaders should reach tomorrow in the late morning, ...
    Published on 05-09-2019 11:32 AM
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    For day two of maxi schooner competition at this inaugural Capri Classica, the Gulf of Naples took on a northern European feel with an overcast sky, Vesuvius obscured by the mirk and a dark grey cloud parked over Capri’s highest summit giving the appearance that the island was about to erupt. But with this cold front came what are likely to be the biggest conditions of this four day event, with winds at times gusts above 25 knots.

    To make the most of the ...
    Published on 05-09-2019 10:05 AM
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    Out on a sunny but chilly Bay of Naples, there was a remarkably action-packed opening day of racing at the inaugural Capri Classica, with lead changes galore, a David v Goliath competition and an encounter with a Neapolitan fishing net best forgotten.

    Organised by the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia, the Yacht Club Capri and the International Schooner Association with the support of the International Maxi Association the Capri Classica is an exclusive ...
    Published on 05-07-2019 09:45 AM
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    France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz mounted successful defences of their titles in difficult conditions at the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships played out on the waters of northern Italy’s stunning Lake Garda.

    For 18-year-old Moroz the crown was a remarkable fourth in succession, while Parlier could bask in the glow of three back-to-back Formula Kite world titles in the face of increasingly-stiff challenges ...
    Published on 05-03-2019 09:09 AM
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    Created in 2003, the Solo Maître Coq is one of the tests of the official program of the Figaro Beneteau Class.
    It welcomes this year the new Figaro Beneteau 3 which will be the first race alone.

    le cartographie

    all images © christophe breschi

    If the passage of the 2015 edition to the calendar of the Championship of ...