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    Published on 01-15-2021 02:20 PM
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    Racing some 35 miles off the NE corner of Brasil, at Recife this afternoon, speeds remain very even between the top trio of Vendée Globe boats, German skipper Boris Herrmann having moved into third place overnight.

    The skipper of Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco has modulated his attack with the same patience and diligence that has ensured that he is playing with a full deck of cards, racing an uncompromised ...
    Published on 01-15-2021 11:37 AM
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    Navigating the southern hemisphere
    After setting sail from Ushant on Sunday 10 January at 01:33 UTC on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the equator this Friday 15 January at 14h48'32'' UTC, after 5 days 13 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds at sea. Though this first passage time is a far cry from the outright record for this section, which has been held since 2019 by Spindrift Racing in a time of 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes, ...
    Published on 01-15-2021 10:43 AM
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    INEOS TEAM UK win RR1 Race 1

    RR1 - Race 1
    Start: 1515
    Port: USA
    Starboard: GBR
    Course: 6
    Axis: 205
    Length: 1.8nm
    Current: 0.9 knots @ 330
    Wind: 8-16knots / 215 degrees








    As the clock counted down for the first race of the day, the pressure was on for both INEOS TEAM UK (GBR) and American Magic (USA), but for the British there was no doubt that the stress of not having won a single race since arriving in Auckland was weighing heavily on the entire team.
    But when it came to crunch time Sir Ben Ainslie’s team appeared to have a strong game plan from the start.

    As both boats entered the starting box there appeared to ...
    Published on 01-14-2021 11:55 AM
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    Leaders 20 miles apart, Herrmann in fifth, Merron At Cape Horn at Weekend

    Today passing Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, there are no options In terms of strategy and choices on the northwards climb up the Atlantic for the tightly matched Vendée Globe leaders. But the conditions are difficult and tiring. The E’ly tradewinds shift in direction and more particularly in strength and that is proving especially wearing, with squalls and gusts which make setting the optimum sail are difficult on the close reach. ...
    Published on 01-13-2021 12:56 PM
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    Trade wind flight at last




    The efforts deployed by the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild since leaving Ushant on Sunday are bearing fruit on this fourth day of the record. To exploit the chosen weather window as best they can, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew have had to link together a series of gybes, extending the course which will lead them down towards the equator. Since this morning though, they’ve been making headway in the trade wind and have got nicely ...
    Published on 01-13-2021 12:04 PM
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    Dalin Leads Speed Test Up Brazilian Coast.....Six boats in 88 miles..Costa, Le Diraison At Cape Horn, Shiraishi this evening


    TRACKER


    With nothing more than a handful of small miles separating them, the leaders of the Vendée Globe are engaged on a straight head-to-head speed test which may yet prove decisive, and which may finally show the ultimate value of a fully functioning latest ...
    Published on 01-12-2021 04:19 PM
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    Restart off Rio..... Five boats within 27 miles.....Hare at Cape Horn

    After 65 days racing and over 23,000 nautical miles sailed on the course, the Vendée Globe in effect restarted off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today with the five top boats regrouping within 26 miles of each other in terms of the distance to the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne.

    Charlie ...
    Published on 01-12-2021 12:04 PM
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    At the gates of the trade winds

    Departing from Ouessant on the night of Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 January, at 2:33 '46' ', Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four teammates continue their rapid descent from the North Atlantic towards the equator. With nearly 2,000 miles covered in two and a half days, at an average speed of 31.4 knots, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are perfectly on the pace and even offered themselves, at the 6 p.m. check-in, a lead of 139 miles on Francis Joyon's record. This third day at sea was marked by a weather transition along the ridge ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 05:36 PM
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    Saildrone Launches 72-foot Surveyor, Revolutionizing Ocean Seabed Mapping
    The new Saildrone Surveyor is the world’s most advanced uncrewed surface vehicle, equipped with an array of acoustic instruments for high-resolution shallow and deep-water mapping.



    Less than 20% of Earth’s ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 05:23 PM
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    UDATE: Apiva New Leader!


    Bestaven caught to within 38 miles.....New leader tomorrow?....Hare approaching Cape Horn after Boissièrres, Roura, Beyou.......Beyou fastest in the Southern Ocean Between Good Hope and Cape Horn



    All bets are off. Normally by the 64th day of recent editions of the Vendée Globe, the solo non- stop race round the world has been distilled down to a choice of two or at the outside three potential winners.

    But as the group of six chasing solo racers are now compressed ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 01:28 PM
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    With every major swell, there's always a moment that ends up defining it. And yesterday, we found that moment amidst the US' west coast run of XL swell that's been rifling in for days. Peter ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 12:50 PM
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    Three Bridge Fiasco Race Update: After discussing and considering the current Covid-19 situation & compliance with the Regional Stay-At-Home ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 11:10 AM
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    Massive Swells Capsize Sailboats At Mouth Of Santa Cruz Harbor; 12 Children Rescued From Turbulent Seas




    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A massive swell, kicked up by storms out in the Pacific Ocean, capsized several small sailboats ‘like dominoes’ at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Harbor Sunday afternoon, forcing marine rescue units and local surfers ...
    Published on 01-11-2021 10:46 AM
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    Jan 11th

    Madeira bound

    A little over 24 hours out from Ushant, the men of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild are rolling out the plan drawn up before the start with their router Marcel van Triest to perfection. Following an express exit from the Bay of Biscay of around ten hours or so, ticked off at an average speed of over 30 knots, the first day at sea ...
    Published on 01-10-2021 12:07 AM
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    Jules Verne Trophy, 2nd round
    With the precision of a metronome it was at 2 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set off on Sunday January 10 on a new Jules Verne Trophy record attempt. With a northeasterly wind of around twenty knots and in a manageable sea, the six sailors left the island of Ouessant by its ...
    Published on 01-09-2021 07:25 PM
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    TRACKER

    The Quest Has Begun!


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    Published on 01-09-2021 07:13 PM
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    The Franco-German skipper Isabelle Joschke has been forced to abandon her Vendée Globe on the 62nd day of racing after a further failure of the keel canting system on board her IMOCA MACSF.
    Joschke was lying racing in 11th place racing in difficult conditions, in 30-35 knots of wind in the South Atlantic some 1100 miles east of the Argentinian coast.

    During the late afternoon today Saturday 9th January Joschke realised that the hydraulic cylinder which was holding her keel centred had failed. After the main ...
    Published on 01-09-2021 12:33 PM
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    Take-off imminent for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in the Jules Verne Trophy
    all images © © Y.Zedda / Gitana S.A


    Lorient, Saturday, January 9, 2021 - The pontoons of Lorient La Base were positively buzzing this afternoon. After a final scan of the weather charts and models, the Gitana Team took the decision this morning to switch to code green and set sail once more on the quest for the Jules Verne Trophy. Despite the ...
    Published on 01-08-2021 05:00 PM
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    British skipper Pip Hare kept her Vendée Globe on course when she replaced her damaged port rudder on Medallia yesterday evening, completing the difficult operation in the South Pacific Ocean some 1000 miles west of Cape Horn.

    Having discovered a crack in the shaft of her rudder, the 45 year old had no alternative to stop her IMOCA 60, drop out of the damaged rudder and ship the spare in 20 knots of wind and a big Pacific swell.

    Hare may have lost two places, dropping to 17th, but the English ...
    Published on 01-08-2021 02:27 PM
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    A window named desire!


    Lorient, Friday, January 8, 2021 - To take on the Jules Verne Trophy, you obviously need an excellent boat, an equally exceptional crew to drive her at her true potential, as well as a certain composure ...

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