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    Published on 12-05-2020 11:59 AM
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    As expected by the routing unit, Sodebo Ultim 3, managed to position itself in front of a depression shifting to the east, began a long edge on Friday night which will take it to Kerguelen. On Saturday morning, Thomas Coville and his seven crew are averaging 34 knots, which allowed them to increase their lead over the ...
    Published on 12-05-2020 10:20 AM



    Exiting Tomales Bay On December 4th, video captures a sport fishing boat rolling the dice! ...
    Published on 12-04-2020 11:51 AM
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    Jules Verne Trophy

    In repair prior to another attempt

    Lorient, Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 - Last Friday, after three days at sea on their first round the world record attempt, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild opted to turn back after damage resulting from impact with a UFO. Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew managed to make it back to their port of registry in Lorient yesterday evening. A few hours later, the shore team had already set to ...
    Published on 12-04-2020 11:25 AM
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    Each edition of the Vendée Globe, Cape Town, South Africa provides final safe haven for stricken solo racers to retire to, restore their mental equilibrium, to reflect on what should have been and to enjoy the safety and security of terra firma after nursing an injured IMOCA to port.

    After nearly seven days and 1800 miles since he announced his hopes of winning the 2020 Vendée Globe had been terminated by a broken starboard ...
    Published on 12-03-2020 10:38 PM
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    CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAXI BANQUE POPULAIRE XI: FINAL STRETCH

    Since 2019, the Banque Populaire Team has been mobilized on the Maxi Banque Populaire XI construction site, which is continuing its journey. Armel's future Ultim should be launched in spring 2021! Focus with Armel, Team director Ronan Lucas and the head of the study office Gautier Levisse.


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    Published on 12-03-2020 11:05 AM
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    NEWS FROM ONBOARD @sodebovoile 👇
    We’re coming up to day 10 of this Jules Verne record attempt and we’re just off south Brazil getting into the transition between the southern Atlantic trade winds and a low ...
    Published on 12-02-2020 04:37 PM

    UPDATE:

    Having struck something in the water last night Sam Davies this morning is heading out of the worst of the weather and the sea state to further assess the damage to Initiatives Coeur. She spoke to Vendee Globe HQ this morning.

    Sam Davies this morning on the ...
    Published on 12-02-2020 09:16 AM
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    UPDATE:

    Since this morning and the shock with an UFO that occurred at 9:20 am HF, Sébastien Simon has put the race on hold. It progresses with the mainsail lowered (only the horn remains) and under storm surge (small ...
    Published on 12-02-2020 12:18 AM
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    By Steve Gorman

    FILE PHOTO: Rescue personnel return to shore with the victims of a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat off the coast of Santa Barbara, California© Reuters/KYLE GRILLOT FILE PHOTO: Rescue personnel return to shore with the victims ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 11:52 PM
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    18ft Skiffs
    NSW Championship, Race 2
    Sunday, 29 November 2020
    Sydney Harbour

    Fresh North West winds over 20-knots, with gusts up to 40-knots prior to race time, cast doubt over the Australian 18 Footers League being able to stage Race 2 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today, and finally ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 11:36 PM
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    Stuart Bee was recovered by the 225-meter motor vessel, #Angeles. The crew spotted the man clinging to the bow of the vessel, took him aboard and will transport him to shore.



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    Published on 12-01-2020 11:29 PM
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    Here’s that jump!
    Back in July 2020, the east coast of Australia was battered for a few days with a massive southerly storm that created huge swells. Jervis Bay on the south coast of NSW was one of the unfortunate places where 6 metre swells smashed our ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 11:18 PM
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    A LITTLE CALM BEFORE THE DEEP SOUTH

    Having started a week ago now, Sodebo Ultim 3, which has already covered 3,700 miles (6,860 kilometers), continues its descent of the South Atlantic along the Brazilian coast, ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 09:04 PM
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    Couldn't help but try to imagine Kevin Escoffier's vision on his boat yesterday... Apocalypse description and more than limited reaction time... Congratulations again for the rescue!

    Vincent Hop

    See more of Vincent's work HERE!

    This morning, from Jean le Cam's ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 03:20 PM
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    The day after crossing the equator, Sodebo Ultim 3 is sailing Tuesday morning off the northeastern tip of Brazil, near Natal. Thomas Coville and his seven team-mates managed to increase their lead a little on the board of Idec Sport (around 70 miles), holder of the Jules Verne Trophy.

    The passage ...
    Published on 12-01-2020 09:31 AM
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    After eleven and a half hours in his liferaft since being forced to abandon his IMOCA 60 PRB in strong winds and big seas 840 nautical miles SW of Cape Town, Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier was dramatically rescued by fellow competitor Jean Le Cam at around 0118hrs UTC this Tuesday morning.

    Escoffier was racing in third place on the 22nd day of the Vendée Globe solo round ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 11:00 PM
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    At 2:18 am French time, the PRB team was informed of the rescue of Kevin Escoffier by Jean Le Cam. At the HQ since the beginning of the evening, the President of PRB, Jean-Jacques Laurent, assisted minute after ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 10:09 AM
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    UPDATE #3

    Here is what has happened since Kevin Escoffier triggered the distress beacon on his IMOCA PRB on Monday November 30 at 2:46 p.m. in the Roaring Forties, on the 22 nd race day of the Vendée Globe. Triggered immediately by the race director, the research initiated by Jean Le Cam, first to arrive in the area, is continuing with the support of three IMOCAs who were also confused.

    Since Kevin Escoffier warned ...
    Published on 11-30-2020 12:18 AM
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    After more than twenty days of sailing, the pecking order is becoming clearer with the leader Charlie Dalin expected to pass the latitude of the Cape of Good Hope on Monday. The South Atlantic has not been very kind for more than ten days, but the weather pattern concerning the St. Helena high is now allowing the two groups of chasers not to lose any more ground. The first Southern low-pressure system is meanwhile developing off Cape Town…

    The Cape of Good Hope is coming ...
    Published on 11-29-2020 10:44 PM
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    Sodebo Ultim 3 entered the Doldrums last night, a vast area north of the equator, in which the trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres converge and which generates squalls and bubbles without wind. Hence a slowdown this morning, which should only be temporary for Thomas Coville and his crew, expected at the equator next night after about five days at sea.

    After a day of Saturday at 30 knots on average heading straight south, the “Sodeboys” have been facing the vagaries of the famous Doldrums since last night. This broad band which, north of the equator, stretches from the ...

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