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    Published on 01-18-2021 06:24 PM
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    With less than two weeks - perhaps even just ten days – until the finish of what is set to be the closest ever edition of the Vendée Globe it is still impossible to predict which three skippers will finish on the podium.

    “To be honest we wont really have a decent idea until the first ones get to the entrance to the Bay of Biscay at La Coruña," warned Jacques Caraës, race director this morning.

    Race veteran Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!), 61, in ninth place on his fifth ...
    Published on 01-18-2021 06:05 PM
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    SKIPPER'S PRESS CONFERENCE: TERRY HUTCHINSON ON PATRIOT'S CAPSIZE, RECOVERY AND NEXT STEPS
    Auckland, New Zealand - After a mostly sleepless night following the capsize and near-sinking of American Magic's AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, Skipper and Executive Director Terry Hutchinson answered questions for assembled journalists in Auckland, and additional ...
    Published on 01-18-2021 12:19 PM
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    Acceleration at 30° south

    After a relatively peaceful two-day transition along the Brazilian coast, the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild has begun to put some easting into its course, gradually bending the 32-metre giant’s trajectory round towards the point of entry into the Southern Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope. Very quick over the past four hours with an average speed of over 35 knots at the 07:00 UTC position report, Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier ...
    Published on 01-17-2021 10:17 AM
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    Auckland, New Zealand - After racing into a squall, crashing, capsizing, incurring significant damage and coming close to sinking, American Magic’s AC75 racing yacht, PATRIOT, made it back to shore at 10:45 PM NZDT after a herculean effort to save the boat.

    “First and foremost, we are incredibly grateful and thankful that everybody is safe,” said Terry Hutchinson, Skipper and Executive Director of American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the America’s Cup. “The team did an incredible job getting ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 12:30 PM
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    The Waves at Mavericks This Year Are Mindbogglingly Huge

    Article by Kevin Stark KQED


    image © Frank Quiarte


    Every fall, Brian Garcia briefs officials across the Bay Area counties on the winter weather outlook, what he calls “my traveling road show.”

    In San Mateo County, people always ask Garcia, a National Weather Service meteorologist, if the thundering, big-wave surf spot near Half Moon Bay known as Mavericks will break. (The famous Mavericks surf competition has been cancelled indefinitely).

    Most ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:51 AM
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    INEOS TEAM UK win Race 1 of Round Robin 2

    Round Robin 2 - Race 1
    Start: 1655
    Port: GBR
    Stbd: USA
    Course: combination between C&D
    Axis: 211
    Length: 1.58nm
    Current: 0.4 knots @ 337

    Wind: 8-12 knots / 220
    Winner: INEOS TEAM UK 4:59


    As the sky opened up, the heating on the land showed hints of the ingredients for a sea breeze as the ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:50 AM
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    PRADA CUP RR1 – Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli vs American Magic



    Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli win Race 3 of Round Robin 1.


    Start: 1515
    Port: ITA
    Stbd: USA
    Course: combination between C &D
    Axis: 204
    Length: 1.8nm
    Current: 1.1 knots @ 336
    Wind
    8-14 knots / 225 degrees
    Winner: Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli ...
    Published on 01-16-2021 11:29 AM
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    Passing of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild,
    founder and owner of the Gitana Team

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 - It is with deep regret and great sadness that Gitana Team announces the death of Benjamin de Rothschild ...
    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 ...

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