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  • Talky Time With Tom Laperche

    Talky Time With Tom Laperche




    Every Tuesday during the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest we try to catch up with a skipper on the race course. This afternoon, one week on from speaking to Charles Caudrelier we had a chat with race leader Tom Laperche. The skipper of SVR-Lazartigue is, not unexpectedly, a happy man. You can see it in his videos, you can hear it on his calls. And he called us absolutely on the nail, to the minute on time. Even if the connection was sometimes difficult what was abundantly clear is...
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  • A Quick In And Out In Recife

    A Quick In And Out In Recife



    MAXI BANQUE POPULAIRE XI: ARMEL LE CL?AC’H BACK IN THE RACE


    01/16/2024


    Armel Le Cleac'h resumed the race and headed offshore in 5th position, this Tuesday noon at 12:48 p.m. (French time) in Recife. To achieve this, the Banque Populaire Team present on site has worked tirelessly since the Maxi Banque Populaire XI was moored yesterday morning. The forward pulpit and the gennaker tack were repaired and the hydraulic problem with the starboard
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  • Banque Populaire To Divert To Recife

    Banque Populaire To Divert To Recife



    Leaders of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, Tom Laperche and Charles Caudrelier this morning are racing just 100 miles east of the Brazilian coast after passing the Equator early Sunday evening. And it looks like they will now devour the passage towards the longitude of Cape Town at good speeds. The wind flow around the Saint Helena high pressure is favourable and in flat water they should be able to sail at close to maximum speed potential.





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  • The Leaders Pass Into The Southern Hemisphere

    The Leaders Pass Into The Southern Hemisphere

    Le Cleac'h explains his sail damage, Laperche leads to Equator





    Passing through the Doldrums at speeds of 22-24kts, ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest leader SVR Lazartigue sailed by Tom Leperche looked set to be first to cross the Equator into the southern hemisphere early this evening. The 26 year old has opened up about 20 miles on second placed Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) today, the Gitana team solo skipper is now 24 miles behind. And on the...
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  • Jan 13th GSC Updates: Coles Mysterious Course Deviation Revealed

    Jan 13th GSC Updates: Coles Mysterious Course Deviation Revealed

    Two days ago the amazing Philippe Delamare rounded Cape Horn. He did so at night, in the midst of some typical nasty Drake passage weather, with winds blowing around 35-40 knots and with the passage of a squally cold front bound to have brought gusts well over 50 knots. Philippe chose a course which prudently allowed him to gain miles towards the south so as to create more room between him and the Chilean lee shore. He gave himself the option to stay off the continental shelf altogether or decide,...
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  • SVR Lazartigue Takes Lead In Arkea Ultim Challenge

    SVR Lazartigue Takes Lead In Arkea Ultim Challenge

    DAY 4 UPDATE.



    Four of the six solo sailors competing in the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest have taken their multihull out of the low pressure zone that they have had to face in recent hours. A relief for everyone, now looking for the first breaths of the trade winds.



    Facing depression alone in ULTIM is a bit like being hit with a hammer to the head: the best time is when it stops. For thirteen to fifteen hours, the four giants faced the stormy
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  • Portugal's Lesser Known Big Wave Surf Spot

    Portugal's Lesser Known Big Wave Surf Spot





    Known for its powerful, heavy, long, and perfect waves, Madeira Island is seen by many as the Hawaii of the Atlantic. Surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters and covered lush subtropical vegetation it plays the part all too well. But the absence of big crowds, the fine wine culture, the boulder-riddled beaches, the delicious food and the general look and vibe of Madeira, really sets it all apart. For this trip Nic Von Rupp scored the biggest and better aligned swell we’ve...
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  • Running On The Edge: GSC Sailors Pushing The Limits!

    Running On The Edge: GSC Sailors Pushing The Limits!

    The storms that are shaping Cole’s and Philippe’s duel in the GSC
    By Marco Nannini.




    Cole Brauer - First Light @colebraueroceanracing


    Two days ago the amazing Philippe Delamare rounded Cape Horn. He did so at night, in the midst of some typical nasty Drake passage weather, with winds blowing around 35-40 knots and with the passage of a squally cold front bound to have brought gusts well over 50 knots. Philippe chose a course which prudently
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  • Charging Into The 1st Depression

    Charging Into The 1st Depression



    Road to the first depression


    The days follow but they are not the same on the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest fleet. Released from the clutches of the anticyclone that stuck them yesterday off Madeira, Maxi skipper Edmond de Rothschild and his road companions prepare to negotiate muscle conditions in the coming hours.

    "End of the third day at sea. We passed Madeira tonight and here we are in a short reach, we are going to look for a big front with
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  • An Arduous Start For The New Year For Nice Rack And Crew

    An Arduous Start For The New Year For Nice Rack And Crew

    A Wild Start For The New Year At The GGYC Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta

    On Saturday, Jan 6th the 3rd installment of the 2023-2024 GGYC Midwinters, an approaching storm system entered the SF Bay, with chilly winds, gusty conditions and an ebb at the start. Zhenya Kirueshkin-Stepanoff's Martin 243 Nice Rack was sailing with 4 crew and heading towards the 1st windward mark, The Blackaller Buoy, when hit by a gust. The main was eased but the jib was not and the the result was a capsize....
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