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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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  • Day 3 US Oly Sailing Teams Trials Miami

    Day 3 US Oly Sailing Teams Trials Miami

    DAY 3 OF 8 UPDATE


    MIAMI, FLORIDA (8 January 2024) – Day three of U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Sailing saw dramatic maneuvers on the 49er course, the third lead change in three days in the Men’s Kite, and more tight racing in the Mixed 470. Both race courses saw 15-17 knots with a vibrant sea state similar to day one.









    Stu McNay and Lara Dallman-Weiss extended their lead on the 470 fleet, winning both races of the
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  • Slaloming Cargo Ships And Awaiting The 1st Depression

    Slaloming Cargo Ships And Awaiting The 1st Depression

    45 knot speed peaks, slaloming past cargo ships and Cape Finisterre is already passed!





    After leaving Brest at 1330hrs Sunday lunchtime the leading ULTIMs on the ARK?A ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest have already covered the 350 nautical miles across the Bay of Biscay and are passing Cape Finisterre around 0600hrs UTC this morning after reaching speeds of 45kts during the first night at sea. Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) leads the fleet but the gaps
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  • US Olympic Trials In Full Swing In Miami

    US Olympic Trials In Full Swing In Miami






    MIAMI, FLORIDA (7 January 2024)
    - With more races now on the board, points are tightening and tensions heating up on day two of eight of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing. The 470 and 49er course saw winds of 17-22 with shallower, choppier waves than opening day, and the Kite / iQFOiL course kicked off their day with 15 knots that died to 11-12, with light rain showers.











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  • The 1st Chapter Begins: The Arkea Ultim Challenge Is Underway!

    The 1st Chapter Begins: The Arkea Ultim Challenge Is Underway!

    Last minute - ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest: The big story begins now!


    All images copyright Alexis Courcoux

    It is a historic day, one that remains engraved in memories for a long time and has the gift of making history. The ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE - Brest, the first round-the-world race, in a multihull and solo, began this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for six skippers, participants in an extraordinary challenge. The countdown was given jointly by Julien Carmona, President of
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  • January 6th Global Solo Challenge Update

    January 6th Global Solo Challenge Update


    https://globalsolochallenge.com/tracking/

    Jan 6th

    It’s taken Riccardo Tosetto on Obportus a very respectable time of 69 days at sea, which currently places him 4th on the water to reach the halfway mark of his circumnavigation. This is merely a psychological milestone where the skipper can mentally think he’s getting closer to home at every mile sailed rather than getting farther away. Geographically he is also close to another important mark of his course,...
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  • A Fast Pit Stop In Brazil For Banque Populaire
    by Photoboy



    After a little more than 48 hours of technical stopover in Rio de Janeiro, ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest skipper Armel Le Cleac'h and his ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI have returned to the race track. He docked out from Rio at a little after 1630hrs UTC and resumed racing in third place at 1738hrs UTC.

    Thanks to great cooperation from the authorities in France and Brazil the Banque Populaire XI technical team were able to replace the two rudders damaged in the South
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    02-18-2024, 02:37 PM
  • Antigua 360 Completes Nelson Cup Caribbean 600 Leadup
    by Photoboy
    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Antigua 360 - Diverse RORC Fleet





    The 2024 Nelson’s Cup Series was back in action on Friday 16th February, with the Antigua 360 Race. Thirty four entries included multihulls racing under MOCRA, three IRC Classes, and the Class40 Division.

    A light south easterly breeze provided a comfortable start for the RORC fleet. The start line mirrored the RORC Caribbean 600, providing great practice for the showcase 600-miler
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    02-17-2024, 03:31 PM
  • Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel
    by Photoboy



    William MacBrien rescued after 46 hours adrift semi-submerged in south Pacific
    By Marco Nannini.


    Photos Courtesy Cargo Vessel Watatsumi

    On February 14th at 02:50 UTC disaster struck on board Phoenix. Canadian skipper William MacBrien had activated his Emergency Position Locator Beacon (EPIRB). He was in distress.


    William was over 1300 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, over 3000 miles from New Zealand, 1600 miles south...
    02-16-2024, 04:14 PM
  • Smoke On The Water In Barcelona
    by Photoboy





    16 February 2024. INEOS Britannia, Britain’s challenger for the 37th America’s Cup, has suffered damage to one of their one-design supplied AC40 training boats, Athena, after a fire onboard.








    The two British one-design AC40s (Athena & Sienna) had left the dock early for a two-boat race-training day and towed to the Northeast of Barcelona City to find some good breeze. At 10:05 CET whilst sailing off...
    02-16-2024, 03:20 PM
  • The Warmup For Caribbean 600 Sizzles
    by Photoboy



    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Day Two - Sizzling on the South Side


    The RORC Nelson’s Cup Series continued today, Wednesday 14 February, with two hi-octane races in tropical heat. For the second day running there were fine margins right through the fleet. After four races, no boat remains unbeaten in the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series.

    With two races yet to be run to complete the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, Wendy Schmidt’s Botin
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    02-15-2024, 04:49 PM
  • Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port
    by Photoboy



    In a message distributed late this morning, the Banque Populaire team has confirmed that Armel Le Cleac'h’s ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI, racing in second place on the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, has suffered damage to the central rudder after an incident.

    According to the team:

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    “Several options are being studied to diagnose the damage and to think about the rest of the race”.
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    02-15-2024, 09:53 AM
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