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  • Podium Complete For Inaugural Arkea Ultim Challenge

    Podium Complete For Inaugural Arkea Ultim Challenge



    Armel Le Cleac'h, winner of the 2016-17 Vendee Globe, maintained his record of finishing on the podium on all three of his solo round the world races so far when he crossed the finish line to complete the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest solo multihull race round the world race at 20:31:31hrs this Sunday evening to take third place sailing the ULTIM Banque Populaire XI.

    Le Cleac'h’s elapsed time for the course is 56 days 08hrs 1min 31secs. He finished 5 days 12hrs 53mins
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  • 50 / 50: Caudrelier's Completion Of Arkea Ultim Challenge Is Timely!

    50 / 50: Caudrelier's Completion Of Arkea Ultim Challenge Is Timely!





    French solo racer Charles Caudrelier, skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the finish line off the coast of Brest, this Tuesday morning at 08:37:42hrs hrs local time (UTC+1hrs) to win the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, the first ever solo multihull race around the world, sailed in giant 32m long ULTIM class trimarans.

    The race leader who has been unchallenged at the front of the race since the night of January 17, Caudrelier– triumphs on the
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  • Under 150 NM For Caudrelier To Finish!

    Under 150 NM For Caudrelier To Finish!

    The last hours at sea for ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest leader Charles Caudrelier as he seeks to close out solo multihull round the world race win.




    A tantalising three hundred miles from the finish line of the first ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest solo ULTIM round the world race, French skipper Charles Caudrelier spent his 50th birthday and his 50th day of racing since leaving Brest on Sunday 7th January keeping his giant blue and white Verdier designed ULTIM Maxi Edmond
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  • Caudrelier Takes Safety Stop In The Azores

    Caudrelier Takes Safety Stop In The Azores

    With less than 1,200 miles to go to the finish of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of the race since the end of January, has elected to take shelter in the Azores, thereby making a technical stopover.



    The “24-hour stopover timer” was started by race management at 0504hrs UTC. His objective is to avoid a big depression approaching from the south of Iceland which is set to make the Bay of Biscay “impassable”
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  • Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port

    Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port




    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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  • Coville And Le Cleach Enter The Atlantic

    Coville And Le Cleach Enter The Atlantic




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    Second placed Armel Le Cleac’h crossed Cape Horn in very manageable conditions this Sunday morning at 05:01:50hrs UTC. In fifth Eric Peron was about to enter the Pacific this morning. Third placed Thomas Coville had a big scare on Friday, as he recalls.

    Armel Le Cleac’h rounded Cape Horn this Sunday morning in modest conditions during the South American night. He passed about fifteen
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  • Caudrelier Rounds Cape Horn For The 4th Time!

    Caudrelier Rounds Cape Horn For The 4th Time!

    Rothschild's Maxi Edmond leading the way at Cape Horn!




    He's back in the Atlantic after more than eighteen days in the South Seas! The arrival of Charles Caudrelier is still a long way off for its leader – over 7,000 theoretical miles still to go – but this Tuesday, February 6 will be an important date in the race around the world of ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest The skipper of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed the length of Cape Horn, at the southern tip...
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  • Sodebo Back In The Thick Of It

    Sodebo Back In The Thick Of It

    On this fourth weekend of the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest the five skippers racing are all hoping for better things in the near future. Leader Charles Caudrelier is hoping that Cape Horn is passable in the near future. Armel Le Cleac'h and Thomas Coville are both is hoping for better conditions between Australia and New Zealand. Anthony Marchand is hoping he can keep up the pace along the ZEA, Eric Peron in fifth hoping he can finally break free of an anticyclone which is moving at the same pace...
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  • Hold Up At The Horn

    Hold Up At The Horn

    Storm forces Caudrelier to take a ‘time out'



    The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild team has said this morning that their ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest leading skipper Charles Caudrelier has made the decision to put his race on hold for an indefinite period because of the weather conditions which were expected for his passage of Cape Horn. “They are absolutely incompatible with progress and so we have chosen to be patient.” explains Caudrelier.



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  • SVR Lazartigue Abandons Arkea Ultim Challenge

    SVR Lazartigue Abandons Arkea Ultim Challenge

    THE END OF AN ADVENTURE, THE BEGINNING OF A GREAT STORY



    image: Julien Champolion - polaRYSE



    That's it: we announced it to you this morning... the Trimaran SVR Lazartigue and Tom Laperche - Navigateur are forced to stop now the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest adventure.


    But it's just a game over. The goal being to come back stronger for the next challenge on board our beautiful Blue Bird.
    The end of a race indeed, but the
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  • Another Ultim Deviates To Capetown

    Another Ultim Deviates To Capetown

    Rudder damage for Eric Peron (ULTIM ADAGIO)



    At 0413hrs UTC this morning, Eric Peron the solo skipper of ULTIM ADAGIO, which is racing in sixth place on the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, warned his technical team and race direction that his starboard rudder system has been damaged. According to his team the boat is no longer properly controllable without the complete rudder system and without a spare helm link on board it would not be reasonable to enter the Indian Ocean.
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  • Caudrelier First To Cape Of Good Hope

    Caudrelier First To Cape Of Good Hope



    This Friday, January 19, at 2:22:32 p.m., Charles Caudrelier crossed the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope after 12 days, 1 hour, 2 minutes and 22 seconds of racing.

    On this descent of the Atlantic, the Gitana Team sailor covered 8,399 miles at an average speed of 28.85 knots in real life.



    The skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was a little slower on this segment of the world tour than Francois Gabart, who achieved the time of 11 days
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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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