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  • Sailing Into History: Cole Brauer Completes Her Mission!

    Sailing Into History: Cole Brauer Completes Her Mission!




    "Cole Brauer finishes the Global Solo Challenge!

    Her first, and a world's first, around the world solo female American non stop racing!

    A truly incredible achievement and completed by an incredibly capable sailor and prepared team.
    It is taking a while to process what she has just done and will continue to take time to realise the reality. But she certainly joins a small club of people who set out to do this and a smaller group still who
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 03-07-2024, 12:24 PM.

  • The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    The End Of One Journey Sparks Desire To Continue The Objective

    Long, but final debrief.







    A bit over 10 days ago, my participation in the Global Solo Challenge came to an abrupt and unfortunate end when I dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean. I had just written a downtrodden and somber blog entry a day or two before where I expressed how challenging and inhospitable the South Atlantic Ocean had been to me.

    Sure enough, she finished me off shortly after that entry. While navigating northward
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  • Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel




    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...
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  • Retrospect: The Days Leading Up To The Abandonment Of Shipyard Brewing




    Live to fight another day - The tough reality of ocean sailing

    By Marco Nannini.


    The skippers of the Global Solo Challenge have to endure months of navigation in the roaring forties and screaming fifties to reach Cape Horn. After braving storms, technical difficulties, fatigue and cold temperatures, the legendary cape feels like the big prize for all the efforts each skipper has put into their project. It is a reward and a climax not just in their...
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  • Shipyard Crewing Dismasted In South Atlantic

    Shipyard Crewing Dismasted In South Atlantic











    It is with a very heavy heart that we have to write this update. At approximately 0200 UTC, Ronnie Simpson blew up at Shipyard Brewing.
    An exasperated Ronnie Simpson notes the following:

    He was racing to stay ahead of a very deep depression when the boat launched off a massive wave.
    He has cut most of the rig away, and deployed a drogue to keep the stern to the seas and activated his epirb and requested...
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  • Jailbreak At Cape Horn!

    Jailbreak At Cape Horn!

    The effects of the storm extend and affect Ronnie Simpson





    As mentioned in an earlier post, finally the Cape Horn storm forecast we were all following is, thankfully, something better for Feb 6-7-8. The Global Solo Challenge pattern trio consisting of Andrea Mura, Francois Gouin and Riccardo Tosetto should witness much better conditions that should allow them to navigate safely. With the center of low pressure slightly further north than initially anticipated,...
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  • Cape Horn About To Get Extra Gnarly

    Cape Horn About To Get Extra Gnarly

    Ronnie Simpson won't celebrate Horn quite yet!





    And here is the traditional photo of the Cape Horn rounding. It's certainly more of traditional long salty beard look the one chosen by our Ronnie Simpson on Shipyard Brewing compared to the fresh smile by Cole Brauer a few days back (-; Ronnie's is celebrating with his perfect whiteboard shot but has confided he'll leave proper celebrations for later, as very strong northerly winds are forecast by the Falklands...
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  • Cole Rounds Cape Horn!

    Cole Rounds Cape Horn!




    Trying not to get emotional so unbelievably stoked to be here and heading back up north!

    Home here I come! 20,000 miles down, 7,000 more to go!!

    — at Cape Horn.
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 01-26-2024, 10:23 AM.

  • A Brutal Approach To Cape Horn

    A Brutal Approach To Cape Horn

    Complex, tricky, difficult weather for Cole Brauer




    I am sure many of you follow the weather evolving around Cole Brauer and are trying to make sense of it. Cole and her shore team have monitored and acted very carefully as the weather to Cape Horn developed and changed. We should probably clarify that weather models are reliable for 2-3 days in the future, then they move on to giving an indication of what might happen. They may show a low pressure moving and it's...
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  • Waiting Out Storms For Cape Horn Approach

    Waiting Out Storms For Cape Horn Approach

    Edouard safe in Australia whilst Cole faces nasty storms
    Marco Nannini
    22/01/2024



    Edouard De Keyser – Solarwind – @Edouard De Keyser

    Edouard De Keyser’s journey in the Global Solo Challenge has been one of trials and tribulations, of patience and determination, and indeed of technical issues. With the smallest boat still in the event, after the retirement in Hobart of Dafydd Hughes on Bendigedig, we must consider that the challenge is magnified...
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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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  • The Roaring 40's Bare Their Teeth

    The Roaring 40's Bare Their Teeth

    The Roaring Forty show their true colours









    The American duo consisting of Ronnie Simpson and Cole Brauer, who has been in match race mode for a few days, has sailed straight through the Ice Limit Intermediate Zone, taking a shortcut in the total mileage of the route. They had to deal with the calm before the storm yesterday, literally. It was a rather slow day for both of us, but the Roaring Forty were gesturing a real spinning
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