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  • A Trio Of 1sts In Retour a la Base Race

    A Trio Of 1sts In Retour a la Base Race

    Yoann Richomme crossed the finish line of the first edition of Retour a La Base in first place this Saturday, December 9, at 17:03.




    The Paprec Arkea skipper completed the 3,500-mile theoretical course in 9 days 0 hours 03 minutes 48 seconds, at an average speed of 16.19 knots (on the great circle route). Under his northern option, he actually covered 4,256.68 miles at an average speed of 19.70 knots. Yoann Richomme has achieved a rare feat: winning his first solo
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  • Leaders Approaching The Base: Saturday Arrivals Lay Ahead

    Leaders Approaching The Base: Saturday Arrivals Lay Ahead

    With a lead of some 88 miles and about 400 miles to the finish line it could be imagined that Yoann Richomme (Paprec Arkea) might ease back on the accelerator and consolidate to the Lorient finish line of the Retour a La Base, but the French skipper remains the fastest of the top 10 skippers. Making over 20kts late this afternoon he can imagine being finished by 1600hrs local time Saturday, landing his first big IMOCA race win ever, his first ever proper solo outing.



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  • The Relentless March Continues, With Bumps and Bruises

    The Relentless March Continues, With Bumps and Bruises

    DAMAGE FOR THOMAS RUYANT (FOR PEOPLE)



    Thomas Ruyant (FOR PEOPLE) has gone from the emotional high of setting a new 24 hours distance record yesterday to having a series of technical problems which have slowed him down and cost him places on the Retour ? La Base.
    Ruyant’s team report this morning that he has damage to his rudder system and a torn mainsail. A statement from TR Racing says, “In an involuntary gybe that followed (the rudder damage), the mainsail
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  • The Migration North Continues

    The Migration North Continues





    Until tomorrow evening, the head of the fleet will continue its progress to the North. It is only after the anticyclone has bypassed that they will begin to move towards the East and have to deal with depressions. In the meantime, everyone is increasing their intensity and resisting conditions that are not always pleasant. State of play as Jean Le Cam arrived in Martinique this afternoon.





    Everyone has their own rush, everyone has
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  • Retour a la Base: 30 Imoca's Singlehanded Transatlantic

    Retour a la Base: 30 Imoca's Singlehanded Transatlantic

    BETWEEN SQUALLS AND LIGHT TRADE WINDS, A “STICKY” START!
    11/30/2023





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    all images: Anne Beauge / Return to the Base


    They were in a hurry to head home! At precisely 12 p.m. (5 p.m. Paris time), in the bay of Fort-de-France, 30 of the 32 solo sailors engaged in this first edition of the Return to La Base spectacularly gathered on the line, for a contact start which did not fail to raise the excitement
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  • The King Of Transatlantics Takes Another Bullet

    The King Of Transatlantics Takes Another Bullet





    Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviere (For People) take first place in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre in the IMOCA category (before jury)


    When they broke the finish line of the 30th anniversary edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre off Fort-de-France, Martinique in the inky darkness of this Sunday morning at 0202hrs local time, (0602hrs UTC) Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagraviere (For People) won the IMOCA race. (subject to Jury)
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  • A Challenging 1st 24 Hours For IMOCA, Tight Racing Across The Fleets!

    08 November 2023 - 11h23

    The battle is raging at every level





    With the two leading ULTIM trimarans are about to round Ascension Island together before a decisive 3000-mile downwind run to Fort de France, the IMOCAs and Class40s are fighting it out in or behind the front moving into the near-Atlantic this morning.

    The situation will become clearer for both classes later today. There are no big changes for the Ocean Fifty multihulls
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  • The IMOCA's Blast Out Of Le Havre

    The IMOCA's Blast Out Of Le Havre

    We have lift off……Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre IMOCA fleet off and flying



    After an impressive start from Le Havre OT 0830HRS utc this morning in SW’ly winds of 20-25kts, the IMOCA fleet on the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre double handed race to Martinique were making great speeds westwards towards the entrance to the English Channel, led by one of the pre-race favourites Jeremie Beyou and Franck Cammas on Charal.



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  • The IMOCA's Are In The Starting Gates

    The IMOCA's Are In The Starting Gates

    November 6, 2023

    40 IMOCAs which have been starving to start are ready to rumble!




    At 9:30 tomorrow morning, the 40 IMOCAs will finally set off from Le Havre and the entire fleet of the four classes of the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandy Le Havre will then point its bows towards Fort de France. With 25 knots of wind forecast, the conditions will be bracing but manageable and should deliver superb images broadcast live between the start line and a
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  • Excessive Winds Keep 3 Fleets In Port While Ultim's Progress Slowed By Light Air

    01 November 2023 - 13h06
    Starting again Sunday still being looked at for the IMOCAs, nothing before Monday for the Class40 and Ocean Fifty boats




    At a press meeting this lunchtime, Francis Le Goff, the Race Director and Gildas Gautier, co-director of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, ran through the various scenarios for the start for the boats currently on hold in Le Havre and Lorient.

    We have just finished our latest look at the
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  • A Blustery Start For The Transat Jacques Vabre

    A Blustery Start For The Transat Jacques Vabre

    29 October 2023 - 16h33



    Three classes enjoy great start to Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre, IMOCAs remain in port.
    Strong, gusty winds and choppy seas made for a spectacular start to the 16th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre for three of the four race fleets today. While the ULTIM, Ocean Fifty and Class 40 races set off on time, in 20-25kts the 40 boat IMOCA fleet remain in Le Havre after their start was postponed due to forecasted
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  • Top IMOCA Boats Charging Towards The Finish

    Top IMOCA Boats Charging Towards The Finish

    The fleet of 31 has been reduced by 3 boats since the start, while the lead boats, led by Franck Cammas and Jeremie Beyou on Charal are as this writing are all within 100 miles or less, and galloping along to windward at speeds approaching 20 knots!




    Last night, CORUM L'Epargne dismasted 80 miles from Audierne, in the southwest of Brittany. The damage occurred at around 1:30 am, just over 12 hours after the start of the Azimut 48H from Lorient. The boat had just...
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  • An Increase In Wind Lifts Spirits As Fleet Nears Straits Of Gilbralter

    WindWhisper Racing Team leads both fleets toward the Med and grabs Vasco da Gama Mirpuri Foundation Prize







    The Polish-flagged team has stretched away to a 90 mile lead, winning the Vasco da Gama Mirpuri Foundation Prize in the process...
    As skipper Daryl Wislang pushed his WindWhisper Racing Team across the line of 37-degress north latitude at 10:04 UTC on Wednesday morning, his team prepared to turn east towards the Strait of Gibraltar
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  • A Rapid Recovery For Malama

    A Rapid Recovery For Malama

    The Hague, The Netherlands
    Sunday, June 18, 2023



    11th Hour Racing Team has announced its plan to deliver its 60-foot race boat, Mālama, to Genoa, Italy, after the huge collision during the inshore section of the Leg 7 start, which saw the team forced to retire from the final leg of The Ocean Race 2022-23. 11th Hour Racing Team’s boat was hit by competitor GUYOT environnement - Team Europe just 17 minutes into the start of the leg, on its port side, leaving
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  • Working Hard To Get Back In The Race

    Working Hard To Get Back In The Race



    It might be hard to believe, given the scale of disappointment felt yesterday but these images were taken just an hour after the team docked back into The Hague.
    "The team is okay. It's been a tough afternoon but the most important thing is that everyone's okay," says Team CEO Mark Towill. "In my opinion, we've got one of the best tech teams in the world, so they're diagnosing exactly where we're at so we can make a plan."
    When the going gets tough...
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