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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • February 1st Global Solo Update

    February 1st Global Solo Update




    Ronnie Simpson’s farewell storm before Cape Horn and other challenges
    By Marco Nannini.

    Ronnie Simpson is approaching Cape Horn with less than 200 miles to go to the summit of his “Everest of the Seas”, a metaphor we’ve been using to try to convey what an incredible achievement it is to reach this milestone in a solo circumnavigation. Ronnie patiently paced his arrival to the tip of the south American continent to avoid two nasty storms that...
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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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  • 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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  • Rough Row To Hoe For Solo Global Racers Seeking The Conveyor Belt

    Rough Row To Hoe For Solo Global Racers Seeking The Conveyor Belt

    The latest week in the Global Solo Challenge has seen the majority of the skippers at sea confront, some for the first time, the relentless and dynamic Southern Ocean. As the fleet that has reached the South spreads from Tristan da Cunha to South of Australia, each skipper faces unique trials, embodying the spirit of solo sailing.






    Cole Brauer: A Sweet Surge in the Rankings

    On ‘First Light’, Cole Brauer shared a touching story...
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  • The Remaining Pack Departs

    The Remaining Pack Departs

    The Grand Start of the GSC:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, the show is on!

    verbs by Margherita Pelaschier
    30/10/2023




    At noon on Sunday, October 29th, the creator and organizer of the Global Solo Challenge, Marco Nannini announced on the skippers’ chat: “Ladies and gentlemen, the show is on!” wishing good winds to the seven sailors who just departed from A Coruna.

    From Saturday at 3:00 PM local time (1:00 PM
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  • Kirsten On Final Approach

    Kirsten On Final Approach




    GGR Day 232- Kirsten likely to break all records. ETA Les Sables d’Olonne Friday 28th!
    25 APRIL, 2023

    Kirsten is holding a strong lead in the GGR. If she is first home to Les Sables d’Olonne, she will create many firsts!
    Lead trio slowed down by light winds on Sunday and will again on Wednesday!
    How to welcome the three heroes in Les Sables d’Olonne?
    The film of the GOLDEN GLOBE RACE 2018 is now available for pre-order
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  • Golden Globe Entrant Dismasted: Skipper Injured

    Golden Globe Entrant Dismasted: Skipper Injured




    Entrant UPDATE FR/ENG : Position @ 1842 UTC 46? 54.24S, 037? 12.604W Vessel GPS SOG 3.4 & Heading: @ 36.85
    Weather: SW 50 knots, gusting 70 knots 6.5M SEA
    SITUATION : PUFFIN ROLLED DISMASTED Skipper injured.
    1842 UTC PUFFIN YB3 TEXT message received - Rolled Dismasted , injured Back, hard to move, 2ft water in boat.
    1844 UTC PUFFIN YB3 TEXT Message received - Situation getting worse..need weather break to cut rig from PUFFIN.
    MRCC Argentina
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  • Blasting Towards The Horn

    Blasting Towards The Horn

    Lining up for the Horn

    Cape Horn is just over 1000 miles away, but they will be hard-earned miles...
    The teams have the end of the hardest part of the longest leg in the history of The Ocean Race in sight.






    On Friday afternoon UTC, the most iconic of landmarks to offshore sailors - Cape Horn - lies just over 1000 miles to the east.

    But those miles won't come easily. Gale force winds and 6-8 metre seas are on the menu
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  • AMHAS Takes Final Leg Honors While Dutch Claim Overall In Globe 40

    AMHAS Takes Final Leg Honors While Dutch Claim Overall In Globe 40




    Off Lorient, Brittany, the Dutch crew on SEC HAYAI made up of Frans Budel and Ysbrand Endt, crossed the finish line of the 8th and final leg of the GLOBE40 at 19:41 UTC this Wednesday. The Anglo-American crew on AMHAS, Craig Horsfield and Oliver Bond, preceded them at 15:05 UTC after 19 days at sea. SEC HAYAI’s second place in this leg gives the crew the outright win in this first edition of the GLOBE40, whilst AMHAS posted her 3rd line honours. Ultimately then, just two...
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  • Minnehaha Continues Leading The Slow Ascent North

    Minnehaha Continues Leading The Slow Ascent North

    Big week-end ahead.





    In the un-aptly named Pacific, Ian isn’t slowed down too much by his torn mainsail, and Jeremy has resumed his course towards Cape Horn after the front yesterday. 600 miles from the rock, he is a little further east than he would like but keeps a good distance to the Chilean coastline: 250 miles, or 5 times more than Abhilash at the same latitude! Unlike his Atlantic mates, he can count on accurate weather information.
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  • The Hairiest Of Nights

    The Hairiest Of Nights

    Hello Friends-

    I am coming to you live from a very active North Atlantic Ocean as we make our way from Grenada to Lorient, France in the 8th and final leg of the Globe40 RTW race.

    This leg has been a bit of everything from a strong upwind start in the lower Caribbean to being becalmed for 3 days to now being pummeled as we approach the Azores archipelago.

    Last night was the hairiest night of our entire RTW voyage. The wind and sea state kept building until
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