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  • Single Handed Across The Atlantic The Hard Way: A Rich History Of The Transat

    On April 28th, 33 IMOCA skippers, 13 Class40 skippers, including some of the brightest and most talented, and 2 in the Vintage category, will set sail from Lorient. Their destination: New York City, navigating through a particularly demanding course in the North Atlantic.







    History of The Transat CIC

    https://www.thetransat.com/en/history


    The Transat CIC - solo ocean racing at its purest. It's a challenge punctuated
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    Last edited by Photoboy; 03-19-2024, 12:34 PM.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • One Month And One Cape In

    One Month And One Cape In





    Thanksgiving At Sea, And The Realities Of The Southern Ocean: Captains log, Episode 8

    Shipyard Brewing blog

    Friday December 1, 2023

    A day of milestones



    There are a number of milestones to be celebrated and reflected upon in this entry. I have now been out here at sea for more than a month. Shipyard Brewing and I have now passed the 1/4 way mark in this long journey of ours; on the theoretical route at least....
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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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  • 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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  • A Capsize And Two More Dismastings Mar The Weekend For Rhum Routers

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    A Capsize And Two More Dismastings Mar The Weekend For Rhum Routers

    Guadeloupe Ocean Fifty Class leader Solidaires En Peloton ARSEP has capsized, skipper is safe inside the main hull.



    Leader of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe in the Ocean Fifty class French skipper Thibaut Vauchel-Camus has capsized this evening when racing in tough conditions between Portugal and the Azores. The solo skipper is not injured and is sheltering in the central hull of his trimaran. Vauchel-Camus, 43, who had taken the lead in the standings at 2000hrs
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  • The Leaders Round Fastnet

    The Leaders Round Fastnet




    Fastnet is (good speed) done!
    Started yesterday from Brest, Charlie Dalin has already reached the northernmost point of the course!
    A small but fruitful first night...
    At around 1am Charlie took the Finistere Department Trophy way-point located 100 miles west of Point Brittany. A first trophy for our skipper Apiva who obviously doesn't plan to stop there!
    He then started the comeback towards Fastnet and was the first to pass it at 16:12! It is with a
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