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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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  • 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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  • 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 Next Generation Of Ultime For The Gitana Lineage Is On The Horizon

    The GITANA lineage continues


    images Y.Riou / polaRYSE / GITANA S.A

    Thursday, 7 december, 2023 - The members of Gitana Team were gathered around Ariane de Rothschild in Paris this Thursday 7 December for a celebration, the presentation of the Henri Kummerman Award by the Acad?mie de Marine, as well as a major announcement regarding the future of the five-arrow racing stable. Heiress to a quite unique family maritime saga, Ariane de Rothschild intends to continue this
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  • The 1st Two Ultim's Arrive In Martinique

    The 1st Two Ultim's Arrive In Martinique

    13 November 2023 - 11h54
    Happy Monday mood in the Trade Winds



    The Monday morning mood is generally upbeat and good among the duos racing on the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. After Martinique welcomed the first two ULTIM pairs last night there is always a mental lift for the fleet as – even if it is along way off – there is an now an end in sight.








    A long time in the making....Armel Le Cl?ac’h
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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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  • Ciaran Keeps IMOCA's, Ocean 50's And Class 40's In Port, Ultims Find The Breeze!

    02 November 2023 - 11h56

    ULTIMs in search for the Trade Winds


    After nearly four days and some 1500 miles of racing of racing the leaders of the ULTIM class on the Transat Jacques Vabre were around 120 miles NW of the Canary Islands a all five of the boats and all were in a radius of 30 miles.


    This very much unprecedented in the history of the class of the giant 32m trimarans. Francois Gabart and Tom Laperche on SVR Lazartigue were still leading
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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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  • An Early Exit For Ultim Team Members

    An Early Exit For Ultim Team Members

    So you want to be part of the Ultim media team, or start assist crew and be aboard at the start?



    That's all fine and well, but rules don't allow for extra, potential helping hands, so, once you have completed the task, it's time for a quick departure!



    Sorry, but the support RIB's cannot keep up with these maxi trimarans, but if you are nice, they might swing by and give you a lift back to shore!




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  • The 1st 48 Hours On Gitana 17

    The 1st 48 Hours On Gitana 17

    Anticyclonic ridge straight ahead and slowdown announced





    Leaving Le Havre on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m., the fleet of giants has just spent two trying days for both the men and the machines. But if this start of the race was clearly marked by the breeze and strong seas - more than 50 knots recorded in the Channel and almost 5 meters yesterday offshore - the openers will come up against a large anticyclonic ridge in the next few months. hours. This real meteorological
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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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  • Gabart And Team Come To Compromise With Ultim Class

    Gabart And Team Come To Compromise With Ultim Class

    Francois Gabart finally ready to modify his trimaran




    By Stefan L'Hermitte: https://www.lequipe.fr/Voile/Actuali...maran/1370274?



    We may be getting closer to a way out of the dispute in the conflict between owners of the Ultim trimaran, the team surrounding Gabart accepting a modification to the cockpit which has been the subject of a dispute for more than a year.

    It's a small step that could change everything in the crisis,
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