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After much weather watching at the start, a cancelled first leg, more delay in Spain, challenging deliveries, a change in course and a restart, the Mini Transat is finally back on; as it turns out, it will be the longest Mini Transat race in history as the stop-over in the Canary Island has been eliminated given the restart in Spain. The original 4000 miles course from France to Guadeloupe was split in two legs; the racers are now faced with a single 3600 mile leg from Sada, Spain and well over 20 days at sea. Fortunately, the pause in Spain has allowed them to change their supply strategy n preparation of a much longer race.
|Oman Air-Musandam - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre Transat Jacques Vabre|
|Diane Reid completes repairs on the bobstay attachment point in Cascais, Portugal Mini Transat |
Follow Canadian Diane Reid's adventures and challenges below; she shares her enthusiasm at the onset of the start in Sada but also pictures of damage sustained shortly after the start and repairs to One Girl in Cascais, Portugal. She plans to get back in the race tomorrow and stay within the 72-hour limit for a technical stopover. Good luck Diane!
Despite the earlier challenges with the weather, the Transat Jacques Vabre is now in full swing with the two MOD 70, Edmond de Rothschild and Oman Air-Musandam in a deadlock with less than 500 nautical miles to the finish line in Itajai, Brazil. Further back, the leaders in the four remaining Multi 50 are just crossing the equator, followed closely by the IMOCA fleet led by Gabart-Desjoyeaux on Macif who are fighting off an aggressive Riou-Le Cam attack on PRB; with five yachts within fifty miles, the leading duo is tailed by Maître Coq, Safran and Cheminées Poujoulat. This is definitely the race to watch at the moment! GDF SUEZ still leads the way in the Class 40 after the entire fleet was imposed an earlier stopover in Brittany to protect them from a Biscay storm.
|Cheminées Poujoulat sur la Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 © Th.Martinez/Sea&Co |
A highly successful racing season for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series is wrapping up this weekend in Brazil. With consistent top place finishes throughout the series, The Wave Muscat has their sight on a first place overall. As usual, the ESS events remain action-packed; earlier this week, gusty conditions in Florianopolis, located in Southern Brazil, caught SAP Extreme Sailing Team off guard as they came out of a gybe resulting in a spectacular capsize. Crew members suffered minor injuries but everyone is fine thanks to quick responses from the safety teams.
|Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - The Wave Muscat Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd images / OC |
|SAP Extreme Sailing Team capizes in Act 8 of the Extreme Sailing Series Søren Wiegand Kristensen |
Extremely high winds greeted the back runners in the Clipper Round the World race; Chris Hollis, skipper on PSP Logistics commented: 'This 100 knots plus lasted about 20 minutes and then....nothing, we were left bobbing around in very lumpy, confused seas...'. A 'once in a lifetime experience' proclaimed by others on Team Garmin. Fleet leaders were left out of the storm as they progress through the Southern Ocean towards Albany in South western tip of Australia. Canadian skipper Eric Holden, on Henry Lloyd, is currently in hot pursuit of Quingdao to win Race 4 and preserve first overall in the event standings.
|Race 4 - Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Clipper Ventures PLC © .|
Delegates from around the world had much on their plate at the ISAF Annual Conference in Oman these past few weeks; revitalization of ISAF events was a top challenge proposed earlier this year and much time was spent on this initiative. I anticipate we will see more cohesion between national authorities leading up to Rio in 2016. Don't miss the details in our reports from the conferences ranging from the President's report to images of the Rolex Sailor of the Year awards.
All the best!
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor
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