Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Transat Jacques Vabre - Close fought battle on the Gulf

by Transat Jacques Vabre on 9 Nov 2013
MOD70 Oman Air-Musandam - 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre Lloyd Images
As the 26 Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40 duos take shelter in Roscoff to miss the strong winds of the Bay of Biscay depression, the three other classes (Multi 50, IMOCA and MOD70 ) are set up for a tough night with big seas and strong winds.

By 2100 hrs this evening all of the Class40 were over the line in safety and moored at the port of Roscoff complex after 180 miles from Le Havre, enjoying some welcome respite before setting off again. The duos will set off for Itajaí at the earliest tomorrow night at 2200hrs following the time deltas of their arrival order of arrival.

Actual ( Yves Le Blévec / Kito de Pavant ) still leads the fleet seven miles ahead of FenêtréA -Cardinal ( Erwan Le Roux / Yann Elies ). Arkema - Aquitaine ( Lalou Roucayrol / Mayeul Riffet ) and Master Jacques ( Loïc Fequet / Loïc Escoffier ) are at 18 and 24 miles behind respectively. All of the the pairs take care to preserve their boats and equipment in difficult conditions At 2000h, Eric Nigon and Samy Villeneuve (Vers une monde sans SIDA) were almost in to Brest where they aim to repair their masthead instruments.

Other than a spell at the front for PRB part of this afternoon, François Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux ( MACIF ) are back ahead this Friday night, stealing away from Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam byt 13 miles. At 18 miles behind. Bernard Stamm and Philippe Legros ( Cheminées Poujoulat ), were up to third continuintg their comeback. For the IMOCA fleet as well crossing the Bay of Biscay looks pretty tough tonight and tomorrow especially.

In the Bay of Biscay a great battle is raging between Oman Air - Musandam (Sidney Gavignet / Damian Foxall ) who have managed to get back to within half a mile of Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse / Charles Caudrelier) on the 2000hrs ranking. Making more than 23 knots they are charging across Biscay, running away from the worst of the depression, heading to pass Cape Finisterre in the very small hours of Saturday Transat Jacques Vabre
Mackay BoatsSouthern Spars - 100RS Sailing 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race – Diverse fleet, one goal
Aragon, Dutch-flagged Marten 72, will be defending win in last year's race and will be skippered by Jochen Bovenkamp In IRC Zero, front runners for the overall win include Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna, and Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. Both yachts are new evolutionary designs to the IRC Rule, crewed by top class professionals. Tilmar Hansen's canting keel Elliott 52 Outsider, skippered by Bo Teichmann is extremely well prepared and could well challenge the favourites.
Posted on 22 Nov
Transat Jacques Vabre – French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo
Imerys Clean Energy was first across the start line in Le Havre, led the race for 12 and was first out of the Doldrums. Meanwhile, in Salvador de Bahia, the final three 60ft monohull Imoca boats crossed the line in the Bay of All Saints today in more relaxed fashion. Thirteen Imoca left Le Havre and thirteen made it to Salvador de Bahia.
Posted on 22 Nov
RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Foursome gunning for RC44 gold
Igor Lah is leading the championship on six points, his Team CEEREF fitted with the RC44 series leader's 'golden wheels' The RC44 teams are returning to the Canary Islands for the first time since 2013. Over 2010-2013, four RC44 regattas and three World Championships were held in Lanzarote at Puerto Calero. Owners of that marina, the Calero family, were also regular participants on the RC44 circuit at that time.
Posted on 22 Nov
Team Extreme México to make waves at Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos
Erik Brockmann, a national champion in the 49er and 420, will sail alongside Armando Noriega Negrete and Danel Fierro. Brockmann is thrilled to be representing his country on home waters in the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, in what he views as an ideal opportunity to grow the sport of sailing in Mexico.
Posted on 22 Nov
Volvo Ocean Race – Holding the line
48 hours on that advantage has been reduced: second-placed Dongfeng Race Team have pushed to within 23 miles of MAPFRE. Two days ago Xabi Fernández's outfit had a buffer of 35 miles over their nearest rival after their position as the most southerly boat allowed them to hook into the better breeze of an easterly-moving front first.
Posted on 22 Nov
America's Cup - Dan Bernasconi explains the foiling AC75 - Part 1
Emirates Team NZ design team leader, Dan Bernasconi, is confident that the AC75 foiling concept will work in practice. Despite admitting that the foiling AC75 monohull is a first for the sailing world, Emirates Team New Zealand design team leader, Dan Bernasconi, is confident that the concept will work in practice. The style of the foiling AC75 has never been seen before in sailing. Under the AC75 concept, the whole hull will lift clear of the water, supported by two or three of the foils.
Posted on 22 Nov
2018 Golden Globe Race – Press conference
Meet the skippers from 15 nations preparing for Golden Globe solo Round the World Race starting from Les Sables d’Olonn. Meet the skippers from 15 nations preparing for the 2018 Golden Globe solo Round the World Race starting from Les Sables d’Olonn
Posted on 22 Nov
Clipper Yacht Race – Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint results announced
Skipper Conall Morrison and team have picked up three crucial bonus points already in Race 3. Visit Seattle had the second quickest time claiming two points with 27 hours and 4 minutes, and PSP Logistics picked up the final point with the third quickest time of 29 hours and 39 minutes.
Posted on 22 Nov
International recognition for supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI
The most successful yacht in 72-year history of RSHYR, Wild Oats XI, has received another international accolade The most successful yacht in the 72-year history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Oatley family’s supermaxi Wild Oats XI, has received another international accolade, this time from the world’s oldest “Royal” yacht club, the Royal Thames, in London.
Posted on 22 Nov
Transat Jacques Vabre - Anglo-Spanish pair fights French and Physics
We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history as the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) attempt to catch the two newer French boats in a three-horse race down the coast of Brazil.
Posted on 22 Nov