In Saint-Malo, France, 86 skippers from ten different nations are set to compete in five different classes in the ninth edition of La Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale; they have all been in town since last Friday, as per the event rules and Saint-Malo is just buzzing with pre-race activities. The ten days leading up to the 2006 race saw over 1.2 million visitors taking in all the action from dockside; this week, many of them are back for a first hand view of the Ultime multihulls taking part in the race for the first time. In comparison to the previous ORMA 60's, four of these sailing machines are gigantic: Oman Air Majan and Sodebo at 32m, Groupama 3 at 31.5m and IDEC at 29.7m. The big question is how much will they slice off the previous race record of 7 days, 17 minutes. The nine strong IMOCA Open 60 Class will see a number of familiar names with Vincent Riou, Jean-Pierre Dick and Michel Desjoyaux showcasing brand new yachts for this race. Less than five days before the gun on Sunday, October 31st at 1:00pm (local time).
The Velux 5 Oceans skippers on their ECO 60 have been served with many challenges over the past week; it all started with lack of wind through the Bay of Biscay and they are now facing confused seas as the front runners enter the trade winds west of the Cape Verde Islands. Brad Van Liew is ahead again after various leader changes earlier in the week, followed closely by Gutek and Derek Hatfield. Derek is the only one who has not reported getting knocked down, getting hurt or sustaining boat and sail damage; even Christophe Bullen, who just restarted the race on Sunday after his re-qualifying in a new boat, is suffering major electrical problems on Five Smiles of Smiles. Touch wood, Derek!... unfortunately, I doubt there is much wood for Derek to touch on activehouse.info. Christopher Stanmore-Major is stuck in light air close to shore; I can relate to his frustration as I selected a similar route in the Virtual Regatta on-line game.
Challenging conditions appear to prevail in the Mediterranean for the Rolex Middle Sea Race, another 'classic' in offshore circles. The big boats have already completed the race course, a 600 nm circumnavigation of the island of Sicily that originates and ends in Malta; ICAP Leopard arrived last night at 2200, three and a half hours behind line honors winner, Esimit Europa 2. The overall handicap winner is still up for grabs with several contenders still racing towards the finish.
Locally, Canadian Olympic Sailing Team member, Tyler Bjorn was awarded the Sailor of the Year trophy by the Quebec Sailing Federation at its recent 40th Anniversary Gala in Montreal. The same night saw the induction of Evert Bastet into the Quebec Sailing Federation Hall of Fame.
Tyler Bjorn wins Quebec Sailor of the Year Award Lynn Fitzpatrick, Canadian Olympic Sailing Team member, Tyler Bjorn was awarded the Marin de L'annee, aka Sailor of the Year, trophy by the Quebec Sailing Federation. The award was presented during the Quebec Sailing Federation's 40th Anniversary Gala at the Montreal Olympic Stadium's funicular.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - First blood spilt Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans Polish ocean racer suffers deep cuts to forehead as fleet heads south. It has been another day of drama for the skippers as they head further south. Following on from a manic day on the water yesterday which saw Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski became the first skipper to sustain a notable injury after slicing his head open on the blade of his wind generator.... [more] Share this story
Evert Bastet inducted into Quebec Sailing Hall of Fame Canadian Yachting Association, Evert Bastet inducted into Quebec Sailing Hall of Fame... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race – Challenging conditions for all Regatta News, Rolex Middle Sea Race, Tuesday 26 October update: The island of Malta was raked with heavy rain and lightning storms for the second morning running. The accompanying turbulent wind and rain were hardly a welcome for Alegre as they reached the South Comino channel, and eventually crossed the line in Marsamxett Harbour at 0800, in third place on the water.... [more] Share this story
La Route du Rhum - A solo chance for Sidney Gavignet Gaia Coretti, La Route du Rhum - For round the world sailors life has a habit of turning full circles. And so it is a slightly bemused, but nonetheless fully primed and prepared Sidney Gavignet who is ready to set off on his first Route du Rhum in the Ultime class on the 100 foot Oman Air Majan.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Line honours to Esimit Europa 2 KPMS, Esimit led from the race start in Grand Harbour and managed to keep putting distance on Leopard until some 25 miles from the Strait of Messina where the maxi stopped in a big hole and their speed dropped away to zero.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum La Banque Postale - One week until the start Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - One week to go to the start of the ninth edition of the legendary Route du Rhum-La Banque Populaire and Saint Malo turns out in her Sunday best for the huge crowds who visited to enjoy their day around the pontoons, getting up close and personal with the skippers and their boats of the record 86 strong entry, now primed and ready to go when the start gun next Sunday at 1302hrs.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Chaos onboard - latest news from Spartan Velux 5 Oceans, Blogpost from CSM- The bowsprit tack fitting which holds the forward lower corner of the spinnaker to the boat broke late last night and the ensuing chaos saw my Code 5 kite ripped in two, the boat crash gybed and six long hours of back breaking work putting it all right. The precursor to the night's main event was a crack and the sound of a very unhappy kite flogging.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Back with hopes of a defence Route du Rhum, Route du Rhum - Last time, from a very competitive IMOCA Open 60 fleet, it was Roland Jourdain who won the big monohull class. He has a boat which is new to him for this race, a new Veolia Environnement.... [more] Share this story
IRC's Premier Event is Coming to Lake Ontario in 2011 Kevin Brown, The executive of the International IRC Owners Association - Lake Ontario Fleet is proud to announce that the 2011 IRC North American Championship will take place August 12-14, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. Members of the IRC Lake Ontario Fleet executive, representatives from RCYC and John Brim, President of US-IRC, met in Toronto to finalize the awarding of the event.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans day 5 - Brad Van Liew knock down Velux 5 Oceans, rican ocean racer Brad Van Liew had his first scare of the VELUX 5 OCEANS just days into the first ocean sprint when his yacht Le Pingouin was knocked flat in the Atlantic. Brad had been resting in his bunk with Le Pingouin travelling at 20 knots when the power to his autopilot, failed, forcing the boat to crash gybe.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum La Banque Postale 2010 - Pete Goss returns Gaia Coretti, La Route du Rhum - Arriving in Saint Malo Friday, Pete Goss is back in the world of solo ocean racing after a 13 year absence.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans day 4 - Van Liew relishes the battle Velux 5 Oceans, It's day four of the Velux 5 Oceans and with 700 of 7,000 nautical miles sailed the competition is hotting up. American yachtsman Brad Van Liew has taken to using film comparisons to describe his tussle with Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski at the head of the Velux 5 Oceans fleet.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - Preliminary Bids ISAF, ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has received a very positive response to the request for preliminary bids to host the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Day 3 and the harsh realities set in Velux 5 Oceans, He has only been alone at sea for a few days but already British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major is quickly learning the harsh realities of long distance solo sailing. Constant breakages, lack of sleep and the realisation of leaving loved ones behind are all things every Velux 5 Oceans skipper must overcome, and CSM is no exception.... [more] Share this story
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