Congratulations to American Brad Van Liew for his win in the first sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans race. Brad sailed into Cape Town, South Africa earlier this week after 28 days at sea, two days ahead of Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski who arrived earlier today. The rest of the fleet is still dealing with frustrating conditions around an unusual St Helena high pressure system that will not cooperate with the skippers for their west-east Atlantic crossing as Derek Hatfield explains:
'The last few days have been a BIT frustrating! The high pressure systems that normally are quite reliable are very unstable and changing daily. The way to Cape Town is blocked right now and I must pick my way through the mine field of small unstable systems. In hind sight (which is always 20/20) I should have stayed west and continued down the Brazilian coast to almost 40 degrees south before turning towards Cape Town.
After being so frustrated with the weather for so long, one's sense of humor does return so here are some indicators in a race around the world that tell me that it is time to finish the leg and step ashore:
1) all the clean socks and underwear are gone and I'm starting to recycle the dirty ones.
2) all the chocolate pudding cups are gone
3) I'm down to 15 liters of fresh water (water maker not working)
4) there are 3 fresh oranges left but they are a bit like sun dried fruit inside
5) my mustache has almost grown back in
6) I've lost my Tilley sunshade hat over the side
7) the competition has been ashore for 3 DAYS!
Must go now and watch for Chris, he's applying the pressure and I'm resolved not to let him pass.'
Keep it up Derek!
In the middle of the night on November 14th, Roland Jourdain won the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale for the second time in a row in the IMOCA Open 60 class. He was followed eight hours later by Armel Le Cléac'h on Brit Air. Third place was still up in the air as Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3), Vincent Riou (PRB) and Marc Guillemot (Safran) were still fighting it out with less than a 100 miles to go. Safran eventually crossed the finishing line in third place after making his way through the islands from the north. Lionel Lemonchois on Prince de Bretagne completed a notable Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale winning the Multi 50 class after winning the race outright in 2006 when he set the current course record of 7 days 7 hours. He is the second skipper, with Roland Jourdain, to win the race twice. In the Class 40, after leading most of the way, Thomas Ruyant is closest to the finish on Destination Dunkerque, with a lead of only fifty some miles ahead of Nico Troussel (Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne) who has been closing in on the leader over the last few days.
More offshore racing to watch for in December! The Australian Boxing Day tradition is gearing up with the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race with over 100 entries so far. On December 31st, 15 double-handed IMOCA Open 60 yachts will take the start in the Barcelona World Race that will take them around the world, from Barcelona to Barcelona following a course known as the 'three cape' route. The fleet will sail through the Gibraltar Strait and following an Atlantic descent they will put the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn to port and the continent of Antarctica to starboard. The regatta rules stipulate a passage through Cook Strait in New Zealand, one of the race's safety waypoints. The approximate length of the course is 25,000 nautical miles. The winner of the first edition, Paprec-Virbac 2 with Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall took 92 days to complete the route in 2007-08.
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek takes second place in first leg Velux 5 Oceans, After exactly one month at sea, Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski sailed into Cape Town this evening to claim second place in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. The 36-year-old, known as Gutek, crossed the finish line off the South African coast at 10.03pm local time, 31 days, six hours and three minutes after leaving La Rochelle in France.... [more] Share this story
Images from Dubai: BMW Oracle vs Emirates Team NZ Gilles Martin-Raget, Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water to capture the action from the matches between Emirates Team NZ and BMW Oracle Racing - the two top America's Cup teams in the competition. Both emerged from the day with a win each, and the racing was enthralling.... [more] Share this story
Voiles de Saint Barth sails into the Caribbean calendar SeaClear Communications, Voiles de Saint-Barth - It was one of the objectives of the event's organisers to ensure that from the second edition of the race, which is scheduled from the fourth to 9th April 2011, the Voiles de Saint-Barth would become a regular fixture on the Caribbean racing calendar and be seen as one of the major events of the season.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Stanmore-Major pays credit to Van Liew Velux 5 Oceans, British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major described his American rival Brad Van Liew's win in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans as a 'masterclass' in solo sailing. 'It's a bit demoralising when Brad gets in and you realise just how far ahead he has been,' Chris said this morning.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - From St. Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre... Soazig Guého, Route du Rhum - Crossing the finishing line at 1.30 a.m. French time on Monday 15th November, Safran took third place in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale 2010. This result confirms Marc Guillemot's determination and perseverance throughout the 3550 miles of this long and extremely demanding race.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race - New trophy unveiled Sophie Luther, Volvo Ocean Race - The spectacular new trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race Conference for the 2011 – 12 edition.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek expected in Cape Town tomorrow Velux 5 Oceans, Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski is set to claim second place in the first leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world race. The 36-year-old, known as Gutek, is expected to cross the finish line off Cape Town tomorrow (Wednesday November 17).... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Class 40 finale Gaia Corett, Here come the roaring 40's for a fitting Rhum finale! Notable finishes last night included Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) and Arnaud Boissières (Akena Vérandas), the two IMOCA Open 60 skippers who chose the southerly routing option.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Videos of the week Velux 5 Oceans, The Sail-World team brings you the latest videos from the Velux 5 Oceans race. The skippers are sharing the action with you via a dedicated on board camera system that enables broadcast and web feeds from anywhere at sea.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Lionel Lemonchois wins the Multi 50 Class Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - Crossing the finish line in Guadeloupe at 17h 52m 48s (CET/Paris) (16h 52m 48 GMT/ 12h52m48s local Pointe-à-Pitre), Lionel Lemonchoise (Prince de Bretagne) secured first place in the Multi 50 class in the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale 2010 transatlantic race from Saint Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Light airs frustrate fleet Velux 5 Oceans, While American Brad Van Liew has been reveling in his victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans, the rest of the fleet have been making frustratingly slow progress towards Cape Town. Light airs have dogged Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski, Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major as they battle their way to the finish line.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Guillemot onboard Safran steals third Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - Marc Guillemot (Safran) completed the IMOCA Open 60 podium early today when he stole third inside the last 60 miles of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale transatlantic race.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - 28 days later, Brad Van Liew wins the first leg Velux 5 Oceans, American ocean racer Brad Van Liew today sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.... [more] Share this story
Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest The Sail-World Team, More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - Third place Soazig Guého, Route du Rhum - Marc Guillemot took third place in this ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale thanks to a daring option in the final stretch around the island of Guadeloupe. The skipper of Safran was very pleased about the outcome after two weeks of particularly demanding sailing.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale - Jourdain makes history Gaia Coretti, In what has amounted to a very intense, tactical ninth edition of the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale, with very many transitions and changes to negotiate Roland Jourdain sailed an impeccable race, consistently choosing a routing for best wind pressure rather than taking unnecessary risks to cut miles.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race sails into Cape Town Velux 5 Oceans, Table Mountain to provide stunning backdrop for the 30,000-mile race's first stopover. The Velux 5 Oceans has landed in Cape Town! In just a few days the city will welcome the first of the five ocean racers as they cross the finish line of the first sprint. Cape Town will be home to the Velux 5 Oceans until the race restarts again on December 12.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - ATNinc.com capsizes, skipper safe and well Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - At 0900hrs (CET/Paris) the small 12.18m trimaram ATNinc.com capsized.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Countdown begins Isabel Genís, Today the official countdown begins for the Barcelona World Race, the double-handed, non-stop, race around the world, with just 50 days to go until the start on December 31st.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - The sailors honoured ISAF, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 - Blanca Manchón (ESP) and Tom Slingsby (AUS) joined the sailing world's list of highest achievers last night, as they were respectively named female and male recipients of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.... [more] Share this story
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