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IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 67 – another leader change

And another leader change! Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) reclaimed rank one and was now 19nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) this morning UTC. Two weeks ago, Burton had to make a repair stop in the lee of the Macquarie Islands, and now he is back sailing for victory after a brilliant recovery .... we are in week 67, and the race lasts about three more weeks only! ----- 37nm behind, the long-time leader Yannick Bestaven FRA (Mau00eetre Coq) still remains a top challenger. However, sailing on the most westerly course, he is likely to lose further distance as the trade winds shift to the right. In pole position for the expected conditions seems to be Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) on the 5th place, 58nm back, all the way in the East. ----- With Stéphane Diraison FRA, Didac Costa ESP, and Kojiro Shiraishi JPN, the ranks 18-20 did pass Cape Horn last night. Next up to round tomorrow will be Manuel Cousin FRA (Groupe Setin). ----- The race tracker and the reports (eng./franz).ng./franz)....

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IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 65 – Close up on top

Just four days ago, Yannick Bestaven FRA (Mau00eetre Coq) led the field by more than 400 miles. During the past night UTC, he dropped to 3rd! Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) is the new leader with Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) following 18nm behind, and Bestaven also staying close with a 26nm backlog. Still sensational Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) in 4th (and first Non-Foiler) only 41nm back. ----- The first woman Clarisse Cremer FRA (Banque Populaire) is 12th 800nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports....

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Melges 15 – Winter Series Event 1 – Sarasota Fl. – Final results – Smith/ Murray in first

Two more races were held yesterday morning, but in the dying winds, only the leading trio, all Youth sailors, finished the race within the time limit, and racing was canceled for the rest of the day. ----- Final winners of the first Melges 15 Winter Series event in Sarasota are J.J. Smith/Will Murray one point ahead of Finn Burdick/Andy Burdick and Emily Haig/John Haig another seven points behind. ----- The results, and the Melges Facebook page with details and pictures....

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Star – 2020-2021 Miami Star Winter Series – Levin Memorial – Day 1 – Diaz/Baltins USA leading after 3 races

The 3rd event of the Star Class Winter Series began in Miami yesterday. After 3 races, past World Champions are in the first positions: Augie Diaz/Arnis Baltins USA, winner of the first Winter Series event in November, is again on top, followed by John McCausland/Guy Avellon USA and Peter Vesella/Phil Trinter USA. ----- The rankings....

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IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 62 – Out for Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER

After the swing keel hydraulics failures a few days ago, the keel suspension of her Open 60 broke yesterday, and Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER (MASCF), partly sailing up to rank 4, was forced to abandon the race. ----- At the top, Yannick Bestaven FRA (Mau00eetre Coq) had to give away about half of his lead in a flat anticyclone during the past two days, but this morning he was the first to reach fresh winds from the north and is pulling away again. In 2nd, Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) is 181nm, and Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) 292nm behind in 3rd, with Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) following just 8nm back in 4th. ----- Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) is now 8th, 582nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the reports....

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Trophée Jules Verne – Gitana started early this morning UTC

Shortly after midnight at 0.30h UTC, the Maxi-Trimaran Gitana of Charles Caudrelier FRA and Franck Cammas FRA with their 6-men-crew crossed the virtual starting line between Ouessant and the Lizard Lighthouse to attack the Trophée Jules Verne Round-the-World Record. The time to beat, established by Francis Joyon FRA in 2017, is 40 days 23 hours. ----- Fast out of the blocks, Gitana was already 73nm ahead of the record this morning UTC. ----- The race tracker and the report about the start....

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