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Trophée Jules Verne – Day 10 – lead on record now 388 miles


Yesterday, the maxi-trimaran Sodebo made good progress on the South Atlantic and has now reached the Roaring Forties. Sailing ahead of a low-pressure front, Thomas Coville FRA and his team will be making good progress today. In the past 24 hours, their lead on the record has grown to 388nm. —– The race tracker with videos and reports.

IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 27 – LinkedOut replaced Bureau La Vallée on 2nd


Fresh winds characterized again the third day on the Indian Ocean. During the night, Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) was able to distance Louis Burton FRA (Bureau La Vallée) who slowed down considerably to only 9kn this morning UTC. The reason? At the last position check, he already fell back behind Thomas Ruyant FRA (Linked Out). 350nm behind, Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) has moved up to 4th place again. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER follows in 10th place 552nm back. —– The race tracker and the reports.

Trophée Jules Verne – Day 9 – up to speed again after St-Helena slowdown


Yesterday, Thomas Coville FRA and his team were slowed down by the high of St.Helena, but this morning UTC, the maxi-trimaran Sodebo is again rushing in the direction of the Cape of Good Hope at speeds exceeding 30kn. Their lead on the record has remained about the same with 139nm. —– The Race-Tracker with the videos and the reports .

IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 26 – the parade moving cautiously in rough seas


With fresh winds partly over 30kn and big waves, the South Indian Ocean lives up to its reputation! We reported in the last days about the numerous accidents. Caution is the motto of the hour: even the leaders sail very prudently and therefore slower in the fresh winds. —– Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia, Foiler) continues to lead, now 148nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA (Bureau La Vallée, Foiler). Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut, Foiler) is 3rd, 202nm behind. Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil, Non-Foiler) caught up 80nm yesterday and is now 355nm in arrear as 4th. One of the winners of the last few days is Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER (MACSF, Foiler), who has moved up to 9th place 531nm back. The three battered Open 60s of Alex Thomson GBR, Samantha Davis GBR, and Sébastien Simon FRA sail towards Cape Town, most likely to abandon the race definitively. —– The race tracker and the reports.

Trophée Jules Verne – Day 9 – advantage increased on 161nm


In moderate winds, Thomas Coville FRA with his maxi-trimaran Sodebo made good progress again yesterday. With an average speed of 23kn (approx. 40km/h), he managed to cover 558nm, increasing his lead to 161nm. Today, the Trimaran will get into the influence of the St.Helena anticyclone slowing down a bit. —– The race tracker and the news.

IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 25 – Damage of Arkea-Paprec


At the edge of a low pressure system, the leading boats of the Vendée fleet are sailing eastward at good speeds. The fastest this morning UTC (20kn) was the first-placed Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia, Foiler), 230nm ahead of Louis Burton FRA (Bureau La Vallée, Foiler) rank 2. Another 60nm behid followed Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut, Foiler) still in 3rd. Sébastien Simon FRA (Arkea-Paprec, Foiler) sailing on the 4th position, collided with flotsam yesterday damaging his Open60 considerably. In addition to defected foil, the boat is leaking. Heading north in a calmer zone, he intends to examine, whether repairs to continue would be possible. With a 455nm backlog on rank 4 is now Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil, Non-Foiler), as first of a persuer group sailing closely together. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer, Foiler) in 5th follows 20nm behind Séguin. The womens duel was also affected by a collision with flotsam: Samantha Davis GBR (Initiatives Coeur, Foiler) is also heading north to verify how much her boat has been damaged. Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER has now moved up to 10th place with 582nm deficit. —– The race tracker and the reports.

Trophée Jules Verne – Day 8 – Sodebo extending lead


With 667nm in 24 hours, the Maxi-Trimaran Sodebo made good progress along the Brazil Coast yesterday, extending the advantage on the existing record to 156nm. —– The race tracker with videos, and the reports.

IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 24


After the dramatic rescue action of Kevin Escoffier FRA, whose Open 60 broke apart in front of the mast, collapsed and sank within minutes, the race returned to normal. Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia, Foiler) continues to lead with now 222 miles ahead of Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut, Foiler), who passed the Cape of Good Hope yesterday as 2nd. Louis Burton FRA (La Vallée, Foiler), the southernmost boat, continues to make the fastest progress and is also already sailing in the Indian Ocean. He is 259 miles behind this morning. He is followed by a densely packed chasing group, ranks 4-11 being only 150 miles apart. Sébastien Simon FRA (Arkea Paprec, Foiler) is now 413 miles behind in 4th place, Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer, Foiler) follows in 5th place, another 30 miles behind. Only 3 miles behind is Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil, Non-Foiler) now best Non-Foiler, Jean Le Cam FRA (Yes we Cam, Non-Foiler) has dropped back to 7th place due to his rescue action, but he will receive a time credit which will bring him back into the top 3. In the womens duel, Samantha Davis GBR (Initiatives Coeur, Foiler) is 11th, now 33 miles ahead […]

Trophée Jules Verne – Day 7 – Sodebo again on record speed


After 5 days and 9 hours, Thomas Coville FRA and his team passed the equator yesterday, the first milestone of their record attempt. The crossing of the inner-tropical convergence zone slowed down the pace considerably during 24 hours, but now in the southern trade winds, the maxi-trimaran Sodebo is making good progress again, and had a 73-mile lead this morning UTC. —– The race tracker with the videos and the daily report.

IMOCA Open 60 – Vendée Globe – Day 23 – Charlie Dalin FRA at the Cape


At midnight, the leading Charlie Dalin FRA with his Apivia was the first to round Cape of Good Hope after 22 days and 9 hours. Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut), sailing in 2nd place, was able to catch up slightly, but he is still 217nm behind. After the dramatic rescue operation of Kevin Escoffier FRA, in which Boris Herrmann GER, Sébastien Simon FRA and Yannick Bestaven FRA were involved alongside Jean Le Cam, Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2, Foiler),, sailing in the far south, moved up to 3rd place, 280nm behind. The rescuers will however receive a time credit from the race organizers. On rank 4 is now the astonishing Damien Séguin FRA (Groupe Apicil, Non Foiler), only 425nm behind Dalin. Yesterday, the Paralympic Champion was the fastest of the fleet! Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer, Foiler) follows in 5th place, 487nm behind. In the duel of the best women, Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER has reduced the gap on Samantha Davis GBR (Initiatives Coeurs), still sailing in 12th place, to 21nm. —– The race tracker and the reports.

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