What are the heroes of ocean sailing up to? Let’s take stock

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This is a period in the sign of ocean sailing, between Vendée Globe, RORC Transatlantic, ARC, ongoing record attempts. It is a case of taking stock to see what is happening far from civilization, in the blue of the oceans.

Maserati Multi70 Attends The Rolex Middle Sea RaceMASERATI IN PURSUIT OF PHAEDO
Let’s start with the RORC Transatlantic Race, which started yesterday from the Canary Islands (the route, in favor of Trade Winds, is 2,865 miles and the finish line in the Grenadines on the island of Grenada). Immediately the two racing multihulls, Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati (with Guido Broggi, Francesco Malingri, Jean-Baptiste Vaillant, François Robert, Oliver Herrera and Carlos Hernandez aboard) and Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo 3 (skipper Brian Thompson) broke away from the fleet, as was to be expected. For now, Phaedo is in the lead, which has kept more on the orthodromic course and has a lead of about 100 miles (not a few, considering that the race started less than 24 hours ago), while Maserati has opted to climb farther north and for now is on the crossbeam of Western Sahara. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE TRACKING and HERE FOR THE LATEST NEWS FROM MASERATI.

saluto-5-novembre-1-1000x574GAETANO MURA IS A DOT IN THE ATLANTIC
Set off 31 days from Gibraltar on nonstop solo round-the-world voyage aboard Class 40 Italia (the record to beat is the 137 days of the recently deceased Guo Chuan, although he started from Qingdao, following a completely different route), our own Gaetano Mura, After crossing paths with Jean Le Cam’s IMOCA 60., lies in the middle of the South Atlantic, in the middle of nowhere, on the imaginary line connecting Uruguay to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Sardinian is supposed to arrive around early December. He writes on his blog, “The world around us has turned gray with a few sporadic gaps in the sky that remind us that there is a sun on this planet. Aeolus has begun to breathe in earnest, at the top of its lungs, attacking the sea, which reacts to its buoyancy by raising mammoth waves. Squalls are a constant and it is not easy to find the right configuration on the sails. Now you start in an 18-knot surf on the back of the wave and then slow down to ten on the white ridges….” CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE TRACKING

d0b66a94791e3d3fdee9d72463c5ed4999f4a3d0WATCH OUT FOR THOMAS COVILLE!
Watch out for Thomas Coville, who is attempting for the third time to break Francis Joyon’s record (57 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes) on the nonstop solo round-the-world voyage (passing the Cape of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn and starting from Brittany) aboard the maxi trimaran Sodebo. Aided by a very good choice of weather window, the Frenchman is currently on course for Cape Leeuwin and, after nearly 13,000 miles and really significant speeds (we are talking 27 knots average in the Indian), is ahead of the record projection by 619 miles. We are following it closely. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE TRACKING

dsc_0235FRANCIS JOYON POSTPONES HIS ENTRANCE INTO LEGEND
We mentioned Joyon, and we remembered that the record holder on the solo round-the-world race, at the age of 60, has not been sitting on his hands but has set out again (after failing in 2015) to conquer the Jules Verne Trophy, which is awarded to the boat with the fastest crew to circumnavigate the globe (same route Coville is taking), aboard his IDEC maxi trimaran, the former Groupama III. Having left for 6 1/2 days, Joyon and companions were approaching the Equator when they decided to turn around and return to Brest, in agreement with their routier Marcel Van Triest. the weather window is still not right, so. The time to beat therefore remains that of Loïck Peyron and his crew: in 2012, aboard Banque Populaire V they took 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes and 53 seconds at an average speed of 19.75 knots. CLICK HERE TO TRACK

hugo-bossVENDEE GLOBE, MATCH-RACE IN INDIAN OCEAN
Having passed the Cape of Good Hope, almost across Madagascar (20 days after the start of Les Sables d’Olonne, it appears that the Vendée Globe (the round-the-world non-stop solo race aboard IMOCA 60s) has turned into a match race. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss and Armel Le Cleac’h on Banque Populaire VIII are separated by only 10 miles. Virtually nothing, after traveling nearly 10,000. Le Cleac’h may have an advantage since Thomson has to deal with a broken foil (but the Englishman has shown he can run the boat anyway in the South Atlantic). The others in the back “stand by and watch.” In third position is Sebastien Josse aboard Edmond de Rothschild, but the delay is nearly 400 miles. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE TRACKING

arc_main_imageARC, RAMBLER IMPREGNABLE (BUT THAT’S TOO EASY)
Yesterday we told you about thesinking of a German boat at the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the semi-competitive fleet crossing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, in the Caribbean), today we see how things are going in the regatta. Obviously, as was expected, given the large presence of cruising boats, George David’s Rambler 88 was unopposed, and while the rest of the fleet, with a week to go, is still in the middle of the Atlantic, the American maxi is 500 miles from the finish line, could arrive as early as tomorrow. About 300 miles further back is Trifork, a Maltese-flagged VOR70. The challenge is much more interesting in the cruising categories. For example in Category A The Swan 90 Woodpeckercube, with Italian Max Cavallo as skipper, is leading the way and is in third position overall with 1,222 miles to go… CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE TRACKING

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