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11-11-2011 06:54 AM
PCP Great fight between the two leading Open 60, they are leaving everyone behind including the Multi 50. They have similar courses and went looking for big winds and heavy seas to go faster. They sail at more than 18k and they have wind all the way till the finish.

No one is going to catch those two, but will be Alex Thompson on Hugo Boss able to catch Jean Dick on Virbac Paprec? I don't think so, but it seems that Hugo Boss is not as slow as its bas results on the last circumnavigation led to suppose.

If you remember the boat that sailed without Alex Thompson has a very bad race and it seemed a slow boat. It had two other professional sailors, good ones, but not used to solo sailing. As we can see the difference is huge and it is not enough to be a top Volvo racer to be a top solo racer. Those French on Groupama are proving that the opposite is not true.

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011
11-08-2011 08:14 AM
PCP More victims of the bad weather:

Sam Goodchild and Ned Collier Wakefield, the young Britons who were leading the Transat Jacques Vabre Class 40 race this morning have confirmed that they are retiring from the biennial race from Le Havre to Costa Rica.

They have been forced out of the race with structural damage to the port side of the hull of their Class 40 yacht, discovering a crack on the internal skin of the laminate which was threatening to let in water early this morning. They were 130 miles to the north of the Azores.

After lying second since the race started last Wednesday off the French port, the duo whose average age is just 22, had only just taken the lead this morning.

Really bad luck for the kids. Just managing to grab the first place to see it going away on account of hull problems, no mistakes done?

That's really hard

“It is pretty devastating. This race is something we have been both looking forward to for such a long time. It has been my dream for so long, so then to take the start and to be in a position we never imagined we would be in, second for most of the first week and then overtaking last night, it kind of rubs it in a bit more and makes it a bit more devastating.

But at the same time we can go home not feeling too annoyed with ourselves. We put up a good fight and made good calls, not too many mistakes and that’s it."

I guess this had to do with the problem in that hull:

Ned Collier-Wakefield (GBR) co-skipper Concise 2 (GBR):

“It has calmed down a little bit but we still have an interesting sea state. We had 64kts from the front which we went through at about 0800hrs this morning, so no we have dived south a bit and the sun has come out and it is much better.

It was pretty interesting, we had to put a tack in as the shift came, which was a lot of fun. But in fact we have no problems at all, we have three reefs in but it is all going really well. We are just slamming through some pretty big seas at the moment.

We are both good, just having a re-tidy of the boat. It is a bit of a disaster down here, things every where, but we have been able to mop up and tidy up.

And not yet more news about how they are cooping with bad weather, only this one from an American sailor on a class 40:

Jesse Naimark-Rowse (USA) co-skipper 40 Degrees (GBR):

“ We just went through the front and it was quite windy, sustained 50kts and a very rapid shift so the whole combination of things was just a little bit lively.

We went through it was about an hour ago. It had been blowing 30-35 kts for several hours and then rapidly built to 45-50kts with driving rain and then the wind shifted through from SSW to the NW very, very quickly and so we had to bear away on port when we were getting everything ready to tack, we actually to take the main down while we drained the water ballast to the other side, just to have the boat under control to tack the boat. So that was a bit of a job.

We didn’t break anything and we have everything re-settled inside the boat and then getting set up for the next front which we should get in about eight hours.”
11-07-2011 12:39 PM
PCP Everything is OK with Stamm and Cuzon. They have been rescued by a Portuguese navy helicopter from their Open60 and are already in Açores.

Let's see if PRB came make it to port and follow the adventure of Lamote and Peron that even without a keel chose not to abandon their class 40 and are sailing at 7K to Açores.

Initiatives-Alex Olivier suffer keel loss | Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 : Le Havre - Costa Rica | Octobre 2011

On the head of the race, as preview the Open 60 are eating the trimarans that have to take cover from the bad weather.

On the Open 60 the race is hot, very hot and I hope that the option of Dick and Thomson to go near the storm to get more wind turns out alright and without problems. Big balls they have, those two and their partners

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011

11-07-2011 06:48 AM
PCP It is not only in the Volvo that they are fighting bad weather, on the Jaques Fabre Transat its not only the Multi 50 that are with problems. The Open 60 that was leading launched its distress beacon. Portuguese Navy is trying to pick them up:

Last night when they were sailing 130 miles north of the Azores, the crew of Cheminees Poujoulat - Bernard Stamm and Jean Francois Cuzon - informed race direction of the Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre to Costa Rica that they have a significant leak on their IMOCA Open 60.

After analyis of their current situation in communication with race director Jean Maurel, they have triggered their distress beacon.

The signal was received by the CROSS Griz Nez which relayed information to MRCC Punta Delgada in the Azores. Help procedures were immediately activated and a helicopter took off at 1050hrs CET/0950hrs UTC/GMT to recover the crew from the yacht which was positioned approximately 230 miles to the north of Punta Delgada on the Azores island of San Miguel.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.

It has been hard night for the IMOCA Open 60 fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet racing north of the Azores from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica with the passage of a violent front with damage reported this morning to Cheminées Poujoulat which was lying third and to PRB which is heading for the Azores.

To the east Class 40 have still to encounter it.

In the Multi 50 fleet leader Actual, south of the Azores, were south of the front and still had the toughest period to go.

IMOCA Open 60: damage to PRB and Cheminées Poujoulat

PRB on Vendée Globe winner Vincent Riou is heading to the Azores for a pit-stop to see what they can do about a fracture in a forward bulkhead.

That's not the first time that the Portuguese Navy rescues crew of Open 60 on this race, two years ago:


I hope everything will be as smooth this time.

Guillermo Altadil (ESP), co-skipper Hugo Boss said this morning: “The night was OK, we were sailing with winds of 35 kts with gusts to 45 kts. Now at the moment the sea state is OK, it is sailable and we are trying to keep the boat together and not break too many things. It is going to be like this for another 24 hours, maybe calmer through today to 35kts, probably tonight more – up to 50kts, so I think it will be 24 hours, We are doing our normal watch system but have been just discussing the long term strategy after this low pressure, how we negotiate the high pressure in front with no wind, but first of all we have to come from this storm with the boat in one piece.”

Class 40
As the leaders prepared for the front which there was little change at the top of the fleet with Aquarelle still leads their British rivals on Concise 2 by 9.1 miles. They have yet to encounter the nasty frontal system. Third placed ERDF Les Pieds et Les Mains are 90 miles behind the leader now.

Yannick Bestaven on, leader of the fleet of Class 40 at the start of the front.
"It is just starting, with 30kts from the south and we are in the beginning of the front which will last about six hours. We are making 11kts, it is slamming but you get used to it. We are under staysail and two reefs at the moment with the third ready to go because we expect 40kts.”

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011

The ones that are on the worst position regarding the storm are the 40class boats that will have 50k winds and big waves in 18 hours. I hope everything will be alright with them.

11-05-2011 02:11 PM
PCP Disaster hit the multy 50 category with more three trimarans retiring. Out of 6 boats racing there remain only two. The good news is that all of them will be able to make it to port on their own (they hope).

With the exception of the one that was leading (Crepes Whaou, one of my preferred boats) all retire due to breakage, some with big structural problems. Crepes Whaou retired because his skipper took off and landed badly.

Anyway I think this shows one more time that in bad weather conditions the Multi 50 are very tricky boats, boats that you have to take care not to break and very uncomfortable boats to ride at speed, even worse than a racing beamy monohul like an Open 60 or a 40 class boat. At high speed the beating is huge and on this conditions a Open 60 can beat in average speed a multi 50, I mean the ones that don't break.

Listen to Escoffier, the Skipper of Crepes Whaou:

We have been steering two hours on from the start, we have hardly been under pilot. So I go up, the sea was crossed with a few breaking waves and it did not feel safe for the boat.

Antoine was preparing under the cuddy to come up, I stood there talking to him, a wave broke through the back of the boat and I took off, banged myself against the cuddy, lost my glasses and hit the winch with my lower back."

"It's not terrible, I have been lying down since last night I can get up to piss, but that's all. After it happened, I had to lie down for two hours
I got up, I went to steer but after 15 minutes it was too painful after a quarter of an hour it was so painful, I told Antoine it is not getting better.

I spoke with the doctor and he said I might have broken something, my coccyx or verterbrae, I cannot sit at all or move quickly at all."

Regarding the other two multi that are heading back to port:

Yesterday evening Prince de Bretagne, Crêpes Whaou! and FenetreA Cardinal informed race direction that they had turned around and were heading for port. That leaves only Actual and Maitre Jacques, of the multihull, still racing towards Puerto Limon.
The last 24 hours have taken a cruel toll on the Multi 50 class. After was the first retirement with a broken rudder pintle, first came the news at Race HQ yesterday evening that Prince de Bretagne had suffered a broken front cross beam and was heading for Spain, then FenetreA Cardinal reported they have a problem with a crack in the bulkhead below the mast and then from Crepes Whou! came the report that skipper Franck-Yves Escoffier had fallen awkwardly and injured his back.

Leading the race for the Multi 50’s now is Actual (Yves Le Blevec and Sam Manuard) some 68.8 miles ahead of Maitre Jacques (Loïc Fequet and Loïc Escoffier).

Matthew Souben, Prince de Bretagne:
"We were sailing on the route of the Azores between 25 and 30 knots for 3 hours going quick we heard a big bang, the end of the cross beam attached to the port bow is broken, we took the sails down, stacked everything heavy on starboard and sail downwind toward Spain, not sure where. There is always a sea of 2-3m with 20kts of wind so it is not easy.
If the wind stays like this tomorrow night should get to La Corunna.”

Take a look at the movies:

Dailymotion - 2011 J+3 - Trois abandons en Multi50 - une vidéo Sports et Extrême

Dailymotion - 05/11/11 - Prince de Bretagne - Images du bord - une vidéo Sports et Extrême

The leader of the Multi 50 is now Blevec not very far away from the first Open 60 and he says he is going to slower down just to be sure he does not breack the boat and I bet that he is going to take care in tomorrow stormy conditions and that would mean that the Open 60 will probably close on him cause those can take a lot more beating with bad weather.

On the open 60 they are incredibly close with the first (now Stamm) and second separated only by 2K and 6 boats at 50K (or less) to the first. They are all heading to stormy conditions and that can make a difference.

Mike Golding, GBR, Gamesa reported this morning:
“We are going to slow a bit for this high pressure ridge which will be fine, I am reasonably happy with how we are set up for it, but it is a nice morning, the sun is just coming up. We still have lumpy seas but the wind through the night was a bit erratic, quite squally and you are not able to spot them coming, so it was not easy. But we have some fast sailing just now, making 15-16kts...

Transat Jacques Vabre 2011

News | Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 : Le Havre - Costa Rica | Octobre 2011
11-04-2011 04:03 PM
blt2ski thanks paulo,

Now to head back out to work!

11-04-2011 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
I should figure out which of them is the link to the how the boats are doing. was looking at the 6.5 transat over the last few days.......

Main Page, it says: "EN DIRECT"


11-04-2011 02:52 PM
blt2ski I should figure out which of them is the link to the how the boats are doing. was looking at the 6.5 transat over the last few days.......

11-04-2011 02:48 PM
PCP I give up. I mean not to follow the race but from posting here. There are lot's of guys following but nobody posting.

It is hard to understand, a hell of a race with incredible fighting on the three classes, some of the best solo sailors, a good coverage with a real time tracker and even so it seems that is not enough to raise much interest, if any.

You guys don't like boats, I mean except your ownes I mean

Regarding the race the most interesting among very close and interesting fights, it's that the kids had taken the leed on Open 60. I don't remember that has ever happened. The Rookies are leading

MACIF, le haut niveau comme référence | Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 : Le Havre - Costa Rica | Octobre 2011

Superior Firepower | Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 : Le Havre - Costa Rica | Octobre 2011

The movies:

TransatJacquesVabre: his videos on Dailymotion

TransatJacquesVabre: his videos on Dailymotion

TransatJacquesVabre: his videos on Dailymotion

2011 - Résumé de fin de journée - A Video PlayList on Dailymotion
11-02-2011 06:30 PM
PCP Its on. The race was delayed by bad weather but finally they cast off. The Open 60 are making more than 20k...and the Multi 50 went away, all heading for a gale, with 6m waves and 35/40K winds.

On the Multi 50, the eternal rivals are leading, Escoffier et le Blevec, realy close; on Open 60 Riou take the lead and on Class 40 Bestaven is ahead of the pack.

On the second ranking of this tenth edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre it is Vincent Riou and Hugues Destremeau who are making the early running as they close fast on the Cherbourg Peninsula at a rapid pace, all three top IMOCA Open 60’s are making over 20kts with PRB quickest on the 30 minutes speed gun before this 2000hrs UTC ranking.

PRB have a lead of 2.3 miles over Groupe Bel and Safran who are neck and neck – an early reprise of the drag race that went on between the two on the last Transat Jacques Vabre.

Virbac-Paprec 3 have lost a little ground on the leading trio, just a matter of a couple of miles.

Mike Golding and Bruno Dubois have overhauled Mirabaud since the first ranking and are in pursuit of Alex Thomson and Guilermo Altadill on Hugo Boss who have been marginally slower. have opened a further mile on second placed on the second placed sister-ships Comris Pole Santé Elior and Concise 2 which are also neck and neck.

Three times running victor in the Multi50 Class Franck-Yves Escoffier on Crepes Whaou! with Antoine Koch was narrowly ahead in the multihull division.

Tonight passing the Cherbourg peninsula there will be a front to deal with giving winds of around 35/40 knots, heavy rain and big seas, when the challenge really comes to maintain maximum speed without jeopardising craft or equipment.

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