15th August, 2017
Blog received on August 15 at 09:33UTC:
“Yesterday was tricky because of the really light wind conditions since the start which saw us doing lots of gybes and sail changes….each sail set-up requires a different stacking mode, so it was difficult to sleep when you are off watch. Pascal really takes care of how the weight is placed down below and on deck, as we to try to gain an extra knot of speed. Turn the Tide and Vestas 11th Hour Racing were quite fast and MAPFRE was behind us before the sun set. Everybody on board was…
13th August, 2017
Oman Air took its second Act victory in a row in a thrilling Hamburg finale, despite last minute pressure from SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The triumph sees the Omani syndicate move into pole position in the overall rankings.
Red Bull Sailing Team rounds off the podium while early season leader Alinghi posted its worst result since 2012, following an action-packed, crowd-pleasing day on the River Elbe for Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg, presented by Land Rover.
“We’re over the moon,” said a grinning Phil Robertson, skipper and helm of the Omani-flagged squad, who adds to his…
13th August, 2017
Riders rolled out of Anglet and along the Basque coast at dawn for the first stage of the 2017 Haute Route Pyrenees. The hundreds of amateur cycling enthusiasts from across the globe set off in perfect conditions for their weeklong adventure through the French Pyrenees. At 174km in length and with 3,450m of climbing, today’s first stage was a perfect introduction to the week.
With nearly 1,500m of climbing through the foggy Pyrenean foothills before starting the first col, riders attempted to stay grouped in small pelotons to work together and save energy for the climbs ahead.
11th August, 2017
The Chinese boat sponsored by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, which won the Volvo Ocean 65 class in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Tuesday, rounded out the podium positions in St Malo behind MAPFRE and Team Brunel.
The short race from Plymouth saw the crews complete a fast passage to a mark off the Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight, before turning south and downwind towards the finish.
“It was a very short but nice and intense race. There was a big split in the fleet at the beginning and at the end of the…
9th August, 2017
The Volvo Ocean 65, Dongfeng, skippered by Charles Caudrelier of France, clinched a hard-fought class win in the 47th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race this morning at 04:18 UTC when it crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater.
After 2 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds of intense racing, the red and white one-design, sponsored by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, finished just 56 seconds ahead of its Spanish rival MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernández.
A relieved Charles Caudrelier said: “We had a great fight with MAPFRE and AkzoNobel. We were leading at the Fastnet Rock and during…