Mike Slade’s Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race record. The IRC Fleet and Class40 Division are getting a savage taste of ocean racing…
Mike Slade’s Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race record. The IRC Fleet and Class40 Division are getting a savage taste of ocean racing…
Sailing to Madagascar we get hit by the biggest gale we’ve ever seen. We’re about 240 miles East of the northern cape of Madagascar when the GRIB files start to show a compressed pressure gradient and forecasts of 30-40 knots.
We shorten sail and prepare for the rough weather. The forecast is way too low and we end up seeing 50 knots of wind and 7-10M (20-30 ft) waves during the worst part of it, which of course happens at night. The crew gets tossed around like crazy and everyone is forced to stay in their bunks while Capt. Breeyawn and The Braidster take 30 minute shifts hand steering down the waves all night long. It’s a really intense experience but Delos is a strong boat and takes very good care of us.
This is our story, a story of three souls sailing around the world. It is a story about sailing, but it’s also a story about the fantastic people we meet and amazing places we see. It’s a story of people living their lives in an alternate way, in close connection with the beautiful people and amazing planet that we call home. Our experience has affected us so profoundly we want to share it, hoping that others may find inspiration to follow their dreams and do what they love.
The sport of sailing is so diverse it would be impossible to address all the issues, opportunities and challenges. But the gathering of just over 280 delegates from around the world gave it a good try, as they packed in two very intense days of debate and discussion at the eighth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta.
You cannot see, feel, smell or taste carbon monoxide, which makes carbon monoxide poisoning the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries. This video from the Royal Yachting Association provides a sobering account of this danger and a reminder to stay safe this winter. Nice Mannequin Challenge too. Additional information here. Video published on Dec 1, 2016.
The third day of the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship provided lighter breeze to add three more races to the series, but it did little to shake the dominance of Conor Clarke’s Embarr.
The Irish entry posted a 2-1-2 to further pad their lead. After nine races, they have yet to post a score worse than fifth. The good tactical calls, together with the amazing speed that the crew manages to reach in the downwind legs, has enabled Embarr to build a 25 point lead.
In the Corinthian division, the boats of the top three remained the same, but their order changed completely: Decorum USA805 (16-22-12/4-4-2) of Megan Ratliff abandoned the top of the ranking in favor of the Italian crew Taki 4 ITA778 (3-16-6/2-2-1) of Marco Zammarchi that, after having been daily best in Corinthian also yesterday, eventually reached the leadership of the division, sailing consistently even if the light breeze conditions are not the favorite of this crew.
“We are happy for the outcome of the last two days of racing here in Miami,” declared Niccolò Bertola, helmsman of Taki 4. “Sailing for the Europeans in Hyeres had been great fun, but here it is totally another story. The fleet is competitive, numerous and fast and for us the attention to be paid is double, because we have to focus both on the overall ranking and on the Corinthian division.
“Our closest opponent, in this moment, is Tõnu Tõniste’s Lenny EST790 (1-14-21/1-1-4), that is chasing for us with just 3 points of margin: we will keep being focused on the races, we know the Estonian crew has the potential to win again a Melges 24 World Championship in our division, so the success of today cannot distract us from our final purpose.” – Read on
Twelve races are scheduled from November 29 to December 3.
Corinthian Division (Top 5 of 37; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Taki 4, Marco Zammarchi , ITA –  -3 -4 -2 -2 -1 -2 -2 -1 ; 17
2. Lenny, Tõnu Tõniste , EST – 2 -4 -2 - -1 -5 -1 -1 -4 ; 20
3. Decorum, Megan Ratliff , USA – 1 -1 - -1 -6 -2 -4 -4 -2 ; 21
4. ACCRU, G. Nixon / K. Nixon , AUS – 3 -5 -3 - -4 -3 -3 -10 -9 ; 40
5. Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill, Ronald Veraar , NED – 6 -2 -1 - -3 -18 -10 -8 -3 ; 51
Overall Results (Top 5 of 74; 9 races 1 discard)
1. Embarr, Conor Clarke , IRL – 2 -1 -1 -3 -4 - -2 -1 -2 ; 16
2. Maidollis 3, Gian Luca Perego , ITA – 3 -5 -3 -9 -6 -2 - -3 -10 ; 41
3. Air Force 1, Bora Gulari , USA – 1 -2 -2 -16 -5 - -12 -10 -1 ; 49
4. ARGO, Jason Carroll , USA – 5 -3 -4 -13 -7 - -5 -5 -13 ; 55
5. Monsoon, Bruce Ayres , USA – 10 -4 -13 -7 -3 - -10 -4 -5 ; 56
Presented annually by Mystic Seaport since 2006, the “America and the Sea Award” recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts, business or sciences of the sea best exemplify the American spirit and character. in 2016 Mystic Seaport recognized Bob and Rod Johnstone of J/Boats. Video published on Nov 30, 2016
Now at the 22nd parallel north, Maserati Multi70 continues her race W/SW to the finish-line off Grenada, having spent the last 12 hours making an impressive average speed of 30 knots with peaks of 40, thanks to the L-foil and T-foil rudder on her port side.
Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web.
If you have ever wondered what it looks like out there is the middle of the open ocean thousands of miles from land sailing an IMOCA 60 at full speed, wonder no more. The french navy stationed at Kerguelen Island intercepted the two leading boats in the Vendée Globe and captured some incredible footage.
A fleet of 52 sailors, including two of the top three finishers from last year’s regatta, is set to contest the second annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the $10,000 regatta begins Saturday, Dec. 3, and runs through Friday, Dec. 9. Full report.
It’s not going all that well for the current Melges 24 World Champion (while the US 470 team is showing the rest of the fleet their asses aboard Conor Clarke’s ultra-fast Embarr). Here’s the midweek report from Chris Rast’s EFG Bank team (thanks to Swiss Performance Sailing). Pierrick Contin photo with full galleries, interviews, and live video that’s so bad it’s fun to watch – all here.
Sailboat racing is a funny thing. You can feel so prepared for the first day of racing and still fall short. The EFG Sailing Team did not have such a great day out on the water. We had a few problems downwind and at times didn’t find the fastest upwind mode. Nevertheless, no one on the team gave up and we stayed focused until the finish of the last race of the day.
So what do you we do now? WE FIGHT! It has been only three races and we have another nine races to go. Anything can happen in this fleet and the forecast is for lighter wind over the next few days.
The winners of the day were Conor Clarke and his stellar crew including Dave Hughes and Stu McNay. They were the fastest and smartest boat how there. They are closely followed by Airforce One with Bora Gulari on the helm and Jonathan McKee on Tactics. We are looking forward to applying some of our learnings to tomorrow’s racing.
Time for a good night sleep and dream of better day.
We are massive fans of the Mudratz, and of their unintentional discovery of just how to fix that problem we’ve all been asking about for more than a decade: “How do we turn junior sailors into lifelong sailors?”
If you haven’t followed the kids from Mystic (and beyond), take this opportunity to peruse their recent history here. They’ve got a team of kids racing at the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, and to celebrate, they’re auctioning off Charlie Enright’s genuine, brand new, autographed Musto/Team Alvimedica HPX Smock from the last Volvo Ocean Race. It’s live on eBay with the auction set to end this evening – 100% goes to the team’s 501(c)(3) charity fund, and we encourage you to get over there and bid it up right now. Hell, at the current bid of $435, it’s cheaper than retail. Let’s raise some money!
Your auction price will be a tax-deductible contribution, and it comes at the perfect time for your 2016 tax year. Get over there now.
Rio’s Olympic regatta ends with its native daughters atop the podium, carrying on a family tradition.
Malcolm Page spent a couple decades as an athlete in pursuit of the Olympic Games, a mission that earned the Australian three trips, two gold medals, and seven World Championships in his 470 event. Page retired after the London 2012 Games to pursue family life, moving to the UK to work for World Sailing as Head of Media for World Sailing.
But Page found his competitive spirit was still quite alive, and is now moving the family to USA where he will assume the position as Chief of Olympic Sailing. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck caught up with Page for an update…
Let’s start with something basic. Why this shift?
If you can’t be an athlete, I think this is a pretty cool position to be in, to support other athletes realize their dreams. Now 44 years, I knew following my Olympic career, this is where I really wanted to end up, in this sort of role.
So I got a call from the US team saying, “This position’s going, are you interested?” That was from Josh Adams himself, who held this position, so I suppose that was good in a way that he felt I was worthy to have a go at the whole interview process. So I put my hat in the ring and here we are.
What is the job description?
Josh had a lot of responsibilities which ranged from fundraising to performance. As I understand it, he did a tremendous job, but the initiative now is to push this program even higher. To do that, there needs more focus in all areas.
So I am purely responsible for the high performance program from the youth level right through to the Olympic Games. My role will no longer lead fundraising, with that responsibility handled elsewhere. I will certainly provide support but my main focus will be on performance.
What has occurred thus far for you?
I flew from the UK to the US this past Sunday to formalize my agreement and attend a coach’s clinic in Miami. This was attended by Olympic, College, and other top coaches where there was a big three-day brain dump.
There was a lot of ground covered, and it was great to understand everyone’s situation and figure out how we can all work together. I am now off to Australia for the Sailing World Cup Final and then back home to the UK to prepare for our move to the States and for me to assume the position full time on January 1.
How did the US Olympic program assess itself after the 2016 Games?
These are early days for me so I’m not really privy to all that yet. However, I think the assessment is we’ve done all right. We obviously got one Olympic medal as a result, and had basically four medal chances leading to the Games. Plus looking forward, there is a view that the medal chances are growing. The mission will be continued improvement, which certainly includes those events where we are some distance from the podium.
Much more…click here.
Artemis Racing crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team’s first development boat, Turbo 1.
Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, provides an update on the state of play with less than 8 months to go to the finals of AC35, and Loick Peyron provides the inspiration to a squad of young aspiring sailors in Toulon…
Nassau, Bahamas (December 1, 2016) – Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds for the Star Sailors League Finals on Montagu Bay. Mark Mendleblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) stayed out of trouble today, racing fast and clean, to post a 4-5-1, to move up to the lead in the Qualifying Rounds. Full report, highlight video, and live stream… click here.
St Thomas, USVI (December 1, 2016) – Renée Groeneveld is leading the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the 5th and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, after the first day of round-robin. The Dutch skipper controlled the shifty conditions in the Charlotte Amalie harbour, posting five wins and no losses in today’s racing. American Stephanie Roble shares the runner-up position with Josefine Boel Rasmussen of Denmark. Full report.
As of 14.00 UTC on 1 December 2016, British skipper Alex Thomson is the Vendée Globe race leader. Watch video of Hugo Boss in the southern Indian Ocean.
14.13 on 1 December
Alex Thomson has regained his lead in the solo, non-stop, around the world race, the Vendée Globe. As of 14.00 UTC, the British skipper is just ahead of Armel Le Cléac’h on board Banque Populaire VIII in the southern Indian Ocean.
Quantum Key West Race Week is on your “Bucket List” but you don’t have a boat or simply don’t want the hassles of getting your boat to Key West. We have a solution, National One Design Sailing Academy in association with Torqeedo, is making their hot fleet of 10 Flying Tiger 7.5’s available for charter at QKWRW. National One Design does all the heavy lifting. The boats will be in the water at the Truman Annex, rigged, tuned and ready to go.
Charter fee includes 2 day North U. Clinic (Sat. and Sun), paid registration, haul in and out each day, insurance and five days of racing (M-F) in the regatta. Bring your crew, step on board and at regatta’s end step off the boat. Charter fee for the experience of a life time is US $9,700.00 or register as individuals at US $1,940.00 and we will put you on a boat and become part of a winning team. Click here for more information.
Fairly amazing footage of the two leaders in the VG. Amazing how much Boss heels, isn’t it?
Rarely does a small city like Rockingham get an opportunity to shape the future of sailing. But the coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history at the cutting-edge of kitehydrofoil racing and sailing.
In the first 15 days after entries opened some 30 boats entered. Now the total has reached 48 including 18 newcomers to the Race. That’s two more than the final entry total for the 2015 race.
For the fourth consecutive year, the record for the fastest ARC crossing has been broken. Watch as Rambler 88 sails in Rodney Bay, St Lucia to take the title! The ARC record for the fastest crossing from Gran Canaria to St Lucia has been broken for the fourth consecutive year. The crew of George David’s super-maxi Rambler 88 crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay in just 8d 6h 29m 15s on 28 November 2016. They beat the previous time by 1h 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
In 2015, Team Brunel sailed 3343.3nm based on the YB track at an average speed of 16.8 knots. Although winds were lighter than last year, Rambler 88 took advantage of a small depression which formed mid-Atlantic soon after the start. This enabled the boat to sail a very northerly route and then have a fast reach down to St Lucia. Overall, the crew have sailed approximately 270nm less than Team Brunel, which has been a crucial factor for this year’s lighter wind crossing.
A year ago, VO65 Team Brunel claimed the title from Farr 100 Leopard by Finland. Mike Slade’s super-maxi had taken over two days off the previous record set by Caro, a Knierim 65 in 2013.
A growing tradition of sleek, high-tech racing yachts joining the ARC seems to have developed, with the rally offering a different environment from the pro-racing circuits. This is the first time Rambler 88 has taken part in the rally. Commenting after breaking the ARC crossing record, Rambler 88’s owner, George David, said the main challenge for the crew was the weather and lack of wind.
“Once we set off, we were confident we could make the crossing in 8 days, but the record was less certain, right up until we crossed the finish line really,” he said.
“Two squalls came across us in the morning bringing torrential downpours but no wind so that slowed us down even more,” continued David.
Given the challenges this year, we are thrilled to have broken the record!” added Rambler 88’s owner.
This year’s Hamble Winter Series saw an increase in entrants over 2015, and for the first time in over 10 years, hasn’t lost a single race to bad weather
Going into the final Act of a thrilling 2016 campaign the state of play at the top of the leaderboard sees current leaders Oman Air just two points ahead of Alinghi, setting the scene for a nail-biting winner takes all double-points final.
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship – Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 3 action…
On the Olympic Channel, fitness-minded social influencers are paired with Olympians from around the world in order to experience their highly demanding workouts.
In this episode Israel’s Olympic windsurfer Shahar Zubari puts Football Freestyler Philip Warren Gertsson to a windsurfing workout test. Here’s a tease.
No easy ride for football freestyler PWG as he learns from windsurfer Shahar Zubari the work that goes into perfecting his Olympic sport. For the full episode… click here.
Two-time Olympic Medalist Malcolm Page, who recently shifted from his position with World Sailing to become the Chief of Olympic Sailing for USA, discusses sustainability in the January issue of Seahorse magazine…
At the World Sailing Annual Conference in Barcelona, Spain in November, the International Governing Body had a theme running throughout entitled ‘Our Sustainable Future’. The theme was encapsulated by three topics that go hand in hand to form a mission and vision going forward: Sport, technology, nature.
But with sustainability set to play an important role in the sport’s future, what does it actually mean? Working within World Sailing I have had the benefit of seeing the vision from the inside, but I also have my thoughts and opinions as a competitive sailor.
So what does sustainability mean to me? When I hear the word itself a few things come to mind. Sustaining – while promoting – our sport and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing and evolving sporting landscape. And also preserving our playing field, the water that we sail on. Without it there is no sport.
Throughout my sailing career I felt as though I owed a duty to the water on which I competed. We, as sailors, are guardians of the seas and oceans, but it isn’t just about racing and those taking part. We are part of a unique sport – or more accurately activity – that covers such a wide base, from racing to casual weekend sailing with family. One thing we all have in common is responsibility.
Sustainability needs to be all-encompassing. As a sailor I have had the good fortune to sail in numerous countries and in many different classes, so one thing that immediately comes to mind is coaching.
Coaching touches almost everyone looking to compete and is now an essential part of improving racing skills. I wholeheartedly believe that sustainability is a good thing and something positive to aim for in the sport, but as a sailor this cannot be to the detriment of the sport itself and the development of young sailors, especially from emerging sailing nations.
With this in mind I feel that we need to strike a balance around the number of coach boats out on the water during our regattas. We need to help emerging nations to get coaches out on the water and we need to strike a balance with the established nations being overly excessive in their coach boat numbers. – Read on
Travis Lund, Executive Director at Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC), offers an example of how sailing can provide a helpful distraction to life…
I’m often asked what the TISC is or what we do here in San Francisco, CA. I’ll admit it is sometimes difficult to accurately describe what a youth-driven sailing center does and harder yet to transmit why my staff and I are so dedicated to the mission of TISC.
For most of us who sail, we typically don’t ponder how sailing has affected our lives…we just know it has. Most of us seldom think about what our lives would be like if we never learned to or had the enjoyment of sailing.
Growing up in a small industrial town of 23,000 people in Northern Michigan, there were few entertainment options. I really didn’t know much else other than playing in the water in the summer and playing in the snow in the winter. My parents owned a small sailboat and I somehow found ways to sail and race and eventually got good at it.
I’ve been able to make a living at it for most of my life, and yet I still find it difficult to articulate how and why it has become so important to who I am. I think the best way to answer this question is to envision my life without it. And, I cannot.
However, a recent event has helped provide some clarity.
On November 9th, TISC ran a recruitment event to help our Envision Academy Sailing Team (EAST) gain new members. Envision Academy (EA) is a tuition free charter high school in downtown Oakland whose population is mostly underserved.
About a year and a half ago, with the help of Anthony Sandberg, owner of OCSC Sailing, we formed a sailing team for this school. With the financial support of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, we’ve been providing boats, transportation and instructors for the team at no cost to the students and their families. The current team is all upper level students and we wanted to bolster the team numbers.
We had the day planned for weeks and didn’t really think about the actual date as we had enough on our plates to simply organize the event. But the morning of the event, I received a call from EA’s Athletic Director, Coach Henry, to inform me that he was going to do what he could to get the kids on the bus as quickly as he could. As it was the day after the U.S. national and local elections, the school was in a state of pandemonium.
He explained that kids were looking like they were leaving school, that parents were coming to pick their kids up, and that helicopters were flying overhead in wake of what might be either protests or riots later in the day. He warned me that we would not have the 42 kids we had hoped for, and that I should prepare the staff for what might be a sullen, scared or confused group of kids. – Read on
(November 30, 2016; Day 24) – The battle for the top spot in the Vendée Globe showed no sign of letting up today as the frontrunners prepare to celebrate one week in the Southern Ocean. Three days after snatching the lead from arch rival Alex Thomson, French skipper Armel Le Cléac’h was today clinging to first place as the pair forge a path east at 48 degrees south.
Since passing the Cape of Good Hope on the morning of November 24 the leading duo have been exchanging blows, gaining and losing miles on a daily basis. Le Cléac’h initially overtook Thomson, whose boat Hugo Boss is lacking a starboard foil, and pulled out a lead of around 30 miles.
But since then Thomson, the only Brit in the solo round the world race, has been able to get within throwing distance of Le Cléac’h because the conditions north of the Kerguelen Islands, a remote archipelago deep in the southern Indian Ocean, are not conducive to foiling.
“We’ve been in the Southern Ocean now for a week, switching between fronts and low-pressure areas,” said Le Cléac’h, runner up in the past two editions of the Vendée Globe. “We’re currently ahead of a front but the wind will ease off this evening. We’ll have to wait and see whether we’re still ahead of the record pace at Cape Horn – it’s all down to the weather.
“There’s a fight on with Alex, which means the pressure is on us to keep up the pace. But we mustn’t do just any old thing either and it’s not a matter of being faster than him all the time. I’m trying to do it at my own pace and with my own way of sailing.
“Alex is on the attack – but taking into account the sea state and the angle from the wind, we’re not necessarily in foiling mode. A few days ago when that was the case I was a bit faster than him. We’ll see what happens in the next few days.”
After more than 9,000 nautical miles of racing the evidence seems to point to Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII having the edge in foiling conditions but Hugo Boss being the quicker boat off the foils. Indeed, in the 24 hours leading up to the 1400 UTC position report Hugo Boss was the quickest boat in the fleet, averaging 20.8 knots compared to Banque Populaire’s 20.4. – Read on
Ranking (Top 5 of 29 as of 22:00 UTC)
1. Banque Populaire VIII, Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA), 15003 nm to finish
2. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson (GBR), 15.83 nm to leader
3. Edmond de Rothschild, Sébastien Josse (FRA), 697.81 nm
4. Maître CoQ, Jérémie Beyou (FRA), 1149.76 nm
5. SMA, Paul Meilhat (FRA), 1154.87 nm
The World Match Racing Tour has confirmed that the 53rd Congressional Cup will be the second event of the 2017 season. The WMRT Congressional Cup is hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club on March 27 to April 2 in Long Beach, CA. Full report.
(November 30, 2016; Day 23, 22:08 UTC) – Thomas Coville (FRA) and his 31m maxi trimaran SODEBO ULTIM has passed New Zealand in his attempt to break the solo round the world record. With Cape Horn lying 3400 nm ahead, his latest 24 hour run of 620.1 nm increases his margin to 1199.66 (+128 nm) ahead of the current record of 57d 13h 34m 6s set by Francis Joyon (FRA) on the 29.8m trimaran IDEC in January 2008. Full report.
Based on firsthand feedback, the Grand Poobah is confident that almost all of the 605 people who did the recently completed Baja Ha-Ha from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas …
Nassau, Bahamas (November 30, 2016) – After four races today, Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening (BRA) lead the Qualifying Rounds of the star Sailors League Finals 2016 after a stellar performance on Montague Bay. The Brazilians kept all their scores in the top three, leaping past day one leaders Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) who have dropped to second place and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) who have dropped to third. Full report, video highlights, and live stream…click here.
Miami, FL (November 30, 2016) – The second day of the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship saw the continuation of demanding weather, with winds gusting to 20 knots and ocean swells providing a worthy test that some passed, and others struggled in. There were casualties today.
The daily best went to Full Throttle (6-1-1), former Melges 24 World Champion Brian Porter (USA) moving up to fifth place of the overall ranking. With six races now completed, and a discard now in play, the leadership still belongs to Irish led Conor Clarke’s Embarr.
Embarr had an amazing performance in the first race of the day: despite being called OCS at the start and being subsequent penalized, Clarke’s team managed to bring on a stunning recovery over the fleet, closing a race that would have been considered lost by most in a very good position.
In a second moment, moreover, the Irish entry had a redress for the OCS that was declared wrongly called, hence scoring three points in the first race of today instead of fifteen (3-4-), bringing up their lead to 8 points.
The fight was hard also in the Corinthian division, where daily best was Italian Marco Zammarchi’s Taki 4 (18-16-6/2-2-1), that found in the big waves and breeze its favorite conditions for sailing.
One of the favorites of the Corinthian group, the Estonian entry Lenny (26-15-[OCS]/6-1-[OCS]), former Melges 24 Corinthian World Championship, had to leave the top of the ranking of the division to Decorum, after an OCS received in the sixth race of the series, slipping down to the twenty-first place in the overall ranking.
“It was for sure a good day for us in the water,” declared Megan Ratliff from Decorum “We’ve been able to find good speed, especially downwind with our pink kite! The fact that we’ve been in Miami for a while, trying to get to know the weather and the environment, probably is helping us to sail well”.
Starting from tomorrow, the Race Committee intends to run two races per day, completing in this way a series of twelve races. Weather conditions, though, will have to be favorable enough to allow so: in fact, wind is forecasted to decrease sensibly, making the crews race in conditions that may be drastically opposed to those that they have been used to seeing in these days.
Racing is scheduled from November 29 to December 3.
Corinthian Division (Top 5 of 37; 6 races, 1 discard)
1. Decorum, Megan Ratliff , USA – 1 -1 - -1 -6 -2 ; 11
2. Taki 4, Marco Zammarchi , ITA –  -3 -4 -2 -2 -1 ; 12
3. Lenny, Tõnu Tõniste , EST – 2 -4 -2 - -1 -5 ; 14
4. ACCRU, G. Nixon / K. Nixon , AUS – 3 -5 -3 - -4 -3 ; 18
5. Team Kesbeke/SIKA/Gill, Ronald Veraar , NED – 6 -2 -1 - -3 -18 ; 30
Overall Results (Top 5 of 74; 6 races 1 discard)
1. Embarr, Conor Clarke , IRL – 2 -1 -1 -3 -4 - ; 11
2. Maidollis 3, Gian Luca Perego , ITA – 3 -5 -3 - -6 -2 ; 19
3. New England Ropes, Tim Healy , USA – 7 -6 - -4 -2 -4 ; 23
4. West Marine Rigging, Bora Gulari , USA – 1 -2 -2 -16 -5 - ; 26
5. Full Throttle, Brian Porter , USA – 9 -15 - -6 -1 -1 ; 32
Even in the middle of the Southern Ocean, the skippers of the Vendée Globe find company.
On day five of the race, Maserati Multi70 has put half of the race route behind her and is now in mid-Atlantic. Her sole direct rival, Phaedo3, is 266 nautical miles ahead and leading the fleet.
The battle for the top spot in the Vendée Globe showed no sign of letting up today as the frontrunners approach one week in the Southern Ocean.
Just another day at the Spindrift Racing office. Video published on Nov 30, 2016.
Early qualifications have 2015 SSL Finale winner George Szabo deep in the fleet, but the unique format gives him and the rest of the 25-boat strong fleet a chance at the big cash payout at the end of the event. With a solid Bahamian forecast and commentary from Dennis Conner and Scottish superstar 470 skipper Luke Patience, the all-live streaming coverage of the SSL should be well worth watching, especially if you love keelboat racing. Watch from 1100 EST above.
In the MOD70 duel, Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson has consolidated their advantage over Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati…