The Route du Rhum finished, Dominique Wavre qualified for the Barcelona World Race. While bringing back the TEMENOS from Pointe à Pitre to La Rochelle in double, Michèle Paret and Dominique Wavre are the first to finish the 2800 milles route qualifying for the Barcelona World, first race around the world in double, without assistance and without stops. "We have encountered harder conditions tahn during the Route du Rhum, TEMENOS behave very welland had no problems. We kept validating a number of elements and adjustments of... [Lire la suite]
Bernard Stamm won the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans on Monday December 4th in Fremantle (Australia) after 43 days of navigation. Gone from Bilbao (Spain), this first round was full of emotions: violent storms, freezing waters, huge waves, all at a very high speed, around 30 knots. Bernard Stamm spent these 43 days of race in the coldness and humidity of a 60 feet mono hull without any comfort. Thursday December 7th, japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi sailing Spirit of Yukoh arrived second after 46 days of navigation. Bernard... [Lire la suite]
At 67 years old, Tony Bullimore has not yet said his last word. After attending major races such as the Vendee Globe (where he overturned with his boat and waited for help 5 days in the hull), the Route du Rhum, the Race... he will try to beat the record around the world in single, presently owned by his fellow countrywowan Ellen McArthur. The "Bulldog", as he is called, wants to spend less than 70 days to go over the 27 000 miles... Photo: Tony Bullimore and his MaxSea
Solo skipper Mike Golding (ECOVER) heroically made a U turn in the Velux 5 Oceans Race to rescue British competitor Alex Thomson. Alex's boat (HUGO BOSS) was damaged and he had to abandon the race.They both decided to wait until dawn to proceed to the rescue. This operation occured in the extreme conditions of the southern hemisphere. It took about 1 hour 45 minutes for Alex to reach Mike. They are now both safe and sound on board Ecover, heading to Fremantle. Alex Thomson said: "It was the most terrifying and moving... [Lire la suite]
Bernard Stamm is still in the lead in the Velux 5 Oceans, about 700 milles ahead his pursuers. CHEMINEES POUJOULAT is heading towards the Kerguelen Islands and is waiting to find the fair wind his competitors are benefiting, in order to let his guns to the talking.While crossing the Cape of Good Hope, Bernard said "cruse on the day when I left Bilbao and forgot my fleecy jackets because it's 4 degrees inside and without fleecy jackets, it is rough." Bernard Stamm (CHEMINEES POUJOULAT) is observing with attention and some... [Lire la suite]
Luc Coquelin and his boat Cap Guadeloupe 971 arrived in Pointe à Pître monday november 20th at 10:03pm.We received this information from his press attachés, staudents at the Collège Maurice Satineau (Baie Mahault - Guadeloupe). "Luc arrived in the beautiful sunset light. Cap Guadeloupe 971 was showing an impressive list, surrounded by an escort of small boats? All of us, in our big boat, were kept away for security but we yelled loud enought for Luc to hear us and he did so! At night, we came home, a little different, it was a... [Lire la suite]
David Adams (race manager of the Velux) and Muriel Robin (member of the race committee) sent us a testimony on how they use MaxSea. "We use MaxSea as our main navigation program for the VELUX 5 OCEANS. It helps us create the theoretic route which gives us the exact distances to sail, information for the website and list od positions. We use it to define waypoints, in order to keep the racers in an area where rescue and assistance teams can operate. We also check that contestants follow these instructions. We use MaxSea for... [Lire la suite]
We want to congratulate the 3 winners of the class "Orma", "Imoca" and "Classe 2 Multihull": Lionel Lemonchois, Roland Jourdain and Franck-Yves Escoffier. These 3 racers use MaxSea as routing software. We are impatient to find out the names of the winners of the 5 other classes, having an eye on the Grand Slam for MaxSea...