Bare uhell kan stoppe Le Cléac’h

Foto: Yvan Zedda

Foto: Yvan Zedda

Ettersom vinden nå er i ferd med å vri mot øst og senere øst-nordøst ser det ut til at Alex Thomson sine muligheter til å passerer Armel Le Cléach er i ferd med å svinne minutt for minutt. Båtene ligger nå på bidevind med bare et slag igjen før målgang og med Thomson 40 nautiske mil bak seg i samme spor og 350nm til mål skal det mye til før Le Cléach kan miste dette. Når det er sagt skal det sies at båtene etter alt å dømme kommer til å passere nær den franske kysten som er kjent for strie strømmer, stor skipstrafikk og ikke minst mye fiskeaktivitet. Le Cléach kan med andre ord ikke innkassere seieren riktig enda.

Etter å ha seilt rundt hele jorden kan vel ikke dette gå galt for Le Cléach? Det siste døgnet blir ekstremt spennende…



With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac’h from second-placed Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre.


Le Cléac’h and Thomson, who have been practically neck and neck over the 24,000nm they have covered since the Vendée Globe began on November 6, have been forced to sail much further north than the latitude of the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, by an anticyclone blocking their route home. But with the centre of the high pressure system moving north-east over the south of England the door to Les Sables will finally open and both skippers will be able to point their bows towards the finish line. Herein lies the deciding moment of the Vendée Globe 2016-17: picking the right time to tack.


The duo were this morning in decreasing south-easterly winds of 10-12 knots sailing at the latitude of Brest in Brittany. But as they get nearer to the coast the wind is forecast to gradually swing to the north-east and at this moment they will be able to tack onto port and begin the final sprint. The home strait is marked with pitfalls – the islands of Groix, Belle-Île and Yeu will disturb the breeze, the currents in the area are known to be tricky and the coastline is busy with shipping and fishing traffic. It may just be that these obstacles give Hugo Boss skipper Thomson the opportunity he needs to usurp Le Cléac’h and Banque Populaire from the top spot in the final 36 hours of the race.


At 0400 UTC it was Le Cléac’h, runner-up in the last two editions of the Vendée Globe, who had the speed advantage, making just shy of 15 knots compared to Thomson’s 10. Both boats are set to arrive in Les Sables on Thursday. The tracker will update hourly once the leader gets to within 100nm of the finish. More information on how to follow the finish of the Vendée Globe can be found here

52 Super Series Key West | Day 1 Highlights

52 Super Series-sesongen er i gang i Key West. Man kan diskutere til evigheten hva som er det råeste innen seiling, men av det som har relevans for seilere flest er det ikke noe over og ikke noe ved siden av når det kommer til kompetetiv seiling. 

Her et det bare å nyte synet av maskinene kjempe i en av vinterhalvårets smootheste regattaer…

Alex Thomson setter ny 24-timers rekord! 

Alex Thomson leverer et monsterdøgn med utseilt distanse på 536,81 nautiske mil og haler innpå Armel Le Cléac’h. Med ca 800 nautiske mil til målgang og mindre enn 80 mil mellom de to båtene i tet er det duket for en neglebiter de siste par dagene av Vendée Globe…

Vendée Globe – Les Sables d’Olonne

British sailor Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.81 miles on Hugo Boss. This new record awaits ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council.


During the 24-hour period between 0700hrs yesterday and 0700hrs today, he sailed Hugo Boss at an average speed of 22.36 knots. His 24-hour distance beats the record of 534.48 miles set by French sailor François Gabart in the 2012-13 edition of the Vendée Globe. He actually bettered Gabart’s record two weeks into the race, sailing 535.34 miles in 24 hours, but the rules of the record state it must be superseded by one whole mile.


The skipper of Hugo Boss has done better than on that day (16th November) and has won back the 24-hour record, which he held between 2003 (468.72 miles) and 2012. In spite of this record pace off the Azores, Armel Le Cléac’h is also at high speed sailing 515.5 miles at an average of 21.5 knots. In the 0800hrs UTC rankings, Banque Populaire VIII was 73.3 miles ahead of Hugo Boss.

Mens vi venter på helg… | Rolex Middle Sea Race 2016

Rolex Middle Sea Race har på få år blitt en av de mest populære i Middelhavet og dey er kanskje ikke så rart. Definitivt verdt en plass på lista over regattaer som må seiles. Her kommer filmen fra årets seilas! 

The Rolex Middle Sea Race set off on its 37th edition in 2016. Cannons fired from the bastions of Grand Harbour in Malta marked the start of this 608-nautical mile adventure. The action was intense from start to finish, as more than 100 yachts raced around Mediterranean islands over one of the most scenic sailing courses in the world. This 25-minute Rolex Spirit of Yachting documentary presents the action, highlights and memorable moments of the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race, from interviews with boat owners to magnificent racing footage and the awards ceremony where winners receive Rolex watches.

Påmelding til Grundig Sailing Cup 2017 er åpnet

Grundig og KNS følger opp suksessen fra i fjor og inviterer nok en gang til Grundig Sailing Cup i J/70. Aker Brygge, Hankø, Son og Bygdin må sies å være en spennende miks. Hankø er klassens Nordiske Mesterskap og ser ut til å kunne samle rundt 40 båter. Det kan jo rett og slett ikke bli feil? 

Er du kjapp og melder deg på er du med i trekningen av en 49″ flatskjerm – her er det vel bare å hive seg rundt? 



O’hoi! We are repeating 2016’s success, but in 2017 Grundig Sailing Cup will be even better and bigger! We will offer exiting sailing moments for existing members as well as for new aspir¬ing sailors. In Norway, the first regatta will take place in Oslo during Oslo Race week 3rd to 4th of June. The Open Nordic J/70 Championship for 2017 will be held at Hankø the 29th of June to 1st of July. You cannot miss this – sailors from all over Scandinavia will meet to test their seafaring skills.


The grand finale for Norway will be at Bygdin in Jotunheimen, 1060 meters above sea level. NEVER before have sailors battled on this beautiful lake surrounded by breath-taking mountains. Bygdin will by far be the most spectacular regatta in 2017 and an adventure to remember.


Hope you are ready for an exciting year, because we have many surprises ahead!




The team that gets the most points after all races in Norway will win the grand prize consisting of Grundig–products for a total worth of 20.000 NOK!


This is how you join; gather a team that is eager to sail a J/70, and … yes, well, an eager team is really all you need. It is possible to sail with your own J/70 boat, but this is not a requirement for all the races; The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club will have ready rigged boats available for certain races.


For each competition, there are also separate prizes worth fighting for.
Don’t miss your chance to join – we have limited spots available for each regatta. Good luck!

Du finner mer om Grundig Sailing Cup her…

Fastnet Race fulltegnet på 4 minutter

Mange regattaer sliter med sliter med synkende deltagerantall, men det ser ikke ut til å være et problem for Fastnet Race. 340 deltagere på 4 minutter må kunne sies å være ganske pent?

Entry into the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race surpassed expectation today in record-breaking time. The 340-boat limit was reached in just four minutes and 24 seconds setting a new record.


Within the first minute of the REMUS online entry system opening at midday today (Monday 9 January), the London and Cowes-based organising club had received a massive 222 entries. The frenetic trend continued for the next hour and into the afternoon, with entries streaming in from all around the world. Within an hour, nearly 400 boats had signed up for the biennial 603-nautical miler, which has been an established fixture on the ocean racing circuit since 1925.


Nick Elliott, RORC Racing explains his reaction to the phenomenal demand to enter this historic race:


‘The take-up of entries for the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race has been incredible. We expected to better the time it took to reach the limit in the last race of 24 minutes, but this is amazing. It just exemplifies how sought after the places in the race are and confirms that it is a real sporting institution; one which every sailor wants to tick off their personal ‘bucket list’.
‘Seven boats raced in the first race in 1925 and the founding members of the RORC and its flagship event would have been in awe of their creation with 340 boats signing up so quickly today. With all this interest, we expect a record-sized fleet to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, making the Rolex Fastnet Race by far the largest of the world’s classic 600-mile offshore races, in terms of participation. One not to be missed,’ continues Elliott.


The First 40, Lancelot II was the first boat to enter the race, signing up just 12 seconds after the online entry system opened. The next four boats entered shortly after: Arthur Logic, Pelgrim, Jolly Jack Tar and Moana.


Entries from 28 different nations have signed up and include; Great Britain, France (who have dominated the event in the recent years), Netherlands, Germany and USA, with an entry from Korea as well as from Australia and New Zealand.


The race has attracted the usual diverse fleet of yachts, from beautiful classics to some of the world’s fastest racing machines – and everything in between, racing in IRC or selected offshore classes such as IMOCA60, VOR65, Class40 and MOCRA Multihull.


The 47th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club will start in the Solent from Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday 6th August, finishing in Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, the symbol of the race located off the southern coast of Ireland.