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Total: 61 article(s)
22/12/2007
 
Clap de fin
21/12/2007
 
Rich Wilson and Derek Hatfield round off the Transat Ecover BtoB
A relieved Rich Wilson crossed the finish line in Port-La-Forêt this Friday at 13:22:34 UTC and an exhausted Derek Hatfield followed suit at 16:20:21 UTC to take a much deserved 11th and 12th place respectively. With Dee Caffari arriving safely in La Coruna at 203...
20/12/2007
 
Prochaine diffusion TV de la Transat ECOVER BtoB
19/12/2007
 
Jean Baptiste Dejeanty home, Dee Caffari (Aviva) under tow, Rich Wilson and Derek Hatfield due in later this Friday...
Jean Baptiste Dejeanty timed his finish to perfection tonight off Port la Forêt, arriving midway through the prize-giving ceremony for this Transat Ecover BtoB at 20h 21' 45'' UTC, after 20 days 06 hours, 21 minutes and 45 seconds of racing at an average speed of ...
19/12/2007
 
Explanation from Dee Caffari
After dismasting this Wednesday morning, 160 miles to the North West of La Coruna, Aviva has been trying to shelter from the 45 knot gales currently being served up in the Bay of Biscay. Dee Caffari looks back at the incident...
19/12/2007
 
Dismasting of Aviva
British sailor Dee Caffari indicated this Wednesday morning to the Race Management of the Transat Ecover-BtoB that she had just dismasted. Fortunately the pieces of mast have not damaged the hull and the sailor is not in danger, 140 miles NW of Cape Finisterre.
18/12/2007
 
Arnaud 'Cali' Boissières alongside
Arnaud Boissières finally made land this Tuesday at 14h 57' 26'' UTC after 19 days 57 minutes 26 seconds of racing. The Arcachon sailor nicknamed "Cali" thus realises his aim at the start in Salvador de Bahia: qualifying for the next Vendée Globe...
17/12/2007
 
Cervin EnR at Port la Forêt
Yannick Bestaven crossed the finish line off Port la Forêt at 14h 57' 48'' UTC, after 18 days 57 minutes and 48 secondes. Cervin EnR made a remarkable entrance into the bay of Port la Forêt, arriving in daylight in a fabulous winter light!
17/12/2007
 
Sam's wave...
The entertainer of this Transat Ecover BtoB, not just on the water, since Samantha Davies takes seventh place, but also during the radio session and via her wealth of photo and video images sent from onboard, the young British skipper looks back at her 4,120 mile course...
17/12/2007
 
Sam has arrived
The young British skipper crossed the finish line off Port La Forêt this Monday morning at 7 hours 38 minutes 46 seconds UTC, after 17 days 17 hours 38 minutes and 46 seconds of racing. Roxy thus takes seventh place in the Transat Ecover-BtoB.
15/12/2007
 
The end draws ever closer this Sunday 16th December...
The remaining fleet still racing to the finish of the Transat Ecover BtoB are making good headway now, albeit in stronger but shiftier winds and an icy cold. Early tomorrow morning, British skipper Samantha Davies (Roxy) and French sailor Yannick Bestaven (Cervin EnR) s...
15/12/2007
 
Long final stretch for Bernard Stamm, 6th
Cheminées Poujoulat crossed the finish line at 06h 24' 34'' UTC this Saturday morning after a long beat from the Raz de Sein, the E'ly breeze dropping right off inopportunely throughout the night. Bernard Stamm thus takes sixth place after 15 days 16 hours 24 min...
14/12/2007
 
Safran fifth
Marc Guillemot arrived in Port La Forêt on Friday night at 22 h 25' 44'' UTC after 15 days 08 hours 25 minutes 44 seconds at sea. Safran finished off the race in an E'ly breeze, beating from Penmarc'h to the Beg Meil signal station Brittany. This slowed the skippe...
14/12/2007
 
A great average!
On the occasion of this Transat Ecover-BtoB between Salvador de Bahia and Port la Forêt, the solo sailors have demonstrated that the new 60 foot prototypes are extremely fast, even against the wind: an average of 12.95 knots across the water for the winner, and a ...
14/12/2007
 
Eliès in Port la Forêt (Press Conference Quotes from the top 4 below)
Yann Eliès concludes his first single-handed transatlantic race in fourth place in the Transat Ecover-BtoB, finishing at 09h 22' 02'' UTC in a time of 14 days 19 hours 22 minutes 02 seconds. The skipper of Generali benefited from a good SE'ly all the way to the f...
14/12/2007
 
Michel Desjoyeaux, initial reactions
It was a serene Michel Desjoyeaux who made Port-la-Forêt in the early hours. Happy to have been able to save his mast following his collision with a local trawler, but above all convinced of the pertinence of his choices in view of the next Vendée Globe...
14/12/2007
 
Kito de Pavant, first thoughts
It was a visibly happy Kito de Pavant who arrived in Port la Forêt earlier this morning. Satisfied with his performance, his boat and his ranking, which place him between two giants of ocean racing.
14/12/2007
 
Gitana Eighty first, Groupe Bel second, Foncia third
Kito de Pavant has taken second place in the Transat Ecover-BtoB by crossing the finish line in Port la Forêt, Brittany at 02 hours 22 minutes 49 seconds UTC this Friday. He concedes three hours, nine minutes, forty nine seconds to the event winner, Loïck Pey...
14/12/2007
 
Foncia hits a fishing boat
Whilst Loïck Peyron was approaching the finish line off the Beg Meil signal station, NW France, the coastguard indicated to the Race Management of the Transat Ecover-BtoB that Foncia had hit a little boat off Penmarc'h.
14/12/2007
 
Loïck Peyron winner
Gitana Eighty arrived in Port la Forêt this Thursday at 23h 13' 25'' UTC after fourteen days, nine hours, thirteen minutes twenty-five seconds of racing. Loïck Peyron thus takes victory in his first single-handed transatlantic race aboard his new monohull des...
13/12/2007
 
Nocturnal arrival
Loïck Peyron is expected to win the Transat Ecover BtoB tonight, probably after midnight UTC. The victory of the skipper of Gitana Eighty no longer seems to be in any doubt, but Kito de Pavant and Michel Desjoyeaux will finish very close together, second place stil...
13/12/2007
 
On the homeward straight
No initiative for this final sprint to the finish in Port la Forêt: the direct course is the only possible option and Loïck Peyron shouldn't be worried now about being the first to cross the finish line tonight. The duel between Kito de Pavant and Michel Desj...
12/12/2007
 
Minefield
Whilst the three leaders are approaching the Spanish coast, a new danger has emerged ahead of their bows: unidentified floating objects which have been ripped off the cargo ships during the storms off Brittany last Sunday... Though Loïck Peyron is still maintaining...
12/12/2007
 
Off Finisterre
Whilst the leader Loïck Peyron is still managing to contain and even extend his lead over the duo hot on his tail, the leading group are approaching the Spanish tip. The chasing pack meantime are only at the Azores, level with Madeira...The weather situation over t...
11/12/2007
 
Brise de glisse
11/12/2007
 
Hanging a right!
With less than three days until the first finishers make it to Port la Forêt, the leading group has hung a right on a direct course to Brittany in NW France. Damage is continuing to affect the solo sailors, like Michel Desjoyeaux, who is experiencing bowsprit prob...
10/12/2007
 
Madeira sauce
The sailing conditions have considerably improved for the thirteen solo sailors still racing, following a weakening of the Azores High as it shifts over towards Cape Finisterre. And though Loïck Peyron is maintaining his lead over Kito de Pavant and Michel Desjoyea...
10/12/2007
 
The Azores breeze
The top trio in the Transat Ecover BtoB have just a thousand miles to go until they reach Port la Forêt. And though the podium is virtually set, the hierarchical order is still very uncertain. Behind the leaders, the battle looks set to rage between the three othe...
09/12/2007
 
Transition
There are only thirteen still racing in the Transat Ecover BtoB, following Armel Le Cléac'h, it was the turn of Mike Golding to throw in the towel, to his bitter disappointment, following an overabundance of electrical issues. And though Loick Peyron is still lea...
09/12/2007
 
Decision time
At the approach to the Azores, the solo sailors in the Transat Ecover BtoB have some decisions to make. The first is associated with which course to adopt in a bid to negotiate the transition zone as best they can and hook onto the downwind conditions, which are set to...
09/12/2007
 
Retirement of Mike GOLDING in the Transat ECOVER BtoB
Following considerable damage and technical problems, the British sailor, MIKE GOLDING was forced to retired from the TRANSAT ECOVER BtoB last night, after 9 days of racing. At the 1700 UTC ranking yesterday he was positioned in 7th place. Please see the details below.
08/12/2007
 
Limping through the tradewinds
After reading the latest rankings from the Transat Ecover-BtoB, it would seem obvious that several monohulls have been experiencing more or less serious damage over the past few days. The radio session confirmed this impression for Marc Guillemot, Yann Eliès, Jea...
08/12/2007
 
Keel locked on Safran
Around 0700 UTC Marc Guillemot contacted his shore crew to inform them of the damage that had occured an hour earlier: breakage of the keel cyclinder shaft. Marc has repaired it by locking the keel in its axis and continuing towards Brittany and La Forêt-Fouesnant...
08/12/2007
 
Single file...
At the end of the ninth day of racing for the fourteen solo sailors still racing, the trajectories have closed together markedly in the E'ly tradewinds, which are easing progressively. Loïck Peyron has made the most of the situation to break away again but at over ...
07/12/2007
 
Triumvirate!
It’s a capital moment after eight days at sea since Yann Eliès, Marc Guillemot and Loïck Peyron are now positioned virtually the same distance from the goal, Port la Forêt, now 1,950 miles ahead! Behind this trio, the pressure is on there too, with a g...
07/12/2007
 
High pressure in the anticyclone
Though Loïck Peyron is still leading in the Transat Ecover-BtoB as he sails between Cape Verde and the Canaries, the skipper of Gitana Eighty is having to withstand increasing pressure from Marc Guillemot and Yann Eliès... as well as Kito de Pavant and Miche...
06/12/2007
 
Carried by the wind...
The weather conditions have become more difficult over the past few hours with the arrival of stronger E to NE'ly tradewinds, which sometimes exceed thirty knots. Under reduced sail area, the fourteen solo sailors are lying low whilst Armel Le Cléac'h is motoring...
06/12/2007
 
The long route...
After the retirement of Brit Air yesterday following its dismasting, the fourteen solo sailors still racing are now heading due North to traverse the Southern edge of the Azores High. A very long tack without any particular climatic change, the only really difference be...
05/12/2007
 
Tradewinds and dismasting
Armel Le Cleac'h is heading towards the Cape Verde archipelago after dismasting shortly before lunchtime UTC, whilst sailing in the tradewinds again. Pretty much all the fleet in the Transat Ecover BtoB have hit the trades now, with Loick Peyron leading the way and head...
05/12/2007
 
Dismasting of BRIT AIR (Lunchtime Radio Session Quotes below)
"It was at 1130 UTC this Wednesday 5th December that Armel Le Cléac’h contacted his shore crew and sponsor to alert them about the dismasting of his 60' monohull. The damage occurred prior to midday whilst BRIT AIR, 5th in the Transat B to B, was sailing und...
05/12/2007
 
Atlantic Orbital
The leading group in the Transat Ecover BtoB has escaped the doldrums: Loïck Peyron is leading the dance in a fifteen knots NE'ly, a sign that the tradewinds have now kicked in. The chasing pack led by Sam Davies should extract themselves from the Inter-Tropical Co...
04/12/2007
 
Anything that can go wrong...
Exit the tunnel, get out of the doldrums, extract yourself from the light conditions, bring this meteorological magma to an end, this is the leitmotif for the fifteen solo sailors in the Transat Ecover-BtoB, who are all caught in the clutches of this climatic ‘octopus’....
04/12/2007
 
Audacity prevails
You just have to look at the speeds and trajectories of the competitors in the Transat Ecover B to B to understand that the doldrums is exactly as they'd feared. Active, unpredictable, it seems to be working well for Marc Guillemot to the West and Michel Desjoyeaux. Tim...
03/12/2007
 
Coloured by doubt?
The top eight in the Transat Ecover- BtoB are already in the doldrums, or its beginnings at least, enveloped by sombre cumulo-nimbus, a watery sun if they're lucky, a slowly easing breeze and stifling heat... And though there are only 3000 miles to go until Port La Fore...
03/12/2007
 
Eyes heavenwards
There has been a big acceleration at the front of the Transat Ecover-BtoB on this fourth day of racing: the seven leaders and their closest rivals are already into the Northern hemisphere, the frontrunners having crossed the equator at around midnight. On the horizon, t...
02/12/2007
 
Doldrums abound!
"Sunday at the equator": the story behind the Transat Ecover-BtoB is a simple one on this the fourth day of racing! Up front, the two leaders are making over 14 knots on a NNE'ly heading with the tradewinds on their beam, just a few miles ahead of six other so...
02/12/2007
 
Equator ahoy!
Whilst a fifteen knot tradewind are still present in the East, the fleet of the Transat Ecover BtoB is gently lengthening its stride as it distances itself from the Brazilian coast. Calm conditions and a suffocating heating mark the end of this third day of racing with ...
02/12/2007
 
Les Grands Taiseux
01/12/2007
 
Hot inside!
The fleet of the Transat Ecover-BtoB has split into two groups after 48 hours of racing: the first is bunched tightly together for a passage of the equator scheduled for Sunday evening, the second already stretches back from Maisonneuve and latecomer Aviva...
01/12/2007
 
Skirting under Brazil
The fifteen monohulls in the Transat Ecover-BtoB have reaped the benefits of an E'ly wind shift to skirt the tip of Recife. The top eight are now making over eleven knots of boatspeed en route to the equator, with the pace set to pick up still further...
30/11/2007
 
Little train
In an established fifteen to twenty knot E-NE tradewind, the fleet in the Transat Ecover-BtoB are making an average of ten knots of boatspeed towards the equator. The fifteen solo sailors are looking forward to the wind clocking round to the East, which will enable them...
30/11/2007
 
Cosy night
The fifteen monohulls have spent a fairly calm first night in a tradewind, which is gradually building as the fleet gain easting: the opportunity to change tack and target the tip of Recife. Bernard Stamm has gained control over the fleet, though his fellow solo sailors...
30/11/2007
 
Aviva est reparti
29/11/2007
 
A start is born
28/11/2007
 
Crunch time approaches
1400 GMT tomorrow will see fifteen solo sailors begin fifteen days at sea: the Transat Ecover-BtoB will set off on Thursday 29th November from Salvador de Bahia for 4,200 miles, destination Port la Forêt, Brittany, NW France. The state of play a day from the start...
27/11/2007
 
Back to normal
After a Transat Jacques Vabre characterised by some unusual weather conditions across the Atlantic, the situation is gradually returning to normal and the fifteen monohulls who are going to take the start on Thursday 29th November will have some choices to make after th...
26/11/2007
 
Step by step
4,200 miles lay ahead of the competitors racing between Brazil and Brittany: the fifteen solo sailors who set out on Thursday 29th November off the Bahia Yacht Club will have to be prepared for a varied course which will include a passage of the equator, then the doldru...
25/11/2007
 
In line of sight
Competitors above all else! The majority of competitors in this return single-handed transatlantic race would have us believe that their goal above all else is to get back to Europe, qualify for the race and validate a few modifications in view of the Vendée Glob...
24/11/2007
 
Race start set for November 29th
Following discussions with the fifteen representatives of the Imoca monohulls, the Race Management of the Transat Ecover-BtoB has fixed the start off the Salvador de Bahia Yacht Club late morning on 29th November. This 4,200 mile course bound for the Forêt-Fouesna...
15/11/2007
 
The battle ahead
A single-handed transatlantic race reserved for Imoca monohulls, the new race between Brazil and Brittany - The Transat B to B – looks like bringing together over half of the contenders from the forthcoming Vendée Globe. More than 4000 miles to sail between Salv...
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09/11/2007
 
Ecover, new title partner
Ecover become the main title partner for the race, which will now called the Transat Ecover-BtoB. A sponsorship agreement was signed between the organisers and Ecover, who will now join forces with the institutional partners of Finistère, the Breton Region and th...
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