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Shortly before this year’s particularly poignant Remembrance Day, which marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, we said goodbye to canal conservationist Sonia Rolt, who passed away on 22nd October 2014 aged 95.
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We have now reached Oriental in North Carolina, which is about 20 nm from Beaufort, mile 205 on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). From Beaufort you can leave the ICW and go out in the Atlantic, which we’ve met several boats that do, and which we also consider doing ourselves. We don’t sail more than 4-5 knot an hour, and we normally don’t sail more than 5-6 hours a day. Miami is at mile 1085, so with 25 nm a day, it’s a long way to Miami!
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Anne Caseneuve on her Trimaran ANEO wins the Rhum class with a 2 day lead on her rivals. There's now a real fight for 2nd, 3rd, 4th place with Sir Robin on Grey Power currently lying in third place.
The Rhum class is going to prove an exciting finish. Anne Caseneuve is a clear leader now 600 miles ahead of her nearest competitor and if she can keep damage free, then she should win the Rhum class on her trimaran. Fighting for second place are 4 competitors including Sir Robin on Grey Power.Here are the rankings so far...
This week we have made our start at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which is the Americans’ opportunity to sail inside the Atlantic coastline from Norfolk in the Chesapeake Bay to Key West on the southern tip of Florida - a total of app. 1300 miles. From Norfolk, which is Mile Zero on the ICW, you can either sail through the Virginia Cut or through the beautiful Dismal Swamp Canal with the catchy slogan. “Do the Dismal”.
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Loick Peyron who has won the Ultimate class for the 2014 Route Du Rhum with a new race record. Loick was the substitute Skipper who replaced Armel Le Cléac'h who was injured just prior to the race. He has dedicated the win to Banque Populaire's injured skipper who shared his strategies, technical data and practical tips when Loick took over the Banque Populaire for the race.
If people still believed that you would improve at your workplace by spending a challenging weekend in the woods, sleeping in bivouacs, and killing your own supper, cruisers should be at a premium at the labour market, when they return home. Sometimes it’s just like the challenges are lined up waiting for you to take care of it – also even though the challenges might be self-inflicted.
Conrad Humphreys the british Skipper from Plymouth, racing the Class 40 "Cat Phones" was making good progress, great speeds and caught up some miles, but then disaster struck when he was dismasted yesterday afternoon, putting him out of the race. A bitterly disappointed Conrad has received some diesel from a passing ship and is now heading for the Portuguese mainland.
We are really pleased to announce that the winners of the competition to win a Paddleboard at the recent Route Du Rhum event was won by...
Skippers and now getting into the rhythm at sea, sea sickness gone, first hot meals! Weather improving for the Ultimates. The Biscay and Portuguese Atlantic coast line is still seeing an unsettled south westerly airflow for the Class 40's, Rhum Class.
In the first three days about 15% of the race boats have entered port for repairs. Read the rules to understand what penalties they incur and how it works...
The Route du Rhum remains a tough race. 18 out of the 91 starters have either abandoned or fixing problems in port and will regroup as soon as the boat is repaired. North West winds up to gale force are expected for Cape Finistere later tonight. There has been a collection of Injury, two keels falling off Class 40's, Lightning strike, collision, structural damage, read on....
The first day of racing was difficult with squally conditions. The Skippers and crews have had a hectic last month preparing for the race. The first three days of the race will be the most difficult with the (TSS Traffic Separation Scheme Shipping Lanes), other competitors and the weather! Grey Power and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston headed North away from the pack into clearer waters and reefed sensibly down so as not to damage the boat at this early stage.
With strong wind conditions last night, now the front has passed through, winds have dropped, but still peaking at 40 knots, big confused seas. No Skippers were injured they are all safe. Read on for round up of the nights racing. Several skippers announced their retirement due to damage.
The Route du Rhum race started at 14.00 2 November 2014. Thirty minutes into the race a rain squall with heavy rain obliterated the fleet. Many boats were heavily reefed at the start of the race in anticipation of the squally weather.
As 10 days of the Route de Rhum Race Village draws to a close and the race gets underway we share a few videos of this weeks activity.
To get to Washington D.C. by boat, you need to sail about a 100 nautical miles up the Potomac River and the same 100 nautical miles down again to get back. If you leave the boat in Baltimore or Annapolis instead, it will take you only an hour by bus or train to get there.