• Overnight blast in the Groupama Race
    06 - 20 - 2018

     Overnight blast in the Groupama Race

    1400hrs, 19 June 2018 Overnight fresh sou’east breezes along the New Caledonian east coast gusting to 35 knots changed the momentum and mood in the Groupama Race and the fleet welcomed the 12-hour adrenaline hit.  By mid-morning the wind tapered off leaving the slower boats to resume their struggle, two more falling by the way. Notorious from New Zealand and Sticky from Australia advised the race committee…
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  • Daily Report - Start - D1
    06 - 19 - 2018

     Daily Report - Start - D1

    The fleet of 23 boats sailing for New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand enjoyed morning easterly winds and beautiful sunshine for the start of the Groupama Race 2018. Ran Tan led the colourful procession past the spectators on land and aboard leisure craft before heading out to open water and south, where the NZ 52-footer Miss Scarlet made their move.
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  • Groupama 2018 – a big boat race 
    06 - 18 - 2018

     Groupama 2018 – a big boat race 

    The leaders in the New Caledonia Groupama Race are stretching away from those stuck in the glue-pot further south, further cementing the sixth edition of the biennial offshore event in the South Pacific as a big boat race. Three groups have appeared in the now 21-boat fleet – the frontrunners in 12 knots of ENE breeze, the middle group transitioning into breeze and the bulk…
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  • Red goes faster in the New Caledonia Groupama Race 
    06 - 18 - 2018

     Red goes faster in the New Caledonia Groupama Race 

    1030hrs, 18 June 2018 New Zealand’s red-hulled Miss Scarlet is charging north along the eastern side of the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia and holding a 10 nautical mile gap over their fellow Kiwis on Ran Tan in the 654 nautical mile Groupama Race. The premier yachting event for the region began on Sunday June 17 for the mixed fleet of 23 sailing for French New…
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  • Groupama Race start in paradise
    06 - 18 - 2018

     Groupama Race start in paradise

    The sixth New Caledonia Groupama Race for a fleet of 23 boats started in a balmy paradise, the procession of multihulls and monohulls setting off to complete an inshore triangle along the spectator zone before Brian Peterson’s Elliott 50 Ran Tan led them out of the lagoon to open water. Chest-beating began immediately after the start gun, Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 Patrice (AUS) and Graeme…
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