• Groupama Race 2018: “yacht racing at its best”
    06 - 25 - 2018

     Groupama Race 2018: “yacht racing at its best”

    24 June 2018 An international fleet of 23 monohulls and multihulls began their Groupama Race 2018 quest on Sunday June 17 at 10.20am Noumea time, completing an inshore triangle up close to the thousands of spectators on private boats and along the foreshore, then making for open ocean. Two days’ later four skippers had made the tough decision to withdraw for reasons of seasickness and lack…
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  • Daily Report - D4
    06 - 22 - 2018

     Daily Report - D4

    The Groupama Race line honours trophy goes to New Zealand 52-footer Miss Scarlet with Franck Cammas as guest crew. Tony Kirby’s Australian boat Patrice is looking good on handicap in both the ORC and IRC standings and if the Sydney crew win, they will dedicate their victory to Tony’s mother-in-law, who sadly passed away during the race. Meanwhile most of the fleet are now on…
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  • Daily report - D3
    06 - 22 - 2018

     Daily report - D3

    There is terrible seasickness for the skipper of Speed Marine and the wind drops out for the backmarkers in the Groupama Race fleet. We are lucky to get a tour of Miss Scarlet, declared the line honours winner on Wednesday after an epic battle with Ran Tan II and Patrice, and French crewman Alan gives us some insight into life on board an international ocean-racer.
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  • Groupama Race continues to challenge tail-enders
    06 - 22 - 2018

     Groupama Race continues to challenge tail-enders

    1730hrs, 21 June 2018 The last five yachts still on the track in the multinational Groupama Race continue to face the toughest battles in the 654 nautical mile race around New Caledonia which began on Sunday June 17 off the capital Noumea. Injecting some humour into the closing hours as fatigue sets in for both competitors still racing and organisers, race director Denis Thompson says…
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  • Patrice’s crew dedicate Groupama Race glory
    06 - 21 - 2018

     Patrice’s crew dedicate Groupama Race glory

    Tony Kirby dedicated his boat’s IRC and ORC win in the Groupama Race around New Caledonia to his mother in law, who passed away during the 654 nautical mile ocean race, the South Pacific’s premier offshore event. “I’m ecstatic,” Kirby said at Port Moselle marina on Wednesday June 20, adding with emotion, “my wife Blis and daughter had to quickly fly out during the race…
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