THE DUTCH DUO ON SEC. HAYAI TAKE FOURTH OVERALL IN THE GOR
11 JUNE, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
At 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed, Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM ON PHESHEYA-RACING RIDE THE STORM INTO LES SABLES D’OLONNE
10 JUNE, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on Saturday 9 June (01:40:21 Sunday 10 June local), taking third place in the circumnavigation’s final leg and securing third place overall in the GOR after 30,000 miles and 168 days of racing around the planet spread over almost nine months since the start in Mallorca last September.
MARCO NANNINI TAKES SECOND IN THE GOR WITH CLASS40 FINANCIAL CRISIS
07 JUNE, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
With almost 40 knots blowing and an enormous swell rolling in from the Atlantic, the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the finish line of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) with Class40 Financial Crisis off the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne, taking second place overall in the fleet of the four remaining boats in the circumnavigation.
COLMAN AND CAVANOUGH WIN THE GOR WITH CESSNA CITATION
06 JUNE, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
After 150 days of racing around the planet, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place in Leg 5 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race (GOR) and have also won the circumnavigation event overall with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation.
STREAKING EAST TO THE FINISH
05 JUNE, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The leading Class40 in the Global Ocean Race (GOR) is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in Leg 5 from Charleston, USA, to Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and the two skippers, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, are flat lining east through the Bay of Biscay in following wind with just 137 miles remaining for Cessna Citation on Tuesday afternoon and an ETA at the finish line of mid-afternoon on Wednesday for the GOR’s overall winner.
EXITING THE GULF STREAM INTO FLATTER WATER
Nick Leggatt gets busy repairing the Solent headsail – Photo Phesheya-Racing
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24 MAY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
After five days of racing from Charleston, the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s are out of the Gulf Stream and heading deeper into the North Atlantic led by Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation holding an eight mile lead over Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo on Financial Crisis in second place – an 11-mile gain in 24 hours by the Italian-Slovak pursuers. Trailing Financial Crisis by 91 miles at 15:00 GMT on Thursday, Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt in third with the South African Class40 Phesheya-Racing have increased their separation over Nico and Frans Budel on Sec. Hayai following a tack north by the Dutch duo which took the team into light airs.
20 MAY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
CLASS40 FINANCIAL CRISIS GAMBLES WITH THE GULF STREAM
The first night at sea was wet and lumpy for the four Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s with a tough reintroduction to offshore racing following their stopover in Charleston, South Carolina, as the fleet sailed straight into headwinds as they cleared the coast of the USA.
CLASS40 FINANCIAL CRISIS TAKES SECOND PLACE IN CHARLESTON
02 MAY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 4 finish line at 04:22:59 GMT (00:22:59 local) with their Akilaria Class40 Financial Crisis securing second place just under 24 hours behind the Leg 4 winners, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation. Nannini and Frattaruolo took 29 days 10 hours 22 minutes and 50 seconds to complete the 5,700-mile course from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, South Carolina.
HAT TRICK FOR CESSNA CITATION IN GOR LEG 4
01 MAY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The Kiwi-Australian duo of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough took first place in Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to South Carolina with Akilaria RC2 Class40 Cessna Citation, crossing the finish line off Charleston at 05:45:00 GMT (01:54:00 local) on Tuesday morning. Colman and Cavanough took 28 days 11 hours and 45 minutes to complete the 5,700 miles from Uruguay to Charleston.
SURFING, EXPLODING SPINNAKERS AND 30-KNOT SQUALLS
23 APRIL, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The pack of three, Global Ocean Race (GOR), first generation Akilaria Class40s are hammering north towards the Caribbean reporting 20-knot surfs, exploding spinnakers and 30-knot squalls as the speed averages climb and the trade wind sailing fulfils its promise.
FULLY-CREWED DIVISION ANNOUNCED FOR THE GOR 2013-14
15 APRIL, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The double-handed Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s are currently picking up speed off Brazil in the 5,700-mile Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, USA, having completed around 23,000 miles of racing since the start in Palma, Mallorca, last September and have, so far, visited three stopovers in South Africa, New Zealand and South America.
SOUTH AFRICANS ARE UP TO SECOND, BUT AT A PRICE
09 APRIL, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
Picking their way through the oil and gas fields on the Brazilian continental shelf, the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s are pinned to the coast by light NNE wind and a foul current. The two leading Class40s, Cessna Citation of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough and Financial Crisis with Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo tacked away from the coast early, but the South Africans in third on Phesheya-Racing and the Dutch team on Sec. Hayai remained on starboard in the light winds from the north with the fickle breeze running parallel along the Brazilian coast making the teams struggle to keep the boats moving.
Light winds off the coast of Uruguay
03 April, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
After the busy build-up to the start of Global Ocean Race (GOR)Leg 4 from Punta del Este to Charleston, the four double-handed Class40 teams have made steady but slow progress over the first 24 hours along the coast of Uruguay led by Cessna Citation with the fleet spread over 15 miles.
Averaging under five knots just 13 miles from the coast at 16:00 GMT on Tuesday, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough are enjoying the comparatively relaxed sailing on Cessna Citation: “After the slightly manic 36 hours before the start it has actually been an idyllic start to the race as Scotty and I are still learning to sail with each other and slow speeds and light winds have made our first miles pass easily,” reported Colman on Tuesday afternoon.
INTO THE SOUTH ATLANTIC FOR THE GOR CLASS40S
02 APRIL, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
At 15:00 local (19:00 GMT) on Monday, the four Class40s in the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) crossed the Leg 4 start line in Punta del Este and are now heading for Charleston, South Carolina.
Throughout a windless and cloudless morning, the GOR teams continued to load their Class40s with the final necessities of fresh vegetables and bread on the shadeless pontoons in the blistering sun. At 13:00 local, the teams motored out of the marina to the Leg 4 start managed by Pablo Elola and Alvaro Robaina and their team from the Yacht Club Punta del Este with the line positioned between the Puerto Punta del Este harbour breakwater and the small, uninhabited island, Isla Gorriti, just minutes from the pre-race pontoons.
NICO BUDEL RE-JOINS THE GOR IN PUNTA DEL ESTE
15 MARCH, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
Dutch yachtsman and Global Ocean Race (GOR) entry, Nico Budel, sailed into Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 08:30 local (11:30 GMT) on Thursday morning following a single-handed, 29-day delivery from Cape Town, South Africa, with Class40 Sec. Hayai. “After 20 days, I thought it was getting close to the time to finish!” admits Budel who took first in class in the 2005 OSTAR after 22 days and took eighth out of 41 finishers in the solo leg of the 2011 AZAB Race. “But that was the only time I thought about it and the feeling soon passed,” he adds. “About two days ago I started to go a bit faster as I’ve never been to Punta del Este and was excited to get there and re-join the fleet.”
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THE SOUTH AFRICAN CLASS40 PHESHEYA-RACING COMPLETES THE PODIUM IN PUNTA
07 MARCH, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The South African duo of 45-year-old Nick Leggatt and 28-year-old Phillippa Hutton-Squire crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este in third place with their Akilaria Class40, Phesheya-Racing at 16:26:20 local (18:26:20 GMT) on Wednesday 7 March, taking 38 days 16 hours 26 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the 6,300-mile course from Wellington, New Zealand, to Uruguay.
SEVERE KNOCKDOWN FOR THE SOUTH AFRICANS
05 MARCH, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
With the arrival of Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon in Punta del Este on Sunday with Class40 Financial Crisis (watch a video of the finish here), one team remains racing in Leg 3 of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR).
At 15:00 GMT on Monday, the South African team of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire with Phesheya-Racing were 140 miles off the coast of South America with just under 400 miles remaining to the finish line in Uruguay after 36 days of racing from Wellington, New Zealand. Although weather files suggest that the duo has finally encountered tailwinds after a gruelling five days and around 700 miles of beating north from the Falkland Islands, the South Atlantic isn’t making the final stage of the leg comfortable.
MARCO NANNINI AND HUGO RAMON TAKE SECOND IN PUNTA
04 MARCH, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
The 33-year-old, Italian-Slovak skipper, Marco Nannini, and his 26-year-old Spanish co-skipper, Hugo Ramon, have taken second place in GOR Leg 3 with Class40 Financial Crisis, crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay at 08:54:20 local (10:54:20 GMT) on Sunday, completing the 6,300-mile leg through the Pacific and South Atlantic in 35 days 08 hours 54 minutes and 20 seconds.
Passing the island of Isla de Lobos three miles off the Uruguayan coast at sunrise, Financial Crisis beat into the channel between the Puerto de Punta del Este and Isla Gorriti, crossing the finish line as the city began to wake-up to a flawless, cloudless Sunday. Escorted into the marina by two RIBs from the Yacht Club Punta del Este (YCPE), Nannini and Ramon were welcomed by a crowd of well-wishers including the YCPE’s Secretary, Pablo Elola.
KELP-TROUBLE OFF THE FALKLANDS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM
01 MARCH, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
As Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Punta del Este finish line on Wednesday evening taking first place in Leg 3 with Class40 Cessna Citation, there was drama to the south off the Falkland Islands for Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya-Racing and some unusually civilised behaviour for Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon off the coast of Argentina with Financial Crisis.
CESSNA CITATION TAKES THE GUN IN PUNTA DEL ESTE
29 FEBRUARY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
After a slow final 24 hours crossing the 120-mile wide mouth of the Rio de la Plata, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in first place with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation at 18:37:30 local time on Wednesday 29 February (20:37:30 GMT). The 28 year-old Kiwi, Conrad Colman, and his 41 year-old South African co-skipper, Adrian Kuttel, took 31 days 18 hours 37 minutes and 30 seconds to complete the 6,300 mile course from Wellington, New Zealand, to Uruguay.
THE SOUTH AFRICANS ROUND CAPE HORN WITH CLASS40 PHESHEYA-RACING
27 FEBRUARY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
There are mixed fortunes for the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40 trio in the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean. Leading the fleet towards the Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Conrad Colman – who has just been made Seahorse Magazine’s Sailor of the Month – and his South African co-skipper, Adrian Kuttel, stayed in strong winds, but punishing seas, as they chased the low pressure eastwards into the South Atlantic with Cessna Citation, hanging onto the strong south-westerlies and attempting to avoid the light airs lurking in the system’s path.
CLASS40 FINANCIAL CRISIS IS AROUND CAPE HORN
24 FEBRUARY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
At 23:25 GMT on Thursday, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 56S with Class40 Financial Crisis. Racing 49 miles off the infamous outcrop at the southern tip of Chile, Financial Crisis is the second, double-handed, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40 to round the world’s most notorious cape.
The fact that Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel took line honours at the gate with Cessna Citation doesn’t diminish the immense achievement of racing only the fifth Class40 to sail through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn. “What a day!” exclaimed Nannini shortly after crossing the gate. “I think it will take me a while to fully process this fact, but I’m sure it’ll live in my thoughts for the rest of my life.”
NANNINI AND RAMON ARE NEXT UP FOR CAPE HORN
23 FEBRUARY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
Having crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday at the head of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel made a steep climb north-east out of the Southern Ocean with Class40 Cessna Citation. Leaving Cape San Juan at the eastern end of Isla de Los Estados to port almost 24 hours after rounding Cape Horn, Colman and Kuttel entered the South Atlantic on Thursday morning chased by the low pressure system they had outpaced at Cape Horn.
CLASS40 CESSNA CITATION ROUNDS CAPE HORN AT THE HEAD OF THE GOR FLEET
22 FEBRUARY, 2012 | by Oliver Dewar
In the middle of the Southern Ocean night at 06:25 GMT on Wednesday, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate with Class40 Cessna Citation at the head of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet.
The 28 year-old Kiwi, Colman, and his 41 year-old South African co-skipper, Kuttel, now join the ranks of Cape Horners and take the Felipe Cubillos Trophy in memory of the late Chilean yachtsman and skipper of the first Class40 to round Cape Horn in the 2008-09 GOR.