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.