50 ans après sa première édition, la mythique Golden Globe Race est de retour !

Il faut remonter quelques années en arrière pour se remémorer l’incroyable exploit de Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. C’est plus exactement en 1969 que ce jeune navigateur anglais, alors âgé de 27 ans, réalise le premier tour du monde à la voile, en solitaire, sans escale et sans assistance de l’histoire ! Première compétition du genre, la course est rapidement devenue populaire. Non seulement en raison de la prouesse du navigateur britannique Knox-Johnston, mais également par le destin tragique de l’un des participants, Donald Crowhurst.

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Pour célébrer le cinquantième anniversaire de la première Golden Globe Race (GGR), une nouvelle édition voit le jour cette année. Au départ des Sables d’Olonne, près de 15 navigateurs vont s’élancer pour un tour de monde hors du commun. En effet, l’ensemble des participants va devoir naviguer dans les mêmes conditions de l’époque : bateaux anciens aux dimensions limitées, appareils de navigation minimes, outils de communication rudimentaires, …

Dans cet article, nous vous présentons le parcours, le règlement ainsi que les navigateurs qui participeront à la GGR 2018. Coup d’envoi le 1er juillet prochain !

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TZ Ambassador Jonathan Chodkiewiez debrief from the Mini Transat 2017

One year ago we presented TIMEZERO Ambassador, Jonathan Chodkiewiez. He is a seasoned sailor who grew up sailing. In this interview, Jonathan presents the reasons why he chose TIMEZERO for race preparations and days out at sea. He races in the Mini class and he recently completed the Mini Transat in 2017 for the first time!

In that race he came home in a respectable 12th out of 25 participants in 16 days and 16 hours of non-stop racing. The race starts in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands and ends at the port of Le Marin in Martinique.

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TIMEZERO Ambassador, Manfred Rampascher’s Sirius Events overseeing Martinique Flying Regatta

Around a year ago today, we presented Sirius Events, a French event organizer for international sailing events. Created by Manfred Rampascher more than 10 years ago, Sirius Events is dedicated to enabling the best races around the world to thrive.

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This year, Sirius Events has added the Martinique Flying Regatta to their roster of events. On the 17-24 November, this exclusive foiling competition will take place in the bay of Fort-de-France with 5 different boat categories, 1 windsurf category and one kitesurf category.

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Spindrift 2 falls short at final hurdle

Spindrift 2 have failed to beat the Jules Verne around the world record falling agonizingly short. A message posted on their Facebook page let their fans know that at the final furlong, the weather had not been kind. Banque Populaire V’s record was off the books. Within the brief message they showed the spirit that exists within the close knit team and talked about the adventure in itself being their ultimate goal but still, they must be bitterly disappointed to have got so close.

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Yann Guichard, Skipper of Spindrift 2

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Team Ashram Qualifies for World Marlin Championships in Costa Rica!

MaxSea is proud to be a partner of The Ashram Fishing Team. This Australian-based team recently participated in the “Seasport Charters Marlin Cup,” using MaxSea TimeZero PLOT on board. Here is their account of how the tournament went.

The team is made up of Sangeeta Menon, Andy Ziepe, Mark Jarrett and Rhyss Whittred. The Seasport Charters Marlin Cup was hosted by the Perth Game Fishing Club in Jurien Bay, and ran from February 20-23rd.

Jurien Bay is approx. 400km north of Team Ashram’s home port and boasts some excellent game fishing species. The winner of this tournament receives an invite to compete in the Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica for 2015.

Rhyss Whittred gives us his account of the tournament:

Team Ashram's boat“For our team this was the first major tournament we had competed in since I purchased my Wellcraft 270 and revamped the electronics to include Maxsea TimeZero PLOT and Furuno’s latest technology. I can’t say how keen we were to compete and in fact one of the teams there had the reigning world champion angler on board Valkoista (Craig White).

It was a 3 day tournament with your 2 best days fishing score counting towards overall championship points. The night before the tournament commenced I downloaded the latest Maxsea weather file and carefully worked out our fishing plan in line with sea surface temp, currents and plankton.

We headed out and had a cracker of a day. The Maxsea oceanic data was spot on and my team was fantastic with their art of angling and we managed Southern Blue Fin, Striped and Yellowfin Tuna to give us some great points of 2,850 points and our nearest competitors were on 375 points.

Saturday dawned and I planned to go to the same area north where we had done so well Team Ashramthe day before. Alas, the water temperature was down 2 degrees, with no bait and no birds. We could hear others on the radio with great fishing results. Unfortunately I had left my mobile phone at the hotel and couldn’t download a current weather file. We were now at a complete low and did not turn a reel for the day.

The next morning I was up very early and downloaded the weather file and made a plan of attack. In fact the good water and temperature breaks we had 2 days before where now 40kms south of Jurien and we needed to get among it. With the early start we got down there in time for lines in at 6am and once again we tagged our limit of tuna and returned to port.

The scoring by other teams was very good and it was an absolute pleasure to have revealed that the Ashram Team picked up Champion Boat, Champion Female Angler, Runner Up Male Angler and Champion Tag and Release.

So my friends at Maxsea, I thank you all for your cutting edge technology and how it all worked in so well with my Furuno equipment and helping us to win this tournament.”

– Rhyss Whittred

Thanks Rhys! And best of luck for the World Marlin Championships in Costa Rica!

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Boat Racing for Dummies!

Henri Antoine is an International Race Officer at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This week, he tells us about a recent boat racing training session that was organised for newcomers to sailing racing: Racing for Dummies!

The first ‘Racing for Dummies’ training session was held in Dunkerque, Northen France on Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the premises of the North Sea Yacht Club.

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A poster advertising “Racing for Dummies” training session

This event was designed to encourage boaters to take part in boat races. Boaters often want to race but are apprehensive about beginning. It is a fear of not understanding how it is done, or looking ridiculous in comparison to more seasoned competitors.

Thierry Maurick, Chairman of YCMN, (the North Sea Yacht Club) immediately found the idea interesting and fun. It was a way to bring a new audience to boat racing without any pressure in a relaxed setting. Hence the idea of the event title “For Dummies”.

The goal: to demystify and “play down” boat racing, which many people believe to be more complicated than it is.

Participants in this Dunkirk training session really enjoyed it and the event was very successful. To make it as accessible as possible, many concrete examples, diagrams and pictures were used.

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GRIB weather files overlaid on the chart in MaxSea TimeZero

MaxSea TimeZero was used to demonstrate how coastal routes can be easily viewed. In coastal routes in areas where marine navigation is tricky, this helped participants to quickly understand how to approach this type of race. They learned how to read and understand nautical charts in a practical way.

The participants really liked how easy it was to integrate wind information (using GRIB files in TimeZero) and tidal current data. These types of information are of course, very important for boat racing.

There was positive feedback from participants, and another session in mid-May is planned.

This was a great initiative – thanks Henri!

For more information about ISAF, please click here.

To find out more about the North Sea Yachting Club in Dunkerque, France, see their website.

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Team Jolokia on TV: Sailors like no Others!

On February 1st, the French TV channel TF1 broadcast a special report named “Sailors like no others”*. The show was presented by well-known French television personality Claire Chazal and gives us a recap of the 2013 season for Team Jolokia: their crew selections and the Rolex Fastnet Race.

*Original title: “Des marins pas comme les autres”

Team Jolokia is a MaxSea partner, and this sailing team has recently been receiving increased media attention. This is due in part to the fact that this successful team comprises twenty-five people from different backgrounds, including seniors, young people, men, women, able-bodied or disabled.

For more than 30 minutes, the camera recounts an intense year of emotion: Tour de Belle -Ile, Armen Race, Record SNSM, and finally the race of the year: the Rolex Fastnet Race! We are shown several moments experienced by the crew of novices, for better or for worse!

The report also immerses us in the personal lives of these amateurs: envy, challenge or discovery, they reveal why they signed up for this unique adventure.
We also see beautiful landscapes at sea and ashore. The crew shows us their desire to excel to achieve a common goal.

This TV show can be viewed in French by clicking here.

A report by Aurélie Saillard and Robert Iséni
Production: GEDEON Programmes
Editing: Manuel Odinet

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Well done, Team Jolokia on this great TV report!

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