« Normandy Channel Race » : embarquement le 22 mai pour une course de haute voltige !
Les derniers préparatifs sont en cours à l’approche de la Normandy Channel Race, qui s’élancera le 22 mai prochain, au départ de Caen. Cette course laissera certainement peu de répit au duo féminin Stéphanie Alran et Caroline Vieille, engagé à bord du Pogo 40 « Ocean’s Eleven ».
Il suffit pour s’en convaincre d’observer le parcours. Une navigation de 1000 mille avec au menu, une succession de difficultés : Traversée de la Manche, navigation dans le Solent, négociation des courants de l’île de Wight, passage de la pointe de la Cornouaille, remontée de la mer Celtique vers Truskar Rock au sud est de l’Irlande, navigation côtière le long de la côte sud de l’Irlande, contournement du célèbre phare du Fastnet, nouvelle traversée de la Manche, slalom dans les îles Anglo normandes, et pour finir en beauté, passage du Raz Blanchard et de la pointe de Barfleur… Autant dire que nos deux concurrentes favorites ne vont pas chômer ! Continue reading
2010 was synonymous with the launch of this new demanding race, and it proved to be a big hit among the first participants. 2011 isn’t yet a fully matured year, but with an exceptionally high quality competitive line-up that is virtually double the size, it does reflect the interest that the concept inspires with racers from the Class40 and beyond. The event’s image has been strengthened and developed along its initial lines: an international meeting, a demanding race and course, an event carried by the Norman territory with numerous events on shore to welcome skippers.
It would certainly be hard to call the 2011 winner who will succeed Thomas Ruyant – Destination Dunkerque -, winner of the Route du Rhum the same year! Continue reading
NORMANDY CHANNEL RACE: DEFINITIVELY INTERNATIONAL !
With just days to go until the official closing of registration, the Normandy Channel Race boasts eighteen Class 40s (ten in 2010). Furthermore, the latest crew entries come as further proof that this race isn’t just reserved for Frenchies! With over half the participating duos having their roots overseas, this 2011 edition will be definitively international! Continue reading
The Weather Gods blessed St. Barthélemy from April 5 – 9, taking care to offer more than 400 competitors from 20 nations and on 48 yachts a week of perfect Caribbean sailing during the Les Voiles de St. Barth. Dominating the conditions were trade wind breezes that ranged from 17 – 32 knots, a fairly gentle Atlantic swell, and blue skies. After four days of intense racing, separated by one day reserved for competitors and friends to discover this quaint little corner of France, the second edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth seems to have etched out a place in the growing list of “must do” Caribbean events.
Like for many new regattas, the best growth is slow and steady. The first edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth, in 2010, had 23 yachts, while this year the fleet grew to 48, and with positive reports coming back from competing sailors, that number can only grow. “What’s not to like?” was the commonly asked rhetorical question. After winters in both the U.S. and Europe produced record snowfall and cold temperatures, an April trip to St. Barth was a no-brainer for most. Continue reading
As if to ensure that competitors had seen all the beaches and sights that St. Barth has to offer, race officers today sent the 48-boat Les Voiles de St. Barth fleet on its final circumnavigation counter-clockwise around the eight-square mile island: a 30-nautical mile course for the Maxis, and a 23-nautical mile course for the Racing, Racing Cruising, Classics, and Multihulls. This morning, rain clouds scudded over the island, which by the 1100 start time caused some impressive shifts in wind direction and velocity on the right side of the race course. Once around the southern end of the island, the boats were into a 17 knot east-southeasterly with a three-foot sea. While it qualified as the lightest wind speeds for the week, it still ranked as great sailing conditions. Continue reading
Update (March 2013): It came to our attention that the latest version of Splashtop Remote requires an Internet connection.
MaxSea International is pleased to announce that the Apple iPad makes the TimeZero family of software even better!
The MaxSea TimeZero MaxSea App for iPad is available now! This is a standalone app that lets the user navigate, create routes and more. You can find more information about this app here.
TimeZero is also available on the iPad through a special configuration. With PC management software and a WiFi access point, customers of MaxSea Time Zero are now using the software on Apple iPads as a remote screen.
Michel Desjoyeaux and François Gabart (Foncia) take the lead of the fleet on Monday morning at 06h in the Barcelona World Race, the non-stop round-the-world yacht race for crews of two.
Aboard Foncia, is the software MaxSea Time Zero, developed by MaxSea International, worldwide leader in marine navigation software. Following the extraordinary 2009 campaign with victories in the Vendee Globe and the Istanbul Europa Race on Foncia, MaxSea International has renewed its technical partnership with Team Mer Agitée of Michel Desjoyeaux.
We are proud to announce that MaxSea International will sponsor the second edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth also called the French West Indies Regatta, which is scheduled from the 4th to 9th April 2011.
MaxSea International will work with the race direction team by providing the complete navigation software MaxSea Time Zero and Mapmedia electronic charts that will allow real time monitoring of the fleet and up to date progress reports of the competition as it unfolds. Continue reading
User Testimony of MaxSea Time Zero Explorer
By Keith Johnson, Game Fisherman, Port Stephens
JN Taylor the Australian distributor for Furuno, Maxsea and other leading brands of marine electronics was once again in 2009 the major sponsor for the largest offshore game fishing tournament in the southern hemisphere – the 2009 NSW Riviera Interclub . The Interclub event runs over 10 days at the end of February each year and is as much a festival for life around the water as a fishing tournament. Hosted at the picturesque coastal holiday town of Port Stephens on the Central coast of New South Wales two hours drive North of Sydney, the local fishing grounds are world renowned for proving one of the most consistent fisheries for all species of Marlin.