The Ocean Race Leg 5: Newport RI to Aarhus DK


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After beating mono record outright the next rung on the record ladder is harder.
Up to 60 foot category. 667nm, Banque Populaire 60ft Trimaran, Pascal Bidegorry in 2007
It makes me remember that Kevin was onboard during the outright multi record run (they raised it to 907nm, with Bidégorry as skipper/program-head, Kevin was still head of the design office of the sailing team).
It was on the exact same ocean area (almost fifteen years ago).
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despacio avenue

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On board 11th Hour:

The 2 Charlie’s (in unison): “Uh oh/ mon dieux!! I smell a very strong whiff of smokey fish”.

Armory Ross: “Yes, it is that damn smoked tinned fish of Kevin’s. Abby brings it for him anf hides it around the boat to give to him when he gets stressed which Sam Goodchild says is all the time. I suspect she brought some extra for Charles who is also pretty tightly wired and for Yuan who is also French…They are getting closer so it is just going to get worse.Maybe there is some whale blubber stuck to our boat that we can send their way. It really smells terrible. “

The Charlie’s: “Mai oui!!”


At 1541 UTC on Thursday, May 25, while racing in Leg 5 of The Ocean Race, 11th Hour Racing Team activated its Hazard Button to alert Race Control and the wider fleet they had hit something, suspected to be a marine mammal or megafauna.

The Team was in the mid-North Atlantic Ocean at 52°N, 35°W – approximately 750 nautical miles [863 miles/1,389 km] off the coast of Newfoundland, sailing at 29 knots [33mph/54 kmph], in 28+ knots [32 mph/52 kmph] of wind speed – some of the fastest conditions yet seen in the race.

The impact was sudden, and the crew onboard were thrown forward, causing two injuries onboard. Trimmer Charlie Dalin (FRA) has a suspected mild concussion, and Media Crew Member Amory Ross (USA) has injured his shoulder. The Race’s on-call Doctor – Dr. Spike Briggs – has spoken to the sailors onboard the boat by satellite phone. Dr. Briggs has prescribed painkillers, bunk rest, and plenty of water to hydrate, and is monitoring the situation closely. The two sailors are reported to be comfortable, and their next of kin have been informed.

The crew are all very shaken by the incident and will follow best practices, reporting the suspected strike to the International Whaling Commission.

After the incident, the crew slowed the boat down to conduct checks: the boat, as far as they can visually assess, has no damage.

The three other sailors onboard are all uninjured. Skipper Charlie Enright (USA), Navigator Simon Fisher (GBR), and Trimmer Justine Mettraux (SUI) – will continue to race the boat towards their final destination – Aarhus, Denmark.


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About 11th, quite amazing if the boat didn't suffer any damage after a collision at 27 knts or something. Would be interesting to know where was the impact, and hope Charlie and Amory are recovering fast !


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A headline in today’s NYT: “Orcas Sank 3 Boats in Southern Europe in the Last Year, Scientists Say” (paywall)
Revenge! It’s really quite reckless to have these boats careening out of control at 30 knots slaughtering marine life all over the globe. They’re like a fleet of Ferraris driving a top speed through a school zone. The golden globe race is much more responsible in this regard.
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huey 2

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TEST: ALUULA Durlyte is tested during The Ocean Race on board Biotherm.

TEST: ALUULA Durlyte is tested during The Ocean Race on board "Biotherm". Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race

Better protection for sails​

New material can provide a lighter sail, with a longer lifespan.​

PUBLISHED Wednesday 24 May 2023 - 18:00
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A Canadian company has developed a light and strong film that will give sails superb protection in places where wear and tear easily occurs. French Incidence Sails are the first to use the technology, and have been testing it for two years.

The Ocean Race​

"Biotherm" is the only boat in The Ocean Race that does not use sails from North Sails. "Biotherm" has sails from French Incidence Sails who have also developed a technology similar to Norths Sails 3di. "Biotherm" uses the protective film from ALUULA Composites on its sails. Such protection is provided where the sail rubs against row supports and rigging.
The material should make sails lighter and provide a longer lifespan.
PRODUCTION: ALUULA Durlyte in use on the sail loft of Incidence Sails

PRODUCTION: ALUULA Durlyte in use on the sail loft of Incidence Sails
STRONG: ALUULA Durlyte has a core of UHMWPE, a light and super strong material.

STRONG: ALUULA Durlyte has a core of UHMWPE, a light and super strong material.

Light and strong​

ALUULA Durlyte must have ten times better wear resistance than competing materials, and at the same time have minimal friction. The light and strong film can also be recycled.
ALUULA Durlyte is built up of layers, and has a core of UHMWPE, or Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. We recognize the abbreviation from Dyneema, which is a protected trademark.
The material does not absorb water, nor will bacteria grow on it.
ALUULA Durlyte should also be suitable for Wingfoiling and Kite.