The most westerly team in the Antigua Bermuda Race is Arnt Bruhn's German Class40 Iskareen © Ted Martin

The most westerly team in the Antigua Bermuda Race is Arnt Bruhn’s German Class40 Iskareen © Ted Martin

After the first night at sea for the international fleet in the Antigua Bermuda Race the pace is relentless. The leading teams Warrior and Varuna are now over 300 miles offshore, blast reaching through two metre swell in the Atlantic Ocean. Warrior was observed to be hitting a top speed of 25 knots last night. At 1200 UTC on Day Two, the turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr. had averaged 18 knots since the start of the race and will achieve a 24 hour run of about 450 miles; well inside record pace. Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna is also set for a 400 mile run in 24 hours. Varuna is 30 miles behind Warrior but is estimated to be leading the fleet after IRC time correction.The most easterly of the chasing pack is Giles Redpath’s British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Oliver Heer. Pata Negra’s crew include Gareth Glover, two-time skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race and the rest of the crew are all Oliver’s friends from Switzerland, and will be celebrating his 30th birthday today: “I love to sail, but it does take me away from my friends and family, so when I knew I would be at sea for my 30th, what better way to celebrate than with friends racing to Bermuda!” commented Oliver before the race.

The most westerly team is Arnt Bruhn’s German Class40 Iskareen. Arnt has competed in over five transatlantic races, winning his division on numerous occasions. After the Antigua Bermuda Race, Iskareen will compete in the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, racing 3,900 miles from Bermuda to Hamburg, organised by the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) of which Arnt Bruhns is a member. Arnt will then take part in the solo Route du Rhum Race this November. Of the six German teams racing to Bermuda, Iskareen is second on the water behind Varuna. Sebastian Ropohl’s JV52 Haspa Hamburg and Joachim Brünner’s Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg are locked into a match race, as are two German Swans; Hanns Ostmeier’s Swan 45 High Yield and Michael Orgzey’s Swan 48 Dantes.

The vast majority of the fleet are to the west of the rhumb line, putting in additional miles to avoid an area of high pressure that is expected to arrive from the northeast tomorrow (Friday 11th May). At the moment, the strategic decision is to decide how far west to go to achieve the best performance. Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine, skippered by Laurent Pages has positioned closer to the rhumb line than the leaders; they will be hoping to stay in good breeze and sail less miles than the leading boats.

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The turbo-charged American Volvo 70 Warrior, USMMA Sailing Foundation © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The turbo-charged American Volvo 70 Warrior, USMMA Sailing Foundation © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Skipper Oliver Heer is celebrating his 30th birthday on board Giles Redpath’s British Lombard 46 Pata Negra © Ted Martin
Race For Water and Foncia at Newport Pologue Race Start (Photo by George Bekris)

Race For Water and Foncia at Newport Pologue Race Start (Photo by George Bekris)

The MOD70s are back…Brest to New York!
The countdown begins here…there are 300 days until the start of the second edition of the KRYS OCEAN RACE which will take the MOD70 fleet from Brest to New York.
Three hundred days for a chance for revenge for the fleet after the 2012 edition saw Spindrift, skippered by Yann Guichard, speed to victory from New York to Brest in a record time of 4 days 21 hours and 8 minutes. A rapid run across the North Atlantic provided a race of rare intensity on an oceanic scale.
The KRYS OCEAN RACE, starts on May 11, 2014 from Brest

Two years ago Brest gave the race an extraordinary welcome for the first edition of the KRYS OCEAN RACE by placing it at the heart of the Tonnerres de Brest (the Brest Maritime Festival) with its 700,000 visitors. For the start of the second edition, Brest will beat to the rhythm of the KRYS OCEAN RACE from May 3-11, 2014 with a program of sporting and cultural celebrations and many other entertainments (Brest City Races, a ‘Krys Match’, a brass band festival and street shows). “Brest, the harbour of departure for the great explorations of Laperouse and Bougainville and the major records of the Atlantic and circumnavigations, is the ocean gateway to the Atlantic and the Americas,” Jean-Claude Lardic, Vice President of Brest Evénements Nautiques, said. “The Krys Ocean Race from Brest to New York continues this great history with an exciting competition.

36 storytellers, 6 boat owners and 2,950 miles of suspense

The KRYS OCEAN RACE will mark the return of the MOD70 fleet to the ocean for a rematch to New York, from east to west, against prevailing winds and currents. “After a very successful 2012 edition, we are pleased to host the second edition of the Krys Ocean Race,” Marco Simeoni, President of Multi One Design S.A. said. “It will take place in May 2014 and will take the fleet from Brest to New York. With the support of Krys opticians, the city of Brest and New York City, this transatlantic race is fast becoming a major international event in the sailing world. The participation of the one-design oceanic multihulls, the MOD70s, will guarantee a top-flight show.”

The MOD70 fleet which will line up for the start of this second edition will each have on board six sailors, including the greatest multihull skippers of our time.
Krys opticians, at the heart of the adventure

The second edition of the race, already being dubbed “the Krys”, is a major event for its title sponsor, Krys, who have been in sports sponsorship since 2012 after backing this event. The KRYS OCEAN RACE embodies the values of Krys’s 850 opticians: teamwork, sharing, generosity, and technical expertise.

The Krys Ocean Race has become a not-to-be-missed race for the MOD70 class and the teams involved and it is also equally anticipated by the 850 teams in the Krys stores,” Franck Deschamps, marketing director of Krys, said. “More than 3,500 eye specialists are going to see their brand travelling to New York. The great pride and enthusiasm are things we recognise in these sailing teams, who, like us everyday, work on precision of movement to ever improve performance. We saw some great human stories during the Krys Ocean Race in 2012. We look forward to renewing those feelings and sharing with our customers the big time thrills and dreams of this second edition. See you in May 2014 for the start of the second Krys Ocean Race.”
The Sea, the other lung

The Multi One Attitude Foundation, which fights for the preservation of water on our planet and in particular ocean conservation, will be the charity partner of the KRYS OCEAN RACE again. In Brest, from May 3-11, there will be a space dedicated to the Foundation with a set of events and interactions for the public.

 

Two events you should not miss:
– Official presentation of the KRYS OCEAN RACE and the teams at the Paris Boat Show, December 2013
– May 11, 2014: the start of the KRYS OCEAN RACE from BREST to New York City

 

KRYS OCEAN RACE 2014 figures:
– Departure: Sunday, May 11, 2014
– 2,950 miles from Brest to New York City
– Opening of the Brest race village: May 3-11
– Probable arrival in New York City: May 19 or 20
– 6 MOD70s expected to start
– 36 sailors racing
– 850 opticians and their 2500 staff supporting

MOD 70 Musandam - Oman Sail in NYC for the KRYS Ocean Race (Photo by George Bekris)