Liebe Leser schliesst seine Tore. Nach 11 Jahren möchte ich andere Projekte verwirklichen, auf Reisen gehen und das Leben endlich in vollen Zügen geniessen. Es waren 11 wundervolle Jahre mit Ihnen. bleibt mindestens die nächsten Jahre als Bilderbuch noch bestehen. Doch jeder Abschied kann auch ein neuer Anfang sein. Nun ist es endgültig. Ich wünsche Ihnen eine weiterhin schöne Zeit. Ich danke Ihnen für die Lesertreue und Ihre ehrliche Begeisterung mit grosser Dankbarkeit. Danke, dass ich Sie 11 Jahre verwöhnen durfte.

Tschau und auf Wiedersehen.

Marcel Krebs

Wer weiterhin mit mir und Sämi in Kontakt bleiben will, kann dies über meinen persönlichen Blog.

Dear Users closes its gates. After 11 years I would like to realize other projects, go on journeys and finally enjoy life to the fullest. There were 11 wonderful years with you. will continue to exist as a picture book for at least the next few years. But every farewell can also be a new beginning. Now it is final. I wish you a good time. I would like to thank the readership and your honest enthusiasm with great gratitude. Thank you for spoiling you for 11 years.

Chess and goodbye.

Marcel Krebs

Anyone who wants to stay in touch with me and Sämi can do so through my personal blog.



Yann Guichard is on track at the start of this fast-paced Route du Rhum: Spindrift 2 lying in second position after two days of racing

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©Th.Martinez/Sea&Co. BELLE ILE - BRITANNY- FRANCE . Maxi "SPINDRIFT 2" skipper Yann Guichard (FRA) en entrainement solo au large de la bretagne, en vue de la Route du Rhum 2014. *** Maxi "SPINDRFIT 2" skipper Yann Guichard (FRA) training solo offshore Brittany before 2014 Route du Rhum.

The sailors are setting an astonishing early pace.

With weather conditions described as "atrocious" up until this morning, the adrenaline is pumping at full speed. The fleet is visibly affected as a result, and a number of boats have already dropped out or are making technical stops. After a cautious start, Yann went on the attack and has since moved up from 6th to 2nd position. The leaders are already leaving southern Portugal in their wake, and Yann is around 60 nautical miles behind the race leader, Loick Peyron. He will now round the island of Madeira during the night.

The race began in challenging rough seas as the fleet left the English Channel and rounded the tip of Brittany. Yann rode out winds of 25-40 knots with violent squalls: "It's tough to set up the sails because it takes time, and you don't want to make a mistake. Manoeuvres are tiring on such a big boat as Spindrift 2, especially when you've hardly slept," he explained early this morning. "Everything is running smoothly so far. The boat is in good condition and I'm happy because I'm up there with the leader."

Conditions improving all the time
Having rounded the tip of Brittany in 6th place early on Monday morning, Spindrift 2 moved up to 3rd position in the Bay of Biscay, despite confronting 5 to 6 metre waves. Approaching Cape Finisterre, Yann overtook Lionel Lemonchois (Prince de Bretagne) to take 2nd place. In an area well-suited to high speeds, the wind allowed Yann to whizz down the Portuguese coast overnight. "I used two reefs all night, allowing me to catch the others," explained the skipper, who managed to hold it together despite gusts of 45 knots. "The boat is gliding over the water and we're improving. The wind will ease in three or four hours' time, at which point I think we'll all hoist some more sail."

Canvas and manoeuvers
You can hear it in the sailors' voices that they haven't slept much since they left on Sunday. "I managed to get some kip this morning," said Yann. "We're closely bunched together and I'll have to keep up the pace. I'm very pleased with the boat and my ability to manage it despite the tough conditions." Like his opponents, he will have to perform manoeuvres to adjust the sails to the calmer conditions and sail at a fast pace downwind. Sail changes by a solo sailor always take a long time and use up a lot of energy. "I'll need to hoist some sail in three or four hours, which will make me lose some ground, but I hope to make it up pretty quickly," said the Spindrift 2 skipper.

Madeira already drawing near
By early Tuesday afternoon, the leaders in the Ultimes class had already reached the same latitude as Cape Saint-Vincent. As announced before the start of the race, the competitors will now sail downwind, picking up the pace as they line edge of the Azores High, reaching the west of Madeira in two and a half days. Suffice to say these large boats notch up the miles at a rate that few boats in the world can manage. 

The island in the Portuguese archipelago rises to a height of 1,861 metres, creating a huge "wind shadow" to the south-southwest that can reach 100 miles out into the ocean. It is a difficulty the competitors must take into account, as they cannot afford to be held back by anything as they head west.

Ultimate class standings at 4pm CET:
Location / distance / 4-hour average speed / 24-hour average speed
1 – Banque Populaire VII, Loïck Peyron, 2759,6 nm from the finish, 28,9 nds/4h, 25,7 nds/ 24h
2 – Spindrift 2, Yann Guichard, 67,5 nm DTL, 26,1 nds/4h, 24,6 nds/24h
3 – Edmond de Rothschild, 69,2 nm DTL, 24,8 nds/4h, 21,9nds /24h
4 – Prince de Bretagne, Lionel Lemonchois, 115,nm DTL, 26,8 nds/4h, 24,1 nds/24h
5 – Idec sport, Francis Joyon, 123,61 nm DTL 25,8 nds/4h, 23, 3 nds/24h
6 – Paprec Recyclage, Yann Eliès, 128,28 nm DTL, 24,7 nds/4h, 20,7 nds/24h
7 – Musandam Oman Sail, Sidney Gavignet, 137,61 nm DTL, 25,5 nds/4h, 20, 9 nds/24h
8 – Sodebo Ultim', Thomas Coville, Abandon


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