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.



A Pinch and a Punch - Transat J.Vabre

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Onboard picture from Class 40 Club 103, skippers Alan Roura (SUI) and Juliette Petres (SUI), during the Transat Jacques Vabre on november 02, 2015 on the Atlantic ocean - Photo Juliette Petres / Club 103 / TJV2015

 A Pinch and a Punch

One week on from the start of this 12th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre and of the 42 starters there have now been 16 abandons. Latest to formally announce his retirement from the race today was the three times winner Jean-Pierre Dick. Arrived in Madeira with co-skipper Fabien Delahaye, Dick confirmed today that they will not return to the race. He wants to have complete confidence in his new IMOCA 60 before he races again, he said, today. Whether that is in the upcoming solo race from St Barths to Brittany or next year, will depend on the evaluation, advice leading to consequent repairs and reinforcement which can be accomplished in Madeira.

Meanwhile a technical team attached to AT Racing were reported to be heading out to recover the new HUGO BOSS which Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill were rescued from yesterday, 60 miles off the Spanish coast. Kito de Pavant and Yann Reginau also reported their retirement today in Cascais, citing irrepairable key sails, and electronics. The rate of attrition in this race, 38%, is higher than the ‘normal’ figure which is closer to 25%. But the causes of these abandons are diverse. Of the five new, latest generation IMOCA monohulls which started now only the class leading Banque Populaire VIII is still on course. Safran, Edmond de
Rothschild, St-Michel Virbac are all retired as will HUGO BOSS in time. All of these boats were short of hard racing miles, and as Dick pointed out, are nearly new prototypes which nowadays evolve to become the machines they need to be.

“Boats designed today are too fragile. But we work now with the designers on Version 2. Along with my partners we are frustrated not to finish. But these are racing prototypes. We knew that we had a lot to learn with this generation of foiler boats. So we are already working towards the future.” Half of the damage occurred before the third depression which capsized Prince de Bretagne, the Ultime while the Multi50 FrenchTech Rennes St Malo hit a submerged container around the same time. Some damage was due to wear and tear, almost certainly Le Bateau des Métiers by Aerocampus (IMOCA 60) and probably Spirit of Hungary which was dismasted yesterday afternoon. Skipper Nandor Fa confirmed they were sailing in ‘dream conditions’ 14-17kt trade winds, both in the cockpit when their mast came down. SMA damaged their keel fin in what they believe to have been an impact of some kind, whilst Maitre CoQ and both suffered standing rigging failures. Entering into the Doldrums today the two Ultime multis are trading the lead. Sodebo Ultim, Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nélias returned to the lead today with about 100 miles to go before the first signs of an asthmatic SE’ly trade wind. There is less than 1.5 miles between Sodebo Ultim’ and MACIF and with more than 2000 miles to go, it is too close to call. In the IMOCA 60s Banque Populaire VIII holds a margin of 21 miles over PRB and 33 over Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir. The leading three skippers are lookin  closely at the fortunes of the two Ultimes south of them, crossing at 30 W as that is almost certainly the same exit door from the Nothern Hemisphere that the leading IMOCAs will take. Behind the leading trio Le Souffle de Nord and Initiatives-Coeur are six miles apart, 240 miles behind the lead trio. They, then, have 150 miles of cushion over the third tier which spans sixth placed Bureau Vallée to Sam Goodchild and Eric Bellion in ninth on Comme un Seul Homme Stand as 1. Class40 has a tiered structure too. Le Conservatuer have 50 miles on second. Brazil’s Zetra, Eduardo Penido and Renate Araujo are sailing a great first Class 40 ocean race in sixth, Pip Hare and Philippa Hutton Squire a solid eighth. But between sixth and ninth there is 58 miles.

They said.
Jean-Pierre Dick, skipper St Michel-Virbac: “"I am very disappointed but
we must move on positively. We will go straight into a boat building process
be able to sail safely and at 100% potential. Boats designed today are too
fragile. We work now with the designers on Version 2 which is more
consistent with the program. With my partners, we are frustrated not being
able to finish the race but that's part and parcel of this game. These are
racing prototypes. You need to update and evolve these prototypes. We
knew we had a lot to learn with this new generation of foiler. And so we are
already working to the future. "

Nandor Fa, skipper Spirit of Hungary: “We were sitting outside in our
seats with Peter, having our meals and talking. The sun was shining, we
weren’t cold anymore, everything was good. We were just discussing how
to pass Madeira. There was a huge crack and from my seat I could see the
boom disappear from the picture. I immediately knew what happened. I
dropped the bowl and by reflex pushed the middle button on the keel
controller. By the time I stood up, everything was in the water. Half of the
boom was on the deck and on the cabin top. The bottom 3 metres of the
mast was laying on the deck, then a big crack again, and everything was in
the water, hanging on the halyards. Both of us jumped for tools, we mainly
needed knifes and the iron saw. We knew that the most important was to
cut everything off to save the boat. Peter had his camera on his head. I was
working in the front, trying to saw the carbon stays off, but they were too
thick so the saw was stuck, constantly pulling me as the boat was dancing
on the waves. Peter was coming to help me when a bigger wave arrived
and knocked the boat. Peter tried to catch the rail, which wasn’t there
anymore. He fell off the deck in front of my eyes, his right foot stuck in the
stay, I caught the left one and pulled him back. He hurt his leg very bad. Are
you in one piece? - I asked. He nodded, he must have had serious pain.
The camera with all our footages are on the way down to the bottom of the
4000m deep ocean. A minute later we continued cutting and we managed
to get rid of everything, when I saw the A7 still hanging at the back. I tried
to pull it back, wanted to save this beautiful brand new sail that we only used
for 4 hours but on the other side it was pulled by the whole mast and it was
pulling stronger. So I cut it off too, with bleeding heart.
We saved the boom, it is in perfect condition, and we have some ruins of
themast left. My whole life was changed in only one hour. It changed everything for the
following months, maybe years

Date : 01/11/15 - 18h00
1 - Le Conservateur 2 - V and B 3 - Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP
1 - FenêtréA Prysmian 2 - Ciela Village 3 - Arkema
1 - Banque Populaire VIII 2 - PRB 3 - Queguiner - Leucemie Espoir
1 - Sodebo Ultim’ 2 - Macif 3 - Prince de Bretagne

onboard le conservateur


Onboard picture from IMOCA Comme un Seul Homme Stand as One, skippers Eric Bellion (FRA) and Sam Goodchild (GBR), during the Transat Jacques Vabre on november 02, 2015 on the Atlantic ocean - Photo Eric Bellion / Comme Un Seul Homme / TJV2015


Onboard picture from IMOCA Comme un Seul Homme Stand as One, skippers Eric Bellion (FRA) and Sam Goodchild (GBR), during the Transat Jacques Vabre on november 01, 2015 on the Atlantic ocean - Photo Eric Bellion / Comme Un Seul Homme / TJV2015

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