MAALISSA – OVER THE LINE

ARI HUUSELA MAALISSA – TEKI TAAS POHJOISMAISTA PURJEHDUSHISTORIAA Lentokapteeni ja yksinpurjehtija Ari Huusela tuli legendaarisen Route du Rhum Atlantin yli yksinpurjehduskilpailun maaliin 23.11. iltana kello 22:31 Guadeloupen aikaa. Huuselasta tuli samalla pohjoismaiden ensimmäinen viralliseen IMOCA-luokan kilpailuun osallistunut ja sen maaliin päässyt purjehtija. Ari Huusela tuli maaliin ajassa 19 päivää 13 tuntia ja 31 minuuttia,...

READY FOR ARRIVAL

We are ready to start fixing the boat and looking forward to Ari arriving tomorrow evening local time! Thankfully the spare Pushpit has made it to Guadeloupe. From Gosport to London City Airport to Paris then on to Guadeloupe, says Mikey Ferguson. The Package has arrived!!

700 MILES TO GO

While eight IMOCAs have already crossed the finish line, seven still continue racing towards Guadeloupe. Ari Huusela and Ariel2 have around 700 miles to go. Ari is in a good positive mood despite all the setbacks they’ve had. No wind data and broken main sail batten make sailing slower but happily the energy back...

TAPAHTUI 13.11 klo 6.57 UT

Tänään oli karu aamu, olin hereillä ja kuulin tutkavaroittimen piippauksen. Samalla huomasin AIS-näytöllä Rhum Mono -luokan kilpakumppanin, 2016 VG-purjehtijan, Sebastien Destremaun Open60 -veneellään lähestyvän oikealta. Kutsuin häntä VHF:lla kaksi kertaa, ei vastausta. Vene näytti menevän edestäni. Vauhtimme kuitenkin vaihtelivat melkoisesti puuskista johtuen, ollen 12-17 solmua. AIS-näyttöni skaala oli säädetty pienelle ja tajusin hänen olevan...

MADEIRA PASSING

Ari will be passing Madeira tonight. He is enjoying lighter winds, calmer sea and warmer air. However the sailing is and will be more challenging than expected. He has no wind data due to the storm blew wind sensor from the mast three nights ago and the spare one ain’t working quite as it...

STORM, STORM, STORM

No one said it would be easy but soon after the race start the conditions turned from difficult to extreme.There were about to be two depressions but it’ll be three. And the length and power of the horror has multiplied of what was forecasted. It has been merciless for every boat and skipper.  ...

NORDIC SAILING HISTORY MADE

For all of the Route du Rhum skippers making it to the starting line is already a victory itself. And especially in massive and demanding projects like IMOCA projects are – the first win always is this. For Ari the start of Rout du Rhum meant also another big thing. He just made sailing...

HECTIC LAST WEEK

Route du Rhum is a massive spactacle as a sailing race. And this time, record big. It was already during last Saturday when 1 million people had already visited the race village that officially opened on Oct 24th. Meetings, PR, work, official checks etc… Something going on all the time from early morning till...

EMOTIONAL ARRIVING IN SAINT-MALO

Arrived in Saint-Malo this beautiful October morning. Was an incredible feeling to enter the harbor. Beautiful sun rice and magical old city. Good memories from the 2014 Route du Rhum race are so strong still. Felt touched. Timo Caravitis and Michael Ferguson and the life raft.   The delivery from Gosport was almost in...

CAPITAIN AIRBUS A350 ET SKIPPER IMOCA

J’embarque pour ma deuxième Route du Rhum, après avoir terminé la première en 2014. J’étais à l’époque le premier skipper nordique à finir la course. J’en ai de très bons souvenirs. Je me suis fixé comme objectif ultime pour ma carrière de voile de participer au  Vendée Globe 2020 : un tour du monde...