ETA TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE

It’s been an amazing race. No other words to describe it than SISU. That is what short-handed sailing is all about when you race with the world’s toughest arena with IMOCA boats. ARIEL2’s ETA to finish, Salvador/Brazil is on Friday 15th am (UTC -3). Follow the last 100 NM here >>

DOLDRUMS – LET US GO!

The doldrums (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) have been a challenging pot of darkness for sailors throughout centuries. Getting stuck there has been really dangerous. Here’s how it’s been onboard Ariel2 in Transat Jacques Vabre. 10/11 Its been 2 weeks since the race started and we are looking to finally escape the Doldrums. We got...

UPDATE FROM MIKEY

Cracking sunrise this morning after an easy nigts sailing. Since hoisting the A3 masthead furling kite a few days ago we set ourselves a wind limit to protect the tip of the rig due the the lack of support from the mainsail. Ysterday evening we hit that limit so changed to the A5 fractional...

NIMI VÈNDEE GLOBEEN ILMOITTAUTUNEIDEN LISTALLA

Vendée Globe 2020 -kilpailuun ilmoittautuneet purjehtijat on julkistettu. Listalla on 37 nimeä, joista yksi on Pohjoismaista, Suomesta. Ari Huuselan nimen saaminen maailman seuratuimman yksinpurjehduskilpailun ilmoittautujalistalle on vaatinut valtavan kovan työn. Todella intensiivistä se on ollut viimeiset kaksi ja puoli vuotta. Tuhansia työtunteja ammattilaisten ja talkoolaisten toimesta, kumppanien kriittisellä tuella. Vendée Globe on ollut Arin...

RACE CONTINUES

Huusela and Ferguson of Ariel2 have officially decided to continue their race across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil.Skippers have managed to do some repairs on the main sail that delaminated soon after race start. Today the main was hoisted fully the first time after damage. ”I have not really been considering about retiring from...

HUUSELA JA FERGUSON JATKAVAT ATLANTILLE RIKKOUTUNEESTA ISOPURJEESTA HUOLIMATTA

Ari Huusela ja Mikey Ferguson ovat päättäneet jatkaa Atlantin yli Transat Jacques Vabre -kaksinpurjehduskilpailussa rikkoutuneesta isopurjeesta huolimatta. Purje delaminoitui kilpailun alun kovissa olosuhteissa.  Kaksikko joutui starttaamaan kilpailuun varapurjeella, pääpurjeeksi tarkoitetun isopurjeen hajottua Itämeren kovassa myrskyssä siirtopurjehduksella Suomesta Englantiin vain muutama viikko ennen kisaa. Riskit vanhan purjeen käytöstä olivat ennen starttia tiedossa, mutta vaihtoehdot vähissä....

COMMITTED TO PROTECT THE BALTIC SEA

Skipper Ari Huusela comes from up North. He lives by the Baltic Sea that often freezes in winter. He is committed to protecting his home sea and sharing the good learnings achieved for the good of its bigger sisters – the oceans, too.  The Baltic Sea is connected to the North Sea via the...

STARS THROUGH THE MAINSAIL

SATURDAY MORNING – Yesterday we finally got a glimpse of the sun in the afternoon and then even a small slither of moon once dark. Was weird looking at the stars last night through the missing mainsail panels but the mainsail is now something I am used to seeing. On that subject it hasn’t...

FIRST DAYS

The first days of Transat Jacques Vabre race have been great but challenging for the duo Huusela Ferguson. Quite strong wind 1st night. Then Ari’s 57th birthday. Mikey had arranged a nice cake – candles and everything! Skippers are enjoying the ride but Ariel2 mainsail is not. It got damaged the 1st night and...

GOOD WEATHER WINDOW FOR SUNDAY START

Finnish-Irish Imoca duo Ari Huusela – Mikey Ferguson are starting the world famous Transat Jacques Vabre this Sunday. Start day conditions look good. The race village has been open for a week now and the skippers are eager to start racing. The start line is just outside the harbour of Le Havre and the...