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Ultim Challenge leader since January, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
With less than 1,200 miles to finish the Ultim Challenge, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of the race since the end of January, has elected to take shelter in the Azores, thereby making a technical stopover.…
Ultim Challenge Race leader Charles Caudrelier
Not much has changed since yesterday on the Ultim Challenge Race Leader Charles Caudrelier continues to make steady progress in the North Atlantic. He is 300 miles south of the Azores archipelago, and he has been moving at around twenty…
Armel Le Cléac'h’s Ultim Challenge Race technical stopover lasted a little more than two days since it began on Friday in Rio
After a little more than 48 hours of technical stopover in Rio de Janeiro, Ultim Challenge skipper Armel Le Cléac'h and his ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI have returned to the race track. He docked out from Rio at a…
Ultim Challenge race leader Charles Caudrelier may slow down to optimise his timing to account for a complicated low-pressure weather situation at the end of next week
After having to pitstop in Rio because of the loss of two of his rudders, third-placed Ultim Challenge skipper Armel Le Cléac'h is hopeful of returning to the race course sometime today. At the end of the day yesterday, the boss…
Second-placed Ultim Challenge solo skipper Armel Le Cléac’h has docked in Rio de Janeiro for a rudder repair
Since Friday afternoon (UTC), second-placed Ultim Challenge, solo skipper Armel Le Cléac’h has been docked in Rio de Janeiro. He should be overtaken today by Thomas Coville (3rd), who is progressing off the Brazilian coast and was 225 miles south…
Maxi Banque Populaire XI was sailing at more than 30 knots on starboard tack when the port rudder hit a log, causing the complete loss of a rudder
Second placed skipper on the Ultim Challenge Race Armel Le Cléach is a few miles from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil early this Friday afternoon, set to meet members of his shore team at the start of a technical stopover which is…
Ultim Challenge Race Leader Charles Caudrelier on ULTIM MAXI Banque Populaire IX
Race leader Charles Caudrelier is back in the northern hemisphere after returning across the Equator at 0744hrs UTC this morning. After a long, slow spell in light airs, Thomas Coville has wind again; Armel le Cléac’h, his ULTIM MAXI Banque…
There has been damage to Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI rudder in the Ultim Challenge and the French solo sailor is heading for a pit stop in Brazil
Armel Le Cléac'h’s Maxi Banque Populaire XI, a giant racing trimaran competing in the solo round the world Ultim Challenge race, has suffered damage to its central rudder after an incident. The Banque Populaire team confirmed the news in a…
Armel Le Cleac'h on the Max trimaran Maxi Banque Populaire XI has hit a speed of 47 knots in the Ultim Challenge race
Very early Monday morning, at 00:40hrs UTC, Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo Ultim 3 passed Cape Horn in third place on the Ultim Challenge solo round the world race. Coville crossed almost five days after race leader Charles Caudrelier and…
Armel Le Cléac’h rounded Cape Horn this Sunday morning in the Ultim Challenge
Second-placed Armel Le Cléac’h crossed Cape Horn in the Ultim Challenge very manageable conditions this Sunday morning at 05:01:50hrs UTC. In fifth Éric Péron was about to enter the Pacific this morning. Third placed Thomas Coville had a big scare…
Anthony Marchand (Actual) has made a technical stopover in the solo round the world Ultim Challenge race. The giant trimaran is now at anchor in Dunedin, on the east coast of New Zealand
At 0143hrs UTC Anthony Marchand notified the Ultim Challenge race direction that he had started a technical stopover. Now at anchor in Dunedin, on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, his repairs have begun. Meanwhile, Cape Horn is coming…
Éric Péron, racing the non-foiling Adagio Ultim in the solo Ultim Challenge race round the world
In fifth place on the Ultim Challenge, Éric Péron, racing the non-foiling Adagio Ultim, was just about to cross Cape Leeuwin this Friday morning at around 0730hrs. At the other end of the race course, climbing north in the South…
Ultim Challenge Race Management have spotted icebergs further north
Before Charles Caudrelier passed Cape Horn last Tuesday, icebergs were seen north of the AEZ (Antarctic Exclusion Zone). And so with Armel Le Cléac'h (2nd) and Thomas Coville (3rd) set to round the third great cape this weekend, the Ultim…
Armel Le Cléac'h, the skipper of the Maxi Banque Populaire XI in the Ultim Challenge solo round the world race
The Pacific and Indian Oceans give the Ultim Challenge skippers conditions for making meaningful speeds. A big low is a major impediment to progress for race leader Charles Caudrelier in the South Atlantic, but with a lead of 2,577 nms, the…
Charles Caudrelier on board Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) passes Cape Horn in the solo multihull race around the world
French sailor Charles Caudrelier, the long-time leader of the Ultim Challenge solo multihull race around the world, has become the first to pass Cape Horn. The landmark was passed at 17:08:20hrs UTC on Tuesday, marking a significant moment in the…
Solo French yachtsman Charles Caudrelier leads the Ultim Challenge round the world race onboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
Having been forced to slow for two days Ultim Challenge leader Charles Caudrelier has built some meaningful speed towards the east again and is heading towards Cape Horn at a little over 20 knots this morning with some 1200 nautical…

About the Ultim Challenge

The ULTIM CHALLENGE – Brest, which starts from Brest, France on Sunday, 7 January, will be the first-ever solo race around the world on giant Ultim trimarans, the biggest and fastest ocean-going sailboats in the world.

The inaugural six competitors of the Arkea Ultim Challenge - Brest are:

  • Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild)
  • Thomas Coville (Sodebo Ultim 3)
  • Tom Laperche (SVR - Lazartigue)
  • Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire XI)
  • Anthony Marchand (Actual Ultim 3)
  • Éric Péron (ADAGIO) - subject to qualification.