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    Published on 10-18-2020 02:44 PM
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    1700CEST The classic moan in offshore yachting is how the ‘rich get richer’; often aimed at the bigger, faster yachts using waterline length and sail area to profit from tidal gates to gain an advantage over their smaller rivals This morning, it certainly looked that way as day two of the 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race dawned. A clutch of boats squeaked through the Strait of Messina just ahead of a change in direction of the dominant current. As the door shut on those behind, it looked like a game changing moment for the race as a whole. As ever though, ‘it ain’t over, till it’s over’. ...
    Published on 10-17-2020 12:39 PM
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    17.00 CEST Even with a reduced fleet, half the size of recent years, it was hard to not get sucked into the emotion and atmosphere of today’s Rolex Middle Sea Race start. The 41st edition got underway, as planned, on schedule and, most importantly, all clear. Seven starts and 50 yachts. Given the backdrop of a global pandemic, it marks a remarkable achievement for the organisers, the Royal Malta Yacht Club, and its highly professional volunteer team. As ...
    Published on 10-15-2020 09:43 AM
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    Britain’s Alex Thomson heads to France to begin round-the-world Vendée Globe race onboard HUGO BOSS boat

    British sailor Alex Thomson has bid farewell to his home base of Gosport, Hampshire and begun his journey to Les Sables-d’Olonne, the French seaside town which will ...
    Published on 10-12-2020 10:23 AM
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    New Zealand Ocean Racing launched their recently refitted VO65 at Hobsonville Point in the early hours of September 21st. Boat Haulage transported the boat from Yachting Developments down to the sea wall where NZ Cranes lifted her into the water as she was blessed by Ngāti Whātua Orakei. Due to ...
    Published on 10-12-2020 09:33 AM
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    Runaway boat in Florida goes airborne, crashes into dock after 'photo shoot' goes awry

    The 'unbelievable' incident unfolded in Stuart on Friday on the St. Lucie River
    An out-of-control boat in Florida ended up making a crash landing ...
    Published on 10-12-2020 09:25 AM
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    Photo: Randi Lee / KOMO News Photo


    Lightning strikes behind a Washington State Ferry boat as it sailed on the Puget Sound near the Edmonds ferry dock, Sept. 7, 2019. ...
    Published on 10-11-2020 12:43 PM
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    A quick upload of images from Saturdays YRA/EYC Bonita Race, formerly known as the 2nd Half Opener,
    which was postponed twice, once due to the ongoing pandemic then after a thick, nasty layer of smoke
    inhabited the Bay Area. This edition finally was run in double handed form ...
    Published on 10-09-2020 03:12 PM
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    Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez concludes with maxi owners praising new format.

    Despite the wind turning light and complicated for the last two days, maxi yacht competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez was successfully held on three out of four days. The event that traditionally concludes the inshore maxi sailing season in the Mediterranean was lengthened to two weeks this year. The smaller yachts raced in week one leaving the ...
    Published on 10-08-2020 11:02 AM
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    The Melges 20 Worlds go on. With the pandemic still hampering many travel plans, the
    numbers are drastically reduced. just 15 boats in attendance, with most boats hailing from Italy and Russia
    with no USA entries, it is just a sign of the times... ...
    Published on 10-08-2020 10:10 AM
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    During his training navigation, SodeboUltim3 hit an UFO in the Bay of Biscay.
    Having returned to Lorient this morning as planned, the crew were taken over by the technical team, which is ...
    Published on 10-06-2020 09:42 AM
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    As if by magic, in just 48 hours the port of Saint Tropez has been cleared of the 130 competitors that graced the race zone and the pontoons during the first week. Act II of the new format Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez begins tomorrow, Tuesday 6, with the launch of the first races for three groups of large modern yachts belonging to the maxi yacht categories, together with the large classic schooners. ...
    Published on 10-05-2020 03:55 PM
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    Sailing Wins as Nearly 100 Boats Gather for 166th Edition of North America's Oldest Annual Regatta
    NEWPORT, R.I. – Donald Tofias has an expression he's quite fond of. So fond, In fact, he trademarked it and put it on the back of a crew shirt for his W-76 Wild Horses. "Yachting is the winner" it said.

    "The reason we came up with the phrase is when we first started racing the W-76, we didn't win a lot of races," says Tofias, of Newport, R.I. "But when we did win, we'd say, 'Yachting is the winner.'"

    Racing opportunities this summer for Wild Horses, a 76-foot wooden yacht that combines a classic hull form with a modern underbody and construction methods, have been far and few between. It isn't the sort of boat on which you can gather a few friends for a weeknight bash around some government marks. Sailing in a spinnaker division takes a crew of 20. Even racing in a non-spinnaker ...
    Published on 10-05-2020 10:15 AM
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    Double 9er victory for Germany, Italy wins the Nacra 17s
    The Germans won both the 49er and 49er FX fleets on the final day of the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship, while Italy foiled to victory in the Nacra 17 catamaran fleet.

    Although the 49erFX leaderboard stayed fairly steady, the four races per fleet on the final day generated some big changes on the 49er and Nacra scoreboards. There were always opportunities on the unpredictable race courses on sunny Lake Attersee.


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    Published on 10-01-2020 01:09 PM
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    German yachties jailed until flight on Thursday



    Three German yachties who were refused entry to this country after arriving in the Bay of Islands have been jailed until they board a flight home on Thursday.

    Jacob Kraus, Sophia Ulbrich and Hans Borner were detained in custody in Auckland after they arrived in the Bay of Islands in breach of border restrictions on Friday afternoon.

    Borner and Kraus will be ...