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    Published on 10-21-2020 10:44 AM
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    1700 CEST What a day. No one following this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race had foreseen that two 70-foot ocean-racing maxis would match race the final 10 nm to the finish line to decide the monohull line honours title of the 41st edition of the 606 nm classic offshore. Even late last night, this appeared an unlikely scenario. For the two yachts concerned, both from Poland, it was a fairy tale ending with the winner only decided in the final few miles.

    In the end, it was I Love Poland, owned by the Polish National Foundation and skippered by Grzegorz ...
    Published on 10-21-2020 09:57 AM
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    The prime role of the International Maxi Association, as endorsed by World Sailing, is to encourage and support all forms of maxi racing internationally. In line with this remit, five years ago it introduced the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC), to entice more maxis out on to the race course and friendly rivalry between ...
    Published on 10-20-2020 12:45 PM
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    1700 CEST The story of day three of the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race was undoubtedly the dogfight between Maserati and Mana, which finally concluded last night (Monday) at just after 2030 CEST. A classic tale of boat for boat competition between two well-matched crews. Both going at it, hammer and tongs, for the entire length of a 600nm offshore race. The story of day four is less dramatic but, from a yacht-racing perspective, is still gripping. As the multihull chapter nears ...
    Published on 10-20-2020 10:24 AM
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    Maserati Multi70 (ITA), skippered by Giovanni Soldini, crossed the finish line yesterday to take multihull line honours, closely followed by Mana (ITA),
    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 ...