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    Published on 03-19-2018 03:12 PM
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    Vesta's 11th Hour has pulled into the lead for the moment, but it is a long way to go....

    On Dongfeng, like the others, there has been little sleep as the red and white boat pounded upwind along the Coromandel coast – dodging in and out of the rocks – with plenty of tacking in strong winds on the nose.

    But now that opening phase of the race is behind them and Charles Caudrelier and his team have been able to ease sheets as they broad reach in the Bay of Plenty, heading south to where the real action in this leg will take place.

    The images from the boats show more spectacular shots of the Coromandel coast plus pods of dolphins skipping through the surf and abundant birdlife on this beautiful stretch of water near Gisborne.

    The ...
    Published on 03-18-2018 03:59 PM
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    One year ago when the J Class fleet was at it hammer and tongs, racing their first regatta of a historic season, the newly launched Svea was in Europe still completing first sea trials.
    Today they secured their first regatta victory together when they won the J Class at the popular Caribbean seasonal raiser, the St Barths Bucket.

    Showing benefits from a winter of work rebalancing and optimising, as well as ever-improving crew work and cohesion, Svea won four of the event's five races and were only denied ...
    Published on 03-18-2018 03:37 PM
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    Who is in and who is out on leg 7

    Published on 03-18-2018 10:48 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race fleet left Auckland for Itajaí, Brazil on Sunday following a spectacular start to Leg 7 from the City of Sails...

    It was a spectacular start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon, as the fleet left Auckland in perfect conditions.

    The sun was out, the wind was near 20 knots, and as they have for 10 stopovers, the Auckland fans took to the water by the thousands to farewell the fleet. It wasn’t a surprise – over the course of the Auckland stopover, ...
    Published on 03-17-2018 03:04 PM
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    Ed Wright won his second Finn European title in Cádiz on Saturday after a spectacular medal race in high winds and huge waves that nearly resulted in the race being cancelled. Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, had led all week, but several capsizes and a last place left him with the silver, while Max Salminen, from Sweden did enough to take the bronze, after placing second in the race.

    The Final Race for the rest of the fleet was canceled with sustained gusts well over 30 knots and huge seas. This meant that Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, ...
    Published on 03-17-2018 02:32 PM
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    Velsheda Finishing Error Grants Svea Their Fourth Win

    Velsheda appeared to have done all they needed to win around today's 25.43 nautical miles 'wiggly' J Class coastal race at the 2018 St Barths Bucket, but an error in their misreading of amendment to the instructions for the finish line robbed themselves of what would have been their first win of this 2018 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Their mistake handed the Race 4 victory to Svea, which looks set to win their first J Class Regatta together.

    As the wind faded and shifted during the later stages of the multi leg course off the north west of the island, Velsheda were slicker in their gear ...
    Published on 03-16-2018 01:01 PM
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    Heiner leads Finn fleet into Europeans medal race as Cádiz turns it up again
    March 16, 2018

    Both Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, and Edward Wright, from Britain, are guaranteed medals at the Open and U23 Finn Europeans in Cadiz after the final day of the Opening Series on Friday. The conditions were again exceptional, with Briton, Ben Cornish, winning another race, while Swedish world champion, Max Salminen, moved up to third, with just the medal race to sail.

    In the U23 championship, Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, returns to the lead, ...
    Published on 03-16-2018 11:57 AM
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    - NZ Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team collide in the fourth race of the day

    - Significant damage sustained on both boats, causing them to retire from today’s racing. All crew are safe with no injuries

    - Alinghi continue their lead into the final day of Act 1, Muscat

    - Team France Jeune lead the Flying Phantom Series

    images ©Mark Lloyd

    Drama struck on the water today, Friday 16th March, as two of the season’s newly-formed crews collided on the racecourse on the third day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™.
    Published on 03-16-2018 08:52 AM
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    Seven Volvo Ocean Race teams will embark on one of the most classic legs in offshore racing on Sunday afternoon from Auckland, New Zealand.

    Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race is an iconic Southern Ocean challenge; a 7,600 nautical mile race through “Furious Fifties”, the inhospitable, remote waters south of 50-degrees latitude that circle Antarctica, around Cape Horn and up to Itajaí, Brazil. ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 10:22 PM
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    ST. BARTHS (Mar. 15, 2018) – In glorious conditions, the 31st edition of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta started today with the elegant and historically significant J Class yachts Svea, Velsheda and Topaz completing two windward/leeward races in a planned four-day series for their class. The Js comprise one of six classes competing here in this beloved international event; the other five are ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 02:40 PM
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    Ben Cornish schooled the Finn fleet in Cádiz on Day 4 of the Open and U23 Finn European Championship with two emphatic race wins in conditions that developed during the day from awesome to epic with huge waves, 20+ knots of wind, as well as something almost unseen so far in Cadiz, the much promised Spanish sunshine. Unfortunately the second race was later abandoned after extensive jury hearings because the first mark was out of position.

    At the top of the Open leaderboard, Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, still leads the Briton, Edward Wright, though now just by two points, while Josh Junior, from New Zealand, is some way ...
    Published on 03-15-2018 10:55 AM
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    The Bucket is Back and So is St. Barths

    ST. BARTHS (March 14, 2018) – After being devastated by back-to-back hurricanes (Irma, José and Maria) six short months ago, the island of Saint-Barthélemy is open for business and back with its usual zeal to host the annual St. Barths Bucket Regatta, which has been ...
    Published on 03-14-2018 05:31 PM
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    Officials in the Caribbean island of Grenada are warning ships to steer clear of an underwater volcano due to increased seismic activity that could indicate the start of an eruption at any moment.

    On Tuesday, the Government of Grenada announced that the alert level for the submarine volcano Kick “em Jenny, located 8 km (5 mi) north of the island of Grenada, has been raised to ORANGE, ...
    Published on 03-14-2018 02:18 PM
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    Power sailors move up as big breeze arrives at Finn Europeans in Cádiz
    March 14, 2018 Admin News, Press Release
    The breeze finally arrived on the third day of the Open and U23 Finn European Championships in Cádiz, with three testing races in winds building from 15 to 22 knots during the day. Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, extends his lead to nine points from Ed Wright, of Britain. However, Swedish World Champion, Max Salminen, had the best day of anyone and moved up to third overall.

    For the U23 title, the defending champion, Briton, Henry Wetherell took ...