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    Published on 06-19-2019 12:37 PM
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    Anthony Marchand wins stage 3

    Published on 19/06/2019

    Anthony Marchand, 34, from Plomeur, southwest of Quimper, has taken victory in Stage 3 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro this morning, crossing the line at 09:29CET after 2 days, 19 hours 18 minutes and 36 seconds at sea racing Groupe Royer-Populaire Secours.

    Marchand was fourth at the Videcoq bouy by Granville and actually approached the Alderney race in sixth. But, ...
    Published on 06-19-2019 12:28 PM
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    Azzurra Leads Royal Cup in Puerto Sherry
    (Wednesday 19th June, Puerto Sherry) – It was places gained on successive runs during the second race today that keep Azzurra and Bronenosec in the top two places after four races at the Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup. At this new, challenging venue for the circuit, the key learning so far is that consistency is especially elusive in this high-level fleet on a race course where the sea breeze on the water is especially hard to read.




    Witness the fall ...
    Published on 06-18-2019 04:08 PM
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    Editor's Note: Karl Robrock produces this epic writeup on his latest Coastal Cup Adventure, this time with Hogin Sail's Steve McCarthy.
    The 2017 Edition was not what Karl had hoped for and was later written up HERE!!!



    Snafu vs. Coastal Cup 2019 /June 17, 2019

    I had some unsettled business with Coastal Cup after making landfall by air instead of water two years ago. Steve and I were ready to take another stab at it. Snafu has been equipped with a bomber Ballenger rig - the Express 27 section rather than Ultimate 20 section this time.

    This year’s Coastal Cup was attended ...
    Published on 06-18-2019 11:13 AM
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    Alexis Loison, (Region Normandie), continues to assert his dominance on the shortened 400-nautical mile third
    stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, having led the fleet for much of the last 48 hours.




    Alongside Gildas Mahe, (Breizh Cola-Equi-Thé), and Anthony Marchand, (Groupe Royer-Populaire Secours),
    the trio have earned themselves an incredible buffer of 52 miles over the rest of the fleet, having escaped
    through a key tidal gate off the north eastern tip of the Channel Islands, which so many others fell foul of,
    describing it as ‘hellish’ and ‘disastrous.’ (You ...
    Published on 06-18-2019 10:35 AM
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    No. 5 Elbe" again on the surface
    Nocturnal success for the salvage mission of the monument ship "No. 5 Elbe" in the swing mouth:
    Since about 1 o'clock the sunken 135-year-old ship is again at the water surface.



    Translated from NDR.com

    Air bags brought it up
    At the weekend, divers of a Spanish specialist company had ...
    Published on 06-18-2019 09:45 AM
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    IS THE STAGE 3 PODIUM ALREADY SET?

    Less than 24 hours after the start of the 450-nautical mile third stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, Alex Loison, (Region Normandie), is currently leading a breakaway trio which has earned a cushion of 18 miles since they escaped through a key tidal gate off ...
    Published on 06-17-2019 12:10 PM
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    Competition was intense from start to finish for Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing and the 464 competitors in the 81st edition of the Bol d’Or. This intensity was accentuated by the myriad of weather conditions: from lights winds towards Le Bouveret and a sudden, vicious storm on the return leg to Geneva. A storm of such violent proportions that racing had to be suspended for a period of time. Despite the difficult ...
    Published on 06-17-2019 09:45 AM
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    Tanguy LeTurquais ran aground on the rocks of the eastern tip of Alderney around 1330hrs French time.
    Despite several attempts to get off unaided Race Direction sent an inflatable RIB to help.
    Unfortunately on the falling tide, Quéguiner-Kayak was stuck fast on rocks while there was still about
    twenty centimetres of tidal range still to fall.

    Bob Escoffier’s motor trimaran Express, which accompanies the fleet as media boat and guard ship,
    tried to pass a line which was connected to a spinnaker ...
    Published on 06-15-2019 12:39 PM
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    Converging disturbances wreaked have on the Bold'Or Mirabaud on Lake Geneva Saturday, with winds in excess of 50 knots, hail lightning and thunderstorms, before clearing out. Many DNF's litter the course yet the race continues...


    image ©raffica sailing team

    The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is the most important inland lake regatta in the world.
    Started in 1939, it welcomes mono-hulls and multihulls each year on Lake Geneva, starting in Geneva, ...
    Published on 06-13-2019 12:16 PM
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    Record stands as Rambler 88 claims
    line honours victory in breezy Rolex Giraglia

    Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
    13 June 2019

    The Mediterranean’s reputation for light wind yacht racing was dented today, with the lead boats regularly experiencing 20-30 knot winds in the Rolex Giraglia’s offshore race - organised jointly by Yacht Club Italiano, Yacht Club de Monaco and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and supported by the International Maxi Association (IMA).

    Starting from the Golfe de Saint-Tropez at 12:35 yesterday, the maxi ...
    Published on 06-13-2019 09:36 AM
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    With the breeze off Roscoff shutting down to become very light yesterday evening and through the night,
    the later finishers on Stage 2 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro struggled against the tide and unfortunately
    saw big increases in the time differences behind the leaders and some of their rivals.











    Such is the uncompromising nature of this race, the combination of missed tides and light winds,
    means hard earned minutes can very suddenly turn to hours.

    Even so this 50th edition of La Solitaire ...
    Published on 06-13-2019 08:36 AM
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    OC Sport confirms the closure of Extreme Sailing Series™

    OC Sport, the international event organiser and rights holder which owns the Extreme Sailing Series™, has confirmed all operations for the global circuit have ceased after they were unable to reach a successful Management-Buy-Out.

    OC Sport, the international event organiser ...
    Published on 06-12-2019 08:30 AM
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    It was a five cruise ship day in Ketchikan, and the irony was not lost on those paying attention and all the R2AK fans and families who gathered in the Alaska Fish House that, as the nearest supply of dry and warm, has become the official finish line waiting room for the expectant recipients of a newborn winner of the R2AK. One dock over, the floating buffet tables were starting to gather their ...
    Published on 06-11-2019 09:11 AM
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    Racing towards a depression which has brought them strengthening winds and heavy rain as they reach eastwards up the Channel, the fleet on the second leg of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro are being led by Yoann Richomme (Hellowork-Groupe Telegramme), who has eked out a lead of nearly four miles on second placed Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) early this morning.

    Richomme. Leg 1 winner, reported gusts of more than 35-knots and short, steep confused seas as he battled towards the Needles Fairway buoy which ...