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    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 06-10-2019 09:30 AM
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    Teams and significant players are in Lorient, France meeting to finalize plans for the revitalized Ocean Race,
    the route, the stops, the teams, the boats and the players all soon to be revealed... We can tell you that a returning
    USA team will have it's mitts on a very well publicized boat in which to compete...

    The French Revolution
    Meet the sailors hoping to bring some je ...
    Published on 05-28-2019 08:36 PM
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    May 25, 2019

    Day 232

    Noon Position: 37 08N 60 26W

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): SE on drogue, 2-3 knots

    Wind(t/tws): NNW 30+ (40 in the afternoon)

    Sea(t/ft): NW 12+

    Sky: Heavy overcast

    10ths Cloud Cover: 10

    Bar(mb): 1007, rising slowly (1004 was the low point)

    Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 34

    Overnight, wind veers into the W and ...
    Published on 05-27-2019 07:19 PM
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    May 24, 2019

    Day 231

    Noon Position: 36 45N 60 57W

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): NW 6 – 7

    Wind(t/tws): SSW 20+

    Sea(t/ft): SW 8 – 10

    Sky: Low cumulus; frontal clouds

    10ths Cloud Cover: 10

    Bar(mb): 1014+, falling 2mb per 2 hours

    Sail: Triple reefed #2, triple reefed main, reaching on port
    Published on 05-23-2019 11:19 AM
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    2019 season
    Time to take the plunge

    There’s no doubt about it, the large offshore multihull season is up and running! Following on from Actual
    Leader last week, Macif yesterday, this morning it was the turn of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to return to the
    ocean this Thursday 23 May at her Lorient base. After a six-month refit, devoted to the repair of the starboard
    bow section lost during the Route du Rhum, together with the optimisation of the giant 32-metre platform, the
    team was keen to rediscover the latest addition to the Gitana fleet on an even keel.

    Charles Caudrelier, one of the racing stable’s two new skippers, had a ringside seat to witness proceedings at what is always a very
    emotional time. Meantime, Franck Cammas monitored this return to the water remotely as he’s lining up today
    for the first meeting of the GC32 Racing Tour season. Both sailors will be reunited next week for a spot of
    offshore sailing in their port of registry.

    Understanding, ...
    Published on 05-21-2019 10:11 AM
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    The first and oldest single-handed transatlantic race, The Transat, will carve out a new path in 2020.

    The first and oldest single-handed transatlantic race, The Transat, will carve out a new path in 2020, with the announcement that the city of Brest in northern Brittany will ...
    Published on 05-16-2019 02:04 PM
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    A sailing vessel traveling to Bermuda found an abandoned 55ft sailing yacht and started towing it to the island.

    A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Thursday 25th April, 2:14 pm – Bermuda Radio received at satellite telephone call from the 118ft sailing vessel Knickerbocker, which is inbound to Bermuda, advising that they have found an abandoned 55ft sailing yacht, and have taken it in tow.

    “The yacht does not have a name displayed, ...
    Published on 05-15-2019 10:44 AM
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    Francis Joyon and IDEC SPORT back in the water for the ROUND BELLE-ILE rac

    Since Francis Joyon’s win in the last Route du Rhum, the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has been in the yard for her winter refit and repairs following what was a very tough Route du Rhum.
    Since that race, Francis has announced he will ...
    Published on 05-12-2019 01:02 PM
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    The 17 competitors in the Bermudes 1000 Race Douarnenez-Brest suspected that this 2,000-mile test would be both comprehensive and complicated. And they haven’t been disappointed! After a tactical start to the race in light airs for the climb up to Fastnet Rock, the situation has seen a dramatic change since last night. The IMOCAs are now powering along at ...
    Published on 05-09-2019 12:16 PM
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    Top start of Bermuda 1000 Race Douarnenez - Brest: A very open game for the 17 solitaires

    This Thursday, May 9 at 17h, 17 sailors took in Douarnenez the start of the Bermuda 1000 Race, the first event on the calendar of the Globe Series (the IMOCA World Championship) in 2019. The conditions were ideal with a west wind of 12 knots allowing the solitaires to take their marks serenely. The weather promises to be ...
    Published on 05-08-2019 11:01 AM
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    The second event of the 2019 Nations Trophy Med League was held at the Club Nautico Scarlino
    in the Tuscany region of Italy over the past weekend with 11 Sawn 50's, 6 Swan 45's and 7 Swan 42s,
    as part of the Swan One Design Circuit, and Carlo Borlenghi did not even have to travel far from his
    Published on 04-28-2019 05:28 PM
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    Antigua (April 28, 2019) – Brilliant sunshine, solid trade winds and Caribbean surf made for the perfect start for the 52nd edition of Antigua Sailing Week. The cocktail of heaven-sent conditions was very apt for English Harbour Rum Race Day. The six CSA racing classes were on the Windward Course enjoying some epic downwind legs straight off the front of the brochure!

    Ker 46 Lady Mariposa won today’s race in CSA 2. British Lombard 46 Pata Negra, skippered by Adrian Fisk was second, and Vittorio Biscarini’s Italian ...
    Published on 04-24-2019 10:55 AM
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    Having recently announced his participation in the M32 World Match Racing circuit as well as the 2019 Bol d'Or,
    Yann Guichard has further strengthened his 2019 sporting calendar with the confirmation of a new attempt at the
    Jules Verne ...
    Published on 04-10-2019 10:08 AM
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    On May 8, following the Grand Prix Guyader, eighteen loners will line up at the start of the Bermuda 1000 Race, the first of three events on the 2019 calendar of the IMOCA Globes Series. All will then leave Douarnenez Bay to reach Brest harbor via the legendary Fastnet lighthouse and a virtual mark off the Azores archipelago, with a total of 2000 miles to go. A colorful route that will reinforce, once again, the strong link that unites the territories of ...
    Published on 04-09-2019 09:02 AM
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    The Atlantic Challenge Guadeloupe> Horta> La Rochelle is a new race proposed by Grand Pavois Organization with the support of the Class40 and the French Sailing Federation.

    The race? A transatlantic return crew (minimum 2 on board) between La Guadeloupe and La Rochelle via a stopover in Horta in the Azores.
    The perfect opportunity after the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe to return to the race of the West Indies as part of a new appointment listed on the official calendars!

    Photos© Pierrick Garenne / GPO

    Published on 04-04-2019 01:16 PM
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    April 4, 2019 – Tarawa, Kiribati
    New month, new country! S/V QUIVER arrived in Kiribati two days ago after a picture-perfect 400+ mile solo crossing from Majuro, making the trip in a bit under four days, almost entirely under sail. From here, i’ll jump on the first good weather window that I can find and get further south – across the equator – towards Fiji.

    QUIVER ...
    Published on 04-02-2019 12:25 PM
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    François Gabart on the subject of Brest Atlantiques:

    “We have emerged much stronger!”

    As far as the MACIF trimaran skipper is concerned, the new Brest Atlantiques race, in which the Ultim’ fleet sets off from Brest to Rio and then to the Cape of Good Hope, before returning to Finistère, is a sign of the vitality of the Ultim 32/23 class following the autumn storms.

    François Gabart and his co-skipper will endeavour ...
    Published on 03-22-2019 09:46 AM
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    18 IMOCAS to compete in the Bermuda 1000 Race Time to clock up the miles again

    The first event on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar for 2019, the Bermuda 1000 Race, will set sail from Douarnenez (Brittany) at 1300 hrs local time on Wednesday 8th May. On the programme, a 2000-mile solo race course finishing in Brest, via the Fastnet and the Azores. Eighteen sailors representing six nationalities will be lining up, including a number of rookies, who will be making the most of the event to gain their first important solo experience aboard an IMOCA. Whatever their ...
    Published on 03-21-2019 04:42 PM
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    The Ocean Race enters new era with global launch event

    The Ocean Race revealed its new brand identity and confirmed two team entries during an online launch event hosted in Alicante, Spain.

    Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race (1973 to 1997) and the Volvo Ocean Race (2001 to 2018), The Ocean Race is the premiere, fully-crewed, offshore race in the world, and a pinnacle event in the sport of sailing.

    Although now under new ownership, The ...
    Published on 03-21-2019 09:20 AM
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    Mo has completed her circumnavigation in the Roaring 40s, including two consecutive roundings of Cape Horn. The circuit took 110 days and covered over 15,000 miles.

    As you saw if you followed on the tracker, I came in north of Diego Ramirez in strong wind, this after writing a blog post describing why that is a bad idea. I was right. More on that later.

    https://www.followmychallenge.com/live/figure8voyage/ ...