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    Published on 08-21-2019 12:11 PM
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    Palermo-Montecarlo, the fifth and final event of the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2018-2019, set sail from Sicily at midday today with crews anticipating a long, tactical race north along the Sardinian and Corsica coasts to reach the Principality.

    This is the 15th running of Palermo-Montecarlo, originally designed by the Monaco Consul and the City of Palermo Sports Council, to ‘unite two historically ...
    Published on 08-16-2019 09:54 AM
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    On the Dutch province of Friesland there lies Lake Tjeukemeer, where they race barges.
    Now the dutch barges were not made to be raced, they were made to deliver cargo through
    the shallow waters of the Netherlands.

    But most of these dutch barges are outdated for deliveries and have been converted ...
    Published on 08-14-2019 03:42 PM
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    Wednesday 14 Aug 2019 Rupert Holmes/CWL

    Very shifty southerly winds provided testing conditions for navigators and tacticians at Cowes Week today as a number of weather fronts passed over the race area. With very strong gusts recorded to the west of the Solent during the morning, relatively short courses were set with the aim of getting fleets home before winds increased further over the race areas in the afternoon.

    During the start sequences winds varied between 10 and 18 knots, with the forecast rain fortuitously holding off. The wind had eased to 10 knots for the start of IRC ...
    Published on 08-11-2019 08:54 AM
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    Due to damage sustained in the last race, Great Britain SailGP Team will not participate in race 2.
    Amazingly the United States SailGP Team is ready to race following its capsize, and Japan SailGP Team will be back on the start line as well despite damage.

    COWES, UK – August 11, 2019 – In extreme conditions at the European debut of SailGP, Australia’s Tom Slingsby ...
    Published on 08-09-2019 10:52 AM
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    A major weather system has hit the UK and Western Europe bringing high winds rain and thunderstorms
    forcing officials to cancel the 1st day of the SailGP Cowes.

    Published on 08-09-2019 10:14 AM
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    Meanwhile.... some major foiling exhibition makes little splash

    The Duchess of Cambridge’s boat has been disqualified in The King’s Cup Regatta.

    The announcement of HRH’s disqualification came following the second race of the day.

    It is understood that the decision was made after her boat started the race too early, ...
    Published on 08-09-2019 09:59 AM
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    The other day I got a call from Sam Light, early in the morning, so I knew something was up! The forecast was finally here for sending a kite foil rounding of The Isle of Wight . I cancelled the schedule and ...
    Published on 08-07-2019 09:44 AM
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    Just in: The Roo Launches in Cowes, and sails maybe a bit too fast....

    The British Speed Record lasts but 1 day....CLICKY

    First day on the water and smashed ...
    Published on 08-07-2019 08:59 AM
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    David and Peter Askew's VO70 Wizard is the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, claiming the Fastnet Challenge Cup for 1st in IRC Overall © Kurt Arrigo/Rolex

    US Rolex Fastnet Race winner breaks French winning streak
    An American VO70 has continued its phenomenal winning streak to claim the Fastnet Challenge Cup, the overall prize for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. David and Peter Askew, aboard their VO70 Wizard, came out on top under IRC corrected time, beating ...
    Published on 08-06-2019 11:17 AM
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    Take some of the fastest vessels of various size on earth, mix in a little Irish Sea, Some dramatic
    backdrop like the Fastnet Lighthouse, mix in some magical lighting and put Carlo Borlenghi in a helicopter
    and voila! You get some insane imagery like none other available! ...
    Published on 08-05-2019 04:34 PM
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    Charal shakes off competition to claim Rolex Fastnet Race honours
    While IMOCA 60s are renowned for racing non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe, the doublehanded crews of these extraordinary space-age craft appreciate the Rolex Fastnet Race as it offers most conditions of a round the world race within just a few days.

    With the IMOCA 60s going through a revolution - following the introduction of foils, one design keels and masts, and being chosen as the grand prix boat of The Ocean Race, there has been huge interest in how they are performing, ...
    Published on 08-05-2019 08:39 AM
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    Article by Nicholas Fichot for Voiles et Voiliers

    The search did not resume Monday morning to try to find at sea the body of the Minister Stéphane Thomas whose Mini 6.50 had been found empty Saturday night off Brest. This skipper made a solitary course of 1000 miles qualifying. The Ministries of Transgascogne will respect a minute of silence ...
    Published on 08-05-2019 07:58 AM
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    Rambler 88 claims consecutive monohull line honours
    Rambler 88 has won monohull line honours this morning, after crossing the Plymouth finish line at 09:55:02. American Owner George David and his all-star crew were delighted to have beaten their rivals on the 100-footer SHK Scallywag to the punch.

    For a while it looked like breaking the outright monohull race record was on the cards, especially after Rambler 88 set a new record from ...
    Published on 08-04-2019 12:07 PM
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    All 4 Maxi Ultimes have beaten the previous Fastnet Record, With Gitana 7 just nipping Macif by 58 seconds....withs a 1Day, 4hour, 2 minutes and 26 seconds elapsed time record

    "The Royal Ocean Racing Club would like to congratulate Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their Ultim Maxi Edmond de Rothschild for remarkable victory, winning multihull line honours and setting a new multihull race record for the #RolexFastnetRace!"

    Previous Fastnet Multihull Record: 1d 8h 48m 46s August 20011 Banque Populaire Loïck Peyron

    The 32m long Ultim trimarans laid on a spectacular finish in this 48th Rolex Fastnet Race resulting in MACIF, the leader since rounding the Fastnet Rock earlier this morning,
    Published on 08-03-2019 02:41 PM
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    A massive fleet started the 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

    A record fleet of 388 yachts set sail this afternoon from Cowes on the Rolex Fastnet Race.

    From the outset this 48th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s pinnacle event was unusual. Whereas in most ‘normal’ Rolex Fastnet Races, the giant fleet embarks on a highly tactical race, tacking down the Solent and out into the English Channel, then having to figure out how to make the best of the strong tide, instead today they were treated to a southeasterly ...
    Published on 08-03-2019 09:37 AM
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    Big or small boat race? The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race remains wide open
    Whether to go inshore or offshore, how long will it take, will it be a ‘big boat or small boat’ race, how to handle the powerful tides and will I need an anchor and an umbrella? The answers for this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race are profoundly different according to whether you are on an Ultim trimaran or one of the fastest monohulls ...
    Published on 08-02-2019 02:45 PM
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    Tasar 2019 World Championship at Hayling Island SC Friday - Day 5 – The Waiting Game…

    Race 9 started after an initial hour’s postponement due to the lack of breeze on the race course, followed by an indefinite postponement. Racing got underway at 1442 BST in glorious sunshine and 8 – 10 knot breeze. The first start was a general recall & black flag but everyone got away on the second start.

    First round the mark was local duo GBR 2877 James Peters followed by AUS 2942 James Burman and AUS 2848 Rob Douglass. The front running boats where all team racing to the finish with a first for AUS 2813 Rick Longbottom and Darryl Bentley, second AUS 2942 James and Tara Burman and third for Championship leaders AUS 2848 ...
    Published on 08-02-2019 08:48 AM
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    The new scoring system being employed at the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE started to take effect today. As the 132 boat 11 division regatta moves from its Preliminary Series to two days of Finals racing, scores are allocated by the classification order after this opening series. The first placed boat carries one point to the Finals, the second two and the third three. King Felipe of Spain steered ...
    Published on 07-31-2019 03:50 PM
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    After a faltering start to day one of the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, Alinghi turned on the afterburners to take the final two races of a full-on, five-heat afternoon in the latest round of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour in Palma, Mallorca.

    The recently crowned GC32 World Champions sit tied on points with Oman Air who won the first and third races of the day. The warm northeasterly breeze was blowing 15-18 knots straight off the shore of Palma, although there were some big gusts and wind shifts ready to catch the foiling catamaran ...
    Published on 07-31-2019 03:03 PM
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    With a strong Mistral wind blowing on the Mediterranean to the north of Mallorca, the third day of the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE was the most challenging yet. Racing in gusty offshore NE’ly winds of 12-25 knots, the winning watchwords were keeping it safe and simple in many of the 11 divisions.

    Certainly that was the case for ...