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    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 10-09-2020 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 10-06-2020 09:42 AM
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    As if by magic, in just 48 hours the port of Saint Tropez has been cleared of the 130 competitors that graced the race zone and the pontoons during the first week. Act II of the new format Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez begins tomorrow, Tuesday 6, with the launch of the first races for three groups of large modern yachts belonging to the maxi yacht categories, together with the large classic schooners. ...
    Published on 10-05-2020 10:15 AM
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    Double 9er victory for Germany, Italy wins the Nacra 17s
    The Germans won both the 49er and 49er FX fleets on the final day of the 2020 Forward WIP European Championship, while Italy foiled to victory in the Nacra 17 catamaran fleet.

    Although the 49erFX leaderboard stayed fairly steady, the four races per fleet on the final day generated some big changes on the 49er and Nacra scoreboards. There were always opportunities on the unpredictable race courses on sunny Lake Attersee.


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    Published on 10-01-2020 10:19 AM
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    Wind, sunshine and the most beautiful classic and modern boats racing in the bay of Saint Tropez. Who could ask for more, particularly on a day which was forecast to be oh so very different? Defying the most pessimistic forecasts and benefiting from a slightly delayed start to proceedings, this third day of racing provided the perfect blend of Monday’s breezy conditions and yesterday’s light airs, with a medium SW’ly wind of ...
    Published on 09-28-2020 12:28 PM
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    The Moderns in joy under the Portalet: Daguet2, Spirit of Malou, Andante 4 already in evidence
    - Tomorrow Tuesday, entry into the running of the Classics Make way for sport! And how !

    The Gulf of Saint-Tropez was today adorned with its finery, sustained wind, azure sky, bright sun and navy blue sea, perfectly meeting the expectations of the 85 modern sailboats invited to launch ...
    Published on 09-27-2020 08:27 PM
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    Marina di Scarlino - The third stage of the Melges 32 World League international circuit ends with another exciting day, characterized by strong winds and sea, for the occasion hosted by Marina di Scarlino thanks to the joint organization of Melges Europe and of the Club Nautico Scarlino.

    To close the event on the highest hail of the podium is Martin ...
    Published on 09-24-2020 10:11 AM
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    WHAT A DEBUT
    It’s Young Azzurra the protagonist of the second day of Persico 69F Cup ITAS Assicurazioni G.P 2.2, the first day of races after the opening lull.

    Under the gaze of an enthusiastic Commodore Michael Illbruck, the team made by YCCS wins and convinces, with an extraordinary debut. After a first day without wind, today in ...
    Published on 09-16-2020 12:31 PM
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    Fred Duthil (Technique Voile) takes 1st in leg 3


    Marc Mallaret, (CER Occitanie) 2nd


    Adrien Hardy (Ocean Attitude) completes the podium


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    Published on 09-15-2020 08:41 AM
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    PÉRON-LE CLÉAC'H, THE OPPORTUNISTS
    Published on 09/15/2020

    We will remember from these last hours, between many adventures, the remarkable shot full of opportunism played this morning by two latecomers, Eric Péron and Armel ...
    Published on 09-13-2020 04:59 PM
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    THE BAY OF SEINE FOR FIRST JUSTICE OF THE PEACE!
    Published on 09/13/2020

    A relatively peaceful night, spent sliding at a small trot and under a gennaker along the chalk cliffs of the Opal Coast, abruptly followed this morning, barely adorned ...
    Published on 09-13-2020 11:11 AM
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    Reports of orcas striking sailing boats in the Straits of Gibraltar have left sailors and scientists confused. Just what is causing such unusually aggressive behaviour?

    The Guardian Reports




    When nine killer whales surrounded the 46ft boat that Victoria Morris was crewing in Spain on the afternoon of 29 July, she was elated. The biology graduate taught sailing in New Zealand and is used to friendly orca encounters. But the atmosphere quickly changed when they started ramming the hull, spinning the boat 180 degrees, ...
    Published on 09-12-2020 12:32 PM
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    PHIL SHARP LEADS OUT OF DUNKIRK ON ‘MONSTER’ STAGE 3 LEG OF LA SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO
    Published on 12/09/2020

    The Race Director of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro shortened the course for Stage 2 to ensure that the skippers had a full extra night of sleep before this afternoon’s start of Stage 3, a 492 miles ‘monster’ of a leg from Dunkirk down the Channel and all the way around the Brittany coast to Saint Nazaire.



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    Published on 09-11-2020 02:57 PM
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    A DECISIVE THIRD STAGE TO LA SOLITAIRE DE FIGARO IS SET BUT THIRD PLACED GOODCHILD IS STAYING COOL
    Published on 11/09/2020




    The third stage of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro which starts from Dunkirk on Saturday afternoon at 1600hrs local time is a 492 nautical ...
    Published on 09-11-2020 02:32 PM
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    TRACKER


    The 17 Défi Azimut IMOCAs are now all heading north since Miranda Merron on Campagne de France rolled up the Azimut 2 waypoint at 5:34 pm, a little over 7 hours after the first Charlie Dalin (Apivia).

    On this last 186-mile stretch, anything can still happen: a great battle of tacking begins at the start of the evening and to add ...
    Published on 09-08-2020 08:36 AM
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    ARMEL LE CLÉAC’H (BANQUE POPULAIRE) WINS STAGE 2, GBR’S SAM GOODCHILD TAKES SECOND
    Published on 08/09/2020

    Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) crossed the finish line at 16:24:30hrs ...
    Published on 09-07-2020 09:43 PM
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    ARMEL LE CLÉAC’H IN CONTROL AT STAGE 2 HALFWAY POINT


    Two times La Solitaire du Figaro champion Armel Le Cléach (Banque Populaire) said before the start that he was ‘going to be an opportunist’ on this 51st edition. For the second time in as many stages the Vendée Globe winner has been true to his word but this time his risk was positively rewarded.
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    Published on 09-06-2020 01:37 PM
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    FIRST NIGHT PERFORMANCE MAY SHAPE FINISH ORDER IN DUNKIRK TUESDAY
    Published on 06/09/2020

    The second stage of the La Solitaire du Figaro started on the Baie de Saint Brieuc, northern Brittany in a light to moderate north easterly breeze at 1100hrs this Sunday morning. The 404 nautical miles stage takes the 35 strong field of solo sailors east to Dunkirk, a new destination port for the multi stage solo offshore race which celebrates ...