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    Published on 08-16-2017 03:45 PM
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    As the world´s best 8 metre sailors gather together at the waterside, the late summer conditions could hardly be better at Hankř.
    Clear sky and slightly above 20 degrees welcome the participants of this year´s 8 Metre World Cup at Hankř Yacht Club tonight. After two days of tune up races during the weekend, the official World cups kicked off on Monday 14. The first warning signals will be at 1200 every day during the race week. 28 yachts from nine nations, including H.M King Harald of Norway ´s "Sira", will be fighthing on the water to win the World Cup Trophee ...
    Published on 08-16-2017 08:47 AM
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    Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race

    Spanish team MAPFRE completed overall Leg Zero victory in the early hours of Wednesday (16 August) and struck the first psychological blow in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

    But what the Leg Zero series of qualifiers confirmed above all is that all the teams boasting race experience and/or preparation time are extremely closely matched.

    The newer teams know they have more work to do, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the ...
    Published on 08-15-2017 10:27 AM
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    Setting off at 4am on Wednesday 9th August Ollie Hill, Ella Lance and Joshua Davies attempted to break the 30-year-old record of 13 hours and 55 minutes for going around the Isle of Wight in Optimist dinghies. The previous record was set ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 02:10 PM
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    The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 Test Event comes to an end, as the five remaining gold medallists are decided.
    The last day of the Test Event kicked off with sunny and windy conditions in the Bay of Aarhus, Denmark. Temperatures reached 19°C, and a south-westerly breeze of 11 - 15 knots, gusting 20, provided challenging conditions for competitors.

    After 5 of the Olympic ...
    Published on 08-13-2017 09:57 AM
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    MAPFRE continue Leg Zero dominance in opening act of final stage



    MAPFRE maintained their near-faultless performance in Volvo Ocean Race qualifying – and gave themselves the best possible chance of completing overall victory in the Leg Zero series – as they led the fleet over the finish line on a short opening stage of the final race out of ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 09:51 AM
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    Xabi Fernández and his in-form MAPFRE team claimed their second victory in Leg Zero qualifying with another commanding performance in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race.

    MAPFRE had a lead of seven nautical miles when they crossed the finish line at 0629 UTC off the iconic French sailing city of Saint-Malo.

    Team Brunel took second place in their first race sailing with new recruit Peter Burling, the Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman, whose signing was ...
    Published on 08-11-2017 09:23 AM
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    Three in a row for Night and Day
    Friday 11 August 2017 - AM

    Probably the toughest battle in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race was the duel for the lead in the largest class of the smallest boats, IRC Four. This was an all-French affair, both in French-built JPK 10.10 sisterships and both teams from northern France. However one was doublehanded from Cherbourg; the other fully crewed from Le Havre. And they have considerable ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 09:12 AM
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    Saint-Malo: Here We Come

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series
    August 10, 2017

    The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s left Plymouth on Thursday for the third race of the Leg Zero qualifying series – weaving their way through waves of tired/euphoric sailors ...
    Published on 08-10-2017 08:49 AM
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    Class leaders firming up
    Thursday 10 August 2017 - AM



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    Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven. With this, the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up along with the prospects for the boat that will be the crowned overall winner under IRC in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial flagship offshore race. ...
    Published on 08-09-2017 09:43 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team win dash for Rolex Fastnet Race finish line
    Wednesday 9 August 2017 - AM

    Some of the world’s most high profile ocean racing yachts arrived in Plymouth in the early hours of this morning at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

    Following Rambler, Ludde Ingvall’s 100ft maxi CQS and Nikata, (at 115ft LOA, the longest yacht in the race), came the fleet of seven identical VO65s competing on Leg Zero of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. However, in an exceptional performance, ...
    Published on 08-08-2017 03:46 PM
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    Just when you think you have seen his best, the master, Carlo Borlenghi out does himself again.

    The just published aerial gallery from Tuesdays rounding at Fastnet Rock are crazy mesmerizing.

    Well done sir.







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    Published on 08-08-2017 02:59 PM
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    The first monohull arrivals are due into Plymouth tonight with George David’s Rambler 88 leading the charge, rounding Bishop Rock, the mandatory mark of the course southwest of the Scilly Isles, at 1515 BST.



    (Rambler 88 has finished 2d 8h 34m 26s)


    But the hottest contest in this group is between the seven one design Volvo Open 65s. They finally reached the Fastnet Rock at around breakfast time this morning with the Chinese entry Dongfeng Race Team in first place, making the turn south ...
    Published on 08-07-2017 09:54 AM
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    Concise approaches the Rock as Portland Bill pays

    Monday 7 August 2017

    Overnight the fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race has been made solid progress upwind, tacking on shifts and dipping in and out of the land according to whether or not the tide is favourable.

    At 0900 Tony Lawson’s MOD 70 trimaran Concise 10 was off the Irish coast just about to tack towards the Fastnet Rock while the next boat ...
    Published on 08-06-2017 04:55 PM
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    Some additional clicks as they have come in from the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race
    from phototogs Mark Lloyd, Carlo Borlenghi, Paul Wyeth, Kurt Arrigo















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    Published on 08-05-2017 09:13 AM
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    Match racing is full of subtle moves and maneuvers.

    Then there are the not so subtle ones!







    You gotta love the ...
    Published on 08-04-2017 05:10 PM
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    Maverick is an Infiniti 46R designed by DSS creator Hugh Welbourn mainly for coastal and offshore yacht racing.


    “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
    — Dr. Seuss


    Complete with canting keel and Dynamic Stability System (DSS) foils, Maverick is the first boat of its size to combine this technology and the only 46 ft yacht to utilise twin foils. The DSS system ...
    Published on 08-03-2017 03:28 PM
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    With the all-important Medal Race cutoff kicking in today for all three fleets at the 49er/49erFX/Nacra17 European Championship in Kiel, Germany, all pressure was on the ‘bubble’ teams to perform at their best. Some rose to the challenge, some quietly snuck in to the last spot, and many were left disappointed after a brutally hard day on the water that included a huge squall and winds from 6-18 knots.

    Gold fleet racing began for the Nacra 17 fleet under rainy ...
    Published on 08-03-2017 12:10 PM
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    August 3, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland - Sparkling sailing, with lots of sun and waves, characterizes the fourth day of racing in Helsinki, where the 2017 Melges 24 World Championship is going to conclude tomorrow.

    PRO Madis Ausman and his Race Committee did an amazing job benefiting at the best from the heavy but still ideal conditions to add three ...
    Published on 08-03-2017 11:15 AM
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    Matt Jerwood (Redline Racing) beat Sally Barkow (Team Magenta 32) 3-0 and is through to the quarter-finals. The Australian skipper showed timing, speed and control to lead off the start and win all three races from wire to wire.

    “It was pretty nuclear ...
    Published on 08-03-2017 09:29 AM
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    Today was one of fast and furious action at Lendy Cowes Week. “On the way out to the start it looked like the Apocalypse was coming, and with a short course, there were a lot of corners coming up really fast,” said John Hamilton, bowman on Stewart Whitehead's Rebellion, which finished third in the Fast40+ class today.

    “We had two short legs when we had to peel from the Code Zero to the spinnaker, so it was very challenging but we love that. On the bow it was like a submarine at times, I was getting soaked to the bone, stinging spray in my face, a proper hosing! The finish was amazing, we gybed for the line side by side with Pace and just hung on – it was a thrill to win that battle.”

    Celebrity action and broken records

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