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    Published on 10-26-2021 11:32 AM
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    Perfect wind conditions for the knockouts. ETA Sailing Team is out. But they are ready to be back.

    The event has ramped up a gear with the start of the knockouts, a series of direct eliminations that the teams must face over the coming days in order to secure a place in the final.
    The knockouts are organised in three rounds (A-B-C), each consisting of three races, in which six teams participate.

    The first round was completed today by Team Argentina, Equal Sailing, Katana Sailing Team, Okalys Youth Project, Youth Europ Sails and ...
    Published on 10-25-2021 09:30 AM
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    October 24, 2021

    This morning, Monday 25 October, the VPLP/Verdier designed 30.48 metre/100 foot racing maxi, Comanche (CAY), skippered by Mitch Booth, crossed the finish line ...
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    Once in Every Lifetime Comes a Race Like This

    1700 CEST The 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race continues deliver. After shredding the first 450 nautical miles of the 606nm racecourse the front-running Maxi Multihulls are only 66nm from the finish and expected in some time after 1930 CEST, well inside the race record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds set in 2007. The leading Maxi Monohulls are also treating the existing benchmark with disdain and look set to better the time as well, albeit ...
    Published on 10-23-2021 11:56 AM
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    October 23, 2021
    A Grand Day in A Grand Harbour

    1700 CEST The 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race has so far lived up to expectations, putting on a sensational start. All 114 yachts got away cleanly in a fresh south-easterly breeze that built from 10-12 knots, in the confines of Grand Harbour, to 15 knots plus once past the outer breakwater. From the smallest to the largest, the slowest to the fastest, it was a magnificent ...
    Published on 10-21-2021 10:18 AM
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    What do you get when you take 3 crews from Bahama, 3 crews from Switzerland, and one crew each from Germany,
    Great Britain and Norway, put them in 5.5 Metres on Lake Garda, add some good breeze and a talented photographer?

    all photos © http://robertdeaves.uk/ ...
    Published on 10-17-2021 10:19 PM
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    TORREGRANDE, ITALY (October 17, 2021) – After much anticipation during the light wind postponement on shore, Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.) took the win in her final race, securing her fifth Women’s Formula Kite World Champion title. Under the new scoring system that will be utilized in the kite’s Paris 2024 debut, Moroz only needed one more race win on the final day of racing to bring home the gold. Joining her in the finals was Great Britain’s Ellie Aldridge, finishing second, France’s Lauriane Nolot in third and Poema Newland in fourth.

    In the thrill of the adrenaline and high emotions, Moroz reflected on her accomplishment, saying “it feels really good. I have to give all my props to the whole squad, the coaches, the team, my parents, friends, and family for the support. It takes a village and I’m really thankful to have their encouragement behind me. I’m absorbing it all right now… the conditions were very difficult this week, even when it was windy, it was super shifty, so making a good plan was tricky. You had to change your decisions and tactics on the go ...
    Published on 10-13-2021 05:24 PM
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    Opening skirmishes at Formula Kite Worlds in Italy throw up surprises in tight racing

    The opening exchanges at the Formula Kite World Championships, being fought out on the Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island of Sardinia, slightly upset the form book after a faltering start, when the wind teased before the action kicked off in earnest.

    Britain’s Katie Dabson scored well in her day’s races on the spectacular track off Torregrande, as the south-westerly breezes filled in late in the day, leaving her second overall.

    Polish teenagers Nina Arcisz and Julia Damasiewicz picked up the pace as racing intensified, after the wind died mid-way through the day’s second race. When ...
    Published on 10-13-2021 11:42 AM
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    High stakes drama in prospect at first Worlds of Olympic cycle in Sardinia

    The world’s fastest kiteboard racers are set to battle for the coveted Formula Kite World Championships in the inaugural title fight of the Olympic cycle, on the Italian island of Sardinia.

    Over five days that promise high-intensity action, the biggest kitefoil fleet ever will go head-to-head on the flat waters off Torregrande, marking the start of the countdown to kiteboarding’s ...
    Published on 10-11-2021 04:30 PM
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    The 2021 Finn World Masters opened on Monday with some challenging breeze of 12 to 18 knots and two amazing races on the Mar Menor.
    Valerian Lebrun picked up two bullets and leads after the first day from Filipe Silva and Anthony Nossiter.

    Though Paul McKenzie led for most of race 1, Lebrun came though on the final downwind with superior free pumping technique.
    In ...
    Published on 10-11-2021 10:43 AM
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    Magic Carpet Cubed prevails in Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez maxi racing
    Saint-Tropez, October 2021

    A most rewarding week two of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez for the maxi yachts concluded today with an easterly eventually filling in to provide 45 of the world’s largest sailing yachts with a last opportunity to put points on the scoreboard. Given the delayed start, the race committee from the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the event’s co-organiser, the International ...
    Published on 10-11-2021 10:12 AM
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    A last minute manoeuvre by Nico Poons’ Charisma won them the final race of the 44Cup Scarlino World Championship by a mere second, but it was the defending champions on Chris Bake’s Team Aqua that defended their title in this 11th RC44 World Championship by one slender point. Like a final curtain call to this World Championship, as well as a reminder of how close the racing always is between the high performance owner-driver one designs, the top eight RC44s all crossed the ...
    Published on 10-11-2021 09:15 AM
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    Arca Sgr wins the 53rd Barcolana:

    With owners Furio Benussi and Lorenzo Bressani at the tactics wins the 53rd Barcolana presented by Generali, one of the most challenging editions ever.

    all images © Borlenghi Studio

    The Bora wind, in a "catabatic version" with short and intense gusts that descend vertically on the Gulf, characterized the racing field, making strategic the work of the tacticists - engaged ...
    Published on 10-10-2021 08:17 PM
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    The Great Britain SailGP Team were dealt a huge blow in the Final of the Spain Sail Grand Prix as they capsized just seconds into the winner-takes-all race - while leading!

    Ben Ainslie's team started with real pace in the strong winds in Cadiz, but as they were streaking out ahead of Final rivals Australia and the United States, their F50 keeled over in the rough conditions.

    This ended the Brits' final immediately, and thankfully all six athletes onboard were accounted for shortly after ...
    Published on 10-08-2021 09:54 AM
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    – Rambler returns!
    – The Romance of French Kiss (IRC4)
    – Maxis love Saint Tropez

    It was under azure skies, the race zone bathed in sunshine, that the 44 Maxis (Aegir having remained in port) competing in the second week of Les Voiles 2021 negotiated the day’s coastal course. With an E’ly wind and a hint of S’ly picking ...
    Published on 10-05-2021 10:56 AM
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    Comanche puts on the show!
    Duel of giants: Topaz versus Velsheda, Jethou, Vesper, NorthStar ~to the happiness of 72 feet

    Obviously, as if it was enough to bring together the most beautiful maxi line-up in the most beautiful port in the world, the Mistral joined in today to showcase a grandiose opening. It is a current of Western tendency that welcomed the 45 Maxis Yachts competing for the very first event of this second week of ...
    Published on 10-01-2021 05:45 PM
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    - Blessed week in Saint-Tropez with sun and wind
    - The Trophies take shape in IRC B, C and D…
    - Classics: Yanira in real time

    After the crazy day of yesterday, when the sailors, on land and at sea, celebrated with communicative enthusiasm the 40 years of the Nioulargue, it's time today for the resumption of the games so magnificently started since Monday. The wind, the summer sun have once again contributed to painting the four ...
    Published on 09-30-2021 11:27 AM
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    Platoon Pile On The Pressure
    Winners of the regatta when it was last held in 2019, Harm Müller Spreer’s Platoon crew took the lead at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week after a fourth place and a race win allowed them to overhaul Andy Soriano’s Alegre who faltered with a seventh and tenth which halted their opening run of three back-to-back winning guns.

    While the day marked the return to form of Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos’s four ...
    Published on 09-30-2021 09:35 AM
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    – A physical regatta in the Mistral!
    – Ideal conditions for the Classics to slip along…
    – Don’t miss tomorrow’s Club 55 Cup & Centenary Trophy: 40 years of the Nioulargue spirit!

    Everyone’s dreamed of it: Les Voiles have done it! Breeze, sunshine, sea spray and the whole fleet of Modern and Classic yachts racing around the Bay together. This third day served up a very generous mixture of passion, sport and nautical ...
    Published on 09-29-2021 09:39 AM
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    On Form Alegre Dominate in Menorca
    Not since Quantum Key West Race Week in 2014 has a 52 SUPER SERIES team opened a regatta with three back-to-back race wins, but Andy Soriano’s Alegre team matched the record of Quantum Racing today when they took both winning guns in breezy conditions at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to complement their first day victory Tuesday.

    With Ado Stead and Nic Asher combining on tactics and strategy and owner Soriano driving Alegre fast in ...
    Published on 09-28-2021 09:35 AM
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    The establishment at the beginning of the afternoon of a nice thermal breeze from the western sector allowed the opening with fanfare of these 23rd Voiles de Saint-Tropez, with a first good start for the 5 categories of Modern sailboats IRC B gauged , C, D, E and F. Five departures harmoniously punctuated under the Portalet, downwind towards the open sea, on a slightly lapping wave. Already the first clashes ...