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    Published on 07-27-2017 01:25 PM
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    Provezza Eye the Puerto Portals Prize

    (Thursday 27th July, Puerto Portal) – Ergin Imre's Provezza team have been tantalisingly close to winning a regatta twice this season but have not yet managed to close the deal. They go into the final day of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Friday with a lead of three points hoping that their confidence on the Bay of Palma, their smooth sailing and astute tactics will prevail and they will finally crack their last day hoodoo.

    "I really don't want to make too much of ...
    Published on 07-27-2017 12:51 PM
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    Day 3 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017

    The early morning Peler from the North provided contrasting fortunes for the fleet of 220 Moths racing day 3 of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. After a lunchtime break to repair boats and refuel with more pasta, all fleets were sent back out for a much more sedate afternoon of racing, but again the Garda wind gods had other ideas. By 1600hrs the weak afternoon breeze shut down for the day determining the all important Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the Final series.

    The Green and Blue fleets were sent out early ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 12:08 PM
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    Sled Win Two To Go Second

    (Wednesday 26th July, Puerto Portals) – Takashi Okura's Sled hauled themselves up to second place overall at Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week after winning both races on the Bay of Palma today. A pair of precision first leg laylines in a lifting breeze coupled to good starts proved the key as they completed a pair of wins, leading at every mark, a feat which has eluded them since 2014 when they won two races on the last day of the US Championship in Miami.

    Mr Okura's crew, led by tactician Hamish Pepper, strategist Cameron Dunn and navigator Andrea Visintini had a slightly rocky start to this fifth regatta of the six event ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 11:35 AM
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    Slow catch up for Qualifying fleets at Moth Worlds

    There was still a lot of summer thunderstorm activity in the Lake Garda region but finally, racing got underway today on day two of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

    The 220 entrants from 25 nations were split into four groups, Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Qualifying fleets. Because of the lack of racing yesterday (Tuesday), racing was re-scheduled for early starts this morning (Wednesday).

    When the first two groups left the shore it was a cool morning with semi-overcast skies and light to moderate but unstable breeze from the North and some big waves. However, ...
    Published on 07-25-2017 12:14 PM
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    July 24th 2017
    In the windiest of the 14 race days faced yet in the Tour de France à la Voile, another spectacular Super Final saw a sparkling Lorina Limonade – Golf du Morbihan take to the ...
    Published on 07-24-2017 08:19 AM
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    Paul Goodison shows his speed in Italian Moth Series

    Italian Moth Series at Fraglia Vela, Lake Garda, Italy

    For day 2 of the Italian Moth Series, the precursor to the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds, Lake Garda delivered with fantastic Moth sailing conditions with spectators enjoying a grand stand view of the action from the Fraglia Vela Malcesine club foreshore. The Yellow fleet was sent out for a 1300hrs start in warm afternoon sunshine and flat water. The breeze continued to swing between 200 - 240 degrees, delaying the start for about ...
    Published on 07-14-2017 09:22 AM
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    The head of a yacht firm has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht which capsized in the Atlantic with the loss of four lives.
    Douglas Innes had been responsible for the Cheeki Rafiki, ...
    Published on 07-09-2017 10:56 AM
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    Violent collision on water
    The day is clearly to forget for the champions of the title Lorina Limonade - Gulf of Morbihan which have chained
    Published on 07-07-2017 11:54 AM
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    The third day of the 2017 Corfu Challenge with Rolex as the official timepiece proved to be yet another superb day of racing Maxi 72’s! Teams left Marina Gouvia with flat, calm sapphire blue water and were delighted to rendezvous in a fully white capped race area. Sailors are all enjoying the intellectual and ...
    Published on 07-04-2017 12:31 PM
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    The sailing yacht Capella capsized on Ostend on Saturday morning at 8:30 with 6 sailors aboard. There was a NW wind 6-7. Man and power were sought for a missing crew member. A rescue helicopter of the Belgian army and navy police and the ...
    Published on 07-02-2017 10:11 AM
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    Two full seasons dedicated to the RC44 class paid off today for Russian Alexander Novoselov, his American tactician Andy Horton and the crew of Katusha, when they won their first ever RC44 Championship event.

    “It has taken us two years to win, so I am very excited,” said Novoselov. “It feels very nice. We have a very nice atmosphere on board with a lot of joking. It’s fun. We had good weather. Today we had great wind. We were just about in control! Porto Cervo ...
    Published on 07-02-2017 09:55 AM
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    Huge excitement with spectator boats surrounding Concise 10. Fastest multihull rounding at 08.02.40secs achieved in 2hrs 22min 23secs beating Phaedo3's record by ONE MINUTE!

    Four seasons in one day, a game of two halves, a bit of everything; you can pick your cliche, but the 2017 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay has certainly delivered on all levels. *

    Ultimately, it will be the MOD70, Concise 10 taking the lion’s share of the headlines, and rightly so as Ned Collier Wakefield steered the 70ft trimaran ...
    Published on 06-23-2017 04:47 PM
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    IRC Nationals fleet licking their wounds after tough opening day!

    With the southwesterly piping up to 30 knots in the final race, the RORC IRC Nationals got off to a brisk start on the Solent today with two windward-leewards followed by a round the cans race.

    Appropriately, given this is an annual championship for Royal Ocean Racing Club's rating rule, it is a mix of both the newest boats and the very oldest, that lead at the conclusion of day one.

    all photos © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com
    Published on 06-23-2017 09:46 AM
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    Andy Soriano's British entry Alegre suffers a gravity storm during today's racing in Porto Cervo
    and a resulting drop in standings as well. Alegre was tied for 3rd with SLED and Provezza before today's
    racing, and the resulting mast breakage hurts in more than one way. Full report shortly...

    In the mean time, please enjoy the video highlights from Day 2:

    Better Never Stops
    Wednesday's transgression may be two days behind them. Today they climbed to the top of the Porto Cervo 52 SUPER ...
    Published on 06-22-2017 01:51 PM
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    Rán Racing On Top of 52 SUPER SERIES Roller Coaster

    (Thursday 22nd June, Porto Cervo) – For two of the 2017 season's top 52 SUPER SERIES teams the familiar waters of Porto Cervo, Sardinia have been something of an emotional rollercoaster. The oft heard cliché that so competitive is the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet right now that one day you are in the penthouse, seemingly unstoppable, then, severely punished for the smallest of mistakes, you are languishing on the pavement.

    On Day 1 of the Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Audi Sailing Week the defending 2016 champions Quantum Racing finished rock ...
    Published on 06-19-2017 10:21 AM
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    Leg 1 - a rough night

    I take out some taboule and proceed with eating my dinner - the fleet has rounded the mark G I am still miles away from which is quite disheartening - I really took a hit in the Gironde. I also know that we will have some heavy weather and the directive I got was 'after you round BXA and you are on your way to the most windward mark of the course, once the wind is up around 20, drop down to your Solent (aka jib). I will just monitor. I am able to fly the kite to mark G so I do. Things quiet down and the wind is now down which make for serene conditions.

    I can't help thinking that I am ...
    by Published on 06-08-2017 11:56 AM
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    Nathalie Criou is racing a Beneteau Figaro under the Richmond Yacht Club Foundation burgee. She is the ONLY American in ...
    Published on 05-26-2017 10:33 AM
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    Credit: Yann Riou / Macif

    François Gabart and his team won the first race of the season on the MACIF trimaran – the USHIP ArMen Race. They left La Trinité-sur-Mer shortly after 4 pm in calm weather. MACIF and his crew engaged ...
    Published on 05-20-2017 12:09 PM
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    Super Steady Platoon Win Rolex TP52 World Title
    (Saturday 20th May, Scarlino) – Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew got the better of the five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown to win the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time. Their seemingly unerring consistency across the challenging, hard-to-read conditions proved telling. Though they did not win a race, only once in eight contests did Platoon finish out of the top three, counting five second places. Third ...
    Published on 05-17-2017 12:39 PM
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    (Wednesday 17th May, Scarlino) – Maintaining a superlative level of consistency through a tough, three-race day, Harm Müller-Spreer's German-flagged team on Platoon have taken over the lead of the Rolex TP52 World Championship, earning themselves a cushion of three points ahead of defending world champions Quantum Racing.

    The foundation component of the Platoon consistency seems to be their ability to find themselves a workable, clean lane up the first beat even after a poorer start. And so far, after four races at this prestigious world championship, they are the team that ...