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    Published on 09-20-2021 10:20 AM
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    You could hardly hope for a more dramatic race packed into less than two days at sea than we saw in the Défi Azimut-Lorient Agglomération 48-Hours classic, a contest that tested crews and produced another stellar performance at the front by Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat on APIVIA.

    The beauty of the 48-Hours – the centrepiece of another very successful Défi Azimut rendez-vous in Lorient for the IMOCA Class and its suppliers – is that the race directors can ...
    Published on 09-16-2021 09:10 AM
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    NOTORIOUS AND AIDA DOMINATE IN LIGHT AIRS ON DAY ONE OF XACOBEO SIX METRE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2021



    14 September 2021 – Sanxenxo, Spain – The opening day of the Xacobea Six Metre European Championship 2021 in Sanxenxo, Spain featured two tricky light airs races for the thirty-one competing teams from eleven nations. Racing for the Open and Classic Divisions was run in a light and at times shifty north westerly that gave the tacticians plenty to think about, kept the trimmers busy changing gears and put the mark layers through their paces. ...
    Published on 09-14-2021 12:18 PM
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    Pre-start Collision Before Offshore Leg to Helsinki Forces Team Denmark and Sweden to Retire




    For the first time in the history of the Nord Stream Race, a collision between the Danish and Swedish boats leads to a retirement, so that this afternoon only the teams from Finland, Russia and Germany were ...
    Published on 09-13-2021 03:18 PM
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    Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup enjoys a spectacular renaissance

    The wind off Porto Cervo never filled in on the final day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Thus, following Friday s layday, the results at the end of play on Thursday stand, at this the pinnacle event of the maxi yachting calendar, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with maxi yachting’s governing body, the International Maxi Association.

    For the third time, the stand-out performance across the maxi fleets was that of Canadian Terry ...
    Published on 09-12-2021 10:40 AM
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    ONE FINAL FASTNET ULTRA MARATHON TO DECIDE LA SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO


    Corentin Horeau (Mutuelle Bleue pour l’Institut Curie) led the fleet out of Morlaix Bay this afternoon at the start of one of the longest legs in the recent history of the French annual multi stage solo offshore race, an epic 685 miles Stage 4 taking the 34 racers to the Fastnet Rock and back to the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro’s final ...
    Published on 09-10-2021 09:30 AM
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    Disaster for Highland Fling XI as Lyra wins her class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

    by James Boyd / International Maxi Association

    While it was not the fierce northwesterly and flat water for which the Costa Smeralda is notorious for yacht racers, today, after three relatively light races, the wind was knocking on the door of 20 knots for the penultimate day of competition at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. This was the most breeze ...
    Published on 09-09-2021 09:09 AM
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    September 08, 2021 - Portoroz, Slovenia - Melges 24 European Championship 2021, held in Portoroz thanks to the support of Marina Portoroz and organization of the Yacht Club Marina Portoroz in co-operation with the International Melges 24 Class Association, runs at full speed: after two days of racing, the ranking counts on six races and now, with the entry of the discard, the ranking took on a less unusual conformation than the one emerged at the end ...
    Published on 09-08-2021 10:30 AM
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    QUIROGA LOOKS TO DEFEND ON HIGH WIRE STAGE 3 FINALE INTO MORLAIX BAY




    With just over 100 nautical miles to sail to Roscoff on the Bay of Morlaix Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019) was maintaining a slender lead of just under one mile after passing Bishop Rock at the Scilly Isles this afternoon. But this ...
    Published on 09-07-2021 10:25 AM
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    Tom Slingsby IS YOUR 2021 IMCA International Moth Class Association WORLD CHAMPION!!
    By successfully defending his 2019 title at these Moth Worlds due to the COVID 19 Pandemic,
    he technically is a back to back world champion!

    After 2 races with Peler, Slingsby wins the world title with two races to go. Jensen and Goodison close out the podium; first Italian Francesco Bruni and first woman Josie Gliddon
    The “Redoro Frantoi Veneti” Moth World Championship ends in perfect fashion: races with Peler.
    The first warning signal for the Gold fleet at 8 o’clock made the athletes get into the water that the sun had not come out of the mountains yet.

    Regattas were also scheduled in the ...
    Published on 09-06-2021 07:56 PM
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    The third stage of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro started on time at midday with a clean start made by the 34 solo skippers who have a 624 nautical miles stage from Fécamp to Roscoff via a northernmost turning mark at Saint Gowan off the SW corner of Wales.

    The race started in four to eight knots of easterly breeze. Because of the light winds in close to the coast the fleet had only one buoy to pass before setting a course for South Pullar buoy. The 65 miles reach to the English coast started under Code Zero headsails with over two knots ...
    by Published on 09-01-2021 09:52 AM
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    Pierre Quiroga (Skipper MACIF 2019) won the second stage of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro (before jury) when he crossed the finish line at 08:43:45hrs CET/Local hrs this morning, completing the 490 nautical miles coastal stage from Lorient to Fécamp via a turning mark at the Rochebonne plateau off Les Sables d’Olonne, having built himself a margin of just under four miles.

    After finishing second on the 627 miles first leg, some 45 minutes and 15 seconds behind stage winner Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF), the 28 year old solo racer who originates from Marseille puts himself in a strong overall position.

    Macaire the 40 year old sailor who Quiroga took over the helm of the Centre Entrainement de Méditerranean’s Figaro programme in 2015 caught a fish pot round his keel early on Monday night and had to dive to release it, losing touch with the leading group. He was lying 17th more than 12 miles astern when Quiroga finished.
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    Published on 08-30-2021 05:39 PM
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    Sled Triumph In Puerto Portals at first TP52 SUPER SERIES regatta of 2021, Beau Geste Win TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational regatta
    Takashi Okura’s Sled team were crowned winners of the first regatta of the 2021 season, the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week, after conflicting breezes on the Bay of Palma meant no racing could be held on the final day. Sled triumph by just one single point at an event which saw five different teams win races and only six points separate the top six boats after six races were sailed.
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    Published on 08-30-2021 01:52 PM
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    Amazing collection of images from the just completed 2021 Melges World League from Sardinia.

    17 lucky crews enjoyed fantastic conditions and superb weather over 4 days at the Marina di Villasimius
    in the Melges 20 and 9 boats in the Melges 32 divison!

    All images © Baraccuda Communication/Melges Europe


















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    Published on 08-30-2021 09:23 AM
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    Being as it is, at the epicentre of French solo and short-handed ocean racing it was appropriate that Lorient bid a big, passionate farewell to the 490 miles Stage 2 of the 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro offering up a preliminary demanding technical circuit with three key sail changes. Raced in perfect overhead conditions, sunshine, fluffy cumulus clouds and a solid 11-15kts of north easterly breeze, this was a great display of solo round the buoys racing at its best.



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    Published on 08-26-2021 09:25 AM
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    IMPERIAL VICTORY OF XAVIER MACAIRE
    Published on 08/26/2021




    He was one of the sailors expected at the outposts. He did not disappoint. After 3 days 14 hours 30 minutes 21 seconds of racing (before the jury), Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group) has just won with panache in Lorient, the city of arrival of the first act of this 52nd Solitaire du Figaro.

    What a final! This last night of the race must have drawn heavily on the riders' sleep reserves, already in great demand since the start from Saint-Nazaire, four days ago. Four days of permanent watch and incessant adjustments where Xavier Macaire showed himself imperial, taking the lead a few hours before rolling the Spanish buoy in the night from Monday to Tuesday to never leave it until the finish. Better still, he managed to increase his lead on this last section of the route where it was necessary to knit all night along the zone prohibited to navigation (due to military tests by the French Navy).

    1. Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group) 08/26/2021

    Arrival time: 08:27:21

    Race time: 3 d 14 h 30 min 21 sec

    Distance traveled: 721.87 nm

    " What a step! It was what we were promised. It was a great stage. It started to play out in the night from Monday ...
    Published on 08-25-2021 11:16 AM
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    On the eve of a very tight finish tomorrow morning in Lorient, all of the skippers of La Solitaire du Figaro have finally chosen to pass between the areas closed to navigation due to military tests. All night long, Xavier Macaire (SNEF Group) held his leadership position with brio and determination, keeping his pursuers Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019) and Tom Laperche (Brittany - CMB Performance) 2 miles ...
    Published on 08-24-2021 12:14 PM
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    Quantum Racing Show Early Form in Puerto Portals
    After the first day of racing on the 2021 52 SUPER SERIES Quantum Racing, steered by Doug DeVos, are on top of the nine boat leader board after sailing a strong pair of opening races – a second and first – on the Bay of Palma at the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week & 20th Anniversary Invitational.







    While it was the 2019 World Champions, Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon who scored the first race ...
    Published on 08-24-2021 10:04 AM
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    Winner of the first stage of the last race in 2020, Xavier Macaire (Groupe SNEF) led the 34 boat 52nd La Solitaire du Figaro fleet around the Farallones mark off La Coruña, NW Spain this morning at 0820hrs CET, in brisk 25kts winds and big seas. The 40 year old from the Team Vendée group is on his 11th participation and is known as ‘the boar’ for his hard driving, fast downwind ...
    Published on 08-23-2021 09:00 AM
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    DRAG RACING TO LA CORUNA
    Published on 23/08/2021





    Racing in downwind conditions with their bows pointing just to the east of the mark at La Coruna, conditions over the first night at sea have been relatively straightforward 10-13kts of wind and following ...
    Published on 08-23-2021 08:48 AM
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    CHAMPAGNE START TO 52ND LA SOLITAIRE DU FIGARO




    Saint-Nazaire, on the French west coast some 40 miles west of Nantes, laid on perfect conditions for the start of the 52nd edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. Light WNW’ly breezes of 10 to 12 knots and flat seas at the mouth of the Loire Estuary ensured that the 34 solo skippers were allowed a relatively straightforward opening to the ...