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    Published on 10-23-2017 09:19 AM
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    As expected, near gale force winds arrived in the early hours of this morning (Monday) rapidly changing the character of the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race. To the north of Sicily, yachts are experiencing sustained wind speeds of 30 knots with a significant sea state. Gusts will be higher. The Royal Malta Yacht Club race management team has been busy through the night, monitoring the fleet’s progress. There have been a number ...
    Published on 10-22-2017 12:14 PM
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    Day Two Report | 22 October 2017
    George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88, has made the best of the light breeze dominating the first 24 hours of the 38th*Rolex Middle Sea Race to build a commanding lead over her rivals. Pressing on through the sticky conditions, Rambler had reached Stromboli this afternoon with the majority of the fleet still to pass through the Messina Strait. While the going has been slow so far, gale force winds are still forecast to arrive from the northwest during the small ...
    Published on 10-15-2017 01:52 PM
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    The Nations Trophy is being launched this year and will become a biennial, focal event in the world of Swan One Design activity.

    The Nations Trophy 2017 is the culmination of the Swan One Design European season. It is open to all ClubSwan 50s, Swan 45s and ClubSwan 42s. The event will serve to determine the Swan 45 World Championship, plus the ClubSwan 50 and Swan 42 European Championships. The winner of The Nations Trophy will be determined by taking the scores ...
    Published on 10-12-2017 11:49 AM
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    Franck Cammas and Lionel Péan all star crew go monohull on the VOR 70' Babsy (ex Puma)
    attempt an all out assault on the Round Corsica in mistral conditions.

    Images ©http://www.martin-raget.com/









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    Published on 10-09-2017 02:08 PM
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    2078 boats in attendance for the Barcolana Regatta in in Trieste Italy, a new record for an event
    that annually has the greatest attendance of any sailing event world wide.
    Images © Studio Borlenghi
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    Published on 10-05-2017 10:12 AM
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    KNIT ONE, PURL ONE



    Whilst making the most of the last puffs of downwind breeze and continuing to make headway towards the goal without losing sight of the potential options to come, the solo sailors will now have to switch from intuitive to cerebral mode, from a philosophy of “I am not afraid” to “which way is out…?” Indeed, singlehanded racing is all about being an all-rounder.

    To stand a chance of winning an offshore race you need: a good boat, inevitably; hours spent on the water practising, talent ...
    Published on 10-04-2017 11:35 AM
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    The expected north-easterly wind is now packing a punch. As a result, the Minis are once again making speeds that are more in line with their true potential as they plunge southwards. Though the majority of the fleet has opted to pass between the TSS of Cape Finisterre and the Spanish coast, a few of the skippers have chosen to take the long route, making westing as a possible ...
    Published on 10-03-2017 09:57 AM
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    Had to share this incident of our friend Kathy Mansfield at Cannes/St Tropez, the Marine Photographer in bow of the Photo Boat ...
    Published on 10-03-2017 09:22 AM
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    The 2017 Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez got breeze on Tuesday after a slow Monday with none
    and Gilles Martin-Raget was overhead and got some fine images!

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    Published on 10-03-2017 09:08 AM
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    Five events for 2018 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge




    My Song prepares to tackle the Faraglioni off Capri. Photo: Francesco Rastrelli /CRVI

    The 2018 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge sets sail this month with the Rolex Middle Sea Race, starting from Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, on 21 October. Comprising the region's most prestigious offshore races, the five event ...
    Published on 09-24-2017 08:58 AM
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    Azzurra Are 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Champions
    (Saturday 23rd September, Menorca) – Winning the final regatta of the year to become the only crew to win two events in 2017, the Roemmers family's Azzurra which represents the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are the new 52 SUPER SERIES champions.

    With three teams in the frame for the overall season title, Azzurra, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon and Doug DeVos's Quantum Racing, the final, last day showdown at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week regatta was thwarted ...
    Published on 09-22-2017 11:45 AM
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    The Day of Reckoning




    (Friday 22nd September, Menorca) – After a thrilling two race day at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week when none of the top three title challengers could maintain a decisive high level of consistency, Azzurra carry a seven point lead into the final day of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Season.

    But for the first time in the history of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the destination of the overall season's title remains truly open, to be decided on the last day of the season.


    Azzurra hold the key to the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES title.
    In the hard-to-read, light E'ly breezes, the ...
    Published on 09-20-2017 10:34 AM
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    (Wednesday 20th Septmember, Menorca) – In the three-cornered battle for the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES title, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew fought back today to earn a very useful second place from the one, light-airs race at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week regatta, and close the gap very slightly on circuit leaders Azzurra and move a little further ahead of title challengers Quantum Racing, the 2016 circuit champions.

    In essence, this one light-airs race mirrored, again, what has been seen prevailing often this season. Quantum Racing made an excellent start, led for most of the race, but were caught out on the last run when they, and Azzurra sailed ...
    Published on 09-20-2017 09:20 AM
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    Although it's hard to fathom, but the Rolex Big Boat Series wasn't the only sailing event going on last week,
    and some pretty damn impressive action was going on in the uber wealthy resort land known as Monaco.

    Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture on particularly windy day at Monaco Classic Week




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    Published on 09-19-2017 09:58 AM
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    Early action at the Standard Worlds putting sailors to the test!



    all images © Duje Petric Photography





    Pavlos Kontides is the New Laser Standard World Champion

    (Split, Croatia) – The second electrical storm of the week at the Laser Standard Men’s World Championships passed by Split today while the fleet were held on shore. Although it was not directly overhead, it was strong enough ...
    Published on 09-18-2017 09:23 AM
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    Porto Cervo, September 16, 2017. The Audi J/70 World Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in collaboration with the J/70 International Class Association, and with the Title Sponsor Audi, and Official Sailmaker Quantum Sails.

    With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag in play, and a full on foam up. The Audi J/70 World Championship had a thrilling climax to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state, and a warm westerly ...
    Published on 09-13-2017 09:12 AM
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    With too much wind to play sailboat, the folks at the J-70 Worlds have found other ways to entertain themselves.
    of th 173 boats that were originally registered, 7 were determined not to be class compliant. one of which, apparently on of which
    is the son of Vincenzo Onorato, who has taken exception to his son's boat expulsion:






    AUDI J70 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: LETTER FROM VINCENZO ONORATO

    Porto Cervo (OT), 13rd settembre 2017

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    Published on 09-12-2017 09:43 AM
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    Lake Balaton (Hungary) - During Finland's World Championships, these days on Lake Balaton in Hungary, Finnish athlete Mikael Hyryläinen had a bad surprise on board.
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    Published on 09-10-2017 10:03 AM
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    Momo crowned Rolex
    Maxi 72 World Champion
    International Maxi Association press release issued on 9th September 2017




    Germany's Dieter Schön and the crew of Momo claimed the 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship held off Porto Cervo. The event, run in conjunction with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, was the closest yet, both events organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the International Maxi Association, the body sanctioned by World Sailing ...
    Published on 09-07-2017 11:39 AM
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    Tramontane Turns Up the Heat At the Nacra 17 Worlds, Italians On The Up

    After a relatively benign, gentle introduction Tuesday to the Nacra 17 World Championships – the first ever in flying, foiling 2020 Olympic mode, La Grande Motte’s Baie d’Aigue Mortes in the South of France’s Camargue region, progressively turned up the heat today as the NW’ly Tramontane breeze ...