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    Published on 09-09-2018 01:45 PM
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    Leaders Change Throughout Light Winds Sunday But Overall Leader Simon is Poised, Ireland’s Dolan Top Rookie, Lying 11th. It may be Fred Duthil (Technique Voile) and Alexis Loison (Custo Pol) who share the lead after just over 28 hours of a very light wind, slow Stage 3 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, but lying in fourth place Sébastien Simon (Bretagne CMB Performance), the ...
    Published on 09-07-2018 02:21 PM
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    International Maxi Association press release from Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Issued 7 September 2018
    While a Mistral had been forecast for the penultimate day of the 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, the westerly wind edged only into the early 20s making for an exciting rather than terrifying day out on the water for the 41 competitors.

    With a day to go, some winners have already been decided at this, the pinnacle event in the maxi yacht calendar, run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda ...
    Published on 09-06-2018 12:09 PM
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    MOMO and H20 unbeaten after day four of Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
    International Maxi Association press release from Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Issued 6 September 2018

    Two thirds of the way through the 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, some stand-out boats are revealing themselves. Dieter Schön’s MOMO is so far unbeaten and looking highly likely to defend her title in the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. In Mini Maxi Group 2, the class of smallest boats competing here in Porto Cervo, Riccardo de Michele’s Vallicelli 80 H20 also holds a perfect scoreline after four races at this, the pinnacle event in the maxi yacht calendar, run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the official body that oversees and promotes maxi yacht ...
    Published on 09-04-2018 09:36 AM
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    520 nms Stage 2 La Solitaire URGO Saint Brieuc to Ria de Muiros Noia Started Sunday. If the first 465 nautical miles stage of the 49th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro proved to be classic Channel race, full of twists and turns, big winds at the start, a tactical mid section in light airs which compressed the fleet and a very close finish, the second leg whichs starts Sunday is a classic late summer downwind sprint across the Bay of Biscay. From the coastal modes of Leg 1 which was enriched by multiple cross channel legs and tidal gates, Leg 2 opens with a tactical light winds leg to Ushant where the southwards turn begins a 370 nautical miles downwind motorway to Cape ...
    Published on 09-03-2018 04:39 PM
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    With westerly winds gusting into the mid-teens, brilliant sunshine and a mix of windward-leewards for the Maxi 72s and, for the remainder, a coastal race taking them on a clockwise lap of La Maddalena archipelago, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship got off to the best start possible. Highlight of the maxi-boat calendar, this historic event is run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the officially-recognised body that promotes maxi boat ...
    Published on 08-31-2018 11:50 AM
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    Will Welles’ Kaster of the USA has achieved his second J/24 World Championship in five years, this time at the 40th edition of the prestigious Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. With crew Nick Turney, Rich Bowen, Giuliano Cattarozzi and Andrea Casale, ...
    Published on 08-30-2018 11:08 AM
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    Best Juniors Racing on the Limit
    A Flex and a Wink

    After three breezy races to end qualifying, the fleet headed back to the base. Daniel Nybork and Sebastian Olsen (DEN) sailed brilliantly with a 2, 1, 1 and upon reaching shore with their first ever lead in a 49er championship, Sebastian dropped everything to sprint back into the water and rescue their team mates who were capsizing on the ramp. Giving a flex and a wink to those on shore once the boat was upright again, he knew it had been a good day. Good moves on the water, good citizens off the water, these Danes were in their element!

    Game On
    Today is the day the regatta truly began, with four races for one side of the 49er draw and 3 races on the other. After a slow start the 2018 Junior Worlds are up to full speed! The 49er fleet ...
    Published on 08-28-2018 02:56 PM
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    36 single handed sailors, mostly French, departed on Sunday on the 570 nm long 1st leg of the
    Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, a 4 stage tour of France and the English Coast, in 33' Beneteau Figaro's in what is
    considered on of the premier single handed races in all of Europe. Embeded in the bunch, San Francisco's Nathalie Criou,
    currently bringing up the rear, after taking a flyer after rounding the Owers and finding herself in bad current and low wind
    while the rest of fleet short tacked up the British southern coast. Great reporting in this event, even in english for us non french speaking luddocks...
    Here are some highlights!

    The first stage of the 49th Solitaire URGO Le Figaro started on ...
    Published on 08-28-2018 12:46 PM
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    World J24 day 1: USA ahead, but with a bit of Italy on board

    Mon, 27/08/2018
    Show in Riva del Garda: 89 J / 24 inaugurate the World Championship on a day to say the least fantastic Garda Trentino

    Italy and Lake Garda have brought a record world with the expansion of the number of boats allowed compared to previous championships. Six Australian boats, four Japanese, five American, one Brazilian are those overseas.
    Published on 08-26-2018 11:41 AM
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    Dramatic double capsize on penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff
    Cardiff Bay was alive with action today, as two boats capsized within moments of each other on the Extreme Sailing Series™ racecourse.

    Sunday 26th August 2018

    Cardiff Bay was alive with action today, as two boats capsized within moments of each other on the Extreme Sailing Series™ racecourse.

    Charging downwind on the third race of the day (race 19), the Omani boat and Team Wales were both caught by strong 20 knot gusts that caused their hulls to become submerged and a cartwheel capsize to ensue.

    all images ©mark lloyd/lloyd images

    Published on 08-16-2018 09:29 AM
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    Tough conditions have continued for the fleet racing in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, with competitors reporting 30 knots of wind gusting to 35, with 3-4 metre waves in a confused sea state.

    As the front runners reach the halfway point, the battle for line honours is raging north of the Outer Hebrides. Class40 Concise 8 skippered by Jack Trigger moved up to second place yesterday and briefly took pole position during the night. However, Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy fought back to regain the lead as the team passed the remote island of Sula Sgeir. Nicolas Troussel's Corum is less than a mile behind Concise 8. Giles Redpath's Pata Negra is still the provisional overall leader after IRC time correction, but Ben Schwartz and Chen ...
    Published on 08-14-2018 02:04 PM
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    Battle in the Celtic Sea

    The cold front that brought tough conditions to the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race have now passed, with the fleet enjoying bright sunshine yesterday and a relatively calm second night at sea. However, the intensity on the race course has been ratcheted up with wind shifts providing opportunities to make gains and losses throughout the fleet. Looking further ahead, 25-30 knots of wind and a significant sea state are expected to affect the fleet in the ...
    Published on 08-11-2018 02:13 PM
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    The European Star Championships experienced a bit of excitement as a system bushed through
    the race area with 40 knots of breeze pummeling the fleet. !/2 the boats were unable to finish but the racing continues!

    "Day 2 of the 2018 Star European ...
    Published on 08-11-2018 10:38 AM
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    17 year old prodigy Daniela Moroz of Lafayette taken her 3rd World Title, sailing a near flawless
    series of races in Aarhus, 17 bullets in 19 races!!!


    Daniela and coach Rob Dean
    Published on 08-10-2018 02:50 PM
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    A sailor has sadly died in a freak accident whilst sailing in a major racing off Cowes this morning we can reveal.
    The man in his 40’s is understood to have become trapped in a sheet sail and ...
    Published on 08-10-2018 11:06 AM
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    Final Gold Fleet Races Decisive in 49er and Nacra 17
    The breeze arrived in force for the final day of Gold Fleets for 49er and Nacra 17. The 49erFX had already completed their gold series, so there were just two races for the 49er and three for the Nacra 17 on the docket.

    A huge system blew in overnight soaking Aarhus, Denmark, but it left a fresh offshore wind behind for racing.
    Nacra 17
    The racing was tremendously intense today, with mostly sunny conditions, flat water, and plenty of gusts ...
    Published on 08-09-2018 02:26 PM
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    The tears rolled down Zsomber Berecz’s face as he crossed the finish line in Denmark’s beautiful Bay of Aarhus on Thursday to win the Finn and Hungary’s first ever medal in one of these quadrennial sailing world championships. It was the first gold medal to be awarded at these Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 and Berecz’s emotions were heightened by the fact that it has been a long time coming - for him and his country.

    “I’m a human being and I know what it means for me, my team and my country. It is a big achievement,” Berecz said.

    However hard it was for Sweden’s silver medallist, Max Salminen, who had led by eight points going into today – day 8 - after an exhausting victory in the storm late on Wednesday evening, it was hard not to feel that there was some kind of karma behind Berecz’s ...
    Published on 08-08-2018 03:49 PM
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    What a race! A 35 knot gust in Race 10 of the 2018 Finn Gold Cup tested Finn sailors and Finns to the max.
    Max Salminen has taken an eight point lead in Aarhus after winning this incredible race, while Josh Junior and Zsombor Berecz are tied on points in second and third. ...
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    he Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy – Finn and Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 have concluded fleet racing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark handing more nations a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

    Eight places in both the Finn and Men’s 470 were available in Aarhus and subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have qualified:

    Men’s 470
    Great Britain
    New Zealand
    Twenty nine countries competed in the Men’s 470 fleet in Aarhus.

    Great Britain
    New Zealand
    The 90-boat Finn fleet was made up of 42 nations.

    Japanese sailors were represented in both fleets but as host nation, receive an entry into every Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing event.

    About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System
    The World Championships is the principal qualification ...
    Published on 08-07-2018 02:30 PM
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    The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 has its first medal race fleet in the women’s 470 with Japan’s duo of Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka leading by five points.

    Yoshida and Yoshioka, fifth in the Rio 2016 Olympics, were sixth in the only race possible on Tuesday. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz, bronze medallists in Rio, won to close in second place. But Hannah Mills, the Rio Olympic champion and her new crew, Eilidh McIntyre, were furious after finishing 18th – their worst of the series.

    “Are we feeling confident? Yes, of course, we’re here and still leading,” ...