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    Published on 07-20-2018 02:20 PM
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    No Such Thing as A Comfort Zone As Rolex TP52 World Championship Reaches Finale

    (Friday 20th July, Cascais) – Quantum Racing carry a seven-point lead into the final day of the Rolex TP52 World Championship off Cascais, to all intents and purposes a relatively healthy margin, even with the expectation of two breezy last races for a nine-boat fleet.

    But Terry Hutchinson, the US-flagged five-time world champions’ hard-driving leader reaffirms, once again, that no margin can be considered secure, particularly given the strong-breeze, big-wave conditions, and the strength and depth of the competition.

    “No lead is ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 03:06 PM
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    Back to Basics: “Seat-of-the-Pants” Coastal Race Win for Quantum Racing
    (Thursday 19th July, Cascais) – Quantum Racing won the exciting, interesting Coastal Race off Cascais, Portugal, to extend their lead at the Rolex TP52 World Championship to seven points with four scheduled races left to sail.

    While the five-time world title winners delivered an accomplished victory – never far enough ahead of the pack to relax even for a moment – they had to rely on “seat-of-the-pants”, intuitive sailing skills for much of the course.

    After their electronics shut down entirely ...
    Published on 07-19-2018 12:42 PM
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    World Champion in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds




    by Anke Haadsma


    With yet another sunny day on the North Sea coast, in a little gentler winds than in the last few days, another two inshore races were held in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds. The completion of the first race prompted a discard of the worst race score for all competitors, with the exception of the twice-weighted long offshore race. And as predicted, this action compressed and reshuffled the results in Classes B & C, making the race for the podium positions even tighter ...
    Published on 07-18-2018 11:20 AM
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    New winds yet same class leaders

    Written by Anke Haadsma on July 17, 2018. Posted in News.






    In contrast to the past few days of light shifty winds, today’s superb 12-17 knot southerly breeze made for fast and furious racing on all courses of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018. And so even with a later 1300 start today, Principal Race Officer Peter Anink informed everyone two inshore races would held to take advantage of the favorable conditions.

    The southerly breeze combined with a south-flowing flood current brought even more pressure on the ...
    Published on 07-17-2018 11:26 AM
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    Cascais Delivers Vintage Champagne on Day 1 of Rolex TP52 World Championship.
    (Tuesday 17th July, Cascais) – If the first two regattas of the 52 SUPER SERIES season in Croatia were tactical, cerebral and subtle; about moving up and down the gears through small wind variations, choosing the right side of the course and remaining consistent despite big shifts in wind direction; as the Rolex TP52 World Championship started today, Cascais exerted a welcomed reminder of the flip-side of the racing coin – solid winds, surfing waves and big moves that require ...
    Published on 07-16-2018 02:44 PM
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    After over 24 hours of sailing in light air off the Dutch North Sea coast, the opening act of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship has concluded and the leaders are now known in each of three classes before the second stage of inshore racing begins tomorrow.

    Scoring has been for a long race of 155 miles for Class A with a scoring gate at 70 miles, and a long race of 135 miles for Classes A and B with a scoring gate at 60 miles. Thus each class ...
    Published on 07-06-2018 03:23 PM
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    Ishida's Sikon Leads After First Day at One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix in Porto Cervo

    (5 July 2018 / Porto Cervo, Italy) - The Japanese entry of Yukihiro Ishida at the helm of SIKON with Manu Weiller as tactician ends opening day in charge of the 2018 One Ocean Melges 40 Grand Prix, hosted and organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy.

    Ishida capitalized on a particularly positive day in Porto ...
    Published on 07-06-2018 10:23 AM
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    Taking an impressive five podium finishes in the day’s eight races, the Brits meant business on the first day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Cascais.

    Big breeze of up to 16 knots and flat water offered up perfect foiling conditions, as INEOS Rebels UK shot around the racecourse at speed, closing the day on the podium in third.

    Having taken some time to reflect on their performance in Act 3, Barcelona, the British squad made a few changes to their set up ahead of Cascais, and they certainly saw results.



    all pics © Sander van der Borch





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    Published on 07-02-2018 09:06 AM
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    July 1, 2018 - Torbole, Italy- There is only room for Maidollis in Torbole, North Lake Garda: after three days of racing and a full series of nine regattas, the 2017 World Champions led by owner Gian Luca Perego and with the duet Fracassoli-Fonda at helm and tactics reached the highest step of the podium, with an impressive scoreline (1-5-3-1-1-1-1-1-DNS) and with one race to spare.

    "We are impressed by our own ...
    Published on 06-28-2018 03:13 PM
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    FRANCE RULES THE WAVES IN LAGOS
    By James on 28 Jun. 2018
    If regatta success comes down to posting consistently good results, the two French teams held a masterclass in this on day one of the GC32 Lagos Cup, the second event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour.

    Lagos, making its debut on the GC32 Racing Tour, laid on great conditions today with solid breeze and flat water – ideal for the GC32 catamarans to foil at high speed. With a shifty ...
    Published on 06-22-2018 08:09 AM
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    Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE in tense match race towards Aarhus






    Dongfeng Race Team holds a narrow lead over MAPFRE after one day of racing in the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Brunel is in fourth place.

    Arch rivals Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were locked in a bitter tussle for the Leg 11 lead – and overall Volvo Ocean Race victory – on Friday as they led the fleet towards the Danish city of Aarhus.

    One third of the way through the 970-mile sprint final leg from Gothenburg to The Hague the seven teams were today split by less than 20 miles as they charged south ...
    Published on 06-22-2018 07:45 AM
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    Lighting Rumbles through the race area, cancelling racing for the day.




    Luna Rossa Stand Firm, Platoon Applying the Pressure
    (Thursday 21st June, Zadar) – Tina Plattner won her first 52 SUPER SERIES race today steering Phoenix and Takashi Okura and crew on Sled triumphed for the second consecutive coastal race of this 2018 52 SUPER SERIES season but it is Luna Rossa which still lead the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia. The Italian team which wear the Prada colours posted a solid fifth and third from a long, hot and challenging day of ...
    Published on 06-20-2018 02:15 PM
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    Luna Rossa Lead After a Day of 52 SUPER SERIES Firsts
    (Wednesday 20th June, Zadar) – Luna Rossa led the 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup after making something of a dream start to the second regatta of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES. The emblematic Italian team, racing just their second ever event as a TP52 team won the opening light-winds race – their first ever race win together – followed up with a second to lead the 11-boat fleet, which is racing on the beautiful waters off Zadar, Croatia for the first time.

    While Luna Rossa were on impeccable form, making the best starts in the fleet as ...
    Published on 06-20-2018 01:52 PM
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    As a curtain raiser to the 22nd Superyacht Cup it does not get much better than the sight of two of the superb J Class yachts strutting their stuff out on the vibrant blue waters of Palma Bay.




    The opening races of the Mediterranean’s largest and longest running superyacht festival pitched Velsheda and Svea head to head against each other, a vivid reminder perhaps of ...
    Published on 06-18-2018 12:31 PM
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    INEOS TEAM UK IS EIGHTH TEAM TO JOIN 2018 GC32 RACING TOUR
    By James on 18 Jun. 2018

    Britain’s America’s Cup team, INEOS TEAM UK, is set to join the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour. Four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will be at the helm for the team’s debut in the 32ft foiling catamarans, later this month at the GC32 Lagos Cup ...
    Published on 06-15-2018 10:37 AM
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    Despite a scary-looking forecast and prolonged periods punching foul tide, today’s rescheduled race around the Isle of Wight, during the Royal Ocean Racing Club-organised IRC Europeans and Commodores’ Cup, proved a great success. This replaced the scheduled 24-36 hour long offshore, but all competitors nonetheless returned feeling severely tested to a summery Cowes, very different to the rain, near gale force gusts, four knot foul tide and reduced visibility of this morning’s 0936 start.

    Having ...
    Published on 06-13-2018 03:01 PM
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    Light winds and strong tides may have made for a difficult first half to the Royal Ocean Racing Club's combined IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup, but Hampshire Tourist Board conditions graced the Solent for day four of racing. With a southwesterly wind that peaked at around 15 knots countering a powerful ebb tide, PRO Stuart Childerley set a 'classic Cowes Week' course, which for IRC One comprised a 25.7 mile long romp around the ...
    Published on 06-07-2018 08:54 AM
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    Sailing's World Cup Series came alive on Wednesday as the medal hopefuls battled it out at the front of their respective fleets in a steady breeze and under blue Marseillaise skies.

    Day one of the competition saw the competitors keep their cards close to their chest as they looked to lay down some markers. The second day saw the emergence of some medal contenders pushing ahead at the front of their respective fleets.

    Racing commenced at 12:00 local time, with a steady 7-11 knot southerly breeze dancing across the four racing areas to test the 212 competitors from 34 nations racing across ...
    Published on 06-05-2018 02:46 PM
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    After several days of preparation, tuning and training, racing at Sailing's World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France got underway on Tuesday under clear blue skies.
    Anticipation has been building in Marseille as the venue will host the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. For the locals, it's the first opportunity to see the Olympic fleets up close and personal.

    For the sailors, the opening day was about ensuring they recorded strong scores which will give them a launch pad to target the medals and podiums later on in the week.

    After a small morning delay to wait for the sea breeze to build, sailing commenced early ...
    Published on 05-25-2018 11:18 AM
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    Les Bleus In the Pink At Race Win, Leaders Quantum’s Last Run Blues for Hutchinson
    (Friday 25th May, Sibenik) – If the largely amateur French team on Paprec finished the third racing day of the Šibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week in raptures after a well earned victory, the hard driving Terry Hutchinson, skipper and tactician of Quantum Racing may take some satisfaction that they now top the regatta standings but he mood was more one of frustration to have lost two boats down the final run of the second race.
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