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    Published on 11-22-2017 04:36 PM
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    he Spanish crew of Leg 2 leaders MAPFRE were cautiously keeping one eye on their rivals and the other on Cape Town on Wednesday as they came within just over 800 miles of the finish line.

    Two days ago Xabi Fernández's outfit had a buffer of 35 miles over their nearest rival after their position as the most southerly boat allowed them to hook into the better breeze of an easterly-moving front first.

    Forty eight hours on that advantage has been significantly reduced: second-placed Dongfeng Race Team have pushed to within 23 miles of MAPFRE, while Vestas 11th Hour Racing in third ...
    Published on 11-22-2017 01:19 PM
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    Solo sailor abandons boat after falling mast rips hole in deck



    Philip van der Mespel, who was picked up by commercial vessel the Norfolk Guardian, describes to the Herald the emergency that led to the sinking of his yacht, and his subsequent stranding at sea.

    By: Martin Johnston
    Senior journalist, NZ Herald
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    It was early morning and the swells were huge when solo sailor Phil van der Mespel knew he would have to abandon his sinking yacht and take his chances in the South Pacific Ocean.

    The 56-year-old experienced ocean yachtsman from Algies Bay north of Auckland was about 650km northwest of New Zealand, making his way home from Vanuatu, when his boat's mast fell about 4am on Saturday. One of the mast's stay-wires ripped up ...
    Published on 11-22-2017 01:14 PM
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    French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo
    The closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 history is still on the cards at around 23:00 tonight (Wednesday), but the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) will need to play a joker from up their sleeves if they are still to be at the table and upset their French rivals on the line.

    Meanwhile, in Salvador de Bahia, the final three 60ft monohull Imoca boats crossed the line in the Bay of All Saints today in more relaxed fashion. Thirteen Imoca left Le Havre and thirteen made it to Salvador de Bahia.




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    Published on 11-22-2017 01:02 PM
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    The cell proposes, the skipper has ...




    End of the 18th day of sea for François Gabart on the record of the world tour alone with, as the interested party had announced Tuesday, the return of high speed aboard MACIF. The trimaran has been sailing at over 30 knots for 24 hours and has returned from the north. ...
    Published on 11-22-2017 10:51 AM
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    Richard Gladwell of Sail-World gets the goods from ETNZ Design Leader Dan Bernasconi...





    Despite admitting that the foiling AC75 monohull is a first for the sailing world, Emirates Team New Zealand design team leader, Dan Bernasconi, is confident that the concept will work in practice.

    The style of the foiling AC75 has never been seen before in sailing. The closest are the IMOCA60’s, but they are only using the DSS ...
    Published on 11-21-2017 05:32 PM
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    "Cold, wet, and no escape..." An apt description of conditions in the South Atlantic as the competition heats up, even as temperatures plummet...


    The second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race might be entering its final few days but the final positions are far from decided.










    MAPFRE continued to lead the seven-strong fleet on Tuesday, but their 35 nautical mile advantage yesterday had been whittled down to 26 miles as the chasing pack close ...
    Published on 11-21-2017 01:45 PM
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    Leaders tighten grip on top spots in stellar conditions at Oman Formula Kite World Championships





    Leaders tighten grip on top spots in stellar conditions at Oman Formula Kite World Championships


    The leading riders consolidated their hold on the top tier of the leaderboard with spectacularly-close competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman as conditions delivered epic racing.








    Britain’s Olly Bridge preserved his overnight lead with another all-star performance in breeze that quickly ...
    Published on 11-21-2017 01:27 PM
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    Anglo-Spanish pair fights French and Physics

    We may be about to witness the closest finish in Transat Jacques Vabre history as the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) attempt to catch the two newer French boats in a three-horse race down the coast of Brazil.




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    As the Imoca peloton continued to arrive in comparatively relaxed fashion today, parading into the Bay of All Saints, the contest for the Class40 could barely be more furious behind them.








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    ETA: The leaders, Wednesday, November 22, 22:00 UTC

    Locked together for the last fortnight, the three boats are passing Recife on the coast of Brazil and Sharp and ...
    Published on 11-21-2017 09:26 AM
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    The return of the horizon
    Yesterday, MACIF spent a big part the whole day nose to the South Pole to settle down in the Howling Fifties. With still 764 miles ahead of the record, François Gabart is making his way back east since Tuesday morning. Soon he will jump into the depression that will take him to Cape Leeuwin.



    Two days ago, the depression towards which François Gabart was running stifled, eventually giving way to a painful high and a not negotiable ...
    Published on 11-20-2017 01:21 PM
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    Shadows and lights
    Strategy change this weekend with the expected meteorological upheaval in the Indian Ocean in the middle of the week: the bad depression of Mozambique has finally disintegrated and the expected portable corridor north of the Kerguelen ...
    Published on 11-20-2017 12:51 PM
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    NEW OWNER FOR ALERION YACHTS



    (NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI) November 20, 2017 - Alerion Yachts, the luxury daysailing brand renowned for its combination of stunning, traditional lines and modern ...
    Published on 11-20-2017 12:12 PM
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    An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.


    The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will ...
    Published on 11-20-2017 11:04 AM
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    Temperature falling; wind increasing; stealth mode in play

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    The week has started off at full-speed; temperatures are plummeting in the South Atlantic,
    speeds are up, and one of the leading boats has engaged Stealth Mode...











    Dutch crew Team Brunel opted to go into stealth mode on Monday, cloaking their position from their rivals for up to 24 hours – as Spanish team MAPFRE led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet towards Cape Town.

    Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking and navigator ...
    Published on 11-20-2017 10:34 AM
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    Coast Guard searches for missing boater south of Pillar Point Harbor




    SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater Sunday after a boat was found adrift ...
    Published on 11-19-2017 06:30 PM
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    We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain).

    Simon, 60, from Bristol, UK, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard. Although he was clipped on with his safety ...
    Published on 11-19-2017 06:24 PM
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    Mollo ... my non troppo

    Since Saturday and at least until Monday, François Gabart is wedged in the back of the depression that opens the road to the east. Finally, stalled ... The trimaran MACIF jumps rather in a well formed sea, which forces him to ...
    Published on 11-18-2017 02:54 PM

    St Michel-Virbac breaks record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Imoca class

    Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel-Virbac, have won the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques ...
    Published on 11-18-2017 12:05 PM
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    Dick coasting to record win as Anglo-Spanish duo re-take lead



    Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel – Virbac were a few miles away from a record-breaking victory in the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre tonight (Saturday, November 18) and were expected to cross the finish line in Salvador de Bahia around 19:30 UTC.

    Victory will make Dick the only person in the history of this bi-annual double-handed Route du Café, in any class, to have won four times. Dick, the 52-year-old skipper from Nice, won the Imoca class in 2003, 2005 and 2011.

    A 19:30 UTC finish would also mean that Dick and Eliès will set a new record for the Transat Jacques ...
    Published on 11-17-2017 02:10 PM
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    Volvo Ocean Race teams leverage up with crucial 24 hours ahead

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    Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race is entering a critical tactical phase this weekend as the teams position themselves to pick up the weather systems that will carry them to Cape Town..










    A 130 nautical mile lateral split has opened up in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Friday as the teams trade off better wind with shorter distance in a bid to get to Cape Town first.

    Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel were today the most westerly boat having gybed onto starboard at 0900 UTC, with Vestas 11th ...
    Published on 11-17-2017 10:39 AM
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    All in the Same Boat



    It’s a tradition among the finishers in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Having barely set foot on the pontoon, the newcomer is treated to an impromptu dunking in the waters of the cove of Le Marin, helped along by their predecessors of course. And when the winner turns up, there are always a few former Mini sailors to carry on the tradition.




    Ultimately, this forced dunking is perhaps a symbol of a class in which there aren’t really any untouchable stars where, whatever your ranking, everyone is on a par with everyone else. As such, perhaps it’s no coincidence that it attracts so many overseas sailors, despite the fact that singlehanded racing struggles ...

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