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    Published on 12-15-2017 03:51 PM
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    A hectic and drama-filled day out on the Southern Ocean yesterday saw team AkzoNobel sustain mast and mainsail damage during a gybe in strong winds and gigantic seas while in fourth place on Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne.

    Despite at times surfing at over 20 knots on waves up to 10 meters (32 feet) overnight using just a J2 headsail, the crew had dropped to seventh place in the rankings at 0700 UTC (0800 CET) this morning.

    At this stage, the sailors will care less about their position in the fleet as today they take on the mammoth task of trying to re-attach a three-metre section of the narrow carbon mast track that attaches the mainsail to the aft (back) ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 02:58 PM
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    Friday, December 15, 2017
    The detour of the tour

    While François Gabart begins his last curved line towards Ouessant, the end of a round the world announced around 43 days, the conditions of navigation are probably the most versatile of this planetary journey: facing a warm front before a dorsal border, the trimaran MACIF has never ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 02:06 PM
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    USA Youth Sailors Bring Home the bling at the 2017 Youth Worlds In Sanya, China

    Laser Radial Girls Champion Charlotte Rose Celebrates hard fought win!

    One of the tensest final days in Youth Worlds history

    Sanya, China delivered the tensest final day in the history of the Youth Sailing World Championships with eight gold medals decided on the final run to the finish line.
    Italy's Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni had confirmed gold in the Girl's 29er but minimal points separated the front runners in the remaining eight fleets ensuring it went down to the final race.
    Sanya saved the best for the final day with gorgeous sunshine and a consistent 12 knot easterly breeze.

    Carmen and Emma Cowles 1st in Girls 420 division
    All images © Sailing Energy/ World Sailing

    420 ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 12:37 PM
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    Latest updates from Martinique:
    Aligned on the same time zone (-5 hours from Italy), we receive the updated coordinates this morning:
    Published on 12-15-2017 11:07 AM
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    Capsized and broken, Actual is still doing 13 knots...

    Yves le Blevec hoisted off Cape Horn

    Yves le Blevec was helpled in the early afternoon by the Chilean coastguard.

    The Stella Australis, a passenger boat dispatched to the area by the MRCC Chile, had just arrived near the trimaran, ready to intervene if necessary.

    Last ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 10:32 AM
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    WSL BWT Mavericks Challenge Competition Window to Open on January 3, 2018
    Approval from California Coastal Commission Sees World's Best Prepare for Inaugural WSL Event at Renowned California Big Wave Break

    Thursday, December 14, 2017
    HALF MOON BAY, California/USA (Thursday, December 14, 2017) - The World Surf League (WSL) is pleased to announce the official competition window of the Mavericks Challenge will run from January 3, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Following coordination with the governmental agencies involved with the production ...
    Published on 12-15-2017 10:14 AM
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    Merlin is all gift wrapped and ready for the trans-continental voyage to her new home in

    St Petersburg, Florida. More details on the new owner and the intended agenda HERE!

    Bon Voyage!

    all images ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 02:44 PM
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    Big sea state building for @teamAkzoNobel who are currently furthest west in the south group. Surfing at speed in excess of 20kt with no mainsail whilst they attempt to repair their track

    Report from OBR Jeremie Lecaudy on Turn the Tide on Plastic:

    Today we finally saw what the Southern Ocean looks like. It looks good.
    Albatross are constantly flying by the boat, they surf the top of the highest waves and come close to the front sails to rotate around the boat, in search of their next breakfast.

    The mornings are cold and the sailors look tired from the busy night manoeuvring on deck. Short naps, intense ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 02:18 PM
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    The morning begins well. Dario has already heard his voice and sent the coordinates.
    Tonight, he managed to sleep a few more hours, and they all felt in his tone. Despite the physical weakness the mood is high! ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 12:26 PM
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    In the Azores spring

    This morning, while he had started from the east in his race to get closer to the Azores yesterday, François Gabart jibed on this 40th day of racing to get away from ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 10:51 AM
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    One of the favourites to take line honours in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, LDV Comanche, was purchased today (14 December 2017) by Sydney’s Jim Cooney from its American owner Jim Clark, making the super maxi yacht an Australian owned and ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 10:16 AM
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    Gotta love the enthusiasm for getting the most out of one jetski... ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 10:05 AM
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    44 minutes ago
    From onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing:

    Update 1145UTC: We are sending it down mountainous waves. Not an exaggeration. They look like something out of another world.

    Sustained wind speed is currently at 41 knots. The boat is in one piece and the team seems very much in control. Very wet above and below. You can see your breath in the cabin and the sailors on deck are dancing variations of the Macarena and Saturday Night Fever to stay warm. The team is going for miles. Definitely not the most conservative mode we've run all day.
    Albatross and other seabirds circle around the boat effortlessly.

    When Charlie came down after ...
    Published on 12-14-2017 09:29 AM
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    Capsizing the Ultim Actual off Cape Horn. Follow the latest information
    Thursday 14 December 16h00

    Yves le Blevec was rescued early in the afternoon by the Chilean Coast Guard. Filed at first in Puerto William (Chilean port of Navarino Island, located in the Beagle Channel) he was then taken care of by the military to be taken to ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 04:53 PM
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    The wind is up as the storm builds. We're leaping off waves at
    speeds in the mid 20s (knots) but the downwind angle is easier to stomach than anticipated.

    Charlie is finishing up his chicken a la king with extra sweet and spicy sauce at the nav desk. Mark is perching right behind me with the same dish, coated in BBQ sauce. Both smell amazing. I strike up a deal ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 01:21 PM
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    The Youth Sailing World Championships are in full swing in Sanya China LINKY

    And the USA is well represented with sailors in each discipline, and cumulatively, are currently in 3rd with 39 points, behind
    Italy with 32 points and Israel with 36 points.


    Leading competitors in the nine fleets at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships were trading blows in a tense third day of racing in Sanya, China.

    Those in contention for medals were fighting for every inch across the four course areas to put themselves in a good position ahead of the penultimate day.

    In another ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:59 AM
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    The calm before the storm


    The passage of the Horn for Yves le Blevec is expected early Wednesday night.

    According ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:38 AM
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    Only in the world ... but connected

    After 39 days at sea, François Gabart continues his bypass west of the Azores anticyclone in an easterly trade wind that tends to weaken. If the skipper ...
    Published on 12-13-2017 10:13 AM
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    Pressure coming on as Southern Ocean storm approaches


    A north-south divide of more than 200 miles has opened up in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as the teams prepare for a deep Southern Ocean depression to strike...

    Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 04, morning on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. Dee Caffari in her thoughts after getting the latest position report. The boat is now the only one who took the option to go north while the rest of the fleet is heading south. ...
    Published on 12-12-2017 03:27 PM
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    1: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 3. John Fisher in the foreground with Vestas 11th Hour racing approaching fast on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Photo by Konrad Frost/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017

    2: Leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 03, on board MAPFRE. Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race. 12 December, 2017.

    Emotions are running high for Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking, who suffered a loss in the family this week.

    I always say family first to my crew(s). It is the most import thing in life. The job we are having takes it's toll. Long away from home , when in stopovers never enough time ...

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