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    Published on 08-02-2017 09:10 AM
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    MAPFRE took first blood in the opening battle of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – with Xabi Fernández and his Spanish team finding faultless form to smash the established record time for a monohull around the Isle of Wight.

    MAPFRE clocked 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds in strong conditions off England’s south coast to hold off Team Brunel and notch up victory in the Around the Island Race – the first in a series of four 'Leg Zero' tests acting as qualifiers for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, ...
    Published on 08-02-2017 08:50 AM
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    In case you don't know, the tides and currents in the Solent are crazy. The sand bars and other hard and slow points are everywhere. The wind is a trickster - making you trim in and out and pole forward and back like a maniac, gusts and lulls from nowhere. ...
    Published on 08-01-2017 10:28 AM
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    Day three of Lendy Cowes Week delivered yet more racing in blazing sun and a perfect south westerly breeze of 12-16 knots that gradually built to a peak of 20 knots by the end of the afternoon. It was a day of intensely close racing for many competitors, with numerous podium places decided by only a handful of seconds after more than three hours of racing. ...
    Published on 08-01-2017 10:26 AM
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    One regatta, two courses, two different experiences
    29er World Championship Day 1

    LONG BEACH, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Day one of the 29er World Championship, hosted by Alamitos Yacht Club, started a bit like A Tale of Two Cities. Although just a mile apart, the Bravo Course, closer to Seal Beach Pier, saw shifty and variable winds resulting in starting line drama; while the Alpha Course, nearer Alamitos Bay, enjoyed ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 05:03 PM
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    The New Zealand Herald reports on options being laid down for hosting the 36th America's Cup in Auckland:

    The America's Cup syndicates could be based at an extension to Westhaven Marina under a proposal going to Auckland councillors today.

    Stop Stealing Our Harbour and Urban Auckland have drawn up plans to extend ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 02:49 PM
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    Wild Oats XI was the first to cross the finish line in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017 posting a time of 1 day 18 hours 37 mins and 6 seconds to take line honours ahead of Black Jack by the smallest of margins.

    After ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 02:25 PM
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    Another sunny, bright, breezy day welcomed the combined Olympic fleets of Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX race boats today as the 2017 European Championship continued in Germany's North Sea port of Kiel. The 49er and 49erFX entered their second day of competition while all eyes were on the brand new foiling Nacra 17 catamaran sailors on their first day of racing.

    Published on 07-31-2017 10:56 AM
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    A cold and foggy start, with plenty of flood to go around, as 70 plus boats headed out the Gate to Point Bonita and
    then slid down the City Front and the Estuary to the Encinal Yacht Club as we roll into the 2nd half of the YRA
    yachting calendar!

    Slackwater was on hand in the Estuary taking some nice clicks ...
    Published on 07-31-2017 10:54 AM
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    image ©Ugo Fonolla/Volvo Ocean Race

    Leg Zero not only takes care of the official qualifying for the Volvo Ocean Race – it’s also the first chance to see the teams in a competitive shakedown against each other.

    No points will be carried forward to the race itself, but the overall Leg Zero winner still gets a confidence boost – and here, round-the-world Vendée Globe sailor Conrad Colman fills us in on how it ...
    Published on 07-30-2017 10:53 AM
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    The 2017 US Nationals, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, CA) concluded July 28th. With 116 entrants, this was by far the largest 29er regatta in the history of the United States and, most likely, in all of North America. Ever.

    This large turnout is, of course, due to this event being a "tune up" regatta for ...
    Published on 07-30-2017 10:35 AM
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    Great Britain's Paul Goodison holds off the charge of Peter Burling, Ian Jensen and Tom Slingsby
    to become the 2017 Int Moth World Champion.

    Full report to follow!


    Paul Goodison wins 2017 Moth Worlds title

    Paul Goodison (GBR) smashes it on the final day of racing at the ...
    Published on 07-28-2017 02:43 PM

    Good morning - Beetle is hook down in 50' of water in the Lagoon of Arue on the north side of Tahiti. There are a number of PolyMag radio net boats here: Eye Candy, Pitufa, Monkey Fist are all right here, as is Alfiney; ...
    Published on 07-28-2017 02:28 PM
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    The final series of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds got underway today in glamorous conditions on Lake Garda. The Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets were released just after lunchtime for four races each on two race courses.

    The Gold fleet left the shore about 1400hrs to sail on the South course in warm sunshine and a 12 - 14 knots breeze from 200 degrees. The two lap courses were short and sharp taking the lead boat about 25 minutes to complete.

    77 boats shot off the start line on starboard tack to tack directly in ...
    Published on 07-28-2017 09:04 AM
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    The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a 10-strong squad of Onboard Reporters to tell the story of the toughest test of a team in professional sport.

    Featuring hardened media pros from six nations around the world, the group of Onboard Reporters for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 includes award-winning adventure photographers, extreme sports filmmakers, the documentary-making son of a Volvo Ocean Race legend and a former soldier–turned–journalist who has completed two tours of the Middle ...
    Published on 07-27-2017 05:38 PM
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    The website Babes That Hustle featured Stephanie Roble, Olympic hopeful, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and regular
    crewmember on Liam Kilroy's Melges 20' Wildman

    Published on 07-27-2017 01:25 PM
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    Provezza Eye the Puerto Portals Prize

    (Thursday 27th July, Puerto Portal) – Ergin Imre's Provezza team have been tantalisingly close to winning a regatta twice this season but have not yet managed to close the deal. They go into the final day of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Friday with a lead of three points hoping that their confidence on the Bay of Palma, their smooth sailing and astute tactics will prevail and they will finally crack their last day hoodoo.

    "I really don't want to make too much of ...
    Published on 07-27-2017 12:51 PM
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    Day 3 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017

    The early morning Peler from the North provided contrasting fortunes for the fleet of 220 Moths racing day 3 of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. After a lunchtime break to repair boats and refuel with more pasta, all fleets were sent back out for a much more sedate afternoon of racing, but again the Garda wind gods had other ideas. By 1600hrs the weak afternoon breeze shut down for the day determining the all important Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the Final series.

    The Green and Blue fleets were sent out early ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 12:08 PM
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    Sled Win Two To Go Second

    (Wednesday 26th July, Puerto Portals) – Takashi Okura's Sled hauled themselves up to second place overall at Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week after winning both races on the Bay of Palma today. A pair of precision first leg laylines in a lifting breeze coupled to good starts proved the key as they completed a pair of wins, leading at every mark, a feat which has eluded them since 2014 when they won two races on the last day of the US Championship in Miami.

    Mr Okura's crew, led by tactician Hamish Pepper, strategist Cameron Dunn and navigator Andrea Visintini had a slightly rocky start to this fifth regatta of the six event ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 11:35 AM
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    Slow catch up for Qualifying fleets at Moth Worlds

    There was still a lot of summer thunderstorm activity in the Lake Garda region but finally, racing got underway today on day two of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine.

    The 220 entrants from 25 nations were split into four groups, Yellow, Red, Blue and Green Qualifying fleets. Because of the lack of racing yesterday (Tuesday), racing was re-scheduled for early starts this morning (Wednesday).

    When the first two groups left the shore it was a cool morning with semi-overcast skies and light to moderate but unstable breeze from the North and some big waves. However, ...
    Published on 07-26-2017 09:38 AM

    "Such an amazing journey Artemis Racing has had here in Bermuda".

    Our Team Manager, Iain Percy, offers a heartfelt thank you ...
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