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    Published on 09-26-2019 09:38 AM
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    Test match at the Azimut Challenge

    After a year of fine tuning and her first win this summer in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Jérémie Beyou’s IMOCA, Charal with the sailor from Marseilles Christopher Pratt aboard, shone at the 2019 Azimut Challenge this weekend in Lorient. With just over a month to go to the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, the event was a test for many of the boats, whether they were old or new, foilers or not. There was a lot to see at every level and the weather conditions were ideal. Out of the twenty boats ranked at the finish, there were ...
    Published on 09-26-2019 09:10 AM
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    A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew is shown hovering near the sailboat Missfit, which became disabled approximately 35 miles west of Klamath, ...
    Published on 09-25-2019 09:27 AM
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    Over the weekend M-Rad* (AKA Polish) was practicing on his A Cat outside the Santa Cruz Small Boat Harbor when he
    was accosted by the harbor patrol for exceeding ...
    Published on 09-25-2019 09:00 AM
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    Race 3 – Bronenosec Steal Bullet from Azzurra
    In what was another breezy 20+ knot Windward Leeward Race off the coast of the Costa Smeralda,
    Bronenosec steal victory from Azzurra who largely dominated the regatta until the dying moments. More information will follow shortly.
    Published on 09-21-2019 01:11 PM
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    Jérémie Beyou &Christopher Pratt aboard Charal take the 2019 Le Defi Azimut finishing in 1D 18h 43min 46s
    with Kévin Escoffier & Nicolas Lunven on PBR in second with 1D 20h 08min 52s elapsed and in 3rd the Franco American team
    of Charlie Enright & Pascal Bidegorry Taking 3rd on 11th Hour Sailing with a time of 1d 20h 45min 47s.

    The following is some excerpts from the social media blurbs and pic are all from the boats respective ...
    Published on 09-21-2019 10:05 AM
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    Race 4

    Gusty and shifty conditions on Marseille’s racecourse challenged competitors during Race 4 of the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final. French helmsman Billy Besson and Phil Robertson of China were first off the start line. France held onto the lead into mark one, while the British struggled for boat speed at the back of the fleet. Rome Kirby of the United States had an impressive start to race four, leading Australias Tom Slingsby at the first mark.

    The French team continued its lead downwind ...
    Published on 09-20-2019 09:48 AM
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    Race 1

    The Marseille SailGP Grand Final got off to a spectacular start. Race one saw an intense start with a tightly packed fleet. The France SailGP Team was aggressive off the start line, leading the fleet into the first mark and giving the French fans lining the Seawall something to cheer about. Japan ...
    Published on 09-20-2019 09:01 AM
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    Richard Swinton of Los Angeles Times Reports

    SANTA BARBARA — When the Conception first hit the water in the early 1980s, the personal electronics revolution was decades away.

    Divers who boarded the 75-foot boat for excursions in the Channel Islands brought film cameras. There were no smartphones to plug in or the array of other electronic devices now used to take underwater photos. But when the vessel set off decades later on its fateful Labor Day voyage, those on board needed ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 02:38 PM

    With a launch party at the Tower Bridge in London, Alex Thompson and his crew of builders, designers, promoters
    hair stylists etc officially christened his laste Hugo Boss as Hugo Boss....

    The real reveal comes with the foiling video included in above and some shots of the ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 11:36 AM
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    Hurricane Humberto spinning in the North Atlantic

    - Start of the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère postponed due to the weather conditions expected in the Bay of Biscay

    - Festivities will continue on Sunday with a prologue in the bay of La Rochelle

    Initially scheduled for Sunday 22 September, ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 11:18 AM
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    Story by Rob Kothe Yacht Racing Life

    There is nothing like a significant sailing regatta to bring focus on the sailing conditions on a patch of water called home by thousands of sailors.The Olympic venues Sydney, Qingdao, Weymouth Rio, once again Enoshima for 2020 and next up Marseille 2024 all had a serious examination before the Olympic ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 10:24 AM
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    Report, Pics and Video From Ronnie Simpson

    Nadi, Fiji - The 36th annual Fiji Regatta Week - Fiji’s largest annual regatta - has drawn to a conclusion after six days of yacht racing, parties, seminars and more. One of the largest racing and cruising regattas in the South Pacific, 2019 was once again very well attended ...
    Published on 09-19-2019 09:36 AM
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    22 IMOCA's departed the Lorient earlier today in brisk winds and flat seas. The race is a warm up for the Transat Jacques Vabre
    features a 48 hour loop off the coast of Brittany with two crewmen and a media person to provide onboard coverage as the race progresses.
    The race is overwhelmingly a french affair with many of the top shorthanded franco's testing new boats and fine tuning their program along with up
    and coming teams learning the ropes and which ones to tug on and when. This years entry list has 3 non-french ...
    Published on 09-18-2019 09:43 AM
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    For the first time in its history, The Ocean Race will make a stop in Cabo Verde during the 2021-22 edition.

    Cabo Verde will become just the second African venue the Race has ever visited and the first West African nation to host the event, dubbed sport’s ‘toughest test of a team

    Published on 09-18-2019 08:47 AM
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    "Te Aihe flies.

    It is always a very special moment for the team to see a boat rise up out of the water for the first time.

    The first of many significant boxes to tick. Early days yet."

    Not ...
    Published on 09-17-2019 01:36 PM
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    - Five days to go till the 22nd Mini-Transat La Boulangère
    - The Prologue postponed until Friday
    - The Mini-Transat, one big family

    D-5! On Sunday 22 September, at 14:15 hours, the 87 entries in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère will set sail from La Rochelle on the first leg to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In the meantime, they’ll be able to make the most of a warm-up lap during the Prologue, which has been switched to Friday (instead of Wednesday) due to the steady breeze announced tomorrow and Thursday in the bay of La Rochelle.

    In the meantime, preparations are continuing and the Mini-Transat La Boulangère sailors are enjoying the rather heartwarming pre-race atmosphere. It’s the famous ‘Mini spirit’, a combination of mutual aid ...
    Published on 09-17-2019 09:38 AM
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    After a busy summer, which saw Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sign his first victory at the Rolex Fastnet Race but which also allowed the duo Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier to validate his qualification for the Brest Atlantiques, the giant 32 meters had found its technical base on August 26 for a few weeks. Scheduled in the 2019 calendar, ...
    Published on 09-16-2019 03:56 PM
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    September 12, 2019

    Days at Sea: 283
    Days Since Departure: 348

    Noon Position: 66 54N 167 71W
    Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxW 7
    Wind(t/tws): E 25+
    Sea(t/ft): E10+, steep and breaking
    Sky/10ths Cover: Overcast 10
    Bar(mb): 995 and falling
    On-deck Temp(f): 51
    Cabin Temp(f): 57 (no heater today)
    Water Temp(f): 48
    Relative Humidity(%): 60
    Magnetic Variation: 8.3

    Sail: Triple reefed main and working jib, reach.

    Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 141
    Miles since departure: 36,020

    Published on 09-16-2019 09:18 AM
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    Spindrift 2 was put back in the water on Monday 16th September in the presence of Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and the Spindrift racing team.

    The world’s largest racing maxi trimaran has spent the past few months ...
    Published on 09-15-2019 11:36 AM
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    The Crew of Express 37' Spindrift V sporting their new bullet proof "12th Man Kite" demonstrate a variety of non conventional methods of deployment....

    Apparently, the wind gods of San Francisco Bay, Home of the 5 time World Champion 49ers were not impressed.... ...
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