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Monthly Archives: February 2017

MC38 Australian Championship

Drone of the MC38 Australian Champs 2017 © Bob Fowler

Leslie Green’s Ginger consolidated its top dog status, John Bacon’s Dark Star lit up and Steve Barlow’s Light Speed continued to make inroads on day two of the 2017 MC38 Australian Championship on Pittwater. In 12-16 knot sou’easters, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club PRO Steve Merrington and his team peeled off four races between Mackerel Beach and Stokes Point on ...

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J Class this year race first World Championship

J Class action coming into the top mark © Ian Roman

Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship. The J Class Association has recently become an affiliate member of the International Maxi Association (IMA). The IMA administers the International Maxi Class, recognised by the sport’s ...

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MAPFRE in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 skipper Spain’s Xabi Fernández

Spain’s Xabi Fernández to skipper MAPFRE in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 © Francisco Vignale / MAPFRE / Volvo Ocean Race

Spain’s Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández will return to skipper MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, the Spanish campaign announced on Friday, 17 February. The 40-year-old Xabi, who has taken part in the Volvo Ocean Race four times, won Olympic gold in Athens 2004, and followed that up with a silver in 2008 – both times alongside his ...

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Tenth place Vendée Globe ~ Arnaud Boissières

Arnaud Boissières – La Mie Câline – Vendée Globe © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe

After a slow final night at sea in very light airs as he waited to arrive after sunrise, Arnaud Boissières crossed the Vendée Globe finish line at 0826hrs UTC this Friday morning to take 10th place in the non-stop solo round the world race. It is the third time in a row that the skipper, who has made his home ...

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Mini Transat

Mini Transat 2017 © Mini Transat http://www.minitransat.fr/

Race after race, the Mini Transat has always maintained its popularity. For this 2017 edition, entrusted to the Collectif Rochelais pour la Mini Transat, the race will host a full contingent as the number of applicants signed up for the adventure already exceeds the 84 places made available by the organiser. Unquestionably, it is this loyalty to the fundamentals that ...

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World ARC

World ARC 2017-18 © World Cruising Club

After crossing the equator, the World ARC Fleet have now arrived in Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival crews had to be checked in with various authorities and customs and immigration whilst at anchor before they had permission to take a water taxi ashore to explore the beauty that the Island has to offer. Many of ...

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North Sea Regatta Week 2017 is open!

The Hague's annual sailing festival - North Sea Regatta Week © Sander van der Borch http://www.sandervanderborch.com

Registration for the Vuurschepen Race, the RORC North Sea Race and the North Sea Regatta inshore races is open! The North Sea Regatta Week 2017 starts with the Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich on Saturday 27 May, followed by the RORC North Sea Race on 30 May. After the offshore races we continue with three days of inshore racing, starting ...

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Beneteau Open Day

New Oceanis 48 for viewing in Sydney © Vicsail Sydney http://www.vicsailsydney.com.au

The Beneteau Team will be exhibiting three new Beneteau models at the CYCA this Saturday the 18th of February: – The New Oceanis 41.1 Performance – The oceanis 48 – The Swift Trawler The boats will be available for inspection in the marina in front of the CYCA deck from 10am. It will also be possible to go for a ...

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RORC Caribbean 600 ~ Record

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy winner - Hap Fauth's Bella Mente © Bella Mente Racing / Tim Wight

A fleet of over 80 yachts is expected for the ninth edition of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 in which 900 sailors from 30 different nations will race non-stop around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. Passionate corinthians will be rubbing shoulders with Olympic medallists, America’s Cup winners and round the world sailors in a race to take ...

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MC38 Australian Champs

MC38 RPAYC regatta Oct 16 day 2 downwind Maserati & Dark Star © Bob Fowler

A record nine MC38s fling open the door to another year of dynamic one design racing with the class’ national title on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club February 17-19, 2017. Class statesman Leslie Green and his Ginger crew are three-time consecutive Australian champions facing this year’s title with the same core team who have invested the ...

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