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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Volvo Ocean Race

Day 11, Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Steve Hayles sees the latest positions on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. 15 November, 2017 – Volvo Ocean Race © Konrad Frost / Volvo Ocean Race

The charge south continues at speed on Wednesday as the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race reached its approximate halfway mark… The seven international teams all now have less than 3,200 nautical miles left in the 7,000-mile stage from the Portugal capital of Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa. The south-easterly tradewinds that blow south of the Equator remained ...

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Clipper Race

Day 15, Race 3 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Ventures

Day 15 of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race has seen mixed conditions for the Clipper Race fleet with fast downwind conditions being replaced by shifting winds and lighter airs for many teams. Sanya Serenity Coast remains in the lead with less than 2,000 nautical miles to go to Fremantle and Skipper, Wendy Tuck, reports: “Yes, we got a ...

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Busan Cup Women’s Match Race

Day 2 – Anna Östling (SWE) and Alexa Bezel (SUI) battle downwind in the breeze – Busan Cup Women's International Match Race © Kim Wolf / Busan Cup

Day two of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the third event of the 2017 WIM Series, brought some challenges to the teams as the breeze increased to and the conditions stayed consistent – consistently shifting and puffing! “Today was typical Busan – VERY puffy and VERY shifty! But lots of fun!” laughed Renée Groeneveld – skipper of Matchrace ...

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François Gabart’s record on MACIF trimaran

Sailing onboard maxi trimaran MACIF with skipper Francois Gabart, during training off Port la Foret, South Brittany, on October 8th, 2017 © Vincent Curutchet / ALeA / Macif

François beats record for distance sailed single-handed in 24 hours! After crossing the Equator in just under six days, François Gabart has gained considerable speed since he entered the South Atlantic and now has the Cape of Good Hope in his sights. This Tuesday, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran, who succeeded in solving his mainsail batten problem, even beat ...

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Melges 40 Grand Prix

The prestigious waters of Palma de Mallorca, Spain will act as center stage for final Melges 40 Grand Prix showdown of 2017 Melges 40

Hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma, the Melges 40 fleet is set, ready and fully prepared to race the final event of what has been an incredible, inaugural Grand Prix season. The 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix circuit has completed two events (Porto Cervo and Valencia), and thus far it has been all about Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG. He has ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

Transat Jacques Vabre TJV

As with Sodebo Ultim’s victory yesterday, the Anglo-Spanish duo of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde on Imerys Clean Energy are also showing in the Class40 that you do not need the biggest budget or the latest boat to be the leader. With 60 per cent of the race complete, Sharp and Santurde, despite their communication problems and disrupted weather files, ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Day 10, Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, sunrise on board Dongfeng. First live ever done between two skippers: Charles and Xavi talking to each other. 14 November © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

With Monday’s Equator crossings already a fading memory for the Volvo Ocean Race crews, gone too is any respite, however brief, from the relentless action that’s characterising the second leg. Many sailors awoke on Tuesday sporting new haircuts or with the faint whiff of days-old food about them, or both. These were the only reminders of the momentary reprieve that ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

Sodebo Ultim’ – Transat Jacques Vabre © TJV

Having match raced each other down the Atlantic after leaving Le Havre last Sunday, Thomas Colville and Jean-Luc Nélias struck a blow for experience by holding off Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel on their newly-launched Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to win the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Sodebo Ultim’ crossed the finish line in the Bay of All ...

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Cabbage Tree Island Race

Black Jack led from the start over rival Wild Oats XI - Cabbage Tree Island Race 2017 David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

Just months after purchasing the boat, Zoe Taylor’s Cookson 12, G.O., took the win in Race 4 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s prestigious Blue Water Pointscore – the Cabbage Tree Island Race – topping IRC, ORCI and PHS divisions. Noel Cornish’s Sydney 47, St Jude, was second on IRC and Howard Piggott’s Beneteau First 40, Flying Cloud, third. ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Day 9, Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Equator crossing for the America's cup trio. 13 November, 2017 – Volvo Ocean Race © Rich Edwards / Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race frontrunners are into the Southern Hemisphere on Monday after crossing the Equator, the latest milestone in the drag race to Cape Town. Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team led the fleet over the famous line of latitude at 0941 UTC with the slimmest of leads over MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Team Brunel and team Akzonobel. By ...

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