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Monthly Archives: November 2017

GC32 Racing Tour 2018

Full foiling conditions at the GC32 Villasimius Cup 2017 - photo © Jesus Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour

For its fifth season in 2018, the GC32 Racing Tour aims to continue providing the ‘best foiling experience’ for its competitors in several of yacht racing’s top venues. Attracting both professional teams and those with owner-drivers, the circuit for ultra-high speed foiling one design catamarans will visit five southern European venues chosen to offer the best chance of providing optimum ...

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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship

Last year's grand final between Price and Dargaville © Andrea Francolini

The leaderboard at the 2017 Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship has been turned on its head with pre-regatta favourites falling victim to a tricky Sydney south-easterly breeze whilst three teams came away with a perfect scorecard by the end of Day 1. Recently crowned Harken Champions, Leonard Takahashi’s Pacific Sailing Team from Japan continued their dominance on Day 1 of the Musto International Youth Match ...

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505 World Championships 2018-19

505 World Championships © David & Margaret Stowell

Fremantle Sailing Club, Perth, Western Australia, will be hosting the 505 World Championships and the Australian Open, including a 505 Classic Fleet, from 29th December 2018 to the seventh of January 2019. Fremantle provides some of the best sailing conditions in the world for 505s with a reliable sea breeze, swell and sunny days – an event not to be ...

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Gabart in Solo Round the World

Aerial images of Francois Gabart onboard Ultim MACIF, training before the Round the Word Solo Handed Record, off Belle Ile, on October 16th © Jean-Marie LIOT

This Tuesday François Gabart has been at sea for over 24 days. The day before he crossed the 180th meridian with a stable lead of one and a half days on the time clocked up by Thomas Coville, the current holder of the single-handed round the world record. On Monday, when the skipper of the MACIF trimaran had just set ...

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Sail Melbourne International

Daichi Takayam and Kimihiko Imamura, JPN - photo © Gordon Hyde

Racing has kicked-off at Sail Melbourne International 2017 with the Olympic classes heading out on Port Phillip on what was a scorcher of a day one. Around 35 degrees and a dying morning breeze made for a long wait onshore before the sea breeze filled back in and racing got underway. Despite the wait, most of the Olympic classes managed ...

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Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta

At the start of the SASC Lion Island Race last year, September, 2017 - photo © John Maclurcan

The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta starts on Friday with a race run by the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club (SASC) on the harbour, followed by a gala dinner for over 250 at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS). The event, run over three days, is sparking tremendous interest around the Sydney waterfront. Behind the scenes, one gent has been beavering ...

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Seeing double: supermaxi Wild Oats XI towers over the smaller Wild Oats X at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 © Andrea Francolini http://www.afrancolini.com/

Followers of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race might think they are seeing double when the 628 nautical mile classic starts on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. The reason for this is simple: on the starting line will be two yachts from the Oatley family’s “stable” that are near-identical in profile and name. First and foremost will be the famous ...

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RORC Transatlantic Race

Third day at sea in the RORC Transatlantic Race to Grenada - photo from on board Friedrich Boehnert's Xp-50 Lunatix RORC

As dawn broke on the third day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the northerly route across the Atlantic looks to be the favourite for many of the 23 teams taking part in the race. Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna leads the charge towards the low pressure system which has attracted the fleet to this route. The low has moved ...

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RC44 Calero Marinas Cup

Igor Lah at the helm of Team CEEREF – RC44 Calero Marinas Cup © Martinez Studio / RC44 Class

Despite performing dances for the wind gods, the breeze failed to materialise for a second consecutive day at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in the normally windy Canary Islands. The wind occasionally built to 6-7 knots at around 135° but would then die swinging hard left to 80°. Despite looking for every available opportunity and moving the race course, at ...

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Video of Hugo Boss

IMOCA60 Hugo Boss foiling high off Lisbon Portugal. Alex Thomson Racing

Spectacular video of the IMOCA60 Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson) filmed off the coast of Portugal and hitting a staggering 33.2 knots in rough seas. Thomson finished second in the last Vendee Globe,despite breaking his starboard DSS foil just after entering the Southern Ocean. One the way he set two sailing records – including the 24 hour record for a singlehanded ...

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