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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017

Maluka - smallest yacht in the fleet © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

“Line Honours is all that matters,” so declared the man who will steer one of the very last boats to cross the finish line in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year, as he has done six times previously. When he said that, Sean Langman was racing his 66 foot skiff on steroids, AAPT. ...

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François Garbart and Trimaran MACIF World record

First images of the trimaran MACIF and Francois Gabart as they arrive in Brest after the record time for a solo circumnavigation - photo © Jean-Marie Liot

34 year old French solo RTW sailor, François Gabart, smashed the solo round the world sailing record when the crossed the finish line between Ushant and Lizard Point at 0145 GMT on 17/12/17. The new record (yet to be ratified by the WSSC) is 42 days, 16hrs, 40mins and 35secs slashing a massive six days and 10hrs off the existing ...

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AkzoNobel Volvo Ocean 65

leg 3, Cape Town to Melbourne, day 6, on board AkzoNobel. The boat is heading east(ish) and repairs are ongoing to the mast track and main sail. - photo © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

Team AkzoNobel repairs spar Volvo OR The Team AkzoNobel Volvo Ocean 65 has been a flurry of activity all day today as the crew set about the repairing the damage done to the mast and mainsail yesterday when things went wrong during a gybe in 45 knots of wind and big waves. Volvo Ocean Race on board reporter James Blake filmed ...

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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017

Alinghi stole the show for the second day running to extend its lead in the standings at Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP. © Lloyd Images

TV Series – Episode 8, Los Cabos, Mexico Settle in for 26 minutes of Stadium Racing from the grand finale of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Los Cabos, Mexico, with the eighth episode of the official TV Series. by Extreme Sailing Series

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International Bédanne’s Cup

Peregrine Racing (Linnea Floser - SWE) on their way to clinching the last quarter-final place © Patrick Deroualle / International Bedanne's Cup

The order of the day on Thursday at the International Bédanne’s Cup was to complete the double round robin. This would set the stage for the quarter-finals and see who would win the right to skip the quarter-finals and go straight to the semis. Local stars, Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team kept hold of ...

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AkzoNobel crew climb the damaged mast after suffering a sail track issue - now under repair 14 December, 2017 © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Team AkzoNobel undertake mast repair + Video Damage to the track that attaches the mainsail to the back edge of the mast on team AkzoNobel’s Volvo Ocean 65 race boat has forced the crew to slow the boat down as the sailors assess the problem and try to identify potential repair options. The damage, which was reported to ...

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Hobart Races

B&G Advantage © Peter Watson

This year’s Launceston to Hobart yacht race will be the 11th edition, but for prominent Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell and two of his crew of B&G Advantage this will be their 10th. It’s a significant year for Cordell as he was the winner, line and handicap, of the inaugural race in 2007, and his Mumm 36 will start ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Turn The Tide On Plastic - Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - photo © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

The unpredictability of offshore racing is constantly keeping us on our toes, however the one thing that can be guaranteed this race are the conditions that await the fleet in the Southern Ocean. Cold, wet, miserable, dangerous and slightly surreal – the hostile environment of the Southern Ocean is a challenge for even the most experienced sailors. Needless to say, ...

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Women’s International Match Racing Series 2017

ProKateam Sailing Team (Ekaterina Kochkina - RUS) gets caught by huge puff while setting the gennaker on day two of the 2017 International Bedanne's Cup © Patrick Deroualle

The conditions turned blustery on small Lake Bedanne in Normandy for the second day of racing at the International Bedanne’s Cup – the final event of the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series). But the change of conditions did not deter local skipper Pauline Courtois as she maintained control to remain in the lead. After a day of ...

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Solo Round the World Record attempt

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

If all goes well, François Gabart will complete his single-handed round the world at the end of the week, after less than 45 days at sea. During the radio session with Macif’s employees this Tuesday, the MACIF trimaran skipper was being tossed about in a very rough sea, yet he remained focussed on sailing his boat well and could not ...

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