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Monthly Archives: January 2018

J/70 Chile Nationals

Volvo wins J/70 Chilean Nationals © BenjaSans.com

In the third week of December, the Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico hosted the 2017 J/70 Chilean Nationals off Algarrobo, Chile. The fleet of fourteen boats was blessed with great conditions all weekend, with sunny skies and 8-12 kts on the first day and a much windier, sunny day on Sunday with 14-20 kts. An enormous swell was hitting the coastline, ...

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J Fest 2018 at St. Petersburg

J70 Midwinter Championship day 3 © Christopher Howell

The inaugural J/Fest St Pete 2018 will be sailed on Tampa Bay from January 19th to 21st and is being hosted by the historic and famous St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, Florida. Three fleets are participating, J/70s, J/88s, and J/111s. For the J/88s, it represents their 2018 Midwinter Championship. Without a Key West Race Week, it was readily apparent ...

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Slow Boat to Greece ~ OCA 2018

OCA 2018 - Slow Boat to Greece © Bluewater Cruising Association

Cruise Sardinia, Corsica and Elba and then sail in the wake Odysseus from Sicily to Ithaca. Explore lost civilizations, hike old footpaths, be stunned by the natural fireworks of one of Europe’s most active volcanoes and learn how to make olive oil. These are just a few of the surprises that await modern-day seafarers propelled by the winds of antiquity ...

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ACO Musto Skiff World Championship

Final day - ACO Musto Skiff World Championship © LF Sports

Four races on a windy final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship held the potential for all kinds of place changing, but Jon Newman kept his nerve to win a second world title in this demanding singlehander. With the breeze gusting up to 25 knots off the Blairgowrie shore, but also shifting through as much as 30 degrees, ...

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Volvo OR

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 12, birthday girl Hannah `Splashy` Diamond on the pedastal after turning 28 years old on board Vestas 11th Hour. - photo © Amory Ross / Volvo Ocean Race

Following one of the longest and most painful doldrums crossings in memory, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now in the northeast trade winds and speeding towards the finish line in Hong Kong, some 2,700 nautical miles to the northwest. The fleet finds itself in three distinct groupings, with Dongfeng Race Team leading team AkzoNobel and Vestas 11th Hour Racing ...

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IMOCAs 2018

Looking ahead to 2018, a very busy season for the IMOCAs © IMOCA

The skippers in the IMOCA class will be seeing a lot of different places in 2018, as we can see if we look at all the different events on the calendar and in particular the fine programme scheduled in the Mediterranean. The pinnacle event in 2018 will be the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe, which starts from St. Malo on ...

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Icom IC-M330GE

Icom IC-M330GE © Icom

The clever engineering department at Icom have done it again and produced one of the smallest fixed VHF/DSC radios in the market. The IC-M330GE’s front face is so compact that it matches the size of a modern Smartphone. Despite its size, the IC-M330GE has all the hallmarks of Icom’s stylish design, ease of use and performance. The compact IC-M330GE measures ...

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Volvo OR

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 11 on board MAPFRE, Tamara Echegoyen. © Ugo Fonolla / Volvo Ocean Race

The topsy-turvy passage through the Doldrums for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet may have come to an end. Under some pressure – maybe internal – it has been made plain that SKH Scallywag wants to put in a top performance on this leg after a lack lustre race to date. “It will be pretty catastrophic for us if we finish ...

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International 14 Australian Championship

Final day - International 14 2018 Australian Championship © Lyn Hanlon

It’s all over. A good regatta for some. Well run by lRO, John Chiplin and the Darling Point Sailing Squadron and particularly Lyn Hanlon who seemed to be everywhere doing everything – on the water taking photos, doing results, running the bar, making lunches etc. Well done volunteers! David Hayter and Trent Neighbor sailing DPSS boat, “Wang Wang” are confirmed ...

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 6

Day 7, Race 6 – Current positions – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race © Clipper Race

On Day 7 of Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race, the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint has turned into a marathon as wind holes have halted the progress of the Clipper Race fleet as it battles against the strong East Australian Current, which has even taken some teams backwards at times. Whilst frustrating for Skipper and crew, it has been fascinating ...

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