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Monthly Archives: January 2018

45th St. Thomas International Regatta

Rob Butler's former J/88 Touch2Play races in STIR 2017. Butler will be back for 2018 on his new yet same-named, Reflex 38 - photo © Dean Barnes

If your bucket list includes having a drink at the 2017 Favorite Yachting Bar in the Caribbean, then tick that box with us March 23 to 25 at the St. Thomas International Regatta. Announced on January 3, 50 degrees North, creators of Wight Vodka and Scuttlebutt Europe announced that the STIR-host St. Thomas Yacht Club won its annual contest in ...

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Class40 fleet

The Class 40 Aina Enfance & Avenir during the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 © Christophe Breschi / Aina

Following on from the 2017 season which concluded with the closely-fought Transat Jacques Vabre, the 2018 season promises to be a busy one for the Class40 fleet. The programme includes solo, double-handed and crewed races… on both sides of the Atlantic! Key points: Six races to count for the 2018 Class40 Championship New boats in build Races all over the ...

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38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

El Ocaso at the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - photo © Laurens Morel - www.saltycolours.com

With less than 50 days before the start of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 1-4), the entry list is rapidly growing, and already 45 teams representing 13 countries are signed up to compete. The regatta has been a key event on the Caribbean race schedule since its inception in 1980, attracting world-class sailors – racing monohulls, maxis and ...

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Clipper Race

Nikki Henderson leads Visit Seattle © Brooke Miles / www.brookemiles.com.au

Youngest ever Clipper Race skipper claims first race win Visit Seattle, led by 24-year-old British sailor Nikki Henderson, the youngest ever Skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’s eleven editions, has held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race. ...

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On board Spindrift trimaran

Spindrift racing - Jules Verne Trophy

As the giant trimaran made its way to the Créac’h lighthouse (Isle of Ouessant) for a second attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 dismasted at about 1615h today (Monday 15 January 2018), south of Pointe Saint-Mathieu in a strong 30 knot westerly breeze and rough seas. Spindrift 2 was ready for this new attempt around the world with ...

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Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, Day 13 onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic. Liz Wardley driving the VO65 as fast as she can to Hong Kong. - photo © Brian Carlin / Volvo Ocean Race

SHK Scallywag has clocked her first 500nm 24-hour run up to the 0100UTC report on January 15, which has took her out to almost 70nm ahead of the second placed boat – Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Despite losing crew member Alex Gough overboard yesterday the Hong Kong entry has recovered and extended. In fact in the 0600UTC sked, SHK Scallywag ...

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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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