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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 to Auckland, day 14 on board Sun hung Kai / Scallywag. Light winds and beautiful sunsets. 20 February - photo © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is facing another 48 hours of excruciating sailing as the teams plugged deeper into a massive expanse of windless ocean on Tuesday. Lying ahead of them is a 400-mile gulf that stretches as far south as New Caledonia, severely hampering progress towards New Zealand as Leg 6 enters its 14th day. And with the finish ...

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RORC Caribbean 600 2018

Last start of the day for the record number of multihulls in the race: Jason Carroll's Gunboat 62 Elvis and Stephen Cucchiaro's Gunboat 60 Flow - photo © RORC/Tim Wright/photoaction.com

A record 84 yachts started the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua today; the largest fleet assembled in the ten-year history of the race. The impressive armada set off in unstable conditions with squalls producing a wind range of over 20 knots, and as little as 10, with some big shifts in direction. High seas and strong trade winds are ...

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M32 Valencia Winter Series

M32 Valencia Winter Series Event 2 © M32 Series

14 epic races were sailed this past weekend over the three-day event which was the penultimate in the M32 Valencia Winter Series. Valencia again delivered on its promise of warm weather and glamorous sailing conditions, even throwing in a strong swell for the final day of racing. “Valencia has yet again proved it was the best choice to host the ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 to Auckland, day 12 on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. The off Watch. 18 February, . - photo © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

It will have been a massively stressful 24 hours for the leading pair on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Auckland, New Zealand. As team AkzoNobel and Scallywag bumped up against an area of calm, those chasing were enjoying 10 to 15 knots of wind and making impressive gains. In fact, the distance from first to last has ...

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Lendy Cowes Week

Double-handed racing debuts at Lendy Cowes Week © Paul Wyeth

Cowes Week Ltd, the organisers of Lendy Cowes Week, the world’s largest regatta, is delighted to announce that in a new and exciting development the 2018 regatta will see the introduction of a new Double-handed class. Double-handed racing has recently become incredibly successful worldwide, both inshore and offshore and this new class reflects the demand for, and interest in, Double-handed ...

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Hamilton Island Race Week & Australia’s premier regatta

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 - photo © Andrea Francolini

Australia’s premier offshore regatta, Hamilton Island Race Week, will enter an exciting new era with the staging of the 35th edition of the event in August this year. A wider range of courses around the tropical Whitsunday islands and a full spectrum of outstanding social activities will form the foundation for this year’s regatta which will be staged from August ...

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RORC Caribbean 600

A spectacular sunset over English and Falmouth Harbours in Antigua - photo © RORC / Arthur Daniel

The 10th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is likely to be the fastest and possibly toughest race in the ten year history of the Caribbean 600-mile classic. Over 20 knots is predicted for the first three days, with gusts in excess of 30 knots. A moderate to rough sea state is also forecast, which will add to the exhilarating ...

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2018 Normandy Channel Race

V&B - Normandy Channel Race © Rick Tomlinson

With a little more than three months until the start of festivities for the 9th edition of the Normandy Channel Race, the Class40 skippers are now jostling to be included on the entry list. 21 boats are already signed up for this great Anglo-Norman classic and its promise of full-on, close-contact racing both offshore and hugging the coasts of Normandy, ...

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June Bank Holiday Wave Regatta

Conor Phelan's Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC is a confirmed entry for the inaugural Wave Regatta in Howth on the June Bank Holiday weekend. - photo © David Branigan / Oceansport

As the stream of entries for the inaugural Wave Regatta continues to build, Jamie McWilliam’s Signal 8 from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has been confirmed for the three-day series in Howth. The Ker 40 is one of four high-profile entries received over the past week. Also entered is Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC, Paul O’Higgins Rockabill ...

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Regatta at South of Perth Yacht Club

Vipers play follow-the-leader as they sail towards Perth City in light conditions © Bernie Kaaks

Justin Scott, one of the many international skippers who travelled to the South of Perth Yacht Club to compete in the Schweppes Viper Worlds 2018 on the picturesque Swan River, stamped his authority on the fleet today with two wins, to move him to the top of the table in the Pre-World Practice Regatta. Sailing with local sailors Luke Elliot ...

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