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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race fleet ready to race - March 18, 2018 © Richard Gladwell

The start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race will get away at 2.00pm, local time in Auckland, New Zealand. Two hours before the start, fans are already staking out vantage points around both sides of the Waitemata Harbour looking forward to what should be a stunning spectacle. Although the breeze will be against the fleet as they head ...

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Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego

J/120 boats at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego - photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

Saturday was a challenging day on the water for the hundreds of sailors competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego. Sailors faced shifty winds and rough seas on two racecourses set on the ocean off Coronado Island. San Diego-native John Laun, the 2015 Helly Hansen NOOD San Diego Overall Winner, found the conditions ...

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Mandurah Race

Mike Giles' Endorfin being monstered by Argo and Weapon of Choice in the return race © Bernie Kaaks

It was a bittersweet occasion for offshore sailors last weekend, returning to a spot barely ten miles from where their popular colleagues Rob Thomas and Paul Owens died two weeks earlier in a capsize during the Bunbury and return ocean race. There were no problems this time. South easterly and easterly conditions made for an easy race in both directions. ...

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Rolex China Sea Race

Start of race - Rolex China Sea Race 2016 © Rolex / Daniel Forster

With just under a month to go before the start of the 56th Anniversary of the Rolex China Sea Race, 30 entries have been received from eight territories, including one double-handed entry. Philippe Grelon, an experienced offshore sailor, has raced in all of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s blue water classics, since arriving in Hong Kong, including the 2014 and ...

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North Sails Palma

3Di Superyacht sails by North Sails © Stuart Pearce

Following the January announcement that the experts from the former Doyle Palma team would join forces with the local North Sails loft in Mallorca, Spain, the newly combined facilities and the team are taking shape in the heart of the global Superyacht industry. The enhanced personnel, increased capacity, and expanded resources look set to offer clients, for both Superyachts and ...

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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

© Clipper Race

It has been a short but tough race from Sanya to Qingdao, which ended in a dramatic finale for the podium positions for Race 8: The Sailing City Qingdao Cup. Six of the eleven Clipper Race teams have now crossed the finish line off the coast of Qingdao with the remaining five teams expected to battle upwind to complete their ...

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2018 Extreme Sailing Series

SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Oman Air - 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat - Day 1 - photo © Extreme Sailing Series

Three-time champions Alinghi dominated on the racetrack today, Wednesday 14th March, in the first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™. Having lost out to Danish syndicate SAP Extreme Sailing Team last year, the Swiss team dominated from race one, determined to prove themselves straight off the start line. Consistent sailing across four races saw the experienced Alinghi crew finish ...

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SuperFoiler - Busselton, Western Australia - iD Intranet - photo © Andrea Francolini

America’s Cup mariner and dual Extreme Sailing Series Champion Paul Campbell-James says a win in America has revived his enthusiasm and hopes of victory at the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final in Sydney. “I headed straight to Miami from the SuperFoiler regatta in Busselton to sail an M32 in the North American Series, which I’m pleased to say we won,” said ...

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Finn European Championship

It got a bit hectic at times - Guillaume Boisard and Piotr Kula on day 3 of the Finn Europeans in Cádiz, Spain - photo © Robert Deaves

The breeze finally arrived on the third day of the Open and U23 Finn European Championships in Cádiz, with three testing races in winds building from 15 to 22 knots during the day. Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, extends his lead to nine points from Ed Wright, of Britain. However, Swedish World Champion, Max Salminen, had the best day of ...

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Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta - photo © Tim Wilkes

The Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, the annual highlight for many sailors from around the world, wrapped up in fine style on Saturday March 10th at Coral Reef Yacht Club. Winners were decided after six days and six neck and neck races for the Star Class, with an equally intense eight races packed into three days for the J/70 fleet. For ...

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