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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tahiti Pearl Regatta

The spectacular Tahiti Pearl Regatta will be held from 7-12 May 2018 © Bertrand DUQUENNE Photography

Entries to arguably the world’s most breathtaking sailing rally are open with registrations filling fast for the 2018 Tahiti Pearl Regatta in May. The event, which is sponsored by Multihull Solutions, is staged from 7-12 ay and held on the stunning waterways of French Polynesia. Launched in 2004, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta attracts large contingents of crews from around the region ...

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Port Cygnet Sailing Club Regatta

Ocean racing Tilt was among the big fleet at the regatta - photo © Jessica Coughlin

Since Tasmania’s colonial days, regattas have been a significant part of the way of life of sailing Tasmanians, in particular those who live in Hobart, down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel or in beautiful the Huon Valley. Some, such as the Shipwrights Point Regatta down the Huon, have long gone but many continue to thrive and new ones established, thanks to the ...

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Extreme Sailing Series

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego 2017 - Day three - NZ Extreme Sailing Team - photo © Lloyd Images

Red Bull Sailing Team and NZ Extreme Sailing Team complete the line-up for Act, 1 Muscat Red Bull Sailing Team and NZ Extreme Sailing Team return to the fray for the first Act of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Muscat, Oman – beginning tomorrow, 14 March. Led by double Olympic gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, Austrian ...

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Richard Mille Record Trophy

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth 2017 - photo © Christophe Jouany

The highlight of the 2018 edition has to be the creation of the Richard Mille Record Trophy. The principle behind it is simple: reward the boat that racks up the best time over a course amongst the islands spanning some 60 miles or so. “The record will be open to the fastest classes, namely the Maxis, the Spinnaker 0s and ...

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Joust sailing at the 2017 J/111 World Championship in San Francisco - photo © Leslie Richter

The answer would be a fascination with clusters. Now our point of interest would be the J/Boats, and specifically the collection of five J/111s that are racing pretty competitively on Port Phillip right now. In and of itself, five is a good nest, but when it is five from the seven in the country, and also of the 120 around ...

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Etchells Victorian State Championship 2018

The fleet work towards the top mark for the first time of the day - photo © Alex McKinnon Photography

Two races were run on the last day of the 2018 Land Rover Etchells Victorian State Championship, but it would only take Tom King and his crew David Ewards, Owen McManhon and Ivan Wheen just one of those to lock away the championship. The first race was set to a range of 1.5nm on an axis of 175°. After one ...

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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2018

Good wind and warm weather make for idyllic sailing conditions at Top of the Gulf Regatta. © Guy Nowell

Now entering its 14th year, Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina has grown to become an award-winning multi-class regatta held annually in the Gulf of Thailand. Homed at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the regatta has morphed from its humble roots into one of the largest sailing events in Asia today, and attract sailors of all abilities and ...

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5th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series

5th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series 2018 - photo © Isabelle Andrieux

Monaco, 11th March 2018. The 5th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of monthly regattas from October to March ended today. Organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with technical clothing supplier SLAM, the meetings offer international teams an opportunity to establish their winter base in the Principality before the main season starts.   Monaco, a veritable capital of yachting, ...

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Volvo OR Dongfeng

Race winner DongFeng, Volvo Ocean Race - Auckland Stopover In Port Race, Auckland, March 10, - photo © Richard Gladwell

Dongfeng won a convoluted Volvo Ocean Race InPort Race sailed on Waitemata Harbour in light winds. After a confused start in which three boats got away cleanly, the others struggled to clear the melee. The race looked set to have the prizegiving able to be held halfway up the first leg. However, God was on the side of the Kiwi ...

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Honda Marine wins JJ Giltinan in Sydney

Honda Marine in a gust after rounding the Shark Island mark during 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship Race 3 © Frank Quealey

Honda Marine (David McDiarmid) made history today on Sydney Harbour with the first ever win by a New Zealand boat in the JJ Giltinan Trophy. They finished 6th in the final race, Race 9 after a match race with the only other crew capable of winning, Maresk (Josh Porebski). The win is the first in Sydney since the trophy was donated ...

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