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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Volvo Cork Week

Volvo Cork Week - Day 2 - photo © David Branigan / Oceansport

The wind gods smiled on the second day of Volvo Cork Week with a 15 knot southwesterly piping up, giving the international fleet a day to remember in the Celtic Sea. Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Forces team came from behind to win the double points scoring Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup. During the 130 mile race, four teams swapped ...

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GovCup

52nd Governor's Cup Balboa Yacht Club, July 17, 2018 © Balboa YC

The world’s top-ranked match racer, Harry Price (AUS), and his recent match racing nemesis, Leonard Takahashi (NZL), finished the first day of Balboa Yacht Club’s 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup Youth Match Racing Championship tied for the lead against the toughest competition in the event’s history, with records of 7-1. The prestigious “GovCup”, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, is the ...

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Offshore Sailing World Championship

Leeloo had a great first inshore race in Class B on day 3 at The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018 - photo © Sander van der Borch

In contrast to the past few days of light shifty winds, today’s superb 12-17 knot southerly breeze made for fast and furious racing on all courses of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018. And so even with a later 1300 start today, Principal Race Officer Peter Anink informed everyone two inshore races would be held to take advantage of ...

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Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta

Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta - photo © Nico Martinez

Classic and vintage boats of seven different nationalities have competed to win one of the most prestigious Mediterranean trophies. The third day was the final touch to the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona regatta, full of history and considered one of the best classic regattas in the world. This edition has offered the most varied wind conditions: an always changing wind ...

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Golden Globe Race

Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) sailing his Gaia 36 Asteria through the Marina Rubicon gate off Lanzarote. Asteria has the lowest freeboard of all the yachts in the GGR. - photo © Christophe Favreau / PPL / GGR

French leader Philippe Péché and his Rustler 36 PRB is being pushed hard by Dutch rival Mark Slats (Ophen Maverick) as the Golden Globe Race fleet enjoy glorious trade wind conditions on the run south towards the Cape Verde Islands. They and third placed French veteran Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, 30 miles astern of the leading pair, and all racing ...

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Volvo Cork Week

Jelly Baby skippered by Brian and Mary Jones (right) racing in Class 2 on day 1 of Volvo Cork Week - photo © David Branigan / Oceansport

A mixture of clear blue skies and blankets of clouds made for highly changeable conditions for the first day of Volvo Cork Week. Thankfully the warm sunshine won the day, providing light air racing in beautiful Cork Harbour and the Celtic Sea. The teams returned to the dock with colour in their cheeks, a glint in the eye, and a ...

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Offshore Sailing World Championship

Light air and current in the Class C start had its casualties - The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018 - photo © Sander van der Borch

The sun continued to shine on Sunday at the start of racing in The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship, with many thousands of beachgoers watching nearly a thousand sailors on their boats in the fleet start the long offshore race portion of the programme. Class A competitors were sent on a 155-mile zig-zag course off the Dutch North Sea coast ...

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Basic Rope Maintenance from Upffront

Courtesy of Gottifredi Maffioli - photo © Gottifredi Maffioli

Salt water and dirt tears away at the fibres of the rope, shortening their lifespan. ‘Salty ropes’ are damp, thus collect more dirt. Ropes aren’t cheap. Proper maintenance ensures you get the most out of your ropes. Cleaning lines isn’t only a matter of cosmetics; clean ropes are easier to handle. This is especially the case for overworked ropes such ...

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Tour Voile

The 2018 'Tour du France a la Voile', Baden, France - photo © Lloyd Images

Oman Sail’s SailingArabia team go into the high-intensity final phase of the Tour Voile with their goal of a podium finish in the French classic within reach. Meanwhile, the development squad on Team Oman Sail are exceeding expectations. After racing around the Channel and Atlantic coasts of France, the 26-strong fleet have arrived in the Mediterranean for six days of ...

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RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race

In a light airs race, Overall Line Honours and the win in the Class40 Division went to Tony Lawson's Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger. - photo © RORC / Paul Wyeth

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with UNCL, Yacht Club de Dinard, Société Nautique de la Baie de St. Malo and the Royal Yacht Squadron. Pierre Sallenave’s French X-442 Ster Wenn 5 has won the 2018 Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race overall under IRC, winning the King Edward VII Cup dating back to 1906. On board were Pierre’s two ...

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