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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Spindrift 2

Spindrift racing complete a Transatlantic passage to bring Spindrift 2 back home to La Trinité © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing

Spindrift 2 returns to La TrinitĂ©-sur-mer in Brittany, France Five days earlier, the maxi trimaran left the dock in Newport, Rhode Island to set sail for her home port, completing her second transatlantic training in as many months. This was an opportunity for the team to do a final ‘dress rehearsal’ in anticipation of the team’s Jules Verne Trophy record ...

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GC32 Racing Tour

Ben Ainslie's INEOS TEAM UK during the GC32 Racing Tour - photo © Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

Getting to compete against the greatest Olympic sailor of all time has provided much delight for competitors on the GC32 Racing Tour this season. Five time Olympic medallist, four time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie and his British America’s Cup challenger, INEOS TEAM UK, joined at the end of June for the circuit’s Portugese debut, the GC32 Lagos Cup. There they ...

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RC44 World Championship 2018

Wavey windy conditions for day two of the 2018 RC44 World Championship - photo © Pedro Martinez / Martinez Studio

Day two of their 2018 World Championship will go down in RC44 history books with three races sailed in waves, and at the top of the wind range, forcing teams to break out their no3 headsails and small spinnakers. Racing got underway on time at 1300 when the wind was already in the mid-teens. Once again the right side of ...

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Atlantic Telegramme Regatta

Atlantic Telegramme Regatta © Philippe Eliès / the telegram

For the 19th edition of the Atlantic Telegramme Regatta, hosted by the CN Lorient from September 21st to 23rd, a fleet of J/70s and J/80s enjoyed a friendly and sporting atmosphere of offshore sailing. The event is renowned for conviviality and the bar along the pontoons, and the Saturday evening crew dinner. Winning the ten-boat J/70 fleet was Bruno James ...

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Trophée Panerai ~ Régates Royales Cannes

The 40th Règates Royales - Trophée Panerai: the anniversary edition closes in style

13 knots, flat water, sun, blue skies and the stunning backdrop of the mount Esterel overlooking the Bay of Cannes. Who could ask for more on the opening day of the 40th Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, after two days of waiting for the right conditions? All sails up, the armada of 200 classics, Dragons and 5,50 offered a display ...

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Inaugural IC37 Regatta

Inaugural IC37 Regatta 2018 - photo © Melges IC37 Class

After a summer of commissioning work, sea trials and the occasional weeknight PHRF race, the New York Yacht Club’s first three IC37s lined up for two days of one-design racing on Narragansett Bay on the first weekend of autumn. While the fleet was small—especially compared to the pack of 20 or more boats that will charge the starting line at ...

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VX One Alpen Cup

VX One Alpen Cup 2018 - photo © Fraglia Vela Riva / www.fragliavelariva.it

Warm weather welcomed the VX One teams from five nations on the first day of the Alpen Cup at Riva del Garda. There was mist further down the lake which meant the thermal wind didn’t come in as strong as it had the day before for the teams which had got out early for a practice. After a short wait ...

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Maserati & PowerPlay RORC Transatlantic Race

Giovanni Soldini's Maserati returns to the RORC Transatlantic Race © www.mikelprieto.com

Two MOD70s have entered the RORC Transatlantic Race for a thrilling high-speed multihull match race from Lanzarote to Grenada. Giovanni Soldini’s much modified Maserati (now called a Multi 70) and Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay (formerly Concise 10) have both confirmed that they will be on the starting line for the fifth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, starting from Marina Lanzarote ...

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Régates Royales Cannes ~ Trophée Panerai

40th Régates Royales Cannes - photo © Guido Cantini / seasee.com

No racing for the opening day of the 40th edition of the RĂ©gates Royales – TrophĂ©e Panerai. An Easterly wind, exceeding 30 knots, a confused sea state out on the bay forced the race organisers to keep the boats at the pontoon and abandon racing. Tomorrow the weather should be improving, enabling the 200 crews to dock out and get ...

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Golden Globe Race ~ Second solo sailor rescued successfully

Abhilash Tomy: `Sea was unbelievably rough. Me & my boat Thuriya were pitched against nature's might. I survived because of my sailing skills, soldier bit in me & my Naval training cut-in for that fight - Very thankful to Indian Navy & all who rescued me` © Indian Navy / PPL / GGR

The Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat will be within helicopter range of Ile de Amsterdam at first light tomorrow (Thursday) and will commence operations to pick up Gregor McGuckin, one of two Golden Globe Race skippers dismasted during a fierce storm mid-way across the South Indian Ocean last Friday. The second skipper, Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, who sustained serious back ...

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