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Monthly Archives: November 2018

RORC Transatlantic Race Start

Start of the RORC Transatlantic Race 2018 - photo © Rodrigo Rato / Kuka3

The fifth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started on schedule at 1200 UTC on Saturday 24 November. The fleet bid farewell to Marina Lanzarote which had once again provided an ideal location to prepare for the 3,000 nautical mile race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina Grenada. “The fleet got away to a clean start,” commented RORC Deputy ...

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RORC Transatlantic Race

Pier Luigi Loro Piana's 130ft (40m) Baltic 130 My Song, the largest yacht competing in the 2018 RORC Transatlantic Race © Carlo Borlenghi

Weather predictions for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race Nacho Postigo, navigator for Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s 130ft (40m) Superyacht My Song, explains the complex weather scenario for the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Nacho predicts a complex weather scenario. High pressure should combine with the wind shadows of the Canary Islands to produce a tactical conundrum for ...

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Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe

2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe © Jean-Marie Liot

The fifth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race in association with the International Maxi Association, will start from Marina Lanzarote at 1200 UTC on Saturday 24 November 2018. Two record-breaking trimarans will go head-to-head in a 3,000 nautical mile match race; Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi70 (ITA) and Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY), skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield. The high-speed match ...

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Volvo OR champion’s

China SailGP in training in the F50 off Whangarei - photo © SailGP

Volvo OR champion’s Shore Team manager on China SailGP Bruno Dubois Team manager with the winning Dongfeng Race Team in the last Volvo Ocean Race, has remained under the Chinese flag as he occupies the same role in the new, China SailGP team. The China SailGP team was announced last week with former World Match Racing champion, Phil Robertson as skipper and helmsman. Bruno ...

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Star Junior World Championship 2019

2018 Star Junior World Championship - photo © ISCYRA

Registration to the first ever Star Junior World Championship is now open on the official Star Class website. The Junior World Championship will be organized by the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association and will take place in Miami, at the Coral Reef Yacht Club, from February 3rd to the 6th 2019. It is open to any skipper who hasn’t ...

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Melges 24 Annual Meeting

The Melges 24 fleet on Lake Maggiore. © Piret Salmistu

The Annual General Meeting of the International Melges 24 Class Association‘s (IM24CA) World Council was held in Club Nautic Arenal in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on November 10. The Annual General Meeting of IM24CA was preceded by the Technical Committee Meeting giving their input and suggestions to the World Council for their discussions on the class rule amendments. Eighteen representatives or ...

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Multis & Class 40 Route du Rhum

Antoine finished in 15 days, 21 hours and 15 minutes which sets a new record for the Rhum Multi class in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - photo © Alexis Courcoux

Antoine & Richomme – convincing Rhum Multis & Class 40 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe winners Two days into the third week of the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre was able to celebrate two great winners in the Rhum Multi class and in the hotly-fought Class40 division of the 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race. In the amateur Rhum Multi class ...

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RC44 Cascais Cup

The sizable waves made the starts all the more exciting on day 3 of the RC44 Cascais Cup - photo © Nico Martinez / www.MartinezStudio.es

How things can change. After two light days but with a comparatively large Atlantic swell running, an aggressive-looking cold front off the Portugese coast looked set to make racing impossible on the penultimate day of the RC44 Cascais Cup. However while the skies were overcast and an evil, boat slapping confused sea was running, and the wind built into the ...

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St. Barth Cata Cup

2018 Barth Cata Cup final day - photo © Michael Gramm

The fourth and final day of the 11th St. Barth Cata Cup was expected to be decisive, at least for second and third place. But things turned out completely differently than anticipated. The reason? A huge mistake made by the Greeks, Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (St Barth Assurances). In fact, well on their way to a fifth straight race ...

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Route du Rhum 2018 for IMOCA 60 and Multi50

French skipper, Armel Tripon finishes in first place in the the Multi50 class - Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - photo © Yvan Zedda

It’s been a wild week of ocean racing in the once-per-quadrennial Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, which is taking singlehanded sailors on a 3,542-nautical-mile course from St. Malo, France, to the finishing line off of Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre. While the massive Ultime trimarans finished their North Atlantic speed runs last week, this week the focus has been on the IMOCA 60 monohulls and the ...

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