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Monthly Archives: November 2018


Chris Dare's new TP Ambition - Festival of Sails - photo © @Bruno Cocozza / Australian Sailing

Not one but two new Australian-owned TP52s will make for a thrilling battle in the Rating Series at the 2019 Festival of Sails conducted annually on the Australia Day long weekend by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Numbers in the TP52 class, well known for their glamourous Mediterranean series and overall results in iconic ocean passages such as the Rolex ...

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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

Mariella © Tim Wright / www.photoaction.com

The new Steering Committee for the Antigua Classics was announced on 13 November 2018: Carlo Falcone – Chairman Cameron Fraser – Vice-Chairman Franklyn Braithwaite – Commodore of the Antigua Yacht Club Tommy Paterson – Competitor Liaison Officer Janie Easton – Treasurer Gilly Gobinet – Programme Editor, Social Media and Sponsor Liaison Since this announcement, a welcome new appointee to the ...

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11th St. Barth Cata Cup

St. Barth Cata Cup - photo © Michael Gramm

After a day dedicated to preparing boats, confirming registrations, and training, the 51 crews representing the 11 nations participating in the 11th edition of St.Barth Cata Cup are ready to set sail. In fact as of Thursday, at 10am, they will attack the first race of the challenge. A challenge that promises to be especially vigorous, with winds coming from ...

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RC44 Cascais Cup

RC44s 'do the conga' down the run on day 2 of the RC44 Cascais Cup - photo © Nico Martinez / www.MartinezStudio.es

To make up for yesterday’s missed race and with the prospect of a possibly ‘too big’ weekend ahead, four races were held on day two of the RC44 Cascais Cup, the final event of the 2018 championship for the high performance owner-driver one designs. As yesterday, conditions on the water were warm for mid-November, with the sun out and wind ...

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9th Catamarans Cup International Regatta 2018

Catamarans Cup International Regatta 2018 © Event Media

For one more year, the curtain rose for the ninth edition of the Catamarans Cup International Regatta! The crew members enjoyed a week full of sailing and tons of fun in some of the most stunning destinations Greece has to offer. Starting point was set at the marina of Alimos, Greece, and the first destination of the boats was the ...

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2019

Rolex Fastnet Race - photo © ELWJ/Rolex

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles and round the Fastnet Rock ...

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Sailors League Finals

British Olympic champion Iain Percy - photo © Star Sailors League

Making his debut at last in the Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau, is one of the most famous names from the final era of the Olympic keelboat. Following his Finn gold in Sydney in 2000, Britain’s Iain Percy was Olympic champion in the Star at Beijing 2008 and came close to defending his title at London 2012, beaten into ...

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RC44 Cascais finale

Team Nika leads the 2018 RC44 Championship going into the final event, but five boats remain capable of winning. - photo © Pedro Martinez / Martinez Studio

Traditionally the RC44 Championship goes to the wire in the final event of the season. Last year’s championship concluded in Lanzarote with three boats tied on points, the podium for the season decided on discards, the top spot eventually being returned to defending champion, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. In 2016, the Slovenian team also won through having a large enough ...

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Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe

Damage for Phil Sharp to repair mid-race in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe - photo © Phil Sharp

Team Arkema gives first details of Roucayrol’s capsize The ninth day at sea in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race saw the second capsize in this 11th edition of the four-yearly classic when a 50ft trimaran flipped over about 1,000 nautical miles east of Guadeloupe. The first capsize came at the end of day two of the ...

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Volvo Ocean Race’s Sustainability Program

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 from Itajai to Newport, day 16, on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. - photo © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

For decades, humans have lived with the happy hope that refuse discarded in the ocean will somehow just biodegrade or disintegrate, given enough time and exposure to UV light and saltwater, but the past few years have delivered the inconvenient truth that plastics simply break down into smaller, far more insidious “microplastics”. As their name implies, these bits of plastic ...

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