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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Festival of Sails Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race

Festival of Sails - Mono line honours Hooligan - photo © Salty Dingo

The Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race line honours contest finished in spectacularly close fashion, four grand prix boats closing in on the finish line within 200 metres of each other in the Festival of Sails’ opening event. Two start lines of around 230 boats combined, the largest mass start of a yacht race in the southern hemisphere, set off from ...

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Golden Globe Race

Onboard Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's French Rustler 36 yacht MATMUT during the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race. © Jean-Luc Van Den Heede / PPL / GGR

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede endured another tough night with 45knots winds and 6-7m seas but his Rustler 36 Matmut is now within 100 miles of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne and the 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC tomorrow (09:00 French time). His great rival, Dutchman Mark Slats sailing a ...

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Festival of Sails

Hooligan and Secret Mens Business Rating div 1 - 2019 Festival of Sails, Day 1 - photo © Salty Dingo

Gusts up to 25 knots came through Geelong’s inner Corio Bay on day two of the annual Festival of Sails regatta, skittling the VX One fleet contesting the Gill VX One Australian Championship. ‘Super Sunday’ had every boat in the 300 or so strong Festival fleet out racing in puffy and changeable west south-west winds. The breeze was stronger coming ...

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10th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille - photo © Christophe Jouany

With less than three months to go until the start of the 10th Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille, the line-up for this anniversary edition is continuing to grow with highlights such as the US Maxi 72 Bella Mente returning to action, and several boats that completed the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. A number of the competitors in ...

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12 Metre World Championship

KZ-5 and KZ-7 at the 12 Metre North American Championship 2012 - photo © SallyAnne Santos / Windlass Creative

Brazil’s Torben Grael and Denmark’s Jesper Bank, who have eight Olympic sailing medals between them, will face off in the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, joining sailing royalty from around the globe for the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metres in the U.S. Scheduled for July 8-13 in Newport, R.I. the 12 Metre Worlds is hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, ...

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Beneteau First Yacht 53

First Yacht 53 © Beneteau

In late 2018, BENETEAU completed the renewal of the First range, with the launch of four small sport boats. Next summer, the brand is preparing to launch the first First Yacht: 53 feet of sheer audacity and performance, perfectly in keeping with the new brand signature ‘Avant-garde in boating’. With 24,000 boats produced in nearly 40 years, some of which ...

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Saint Moritz by GURNERTM 2019

Team Hollywood IRC div 2 champion - 2019 Saint Moritz by GURNERTM Australian Yachting Championship - photo © Caitlin Baxter

Three champions successfully defended their divisional titles and one new 2019 Saint Moritz by GURNERTM Australian Yachting Championship winners was declared after Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron rolled out a full series over three days. Light sea breezes 5-8 knots and flatwater closed out the final races on Port Phillip, eight in total for the IRC fleet and six for the ...

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Super Maxi Transpac champ Rio 100

Rio 100 © Sharon Green / www.UltimateSailing.com

Australia has the world’s best 100ft Super Maxis, so if you’ve dreamed of racing amongst the big guns, here’s your chance. As there’s not many super maxis in the world, it’s encouraging to the class that this is a yacht that has been upgraded and immaculately maintained to stay exciting and competitive. Extensive design re-modifications by the original designer Bakewell-White, ...

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Australian Yachting Championship 2019

Close racing for Whistler (foreground) and Philosopher from TAS - Australian Yachting Championship 2019 - photo © Caitlin Baxter

Boats contesting the 2019 Saint Moritz by GURNERTM Australian Yachting Championship shifted gears on day two with the short and sharp mode for the opening windward/leeward races replaced by stamina and picking shifts during the Port Phillip passage race. Following a light air flat-water start in sou’easters the clouds burnt off and the breeze went right, building steadily throughout the ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg Zero, Around the Island Race. 02 August, 2017 © Marc Bow / Volvo Ocean Race

Efforts to increase understanding of ocean health recognised by prestigious Ocean Tribute Awards. The seven boats collected new scientific data during the nine-month fully-crewed, round the world yacht race. This helped increase scientific understanding of the impacts plastic pollution and other human activity are having on ocean health. The award was presented during a ceremony held at the boot Düsseldorf ...

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