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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Rolex China Sea Race

Start Rolex China Sea Race © Daniel Forster

Entries are flowing for the 30th edition / 58th anniversary of the Rolex China Sea Race which will start on 8 April 2020. A biennial event, the 2018 edition saw an exciting line up of boats including Karl Kwok’s MOD Beau Geste which broke the 18 year old multihull record by an impressive 09h 31m 40s and despite almost stopping ...

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Golden Globe Race 2019

Asteria was escorted the final 10 miles by Bernard Moitessier's famous French Golden Globe Race yacht Joshua. © Christophe Favreau / PPL / GGR

Barnacle growth was the root cause of Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen’s slow solo circumnavigation but the 110 day difference between his and Race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s time was definitely enjoyable. “I have certainly got my money’s worth from the entry fee.” Tapio had joked with Race organiser Don MacIntyre before his return to Les Sables d’Olonne at 20:21hrs ...

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Normandy Channel Race

Normandy Channel Race 2019 undeway © Jean-Marie Liot / NCR2019

The Race Committee released the 13 Class40s competing in the Normandy Channel Race bang on 15:30 hours local time this Sunday. It was with a typically Norman backdrop, cloudy skies with a few clear spells, perhaps in a nod to this 10thanniversary edition, that the fleet set sail after a clean start on a figure of eight-style circuit of around ...

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Royal Southern Yacht Club Antigua Sailing Week 2019

2019 Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series - Day 1 ©Rick Tomlinson

Despite the lack of wind for the second day of the Antigua Sailing Week May Regatta, the good humour from the crowded Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Upper Bar was very much in evidence. Well over one hundred competitors, volunteers and members enjoyed a perfect atmosphere, even though the lack of wind had shortened the number of races. With the wind ...

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Rolex Capri Sailing Week

Alex Schaerer's modified Caol Ila R was today's surprise winner - Rolex Capri Sailing Week © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

Two second win secures Caol Ila R Rolex Capri Sailing Week title Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded in ultra-close fashion in the racer division today. Alex Schaerer’s modified Maxi72 Caol Ila R knocked Sir Peter Odgen’s dominant Jethou off the top spot on the overall podium after she secured a second place in today’s race as Jethou came home fourth. ...

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Rolex Fastnet Race

Flying - Francois Gabart's Ultime triamaran MACIF touched 49.4 knots in the Route du Rhum - photo © Vincent Curutchet / ALe'A

Ultimes threaten Rolex Fastnet Race record destruction Unless there is a flat calm, it is very likely that the outright record will fall in this August’s edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s premium event, the Rolex Fastnet Race. For leading the charge in the world’s biggest offshore yacht race, with a fleet of 300-350 competing, will be the world’s ...

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Volvo 49er, FX, Nacra, European Championships

Day 5 of the Volvo Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX European Championship © Drew Malcolm

Volvo 49er, FX, Nacra, European Championships at the WPNSA 49erFX: Kiwis make a move on the podium The Brazilians have shown remarkable consistency throughout the week, although even Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze put a slight blot on their pristine copybook with a 12th in the middle of three races on Friday. The other scores were a 5th and a ...

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Star European Championships 2019 and Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam

ITA 8533 / Skipper: Diego Negri / Crew: Frithjof Kleen - 2019 Star European Championships and Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam ©Marc Rouiller

It was another tough day physically and mentally for the sailors at the Star Sailor’s League Breeze Grand Slam and Star Europeans, with big scores for many. Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening (BRA) delivered another masterclass on the second day of racing at the Star Sailors League Grand Slam Breeze and European Championship, leading the field after a big day ...

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Rolex Capri Sailing Week

Inside track pays for Vesper passing the Favaglioni - Rolex Capri Sailing Week © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

For day two of inshore racing for the maxi boats at Rolex Capri Sailing Week it was extremely hard to decide one’s wardrobe; both sails and clothes. The day started with an unfamiliar chilly 20 knot offshore northeasterly that kicked up a lumpy sea just off Capri’s Marina Grande. Then the wind shut down completely. It then re-established, the day ...

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Round Belle-Ile Race

IDEC Sport, skipper Francis Joyon - photo © Jean Marie Liot / ALEA / IDEC SPORT

Francis Joyon and IDEC Sport back in the water for the Round Belle-Ile Race Since Francis Joyon’s win in the last Route du Rhum, the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has been in the yard for her winter refit and repairs following what was a very tough Route du Rhum. Since that race, Francis has announced he will be taking part in ...

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