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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Class40s set for 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

Ian Hoddle, Nigel Colley, Charles Emmett and Matt Smith, the consortium that own the Class40 Manic - photo © Rick Tomlinson

In the 15 years since the Class40 box rule was unveiled, an unprecedented 169 examples from early racer cruisers, to fully wicked-up grand prix race boats have been built, making it the most successful 40 foot racing yacht of all time. This weekend’s Rolex Fastnet Race forms part of the official 2019 Class40 Championship. Aside from its impressive numbers, the ...

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Internationaux de France de Match Racing 2019

Internationaux de France de Match Racing 2019 © APCC Voile Sportive

Internationaux de France de Match Racing 2019 – Match Race Super League event no. 4 A true legend. Accepted last minute on the 2019 Match-Racing French Open, due to a withdrawal and a request for an invitation that he did not even send (it was Eric Le Joliff, his teammate without warning beforehand!), Pierre-Antoine Morvan (SR Vannes) competed in Pornichet ...

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J/80 World Championships


The Real Club Marítimo del Abra hosted the 2019 edition of the J/80 World Championship that started on July 13th off Bilbao, Spain. Eighty teams battled hard on the Cantabrian Sea; twelve nations were represented from across the world (Canada, Spain, France, USA, Russia, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and India). The fleet sailed nine qualifying races ...

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38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

King Harald of Norway with his Fram XVIII training in Palma - 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © Nico Martínez / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

As racing starts Monday at the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Bay of Palma saw teams from most of the key classes making their final training and tuning missions in today’s perfect sea breeze and warm sunshine. Consequently the Real Club Nautical de Palma was a hive of activity as the usual unique air of anticipation and excitement prevailed ...

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RORC Channel Race

Erik van Vuuren's W36 Hubo - 2019 RORC Channel Race - photo © Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com

77 boats competed in the 2019 Royal Ocean Racing Club Channel Race. The international fleet experienced a variety of conditions and wind angles, testing boat handling and tactical skills. Perhaps the surprise overall winner, from a fleet including professional racing teams, was J/121 Darkwood owned by Irishman Michael O’Donnell. David Collins’ British Botin IRC 52 Tala was runner up, and ...

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5.5 Metre World Championship 2019

Trial - Day 1 - 2019 5.5 Metre Worlds in Helsinki - photo © Robert Deaves

Defending World Champions, New Moon (BAH 21 Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov), laid down a marker in the opening race of the 2019 5.5 Metre World Championship in Helsinki, Finland after an emphatic victory in some quite testing conditions. Otto (SUI 209 Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Luka Strahovnik) crossed in second with 2017 World Champions, John B (BAH ...

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21st Jersey Regatta

Abracadabra and Jai Ho in the UBS 20th Jersey Regatta © LBJ Photography

With the summer in full swing and the Island’s sailing programme progressing at a rate of knots, the scene is set for the 21st edition of the Jersey Regatta, the Island’s ‘flagship’ sailing event. Slated for 6th to 8th September, the Island’s combined clubs’ ‘jamboree’ will be held, as ever, in the beautiful arena of St Aubin’s Bay and adjacent ...

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BMW ORC 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

Copa del Rey MAPFRE - photo © María Muiña / Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The four divisions of the BMW ORC class include 70 boats and 20 nationalities, constituting over half of the total fleet at the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE. In both numbers of registered participants and their traditional history at the event, it is the one of the most closely observed fleets of the Real Club Náutico de Palma’s regatta. The ...

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Arkea-Paprec, second new-generation IMOCA to be launched - photo © Fabienne Morin

IMOCA The new boats are coming The summer news is rolling in off the presses for the IMOCA skippers, some of whom are preparing to switch to race mode for the Rolex Fastnet Race, which will set sail at the end of next week. For others, it’s time for their latest-generation IMOCA to leave the yard, as is the case ...

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RS Feva World Championships 2019

Day 5 of the 2019 RS Feva World Championships, Follonica Bay, Italy ©Digital Sailing / www.digitalsailing.co.uk

The RS Feva sailors arrived at the sailing club this morning, greeted by a mirror flat sea. The sea breeze struggled to make an impact, so after a short postponement, the sailors headed out to a patchy race course. The wind gave the race committee a tough job today, with large shifts and inconsistent pressure. This is such an incredible ...

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