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Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Clipper Race Leg 2

The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 9 © Clipper Race

“Man, this isn’t a wave, it’s a ski slope.” This observation, from a crew member on board Seattle, sums up the last 24 hours hours for the majority of the Clipper Race fleet. The predicted low front hit the most southerly pack the most, with some of the teams experiencing up to 70 plus gusts of wind. Helming has been ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 © Hugo Boss

As he beats his way down the North Atlantic in an increasingly unfavourable position, Britain’s Alex Thomson looked forward to England playing in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday morning with the good omen that he watched the last one in Salvador at the end of the Transat Jacque Vabre 16 years ago. “I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about ...

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NZ Millennium Cup

The NZ Millennium Cup is contested in the idyllic Bay of Islands, and for the 2020 and 2021 regatta Royal Huisman has joined the NZ Millennium Cup as a co-Platinum sponsor © Jeff Brown

Royal Huisman joins NZ Millennium Cup for 2020 and 2021 as a co-Platinum sponsor The world’s most southerly superyacht regatta has signed the Dutch yard as a sponsor, alongside existing platinum sponsor Orams Marine, as it builds towards a February start. The New Zealand Millennium Cup is proud to announce Royal Huisman has joined the regatta as co-platinum sponsor. The ...

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Mauritius Route record

Aboard IDEC Sport - Mauritius Route © F Van Melleghem / ALEA / IDEC Sport

Francis Joyon is sailing day after day clocking up more than 600 miles averaging over 26 knots. In spite of being some way from the direct route off Braazil, the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran is today (Monday) 266 nautical miles ahead of the record he is attempting to beat. What is there left to generate emotions for Francis Joyon, the sailor ...

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Clipper Race Leg 2

View during rig check on board Unicef - The Clipper Race Leg 2 - Race 3, Day 4 - photo © Clipper Race

The early stages of Race 3: The Spinlock South Atlantic Showdown have been dominated by the decision of which route to take to Cape Town; the most direct, via the rhumb line with the risk of being affected by the St Helena High or the southerly route, longer distance but potentially more consistent conditions. It is no different on the fourth day ...

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J/121 Smokes Harvest Moon Regatta

J/121 Smokes Harvest Moon Regatta © Event Media

J/Teams sweep ORC offshore division at Smokes Harvest Moon Regatta The weather forecast for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta race, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club south of Houston, was either intimidating to some, or a thrill for others. An impending front that ultimately produced deadly tornados north in the Dallas/ Fort Worth region also produced 5-10 foot steep Gulf of ...

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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019

Teasing Machine - 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race - photo © Kurt Arrigo

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the world’s most compelling and challenging offshore races. Supported by Rolex since 2002, this year’s exploits by some of the event’s most emblematic characters will ensure the 40th Rolex Middle Sea Race retains a distinct place in the annals of the race. Maltese yacht Elusive 2, skippered by the Podesta family, and ...

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Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup 2019

2019 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup day 2 - photo © Mark Albertazzi

‘Stay out of the pack… and preferably in the front’ was the goal of today’s current first place skipper Will Holz of Chicago Yacht Club. On day two of the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup, Holz and his crew were able to do just that, showing their competitors just how skilled they are in their home-town like winds. The breeze ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

2019 Transat Jacques Vabre: Low pressure and international flavour for Route du Café Sunday © Event Media

Low pressure and international flavour for the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday Many of the biggest names in offshore sailing will be among the 59 boats and 118 crew that cross the start line of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre tomorrow (Sunday, October 27) at 13:15 (French time) and begin their 4,350-mile race to ...

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2020 ORC/IRC World Championship

First day of inshore racing, Offshore World Championship, the Netherlands. - photo © Sander van der Borch

The conventional wisdom says the sailing season in the Northeastern United States ends with Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September. But the locals will tell you that September and October are the best months of the year Southern New England and ideal for top-level sailing. Regattas held in Newport around the fall solstice usually bring a testing variety ...

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