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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Gunboat 68 Sea Tilt

Gunboat 6803 Sea Tilt © Gilles Martin-Raget

Spirits were high at the Gunboat factory as we launched the third Gunboat 68 of the series! This launch carried particular significance as a marker of adaptability beyond the typical call of duty, even for yacht building. Gunboat Managing Partner, Benoit Lebizay explains, “Completing 6803 in the current environment definitely was not business-as-usual amidst lockdowns and border closings. Nevertheless, the ...

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Cancelled Hamilton Island Race Week 2020

Hamilton Island Race Week 2019 © Craig Greenhill / www.saltydingo.com.au

The Queensland Government has recently declared numerous COVID-19 hotspots and yesterday announced the inclusion of Greater Sydney. In light of this announcement and despite our best intentions to host the event, our Race Management team who are so vital to the smooth and fair conduct of the sailing, are now unable to travel. As such, we have made the tough ...

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America’s Cup Rialto

Defiant sets up for a fast gybe -American Magic - Waitemata Harbour - Auckland - America's Cup 36 - July 30, 2020 - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

America’s Cup Rialto is a new series for the 36th America’s Cup, and will publish each day an Americas’s Cup boat sails – with images of the day. Usually there will be a morning report (NZT) based on when the boats have passed North Head – when there is usually the best photo opportunity. New York Yacht Club’s American Magic ...

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M32 series 2020

Team Argo with Jason Carroll at the Midtown Cup in Newport. - photo © M32 World

The sun came out for the weekend and gave the seven boat fleet the best Newport has to offer. Five races sailed in 14-17 knots on Saturday and four races on Sunday with the fleet being treated to a nice sea breeze gusting up to 20 knots. In challenging times for regatta organizers, we managed to put on a safe ...

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2020-2021 Vendee Globe

Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire VIII, en route to setting a new course record in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe - photo © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe

Celebrating singlehanded sailing and the 2020-2021 Vendee Globe Summer may be in full swing in the northern hemisphere, but here in the COVID-19 capital of the world it’s largely missing a critical element: organized sailboat racing.  Yes, some events are still unfurling, and we certainly applaud any efforts to get sailors safely out on the water and on the racecourse, ...

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2020 ROLEX Swan Cup

Rolex Swan Cup © Studio Borlenghi

Bringing those passionate about the ocean and racing together, over 60 yachts are set to compete in this September’s edition of the much-loved regatta in Sardinia. Nautor’s Swan is delighted to announce that the 2020 edition of the beloved Rolex Swan Cup will be taking place 7 to 13 September, organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in the stunning ...

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Airlie Beach Race Week

Setting sail on another sunny day at Airlie Beach - Airlie Beach Race Week 2019 © Andrea Francolini

Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) officials are pleased to announce that a healthy fleet of 70 boats will take part in the 32nd running of Airlie Beach Race Week Whitsundays Festival of Sailing, where a week-long sailing program and a fabulous social calendar awaits all. To be held from 6-13 August, competitors are readying for a ‘State of Origin’ style battle, ...

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New Garcia Explocat 52

Garcia Explocat 52 ©Garcia Yachts

Garcia Yachts presents the Explocat 52, the ultimate aluminum exploration catamaran. Already sold in six units, she completes the range of Garcia Exploration monohulls. Solid, safe, comfortable and performant Solidity and structural rigidity of aluminium: The choice of aluminium increases the safety margin of the Explocat 52, designed to navigate off the beaten track. The rigidity of the platform, beyond industry ...

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MC38 2020 Season

MC38 Act 4 downwind © Tilly Lock Media

Close to two years of shooting for a MC38 one design class top result finally yielded Steve Proud’s Swish team the main prize, on dreary Pittwater in the shortened five-race Act 4 winter pointscore. “We’ve had a couple of thirds before but this is our first regatta win; we’ve been chipping away for nearly two years and it’s finally starting ...

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IMOCA Globe Series Championship 2018-21

IMOCA Globe Series Championship © Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / IMOCA

With a little over three months to go until the start of the ninth Vendée Globe and following the preparatory Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d’Olonne event run earlier this month, the championship ranking that groups together the IMOCA skippers has been turned on its head. Indeed, after the sixth event since June 2018, it is the German skipper Boris Herrmann (Seaexplorer-Yacht Club ...

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