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BOATS2020 cancelled

Southampton International Boat Show © Simon May

British Marine regretfully announces that BOATS2020 has been cancelled. At 6.34pm on Thursday 10 September, on the eve of opening day, British Marine received the devastating news from Southampton City Council that the show could no longer go ahead due to the rising risk of COVID-19 and growing Government fears. The show, due to take place from 11-20 September 2020, ...

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Solo non-stop unassisted westward circumnavigation attempt

Philippe aboard Changabang © Jackie Philpott

Solo sailor and recipient of an OCC Challenge Grant, Philippe Jamotte, is prepared to depart for the adventure of a lifetime. #OCCAdventureSailing. Fairly soon after I learned to sail in 2013, I found I truly enjoyed sailing alone. Reading about single-handed sailing led me to books of grand adventures, of ocean passages, of circumnavigations. All that reading had me dreaming. ...

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America’s Cup Rialto

American Magic - Waitemata Harbour - August 2020 - 36th America's Cup © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com

American Magic put in a six hour session mostly in the Course C & D area between North Head and Motuihe Island. While the New York Yacht Club team have sailed many times in the Browns Island and Motuihe Island area, this is the first time we have seen the team sailing in the Course C area – which is ...

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La Solitaire du Figaro Stage 2

Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) - La Solitaire du Figaro Stage 2 © Alexis Courcoux

Sailing a near perfect 404 miles race from the Baie de Saint-Brieuc where the 35 strong fleet started Sunday Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) won Stage 2 of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro when he crossed the finish line off Dunkirk at 16:20:34hrs local time France this Tuesday afternoon. The 43 year old winner of the last Vendée Globe ...

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Labor Day Weekend racing

90th Anniversary Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race - photo © Cate Brown Photography

Celebrating a different kind of Labor Day Weekend racing While it’s safe to say that North America’s 2020 sailing season hasn’t exactly defined anyone’s idea of a great time, the good news is that organized racing has successfully unfurled, despite the stiff headwinds presented by the ongoing pandemic. The less-than-cheery news, of course, is that most of us (myself certainly included) haven’t ...

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IMOCA Class meeting

Groupe APICIL - photo © Christophe Launay / Groupe APICIL

IMOCA general meeting choses the way forward with a full race programme for 2021-2025 cycle The IMOCA Class meeting marking the end of the summer holidays was held on Thursday 27th August using virtual technology. This meeting enabled the members of the Class to carry out an early appraisal of what has happened in 2020, to vote on the next ...

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Vendée Globe & Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss - Vendée Globe © Lloyd Images

Meet the Vendée Globe skippers: Alex Thomson Starting the Vendée Globe for his fifth time and as a solo sailor who really has built a global following, he needs no introduction. He grew up in Wales initially where he developed his love of sailing fast as a windsurfer. When he took a team to victory on the 1999 Clipper Race ...

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Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race

Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race © RPAYC

Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race postponed to 2022 It is with great disappointment that the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announce the postponement of the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, until January 2022. “The restrictions of movement, immigration and quarantine requirements around the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that the race ...

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La Solitaire du Figaro

The fleet pass the Isles of Scilly during La Solitaire du Figaro 2020 Leg 1 - photo © Alexis Courcoux

Far East Surprises? Second La Solitaire Stage heads to Dunkirk The second stage of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro will take the 35 strong fleet of solo racers to the most easterly finishing port ever. Starting from the Baie de Saint Brieuc on Sunday at 1100hrs local time the 404 nautical miles leg crosses some of the busiest shipping ...

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Le Défi Azimut & Azimut Challenge

Le Défi Azimut © Yvan Zedda / Défi Azimut

Le Défi Azimut – a unique showcase for the greatest monohulls on earth Next week the IMOCA class of 60ft foiling monohulls comes together for its unique annual showcase regatta – the Défi Azimut or Azimut Challenge – that features speed runs, a spectacular round-the-island course and a solo offshore contest of 500 miles. Now in its 10th year and ...

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