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Volvo Ocean Race

Day 7, Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, on board AkzoNobel. Chris Nicolson at his early morning post – Volvo Ocean Race © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

With the fleet approaching the latitudes of the Doldrums, speeds are expected to drop and indeed the leading boat, Dongfeng, was down to 12 knots of speed on the 13:00 UTC position report. Boats just 10 miles further back were making closer to 20 knots. So a compression in the fleet is expected. But it may not be as severe ...

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Day 11 Clipper Race

Day 11, Race 3 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Ventures

The first points of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race have gone to Sanya Serenity Coast, who crossed the Scoring Gate in first place overnight. Sanya Serenity Coast, which has also moved back into first place on the leader board, crossed the northern end of the Scoring Gate at 2103 UTC last night to collect the maximum three bonus ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

First to cross the departure line on Sunday 5th November from Le Havre – Transat Jacques Vabre © Vincent Curutchet / ALeA / TJV

Pushed to the limit ~ Transat Jacques Vabre Far from being an easy ride, the Transat Jacques Vabre has not spared our two skippers Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde from its grueling existence. First challenged by the newer and faster boats Carac, Aïna, and V&B, Phil and Pablo restored their advantage on Tuesday evening just as the weather turned hostile and ...

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Maserati Multi70 World Record

Maserati Multi 70 © Guilain Grenier / www.martin-raget.com

Maserati Multi70 and Giovanni Soldini World Record A new record to beat for Maserati Multi70 and Giovanni Soldini: After claiming the record for the “Gold Route” from New York to San Francisco and the “Tea Clipper Trade Route” between San Francisco and Shanghai, the latest record attempt follows the route of the 19th Century Clipper Ships that transported their cargoes of ...

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CYCA’s Cabbage Tree Island Race

Wild Oats XI in Sydney Harbour © Andrea Francolini http://www.afrancolini.com/

A substantial fleet of 36 will battle it out in Race 4 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Blue Water Pointscore – the Cabbage Tree Island Race – on Friday night, with a mouth-watering clash between Wild Oats XI and Black Jack set to be the main event. The 180nm Cabbage Tree Island race is the CYCA’s third most ...

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Volvo Ocean Race ~ Doyle Sails International

Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) – powered by Doyle to second place and two sailing records in the 2016 Vendée Globe © Cleo Barnham Hugo Boss

Mid way through the 35th Match for the America’s Cup, one chapter closed and a new one opened for one of the world’s most substantial sailmakers. After joining Doyle Sails New Zealand in June 2011, Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson announced in Bermuda that a new leadership team, based in New Zealand, would be taking the helm at Doyle ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Distance to finish: 4,437 nautical miles to Cape Town – Volvo Ocean Race Turn The Tide On Plastic

Do you think, realistically, we can be competitive this leg?’ Turn the Tide on Plastic’s Onboard Reporter Sam Greenfield asks Australian Boat Captain Liz Wardley during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. ‘I hate that question,’ she shakes her head and pushes her hair off her face. ‘If we can get to Cape Town without any regrets, it’s a ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

Prince de Bretagne, skippers Lionel Lemonchois and Bernard Stamm during Start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, duo sailing race from Le Havre (FRA) to Salvador de Bahia (BRA) in Le Havre on November 5th, 2017 © Jean-Louis Carli / ALeA / TJV17

The Anglo-Spanish duo, Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) extended their lead at the front of the 40ft monohull fleet, as Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) were limping back to Cherbourg, their home port, nursing a broken port rudder. They are expected back at midday tomorrow (Thursday). Such has been the pace, complication and fatigue ...

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Mini-Transat La Boulangère

Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2017 © Christophe Breschi

These are what the regulars call the crucial days, those where you realise that from here on in there’s no way back and that there are no options until you reach Martinique. Little by little, as they get further apart, the VHF conversations become few and far between and each solo sailor enters another world and another time. Focusing on ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Day 3, Leg 2 – Lisbon to Cape Town – Downwind fast with clouds on board Dongfeng – Volvo Ocean Race © Jeremie Lecaudey / Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 1 winners Vestas 11th Hour Racing jumped to the head of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet three days into Leg 2 as the big dive south began in earnest on Wednesday. Clever sailing from Charlie Enright’s Danish/American outfit saw them dart past their rivals with a well-timed gybe yesterday evening that put them into their own windshift. When they ...

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