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COVID-19 Effects on the cruising community

COVID-19 - Coronavirus Disease © Daria Blackwell

Formalities worldwide have been evolving with the spread of the novel Coronavirus, prompting special health requirements at Ports of Entry. With more than 108,000 confirmed cases around the world reported as of the 8th March 2020, authorities are scrambling to contain the spread of the novel virus. As a result, they are instituting procedures designed to limit exposure via visitors ...

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Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2020

The 182ft (55.5m) Dykstra schooner Adela - 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua - photo © Claire Matches / www.clairematches.com

Day Two of the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was blessed with beautiful conditions on the South Coast of Antigua. A stable breeze of 14-15 knots just south of east, with no squall activity, produced picture-perfect conditions. The Corsairs were set a 33nm course. The Buccaneers and Privateers a shorter 18nm option. 15 superyachts were running in the deep offshore and ...

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SailGP event cancels San Francisco

U.S. SailGP Team © Mark Lloyd for SailGP

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco SailGP event scheduled for May 2-3 has been canceled. SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We are of course disappointed to cancel our event scheduled for May 2-3 in San Francisco. This decision has been made to avoid increasing the already significant risk of COVID-19. Health and safety must be the top ...

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BVI Spring Regatta 2020

Mixing it up - racing on a wide variety of courses is a unique aspect of the BVI Spring Regatta © Alastair Abrehart

In light of the statement made by the Government of the Virgin Islands on 13 March 2020 regarding measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BVI Spring Regatta Board has been instructed to postpone the 2020 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival as a matter of public health and safety. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and ...

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GC32 Oman Cup – video

Alinghi leads at the all-important first reaching mark - GC32 Oman Cup day 3 © Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour

Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following recommendations from Oman’s Ministry of Health, the opening event of the 2020 GC32 Racing Tour in Muscat has been cancelled. On 7 March 2020, Oman’s Ministry of Health released a directive, calling for all international events and conferences within the Sultanate to be suspended or postponed until ...

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Superyacht Challenge Antigua 2020

2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua - Day 1 - photo © Claire Matches / www.clairematches.com

The opening day of action for the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua featured exciting racing for the magnificent fleet off the South Coast of Antigua. WinWin sailed by Kim Schindelhauer, and skippered by Ryan Taylor, took first blood in the Corsairs Class. Missy skippered by Matt McKeon performed in the Privateers Class. Firebird skippered by James McDonald took a blazing win in ...

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New York-Vendée-Les Sables d’Olonne Transatlantic Race 2020

New York-Vendée-Les Sables d'Olonne © Thierry Martinez / Ocean Masters

On the official closing date for registering, the list of entrants for the final solo transatlantic race before the round the world race is certainly very attractive. 27 sailors make up the list of competitors for the second edition of this race between the United States and Vendée. The line-up is twice the size of four years ago and the ...

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SSANZ Round North Island

Gale Force - Leg 4 of the Evolution Sails Round North Island Race 2020 - photo © SSANZ

The fourth and final leg of the Evolution Sails Round North Island Race started in Napier on Friday (6.3) with a 367NM final stretch home around East Cape and north to Auckland. While this leg started as a beat, the fleet finally got what they had been longing for with extended reaching and downwind conditions ensuring some fast and fun ...

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J Class season in Antigua

Five J Class have expressed their interest to race in the 10th anniversary edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. © Claire Matches / www.clairematches.com

The J Class musters the strongest racing fleet since the heady days of its landmark 2017 season as four yachts, Lionheart, Topaz, Svea and Velsheda are set to compete at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. But while it may be a welcome return to class racing at the high octane, cut and thrust competition which characterised the memorable season which encompassed ...

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Wooden Boat Festival

Congratulations to MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 for taking Gold in Major Festivals and Events Category! © Australian Tourism Awards

The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival took out gold at the national Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra last night for Major Festivals and Events. Festival General Manager Paul Stephanus said the festival had taken on “titans” of the Australian tourism industry – and thanked the 400-strong volunteers for its success. “The festival was up against the likes of ...

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