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CORUM & The Ocean Race Europe

Nicolas Troussel training on board the IMOCA Corum L'√Čpargne ¬© Eloi Stichelbaut - polaRYSE / Corum L'√Čpargne

The CORUM L’√Čpargne Sailing Team, led by skipper Nicolas Troussel, has confirmed it will take part in the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe this spring, with its new generation IMOCA. “The Ocean Race Europe is a compelling new challenge for us to take on,” said skipper Nicolas Troussel. “As a fully-crewed race from the Atlantic coast of France ...

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Australian Historical 18s Championship

The start of last Saturday's race at the Australian Historical 18s Championship - photo © MVS

New Zealander wins Australian Historical 18s Championship The New Zealand 18ft Skiff fleet may not be coming to contest the 2021 JJ Giltinan world 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour in March, but there is one Kiwi sailor who will be at the JJs, and who has already taken out a major 18 Footer championship in Australia this month. He ...

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Rolex Fastnet Race

Thomas Kneen's JPK 11.80 Sunrise - hoping to secure a podium place again in IRC Two - photo © Paul Wyeth / RORC

With the Rolex Fastnet Race having so many boats, so many classes and a 96-year history, it is inevitable that many past winners, be they of line honours, individual classes or of the main IRC overall prize, the Fastnet Challenge Trophy, should be among the record 400+ strong entry in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event in 2021. In ...

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Positive signs for 2021 and word of caution


Word of caution –¬†Protocols are changing overnight and can catch passage makers unawares. Do detailed research of Covid protocols for your destination country, plus any neighbouring countries (should you need to divert at the last minute) and countries en-route in case of emergency. Be prepared to face different rules on arrival to those expected and possibly the requirement to take ...

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Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2021

Parade of Sail © Stuart Gibson

Spectacular Parade of Sail on the River Derwent Mild weather and favourable breezes provided the perfect conditions for the 2021 Parade of Sail on the River Derwent this morning. Over 120 boats of all sizes graced the harbour, sailing on a route to maximize viewing vantage points for the crowds of land-locked onlookers. Parade of Sail Рphoto © Doug ...

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West Marine US Open Sailing Series 2021

2021 West Marine US Open Sailing ‚Äď Clearwater. Photo by US Sailing/Ellinor Walters.

Yes, it is Super Bowl Sunday, and the greater Tampa/St. Pete area is consumed by national and local media attention and fanfare for the big game. Only 25 miles east of Raymond James Stadium, another major championship was on the line for the sailors competing on the final day of racing at 2021 West Marine US Open Sailing – Clearwater, ...

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Caribbean Multihull Challenge at Sint Maarten Yacht Club

Arawak on Caribbean Multihull Challenge day 1 - photo © Edward Penagos

Day 1 of the Caribbean Multihull Challenge, sponsored by Yacht Club Port de Plaisance, is one for the books. Starting with lighter conditions than expected, the second race was sailed in a steady breeze. While everyone was looking at a win from one of the big and fast racing machines, such as Nemo, Arawak and Jetwave Avalon, it was the ...

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ORC/IRC World Championship 2022 New dates

2022 biennial ORC/IRC World Championship to be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia © Studio Borlenghi

After consultation between the Federazione Italiana Vela (FIV), the Unione Vela Altura Italiana (UVAI) and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL), the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), the dates for the 2022 ORC/IRC World Championship have been changed. The new dates for the event will ...

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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta © Carlo Borlenghi

Entries are now officially open for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 June 2021. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, together with its partners, is continuing to work on relaunching the sporting events on the calendar for the coming season. The first Notice of Race to be published online is that of the Loro Piana Superyacht ...

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Caribbean Multihull Challenge 2021 interview with Michele Korteweg

Shockwave - Caribbean Multihull Challenge 2020 - Photography sponsored by Caribbean-Multihulls.com

As North America and Europe contend with the dark and cold days of winter, it’s always great to look to the Caribbean racing scene as a source of saline inspiration. This is especially true this year, given the still-raging global pandemic and the lack of competitive sailing that has defined much of the last year. Fortunately, there are bright spots ...

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