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Volvo Ocean Race

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. 14 October, 2017. © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The local heroes on Xabi Fernandez’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Sailing in winds of 8-10kts, Fernandez and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side ...

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The Nations Trophy

Day 2 – Light breeze in Palma – The Nations Trophy © Nautor's Swan / Studio Borlenghi

It was another light air day at The Nations Trophy 2017, but competition was no less intense than the first day. The fleet of 28 Swan One Design yachts from 11 nations completed two more races in slightly more consistent pressure than yesterday. Once again, the racing demanded attention, commitment and precision to maintain boat speed and position. With the ...

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Welcome VOR / WMRT to Alicante

2017 World Match Racing Tour © Ian Roman

As the world’s best sailors arrived on their Volvo Ocean 65s into Alicante, some of sailing’s top match racing talent set sail to compete in a World Match Racing Tour qualifier event in front of bustling crowds on a public holiday at the Volvo Ocean Race Race Village on Thursday. As part of a long term strategy of collaboration with ...

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Mini-Transat La Boulangère

Mini-Transat La Boulangère © Christophe Breschi

Ultimately there was very little separating the top two sailors with their radically different temperaments and track records at the end of this first leg. The former had the status of defender in this race and was constantly calling himself into question regarding his position within the Mini fleet. The second had decided to consider this race as a journey ...

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Volvo Ocean Legends Race

Silk Cut back for the Volvo Ocean Legends Race © Volvo Ocean Race

Record-holder Silk Cut is the fourth boat entered in the Legends Race next year. She was originally skippered by Britain’s Lawrie Smith. Silk Cut started the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as the pre-race favourite, with odds of 7:2. The combination of Lawrie Smith as skipper and strong funding held good promise. A fast boat, with the skipper willing ...

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Clipper World Yacht Race

Day 7, Race 2 – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Clipper Ventures

PSP Logistics slipped lines from Piriapolis (Uruguay) yesterday evening to bring the Clipper Race fleet back to its full complement as the leaders approach the halfway point to Cape Town in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. After spending the past five days receiving repairs to rudder damage, sustained after a whale collided with the boat earlier in ...

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The Nations Trophy

Onboard ClubSwan 50 Spectre – The Nations Trophy © Nautor's Swan / Studio Borlenghi

The inaugural Nations Trophy got under way today. 28 crews have gathered at the Real Club Náutico de Palma for four days of intense Swan One Design racing. There are some serious trophies on the table for the best prepared, most committed crews: the ClubSwan 50 European Championship, the Swan 45 World Championship and the ClubSwan 42 European Championship. Finally, ...

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Les Voiles de St Tropez

2017 Les Voiles de St Tropez © Nautor's Swan

The Les Voiles de St Tropez is an unmissable event in the Mediterranean circuit. Playing host to no fewer than 4,000 sailors for 10 days and registering some 300 boats is a feat that the Socie?te? Nautique de Saint-Tropez pulls off in style each and every year to ensure the success of Les Voiles. 16 Swan yachts attended the event ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Prologue start on-board Turn the Tide on Plastic. The fleet departs Lisbon on day 1 of the Prologue. Photo by Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race. 08 October, 2017 © Volvo Ocean Race http://www.volvooceanrace.com

Skipper Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon. The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday’s start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track. Forty-eight hours later, their tactics have paid huge dividends. At ...

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Couta Week

Tenacity on Sydney Harbour – Couta Week © Bob Fowler

NSW Couta Boats are among the placegetters in individual races, but it’s the Sorrento crews at the top of the tree in the Sydney Harbour Couta Boat Series combined results from the Thistle Cup, Muriel Trophy and Sunday’s spectacular 95-strong Gaffer’s Day fleet. Four races into Couta Week 2017 and the Victorians are oiled up and flexing as the class ...

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