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April’s RORC Easter Challenge

Racing rules are relaxed to allow coaching during the RORC season opener, taking place on the Solent over Easter - RORC Easter Challenge © Paul Wyeth

While mixed two handed offshore racing is set to be a new Olympic discipline for Paris 2024, closer to home and more immediately, the Royal Ocean Racing Club continues to see a surge in doublehanded participation in its events. Last month entries opened for the club’s pinnacle event, the Rolex Fastnet Race and the maximum limit of 340 slots sold ...

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Spindrift 2 in Jules Verne Trophy

Spindrift 2 - Jules Verne Trophy record attempt © Chris Schmid / Spindrift Racing

Shortly after arriving into Fremantle on Wednesday morning (French time) Yann Guichard, the skipper of Spindrift 2, spoke about the situation that led to the team’s retirement from their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, following the breakage of the boat’s starboard rudder stock. After spending five days nursing the boat back to land with the constant worry as to the ...

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Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2019

© Guy Nowell / RHKYC

Second to none downwind blast, tropical, sunshine, 30-degree water temperature and 20 to 30 knot breeze, the Hong Kong to Vietnam Race should be on every sailor’s bucket list. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has released the Notice of Race and opened entry for the 9th edition of the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. The race starts on 16 October ...

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Vendée Globe

Aan adventure to Vendée Globe © Matt Knighton

With the build of the latest generation IMOCA 60 in full swing at the Persico yard in Northern, Italy Thomas Ruyant is pursuing his search for partners with the desire to be part of the peak adventure in the world of long distance solo offshore racing. The Autumn of 2020 will be marked by the start of the 9th edition ...

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Festival of Sails Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race

Festival of Sails - Mono line honours Hooligan - photo © Salty Dingo

The Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race line honours contest finished in spectacularly close fashion, four grand prix boats closing in on the finish line within 200 metres of each other in the Festival of Sails’ opening event. Two start lines of around 230 boats combined, the largest mass start of a yacht race in the southern hemisphere, set off from ...

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Golden Globe Race

Onboard Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's French Rustler 36 yacht MATMUT during the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race. © Jean-Luc Van Den Heede / PPL / GGR

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede endured another tough night with 45knots winds and 6-7m seas but his Rustler 36 Matmut is now within 100 miles of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne and the 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC tomorrow (09:00 French time). His great rival, Dutchman Mark Slats sailing a ...

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Festival of Sails

Hooligan and Secret Mens Business Rating div 1 - 2019 Festival of Sails, Day 1 - photo © Salty Dingo

Gusts up to 25 knots came through Geelong’s inner Corio Bay on day two of the annual Festival of Sails regatta, skittling the VX One fleet contesting the Gill VX One Australian Championship. ‘Super Sunday’ had every boat in the 300 or so strong Festival fleet out racing in puffy and changeable west south-west winds. The breeze was stronger coming ...

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10th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille - photo © Christophe Jouany

With less than three months to go until the start of the 10th Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille, the line-up for this anniversary edition is continuing to grow with highlights such as the US Maxi 72 Bella Mente returning to action, and several boats that completed the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. A number of the competitors in ...

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12 Metre World Championship

KZ-5 and KZ-7 at the 12 Metre North American Championship 2012 - photo © SallyAnne Santos / Windlass Creative

Brazil’s Torben Grael and Denmark’s Jesper Bank, who have eight Olympic sailing medals between them, will face off in the 2019 12 Metre World Championship, joining sailing royalty from around the globe for the largest-ever gathering of 12 Metres in the U.S. Scheduled for July 8-13 in Newport, R.I. the 12 Metre Worlds is hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club, ...

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Beneteau First Yacht 53

First Yacht 53 © Beneteau

In late 2018, BENETEAU completed the renewal of the First range, with the launch of four small sport boats. Next summer, the brand is preparing to launch the first First Yacht: 53 feet of sheer audacity and performance, perfectly in keeping with the new brand signature ‘Avant-garde in boating’. With 24,000 boats produced in nearly 40 years, some of which ...

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