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Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux bets on Alex Thomson to win

Hugo Boss, skipper Alex Thomson (GBR), off the Kerguelen Islands, during a flyover by the National French Marine Nivose Frigate, during the Vendee Globe, solo sailing race around the world, on November 30th, 2016 Marine Nationale / Nefertiti / Vendee Globe vendeeglobe.org

Today at 17:12 UTC British sailor Alex Thomson reached the Equator in the Vendée Globe in 62 days 05h 10min and just 16h 49min behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. With 87% of the race complete, Thomson crossed the last major milestone as he races towards the finish line in Les Sable d’Olonne, France, determined to continue to close the ...

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Slow down ~ Vendee Globe

Armel Le Cléac'h - Vendee Globe 2016-2017 Vendee Globe © http://www.vendeeglobe.orgArmel Le Cléac'h - Vendee Globe 2016-2017 Vendee Globe © http://www.vendeeglobe.org

As the two longtime leaders of the Vendée Globe approach the Equator, Armel Le Cléac’h has started to slow down as he starts to feel the effects of the lighter winds of the Doldrums. The trade winds are diminishing for the French skipper of Banque Populaire VIII who has less than 200 miles to sail until he crosses back into ...

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Festival of Sails

Festival of Sails © Festival of Sails http://www.festivalofsails.com.au

A reminder that the standard price entry period for this year’s Festival of Sails regatta closes midnight this Sunday 8th January. Please confirm your entry now to make sure we can deliver your allocated Bow Stickers and backstay flags for your boats allocated division. Keelboats: We have confirmed a number of high profile interstate and local Grand Prix yachts including ...

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IDEC Sport Sailing ~ Jules Verne Trophy

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IDEC Sport at the International Date Line At the start of their 21st day of racing, Francis Joyon and his elite crew are preparing to leave the low-pressure system that propelled them so far at high speed, allowing them to sail for eleven days on the same tack and to set several records in the Southern Ocean. As they cross ...

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Vendée Globe

Vendée Globe © Eric Bellion / Vendee Globe

Conrad Colman is in recovery mode. The Kiwi skipper in ninth place in the Vendée Globe is recovering physically after three epic days battling to keep alive his ten year dream to complete the famous solo round the world race. Rest is the best medicine for his cut hands, his strained and bruised limbs and battered body and the 34 ...

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55th Australian National Championship

Day 3 – Bill Shand - Gemmill Homes Flying 15 Australian Championship © Jonny Fullerton

Just another day in sailing paradise as 40 Flying Fifteens took part in day three of the Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen Australian Championship in Esperance. Clear blue skies, warm temperatures and a superb day of steady breezes ranging from 15 – 20 knots and a 1m swell. Three more races using a variation of courses made for an exhausting but ...

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IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran Jules Verne Trophy

Jules Verne Trophy – IDEC Sport at halfway point in less than 20 days Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC © http://www.trimaran-idec.com/

The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran will this evening complete the first half of the round the world voyage. It will be around 1800hrs UTC that they will have sailed the 11,160 theoretical miles representing half of the total distance between Ushant and Ushant via the three major capes, Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn. Joyon and his men swallowed up this ...

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Repair, Repair, Repair ~ Vendee Globe

Technofirst Face Ocean, skipper Sebastien Destremau (FRA) Aerial illustration of start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 © Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe

The ability to repair at sea is absolutely fundamental to completing the Vendée Globe solo round the world race. Michel Desjoyeaux, the only skipper to twice win the legendary singlehanded race, which forbids any kind of outside assistance, often speaks of the skipper needing to be able to deal with one battle each day – one fix, one problem – ...

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Triple Lindy about the 2016 Sydney Hobart Race

Perpetual Loyal took line honors in the 2016 Sydney to Hobart Race and set a new course record en route © Rolex/Daniel Forster http://www.regattanews.com

Q&A with Joe Mele of Triple Lindy about the 2016 Sydney Hobart Race Spend enough time racing sailboats, and you start to realize that there’s a hierarchy amongst events. This is easily understood amongst One Design classes, where regional or national events obviously hold more importance to serious racers than a casual Wednesday evening Laser race, however ocean racing can ...

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Jules Verne Trophy

Alex Pella - Jules Verne Trophy © IDEC Sport

The IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran is continuing to extend her lead over the Jules Verne Trophy title-holder. At the end of their eighteenth day of racing, Francis Joyon, Alex Pella, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Bernard Stamm and Sébastien Audigane now have a lead of 680 miles, which is more or less the equivalent of a day’s sailing. Their straight trajectory on ...

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