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Emirates Team NZ’s AC50

Emirates Team New Zealand load their America's Cup Class race boat into an Emirates Sky Cargo 747 at Auckland International Airport to fly to Bermuda for the 35th America's Cup © Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team NZ http://www.etnzblog.com

Emirates Team New Zealand is now officially on its way to Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup. New Zealand Aotearoa, the team race boat, has been packed and loaded on the Emirates SkyCargo 747 departing from Auckland’s International Airport today. From the final day sailing on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf the team has been working methodically breaking down the race boat, ...

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Melges 24 U.S. National Championship 2017

Second day of the 2017 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship in Charleston © JOY / USM24CA

Wow, what a difference a day can make. This was the theme of Day Two (April 8) of the 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC). More sunshine, cool temps, and a lot less breeze settled the fleet in well for round two of Melges 24 racing. Three races were conducted with six-time Melges ...

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Les Voiles de Saint Barth

Lloyd Thorburg's "Fomo" out for a practice before Les Voiles de Saint Barth © Team FOMO

Lloyd Thornburg has come back to Les Voiles de Saint Barth for the first time with a monohull for 2017. This year he has chosen to compete on a 40ft Shaun Carkeek design. This will be the second event for him on this boat, he previously raced it from St Petersburg in Florida to Havana Cuba, winning the historic race. ...

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Virtual Sailing World

Virtual Sailing World

Today SailX is delighted to announce the Virtual Sailing World Championship 2017. This Championship will start on Monday 17th April and conclude five weeks later on Sunday 14th May with a Grand Final – a single regatta between the Top-30. Winner-takes-all. Entry is fully-open and free and importantly, scoring ramps up as the competition progresses, giving new players plenty of ...

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Oracle Team USA capsize AC50 ~ video

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA capsize AC50

Oracle Team USA capsized its new America’s Cup Class boat during training on Bermuda’s Great Sound on Saturday. No crew members were injured and early indications are that damage to the boat is limited. In the video of the incident from MyislandhomeBDA, the AC50 is straightlining at the time in moderate winds, but surprisingly is not foiling. The leeward bow ...

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110 teams soak up stunning Sail Port Stephens

The majesty of colour - Sail Port Stephens © Nic Douglass / www.AdventuresofaSailorGirl.com

From the Pantaenius Performance Cruising and Racing divisions and their picturesque passage race, to over twenty Sports Boats taking part in their National Championship alongside the Seabreeze Super 12 State Championship inside, and the Garmin IRC NSW State Championship offshore, there was SO much going on for the second part of Sail Port Stephens yesterday! I managed to get to ...

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Sail Port Stephens Chicken Lips

Chicken Lips - Comodore's Cup - Sail Port Stephens 2017 © Sail Port Stephens Media

Mark Hillis’s trailable Fareast 28 Chicken Lips hails from the NSW Riverina region where a lack of wide deep-water lakes means the crew has to travel from Wagga Wagga for their racing fix. “If we tipped that boat over in Wagga’s Lake Albert the mast would go through someone’s front window,” Hillis grins. “The lake is so small and only ...

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Well after the disasters of the last few days I am pleased to say that I have had a easy day at sea. After the stress of the fuel transfer yesterday I was absolutely shattered, both mentally and physically. As soon as the fuel was stowed and the boat was safely motoring north I went to bed and fell into ...

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Sail Port Stephens

Matt Allen's Ichi Ban - - Sail Port Stephens 2016 © Salty Dingo

The lengths that some skippers go to for a few days racing at Sail Port Stephens has just been stretched by the Victorian 52-footer Prime Example. The yacht’s gearbox failed off Wilson’s Promontory during the delivery trip, forcing the crew to sail all the way to Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. The engine was lifted into the saloon and ...

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SCOR 2017

Italian Job – Owner/skipper Tom Johnston, winner of SCOR 2016 hopes to defend his title in 2017 - SCOR 2017 Vinci Studios

After the release of the Notice of Race and Entry form into the Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta (SCOR) just last week, the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club is very excited with the early entries which make a promising start for SCOR 2017. The SCYC is inviting owners of suitable racing, cruising yachts and multihulls to note the dates of SCOR from ...

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