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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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Pittwater to Southport Race

Panchax all smiles after the start - Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race © RPAYC Media

Doug Coulter’s Shakti has taken full advantage of the current weather pattern to launch their boat up the NSW coast overnight and maintain the lead in the first ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race. Shakti passed Coffs Harbour at around 8:30am this morning with gusts up to 27 knots from the south setting up a cruising speed of ...

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Vendée Globe

Day 58 – Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) – Vendée Globe © Armel Le Cléac'h /Banque Populaire/ Vendée Globe

In the ongoing duel up the South Atlantic at the front of the Vendée Globe round the world race over the last 24 hours Alex Thomson has made a small, but valuable gain against his French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. As the pair raced eastwards at the latitude of Rio and just a little northwards, the British skipper of Hugo ...

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Two records for IDEC Sport ~ Jules Verne Trophy

Two records for IDEC Sport at Cape Leeuwin - Jules Verne Trophy Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC © http://www.trimaran-idec.com/

The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin at 1518hrs UTC 17 days, six hours and 59 minutes after leaving Ushant. This means they were almost 16 hours and 57 minutes ahead of the reference time set by Loïck Peyron and his men on Banque Populaire V (17 days, 23 hours and 56 minutes) having sailed at an ...

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World Match Racing Tour

World Match Racing Tour WMRT

This Easter will present a perfect opportunity to watch World class sailing if you get yourself out on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The venue will host not only one but two back-to-back World Match Racing Tour events in the M32 high-speed catamaran during April 2017. The two WT level events will award World Championship points in the quest for the ...

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Vendee Globe

Maitre Coq, skipper Jeremie Beyou (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 two clear leaders in the Vendée Globe, Armel Le Cléac’h 160 miles ahead of Alex Thomson, are still making only moderate speeds beating upwind in contrary, northerly winds. They are making east as they seek to connect with the easterly trade winds which are still a further 400 miles – or just over 24 hours to their north. The ...

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Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race

Occasional Coarse Language One - 2017 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race © Bob Fowler

True to the forecast, a 15 knot southerly breeze had built to 20 knots by the time the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport fleet set off at 1pm on Monday January 2, 2017 from a long start line to the north of Palm Beach headland. Doug Coulter’s Rogers 46 Shakti won the clean start and led the fleet into choppy ...

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Jules Verne Trophy

Jules Verne Trophy - IDEC Sport maxi-trimaran © IDEC Sport

IDEC Sport’s dash across the Southern Ocean should be rewarded this afternoon with the first intermediate record for Joyon and Co. They look like setting an incredible time to Cape Leeuwin in SW Australia, the second major cape in the Jules Verne Trophy. It will have taken them just over 17 days since leaving Ushant, some twenty hours ahead of ...

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