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Thunersee Autumn Trophy

International 5.5 Metre Autumn Trophy 2017 © Robert Deaves

Many have foretold that winter is coming and the first snowfalls on the hills around Lake Thun in Switzerland coincided with a chilly start to the International 5.5 Metre season finale, the three day Autumn Trophy (Herbstpreis), hosted by Thunsersee Yacht Club. Light winds and snow had been forecast for much of the last week, so it was some surprise ...

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Melges 20 World Championship

Vladimir Prosikhin NIKA (RUS-309) sailing a brand new Melges 20! - 2017 Melges 20 World Championship © Melges USA

After two days of perfect Southwest Newport breeze, Day Three of the Melges 20 World Championship dawned sunny skies and warm temps, but no wind. As sailors arrived at Sail Newport to begin their preparations, the glassy water was tempting for water skiing. At 09.00, PRO Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio announced that the AP would be hoisted and the next announcement would be at 11:30, ...

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Mini-Transat La Boulangère

2017 Mini-Transat La Boulangère Olivier Blanchet

In cruising terms, conditions could best be described as relaxing : sunny climes, seas becoming increasingly calm, light to moderate breeze, perfect conditions for idling about. However, the distinctive feature of offshore racers is that they always want to go faster… at the risk of sacrificing some of the fun element. Out on the water, Ian Lipinski (Griffon.fr) is continuing ...

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16′ Skiffs Sydney Harbour

Skiffs downwind Dale Lorimer

In a 12-15 knot southerly this afternoon the Manly 16 Foot Skiffs were sent to a windward mark just north of South Head. The run home into the sun with a following sea made for some great video imagery. The Bow Caddy team captured some of the action as the skiffs started their downwind leg, dodging the yachts returning from ...

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Clipper Race

Clipper Race start Clipper Ventures

Spectators and media flocked to the water for the start of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race’s second stage, to Cape Town, South Africa, following the event’s first ever stopover in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The race bought more than 300 international crew, representing 28 nationalities, drawing thousands of visitors to the region, and high-level dignitaries to Punta ...

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Transat Jacques Vabre

Oman Sail - Class 40 – Transat Jacques Vabre © Vincent Curutchet

The final countdown has begun for Oman Sail’s Class 40 team as they prepare for the start of the 4,350-mile Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Brazil. With just a month to go to the November 5th start of the now classic two-handed ocean race, Sidney Gavignet and his co-skipper Fahad Al Hasni are making final preparations and focusing ...

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GC32 Racing Tour

Second at Marseille One Design in 2016, Jason Carroll's Argo is hoping to go one better this year, but can they defeat RealTeam to claim the overall championship? © Sander van der Borch

Marseille One Design, the grand finale of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour takes place next week and will be the deciding event of the European circuit for ultra-high speed foiling one design catamarans. This will be the fourth consecutive year the annual GC32 Racing Tour championship has concluded off France’s second city. Going into Marseille One Design, the fight for ...

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Mini-Transat La Boulangère

Mini-Transat La Boulangère © Christophe Breschi

Whilst making the most of the last puffs of downwind breeze and continuing to make headway towards the goal without losing sight of the potential options to come, the solo sailors will now have to switch from intuitive to cerebral mode, from a philosophy of “I am not afraid” to “which way is out…?” Indeed, singlehanded racing is all about ...

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Festival of Sails 2018

FoS 2015 Rating fleet on Corio Bay © Teri Dodds http://www.teridodds.com

Victoria hosting the 2018 Australian Yachting Championship is expected to draw a sizeable Rating fleet to Port Phillip for the national title, January 19-21, immediately followed by the 175th anniversary Festival of Sails. The Rating division caters for boats with fixed measurement ratings that determine handicap, as opposed to a performance based system. Essentially it draws the more regular club ...

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BVI Spring Regatta

"Working together we all win" © BVI Spring Regatta

With most of the Caribbean islands caught in the wrath of hurricane Irma and then Maria, two category five hurricanes that hit land and made history, the message from the organisers of the BVI Spring Regatta is strong and clear: ‘We will be racing again! We want sailors to know to plan to come back and race in 2018,’ says ...

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