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Mini Transat

Mini Transat © Christophe Beschi

Created to ensure sailors once again had a prominent place in a race ranking, the Mini Transat was devised by British sailor Bob Salmon and first set sail from Penzance in Cornwall some 40 years ago. Twenty-seven sailors took part in the first edition, somewhat shrouded in secrecy. Since that time, the number of applicants has continued to grow and ...

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Sperry Charleston Race Week

Sperry Charleston Race Week

Sperry Charleston Race Week has been America’s biggest keelboat regatta for some time. While the racers love the competition and parties that come with a ‘supersized’ regatta like this, it’s the overall quality of Sperry Charleston Race Week that motivates those who come back year after year. And among those sailors is a wealth of competitive talent, including former Olympic ...

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RC44 Championship Tour

Defending champions Team CEEREF - RC44 Championship Tour © Pedro Martinez / Martinez Studio / RC44

The RC44 Championship Tour enters its 11th season next week in Sotogrande, Spain 27 – 30 April, when eight teams representing five nations, and 64 of the world’s finest sailors take to the water to compete in the opening regatta of the five-stop tour. As the RC44 crews began to arrive the official press conference got underway (Tuesday 18 April) ...

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GC32 Racing Tour

Armin Strom Sailing Team on a charge in Riva del Garda last year – GC32 Racing Tour © Loris von Siebenthal /www.lorisvonsiebenthal.com

Engines already revving in anticipation of GC32 Racing Tour Engines are already revving in anticipation of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour, which starts on 11th-14th May with the GC32 Riva Cup. For its fourth season, the GC32 Racing Tour will once again be visiting top venues in Italy, Spain and France with the aim of offering competitors ‘the best foiling ...

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J/111 Worlds at St. Francis Yacht Club

Spaceman Spiff second in J/111 Worlds in Newport, RI Stuart Johnstone

What happens when some of the world’s best keelboat sailors climb aboard high-performance One Design boats on a famously windy racecourse for a world-class regatta? In the case of the J/111 Worlds, the result will involve tightly contested starting lines, high-drama mark roundings and ample bow spray. Since launching in August of 2010, the J/111 class has enjoyed steady, sustainable ...

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America’s Cup

Emirates Team NZ in San Francisco - the cavitation "sound barrier" for the AC72's is the same as for the AC50 - around 50kt of boat speed.s © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

A couple of years ago it was hard even to imagine having a potential race boat. It has been a tough journey, but an interesting one,’ said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Glenn Ashby, as the team prepares for their first sail in Bermuda. ‘Now we have last part of the journey to experience over the next few months.’ ‘We ...

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Queensland A Class Catamaran Championships

A class catamaran fleet action at Humpybong Yacht Club - Queensland A Class Catamaran Championships Humpybong Yacht Club

Australia’s fastest sailors gather in Brisbane from May 5-7 for the Queensland championships of the high performance A class catamarans. The A class remains the fastest single handed small catamaran in the world. Humpybong Yacht Club president David Begley said the championships which were postponed to May because of ex Cyclone Debbie, were a key component to the Australian national ...

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RS800 Magic Marine Grand Prix

Luke and Emma McEwen – Round 2 – RS800 Magic Marine Grand Prix © Tim Olin

Round two of the 2017 RS800 Magic Marine Grand Prix series took place under clear blue skies at Stokes Bay Sailing Club over the weekend of 8-9 April. Being the location for the National Championships later in the year (21st to 24th September), this was a great opportunity for the teams to familiarise themselves with these fickle waters. Three races ...

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Les Voiles de St. Barth

Les Voiles de St. Barth © Les Voiles de St. Barth / Michael Gramm

FINAL DAY OF RACING Stakes are High Going into Final Day of Racing Lighter breeze resulted in a shakeup in the rankings today at Les Voiles de St. Barth, with many new teams taking the win in their class for the first time this week. The regatta’s 65-boat fleet started the race off the port of Gustavia and headed up ...

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Spi Ouest France 2017

Spi Ouest France 2017 Marc Ollivier / Ouest France

409 boats (49 more than in 2016!) enjoyed four days of glorious racing on Quiberon Bay over Easter in France’s largest sailing regatta, Spi Ouest France, organised by the Societe Nautique de la Trinite sur Mer. Bright sunshine and winds between 6 and 18 knots provided perfect conditions. The growth in participation was driven in part by the new Multi ...

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