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Transat Jacques Vabre

Transat Jacques Vabre © TJV

The arrival of the Class40 Gras Savoye Berger Simon Obportus this morning in tenth position, left only two duos still racing. The Brazilians on Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables have 180 miles before arriving home tomorrow morning. Two skippers have a hero’s welcome waiting for them. The 56-year-old José Guilherme Caldas and the 32-year-old Leonardo Chicourel are one of the ...

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RORC Transatlantic Race

Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS – RORC Transatlantic Race © James Mitchell / RORC

After the first night at sea in the RORC Transatlantic Race, the vast majority of the international fleet were north of the Canary Islands, negotiating the wind shadow of Gran Canaria and Tenerife created by the unusual southerly wind. Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS leads the fleet on the water and having now raced over 200 miles and left Tenerife ...

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Raja Muda 2017

Fujin leads Jing Jing round Pulau Jong. 2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta. © Guy Nowell / RMSIR

After a good blow on the passage race to Langkawi, the fleet had two days of inshore racing remaining to complete the series. That adds up to a total of nine races for the racing classes (1, 4) and six for the cruising divisions (2, 5, 6). There are no discards, so every point counts, and all races – passage ...

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RORC Transatlantic Race

Gerald Bibot's 42ft catamaran Zed 6 at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race © James Mitchell / RORC

Prior to the start of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race you could feel the apprehension amongst the 200 competitors taking part. After months of planning and preparation, it was time for the record fleet of 23 yachts from nine different countries to cast off lines and take on the challenge of the Atlantic Ocean. At noon, the starting gun heralded ...

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Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel leaving Lisbon – Volvo Ocean Race © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Team Brunel finished fourth in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team of Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking ended after more than 19 days at sea behind Mapfre, Dongfeng Racing and Vestas 11th hour racing. Good learning curve Skipper Bekking was realistic on arrival in Cape Town. Bekking: ‘In general we are satisfied at this stage. Of ...

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RC44 Calero Marinas Cup video

Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team hold their line upwind – RC44 Calero Marinas Cup © Martinez Studio / RC44 Class

Uncharacteristic southeasterly winds, combined with a confused and often sharp sea, made life tough for the nine crews on day two of the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup. While on day one there was no stand-out crew, today John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum had the bit between her teeth. The first race got underway in 14-15 knots and the Gibraltarian team won ...

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Raja Muda 2017

2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta. © Guy Nowell / RMSIR

By any accounts, it was a classic start from Penang today as the fleet set out for Langkawi on the last passage of the series. Glass calm at the advertised start time, and a motoring session up the track looking for breeze. Consulting his GPS record, PRO Jerry Rollin noted later that the eventual position of the start line was ...

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MAPFRE win

Leg 2. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town – Volvo Ocean Race © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

The Spanish flagged MAPFRE team has won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 7,000 nautical mile marathon from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa. ‘It’s amazing, we’re super-happy. We came here in one piece and in front of the others, we can’t ask for more,’ skipper Xabi Fernández said moments after finishing. ‘This is what we will ...

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Round the World Solo

Sailing onboard maxi trimaran MACIF with skipper Francois Gabart, during training off Port la Foret, South Brittany, on October 8th, 2017 © Vincent Curutchet / ALeA / Macif

François Gabart, who left Ouessant on Saturday 4 November at 10:05 (UTC+1), continues to set the pace in this attempt at the single-handed round the world record. Sailing at an average of 30 knots since Tuesday night, ahead of a large low pressure system typical of the South Seas, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran crossed the longitude of Cape ...

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RC44 racing in Lanzarote

Racing against the backdrop of the Canary Island's famously barren terrain - RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2017 © Martinez Studio / RC44 Class

Competition getting closer as the season nears its conclusion, combined with tricky conditions for today’s three races off Lanzarote, left the top eight boats racing at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup ending day one separated by just six points. With the backdrop of the Canary Island’s famously barren terrain that is a favourite with science fiction film directors, racing got ...

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