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Clipper Race fleet heads for China with Sanya Serenity Coast and Qingdao leading in the overall standings

Clipper Race fleet heads for China with Sanya Serenity Coast and Qingdao leading in the overall standings

Clipper Race fleet heading for China After a relaxing break in the Whitsundays, the Clipper Race fleet bid farewell to Australia today to race to China; and fittingly at this halfway stage in the 2017-18 edition, it is the destination’s two team entries, Sanya Serenity Coast and Qingdao, which lead the overall race standings. Ahead of departing for her team’s home port, Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper... [Read more]



Team AkzoNobel the win in the HGC Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Hong Kong

Team AkzoNobel the win in the HGC Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Hong Kong

Hong Kong Stopover. HGC In-Port Race Hong Kong. 27 January, 2018. ( Photo © Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race ) Team AkzoNobel took the win in the HGC In-Port Race Hong Kong on a challenging afternoon on the waters of Kowloon Bay. The wind during race time was a 6 to 10 knot Easterly, but it was very shifty and puffy, and with a tidal current running on the race course, it was a difficult day for the... [Read more]



Vestas 11th Hour Racing will not be participating in the inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China as well as Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Vestas 11th Hour Racing will not be participating in the inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China as well as Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Hong Kong Stopover. Ocean Summit. Mark Towill, Co-founder & Team Director, Vestas 11th Hour Racing &.Charlie Enright. 22 January, 2018. ( Photo © Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race )   By Mark Towill and Charlie Enright Vestas 11th Hour Racing has informed Volvo Ocean Race that the team will not be participating in inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, as well as Leg 5 from... [Read more]



Vestas 11th Hour Racing involved in collision in the Volvo Ocean Race, retires from leg

Vestas 11th Hour Racing involved in collision in the Volvo Ocean Race, retires from leg

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, day 17, Photo by Amory Ross/Volvo Ocean Race. 18 January, 2018. The Volvo Ocean Race can confirm Vestas 11th Hour Racing, one of the teams competing in the 2017-18 race, has been involved in a collision with a non-race vessel before the finish of Leg 4, near Hong Kong. The team has retired from Leg 4 and is proceeding to Hong Kong unassisted and under its own power. Race... [Read more]



Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag wins Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 as they arrived in their home port of Hong Kong

Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag wins Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 as they arrived in their home port of Hong Kong

    Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong, arrivals. 19 January, 2018. (Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race ) Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag have won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s an historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the leg before grabbing the lead with a bold tactical call... [Read more]



Spindrift Racing Maxi Trimaran Dismasts on way to Start of Jules Verne Trophy Attempt

Spindrift Racing Maxi Trimaran Dismasts on way to Start of Jules Verne Trophy Attempt

SPINDRIFT 2 DISMASTS ON WAY TO START OF ROUND THE WORLD RECORD. ( Photo © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing )   As the giant trimaran made its way to the Créac’h lighthouse (Isle of Ouessant) for a second attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 dismasted at about 1615h today (Monday 15 January 2018), south of Pointe Saint-Mathieu in a strong 30 knot westerly breeze and rough seas. Spindrift... [Read more]



Spindrift Racing begins Jules Verne Record Attempt

Spindrift Racing begins Jules Verne Record Attempt

LA TRINITE-SUR-MER, FRANCE, OCTOBER 17TH 2017: Spindrift racing (Maxi Spindrift 2) skippered by Yann Guichard from France, training for the Jules Verne Trophy 2017 attempt. © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing   Yann Guichard and his crew arrived in Brest last night to start the Jules Verne Trophy. Despite a good though not ideal weather window, after two months on stand-by Spindrift racing has... [Read more]



Greatness Beckons those who dare for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Greatness Beckons those who dare for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

(Photo @Rolex/ Daniel Forster) Sydney, 24 December 2017 – For over seventy years, Australia has stood still at lunchtime on the 26 December to mark the start of one of the world’s great sporting institutions. 2017 is no exception with 102 yachts set to embark on the 73rd edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Four 100-footers will lead the famous 628nm charge south, followed hard... [Read more]



François Gabart Crushes the Around the World Record on Maxi Trimaran MACIF

François Gabart Crushes the Around the World Record on Maxi Trimaran MACIF

  Photo © Lloyd Images François Gabart, who left Ouessant on November 4 (10:05 UTC+1) in a bid to set a new singlehanded round the world record, crossed the finishing line located between Lizard Point and Ouessant today at (02:45 UTC+1) to set a new record of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. Skippering the 30m MACIF trimaran, Gabart crushed the previous time taken by Thomas Coville... [Read more]



Yves Le Blevec on Ultim Actual capsized off Cape Horn while attempting Around the World solo backwards record

Yves Le Blevec on Ultim Actual capsized off Cape Horn while attempting Around the World solo backwards record

Photo © Thierry Martinez/ Sea&Co. While attempting the record of the Tour du monde upside down solo, multihull, Ultim Actual capsized off Cape Horn around 4am French time.  Yves Le Blevec is well, he is safe inside his boat, the relief organization is in progress. The skipper Actual had doubled the hard course at 1h 34min in the night from Wednesday to Thursday 14 December, in difficult weather... [Read more]



MAPFRE win over Dongfeng and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race

MAPFRE win over Dongfeng and Vestas 11th Hour Racing in Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 2. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 24 November, 2017. MAPFRE, the Spanish-flagged team led by skipper Xabi Fernández 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 arrived here in one piece and in front of the others; we can’t... [Read more]



Top start for François Gabart and trimaran MACIF!

Top start for François Gabart and trimaran MACIF!

Macif Ocean Racing photo by by François Gabart On stand-by since October 22, François Gabart started this Saturday, November 4 at 10:05 (French time) to the assault of the record of the round the world solo. The skipper of the MACIF trimaran left his home port of Port-la-Forêt on Friday night to head for the start of the world tour between the Créac’h lighthouse in Ouessant and the... [Read more]



Vestas 11th Hour Racing Wins First Leg of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Wins First Leg of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Prize Giving in Lisbon to Vestas 11th Hour Racing Leg One Winners ( Photo Atila Madrona/ Vestas 11th Hour Racing )     LISBON, PORTUGAL (28 October 2017) – Vestas 11th Hour Racing crossed the finish line in Lisbon at 1408 UTC ahead of their competitors by a few hours earning 8 points and are now the leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race. They led the 7-day race since the first night staying... [Read more]



Spindrift Racing Confirms Crew and Start of Standby for New Jules Verne Trophy Speed Record Attempt

Spindrift Racing Confirms Crew and Start of Standby for New Jules Verne Trophy Speed Record Attempt

  Spindrift Racing Maxi Trimaran (Photo © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing ) On 6 November 2017 Spindrift racing, the France-based sailing team will be starting the standby period for its second attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy, the iconic non-stop round the world record. Spindrift’s skipper, Yann Guichard (FRA), has carefully selected a crew of eleven sailors who bring with them a depth of... [Read more]



Tienpont back to skipper team AkzoNobel for Leg 1

Tienpont back to skipper team AkzoNobel for Leg 1

Alicante stopover. Start. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. Simeon Tienpont will skipper team AkzoNobel in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Lisbon on Sunday, after Race Management approved a new crew list submitted by the team shortly before the dockout. October 22, 201710:35 UTC A total of eight sailors will be on board for the 1,450 nautical mile leg to Lisbon – including... [Read more]



MAPFRE draw first blood in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 by winning the Alicante In-Port Race

MAPFRE draw first blood in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 by winning the Alicante In-Port Race

Alicante stopover. MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante. Photo by Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 14 October, 2017. The local heroes on Xabi Fernàndez’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race. The local heroes on Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race. Fernández and his team made... [Read more]



Newport’s 12 Metre North American Championship

Newport’s 12 Metre North American Championship

Action aboard Victory ’83 at last year’s 12 Metre North American Championship. (Photo © Richard Schultz)   Season’s Grand Finale for the Americas Fleet Starts Sept. 22 NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (September 16, 2017) – Ten historic 12 Metres are sailing their North American Championship off Newport, R.I. over Sept. 22 -24 and promising a spectacular finish to their 2017 sailing season. The event,... [Read more]



Two bullet day for Momo in Porto Cervo at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Two bullet day for Momo in Porto Cervo at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Maxi 72 start race © Carlo Borlenghi   As Bryon Ehrhart, owner of Lucky, put it: “Today was great sailing – Chamber of Commerce stuff!” After difficult conditions for some of the seven classes at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup yesterday, there was solid breeze for day three of racing. Winds ranging from 10-20+ knots enabled the Maxi 72s and Wallys successfully to sail two windward-leewards,... [Read more]



Lionheart Wins the 2017 J Class World Championship and become the Toast of Newport

Lionheart Wins the 2017 J Class World Championship and become the Toast of Newport

J Class Lionheart, Winner of the 2017 J Class Championship (Photo © George Bekris) On the same Newport, Rhode Island waters where the legendary Ranger cleaned up 4-0 in 1937, the last time ever that the mighty J Class raced for the America’s Cup, the first J Class World Champions are Lionheart, the owner driven Dutch-flagged modern day Ranger descendent. Displaying solid consistency... [Read more]



2017 Melges 32 Boero World Championship – Cala Galera, Italy

2017 Melges 32 Boero World Championship – Cala Galera, Italy

Melges 32 Worlds (Photo by Max Ranchi) Cala Galera, Italy (Aug. 24, 2017) – The 2017 MELGES 32 BOERO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by CIRCOLO NAUTICO E DELLA VELA ARGENTARIOcame to life today, adding three more fierce races to the scoreboard under slightly breezy conditions. Standing firm at the top once again is Russia’s Pavel Kuznetsov at the helm of TAVATUY (Evgeny Neugodnikov, tactician).... [Read more]