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St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2017: Six Classes, Six New Winners

St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2017: Six Classes, Six New Winners

St. Barths Bucket Regatta (Photo © Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi ) by  Barby MacGowan The second day of the Bucket Regatta saw six new winners in six classes after the 38-strong fleet sailed a long “Not So Wiggly” course around and through the smaller islands and prominent rock formations lying to the north and west of St. Barths. Performances turned in by the victors (Unfurled, SPIIP, Axia,... [Read more]

Volvo Ocean Race Pep Rally and Press Conference in Newport Tuesday March, 21st

Volvo Ocean Race Pep Rally and Press Conference in Newport Tuesday March, 21st

  Volvos in Newport 14 May 2015  (Photo © Dan Nerney) NEWPORT, RI (17 March 2017) – The public is invited to attend the Sail Newport Volvo Ocean Race press conference and Pep Rally on Tuesday, March 21 starting at 10:00 a.m.   The major announcement will feature speakers from the Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport. The press conference will be held at Belle Mer, 2 Goat Island, Newport,... [Read more]

St Barths Bucket Regatta

St Barths Bucket Regatta

St. Barths Bucket Regatta boats in action (Photo © Cory Silken) The 30th edition of the St Barths Bucket will sail back into St. Barths  March 16-19. This year the fleet is 38 beautiful superyachts including six J Class boats battling it out for the historic Bucket trophy. Beyond the sailing, there’s a strong emphasis on ‘winning the party’ rather than the race, and as such, owners, guests... [Read more]

Platoon Lead Royal Cup Miami After Dramatic Opener

Platoon Lead Royal Cup Miami After Dramatic Opener

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com (Tuesday 7th March, Miami) – Just as they led after the first day of racing in Key West in January, Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon crew top the early leaderboard at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup for after a dramatic first day of TP52 racing in brisk SE’ly winds and big, disorderly waves off Miami Beach.Platoon’s victory in... [Read more]

Bella Mente Racing Starts 2017 Season Off with Major Victory at RORC Caribbean 600

Bella Mente Racing Starts 2017 Season Off with Major Victory at RORC Caribbean 600

Bella Mente, JV 72 Custom, USA45. Class IRC Z & CSA 1 (Hap Fauth and his team on Maxi 72 Bella Mente competing in the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 (Photo Credit: RORC/ELWJ Photography) ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES (February 24, 2017) – Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC... [Read more]

Rich Wilson takes Thirteenth Place in the Vendee Globe

Rich Wilson takes Thirteenth Place in the Vendee Globe

  Finish arrival of Rich Wilson (USA), skipper Great American IV, 13th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on February 21st, 2017 – Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe Arrivée de Rich Wilson (USA), skipper Great American IV, 13ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d’Olonne, France, le 21 Février 2017 – Photo Olivier... [Read more]

Prospector Wins 2017 Pineapple Cup

Prospector Wins 2017 Pineapple Cup

Prospector Wins 2017 Pineapple Cup (Photo by Pineapple Cup/Edward Downer) “Winning the Pineapple Cup is like a dream come true. You hear about these trophies, the trophies that have been around for forever, and now to have gone out and won that trophy is extraordinary.” Prospector’s Paul McDowell The final party was last night at the Montego Bay Yacht Club where we celebrated winners of the 33rd... [Read more]

Francis Joyon and the Crew of The IDEC SPORT Maxi Trimaran Win the Jules Verne Trophy

Francis Joyon and the Crew of The IDEC SPORT Maxi Trimaran Win the Jules Verne Trophy

Training for the maxi tri IDEC Sport, skipper Francis Joyon, and his crew, prior to their circumnavigation crew record attempt for Trophy Jules Verne, off Belle Ile, on october 12, 2016 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC The Maxi Trimaran IDEC SPORT sailed by Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane won the Jules Verne Trophy, the... [Read more]

Armel Le Cléac’h wins the Vendée Globe 2016-17 in record time

Armel Le Cléac’h wins the Vendée Globe 2016-17 in record time

Finish arrival of Armel Le Cleac’h (FRA), skipper Banque Populaire VIII, winner of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in 74d 3h 35min 46sec, in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on January 19th, 2017 – Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee Globe Thursday, 19th January French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo... [Read more]

Leaders compress in race to Les Sables; Dick sets record

Leaders compress in race to Les Sables; Dick sets record

St Michel – Virbac Skipper Jean-Pierre Dick Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not for British skipper Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles on Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac’h in the last 24 hours. Thomson revealed yesterday that in order to stand a chance of overhauling French skipper Le Cléac’h before the finish of the solo round the world... [Read more]

A Rousing Start to the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart has Wild Oats fighting back

A Rousing Start to the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart has Wild Oats fighting back

(Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo )  Sydney, 26 December 2016 – The great race is underway. The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, featuring an international fleet of 88 yachts, commenced at 13:00 local time on a perfect Sydney summer’s day. The combination of excellent weather conditions, the sight of the competing yachts sailing full force under spinnaker on the passage through Sydney Heads,... [Read more]

Thomas Coville sets a new Solo Around the World sailing record on Maxi Trimaran Sodebo Ultim’

Thomas Coville sets a new Solo Around the World sailing record on Maxi Trimaran Sodebo Ultim’

© Jean-Sebastien Evrard, AFP | French skipper Thomas Coville navigates aboard the Sodebo Ultim’ on October 12 off La Trinite-sur-Mer in western France New Record : 49 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds! France’s Thomas Coville set a new round-the-world solo sailing record of just 49 days on Sunday, beating the previous world record by more than eight days. Coville arrived at the finish... [Read more]

The Bridge: The Queen Mary: The Essence of a Historical Transatlantic Race

The Bridge: The Queen Mary: The Essence of a Historical Transatlantic Race

On Friday, 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of THE BRIDGE was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. THE BRIDGE, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York. Supported by the Centennial Mission 14-18, THE BRIDGE pays... [Read more]

Francis Joyon and Crew of IDEC SPORT Abort Jules Verne Trophy Attempt and turn back to Brest

Francis Joyon and Crew of IDEC SPORT Abort Jules Verne Trophy Attempt and turn back to Brest

  Maxi Trimaran IDEC SPORT, Skipper Francis Joyon and his crew, prior to their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, crew circumnavigation, in Brest on November 20, 2016 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI 28 November 2016 Francis Joyon and his crew of five took the decision yesterday morning to turn back after six days of sailing in their attempt at the round the world record. Aboard IDEC... [Read more]

Francis Joyon and Crew on IDEC Sport Begin Jules Verne Trophy Attempt

Francis Joyon and Crew on IDEC Sport Begin Jules Verne Trophy Attempt

Training for the maxi tri IDEC Sport, skipper Francis Joyon, and his crew, prior to their circumnavigation crew record attempt for Trophy Jules Verne, off Belle Ile, on october 12, 2016 – Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC 21 November 2016 It was at 21:14:45 UTC on Sunday 20th November that Francis Joyon and his crew crossed the start line for the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright round... [Read more]

Vendée Globe Around the World Solo race 2016-17 starts Sunday in Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Vendée Globe Around the World Solo race 2016-17 starts Sunday in Les Sables d’Olonne, France

A few of the 29 skippers in the line up for the 2016 Vendee Globe (Photo by Jean-Marie Liot/DPPI/Vendee Globe) Sunday 6th November 1302hrs (local time), 1202 UTC the start gun will send 29 intrepid solo skippers off on the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe. In a modern age where the pursuit of instant gratification and always-on social interconnection prevails in even the most remote corners of the... [Read more]

Chinese Skipper Guo Chuan missing and presumed lost at sea during solo trans-Pacific record attempt

Chinese Skipper Guo Chuan missing and presumed lost at sea during solo trans-Pacific record attempt

Guo Chuan (Photo by Jean-Sebastien-Evrard/AFP/Getty Images China was in shock on Thursday after a search was called off for a hugely popular sailor who went missing as he attempted to break the world record for a solo trans-Pacific voyage. Guo Chuan’s trimaran was spotted about 600 miles (1,000km) off the Hawaiian island of Oahu after he was reported missing on Tuesday. But after finding only... [Read more]

Harvard University Sailing Team and Sail To Prevail  Partnership Announced

Harvard University Sailing Team and Sail To Prevail Partnership Announced

Sail To Prevail in action. (photo © Media Pro/Jan Harley) NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (September 29, 2016) – A three-year pilot program at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) has culminated in a formal partnership between the University’s sailing team and Rhode Island-based Sail To Prevail, the not-for-profit organization that has pioneered overcoming adversity through the sport of sailing. Michael... [Read more]

IDEC SPORT will once again be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy and Francis Joyon says: “We’re going back out there with the same people”

IDEC SPORT will once again be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy and Francis Joyon says: “We’re going back out there with the same people”

IDEC Sport Maxi Trimaran crew members, skipper Francis Joyon, prior to their circumnavigation record attempt, in La Trinite sur Mer, France, on october 13, 2015 – Photo Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC September 28th, 2016 IDEC SPORT will once again be tackling the Jules Verne Trophy, less than a year after their last attempt, when Francis Joyon’s crew only missed out on the record by... [Read more]

NORAUTO dominates day one in windy Sotogrande in the GC32 Racing Tour

NORAUTO dominates day one in windy Sotogrande in the GC32 Racing Tour

Working hard for the win on NORAUTO. Photo ©: Jesus Renedo / GC32 Racing Tour.   The warm Poniente westerly breeze was blowing around 14 knots at the start of the afternoon but later picked up to gusting 20 knots, with the fleet putting a reef in their mainsails after two of the five races. It didn’t matter what configuration the GC32s were racing in, however, NORAUTO was the master of all... [Read more]