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Barcelona World Race fleet going fast in the middle of nowhere

Barcelona World Race fleet going fast in the middle of nowhere

Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Cheminées Poujopulat (Photo copyright Cheminées Poujopulat / Barcelona World Race)   Kerguelens tomorrow for Cheminees Poujoulat We Are Water break Cape of Good Hope GAES Centros Auditivos stem their losses Another landmark will be ticked off tomorrow for Barcelona World Race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat when they sail north of the lonely Kerguelen Islands. Coralled... [Read more]

Dongfeng Race Team first to Sanya, China winning Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

Dongfeng Race Team first to Sanya, China winning Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

SANYA, China, January 27 – Dongfeng Race Team claimed a key landmark in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race on Tuesday when they emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall lead with six stages to go. No Chinese team has won a leg in the race before despite two previous entries – Green Dragon in 2008-09 and Team Sanya in 2011-12 – but Charles Caudrelier’s... [Read more]

Heartbreak for Leaders of the Barcelona World Race; Hugo Boss Dismasted off Brasil

Heartbreak for Leaders of the Barcelona World Race; Hugo Boss Dismasted off Brasil

Hugo Boss (Photo courtesy Barcelona World Race) After leading the Barcelona World Race since the first full day of racing, for most of 14 days and having recently extended their lead on the water to what the skippers estimated to be around 60 miles, pre-race favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on their IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, were dismasted on last night (Wednesday) in the South Atlantic ocean in... [Read more]

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 84th edition is set up and open for entries

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 84th edition is set up and open for entries

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014 sunrise (Photo by Barry James Wilson)   THE ISLAND SAILNG CLUB IS ALL SET TO OPEN ENTRIES FOR THE 84th EDITION OF BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE YACHT RACE by Peta Suart-Hunt The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised annually by the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, is on many a sailor’s bucket list. Thousands... [Read more]

DAY 6: FASTER! HIGHER! HARDER! for the Panerai Transat Classique 2015 competitors

DAY 6: FASTER! HIGHER! HARDER! for the Panerai Transat Classique 2015 competitors

Panerai-©JamesMitchell   Despite the physically demanding first few days of race the crews of the Panerai Transat Classique 2015 are continuing to push their “old ladies” as hard as they can. With such a marked contrast in the strategies chosen by the competitors, we can expect changes in the trade winds occurring in the next few days to upset the established order. A record! Clocking up... [Read more]

It’s not plain sailing in Leg 3 for Team Dongfeng as they cling to their lead in the Volvo Ocean Race

It’s not plain sailing in Leg 3 for Team Dongfeng as they cling to their lead in the Volvo Ocean Race

  Charlie by Sa​m Greenf​ield/Don​gfeng Ra​ce Team Leg 3: Abu Dhabi to Sanya (4,670 nautical miles) Days at sea: 6 Boat speed: 6.4 knots (3 hours average), 5 knots (15 minute average) Position in fleet: Latest position reports show Dongfeng still holding onto the lead, managing to steal a couple of miles back on Brunel. Distance to finish: 3, 480 nautical miles although Caudrelier suggests... [Read more]

Team SCA takes their first win leading the pack in the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi In-port Race

Team SCA takes their first win leading the pack in the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi In-port Race

  January 2, 2015. Team SCA win the Abu Dhabi In-Port Race. (Photo by Warren Little / Volvo Ocean Race) The ladies of Team SCA pull off a beautifully maneuvered win in the Volvo Ocean Race In-port race. In-Port ABU DHABI total Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 3 6 Team Brunel 2 8 Team SCA 1 10 Team Alvimedica 5 12 Dongfeng Race Team 4 13 MAPFRE 6 16 Team... [Read more]

Hugo Boss leads the fleet off at the start of the Barcelona World Race

Hugo Boss leads the fleet off at the start of the Barcelona World Race

Barcelona World Race 2014/2015 Start (Photo © Nico Martínez / Barcelona World Race )   As if to underline their billing as pre-race favourites to win, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on Hugo Boss led the eight-strong fleet of IMOCA 60s off the start line of the third edition of the Barcelona World Race, two handed race around the world. The British-Spanish duo made the best of the very light winds,... [Read more]

Barcelona World Race: at 48 hours before the start skippers show their game faces at final press conference

Barcelona World Race: at 48 hours before the start skippers show their game faces at final press conference

  Barcelona Word Race 2014/2015PRESS CONFERENCE SKIPPERS (Photo by Martinez Studio )   The 16 skippers, eight duos, who are set to take on the 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race gathered to face the media at today’s busy official press conference, the last official gathering of all the teams before the race start on 31st December, now less than 48 hours away. The conference was opened by Jean... [Read more]

Spirit of Hungary  set and ready for the Barcelona World Race

Spirit of Hungary set and ready for the Barcelona World Race

23/12/2014, Barcelona (ESP), Barcelona World Race 2014-15, Barcelona Trainings (© Gilles Martin-Raget / Barcelona World Race ) .. Without doubt Nandor Fa is an enigma when it comes to sheer fight and determination, but the 61 years old Hungarian skipper is totally unique in the world of IMOCA 60 racing in having designed his boat himself, and built a lot of it. He is a self taught designer,... [Read more]

Comanche on the warpath after Sydney Hobart win by Wild Oats XI

Comanche on the warpath after Sydney Hobart win by Wild Oats XI

Comanche has unfinished business with Wild Oats XI after being bested by just a few miles due to light airs in the middle of the course (Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi)   As far as the America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill is concerned, there is now unfinished business between Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner Wild Oats XI and the US supermaxi she beat across the finish line, Comanche. Spithill... [Read more]

Wild Oats XI takes Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014

Wild Oats XI takes Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014

WILD OATS XI (AUS) set the actual racecourse record in 2012 Race Start – WILD OATS XI, Sail n: AUS10001, Bow n: XI, Design: Reichel Pugh 100, Owner: Robert Oatley, Skipper: Mark Richards (Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi)   Wild Oats XI  leads the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet in for a record eighth line honours win.  Wild Oats Xi finished the race in a time of  :  2 Days,  2 Hours,... [Read more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 is a Maxi-Mum Contest

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 is a Maxi-Mum Contest

Opera House and Harbour Bridge as impressive background for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart (Phot by Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi) Seven hours into the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Jim Clark’s 100-ft Maxi Comanche(USA) leads the fleet. A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet’s five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local... [Read more]

Luna of London spice it up with Line Honours in the RORC Translantic Race

Luna of London spice it up with Line Honours in the RORC Translantic Race

The crew of Lupa of London, Jeremy Pilkington’s Baltic 78 receive a warm welcome on the dock in Grenada. As first yacht to complete the course, they will be presented with a sterling silver trophy by the International Maxi Association (IMA). © RORC/Orlando K Romain & Arthur Daniel The crew of Lupa of London, Jeremy Pilkington’s Baltic 78 receive a warm welcome on the dock... [Read more]

Oakcliff Racing finish in Grenada to become IRC one current leader in the RORC Transatlantic Race

Oakcliff Racing finish in Grenada to become IRC one current leader in the RORC Transatlantic Race

Happy to be in Grenada. Oakcliff Racing Team celebrate their finish. L-R: Andrew O’Donnell, Daniel Flanigan, Chris Kennedy, Hobie Ponting. RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/Arthur Daniel & Orlando K Romain Happy to be in Grenada. Oakcliff Racing Team celebrate their finish. L-R: Andrew O’Donnell, Daniel Flanigan, Chris Kennedy, Hobie Ponting. RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/Arthur... [Read more]

NEW East Coast Ocean Series:  Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, Ocean Race North & Annapolis to Newport Plus, Inaugural Ocean Race North Announces Plans for 2015 Race

NEW East Coast Ocean Series: Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, Ocean Race North & Annapolis to Newport Plus, Inaugural Ocean Race North Announces Plans for 2015 Race

Flatline (Photo by George Bekris) December 8, 2014 – Newport, Rhode Island – Race organizers of three U.S. east coast offshore races: the new Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, the new Ocean Race North and the well-established Annapolis to Newport race confirmed their plans to team up and create the East Coast Ocean Series. In addition, Manuka Sports Event Management confirmed their plans for the inaugural... [Read more]