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David Sherriff’s ‘Jap’ is Top Yacht at Panerai British Classic Week 2015

David Sherriff’s ‘Jap’ is Top Yacht at Panerai British Classic Week 2015

Photo by Barry James Wilson Report by Fiona Brown Photos by Barry James Wilson After five days of exciting and challenging racing at Panerai British Classic Week 2015 the weather sadly let the fleet down on the final day, when strong winds and torrential rain forced the abandonment of the sixth and final race of the series just before the start. Whilst disappointed not to race the fleet was in agreement... [Read more]

Lucky takes Line Honors and Bragging Rights in the Transatlantic Race 2015

Lucky takes Line Honors and Bragging Rights in the Transatlantic Race 2015

Lucky is first-to-finish in the Transatlantic Race 2015 (Photo by Lloyd Images) (Friday, July 10, 2015) –  Late afternoon, British time, Bryon Ehrhart’s Lucky was the first boat in the Transatlantic Race 2015 to cross the finish line at The Lizard, ending a brutal 8 days 22 hours 5 minutes and 3 seconds at sea on a 2,800-mile eastbound crossing of the North Atlantic, sailed mostly in strong winds. At... [Read more]

Third of Three Starts:   Final Four Make Lasting Impressions of the Transatlantic Race 2015

Third of Three Starts: Final Four Make Lasting Impressions of the Transatlantic Race 2015

Paradox and Phaedo3 battle for the start. Paradox wins the battle leaving Phaedo3 to do a 360 and fight to catch up leaving Castle Hill light and Newport behind (Photo by George Bekris) With 2,800 miles to sail and just two boats on the starting line, a conservative start would seem like the smart play. But for the 63-foot trimaran Paradox, owned by Peter Aschenbrenner and skippered by Jeff Mearing,... [Read more]

U.S. Class 40 Sailor, Joe Harris, to Attempt 40-foot  Monohull Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record

U.S. Class 40 Sailor, Joe Harris, to Attempt 40-foot Monohull Non-Stop Solo Around the World Record

  Gryphon Solo 2 by George Bekris Atlantic Cup   Time to Beat: 137 Days 20 Hours Set by Chinese Sailor Guo Chuan in 2013  Newport, Rhode Island – Long time U.S. short-handed sailor, Joe Harris, announced his plans today to attempt to break the non-stop solo Around the World Record for 40-foot monohulls. Harris will make the attempt in his Class 40, GryphonSolo2. The attempt will be made... [Read more]

Transatlantic Race 2015 First of Three Starts: Off and Running!

Transatlantic Race 2015 First of Three Starts: Off and Running!

A fleet of 13 boats took off for England today from Newport, R.I.’s start of the Transatlantic Race 2015. (photo credit Daniel Forster)   NEWPORT, R.I. (June 28, 2015) – An intense low-pressure system rolling up the Atlantic Coast put competitors and race officials on edge for the 48 hours leading up to the first start of the Transatlantic Race 2015, from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard off the... [Read more]

Golden girl Helena Lucas MBE presents the prizes at the 2015   J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Prizegiving

Golden girl Helena Lucas MBE presents the prizes at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Prizegiving

The delighted skipper, Giovanni Belgrano (centre) and his crew of WHOOPER, IRC Division 3B, Winner of IRC Division 3B, the BCYC TROPHY – First BCYC Yacht, the CHAMPAGNE MUMM CHALLENGE CUP – First Overall IRC Group 3 and the GOLD ROMAN BOWL & J.P. Morgan Asset Management SALVER – First Overall IRC – with Helena Lucas MBE. IMAGE: Patrick Eden.  by Peta Stuart-Hunt Hundreds... [Read more]

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race THE RACE IS ON!

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race THE RACE IS ON!

Round the Island Race 2015 (Photo by Barry James Wilson) by Peta Stuart-Hunt Photos by Barry James-Wilson The makings of a perfect day The 16,000 competitors – both amateurs and professionals – in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have been assembling in the early morning light to make their final preparations for this annual nautical extravaganza. Round... [Read more]

The mighty Marie overall winner of the Superyacht Cup Palma 2015

The mighty Marie overall winner of the Superyacht Cup Palma 2015

  The mighty Marie claimed overall victory in Palma today. ©www.clairematches.com With a fleet that’s teeming with regatta regulars, carbon flyers and yachts boasting the world’s top sailors it comes as no surprise that the racing these past two days has been as tight as ever. For example on the 90ft Nautor Swan Odin almost half of their sail-savvy team consist of Olympic and America’s... [Read more]

Total Restart Predicted Tonight for the Volvo Ocean Race Crews

Total Restart Predicted Tonight for the Volvo Ocean Race Crews

Charles Caudrelier deep in thought (Photo by Yann Riou / Dongfeng Race Team  200 miles to go. After 9 months and nearly 40,000 miles Dongfeng slenderest of leads over main rivals Brunel and Mapfre, but seems like it will not mean much this evening. Caudrelier: “For us its easy to go from 3rd place to 5th place (overall), and also to come back to second. Everything can happen still” The... [Read more]

Things are About to Get a Lot More Exciting at The Superyacht Cup Palma

Things are About to Get a Lot More Exciting at The Superyacht Cup Palma

Superyacht Cup Palma 2015 Fleet (Photo ©www.clairematches.com) Last night’s disco-themed dock party proved epic with the entire crew of the mighty Marie wearing orange wigs, pink sunglasses, glitter, gold and green satin suits; these clear winners went all out and so, not surprisingly, took the best-dressed-in-disco prize: VIP tickets to Pacha‘s after party and a bottle of bubbly to boot.... [Read more]

The Rolex Fastnet Race in the world’s largest, most diverse offshore race fleet

The Rolex Fastnet Race in the world’s largest, most diverse offshore race fleet

  The Rolex Fastnet Race fleet at Hurst Castle Lighthouse. The spectacular fleet fills the Solent between the Isle of Wight and the mainland shores © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo Two months out from the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has made public the latest entry list for its biennial 600 mile race from Cowes to Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock, starting at noon on Sunday... [Read more]

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – an every-day story of racing folk…

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – an every-day story of racing folk…

Aerial shot showing the RTI starting cannon in action at the RYS. Photo: Thierry Martinez   by Peta Stuart-Hunt …until, that is, you throw in a handful of high-tech speedsters, glamorous classics, famous sailing families, and some Olympic sports stars, all competing in this annual sporting institution Quite probably stealing much of the limelight from the GC32 class of six competing in this... [Read more]

161st NYYC Annual Regatta Around the Island presented by Rolex

161st NYYC Annual Regatta Around the Island presented by Rolex

161st New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta Around the Island Race (Photo by George Bekris) If on Friday it looked unusually busy just off Newport Harbor, it was because 135 of the 167 boats signed up for the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex had gathered in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage, just south of Pell Bridge, to begin the 161-year-old regatta’s traditional sprint around... [Read more]

Transatlantic Race has An Extraordinary Link with Yachting History:  Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory

Transatlantic Race has An Extraordinary Link with Yachting History: Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory

  Dorade present and past. (Photos courtesy of Dorade “Return to Blue Water”) NEWPORT, R.I. (June 4, 2015) – In late June, one of sailing’s most celebrated yachts will attempt to retrace the steps of her first, and most significant, victory. The 52-foot yawl Dorade, owned by Pam Levy and Matt Brooks (Tiburon, Calif.), will join 40 other boats competing in the Transatlantic Race 2015, which... [Read more]