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Slalom Worlds on line as sailors head to New Caledonia for Finale Slalom Worlds on line as sailors head to New Caledonia for Finale After a one year absence PWA Slalom World Tour returns to the beautiful island of New Caledonia for the season finale After a one year absence the PWA Slalom World Tour returns to the beautiful island of New Caledonia for the season finale where the Men’s and Women’s world titles will be decided between the 21st-26th November. After a long and hard fought season it all comes down to the next six days and with a promising looking forecast there should be plenty of epic racing! by Chris Yates Posted today at 7:46 am World’s top Kitefoil racers ready for battle in year’s biggest clash World’s top Kitefoil racers ready for battle in year’s biggest clash A clique of reigning Kite Racing World Champions are lined up ready to fight it out with a clutch of young pretenders A clique of reigning and former Kite Racing World Champions are lined up ready to fight it out with a clutch of young pretenders on the flat waters of Oman’s dramatic coastline as they vie for the prized 2017 Formula Kite crowns. by Oman Sail Posted today at 4:33 am Volvo Ocean Race - Lining up for the gate start to Cape Town Volvo Ocean Race - Lining up for the gate start to Cape Town All boats have now gybed onto port and have lined up heading for the Leg 2 finish in Cape Town in five days time. All boats have now gybed onto port and are lined up, across the lines of latitude, heading for the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 finish in Cape Town in five days time. For the past few days it has seemed that there will be gate start for Cape Town as boats jockey for the optimum position before making the decision to break for the east and five days of fast reaching on port tack. by Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 19 Nov Transat Jacques Vabre – Imoca podium decided as Class40 trio contract Transat Jacques Vabre – Imoca podium decided as Class40 trio contract Behind them are the races within the race that characterise different preparations, aspirations and generations of crew The Anglo-Spanish pair of Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) still lead, but the 20 miles they earned yesterday at the end of the Doldrums has evaporated before the Equator with less than 10 miles between all three again. by TJV Posted on 19 Nov J/121 awarded SAIL Best Boats - Performance J/121 awarded SAIL Best Boats - Performance With respect to promoting innovative, fun racing, J/Boats is championing something called “Open Course” racing The latest in this long line of outside-the-box designs is the new 40 foot J/121, a boat specifically tailored to appeal to skippers who are 1) tired of having to round up eight to 10 people to go racing and 2) are looking for something other the usual windward-leeward “sausage” courses that now dominate inshore racing. by Yachtspot Posted on 19 Nov Volvo Ocean Race – Pressure coming on Volvo Ocean Race – Pressure coming on In particular, the navigators and skippers are faced with choices that may largely determine their fate on Leg two On Sunday morning, with most of the leading group having finally gybed and sailing an easterly track towards Cape Town, Team Brunel defied expectations and turned back to the southwest in an effort to get closer to the stronger winds of a weather system that is expected to deliver the leading group towards their destination. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 19 Nov St Barth Cata Cup – Suspense reigns high St Barth Cata Cup – Suspense reigns high In spite of uncertain conditions, some sailors kept up a steady pace, starting with Franck Cammas and Matthieu Vandame Those born in Saint Barth will tell you that wind from the southwest is rather rare on the island. Yet that’s exactly what happened on Saturday in the West Indies, with erratic light winds (very instable from five to eight knots). by Event Media Posted on 19 Nov Clipper World Race – Day 19 – A time of quiet reflection across fleet Clipper World Race – Day 19 – A time of quiet reflection across fleet Following medical advice and considerations, Simon was given a sea burial at 0900 local time (0300 UTC) today Sanya Serenity Coast continues to lead the fleet with just over 1,000 nautical miles to go to Fremantle and has completed the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint - results will be announced after all teams have done so. by The Clipper Race Posted on 19 Nov 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race – Day 2 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race – Day 2 With the wind blowing up to 28 knots, the boats sailed fast and sailors gave their best performance in hard conditions. It was a completely different scenery and racing setup today – as the wind forecast looked promising… while the race course changed from off-shore to the more technical in-shore course. by Icarus Sports Posted on 19 Nov St Michel-Virbac break record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Imoca class St Michel-Virbac break record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Imoca class Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel-Virbac, have won Imoca class of 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on St Michel-Virbac, have won the Imoca class of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 20:11:46 (UTC), 13 days 7 hours 36 minutes and 46 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy, France. St Michel-Virbac covered the theoretical course of 4,350 NM by Transat Jacques Vabre Posted on 19 Nov Clipper RTW - Simon Spiers washed overboard on way to Australia Clipper RTW - Simon Spiers washed overboard on way to Australia We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30 We are extremely saddened today to report the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain). Simon, 60, from Bristol, UK, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he was washed overboard. by Clipper Round The World Posted on 19 Nov Transat Jacques Vabre – Dick coasting to record win Transat Jacques Vabre – Dick coasting to record win Victory will make Dick the only person in the history of this double-handed race, in any class, to have won four times A 19:30 UTC finish would also mean that Dick and Eliès will set a new record for the Transat Jacques Vabre to Salvador, with Dick beating his own record, of 13 days 09 hours 19 minutes and 2 seconds set with Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec in 2005. by TJV Posted on 18 Nov Volvo Ocean Race – Weekend warriors prepare for battle Volvo Ocean Race – Weekend warriors prepare for battle Leaderboard is undergoing a shake-up, reflective at the moment almost entirely by how far east a team is positioned As the fleet approaches the latitude of the finish line in Cape Town, this is hardly surprising. Any progress to the east is a direct mile off the 2,500 or so miles left to the finishing line. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 18 Nov Clipper Race – Day 18 – Race leaders begin Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint Clipper Race – Day 18 – Race leaders begin Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint Unlike Scoring Gate, the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint bonus points are awarded to the three teams with the quickest times Other teams will continue to cross the start gate of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint throughout the day and Visit Seattle is currently in third place with Dare To Lead and Qingdao in close proximity to each other in fourth and fifth place. by The Clipper Race Posted on 18 Nov 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race – Day 1 11th Yisunsin Cup International Yacht Race – Day 1 It is one of the biggest Regattas in Korea with 50 entries this year, hosted at Gyeong-Nam province and Tongyeong City. The event started with the on-water parade followed by the first warning signal of the offshore race of the day. The 50 boats sailed fast downwind to reach the buoy close to the Soji island. The light breeze dropped down during the day making it harder for most of the boats to finish the race. by Icarus Sports Posted on 18 Nov Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race - Tough fight for podium Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race - Tough fight for podium Another crazy weather day at the 2017 Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the penultimate event Another crazy weather day at the 2017 Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the penultimate event of the 2017 Women’s International Match Racing Series. The cold winds whipped around in all different directions as the finals were played out in the waters off Dongbaek Island. by WIM Series Posted on 18 Nov Volvo Ocean Race - No clear leader as fleet dives south before turn Volvo Ocean Race - No clear leader as fleet dives south before turn According to Predictwind.com the fleet leaders are expected to finish within a few days of each other According to the weather routing function of Predictwind.com the fleet leaders are expected to finish within a few days of each other when Leg 2 finishes in five and a half or six days time in Cape Town, South Africa. Winds are still moderate in strength with the sleigh ride just two days away once the boats reach the latitude of Cape Town and make the turn for the finish line. by Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 18 Nov Garmin to prepare for non-emergency medevac of Erik Hellstrom Garmin to prepare for non-emergency medevac of Erik Hellstrom Skipper Gaëtan Thomas and his Garmin team are making preparations for a non-emergency medevac of Erik Hellstrom Skipper Gaëtan Thomas and his Garmin team are making preparations for a non-emergency medevac of round the world crew member Erik Hellstrom who is suffering from an ongoing abdominal condition. by Clipper Round the World Posted on 18 Nov Perfect performance for Belgians Demesmaeker - Gagliani Perfect performance for Belgians Demesmaeker - Gagliani The day was very technical, very interesting, but frankly not very relaxing. It was a real test of nerves A loop around Toc Vert and Bonhomme by way of Boulanger, then a run between Les Grenadins and Bonhomme with Frégate on the exterior: that was the itinerary of the day for the 47 teams in the St. Barth Cata-Cup, while their nerves were really put to test on this Friday of sailing. “The day was very technical, very interesting, but frankly not very relaxing. It was a real test of nerves” by Saint-Barh Cata-Cup Posted on 18 Nov St. Barth Cata-Cup - The favorites on top St. Barth Cata-Cup - The favorites on top On Thursday, the 47 teams of 10th annual St. Barth Cata-Cup set sail on a serious note for the first day of competition On Thursday, the 47 teams of the 10th annual St. Barth Cata-Cup set sail on a serious note for the first day of competition, as the race committee took advantage of winds of eight to twelve knots from the south-southeast for a first tour of the island. As a result of the conditions, it was necessary to be highly observant and show finesse in these kinds of conditions and the favorites by Saint-Barh Cata-Cup Posted on 18 Nov
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