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Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017 Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017 Eight classes have served on the TFV since 1978, always based on the same principle : one-design. French sailing legends like Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, and more recently Franck Cammas, François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac’h and Loïck Peyron have all played a role in the history of this race, that became one of the biggest summer sporting events. by A.S.O./Tour de France à la voile Posted on 3 Dec Vendée Globe – Leaders gybing along Antarctic exclusion zone + Video Vendée Globe – Leaders gybing along Antarctic exclusion zone + Video The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. Although they have only sailed 330 miles in 24h at an average speed of 13.9 knots for Alex Thomson and 13.4 knots for Armel Le Cléac’h, this has been one of the rare days when their foilers have not clocked up amazing distances. More live video from the Southern Ocean by Vendée Globe Posted on 3 Dec Vendee Globe - Edmond de Rothschild makes up ground Vendee Globe - Edmond de Rothschild makes up ground For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems, patiently accepting that his two closest adversaries were going to be able to steal a march on him thanks to the more favourable conditions at the head of the race. by Gitana Posted on 3 Dec Melges 24 Worlds - Day 4 - Tricky conditions paid off for Bombarda Melges 24 Worlds - Day 4 - Tricky conditions paid off for Bombarda Trickier conditions with light breeze from 040° that filled in only in afternoon, forced Race Committee to raise AP flag The trickier conditions of today, with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the first and only race of the day. by Melges 24 Posted on 3 Dec WIM Series - Dutch round-robin win in U.S. Virgin Islands WIM Series - Dutch round-robin win in U.S. Virgin Islands Dutch match racing star earned right to select quarterfinal opponent by winning round-robin of Carlos Aguilar Match Race “We’ll take a good look at the round-robin score sheet, and then make our pick,” says Renée Groeneveld, however waiting until Saturday morning to reveal her choice. The Dutch match racing star earned her right to select quarterfinal opponent by winning the round-robin of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the fifth and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, ten – one. by WIM Series Posted on 3 Dec Vendée Globe – Eliès in line for Southern Ocean bruising Vendée Globe – Eliès in line for Southern Ocean bruising Yann Eliès was doing all he could to slow his raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm. French sailor Yann Eliès was today doing all he could to slow his 60ft raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm heading straight for him. by Vendée Globe Posted on 2 Dec World Match Racing Tour reveals two more events in Australia in 2017 World Match Racing Tour reveals two more events in Australia in 2017 Swan River Match Cup and Geographe Bay Cup will ensure that the world’s match racing focus will be on Western Australia. The WMRT Swan River Match Cup and the WMRT Geographe Bay Cup will ensure that the world’s match racing focus will be on Western Australia at the start of 2017. by WMRT Posted on 2 Dec America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case taken against the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. On October 28, 2016, US District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed Mitchell's claim against the five-person International Jury on the basis that it was lodged too late. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 2 Dec WIM Series - Groeneveld alone at the top in U.S. Virgin Islands WIM Series - Groeneveld alone at the top in U.S. Virgin Islands Renee Groeneveld is leading the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the fifth and final event of the 2016 WIM Series Renee Groeneveld is leading the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the fifth and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, after the first day of round-robin. The Dutch skipper controlled the shifty conditions in the Charlotte Amalie harbour of St. Thomas, posting five wins and no losses in Thursday’s racing. American Stephanie Roble shares the runner-up position with Josefine Boel Rasmussen of Denmark. by WIM Series Posted on 2 Dec Melges 24 Worlds - Day 3 - A new day, the same leader - Irish Embarr Melges 24 Worlds - Day 3 - A new day, the same leader - Irish Embarr December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for Melges 24 Worlds December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for the Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship. A day of lighter breeze same way allowed to add three more races to the series and brought about major changes to the overall ranking. by Melges 24 Posted on 2 Dec Melges 24 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Pierrick Contin Melges 24 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Pierrick Contin Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. by Piret Salmistu Posted on 2 Dec Yacht Racing Forum- A top-to-bottom analysis of a fast-evolving sport Yacht Racing Forum- A top-to-bottom analysis of a fast-evolving sport The Yacht Racing Forum in Malta brought together 280 delegates from around the world to discuss the future of the sport The sport of sailing is so diverse it would be impossible to address all the issues, opportunities and challenges. But the gathering of just over 280 delegates from around the world gave it a good try, as they packed in two very intense days of debate and discussion at the eighth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum in Malta. by Bernard Schopfer, MaxComm Communication Posted on 1 Dec America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - AC50 One Design sails by Norths + Video America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - AC50 One Design sails by Norths + Video North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. In this Tech Tuesday feature, Oracle Team USA shows the sails being made as a batch at North Sails facility at Minden Nevada. by Oracle Team USA Posted on 1 Dec Vendee Globe- Cat and Mouse as leaders dodge Kerguelen Islands Vendee Globe- Cat and Mouse as leaders dodge Kerguelen Islands Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web. Some of the most amazing sailing footage has just been posted on the web. If you have ever wondered what it looks like out there is the middle of the open ocean thousands of miles from land sailing an IMOCA 60 at full speed, wonder no more. The french navy stationed at Kerguelen Island intercepted the two leading boats in the Vendée Globe and captured some incredible footage. by Brian Hancock Posted on 1 Dec America's Cup - Video tour of an AC45S by Artemis Racing America's Cup - Video tour of an AC45S by Artemis Racing Crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1 Artemis Racing crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1. Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, provides an update on the state of play with less than 8 months to go to the finals of AC35, and Loick Peyron provides the inspiration to a squad of young aspiring sailors in Toulon by Artemis Racing Posted on 1 Dec Vendée Globe – Day 26 – New twist as Thomson takes back top spot Vendée Globe – Day 26 – New twist as Thomson takes back top spot Alex Thomson is once again at the front of the fleet after successfully hunting down arch rival Armel Le Cléac'h. Four days after French sailor Le Cléac'h moved into pole position in the solo non-stop round the world race, Thomson reclaimed control once more as the epic duel between the two skippers continued. by Vendée Globe Posted on 1 Dec Vendée Globe – Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss back in front Vendée Globe – Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss back in front Both Thomson and Le Cleac’h gybed after passing the islands moving onto starboard tack, allowing Thomson to use the foil For the majority of the race Thomson has been leading the fleet, however, after an incident with his starboard foil hitting a UFO on the 21st November, Thomson moved into second place due to his damaged foil when sailing on port tack. by Alex Thomson Racing Posted on 1 Dec Dongfeng Race Team to take part in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Dongfeng Race Team to take part in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race On board this week have been Caudrelier and his Volvo Ocean Race navigator Bidégorry plus Thomas Rouxel and Jiru Jang Caudrelier says the tie-up with the UBOX project - a team with whom he and Bidégorry competed in the Rolex China Sea Race earlier this year – is part of Dongfeng Race Team's mission to help grow the sport of offshore ocean racing in China and the Sydney Hobart is a perfect warm-up race for the Volvo. by Dongfeng Race Team Posted on 1 Dec Alex Thomson closes in on first place in the Vendée Globe Race Alex Thomson closes in on first place in the Vendée Globe Race For the vast duration so far, Alex had been leading the fleet; however a week ago he sustained damage to his yacht For the vast duration of the race so far, Alex had been leading the fleet; however a week ago he sustained damage to his yacht, HUGO BOSS, after a collision with an unidentified floating object whilst in the Southern Atlantic. This resulted in his starboard foil breaking off which robbed his IMOCA60 of its ability to foil on port tack. by Alex Thomson Racing Posted on 1 Dec Vendee Globe - Spectacular helicopter images from Southern Ocean+Video Vendee Globe - Spectacular helicopter images from Southern Ocean+Video Unprecedented footage of the Vendée Globe frontrunners smashing through the Southern Ocean has been captured on camera Unprecedented footage of the Vendée Globe frontrunners smashing through the Southern Ocean has been captured on camera for the first time in the solo round the world yacht race's 27-year history. The stunning images of French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h and Brit Alex Thomson as they passed the Kerguelen Islands deep in the southern Indian Ocean were filmed by French television station TF1. by Will Carson / M&M Posted on 1 Dec
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