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Vendee Globe - Both leaders tack setting up an intense finish battle Vendee Globe - Both leaders tack setting up an intense finish battle According to the official tracker, Vendee Globe Race leader, Armel Le Cleac'h has tacked in what could be the final move According to the official tracker, Vendee Globe Race leader, Armel Le Cleac'h has tacked in what could be the final move of the Vendee Globe race for 2016/17. Rival Alex Thomson has responded. At the latest report, the French sailor was attempting to cross ahead of his rival, Alex Thomson - who still had the option to tack underneath and then take his chances on the final 24 hours. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 18 Jan Day 74 – Vendée Globe victory 24 hours from Le Cléac'h's grasp Day 74 – Vendée Globe victory 24 hours from Le Cléac'h's grasp British sailor Alex Thomson conceded that his chances of overhauling leader Armel LeCléac'h on the home strait were slim Alex Thomson today conceded that his chances of overhauling leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35 miles. In the last 24 hours Thomson, 42, has halved Le Cléach's lead of 70 miles but as the pair prepared to enter the final 300 miles of the solo round the world race this afternoon he said the advantage was now firmly with his French rival. by Vendée Globe Posted on 18 Jan Former Clipper Race skipper chasing Vendèe Globe glory Former Clipper Race skipper chasing Vendèe Globe glory Alex, 42 from Gosport, made up 30nm on his French rival Armel le Clèac’h overnight to cut the deficit to around 40nm After more than 70 days, the Vendee Globe is set for an epic finish, with the youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race, Alex Thomson, closing in on the lead as the race enters into the final 24 hours. Alex, 42 from Gosport, made up 30 nautical miles on his French rival Armel le Clèac’h overnight to cut the deficit to around 40nm by Wednesday morning. by Clipper Ventures Posted on 18 Jan Team Tilt officially selected for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Team Tilt officially selected for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Twelve teams of youth sailors aged 19 to 25 have been selected to race the RBYAC 2017 in Bermuda in June. Twelve teams of youth sailors aged 19 to 25 have been selected to race the RBYAC 2017 in Bermuda in June. They will compete on the foiling AC45s that were used for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events and will race in the lead up to the America’s Cup itself. by Team Tilt Sailing Posted on 18 Jan Vendée2020Vision sailors inspired by Alex Thomson’s performance Vendée2020Vision sailors inspired by Alex Thomson’s performance The aim of Vendée2020Vision is to help progress these sailors up to the next rung of the ladder. To help them with their fund raising, Vendée2020Vision sailors last year had the opportunity to take part in 12 bespoke training modules. by Sailing Intelligence Posted on 18 Jan Inaugural GC32 Championship coming up next month Inaugural GC32 Championship coming up next month A joint gathering of the international fleets of GC32 one design foiling catamarans is to take place in Muscat This will be the first occasion ever that the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleets have combined to lock horns on the race course. by GC32 Racing Posted on 18 Jan Quantum Key West Race Week – Day 2 with Nic Douglass Quantum Key West Race Week – Day 2 with Nic Douglass Day two for my first time at Quantum Key West Race Week, and I was out on a J122, Second Star, sailing in the ORC fleet Day two for my first time at Quantum Key West Race Week, and today I was out on a J122, Second Star, sailing in the ORC fleet. What. A. Day. by Nic Douglass Posted on 18 Jan Vendee Globe – Thomson races towards the finish against French rival Vendee Globe – Thomson races towards the finish against French rival British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. With just 390 nautical miles left to the finish port of Les Sable d’Olonne and less than two days until the leading duo are expected to complete the solo, non-stop, around the world race, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place with just 40 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. by Alex Thomson Racing Posted on 18 Jan Vendee Globe - Thomson reduces margin but has to make vital decision Vendee Globe - Thomson reduces margin but has to make vital decision Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead Single-handed monohull world record holder, Alex Thomson, continues to gnaw away at Banque Populaire VIII's lead in the Vendee Globe Race. The margin between the first and second boat is now just 36nm. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 18 Jan City of Perth Festival of Sail inc Warren Jones Youth Regatta preview City of Perth Festival of Sail inc Warren Jones Youth Regatta preview The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities The City of Perth Festival of Sail is coming to Perth Waters with a bonanza of sailing and social activities taking place from Sunday 29 January - Friday 3 February. by Jonny Fullerton Posted on 18 Jan Vendee Globe - One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory Vendee Globe - One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory Victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre. With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h from second-placed Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down to one crucial last manoeuvre. by Vendee Globe Posted on 18 Jan Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2 action-shots by Nico Martinez Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2 action-shots by Nico Martinez Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. by 52 Super Series Posted on 18 Jan Platoon battle in the trenches, but hold out for Key West lead Platoon battle in the trenches, but hold out for Key West lead Even among some of top teams in 52 Super Series nerves had a negative effect on Monday, the first day of the new season Even among some of the top teams in the 52 Super Series, the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit, nerves and elements of self-doubt had a negative effect on Monday, the first day of the new season and the opening races of the Quantum Key West Race Week. by 52 Super Series Posted on 18 Jan Quantum Key West Race Week - Azzurra hangs on to third place Quantum Key West Race Week - Azzurra hangs on to third place Azzurra is still in third place after a difficult day on water. Quantum moves up to second place behind leader, Platoon Azzurra is still in third place after a difficult day on the water. Quantum moves up to second place behind the leader, Platoon, who is just five points ahead of Azzurra. by Giuliano Luzzatto Posted on 18 Jan Setting a new standard for not only solo sailing, but monohull sailing Setting a new standard for not only solo sailing, but monohull sailing Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. Doyle Sailmakers is enjoying the down to the wire pace of this years 2017 Vendée Globe unfolding this week. With UK sailor, Alex Thomson, on board Hugo Boss, and Armel LeCléac’h just 42.2 nautical miles ahead, we have seen seamanship, racing skills, and the sheer skills of both sailors. by Laurie Fullerton Posted on 18 Jan Vendee Globe - Thomson cuts 33nm out of Le Cleac'h with 48hrs left Vendee Globe - Thomson cuts 33nm out of Le Cleac'h with 48hrs left Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h Britain's Alex Thomson sailing Hugo Boss has made a big reduction in the lead of Armel Le Cleac'h in the final stages of the Vendee Globe Race. The official margin of just 45nm - a gain of 30nm in the last 24 hours was confirmed using the weather routing function of Predictwind. Most of Thomson's gain has come on the last seven hours. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 17 Jan Sailing World Cup - 2020 Olympic merry-go-round starts in Miami Sailing World Cup - 2020 Olympic merry-go-round starts in Miami Most significant is the entry of six time Olympian, Robert Scheidt as helm on the Brazilian Mens 49er skiff A perusal of the entry lists for the first Sailing World Cup of the 2020 Olympic Quadrennial reveals some interesting entries and omissions. Only one Gold medal winning crew from the 2016 Rio Olympics will be competing - Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) in the Womens 49erFX. Most significant is the entry of six time Olympian, Robert Scheidt as helm on the Brazilian Mens 49er skiff by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 17 Jan Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort? by Zhik Posted on 17 Jan Coming back stronger at Sailing World Cup Miami Coming back stronger at Sailing World Cup Miami Two time Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe will join 452 sailors Tunnicliffe has been at the top end of her profession when it comes to sailing with a string of podium finishes at high profile events which culminated in her winning a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the Laser Radial. by Richard Aspland - World Sailing Posted on 17 Jan Jules Verne Trophy – IDEC Sport heads due north Jules Verne Trophy – IDEC Sport heads due north IDEC SPORT is heading due north at speeds varying between 25-30 knots, as they make their way towards the Equator Fine weather and calm seas off the coast of Brazil. After picking up the trade winds last night, on the 33rd day of racing against the clock, IDEC SPORT is heading due north at speeds varying between 25-30 knots, as they make their way towards the Equator, which they are expecting to cross in three or four days. by IDEC Sport Sailing Posted on 17 Jan
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