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America's Cup - Luna Rossa launches two-boat TP52 program America's Cup - Luna Rossa launches two-boat TP52 program Challenger of Record for the America's Cup, Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) has made the first sailing moves Challenger of Record for the America's Cup, Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) has made the first sailing moves in its bid to win the America's Cup. With the 36th America’s Cup, scheduled to take place in New Zealand in 2021, Luna Rossa Challenge will commence its preparation in the waters of Cagliari (Sardinia – Italy) with a TP 52 Class yacht. by Luna Rossa Challenge Posted today at 8:28 am Round the World Solo - New reference time for François Gabart! Round the World Solo - New reference time for François Gabart! François Gabart, who left Ouessant on Saturday 4 November at 10:05 (UTC+1), continues to set the pace François Gabart, who left Ouessant on Saturday 4 November at 10:05 (UTC+1), continues to set the pace in this attempt at the single-handed round the world record. Sailing at an average of 30 knots since Tuesday night, ahead of a large low pressure system typical of the South Seas, the skipper of the MACIF trimaran crossed the longitude of Cape Leeuwin, second of three capes of this round the world by MACIF Posted today at 6:21 am Tightest and trickiest of days opens RC44 racing in Lanzarote Tightest and trickiest of days opens RC44 racing in Lanzarote Competition getting closer as the season nears its conclusion, combined with tricky conditions for today's three races Competition getting closer as the season nears its conclusion, combined with tricky conditions for today's three races off Lanzarote, left the top eight boats racing at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup ending day one separated by just six points. by RC44 Class Association Posted today at 5:04 am Transat Jacque Vabre - Four podiums full and seven boats still racing Transat Jacque Vabre - Four podiums full and seven boats still racing After a late night finish the podiums of all four classes in the 13th edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre are complete. After a late night finish that will go down in transat racing legend, the podiums of all four classes in the 13th edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre are complete. by Transat Jacque Vabre Posted today at 4:30 am RORC Transatlantic Race - Feisty start predicted RORC Transatlantic Race - Feisty start predicted Gerald Bibot will be competing in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race with his Belgian 42ft Catamaran Zed 6. Gerald Bibot will be competing in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race with his Belgian 42ft Catamaran Zed 6. Gerald is the founder of Great Circle which produces weather routing programme Squid. In 2015 Gerald was the winner of the MOCRA Class, completing the race in just over 11 days and the only team to take a northerly route. by Trish Jenkins Posted today at 3:53 am Transat Jacques Vabre - A totally successful outcome for the IMOCAs Transat Jacques Vabre - A totally successful outcome for the IMOCAs With Romain and Aurélien finishing on 22nd November, the thirteenth Transat Jacques Vabre came to an end for the IMOCAs. With Romain Attanasio and Aurélien Ducroz finishing on Wednesday 22nd November, the thirteenth Transat Jacques Vabre came to an end for the IMOCAs. This year's race was won by Jean-Pierre Dick and Yann Eliès on StMichel-Virbac. There was a very positive outcome for the IMOCA class, as all thirteen boats that lined up for the start in Le Havre made it to the finish in Salvador da Bahia. by IMOCAs Posted today at 2:59 am America's Cup - State of the Cup debate - differing views on the AC75 America's Cup - State of the Cup debate - differing views on the AC75 Replay of Wednesday morning (NZT)'s session between Tom Ehman editor of SailingIllustrated.com and Richard Gladwell Replay of Wednesday (NZT) this morning's 90 minute session between Tom Ehman editor of SailingIllustrated.com and Richard Gladwell, editor of Sail-World.com/nz Both have been covering or involved in the America's Cup since the 1980's and often have differing views on many issues with the America's Cup and other facets of sailing. This time they argue merits of the AC75 announced the day before. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ Posted on 23 Nov Star Sailors League – 25 stellar teams ready to line up Star Sailors League – 25 stellar teams ready to line up 25 Olympic medals hanging on the necks of the 2017 SSL Finalists, of which seven are gold medals. We shall see some true Star champions competition among Robert Scheidt, Freddy Loof, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Hamish Pepper, Mark Mendelblatt, Eivind Melleby, Xavier Rohart and the crews Bruno Prada, Frithjof Kleen, Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, Brian Fatih and Dominik Zycki all of whom racing at the London Olympics in 2012. by Star Sailors Posted on 23 Nov Intense clashes as racers push for Medal Series at Formula Kite Worlds Intense clashes as racers push for Medal Series at Formula Kite Worlds The duels on the water off Muscat’s Al Mouj beach in the top fleet, with riders battling for position, were intense France’s Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Oman’s flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage. by Oman Sail Posted on 23 Nov Volvo Ocean Race – Breeze coming on for leaders Volvo Ocean Race – Breeze coming on for leaders With less than 500nm to go to the Cape Town finish line, both teams chose to hide their positions for 24 hours Although the leg is coming to a close it is by no means over – and the approach to Cape Town is notoriously tricky. Between their current position and the finish line is a vein of strong winds near 25 knots, but the final miles to the finish could be painstakingly light. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 23 Nov It's down to the wire in the Extreme Sailing Series™ It's down to the wire in the Extreme Sailing Series™ Front-runner SAP Extreme Sailing Team has had an outstanding season so far and has shown no signs of slowing down Phil Robertson's Team Oman Air are not out of the fight yet. If the Omani team, that narrowly missed out on victory in 2016, is able to put two boats between itself and the current leader in the rankings for Los Cabos it will claim the 2017 title. by Extreme Sailing Series Posted on 23 Nov Clipper World Race – Day 23, Race 3 – Leading teams' wind hole woes Clipper World Race – Day 23, Race 3 – Leading teams' wind hole woes PSP Logistics is still holding onto second place but Skipper Matt Mitchell is also frustrated by their current progress After opting to hide its position from the rest of the fleet, by using Stealth Mode yesterday, Visit Seattle has reappeared on the Race Viewer ahead of both Sanya Serenity Coast and PSP Logistics, but all three teams are still struggling with the light winds that have entrapped them. by The Clipper Race Posted on 23 Nov America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ pushes back on surprise bases deal America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ pushes back on surprise bases deal Emirates Team New Zealand issued a very terse media release on the decisions made at the meeting. An olive branch offered by Emirates Team New Zealand Board Chairman, Sir Stephen Tindall midway through an afternoon meeting of the Auckland Council triggered the end of the team's preferred option for the hosting of the 36th America's Cup. A deal brokered by Mayor Phil Goff carried the day. Later Emirates Team New Zealand issued a very terse media release on the decisions made at the meeting. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 23 Nov Winner of the doldrums strategy finish third in Transat Jacques Vabre Winner of the doldrums strategy finish third in Transat Jacques Vabre The duo crossed the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Thursday 23rd of November Over the theoretical 4,357nm distance, Imerys Clean Energy sailed an actual distance of 4,539 nm, averaging 10.70 knots, finishing 05 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds behind the eventual winner, V&B. by Phil Sharp Racing Posted on 23 Nov Imerys Clean Energy finishes third in Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 Imerys Clean Energy finishes third in Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 Imerys Clean Energy covered the theoretical course of 4,350 nautical miles at an average speed of 10.27 knots It finished five hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds behind the winner, V and B (Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier), which had been chased all the way to the line by Aïna Enfance et Avenir (Aymeric Chappellier and Arthur Le Vaillant). by TJV Posted on 23 Nov Sailing applies for inclusion in Paralympic Games Sports Programme Sailing applies for inclusion in Paralympic Games Sports Programme World Sailing has expressed an interest to the IPC to be included in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Sports Programme. World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has officially expressed an interest to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to be included in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Sports Programme. by World Sailing Posted on 23 Nov French boat smashes record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 French boat smashes record to win Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier on V and B, have won the Class40 of the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Maxime Sorel and Antoine Carpentier on V and B, have won the Class40 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 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 23:19:15 (UTC), 17 days 10 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy France. by Transat Jacques Vabre Posted on 23 Nov RORC Transatlantic Race – Diverse fleet, one goal RORC Transatlantic Race – Diverse fleet, one goal Aragon, Dutch-flagged Marten 72, will be defending win in last year's race and will be skippered by Jochen Bovenkamp In IRC Zero, front runners for the overall win include Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna, and Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. Both yachts are new evolutionary designs to the IRC Rule, crewed by top class professionals. Tilmar Hansen's canting keel Elliott 52 Outsider, skippered by Bo Teichmann is extremely well prepared and could well challenge the favourites. by Louay Habib Posted on 22 Nov Transat Jacques Vabre – French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo Transat Jacques Vabre – French and Physics defy Anglo-Spanish duo Imerys Clean Energy was first across the start line in Le Havre, led the race for 12 and was first out of the Doldrums. Meanwhile, in Salvador de Bahia, the final three 60ft monohull Imoca boats crossed the line in the Bay of All Saints today in more relaxed fashion. Thirteen Imoca left Le Havre and thirteen made it to Salvador de Bahia. by TJV Posted on 22 Nov RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Foursome gunning for RC44 gold RC44 Calero Marinas Cup – Foursome gunning for RC44 gold Igor Lah is leading the championship on six points, his Team CEEREF fitted with the RC44 series leader's 'golden wheels' The RC44 teams are returning to the Canary Islands for the first time since 2013. Over 2010-2013, four RC44 regattas and three World Championships were held in Lanzarote at Puerto Calero. Owners of that marina, the Calero family, were also regular participants on the RC44 circuit at that time. by RC44 Class Association Posted on 22 Nov
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