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Fundraising dinner - Total sum released by Sail Aid UK Fundraising dinner - Total sum released by Sail Aid UK The Trustees of Sail Aid UK drive to help victims of Caribbean Islands most severely impacted by September hurricanes, The Trustees of Sail Aid UK, the organisation that is uniting the UK sailing community in a long-term fundraising drive to help the victims of the Caribbean Islands most severely impacted by the September hurricanes, are overjoyed with the results of their first big fundraising event, the Black Tie/Loud Shirt Dinner held on Saturday night 11th November 2017, which has raised an incredible £46,000. by Peta Stuart-Hunt Posted today at 3:50 am Storm hits, sailing persists Storm hits, sailing persists North U and St Thomas Sailing Center teamed up once again to host two mid-winter clinics at the St Thomas Yacht Club North U and St Thomas Sailing Center have teamed up once again to host two mid-winter clinics at the St Thomas Yacht Club. With the storms gone, St Thomas is ready and eager to host visiting sailors. by North Sails Posted on 17 Nov Transat Jacques Vabre – Dick eyes record books Transat Jacques Vabre – Dick eyes record books It would be record-breaking victory for Dick, who would become the only person in the history of this double-handed race The podium places look take but behind Des Voiles et Vous!, Three other Imoca finally emerged from the Doldrums last night and have started to accelerate again: Malizia II, Bastide Otio and Initiatives Cœur. They were positioned east and were the big winners. by TJV Posted on 17 Nov Solo Round the World – François enters Indian Ocean in a record time Solo Round the World – François enters Indian Ocean in a record time The MACIF skipper seemed very confident this Friday morning, telling us about the sensations on board On Thursday, François Gabart entered the Indian Ocean in a record time of 12 days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes. This Friday he is taking advantage of calmer weather to rest up and give his boat a once over. by Trimaran MACIF Posted on 17 Nov Volvo Ocean Race teams leverage up with crucial 24 hours ahead Volvo Ocean Race teams leverage up with crucial 24 hours ahead Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel were today the most westerly boat having gybed onto starboard at 0900 UTC For several hours Bekking's Dutch-flagged boat was actually pointing in the opposite direction to Cape Town, much to the amazement of some race fans glued to the tracker. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 17 Nov Clipper World Race – Day 17 – Sleigh ride begins ahead of Ocean Sprint Clipper World Race – Day 17 – Sleigh ride begins ahead of Ocean Sprint There has been no change to the top of the leaderboard with Sanya Serenity Coast remaining in first place Visit Seattle has moved up the leaderboard into third position and is closely followed by Qingdao, which is playing its Joker, in fourth place. Skipper of Qingdao, Chris Kobusch, said: “We are flying! The westerly winds filled in and we had a great run under spinnaker all day yesterday.” by The Clipper Race Posted on 17 Nov Transat Jacques Vabre – The notorious crossing Transat Jacques Vabre – The notorious crossing As the fleet head south towards the equator, the impact of doldrums has become evident with delayed ETA for next Friday. The stamina and focus required to sail in these extreme conditions has been reportedly “fatiguing”, but the duo are well adjusted to a natural routine that feels “more like home every day”, says Phil. by Phil Sharp Racing Posted on 17 Nov Greg Wilcox extends lead in final OK Dinghy World Rankings Greg Wilcox extends lead in final OK Dinghy World Rankings The new release includes 10 events, some corrections and adjustments carried over from the previous release in August Following a record breaking European Championship in Faaborg, Denmark in July, nine national and regional titles were decided in the European autumn, as well as the Nordic Championship in Nykøping, Denmark, where Anders Andersen, from Denmark, dominated the 45 boat fleet to win from Johan Bjørling, from Denmark, and Jonas Børjesson, from Sweden. by Robert Deaves Posted on 17 Nov Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race – Light air dominates Day 4 Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race – Light air dominates Day 4 Trine Palludan and Danish Team Kattnakken teammates continued their winning ways by defeating the young Australian team With a forecast predicting light winds early before shutting off later, the race committee got an early start with the goal of completing the quarter-finals and semi-finals. Alas, the wind gods got the better of the mortals and racing ended before the whole semi-final program was completed today. by WIM Series Posted on 17 Nov 18ft Skiffs Spring Championship Final - just 10pts cover top seven 18ft Skiffs Spring Championship Final - just 10pts cover top seven Picking the overall champion is practically impossible if the form in the six races so far continues into the last race Going into Sunday's final race of the championship, only 10 points separates the top seven teams and the likely overall winner can come from any one of these teams. by Frank Quealey Posted on 17 Nov Pensacola Yacht Club to host 2018 Optimist National Championships Pensacola Yacht Club to host 2018 Optimist National Championships Organizers expect between 350 to 450 young sailors, one coach per 10 participants, plus the sailor’s parents and family. Under the direction of Hal Smith, PYC’s Fleet Captain and Principal Race Officer (PRO), many of the 115 volunteers, Race Committee and Race Officers from 2015 will be back with that experience behind them to help run a first class regatta that will once again showcase PYC and the Pensacola area as a choice area for future international regattas. by Talbot Wilson Posted on 17 Nov Bermuda lands World Sailing Conference 2019 Bermuda lands World Sailing Conference 2019 World Sailing Annual Conference is central meeting point where strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated Building on the legacy of hosting the 35th America’s Cup, the Bermuda Tourism Authority bid to host the prominent group at its Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico earlier this month. Delegates approved Bermuda’s bid by a membership vote on November 12, 2017. by Bermuda Tourism Authority Posted on 17 Nov Record-breaking Arkema wins Transat Jacque Vabre Multi50 Record-breaking Arkema wins Transat Jacque Vabre Multi50 Arkema’s win struck another blow for the underdog in this race as they beat the favourites in to Salvador de Bahia It was ninth-time lucky for the 53-year-old Lalou Roucayrol. When his co-skipper, Karine Fauconnier, was injured in training three months ago, Roucayrol was looking for the best to help win his first Route du Café. by TJV Posted on 17 Nov New York Yacht Club releases 2018 Summer Regatta schedule New York Yacht Club releases 2018 Summer Regatta schedule This mid-summer celebration of sailing will attract top keelboats and large multihulls from all over New England The regatta will conclude with an awards banquet for all classes on the grounds of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, and the awarding of Rolex timepieces to the worthiest of the division winners. by NYYC Posted on 17 Nov Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and tight for the final week to Cape Town Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and tight for the final week to Cape Town The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continue to be closely bunched on the basis of projected finish times. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continue to be closely bunched on the basis of projected finish times. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com the fleet is projected to finish within two and a half hours using the PWG weather feed, and within just 28 minutes using the most accurate feed ECMWF. The fleet is now expected to finish in six and a half to seven days time. by Richard Gladwell and Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 17 Nov HUGO BOSS backs Alex Thomson Racing for Vendée Globe 2020 HUGO BOSS backs Alex Thomson Racing for Vendée Globe 2020 Today we're pleased to announce that our long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership Today we're pleased to announce that our long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take us through to the end of 2021. by Alex Thomson Racing Posted on 17 Nov America's Cup - Is Auckland set to repeat past Cup venue errors? America's Cup - Is Auckland set to repeat past Cup venue errors? Auckland seems set to repeat the same mistakes made by previous America's Cup venues The 19th century line “two men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other saw stars” seems to characterise the current debate over America's Cup base options for Auckland. The lesson from previous America's Cups is that if a city, or port, is going to host an event then the best long-term legacy is to maximise the return on investment by making the best facility possible. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz Posted on 17 Nov Fleet building for 10th RORC Caribbean 600 Fleet building for 10th RORC Caribbean 600 Entry list boasts huge variety of yachts from mighty maxis and multihulls, to a vast array of racing and cruising yachts George David has been a longtime supporter of the race, taking Line Honours on four occasions. Rambler 100 reveled in heavy condition in 2011, setting the race record; which still stands today (one day 16 hours 20 minutes and two seconds). by Louay Habib Posted on 16 Nov Volvo Ocean Race – A roll of the dice in the South Atlantic Volvo Ocean Race – A roll of the dice in the South Atlantic Although position report doesn't show it, Dongfeng likely remain the true leg leaders with MAPFRE nipping at their heels By comparison, those teams closer to the Brazilian coast – Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Team Brunel as well as the most westerly boat, Vestas 11th Hour Racing – are likely to pick up the stronger winds brewing 500 miles to the south earlier, potentially catapulting them towards their goal. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 16 Nov François Gabart sets the outright Ouessant François Gabart sets the outright Ouessant This performance by François Gabart in the South Atlantic is outstanding. MACIF skipper crossed the Equator on Friday This is an incredible time, since not only has the MACIF trimaran skipper improved the time it took the current record-holder Thomas Coville to pass this point in 2016, by two days, six hours and 24, but he has also set the best time outright at Cape Agulhas, single-handed and with crew combined! by Trimaran MACIF Posted on 16 Nov
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