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Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri

'2014 Nacra 17 European Championship'    Antoine Beysens    Click Here to view large photo

If the loss of the first day of racing at the Nacra 17 European Championships due to too little wind was the price to be paid in order to have great Mistral conditions today off La Grande Motte, then many of the 71 competing crews would accept that as a worthwhile tax.

Today’s payback was a cross offshore, NW’ly Mistral averaging 17 to 19kts but up to 23kts at times which was peppered with lighter holes and big shifts in direction creating a spectacular opening to the regatta.

While the top ranked Italian sailors Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri who went 1,4,1 in the yellow fleet to lead the world champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) who opened with a 5,1,1 in the opposite grey fleet, it was not so straightforward an opening day for Australia’s Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis who found themselves on the back foot.

A collision with a Bulgarian crew resulted in a hole in the Bulgarians boat in the first race, and in the second they were among those penalised under the black flag rule. To add to their woes a capsize put the tin lid on a day the duo who hold three Olympic silver medals between them will probably be glad to put behind them.

Keeping it simple, staying out of trouble and sailing the shifts well were the fundamental building blocks to success today. Besson and Riou, who train on these waters with the French team, were in their element, starting off with a fifth in their first race when it was especially shifty with big changes in wind pressure with the breeze puffing partially off the land. The Italian regatta leaders also adhered to the first principles of sailing the key shifts and holding their lane out of the traffic.

Besson explained how they stuck to watchwords of keeping it simple, safe and fast: 'The wind constantly changes strength and direction and so it is hard to find the right angle to get to the buoy as fast as possible. The key in these conditions is safety first. You really have to use secure maneuvers because we are never safe from a fault or a capsize and it needs great control between crew and helmsman to be very coordinated.'

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

The Italians, who are world ranked number one on the ISAF standings, showed the benefit of their intense training programme in Cagliari which they shared with the Austrians Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank. They too would have been up there was well but for a black flag penalty in the first race, in which they crossed the finish line second.

Bissario said: 'It is not an easy job to win. Two wins is good but the championships are long. We just sail fast and do the simple things well and try and get the shifts right. We are happy. We expected to do this because we have worked hard and have been going well.'

New Zealand’s Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders won the first race for the grey fleet and were then pleased to back that up with a pair of solid, counting results in the form of an 11th and an eighth.

'We had three keepers which is good from a first day like that.' Said Jones 'It was very shifty, very up and down and when we first went out it was very windy. The first and second races were a bit lighter. We feel like we had good speed and were racing quite well but just have to get on the right side of the windshifts.'

In the tactical, technical conditions Denmark’s 49er bronze medallist Alan Norrergard sailing with Line Just retained a high level of consistency with a 2,2,4, proving they are fast learners in the Nacra 17 since making the move into the mixed sex Olympic catamaran just over six months ago, after they have put in some hard miles training at home.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Norregard, third at London 2012, smiled: 'We are very happy. We were in the right places at the right times. There were very big shifts and we managed to get them right. Some of it was a little bit lucky but that is the way it is in these conditions. If you are in the right place at the right time it is easy. We were up there all the way. Getting the first shift was important because it got you out of the traffic. But we were really happy with our speed and how we sailed. We have done a lot of training at home. We have just done a lot of hours on the boat, some in breeze. But to be honest we are still getting the hang of it. The French are still better than us in these conditions but I think we can catch them at some point. They are good downwind and really push the boat more. We are still a bit careful. So we need more time in windy conditions. For me it is really fun, a lot of new things after the 49er, learning every time we are on the water and I am really enjoying it. We really only started this project about six months ago and so we are still quite new into it. We changed to the boat only in the spring and surprisingly we did not expect to get near the top so quickly. We will see over the week we will drop a bit this week I’m sure, but it was tactical, technical racing.'

Qualifying racing continues with warning signals due at 0900hrs local time Wednesday in order to try and catch up on the races lost on day one.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Lucy MacGregor (GBR): 'We had two good races and then did not get a good start in the third one. We just lost our gap on the line and so had to fight our way back through the fleet which was pretty tough in that breeze. We got a counter. The conditions were pretty crazy, up and down and very shifty. The two good ones we fought up to thirds. We are going well, speedwise which is good to see but there were a lot of gains and losses on the shifts. You are trying to get your head out the boat and see what is happening.'

Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) (crew with Cammas): 'We were straight into it with a lot of wind this morning. That was not really so good for us but the second race was better. These are conditions we have not had very much this year and the strong stuff is a bit of a weakness for Franck and I right now. We take this as our chance to train alongside the best. In the strong wind, we have to keep things simple, manouevering as little as possible. You can easily capsize if you attack too hard and at the same time it should not be too defensive. If the boat takes over and we lose control. There is a balance between attack and keep it simple.

Tania Frank (AUT): 'It was a surprise to get the BFD we thought we were on the line. But the second race was good, we had a good upwind and downwind, we had good speed and so we won. We are comfortable in a lot of wind. We had two months of training in Cagliari and had every kind of conditions and so we are quite confident. I was ISAF Youth World Champion in the 420 in 2011 and Thomas, my helm, was in the Tornado and was vice world champion and European Champion. He sailed the 49er for three years. We were fourth at the Europeans last year.'

John Gimson (GBR): 'The first race there were big holes in the breeze and we were a bit average. The second was good, fresher with a more solid breeze. We made a steady start. You always want some steady top ten scored and don’t get any letters. The second race the breeze was just a bot steadier but the key thing was to stay clean and out of trouble.

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship - Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Darren Bundock (AUS): 'The first race we sunk the Bulgarians. It was our fault. We were on port at the start, tried to duck them and could not bear away enough. And then on the second race we got OCS. So it was a bit of a disaster. And that race we capsized. So hopefully that is our three bad strikes and we have had them. There is still plenty to go in the regatta though.'

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

2014 Nacra 17 European Championship -  Antoine Beysens   Click Here to view large photo

Scratch après 3 courses (Inc.0 retrait[s]) (71 inscrits)


Rgs

Ident

Concurrents

P Ret

P tot

c.1

c.2

c.3

Club / Pays

1

 ITA  200

BISSARO Vittorio
 SICOURI Silvia 

6.00

6.00

1
1.0

4
4.0

1
1.0

ITALIE
-

2

 FRA   1

BESSON Billy
 RIOU Marie 

7.00

7.00

5
5.0

1
1.0

1
1.0

S N O NANTES
USAM Voile Brest

3

 DEN  248

NORREGAARD Allan
 JUST Line 

8.00

8.00

2
2.0

2
2.0

4
4.0

DANEMARK
-

4

 AUS  158

MC NICOL EUAN
 WHITTY Lucinda 

14.00

14.00

2
2.0

8
8.0

4
4.0

AUSTRALIE
-

5

 ARU  212

VAN DER VELDEN Nicole
 VISSER Thijs 

16.00

16.00

8
8.0

5
5.0

3
3.0

ARU
-

6

 AUS  133

WATERHOUSE Jason
 DARMANIN Lisa 

16.00

16.00

6
6.0

4
4.0

6
6.0

AUSTRALIE
-

7

 GBR  042

MACGREGOR Lucy
 WALSH Andrew 

19.00

19.00

3
3.0

3
3.0

13
13.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

8

 NZL  222

JONES Gemma
 SAUNDERS Jason 

20.00

20.00

1
1.0

11
11.0

8
8.0

NOUVELLE ZELAND
-

9

 GBR  076

WILSON PIPA
 GIMSON JOHN 

20.00

20.00

10
10.0

2
2.0

8
8.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

10

 FRA  225

VAIREAUX Moana
 AUDINET Manon 

20.00

20.00

10
10.0

7
7.0

3
3.0

Y C CARNAC
ST GEORGES VOILES

11

 NED  244

MULDER Mandy
 DE KONING Coen 

25.00

25.00

3
3.0

3
3.0

19
19.0

HOLLANDE
-

12

 NED  081

DELNOOZ ELKE
 VAN LEEUWEN JEROEN 

29.00

29.00

14
14.0

5
5.0

10
10.0

HOLLANDE
-

13

 GBR   2

SAXTON Ben
 DIAMOND Hannah 

30.00

30.00

15
15.0

6
6.0

9
9.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

14

 GER  211

KOHLHOFF Paul
 WERNER Carolina 

31.00

31.00

11
11.0

7
7.0

13
13.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

15

 FRA  077

CAMMAS Franck
 DE TURCKHEIM Sophie 

31.00

31.00

13
13.0

9
9.0

9
9.0

YCPR
S R ANTIBES

16

 ARG  226

LANGE Santiago
 CARRANZA SAROLI Cecilia 

32.00

32.00

4
4.0

16
16.0

12
12.0

ARGENTINE
-

17

 SWE  153

SVENSSON IDA
 ROSENGREN RASMUS 

34.00

34.00

7
7.0

20
20.0

7
7.0

SUEDE
-

18

 GBR  120

WHITE Rupert
 NIKKI Boniface 

34.00

34.00

8
8.0

9
9.0

17
17.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

19

 FRA  085

OGEREAU Audrey
 VANDAME Matthieu 

35.00

35.00

23
23.0

10
10.0

2
2.0

A S P T T NANTES
S R VANNES

20

 AUS  067

PIETROMONACO Pip
 WIERZBOWSKI James 

35.00

35.00

15
15.0

10
10.0

10
10.0

AUSTRALIE
-

21

 FRA  078

LAUGIER Flora
 BELLET Valentin 

36.00

36.00

13
13.0

12
12.0

11
11.0

E V CATASCHOOL
CN CHATELAILLON

22

 GBR  182

PHIPPS Tom
 ROOK Marie 

37.00

37.00

19
19.0

13
13.0

5
5.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

23

 DEN  082

CHRISTIANSEN Lin Ea
 SOREN KRISTENSEN 

39.00

39.00

5
5.0

11
11.0

23
23.0

DANEMARK
-

24

 RUS  227

SEMENOV MAKSIM
 SHCHETINKINA ALINA 

42.00

42.00

4
4.0

18
18.0

20
20.0

RUSSIE
-

25

 AUT  205

ZAJAC Thomas
 FRANK Tanja 

44.00

44.00

BFD
37.0

1
1.0

6
6.0

AUTRICHE
-

26

 RUS  022

DZHIENBAEV Sergey
 IVANOVA Daria 

44.00

44.00

9
9.0

13
13.0

22
22.0

RUSSIE
-

27

 SUI  220

BAHLER MATIAS
 BRUGGER NATHALIE 

48.00

48.00

BFD
37.0

6
6.0

5
5.0

SUISSE
-

28

 ITA  032

SORRENTINO Vincenzo
 CATARCI Giorgia 

49.00

49.00

19
19.0

16
16.0

14
14.0

ITALIE
-

29

 ITA  166

SABATINI Francesco
 MAMUSA Marcella 

49.00

49.00

14
14.0

17
17.0

18
18.0

ITALIE
-

30

 NED  243

GROENEVELD Renee
 KROL Steven 

51.00

51.00

7
7.0

OCS
37.0

7
7.0

HOLLANDE
-

31

 FRA  199

PETITJEAN Ingrid
 BACKES Olivier 

52.00

52.00

17
17.0

21
21.0

14
14.0

S N MARSEILLE
S N MARSEILLE

32

 ITA  209

BRESSANI Lorenzo
 MICOL Giovanna 

55.00

55.00

12
12.0

14
14.0

29
29.0

ITALIE
-

33

 CAN  100

RAMSAY LUKE
 CHAFEE LOUISA 

56.00

56.00

26
26.0

15
15.0

15
15.0

CANADA
-

34

 GBR  152

CLIFFORD ALICIA
 BRUTON Thomas 

56.00

56.00

16
16.0

19
19.0

21
21.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

35

 AUS  217

WALKER EVAN
 GILBERT ANNALISE 

57.00

57.00

6
6.0

14
14.0

DNF
37.0

AUSTRALIE
-

36

 BEL  161

GOOD Morgan
 HEIJSTEK Charlotte 

58.00

58.00

20
20.0

22
22.0

16
16.0

BELGIQUE
-

37

 GRE  210

BEKATOROU Sofia
 TRIGONIS Konstantinos 

58.00

58.00

18
18.0

23
23.0

17
17.0

GRECE
-

38

 AUS  242

BUNDOCK DARREN
 CURTIS NINA 

61.00

61.00

BFD
37.0

12
12.0

12
12.0

AUSTRALIE
-

39

 ITA  219

SALVA Federica
 BIANCHI Francesco 

63.00

63.00

18
18.0

8
8.0

DNF
37.0

ITALIE
-

40

 ITA  126

PORRO Francesco
 BANTI Caterina Marian 

63.00

63.00

BFD
37.0

15
15.0

11
11.0

ITALIE
-

41

 BRA  230

DE FREITAS Clinio
 SWAN DE FREITAS Claudia 

63.00

63.00

16
16.0

20
20.0

27
27.0

BRESIL
-

42

 URU  147

DEFASIO PABLO
 FOGLIA MARIANA 

64.00

64.00

12
12.0

OCS
37.0

15
15.0

URUGUAY
-

43

 AUS  156

DARMANIN PAUL
 COPELAND LUCY 

65.00

65.00

25
25.0

17
17.0

23
23.0

AUSTRALIE
-

44

 JPN  249

GOTO Hiroki
 TABATA Wakako 

65.00

65.00

27
27.0

18
18.0

20
20.0

JAPON
-

45

 DEN  187

VIBORG ANDREASEN Anette
 HJORTLUND Christensen 

67.00

67.00

9
9.0

31
31.0

27
27.0

DANEMARK
-

46

 FRA  203

BELLET Romain
 SCHOENAHL Milena 

67.00

67.00

21
21.0

28
28.0

18
18.0

CN CHATELAILLON
B N A J SAVINES LAC

47

 ITA  089

BONDI David
 ANGELINI Alessandra 

68.00

68.00

11
11.0

32
32.0

25
25.0

ITALIE
-

48

 ESP  198

VERDAGUER Marc
 LOPEZ CASANOVA Marina 

73.00

73.00

17
17.0

19
19.0

DNF
37.0

ESPAGNE
-

49

 BRA  231

ALBRECHT Samuel
 RODRIGUES DE SILVA Georgia 

74.00

74.00

DNF
37.0

21
21.0

16
16.0

BRESIL
-

50

 HUN  218

VIRAG FLORA
 GECSE BALAZS 

74.00

74.00

23
23.0

22
22.0

29
29.0

HONGRIE
-

51

 GER  010

RUMPF STEFAN
 GOOS Anna Bettina 

75.00

75.00

26
26.0

25
25.0

24
24.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

52

 ESP  246

MARTINEZ IKER
 PACHECO TARA 

76.00

76.00

DNF
37.0

OCS
37.0

2
2.0

ESPAGNE
-

53

 FRA  072

HAINNEVILLE Charles
 DESBORDES Alizee 

76.00

76.00

33
33.0

24
24.0

19
19.0

C N  PAUL VATINE
S R CONCARNEAU

54

 ESP  207

ROCA DE TOGORES Ascension
 CERDAN MING Vernon 

76.00

76.00

21
21.0

24
24.0

31
31.0

ESPAGNE
-

55

 GER  092

LENZ Jakob
 BRECHLIN Susann 

77.00

77.00

29
29.0

26
26.0

22
22.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

56

 RUS  013

KRYUCHKOVA Anastasia
 SHELUDYAKOV Viacheslav 

77.00

77.00

24
24.0

23
23.0

30
30.0

RUSSIE
-

57

 RUS  255

PANKRATOVA ALENA
 ARTEMEV LURII 

79.00

79.00

25
25.0

26
26.0

28
28.0

RUSSIE
-

58

 POR  020

DOMINGOS Afonso
 NEVES Diana 

81.00

81.00

24
24.0

27
27.0

30
30.0

PORTUGAL
-

59

 MON  007

MEDECIN RODELATO Blandine
 RODELATO Jean 

82.00

82.00

20
20.0

DNF
37.0

25
25.0

MONACO
-

60

 GER  045

KAPHENGST Eckart
 KAPHENGST Tine Marie 

83.00

83.00

30
30.0

25
25.0

28
28.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

61

 ESP  188

RIVAS Toni
 LLARGUES Eli 

84.00

84.00

22
22.0

30
30.0

32
32.0

ESPAGNE
-

62

 USA  123

HUDSON Stephanie
 ANDREWES Ian 

89.00

89.00

34
34.0

29
29.0

26
26.0

ETATS UNIS D'AM
-

63

 GBR  162

ANDERSON Maddy
 ANDERSON Finbar 

90.00

90.00

32
32.0

34
34.0

24
24.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

64

 NOR  196

MARTINSEN NICHOLAS
 MORTENSEN MARTINE STELLER 

93.00

93.00

35
35.0

27
27.0

31
31.0

NORVEGE
-

65

 ITA  165

FERRAGLIA Matteo
 TOGNELLA Germana 

95.00

95.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

21
21.0

ITALIE
-

66

 GER  221

ENZENSPERGER Markus
 BRUNNER Katrin 

96.00

96.00

22
22.0

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

ALLEMAGNE
-

67

 BUL  048

ALEXANDROV ALEXANDER
 ALEXANDROVA Maria 

96.00

96.00

27
27.0

DNF
37.0

32
32.0

BULGARIE
-

68

 GBR  119

CARTER Tim
 HEWITT Abbie 

100.00

100.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

26
26.0

GRANDE-BRETAGNE
-

69

 HKG  216

FUNG Tat Choi
 CHAN Yu Ting 

100.00

100.00

28
28.0

35
35.0

DNF
37.0

HONG-KONG
-

70

 FRA  083

DOMAND Vincent
 MERELLE Fanny 

101.00

101.00

31
31.0

33
33.0

DNF
37.0

CNPA ILE DE RE
C V DU TOUQUET

---

 BUL  047

PETROVA Yoana
 TASHEV Nikolay 

111.00

111.00

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

DNF
37.0

BULGARIE
-

Pénalités et réparations : 25 (4 BFD; 18 DNF; 3 OCS; )


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2015 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race is set to begin Friday, February 6. The 32nd edition of the venerable Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race will start in Port Everglades, Florida, and send its 12-boat fleet on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72-foot Shockwave will be the largest boat competing, so it should be interesting to ... [more]  

VX One momentum is growing with ever larger fleets showing the pure fun and easy performance of this true thoroughbred one design. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, Auckland, NZ
The all-female crew, Team SCA, arrived to a warm and colorful welcome including fireworks, Chinese dragons, orchid garlands and traditional costumes into the city of Sanya on Hainan Island in southern China early Tuesday evening (local time). 'It was a really different leg. I wouldn’t say it was hard in terms of the physical side but it just had lots of things coming at all angles ... [more]  

Touch2Play had the great fortune of participating in what would be the largest yet gathering of J88’s to date. Quantum Key West Race Week would serve as a chance to see how boats lined up against one another in conditions that covered the full range. For this event we had Rob and Sandy Butler, Steve Leibel, Keven Piper, Coleen Walsh and myself, Larry Huibers. ... [more]  

As the Barcelona World Race leaders race to the Crozet Islands, once again their paths have diverged – Neutrogena around 200 miles to the south-west of first-placed Cheminées Poujoulat on the water, and gaining around 40 miles in the past 24 hours. ... [more]  

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce on Saturday (31 January) at 10:00 CET the final line-up of sports. ... [more]  

On a high octane first day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Monday (26 January) Giles Scott, Alison Young and the Paralympian Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas saw the best possible start to their 2015 sailing seasons with double race victories. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

RC44 World Championship Leg 1 gets underway on 24th March until 29th March 2015. The RC 44 Class is unlike any 40 foot sailing yacht ever designed, and the reason for that is simple. She is a high performance one design yacht created for top level racing in international regattas. If one was to compare this concept to racing cars, then we would be talking about the F1, NASCAR or similar. ... [more]  

On Day 1 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) said last week that he hoped his unbeaten run would continue, and based on Monday’s form at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2014 World and European Finn Champion is giving it a pretty good shot ... [more]  

ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

The finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China just before noon on January 27, 2015 marked an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place ... [more]  

Winner of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng, have released footage taken from a drone launched from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, as she sails in light airs on the last days of Leg 3 of the race. It is believed to be the first time a drone, launched from a competitor, has been used in a major ocean race. ... [more]  

World sailing history was created earlier today when Dongfeng Race Team became the first Chinese yacht to have a win in a premier trans-ocean racing event. Her win was also a first in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 1131hrs UTC the Chinese flagged entry emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall leadin the 40,000nm event with six stages to go. ... [more]  

On the morning of the 26th of January, the Maersk Line ship MV Stockholm delivered the Team Vestas Wind's damaged VO65 to the port in Genoa, Italy. From here she will be taken to the Persico building facilty where the rebuild of the wrecked boat will be undertaken. The team's goal is to rejoin the race in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2015. ... [more]  

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is considering backing Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid, in a move that would propel the fortunes of the Olympic gold medallist yet further. Sir Ben is believed to have asked the Virgin billionaire to consider backing the venture when he and his new wife, Georgie Thompson, spent time on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in January. ... [more]  

To the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race significant changes have been made in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly. ... [more]  

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview by Alpari World Match Racing Tour
The final event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup Malaysia, is to take place in its new home of Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia, over 10th-14th February. In addition to being the grand finale of the Tour, the event will also see the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. ... [more]  

In the Barcelona World Race the two lead boats are preparing for a gruelling 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia. ... [more]  

Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA. During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. ... [more]  

40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race. The northerly drag race continues, with the stable light wind forecast to drop slightly. The boats have all remained in position, if anything cementing their places with gaps between them increasing slightly through the night. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Sailing in a straight line was never supposed to be as tense as this. We’ve been pointing at Sanya for almost a day now and fortunately, Alvimedica, MAPFRE, and Brunel far enough back to not be in AIS range anymore. The problem is they’re not in AIS range anymore. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour
Volvo Ocean Race - Can Dongfeng still hang on for a Sanya win??
Stephanie Roble, 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Barcelona World Race - Taking advantage
Oakcliff Awarded Joe Prosser Award at US Sailing NSPS 2015
20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online
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Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released   
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview   
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day   
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction   
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage   
America's Cup: Italy to host first America's Cup World Series regatta   
Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week   
Images of the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 1:   
2015 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – Three records broken   
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simplified logistics and fun themes   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery   
Millennium Cup: Racing in the picturesque Bay of Islands   
Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away   
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Jack Bouttell onboard Dongfeng   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Game time!   


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