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Transat Jacques Vabre line honours to Multi 50
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre line honours have been taken by the Multi 50 Crêpes Whaou! More to follow.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre: Safran and Groupe Bel in stealth mode
Safran Sailing Team,
Since 1100 hrs this morning, Safran and Groupe Bel have switched to stealth mode. They had one final card left to play with the finish still expected in the middle of the night between midnight and 0400 hrs CET (2300 hrs - 0300 hrs GMT).... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 in Cape Town for at least a week
Groupama News,
Structural analysis of the damage and observations made on site by composite specialists, confirm that it will indeed take a week's work before Groupama 3 can head out to sea again, bound for Brest, for a new stand-by period set to begin on 1st January 2010.... [more]
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AYRE Challenge moves from America's Cup to Volvo Ocean Race project
Ayre Challenge media,
AYRE Challenge presented today in Denia its project to take part in the next three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, all of which will start in the Spanish port of Alicante. The presentation of this 10-year-long project and milestone in Spanish yacht racing took place in Denia, a city that has strong ties with AYRE Challenge.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia has a new leader
OC Events and Sail-World.com,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - With four wins in five races, the European Extreme Sailing Series Champion skipper Pete Cumming on Masirah was pleased with their performance today. The final day of racing will take place tomorrow from 2pm followed by a prize giving in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at 7pm.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne first leg of 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Sam Watson,
The 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to start on 14 December and Melbourne is bracing itself to welcome one of the world's most prestigious sailing events.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre finish just out of reach for Artemis
Tim Kelly,
Transat Jacques Vabre update from Sam Davies and co–skipper Sidney Gavignet onboard Artemis. Sam reports ' a Harry Potter moment. It is always pretty impressive sight at night when the black squall cloud comes chasing up behind you, a menacing silhouette, in front of the starry sky. The huge 'cumulo-beastie' makes my heart beat faster - wondering what it's got in store for me: 25 knots, 30... 35?... [more]
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BOR90 sailing on San Diego Bay - See her live, now!
Sail-World,
BOR 90 is sailing in San Diego Bay today as there is very little wind outside. Click on the link and you can watch it live on the Fox 5 San Diego Webcam... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat concludes with arrival of last competitor
Oliver Dewar,
The last boat is now home in the Solidaire du Chocolat, a 5,000 mile double-handed race from France to Mexico. During the fifth week at sea in La Solidaire du Chocolat, the closeness of the finishes within the second wave of boats became hectic while the trailing pack took separate options, splitting either side of Jamaica.... [more]
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YNZ Sailors of the Year - Stu Bannatyne and Brad Jackson - Fast times!
Sail-World,
Following is a series of video clips from Ericsson 4, mainly of the fast times, recalling the achievements of watch captains Brad Jackson and Stuart Bannatyne, who were awarded the 2009 Sailor of the Year trophy by Yachting NZ, and also in recognition of their three wins in successive Volvo Ocean races. Hear the audio from Brad Jackson about what he is thinking about on the helm when hitting 30kts... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre leader opens up the gap
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Having opened a further 15 miles on Groupe Bel which has pursued them hard more than the last week, there was an element of relief in the voice of Safran skipper Marc Guillemot this morning.... [more]
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Groupama 3 in Cape Town for repairs
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Groupama 3 has arrived in Cape Town for repairs to begin to reinforce the aft beams. After the gales which Groupama 3 had to avoid just after suffering damage, followed by the tradewinds fuelled by the Saint Helena High, which propelled her along towards Cape Town at over twenty knots, Franck Cammas and his men had to be towed in the last few miles as the engine had been left behind on leaving Bre... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Record Council ratifies l'Hydroptère's Mile
WSSR,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of a new Nautical Mile World Record for Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère.... [more]
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Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta Day One
Diana Bogaards and Sail-World.com,
No racing on the first day of this year's Dart 18 Worlds and Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta. The strong offshore breeze gusted up to 37 knots, which kept the cat sailors ashore. According to the weather forecast for tomorrow, it will be again windy.... [more]
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Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup due to depart Tenerife
Fabrizio Pirina and Sail-World.com,
The Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, will depart from Tenerife, Canaries Island on Monday the 23rd of November 2009. The finish is expected in Sint Maarten at beginning of December.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race 4 Dramatic collision at the start
Heather Ewing,
Race 4 of Clipper 09-10 - Eight of the boats crossed the start line for the 4,700-mile race to Geraldton, Western Australia. California was followed by Spirit of Australia, looking for a win on this race to their home port, and Team Finland.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra defeats Emirates Team New Zealand
Azzurra Team,
Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice Cote d'Azur 2009. Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni with tactician Tommaso Chieffi, has taken victory over Emirates Team New Zealand to win the event... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Francesco Bruni steers Azzurra to victory
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
'I have the advantage of being a Star skipper,' said Francesco Bruni before he took a seat on the dais next to Emirate's Team New Zealand's skipper Dean Barker. The two skippers would face off in the Grande Finale at the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice. Francesco Bruni, the Italian Olympic Star skipper in Athens and a contender for the Italian Olympic slot in Qingdao, skippered Azzurra.... [more]
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Azzurra shuts out of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Media,
Even before the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur began, Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni spoke of his passion and honour to be leading an iconic sailing brand back into the fray after a long absence. This afternoon he could barely describe his joy. Bruni and his Azzurra crew, including tactician Tommaso Chieffi, defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Grand Final to win this match race r... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Aviva has under 1,000 miles to go
Kelly Russell,
Transat Jacques Vabre - The British duo has continued to race hard and managed to close the gap on their closest rival, Veolia Environnement, to just four miles. Caffari and Thompson will slow while passing the northern tip of St Lucia later today to collect a part for their faulty generator.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Last boat due to complete race
Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat - The pace at which the boats finished stepped up last night in Progreso as as five boats crossed the finishing line of the first edition of the Solidaire du Chocolat in the space of 12 hours. True to form, the Yucatan public turned out in force to welcome the ten sailors ashore as only they know how after 32 days at sea.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Has Groupe Bel left their run too late?
Transat Jacques Vabre and Sail-World.com,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre with less than 48 hours or so of the race left to run, is time running out for Groupe Bel's chances to steal victory. Safran's lead is out to 66.1 miles and they are looking safe for the meantime although light winds are forecast for the inshore area off Puerto Limon at arrival time.... [more]
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Around the Island Race line honours to BT
OC Events,
BT snatched victory by just 14 seconds in the annual Around the Island Race in Hong Kong. It was an amazing day for not only the sailors, but also the VIP guests onboard, who raced in the coveted 'fifth man' spot, including the Queen's Grandson, Peter Phillips, onboard The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leaders to clash at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
The final and most crucial round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup is being sailed in Terengganu, eastern Malaysia from December 1-6th. Once, the weeks before this major event provided time for the match racing crews to recharge their batteries, but not any more.... [more]
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211 Entrants and growing - offshore yachting event organisers dream
Ocean Events Media,
It's not often that a yachting event organiser is dealing with a potential fleet in the several hundreds rather than tens of entrants – and many months before entries close. Such is the case with the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally'. Two major circumnavigations of Australia events overlapping.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Emirates Team New Zealand to meet Azzurra
Louis Vuitton Trophy/Sail-World.com,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Petite Final wraps with Synergy overcoming TeamOrigin. Azzurra of Italy advanced to the championship by defeating TeamOrigin of the U.K. in their showdown match. After a close first beat, the Italians luffed the British at the top of the leg to gain an advantage at the first mark.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra into final after defeating TeamOrigin
Azzurra Team,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra is a name well known in Italian sailing as the country's first challenger, launched by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), for the America's Cup in Newport in 1983. Azzurra took victory over Team Origin by 29 seconds to claim their place in the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place tomorrow, 22nd November... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - BT leads after Day 2
OC Events,
The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia racing on day two in Victoria Harbour for saw the six Extreme 40s challenged in a shifty 4 – 12 knot wind. The inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia is in Hong Kong to demonstrate the potential of bringing a full scale series, with public shoreside activities, to the region in 2010/2011.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - TeamOrigin defeats Azzurra
Azzurra Team,
At the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Nice, fifteen to 18 knots of easterly winds, the strongest seen yet on the French Riviera, accompanied the second match race of the semi-finals between Azzurra (ITA) and TeamOrigin (GBR).... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - The dash across the Caribbean
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre. Increasingly it is looking like a duel to the finish between Safran and Groupe Bel with 47.2 miles separating them from their pursuing compatriots. The weather picture is not entirely clear with some malicious squalls still lurking close to their track.... [more]
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'Stewart 34' the story of where top America's Cup sailors began
George Backhus,
If you have ever wondered how sailors from a small country in a remote corner of the world came to successfully challenge and defend the America's Cup, here is the story. If you want to know how NZ yachtsmen like Brad Butterworth, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson developed skills that propelled them into the America's Cup and the world's grand prix yacht racing arena...... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia spectacular opener in Hong Kong
Extreme Sailing Series Asia Media,
Racing just metres from the shoreline on both sides of the Harbour here in Hong Kong, the six Extreme 40s put on a spectacular display for the gathered international media on day one of the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup NOR
Royal Ocean Racing Club Media,
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex, is delighted to announce details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Race Date: Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st August 2010.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Inspirational sailing by all Italian Azzurra Team
Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas.com,
Azzurra has been sailing through the Louis Vuitton Trophy series with the passion and performance enough to inspire every Italian to become an ardent follower of their sailing national team. Francesco Bruni, Tomasso Chieffi and the rest of the 17-man team upset the British powerhouse, TeamOrigin by 1:34 in the first race of the Semi-finals and gave their compatriots something to cheer about.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra defeats TeamOrigin in only match
Azzurra media,
At the Louis Vuitton Trophy Italy's team Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni with Tommaso Chieffi calling tactics, has taken victory over Team Origin skippered by Ben Ainslie with tactician Iain Percy in the first match race of the semi-finals.... [more]
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New York Court rules in favour of America's Cup Challenger
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich has issued a decision on the matters of the Rules for the 34th America's Cup, and also the report of the Expert Panel. She has supported the view of Golden Gate Yacht Club in the matter of measurement of Load Waterline Length, and has required the International Sailing Federation to appoint an International Jury by 4 December 2009.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Azzurra opens with win against TeamOrigin
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Light winds frustrate competitors, organisers and postpone schedule. Tomorrow the first warning signal has been moved up a half hour to 0830 CET. The race committee plans to start the BMW Oracle-TFS – PagesJaunes match first, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand-Synergy Russia Sailing Team and then Artemis-All4One.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup 2009 heading for a record fleet
Rob Kothe,
The 2009 Phuket King's Cup fleet list is now heading towards 105 boats, a new record for this 23rd annual regatta. The latest entry list released last night by Regatta Director Simon James includes draft entries from a number of boats currently in transit. Notable amongst these is the new racing class GP42 owned by the King's Cup President Kevin Whitcraft and Sam Chan's TP52.... [more]
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Grant Simmer on progress and modifications to Alinghi 5
Alinghi.com,
The America's Cup Defender Alinghi is completing its current phase of the Alinghi 5 development programme today in Ras Al Khaimah and over the next few days will wheel the giant catamaran into the boat shed for some modifications. The next phase will keep the team busy up until it ships out to Valencia to continue developing towards the February 8 2010 America's Cup Match.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: BOR90 - Wingsail plus a jib and screecher - WOW!
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BOR90, BMW Oracle Racing's challenger for the America's Cup, has added two front sails to the wingsail and was out testing off San Diego, for the first time, today... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Aviva closes on Veolia Environnement
RivaCom,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Instead of the expected initial compression, in fact Marc Guillemot and Charles Caudrelier slipped away another 20 miles overnight on Safran.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Six top flight teams entered
brandRapport Ltd,
Twenty-four of the World's top professional sailors will converge on Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong this week for the first round of the new Extreme Sailing Series Asia.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Submerged BT arrives in the Azores
BT Team Ellen Media,
The BT yacht is now inside the harbour in Terceira (Azores), nearly fully submerged but safe from the Atlantic ocean waves that have been battering her since Friday.... [more]
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International Kiteboarding Association Race Management Seminar 2010
Markus Schwendtner,
The International Kiteboarding Association are proud to announce the first ever IKA Race Management Seminar, organized in cooperation with the Belgium Association. The seminar is held in Ghent, Belgium, from 26.02.-28.02.2010.... [more]
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New Jules Verne Trophy record attempt in January for Groupama 3
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Groupama 3 - After having envisaged making directly for the technical base in Lorient, Franck Cammas and his crew have finally decided to make for South Africa to carry out repairs under good conditions.... [more]
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Gitana Team - Tucked up for winter
Kate Jennings - Expression,
The first series of tests on Gitana 11, which began in mid September, were completed yesterday when the ocean-going maxi-trimaran was lifted out onto the hard. Indeed this session on the water has proven particularly useful to Gitana Team's shore crew, who now know exactly which improvements are required during the 77 foot multihull's winter refit.... [more]
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Brad Butterworth speaks with Peter Montgomery on America's Cup issues
Brad Butterworth and Peter Montgomery,
Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth was in Auckland and Wellington recently and took the time to talk to the world's foremost yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, about the next America's Cup, scheduled for next February. Butterworth talks about the extent of the current legal issues, what it is like sailing on one of the multihull America's Cup multihulls and other issues.... [more]
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Tour Of Arabia: Majan continues ‘tour of discovery'
OC Events,
Since the start of the inaugural five-leg Tour of Arabia on the 10th of November from Kuwait, Oman Sail's A100 trimaran continues with what is effectively tracing out these new routes for the very first time.... [more]
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The Superyacht Cup Antigua January 27 - 30th 2010
The Superyacht Cup Media,
The successful and well-attended superyacht regattas in Europe this summer appear to have boosted the Caribbean events too and interest is higher than ever for The Superyacht Cup in Antigua, now with new dates at the end of January. Perini Navi, Pantaenius and Wayfarer Marine confirm sponsorship for the Superyacht Cup Antigua 2010... [more]
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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Paul Cayard.
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
If Paul Cayard didn't have a sterling CV that spans decades and has transcended the sport of sailing, you'd think he was an eager young sailor trying to earn his way onto a team. At 50, he'll do whatever it takes to build a team, have fun, stay fit and lead by example.... [more]
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