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l'Hydroptère has recorded a speed peak of 61 knots. Wind conditions were an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC.

The squall that provoked this acceleration was really powerful and resulted in l'Hydroptère's capsizing. Images from the capsize of the French foiler l'Hydroptere off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône.

Back in Australia, the frigate HMAS Arunta with rescued sailor Yann Elies aboard arrived in Fremantle this morning at 03:10 GMT. Elies was met by members of the Generali team before being immediately transferred to the Royal Perth Hospital.

Gerald New
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Vendee - Injured Elies arrives in Australia
Vendee media,
If there is a halfway point in the ever-changing line around the globe that the Vendée Globe skippers are tracking along, then with around 11,500 miles to go the leaders have now passed it. But after 42 days at sea, and 12 retirements, the battle at the front of the fleet is still as white-hot as ever... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
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Capsized! Images from l'Hydroptere
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from the capsize of the French foiler l'Hydroptere off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. Wind conditions were pretty though with an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC... [more]

l'Hydroptère hits 61 knots!
'Hydroptère media - Marlène Colegrave,
l'Hydroptère has just recorded a speed peak of 61 knots this morning. Wind conditions were pretty though with an established wind at 35-38 knots and gusts at over 45 knots off Napoléon beach at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, which is the speed base of l'Hydroptère, certified by the WSSRC.... [more]

Images from the rescue of Yann Eliès
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from the Yann Eliès (Generali) rescue by the crew of The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta during the Vendee Globe single handed around the world race.... [more]

Volvo boat news - is it chess or rolling the dice?
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news from the Volvo fleet as they head to Singapore. Kosatka Team Russia asks is it chess or rolling the dice, the injured Delta Lloyd have made it to the Malacca Straits, onboard Puma they are slowing down and Telefonica Blue are enjoying their battle with Puma and Ericsson 3.... [more]

Vendee Globe leaders set blistering pace
Vendee Globe media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), leader of the Vendee Globe found the Indian Ocean amenable, will the Vendée Globe leading skipper find the Pacific Ocean an easy promenade, or will his adversaries manage to close the gap again?... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - One week down
Brian Hancock,
Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race, and just a week ago the weather was warm, the wind light and the spectacular coastline of South Africa dipping silently into the sea behind them. Now, seven days later, all but two of the fleet are riding the edge of their first Southern Ocean gale... [more]

Coville (Sodeb'O) behind record but chasing hard
Kate Jennings,
Thomas Coville onboard Sodeb'O is back on a ‘supersonic' point of sail thanks to a good NW'ly wind which should remain established at 25/30 knots for the next three days. Francis Joyon recorded such massive average speeds that Thomas Coville has no option but to continue in this vein. Though Sodeb'O seems to go intrinsically faster, the weather hasn't been favourable to her... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 4 lead is dust with 200nm to go
Mark Chisnell,
Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 have seen their lead ground into dust in the last 24 hours, but the jury is out on whether it's beneath the wheels of a tank, or broken and busted on the roulette tables of Las Vegas. No one likes it when it's more casino than race course out there, but it's hard to leave Las Vegas when you're on a winning streak... [more]

First ISAF World Cup Titles decided in Melbourne
Jodi Kelly/GJN,
The inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne titles were decided in shifty winds on Port Phillip Bay. Australia struck double gold in the 470 events while Britain's Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith take 49er gold. Spain, France, Chile and the USA claimed titles to take to the next round of the new Olympic classes event in Miami... [more]

Vendee - Sam Davies (Roxy) into eighth place
Event media,
After the dramas of the previous few days, it's been back to business as usual for many of the 18 remaining skippers in the Vendée Globe fleet. Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) is holding on to his lead, steady at around 65 miles - Sam Davies (Roxy) has made a fine return to full race mode to take eighth place... [more]

Ginger wins Rolex Passage Series ahead of Hobart
Jim Gale Rolex Media Centre,
Leslie Green's Swan 60 Ginger has won the final race today of the Rolex Trophy Passage Series. The win was enough to edge out the 80-footer Andrew Short Marine Shockwave 5 and claim the Series outright.... [more]

Last Racing Day before Sydney Hobart 2008
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water again today for the last day of the Rolex Trophy Rating series.... [more]

Gilmour's focused pathway to Match Racing success
Tracey Johnstone,
Peter Gilmour's pathway to Monsoon Cup champion in the ninth and final event of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour was littered with distractions and surprising results... [more]

The S2H countdown has started for Southern Spars
Southern Spars Media,
Eight days from now 104 boats will approach the start line for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Wild Oats XI, will be chasing a record fourth consecutive line honours victory. The supercharged maxi carries a Southern Spars ultra-high modulus hybrid mast that shed 80kg off her previous rig and a full set of EC6+ continuous carbon rigging.... [more]

Portimao fleet bracing for the first big blow
Brian Hancock,
A tightly packed low pressure system is bearing down on the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet as they dive deeper south into the Roaring Forties. At the most recent poll (11:20 UTC) the British entry Team Mowgli held onto a slim 9.9 mile lead over second place Beluga Racer, the German entry that dominated Leg 1 of the race.... [more]

Yann Elies transferred to HMAS Arunta
Vendee media,
Yann Elies, the skipper of Generali who broke his left femur on December 18, has been successfully transferred to the Australian Navy's HMAS Arunta, an Anzac Class Frigate.... [more]

Volvo in Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open
Volvo media,
Ericsson 4 led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet through the scoring gate at Palau We yesterday, followed by Telefónica Blue and Ericsson 3. The entire fleet, except Delta Lloyd, has now passed the scoring gate at Palau We, and are now negotiating the Malacca Strait with their eyes wide open... [more]

Volvo news: Enough is enough and all hands on deck
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker thinks enough is enough, Team Russia notices an increase in traffic, Telefonica Blue gets sucked under a cloud with no wind and its all hands on deck on Ericsson 3. Read on... [more]

Rolex Trophy Series Day 3 images
Andrea Francolini images,
Latest images from the Rolex Trophy Series captured by photographer Andrea Francolini. A great day out on the water!... [more]

Vendee: Navy reach injured Yann Elies Sat morning
Vendee media,
Evacuation of injured Generali skipper Yann Eliès should commence at around 10:00hrs GMT. Royal Australian Navy's Frigate HMAS Arunta is expected to be on station ready to start the evacuation of injured Vendée Globe skipper Yann Eliès at around 10:00hrs GMT this morning (Saturday)... [more]

Vendee Globe - Desjoyeaux doubles his lead
Event media,
Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) found the Indian Ocean amenable, he has nearly doubled his lead since yesterday afternoon and now is over 80 miles ahead of Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement), while Seb Josse (BT) in third has lost a little against the pace of Desjoyeaux... [more]

ISAF World Cup - Favourites in Podium positions
Event media/GJN,
With just the final day of Medal Races to be contested the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup is drawing to a close. Britain's Paul Campbell-James and Mark Asquith, 49er, take an unassailable lead into tomorrow's final race as does Spain's Blanca Manchon in the women's RS:X event... [more]

Pre Rolex Sydney Hobart drama for Ichi Ban
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
In a 20-25 knot sou'east breeze, CYCA Commodore Matt Allen's Jones 70 Ichi Ban had its Rolex Trophy Passage Race to Botany Bay cut short after sustaining damage to one dagger board just six days out from the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. .. 'We tacked and heard a big crack as a block exploded, then one of the (dagger) boards went down too far.. We started taking water ..'... [more]

Grand Prix Petit Navire's 10th anniversary
The Grand Prix Petit Navire is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A festival both at sea and on land 'They know how to do it' is an expression which has long been synonymous with Douarnenez when referring to the Grand Prix Petit Navire.... [more]

Britain to set up Womens Match Racing Academy
Rob Kothe,
Following the International Sailing Federation's adoption of the Elliott 6m for the women's keelboat match racing event for 2012, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is now calling for expressions of interest from British women to be considered for its new Women's Olympic Match Race Academy to be run by the Olympic Steering Group as part of the RYA Olympic programme.... [more]

Volvo Teams pass scoring gate, Ericsson Team leads
Ericsson Racing Team and Various Volvo competitors,
Ericsson Racing Team strengthened its overall lead in the Volvo Ocean Race today when Ericsson 4 claimed 4 points for being first boat past the Leg 3 scoring gate north of the island Pulau We. Onboard Team Russia they are happy with their performance, Delta Lloyd soldier on and telefonica Blue are disappointed they couldn't hold out E4. Read on ...... [more]

Desjoyeaux cranks up the pace in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
In the vendee Globe, Michel Desjoyeaux has cranked up the pace again on Foncia as he heads for the exit door, his Indian Ocean rope trick complete, ready to pass into the smoother Pacific. He was just 50 miles from the Pacific highway this evening.... [more]

Portimao: British Team Mowgli charge towards top
Brian Hancock,
Leg 2 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. The British team of Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson have a bone between their teeth and are on a rip for the top spot in the double-handed division.... [more]

Mumm 30 becomes Farr 30
Bunny Wayt - International Class Secretary,
The M30 International Class Association announced today its Owners have voted unanimously to change the name of the Class Association to the Farr 30 International One Design Class.... [more]

Berlin to Hobart - part of an indefinite vacation
Caroline Ball/Rolex Sydney Hobart media team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart. Since leaving Hamburg in October last year, the ever-changing crew of Walross 4 has partied in Mexico, sunbaked in the Canaries and cheered at the Olympic Games in China.... [more]

Sam Davies races to reach injured competitor
Justine Ozoux,
Just a day after suffering a blackout and nausea after a nasty fall aboard her Open 60 Roxy, Sam Davies, leading British skipper in the Vendée Globe, has changed her course to aid an injured competitor in the Southern Ocean. French skipper Yann Eliès, aboard Generali, sustained a serious fracture of his femur whilst on deck... [more]

Australian Frigate heads for injured Vendee sailor
Vendee media,
Australian Royal Navy Frigate left Perth around 18:00 UTC to go to the rescue of injured Vendee Globe sailor Yann Elies. The boat's ETA is now 14:00hrs GMT Saturday. Marc Guillemot arrived in the area late yesterday evening beside Yann Elies... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 4 rolls Telefonica Blue to lead
Volvo media,
In the tussle to be first to reach the Volvo Ocean Race leg three scoring gate, Ericsson 4 has rolled over the top of Telefónica Blue and has a slim lead of eight nautical miles. Meanwhile, after yesterday's damage to one of their keel rams, Team Delta Lloyd is making slow progress, but in the right direction... [more]

Laura Baldwin jumps onboard with Team Australia
Jodi Kelly,
Ex-GBR Olympic representative Laura Baldwin has taken the decision to jump onboard with Team Australia - the decision was a 'no brainer'. At the crossroads of her sailing career in 2007, having been excluded from the GBR Laser Radial Beijing Olympic trials, Baldwin stumbled across her future in Australia... [more]

‘Names' line up for Audi Etchells Worlds 2009
Di Pearson,
The who's who of sailing is set to line up for the 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds. Some of the big names entered so far include former Worlds winners, Judd Smith (USA), Peter McNeil (AUS), John Savage (AUS) and Andy Beadsworth (GBR), who returns to defend his 2008 crown... [more]

Heavy winds hit ISAF Melbourne Regatta
Event media,
Heavier conditions played havoc with organizers on Day 4 of the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, forcing the abandonment of several classes. In the Laser Radial event US Olympic Gold Medallist Anna Tunnicliffe struggled but continues to maintain a 12 point lead... [more]

Vendee: Yann Elies awaits Australian Navy rescue
Event media,
Marc Guillemot arrived on station close to injured Yann Eliès last night between 22:30hrs and 23:00hrs GMT. He has been as close to Eliès' Open 60 as a 100 metres, but has since been keeping a safe distance, a mile to two miles off, sailing a parallel course. The two boats are making around 3.5 knots on port tack under triple reefed mainsails.... [more]

Australian Navy for Southern Ocean Rescue - Again
Michael Perry/Sail-World,
The Australian Navy is once again to come to the aid of a sailor in the Southern Ocean, bringing back memories of the amazing rescue of Tony Bullimore just ten years ago.... [more]

PredictWind: 50% off Christmas Gift Subscriptions

Six months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. The world-leading product is being offered at a Christmas discount, before going on sale at full price in January 2009.... [more]

N.Y. court should deny America's Cup challenge
Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press,
Longtime yachting commentator, Eric Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press on the upcoming America's Cup Hearing and Appeal Decision: I've been adamant that Alinghi's plans to hold an America's Cup in 2010, with CNEV as challenger of record, make a mockery of the Deed. The proposed rules changes give Alinghi almost unbeatable advantages.... [more]

19 teams entered for 33rd America's Cup
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
AC Management today announced the entry list for the 33rd America's Cup that includes 19 teams, eight of which are new entries. All of the 32nd America's Cup challengers have re-entered, bar one. Aside from the Defender, Alinghi and the Challenger of Record, Desafío Español, a total of 21 teams presented a Notice of Entry and 17 were accepted.... [more]

Volvo News: Slogging upwind, halyard breadown
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race boat news Day 6. Puma is slogging upwind in the hot, humid conistions, onboard Ericsson 3 the crew is smiling as they jump up the leaderboard and on Telefonica Black they are suffering a breakdown of the genoa halyard. Ericsson 4 is trying to keep its distance, Green Dragon thinks that going upwind in a Volvo sucks.. and telefonica blue are busy with sail changes. Now read on...... [more]

Vendee : Golding OK, Sam Davies takes a tumble
Various Vendee Globe competitors,
Latest news from vendee Globe competitors and Mike Golding, now headed for Western Australia.... [more]

Volvo Leg 3 - Delta LLoyd suffers keel damage
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Team Delta Lloyd (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) has suffered damage to the port side carbon structure around the keel ram.... [more]

Another Vendee Globe victim: Elies breaks femur
Vendee Globe media/Kate Jennings,
In the Vendee Globe, while Yann Eliès was changing sails aboard Generali, a huge wave came crashing through and halted the boat, at which time he landed roughly aboard his deck. He felt a sharp pain, and immediately crawled inside his boat, at which time he called the CROSS, his team and the race direction.... [more]

French sailors dominate World Match Race Rankings
Sebastien COL hit the top in the Open Rankings as France maintains its domination of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Claire LEROY's (FRA) reign at the top of the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings continues.... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne Day 3
Jodi Kelly,
Olympic Gold Medallist Malcolm Page and skipper Mat Belcher continue to dominate proceedings adding another couple of regatta victories to their credit. In what they classed as the best racing so far this week, Belcher/Page managed to hold out US Olympic representatives Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl.... [more]

Seb Josse gains on Vendee Globe leaders
Vendee Globe media,
In the Vendee Globe Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) posting the highest average speeds this morning, making over 20 knots, leads by just under 30 miles (90 minutes) from Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement).... [more]

Peyron pushes on, Wavre in more trouble - Vendee
Kate Jennings,
It's been a week since Peyron's (Gitana Eighty) Vendée Globe dreams were stopped off the Kerguelen Islands. The decision was made to make for Australia and more specifically the port of Fremantle on the SW coast, some 2,800 miles away at the time. Dominique Wavre alerted shore crew the steel part attached to the head of the keel in Kerguelen, wasn't able to withstand the stresses on the boat.... [more]

Oman Sail's new 100' flagship multihull
Emily Caroe,
Oman Sail's new andArabian 100' trimaran will, when she hits the water in the winter of 2009, become part of a select group of the longest sailing trimarans ever built. She will join the Oman Sail Racing Team fleet as the largest sailing boat to be based in Middle-East region.... [more]

Volvo Race: Telefónica Blue leads to the South
Cameron Kelleher,
Over the past 24 hours life on board has all been about tacking and stacking as the fleet makes its way to the nearest treasure chest – the scoring waypoint of Pulau We, at the entrance to the Malacca Strait, 500 miles away. Telefonica Blue, having invested heavily in southern-most route on the race track, continues to head the leaderboard... [more]

Team GBR's Young sailors for British talent camp
Karenza Morton,
Around 16 of RYA Team GBR's most promising young sailors will get a unique insight into what it takes to become an Olympic medallist when the third National Talent Orientation Camp (NTOC) is staged at Loughborough University next month... [more]

Vendee Globe: Rich getting Richer
Event media,
The rich maybe getting richer, but the poor are not just getting poorer but they have been taking a regular thrashing. Such are the cruel inequalities of life at the extremes of the Vendee Globe fleet. Gains are steady for Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) who now has 36 miles lead over Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement)... [more]

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne Day 2
Jodi Kelly / GJN,
The second day of ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne brought with it improved conditions for the 170 competitors. A lot of these are sailing in non-Olympic classes such as the 29er, OK, Tasar, Moth, Cadet, Optimist and Laser 4.7. In the Olympic events Paul Cambell-James and Mark Asquith (GBR) lead 49er and Alister Masters (GBR) had a double victory to lead the RS:X... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: The north-south divide
Mark Chisnell,
Almost 100 miles in the ultimate north-south divide between the Volvo Ocean Race leader, Telefonica Blue, and the chasing pack. The current situation started to play out after the 16:00 ZULU Position Report yesterday afternoon. Until then, the whole fleet had been enjoying a pleasant north-easterly TWD, which on port tack, was allowing them to point pretty much at the scoring gate.... [more]

Light upwind sailing for Portimao Global OR fleet
Brian Hancock,
In the Portimao Global Ocean Race, by playing the safe middle ground, the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme aboard Beluga Racer have placed themselves in an unassailable position.... [more]

Vendee leader Michel Desjoyeaux extends lead
Vendee Globe media,
After taking the Vendee Globe lead yesterday morning Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) shows no sign of simple consolidation. Propositions that Michel Desjoyeaux might somehow ease off on the accelerator now that he has seized the lead of the Vendée Globe seem empty rhetoric.... [more]

Sailing Anarchy YC enters 33rd America's Cup
Alan Block,
The Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club (SAYC) today confirmed its entry in the 33rd America's Cup to be contested in the waters off Valencia, Spain in 2010 or 2011. Known as Anarchy Challenge, SAYC's racing syndicate will draw upon the immense resources of the world's most popular sailing website, SailingAnarchy.com, the brain child of San Diego-based sailor Scot Tempesta.... [more]

Kleinjans leads Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Once again Belgium sailor Michel Kleinjans is handing out sailing lessons to his rival Portimão Global Ocean Race skippers. Roaring Forty, had a 60 mile lead over his closest competitor Desafio Cabo de Hornos.... [more]

Ainslie to sail Etchells with Bertrand and Palfrey
Jordan Spencer,
At the Commonwealth Bank Etchells Australian Championships, Ben will be part of a that includes John Bertrand (former skipper, Australia II) and Andrew Palfrey (2008 Olympian with Iain Murray – Star class).... [more]

Olympians-America's Cuppers vie for A-Class title
A-Cat World Media Team,
World Sailing excitement is set to explode on Lake Macquarie, NSW in a few weeks, when the Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club hosts the 2009 A-Class Catamaran World Championships.... [more]

Thomas Coville enters the Pacific
Event media,
Today, Tuesday, the Maxi Trimaran Sodeb'O is leaving the rollercoaster ride that is the Indian Ocean, where nature is capable of thwarting the efforts of both sailors and their boats. Skipper Thomas Coville, has reached the midway point in his circumnavigation - 350 miles away at 15:00 hours... [more]

Michel Desjoyeaux takes over Vendee Globe lead
Event media,
Mike Golding plans to set a jury rig and head to an Australian port within 24-48 hours once the next storm has passed. Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) now leads, completing his remarkable recovery from last place to the head of the fleet in 35 days. At one point he had a deficit of 670 miles to the leaders... [more]

Day 1 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne
Jodi Kelly,
Only the Laser 4.7 and 2.4metre managed to complete their compliment of races on opening day of the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne. The 470s, Finns and the 49ers managed just one race before the wind on Port Phillip Bay petered out by mid afternoon... [more]

Onboard Roxy in the Vendee Globe
Sam Davies,
What an amazing day yesterday. The wind was established between 35 and 40 knots all day, with gusts of 45 knots. The waves were mountains, and Roxy was hooning along, on the edge of control. As night fell, the wind started to shift and I had to gybe in the pitch black, with the huge waves. It was quite an adrenalin buzz to control Roxy in those conditions... [more]

New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Barby MacGowan,
Twenty yacht club teams from around the world have accepted the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) invitation to compete in the first-ever New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Announced in August and scheduled to debut September 15-19, 2009, the event is for Corinthian (amateur) sailors.... [more]

Rationing, tenacity and boredom -Volvo boat news
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest Volvo Ocean Race news from the boats. Onboard Team Russia, its close racing with fellow competitors in sight, onboard Ericsson 3 they are fighting boredom, Ericsson 4 have introduced rationing and on Green Dragon skipper Walker gives his crew a prize for their tenacity. Read on....... [more]

Vendee Globe leader Golding dismasts
Vendee Globe Media,
ECOVER 3, skippered by Briton Mike Golding, dismasted at 0647hGMT this morning 830 miles south of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, while leading the Vendée Globe.... [more]

Paprec-Virbac races with EC6+ rigging – again
Southern Spars Media,
When Paprec-Virbac 2 won the non-stop 29,000 nautical mile Barcelona World Race, they did so using a rigging product that, when tested post race, retained 100% of its strength, suffered no stiffness degradation and incurred minimum wear and tear on end terminals and spreader ends. The Open 60 set off round the world again on the 9th of November for the 2008-2009 edition of the Vendee Globe.... [more]

Southern Spars - Carbonising the 49er
Southern Spars Media,
It's one of the fastest growing Olympic classes, with over 1000 yachts sailed in over 40 countries. The 49er is a One Design class known for its high performance, adrenaline pumping speeds. And it's only going to get better given the latest development in moving to a carbon rig. The new rig is a result of rigorous research and development, a contest between two mast manufacturers... [more]

Hobart Big Boats - pictures on Sydney Harbour
Photographer Andrea Francolini was on Sydney Harbour today for the annual Rolex Big Boat Race, the traditional chance to remind Sydney siders and the Emerald City media that its Sydney to Hobart race time - enjoy the images here.... [more]

2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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RC 44 Championship Tour 2008

The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance One Design sailing boat. It was designed by three-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, together with naval architect Andrej Justin....
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