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Attrition and drama rates climb in the 2018 GGR Attrition and drama rates climb in the 2018 GGRAttrition rate of 55% is evidence that Mother Nature is in chargeWhile some sailors scoffed at a 'retro race', the 2018 Golden Globe Race's attrition rate of 55% is evidence aplenty that, while modern sailors are clever, the challenges put forth by Mother Nature remain utterly unconvinced of mankind's superiority.by David Schmidt Posted 22 Oct 17:00 UTC 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race day 3 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race day 3The Game is OnThe third day of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race has seen the course open up. All yachts, still racing, have passed Stromboli and the majority are heading into a steady westerly on the leg from the volcanic island to the north-west corner of Sicily.by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 22 Oct 15:52 UTC A Class Worlds at Hervey Bay preview A Class Worlds at Hervey Bay previewGraced by more sailing glitterati than we have seen in many yearsAs the season in Europe slowly draws to a close on what has been for some, another rather frustrating year of too much/too little wind and with most European class associations are looking towards their final regattas of the yearby Gordon Upton Posted 22 Oct 15:17 UTC Catamarans Cup Leg 1 Catamarans Cup Leg 1The first leg of the ninth edition is completeStarting point was set at the marina of Alimos, Greece, and the first destination of the boats was the beautiful island of Kea. The winners of the first leg were presented at the award giving ceremony followed by a fabulous 80's Disco Party.by Catamarans Cup International Regatta Posted 22 Oct 14:02 UTC 2018 FAST40+ Race Circuit Round 6 2018 FAST40+ Race Circuit Round 6Wind deprived finale in the Central SolentThe sixth and final round of the 2018 FAST40+ Circuit proved a frustrating one for the sailors involved, but at least served to confirm the pre-eminence of Rán 7 in a competitive fleet.by Phil Riley Posted 22 Oct 12:25 UTC 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane day 1 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane day 1What a tease!On shore this morning you felt that it was going to be a grand day. The time had come. Race one, and even race two were upon us. A champion crew was soon going to be determined for the 2018 Etchells Worlds being held on Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia.by John Curnow Posted 22 Oct 12:02 UTC Pontos Winches Get 'Karverized' part 2 Pontos Winches Get 'Karverized' part 2What makes the design so unique?In our previous post, Upffront broke the news that Karver Systems had acquired Brittany based Pontos and their range of innovative winches. Now operating under the name 'Pontos by Karver' it's time to consider: what makes the design so unique?by Kerri Robson, Upffront Posted 22 Oct 08:00 UTC International Masters Regatta at San Diego overall International Masters Regatta at San Diego overallFive time Match Racing Champion Dave Perry winsAn impressive fleet of determined sailors came to the 2018 International Masters Regatta ready to race. Five time Match Racing Champion Dave Perry came to race too, but like a true Master, his preparation began the moment he received his invitation.by Casey Allocco Posted 22 Oct 05:26 UTC 2018 KiteFoil World Series Italy overall 2018 KiteFoil World Series Italy overallNocher crowned at KiteFoil World Series FinalMonaco's Maxime Nocher trumpeted his comeback when he lifted the KiteFoil world champion's crown after a stuttering World Series final fought out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia.by Ian MacKinnon Posted 22 Oct 04:51 UTC Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego overall Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego overallTeam Oman Air top the US Act podiumTight, tense racing thrilled the Californian crowds that gathered on Harbor Island, as Team Oman Air topped the US Act podium on day four of Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego – thwarting Alinghi in the final races of the day.by Extreme Sailing Series Posted 22 Oct 03:48 UTC Golden Globe Race day 112: Loïc Lepage rescue Golden Globe Race day 112: Loïc Lepage rescue600 miles SW of Perth, Western AustraliaAt 18:27 UTC on Saturday 20th Oct. the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at Canberra (JRCC Aus.) picked up a distress beacon alert from French solo skipper Loïc Lepage.by Barry Pickthall, Golden Globe Race Posted 22 Oct 01:54 UTC 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race day 2 50th Rolex Middle Sea Race day 2Negotiating the Strait and NarrowThe first 24 hours of the 2018 race have proved once again that the challenging nature of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is as much a test of concentration and perseverance in light airs as it is seamanship in heavy conditions.by Rolex Middle Sea Race Posted 21 Oct 18:41 UTC New Jeanneau Sun Fast for 2019 New Jeanneau Sun Fast for 2019As well as the launch of the Sun Fast World CupIn the wake of recent new model development, Jeanneau has announced a yacht for its Sun Fast range. The next Sun Fast will keep the strong DNA of a racing boat, easy to sail single-handed or with a crew. She will touch water in 2019.by Jeanneau Australia Posted 21 Oct 18:34 UTC Bacardi ambassadors fourth at Star Worlds 2018 Bacardi ambassadors fourth at Star Worlds 2018The team was there competing as ambassador for Bacardi USABacardi Cup 2018 champions Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) finished fourth at the Star World Championship, held last week in Oxford, MD.by Rachele Vitello Posted 21 Oct 14:39 UTC Spirit of PortopiccoloVenice Hospitality Challenge Spirit of PortopiccoloVenice Hospitality ChallengeThere are a few places in the world where maxi yachts truly 'belong'This weekend's event, the fifth edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, was supported by the International Maxi Association, the officially-recognised body that oversees and promotes maxi boat racing globally.by International Maxi Association Posted 21 Oct 11:58 UTC Rooster: Built on a Passion, Not a Podium Rooster: Built on a Passion, Not a PodiumDriving participation and making quality performance kit accessible for allRooster®, founded by Steve Cockerill in November 1999, spread to sailing clubs and boat parks across the world; combining his passion for developing sailing kit that works, with his enthusiasm for sharing the knowledge amassed from two Olympic Campaigns.by Emma Ralph, Rooster Posted 21 Oct 11:00 UTC Etchells practice race abandoned Etchells practice race abandonedPractice day abandoned due to lightningWell if practice does make perfect, then certainly getting all of the huge Etchells fleet out on the water and back again safely has been locked in. Sailing out or being towed, setting sails, heading up into the wind to lock in the directionby John Curnow Posted 21 Oct 09:02 UTC 18ft Skiff Spring Championship race 2 18ft Skiff Spring Championship race 2The Asko Appliances team brilliantly won the startAsko Appliances 18ft Skiff team of James Dorron, Harry Bethwaite and Paul Montague brilliantly won the start in Race 2 of the Spring Championship then dominated the race with a faultless exhibition to win by 1m15s on Sydney Harbour.by Frank Quealey Posted 21 Oct 07:56 UTC F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida overall F18 Worlds at Sarasota, Florida overallIordanis Paschalidi and Konstantinos Trigonis crowned championsThe sun set just beyond the pavilion on the Sarasota Sailing Squadron grounds, as winners Iordanis Paschalidi and Konstantinos Trigonis accepted the ultimate trophy, World Champions of the F18 class.by Ellinor Walters Posted 21 Oct 07:12 UTC The party before the game The party before the gameCelebrations at the Etchells World Championship as the class turns 50Ordinarily you might expect a big bash after a major regatta. Especially one where there is a weigh-in before, and then another halfway through the main festivities.by John Curnow Posted 21 Oct 06:47 UTC
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