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Guns don't get any bigger than Spindrift 2! She has replaced her own record for the dash to the equator by an hour and 48 minutes. In doing so, she set an as yet to be ratified time of four days, 19 hours and 57 minutes. Yann Guichard and his crew will be pleased, but right now I am sure they are focussed on South Africa and bettering Idec Sport's 12d 21h 22m at sea for that mark, and claim the next ticket in the overall Jules Verne.

At the time of writing, they were clocking up to eleven days into it, had racked up just over 7000nm, and were averaging 23 knots. The latter is down on last week when we wrote about them, but then look at where they have been in the St Helena High. Importantly, the 41m beast is around 393nm ahead of Idec Sport's pace, with the strengthening breeze coming in off the port quarter. They have turned the corner at the bottom of the Atlantic, and now charge off to the Cape of Good Hope, and the mighty Southern Ocean. It will be interesting to see what they get in the Indian Ocean, as they head for Cape Leeuwin, for there is not a lot of breeze there currently.

Spindrift 2 training ahead of their 2019 Jules Verne record attempt - photo © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing
Spindrift 2 training ahead of their 2019 Jules Verne record attempt - photo © Chris Schmid / Spindrift racing

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Something like two and half years ago, I was privileged enough to be shown the sheer line for what got launched at Boot Düsseldorf last week as the Beneteau First Yacht 53. Yes. The biggest boatbuilder in the world was bringing back its big gun - the 'First' brand. Taking over Seascape to have smaller Firsts was all part of the plan to own the category, so I reckon you can look for the gap between big sister, and her smaller siblings, to be filled in over time.

At 15,500kg she comes in at not much more than the much-venerated First 45. Of course that is double a TP, for instance. She is hefty in terms of beam, however, with a significant five-metre stance. In looking at the render, you think that once heeled she will be significantly longer from knuckle to transom than her 16m static hull length. The optional 3m, iron fin, lead bulb, 4,500kg keel should make her plenty stiff, and uphill there is a 90m2 main, and 78m2 (110%) heady to get her cracking.

The new Beneteau First Yacht 53 - photo © Beneteau
The new Beneteau First Yacht 53 - photo © Beneteau

The tack for the Code Zero is directly above the bobstay, halfway along the prodder, and the Ace is right out at the end. It will be interesting to see what size they are, when she gets launched in September at Cannes. Anything around 250 sq m for the bag will make her plenty powerful.

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SailGP trials of the supercharged F50 boats - photo © Sam Greenfield / AUS SailGP Team
SailGP trials of the supercharged F50 boats - photo © Sam Greenfield / AUS SailGP Team

Our sport's big guns will be out on Sydney Harbour soon enough for the first ever SailGP. We at Sail-World are really excited about this event, for having six F50 foiling cats out there will be monumental, and one hell of a spectacle. Given that the class is not static, we think they have found the right mix between developmental and OD. Enhancing them as a collective moving forward will see them get quicker and quicker at each event.

Already, the six of them are going faster than they were in Bermuda, so it is kind of fitting that the ultimate speed machine on the planet right now is using the ultimate amphitheatre as the stage for its first round. Yee Haaaa!

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Shorelines 13 - 2018 Hamilton Island Race Week - photo ©
Shorelines 13 - 2018 Hamilton Island Race Week - photo ©

In Australia and environs, now is the time to start thinking about Hamilton Island Race Week 2019. All the best properties book out well in advance, so get in quick to get your preferred option. Kristie Kaighin from Whitsunday Holidays has offered some suggestions:

Shorelines 13 - luxury two-bedroom double storey apartments located nice and close to the marina village. Boasting spectacular ocean views, modern furnishings plus large balconies - perfect for entertaining! Includes a four-seater buggy. Have a closer look.

Yacht Club Villa 28 four-bedroom villa in a perfect location right on the marina. Includes two buggies! Have a closer look.

Peninsula 6 three-bedroom villa with private pool. Have a closer look.

No City Limits four-bedroom luxury home with private pool, and billiard room. Have a closer look.

"There are many more options still available. See for descriptions and photos. Please also free to call us seven days per week on 1300 653 997, or for our international guests, call our mobile on +61 434 004 029. Our consultants know the island, and its properties well, and can help you with your decision about which is the right choice for your group. We look forward to hearing from you," said Kaighin.

TF10 Trimaran #5 begins sea trials - photo © DNA
TF10 Trimaran #5 begins sea trials - photo © DNA

Short one and in. Seeing as we have been waxing on about foiling, it was great that Sven Erik Janssen sent in some images for the TF10 from Lelystad in the Netherlands. This one is off to San Francisco, and another will be in Newport R.I. in time for the Northern Summer. Importantly, if you have expressed interest, you will soon be going out for a sail/fly on the West Coast to see what it is all about. Nice!

Right oh here today there are some gems for you to review. We have information about the 12 Metre Worlds and sailing royalty, World Cup Miami, intel from North Sails, Golden Globe Race draws inexorably to a winner, windsurfing from Lake Macquarie, Carolijn Brouwer to become the first female helmer in the AC when the Orange Navy kicks in, the International Waszp Games, The Ocean Race, new X4 Zero from X-Yachts, RS Aero Worlds at Black Rock, Festival of Sails, and certainly there is much, much more.

Team The Netherlands shows her new livery and name - photo © Virtual Eye
Team The Netherlands shows her new livery and name - photo © Virtual Eye

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2019 International WASZP Games - Day 4
After celebrating Australia Day in Perth the only way the WASZP fleet knows how, we launched back into racing today.

Australian Windsurfer Nationals at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club - Final day
The final day of the Windsurfer Nationals at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club saw big breeze changes and intense competition with both the Slalom Double Elimination and the Marathon race completed.

Festival of Sails at Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Day 2
Gusts up to 25 knots came through Geelong's inner Corio Bay on day two of the annual Festival of Sails regatta, skittling the VX One fleet contesting the Gill VX One Australian Championship.

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Sailors from around Australia and across the seas descend on Geelong for Festival of Sails
Australia's biggest celebration of sailing has an increasingly international flavour with the 2019 Festival of Sails welcoming crews from the United States and Malaysia, as well as sailors from every state and territory.

18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Day 2
In contrast to the almost non-existent wind which ruined the first day's racing in the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship last Sunday, a southerly wind of more than 25-knots today provided excellent conditions for some fast, action-packed racing on Day 2.

Champions return to 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
The 2019 World Cup Series Miami, held out of Coconut Grove from 29 to 3 February, will see nine defending champions return to Biscayne Bay determined to defend their titles.

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The new foiling TF10 trimaran
Some pictures of sea trials of the trimaran, TF10 #5 in Lelystad. She will be shipped to San Francisco in coming month, where we will launched for the customer, and then invited, interested parties will be able to come for a sail/foil-session, as well.

Hempel World Cup Series Miami the first test of 2019
The world's leading Olympic sailors, including 34 Olympic medallists, are preparing for the second round of the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami, Florida, USA.

New J/121 Speed Guide!
There are several distinct types of people who sail a J/121, and most are experienced sailors. Some race the boat one design, some race shorthanded or fully crewed offshore, and some head south and cruise the Caribbean.

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53rd Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship - Preview
Today's announcement occurs as BYC received notice that the sport's governing body, World Sailing, retroactively regraded the 2018 "GovCup" as a "Grade 1" event, which may be the first such top grading for any youth match racing event in world.

Olympic Medalists Grael and Bank to battle head-to-head at 12 Metre World Championship
Grael, winner of five Olympic medals (two golds and two bronzes in Star class and one silver in Soling class) will skipper Italian Patrizio Bertelli's KA-12 Kookaburra II in the seven-boat Grand Prix Division.

North Sails Weekly Debrief: Helix, Dragon Worlds Speed Reading, King of the Air, North U Tips
Ken Read and JB Braun teamed up to explain what's hype, what's fact, and why we feel our Helix Luff approach to cableless headsails is an advantage.

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2019 Festival of Sails Day 1: Thousands flock to the Geelong waterfront to celebrate Australia Day
Australia's oldest sporting event, the Festival of Sails, put on a spectacular Australia Day party in Geelong today, as the country's biggest celebration of sailing got off to a flying start.

2019 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta: One month to go – Do you have your entry in?
Hi all previous contestants in the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing regatta, as you would expect, entries are now coming in for the 2019 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta – the 13th running of the event

All set for the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2019
The annual Crown Series Bellerive Regatta on the River Derwent is known among yachties as being all about Performance Handicap (PHS) yacht racing, and keelboat owners and their crews have a great weekend of fun afloat and ashore.

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America's Cup: The Netherlands presents its America’s Cup Team
Wednesday 23th January marked a next major milestone in the foiling fast development of DutchSail, the brand of the movement that Simeon Tienpont has started by challenging Emirates Team New Zealand last November.

Golden Globe Race, Day 208: Van Den Heede within 450 miles of finish
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede is now within 450 miles of the Golden Globe Race finish line and expected to receive a huge welcome home in Les Sables d'Olonne on Monday 28th January.

Ten days to circumnavigator at boot Düsseldorf
Ina Baum, a 53-year-old Management Consultant from Köln has made the lifechanging decision to circumnavigate the globe just ten short days after finding out about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

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What's on the line at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
Racing will soon begin at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami (HWCSM). This year marks the 30th anniversary of elite-level Olympic class sailing on Biscayne Bay.

2019 International WASZP Games - Day 3
What an unbelievable day of WASZP racing, the most intense and competitive day on the water we have seen so far in the 2 years since the boat was launched.

America's Cup: Dutch Courage - more on Team The Netherlands
"Team The Netherlands," the new Dutch America's Cup team have released more details of their team, and campaign, which was announced as one of the three late Challengers on November 30, 2018.

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2019 Saint Moritz by GURNERTM Australian Yachting Championship overall
Light sea breezes 5-8 knots and flatwater closed out the final races on Port Phillip, eight in total for the IRC fleet and six for the multihulls.

2019 International WASZP Games - Day 1
The 2019 International WASZP Games kicked off in superb fashion with a classic Perth seabreeze at 18-22 knots. With flat water, strong breezes and 60+ WASZPs on the start line it truly is foiling paradise.

Dreaming of the big league? Super Maxi Transpac champ Rio 100 is for sale and charged to go
Australia has the world's best 100ft Super Maxis, so if you've dreamed of racing amongst the big guns, here's your chance.

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2019 International WASZP Slalom event
The International WASZP Games kicked off in style yesterday with the first ever International WASZP Slalom event streamed live into households around the world!

Beneteau First Yacht 53 launch
With 24,000 boats produced in nearly 40 years, some of which were real 'winners' an the recipients of some of the top international awards, BENETEAU is reinventing the legendary First range with a beautiful yacht.

Elite cyclists get a taste for life at sea during Festival of Sails Sailing Challenge
The elite riders, from women's teams Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, Rally Cycling, CCC-Liv, Trek-Segafredo and men's teams Lotto Soudal and AG2E La Mondiale, joined sailors from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, on-board 12 yachts.

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America's Cup: Update for January 23, 2019 - Live Video
Sail-World's New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell and's Tom Ehman compare notes on the current state of the America's Cup, ahead of the announcement by Team The Netherlands of the first Dutch America's Cup Challenger.

2019 Miami Skiff Midwinter Regatta
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) sailed a 3, 7, 3 in light and tricky conditions of the final day of the mid winters regatta to claim the win in the 49erFX.

America's Cup: Emirates team NZ - building a base to build the boat
For the first time in the history of Emirates Team New Zealand, the team has begun construction of its own America's Cup boat in their own purpose-built boatyard on Auckland's North Shore.

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Volvo Ocean Race: Ocean Race Science Programme scoops award
Efforts to increase understanding of ocean health recognised by prestigious Ocean Tribute Awards.

Spindrift 2 begins a Jules Verne attempt as the GGR 2018 nears its end
Two engaging circumnavigation races are currently unfurling that use radically different levels of technology to confront nature's same elements.

52nd Australian Flying Ant National Championship at Illawarra Yacht Club
Credit needs to be given to a number of dedicated class members and parents that has helped encourage and provide these eager kids with new and updated equipment to help give the class a more modern look and appeal.

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The fleet assembled for 2019 Superyacht Challenge Antigua
The racing off the south coast of Antigua will be magnificent; the trade winds have been blowing for many weeks. Warm air, solid breeze and a good sea state promise perfect conditions for the powerful fleet.

X-Yachts launches yet another Pure X Model
In 2016, X-Yachts launched the new pure 'X' range which included the X4" and the X65. In 2018, XYachts launched two additional models, the X49 and the X46.

Trotman wins Australian WASZP Championship
The Australian WASZP Nationals has concluded and all the warm-ups are now complete for the 2019 International WASZP Games.

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SAILFEST to put the 'new' in Newcastle
What better way to start a new year than to announce an all-new, all-encompassing sailing event for Newcastle in NSW?

Strong turnout for Goolwa Week's Radio Yacht Regatta
Another beautiful day in Goolwa on Monday greeted entrants in the 2019 Finniss River Vineyard/Coorong Quays Hindmarsh Island Goolwa Regatta Week Radio Controlled Yacht Regatta.

The 2019 Festival of Sails "goes green" joining global push for clean regattas
The Festival of Sails, with the support of Barwon Water, has joined an international campaign to provide "clean regattas" in a bid to protect our local waters.

Adams 10 Metre Class Australian Championship at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club - Preview
There is already a fleet of 12 boats entered in this years Adams 10 National titles which makes it one of the healthiest one design keel boat fleets in the country. With boats dating back to the early eighties which are still competitive.

2019 RS Aero Worlds to be held at Black Rock Yacht Club, Melbourne
The third RS Aero World Championships is set to enjoy the Australian summer as a climatic end to the 2019 season, set over New Year at Black Rock YC, Melbourne.

Equator record for Spindrift 2 in their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
This is the first challenge in the team's quest to beat the round the world record. The time for the passage from Ushant to the Equator still has to be officially ratified by the WSSRC (the international organisation that oversees records)

Clipper Race 2019-20: Crew brief a huge success
The countdown to the Clipper 2019-20 Race is officially on with hundreds of Race Crew and Supporters gathering at Lord's Cricket Ground in London for Crew Brief.

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