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13/04/2016

 
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Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong

October 11, 2014. The fleet during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.  © David Ramos / Volvo Ocean Race
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet.

The kind of conversations I had with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and a month after they happened.

And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!

She is right, is anyone really going to read about the Olympics some time down the track when they can be in Rio with an online team.


At the Qingdao and Weymouth venues Sail-World had the largest reporting team.

For Rio 2016 Sail-World will once again have a major presence with six journalists from around the world contributing to our daily newsletters. The Sail-World/ YachtsandYachting team which will be headed up by Richard Gladwell and Rob Kothe.

Over the course of August the sister publications will send out around two million newsletters and our combined traffic will be distinctly out there.

Giles Scott  © Robert Deaves

For us Rio 2016 is coming up fast and there is a lot happening on the Olympic scene, the usual suspects have figured at the 470 and 49er/FX European,s and it you have to think that in at least three of the classes, 49ers, Finns and 470 Mens, the story of the Rio regatta will be if Burling and Tuke, Giles Scott and Belcher and Ryan don't win.

Interesting to see the affect the Internet is having on the Games. In Sydney, Athens, Qingdao accomodation for international visitors was in reality hotels, with media coralled into Buses and soldiers with automatic rifles.

The talk it up from the local media about giant crowds and traffic congestion meant that the regular British holiday crowd stayed away from Weymouth, the popular holiday destination and there were cheap empty rooms at the local pubs, walking distance from the venue.

Now it's AirBnB Rio who is your friend, with ticket sales at about half the levels of London 2012 and with thousands of private apartments available in Rio, boosted no doubt by major economic downturn, the major hotels are not likely to benefit anywhere as much as at earlier Games.

Nothe Hill - 2012 London Olympics  Sail-World.com ©


As Guy Nowell reported today from Hong Kong, the worst kept secret in Asia, that the Volvo Ocean Race was moving out of mainland China to Hong Kong was confirmed.

A major success of the Volvo race has been the numbers of people brought to the Stopovers by the Sponsors and plainly Hong Kong is much more convenient and interesting to the Sponsors than Sanya or Qingdao etc.

Looking at the stopover map, it seems there are two more decisions to make, a stopover in the Middle East or Indian subcontinent and a South American destination will complete the 2017-2018 route.

Will negotiations for these two stopovers be completed before Mark Turner opens his office door in the VOR Alicante headquarters on June 6th. We shall see.


Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com & YachtsandYachting.com



Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – Hong Kong here we come
Guy Nowell, Sail-World.com,
The worst-kept secret in Asia came out of the closet today with the announcement that Hong Kong will be a stopover during the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), in February 2018... [more]
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470 Europeans - Champions decided after closest of medal races
470 Class,
A display of superb counter-attacking tactics as teams pushed each other around the track in a final bid for leader board dominance in the 2016 470 European Championship on the Bay of Palma. Close and compact racing was the order of the day, as battle commenced in a breeze of seven - ten knots.... [more]
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19 teams tune up for the 2016 Etchells Worlds
Rob Goddard,
The April Training Regatta with coaching attracted 19 teams hosted by the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) and supported by Doyle Sails One Design guru, Jud Smith, who provided high level on the water coaching.... [more]
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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2016 officially launched
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
Started in 2010, the event has been held to provide an opportunity for professional yacht racing photographers to share their passion for yacht racing with a wide community. It is the world's premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing.... [more]
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Incredible final test of seamanship for Clipper Race skippers and crew
The Clipper Race,
Following the knockdown of Da Nang – Viet Nam yesterday morning, it was sixth place Garmin's turn to take the brunt of the Pacific's full force.... [more]
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Star Worlds – Diaz and Prada sailing the series of their lives
Paul Cayard,
Day 3 of the Star World Championship started off without wind. The fleet waited for over an hour before we could attempt to get a race started. Finally around 1:00pm the wind came in from 100 at about seven knots. Augie Diaz is building up the regatta of his life. He is fast and sailing smart.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - A day for close matches + Video
Kirsten Ferguson,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - Exciting one-on-one matches punctuated opening day action at Les Voiles de St. Barth, where nine classes competed in testing seas and 12-15 knot breezes on courses, ranging from 24-31 nautical miles, that flanked the southern, western and northern sides of Saint-Barthélemy.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - More images from Day 1 by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 Les Voiles de St Barth and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
2016 Les Voiles de St Barth - Photographer Ingrid Abery was on water at 2016 Les Voiles de St Barth and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.... [more]
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49er/FX Euros - Unstable winds no match for Champions
Sail-World.com NZL,
The 49erFX fleet raced first off the waters of Barcelona, on Day 2 of the 49er and 49erFX European Championships. As the sea breeze grew it was a much lighter start than day 1, with the teams crouching on the wing for the first two races, before the wind filled in to ten knots for the third race.... [more]
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Race of their lives unfolds at 2016 470 European Championship + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Numerous teams vied for a spot in the ten medal race line-up. For some today's racing also marked their last shot at selection to their nation's Olympic team.... [more]
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Intense racing for 13 teams at Flying Phantom Series Cannes
Nicolas Felix,
The Flying Phantom Series Cannes is the first event of the 2016 season for the international Flying Phantom fleet. The competition was organized by the Yacht Club de Cannes and supported by Cannes City with races taking place in the fantastic bay of Cannes in front of the famous “Croisette”.... [more]
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GryphonSolo2 Round the World – Sailing fast as we approach Salvador
Joe Harris - GryphonSolo2,
Obviously the goal is to get back to Newport and cross the original start line off Castle Hill, but it is still interesting to note the crossing of our track from the outbound leg and thinking back to where my head was at back in December versus today in April.... [more]
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Clipper Race – Can anyone beat Unicef's time for coveted bonus points?
The Clipper Race,
With four teams having completed the Ocean Sprint, it is Unicef that has recorded the fastest time so far in a day of high winds and strong seas which proved costly to some of the yachts.... [more]
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43 knots for Gitana Team's foiling MOD70
Gitana Team,
Just a few days ago, equipped with her new appendages, the Multi70 Edmond de Rothschild definitively took flight, racking up some 43 knots on the speedo in 20 knots of breeze and thus validating the efforts of a whole team, supported by the passion and commitment of the boat's owners, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild.... [more]
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Terrific battle in Oyster Regatta Antigua finale
Louay Habib,
On the final day, two of the three Classes were so close that the winners were decided on the last race. Spectacular sailing conditions prevailed with a brisk 20 knots of wind from the south east. Oyster yachts are built to sail the oceans and revelled in the conditions.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team - Burling and Tuke on the secrets of their success
Sail-World.com NZL,
Video interview, by Mike Heydon, with four times world 49er champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke ahead of the 2016 49er Europeans in Barcelona, Spain... [more]
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49er FX and 49er Europeans - Dutch discard win to lead after Day 1
Sail-World.com NZL,
The Dutch duo took all four races in straight bullets to start the championship, but unlike in the 49er fleet, with only 18 boats per qualifying fleet in the 49erFX the overall lead they were able to build up was only a handful of points with most of the contenders following closely behind.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Augie Diaz leads after Day 2 in Florida
Paul Cayard,
Race 2 of the 2016 Star World Championship was held today on Biscayne Bay. At start time, 11:30, the wind was in at 16 knots from 085 and stayed pretty much the same all race. Having said that, there were 15 degree oscillations and four knot changes in wind speed. It was still a very shifty race course with the wind coming over Key Biscayne once again.... [more]
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The perfect end game unfolds for some at 470 Europeans
470 Class,
2016 470 European Championship - A day of pressure on the Bay of Palma as numerous teams vied for a spot in the 470 European Championship ten medal race line-up. For some today's racing marked a last shot at selection to their Olympic team. Stunning conditions with a breeze of 10-14 knots and blue sky.... [more]
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America's Cup - SoftbankTeam Japan pick up Aussie multihull Olympian
Sail-World.com NZL,
SoftBank Team Japan have announced that Australian Olympic multi-hull sailor Jason Waterhouse will join the sailing team after racing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Waterhouse is set to make his Olympic debut competing in the Nacra 17 mixed multi-hull event, a boat in which he currently holds the 1 ISAF world ranking.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - In the starting blocks
Kirsten Ferguson,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - The energy has been palpable on and around the docks of the Capitainerie in Gustavia as hundreds of sailors from dozens of countries prepare for Tuesday's kick-off races for the seventh edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth.... [more]
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Zhik announced as Official Clothing Sponsor for 2016 Etchells Worlds
Etchells Worlds 2016,
Zhik are providing clothing for each competitor at the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes. There will also be prizes for many categories from their new shop in Cowes High Street, which is managed by Kate Palfrey, wife of America's Cup Coach and former Etchells World Champion Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey.... [more]
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Clipper Race – Another day of great mileage in final push to Seattle
The Clipper Race,
Following seas, good kite runs, and winds gusting 40 knots have been reported, with this expected to build and improve today as a second weather system moves in rapidly from the west.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Record three-time win for Canfield
World Match Racing Tour,
2016 Congressional Cup - Taylor Canfield and his US One Sailing Team triumphed in the Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), after five days of “unbelievable match racing” – making him the first skipper to win three Crimson Blazers back-to-back, in the 52-year history of the legendary regatta.... [more]
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Star Worlds – America's Cup skipper in startline controversy - Day 1
Paul Cayard,
As we rounded the mark, Rick Burgess, crewing for Brian Cramer, was yelling at us that we were over early at the start. At a boat near the windward mark, there were seven numbers posted as premature starters. Brain and I were shocked to see our bow number listed.... [more]
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2016 Melges 32 European Sailing Series crowns first winner
Melges 32,
2016 Melges 32 European Sailing Series - Two final races on Sunday at the 2016 Melges 32 European Sailing Series proudly crowned Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G-Spot winner in Porto Venere. Serena di Lapigio held a fast and steady course winning the event by one point.... [more]
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470 Europeans - Packed three races on Day 4
ICARUS,
Three races for all fleets at the 2016 470 European Championships on Sunday sees Lara Vadlau/ Jola Ogar (AUT) extend in the 470 Women and Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) edge into the lead in the 470 Men.... [more]
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470 Europeans - Finishing as they mean to go on?
Rob Kothe YachtsandYachting.com & Sail-World.com,
After a slow start, the red hot Rio Olympic favourites Matt Belcher and Will Ryan (Australia) have hit the lead in the 2016 470 Europeans in Palma, Mallorca Spain today.... [more]
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Clipper Race – No respite for crew as they fight their way to Seattle
The Clipper Race,
The latest depression has the most westerly boats in its grip and is moving steadily east this morning in the closing week of the Seattle Pacific Challenge.... [more]
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Predictwind's Offshore App supports Redport Optimiser - get a deal now
Sail-World.com NZL,
Predictwind's Offshore App now supports the RedPort Optimizer. For the next seven days Predictwind have negotiated a 20% discount on the Optimizer and XGate for all PredictWind customers.... [more]
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PredictWind Offshore App integrated with Redport Optimizer and XGate
Sail-World.com/NZL,
PredictWind, the world leader in weather forecasting, has just released the latest version of their Award winning Offshore app, which now allows a direct connection with the Redport Optimizer and XGate suite of satellite data services.... [more]
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2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - It's show time!
Barby MacGowan,
2016 Les Voiles de St. Barth - The seventh edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth is set to start April 11 and run for six days. Four of the days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) will showcase fast action on the testing waters around the French island of Saint-Barthélemy and the various smaller islands and rock outcroppings that surround it.... [more]
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Congressional Cup – Kiwis on losing end of tough fight for Semi-finals
World Match Racing Tour,
Scott Dickson (USA), from Long Beach Yacht Club, beat the odds and booked his place in the Semi Finals of the Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour, by knocking out on-form Kiwi Chris Steele (NZL) in a thrilling five match Quarter Final, taking the last three races back to back.... [more]
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470 Europeans - Stunning racing conditions on Day 3
ICARUS,
Day 3 at the 2016 470 European Championships on the Bay of Palma, Mallorca delivered a completed qualification series for the 470 Men and Women. Perfect racing under a blue sky and breeze of 12-14 knots, in complete contrast to yesterday's weather pattern of driving rain and storms.... [more]
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Melges 32 European Sailing Series - Mascalzone Latino strikes back
Melges 32,
2016 Melges 32 European Sailing Series - The cream of the crop rose to the top in Porto Venere at the first act of the 2016 Melges 32 European Sailing Series. Day two concluded with three more races, and Vincenzo Onorato aboard Mascalzone Latino and Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G-Spot finishing the day in first and second respectively with equal points.... [more]
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470 Europeans Qualification Series wraps up on blue sky day in Palma
470 Class,
2016 470 European Championship – Perfect 12-14 knots racing conditions under a blue sky on race day three at the 470 Europeans were a complete contrast to yesterday's weather pattern of driving rain and storms.... [more]
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Race day three of the Oyster Regatta Antigua is truly magnificent
Louay Habib,
The race area for the third race of the series was the west and south west coast and with an easterly air flow, there were several big wind shifts in the transition zone south west of Antigua.... [more]
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Francis Joyon to tackle the Jules Verne Trophy again
Mer and Media,
It's now official: Francis Joyon will be setting off in the autumn to try to improve on the Jules Verne Trophy record time. It will once again be on his IDEC Sport ‘ultime' trimaran with a crew that he will attempt to complete the voyage in under 45 days. We met up with him to find out more.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
Rob Kothe, YachtsandYachting.com & Sail-World.com,
Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it's a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)... [more]
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The Clipper Race - Race nine, Day 20 - Fleet rides Railroad to Seattle
Clipper Round the World,
2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race fleet is experiencing the ‘North Pacific Railway' right now, according to race Meteorologist Simon Rowell, with a regular timetable of low/ridge/low coming through. A ridge of high pressure is whipping through the fleet from west to east today and then it will be back in the thick of another strong low system by tomorrow.... [more]
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2016 Melges 32 Sailing Series – Tight racing on Day 1
Melges 32,
2016 Melges 32 Sailing Series – Russia's Kuznetsov takes the early lead at the first 2016 Melges 32 Sailing Series event in Europe. Three races were conducted on opening day of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series with Russia's Pavel Kuznetsov aboard Tavatuy winning the daily tiebreaker with International Melges 32 Class President Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G-SPOT assuming the overall lead.... [more]
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Gitana Team embarks on adventure that is as thrilling as it is complex
Gitana,
It is an ambitious project. Like Rome, which wasn't built in a day, the transformations to Gitana XV call for over two years' research and innovation - in a bid to become the first flying offshore trimaran... [more]
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Transat AG2R La Mondiale – Strong winds beasting the fleet in Atlantic
Transat AG2R La Mondiale,
At 1100 BST French Figaro 'Skipper Macif', co-skippered by Charlie Dalin and Yoann Richomme, was unfortunately dismasted during the race while on route to the fleet's only turning mark at La Palma.... [more]
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Clipper Race – Impressive 24 hour progress milestones across the fleet
The Clipper Race,
Damp and gusty downwind conditions, with up to 50 knot peaks, are continuing to push the teams forward in the race to Seattle.... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Ruyant aiming to bring people together
Olivier Bourbon / Mer and Media Agency,
On 6th November, Thomas Ruyant will be lining up for the start of his first round the world voyage aboard a boat completely devoid of advertising, “Le Souffle du Nord pour Le Projet Imagine”... [more]
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Vendée Globe – Vincent makes wise, yet risky decisions + Video
Olivier Bourbon / Mer and Media Agency,
The only former winner lining up at the start of the next Vendée Globe, Vincent Riou has decided not to fit foils on his PRB. This decision in no way excludes his ability to do it again aboard a tried and tested boat that he knows like the back of his hand. He openly tells us what he thinks.... [more]
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Challenging opening day race at 470 European Championships + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
Making your mark here is a key performance indicator and equally a campaign boost. For those teams on their last attempt to secure national team selection, silencing any doubters and claiming the Olympic ticket is the goal.... [more]
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New-look venue of Rio 2016 Olympic now open to public
Rio 2016,
As well as being expanded and redesigned, the marina has been completely integrated with Flamengo Park, one of the most popular leisure areas in Rio de Janeiro. The marina's waterfront boardwalk, which used to be accessible only to boat owners, is now open to the public and will be connected to the park.... [more]
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2016 Antigua Sailing Week - Bareboat and race charters still available
Antigua Sailing Week,
2016 Antigua Sailing Week - It's not too late to participate in the 2016 edition of the Caribbean's most famous regatta. There are still some exciting race charter opportunities available on some hot racing boats – both individual crew places and whole boat options.... [more]
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2016 Oyster Regatta Antigua - Spinnakers to Jolly Harbour
Louay Habib,
2016 Oyster Regatta Antigua - The impressive Oyster fleet weighed anchor in the stunning natural harbour of Nonsuch Bay for the second day of racing at the Oyster Regatta Antigua.... [more]
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World Sailing Cup - Ahead a Dead Rat in a Shoe v3 or Spring Daffodils
Rob Kothe, YachtsandYachting.com & Sail-World.com,
Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphone while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it's a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)... [more]
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Sensational race day one at 2016 Oyster Regatta Antigua
Louay Habib,
The south coast of Antigua provided shifty conditions for the first day of racing at the Oyster Regatta Antigua with the wind oscillating between south and south east and varying in strength from six to 16 knots. A course taking some of Antigua's greatest landmarks was sensational.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Final two qualifiers join world class lineup
Sail-World.com NZL,
With the addition of two final qualifiers from this weekend's Ficker Cup, the 2016 Congressional Cup roster is set and ready to rumble. Already, a dozen competitors from around the globe – including ten of the world's top ranked match racing skippers – are in Long Beach, tuning up for matches that begins April 6, and continue through April 10.... [more]
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