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Gabart’s around-the-world dream—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond


14 Nov 2017

Gabart's around-the-world dream—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

François Gabart aboard the MACIF trimaran  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Macif
While François Gabart (FRA) has long been a household name in France, this Vendee Globe winner and sailing wunderkind is less well-known at other latitudes and longitudes. This is poised to change, however, as the 34-year-old sailor is currently chasing an around-the-world dream that-if successful-will cement his name into an elite club of just three sailors who have held the record for the fastest singlehanded circumnavigation. The current record, set by Thomas Coville (FRA) in December of 2016 aboard the maxi trimaran Sodebo Ultim, stands at just 49 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds, thus presenting the young Gabart with a tough ask by anyone's yardstick (even if they prefer using the metric system).

Some backstory. Gabart spent years under the tutelage of Michel “Le Professeur” Desjoyeaux (FRA) before stepping into the limelight during the 2012/2013 edition of the storied Vendee Globe, where-as a rookie-he swept the 20-boat fleet to take top honors.

Vendee Globe Finish For Francois Gabart (Fra) / Macif After 78d 02h 16mn 40sec / Winner - Photo Vincent Curutchet  DPPI / Vendee Globe

Yet to peg this as mere beginner's luck would be akin to drastically underselling one of the most methodical and tactically minded sailors afloat...not to mention a guy who simply knows how to make a boat move, irrespective of whether it has one hull or three.

Given the hallowed status that ocean sailing holds in France, it's not surprising that Gabart's sponsor, Macif, was quick to sign him up for an extended contract aboard a state-of-the-art, 98-foot trimaran (also called Macif) that the young Frenchman has been developing and campaigning in a build-up to his current challenge of trying to best Coville's record for the fastest solo circumnavigation.

Francois Gabart on board his MACIF ‘Ultim' 105ft trimaran, shown here celebrating after winning the 'Transat Bakerley' solo transatlantic yacht race.  Lloyd Images

Gabart cast off his docking lines and crossed the official starting line, which is situated between the Créac'h lighthouse in Ushant, France, and the Lizard Point lighthouse in Cornwall, UK, on November 4, and has been making excellent progress thanks to a weather window that, while not opulent, has so far been delivering big-mile days.

“It's a small window,” said Gabart before leaving the dock at Port-La Forêt. “It may not be the best window in the world, but there comes a time when you have to leave! We have a fair idea of what weather we will have until the equator, but not after that... We have to try and we'll see near Brazil if the weather follows on as we would hope.'

François Gabart and the MACIF trimaran are off  © Alexis Courcoux / Macif

“Thomas [Coville] sailed wonderfully and [his] weather windows followed on from each other perfectly,” continued Gabart. “So I will do my very best to get close to what he did. You really need to have a guiding star and a little success to have weather windows that follow on from each other well right until the end. I'm really impatient to sail around the world on this beautiful boat. It has taken nearly 2 years of work to get to this stage... now, it's time to go!”

While these are still early days, Macif has been delivering average speeds in the high 20s/low 30s, which equates to daily runs that can average 650-700 nautical miles, provided that Mother Nature continues to provide her critical power source. Still, Gabart must re-cross his starting line by 1309 hours, local time, on December 23, 2017, if he is going to usurp Coville as the fastest solo-circumnavigation gun, making the margins impressively tight.

Thomas Coville broke the 50day barrier for a single handed round the world voyage  Thomas Coville / Sodebo

So, while the Volvo Ocean Race's fleet of fully crewed Volvo Ocean 65s are charging across the Atlantic Ocean towards their Cape Town, South Africa, finishing line, and as the doublehanded sailors in the ongoing Transat Jacques Vabre (including Thomas Coville and Jean-Luc Nelias, who are racing aboard Coville's Sodebo Ultim) race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, I'm keeping a close eye on Gabart and my fingers crossed that he breaks the record.

After all, the only way that standards improve is if the world's best constantly push harder than those whose wake they're following.

Skipper Sébastien Josse's new trimaran, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild  Gitana Team

Still, there's a certain irony to the fact that the world's latest, no-holds-barred maxi trimaran, skipper Seb Josse's Maxi Edmond De Rothschild, cut its offshore teeth in this year's Transat Jacques Vabre. While there's no doubt that Josse and his co-skipper, Thomas Rouxel, fully engaged their TJV experience, odds are excellent that Josse and his sponsor have already agreed upon a multi-year offshore racing program that likely includes a shot at the solo-circumnavigation record, irrespective of who is holding it.

Game on!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

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The Clipper Race,
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WIM Series,
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2018 ISCA Worlds Preliminary NOR is now available
Sunfish Class,
The 2018 ISCA Youth World Championship will be held on October 3-6, 2018 while the 2018 ISCA World Championship will be held on Oct 6-12, 2018.... [more]

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Auckland Council media,
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2017 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Sail Maine in action
US Sailing,
The action was fast and furious on Tampa Bay this week. Twelve teams in J/70s representing their respective Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) enjoyed the speedy and highly entertaining racing format, as well as the spectacular weather and racing conditions at the 2017 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club.... [more]

America's Cup - Battle lines drawn over Auckland Cup Hosting plans
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
A New Zealand Herald's rounds-man has revealed that opposition forces are regathering to stymie proposals for the hosting of the America's Cup in Auckland. Various parties opposed to further wharves and development being undertaken on the Waitemata have started lobbying Auckland Councillors ahead of a workshop meeting to be held today... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Thomas and Seb head for record-breaking finish
Whoever wins, the race record will be smashed. The fastest finish to Salvador remains Franck Cammas on Groupama 2's astonishing 10day 0h 38min win in 2007 in the 60ft multihull class.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Close encounters with leaders slowing
Volvo Ocean Race,
Just 10 miles separate first from fourth, and the difference between first and worst is scarcely 45 miles, good news for the backmarkers, who are back in the game.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race –Day 12 – Downwind sailing conditions kick in
The Clipper Race,
For fifth placed Unicef, which is also eagerly anticipating some downwind sailing conditions, morale remains high as they head towards Fremantle.... [more]

18ft Skiffs Spring Champs – Noakes Youth sneaks win in Race 6
Frank Quealey,
It was a day for the young 18ft Skiff teams on Sydney Harbour today when Noakes Youth defeated Panasonic Lumix by just 2s in a heart-stopping finish to Race 6 of the Australian 18 Footers League's Spring Championship. Noakes Youth grabbed the race lead for the first time at the final set of windward buoys in Rose Bay and held off the fast finishing Panasonic Lumix team... [more]

Aloha Classic – Hauser and Noireaux are the champions Of Ho'okipa
We opened up with the first semi-final of the Pro Men, and it was Levi Siver that threw down first. Siver got some good turns on his first wave, but the wave closed out before he could do much more with it. Morgan Noireaux immediately answered back with a massive 8.83 score, racked up with perfectly timed, critical hits.... [more]

World Sailing Council looks to the future
World Sailing,
A week of discussion and debate from delegates at World Sailing's Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico culminated in a two-day meeting of World Sailing's Council.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Seven things you need to know about the Doldrums
Jonno Turner,
The teams have spent the last week hurtling south at breakneck speeds, huge stomach-twisting waves and with buckets of skin–numbing amounts saltwater gushing over the deck.... [more]

TJV - Ultime 1 Doldrums 0 as another boat abandons and race hots up
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The reverberations from a tough first week continued today with another duo abandoning and two more making pit stops. But after six days of “living like animals” as Servane Escoffier (Bureau Vallée 2) said today – more specifically living like fish, so deluged by water have the skippers been at times – there was some relief today.... [more]

World Sailing launches revolutionary eSailing World Championships
World Sailing,
World Sailing, the world governing body, has moved into the world of eSports with the launch of the first virtual World Sailing Championships.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – No lasting armistice out on the ocean...
Event Media,
Ian can still count on a lead of over 100 miles, but the progress by Jorg Riechers (Lillienthal), his direct pursuer in terms of distance to the goal, must be causing him to bristle slightly in the disturbed trade wind system that requires the utmost vigilance at all times in order to get the best out of your machine.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Fleet expected to compress further
Volvo Ocean Race,
Boats just 10 miles further back were making closer to 20 knots. So a compression in the fleet is expected. But it may not be as severe as it often is. This Doldrums crossing is forecast to be relatively quick. Good news for the leading pack with the boats grouped so close together.... [more]

Clipper Race – Day 11 – Sanya Serenity Coast triumphs in Scoring Gate
The Clipper Race,
With just 30 nautical miles separating the third placed Qingdao from GREAT Britain in fourth, the competition for the final bonus point on offer in the Scoring Gate was always going to go right down to the wire.... [more]

J/24 East Coast and J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championships - Overall report
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Aloha Classic - The swell arrives for the Pro Showdown
International Windsurfing Tour,
We had been waiting all week for the best conditions to come through, to complete this year's Aloha Classic... and finally the wait was over. Mast high sets rolled through this morning, but the wind hadn't quite appeared as everyone had hope. After an anxious wait the rain started to clear and the wind came through to join the north-northeast swell and the competition was on!... [more]

Skippers welcome reallocated Greenings crew
Clipper Round the World,
The Clipper Race family, including all Race Skippers, have pulled together following the news that the Greenings yacht, formally registered as CV24, would be taking no further part in the 2017-18 edition.... [more]

24-hour speed record broken stoking Anglo-Spanish and French rivalry
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The ferocious pressure in the air, on the water and in the boats in this 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre saw the Class40, V and B, break the 24-hour speed record today (Friday).... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – A storm brewing
Event Media,
Indeed, the stormy squalls, which are beginning to set the tone, in addition to a need for increased vigilance, are likely to complete shake up the trade wind system, until it is virtually on its knees as the fleet approach the Antilles arc.... [more]

J24 World Championships to be held at Fraglia Vela Riva
Fraglia Vela Riva,
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World Record attempt for Maserati Multi70 and Giovanni Soldini
James Kimber,
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Volvo Ocean Race– Dongfeng leads fleet south with Stealth Mode in play
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Chinese-flagged team had eked out a narrow five-mile lead over rivals MAPFRE, team Akzonobel and Vestas 11th Hour Racing on Thursday – and by 1300 UTC today they had doubled it as they drew level with the Cape Verde Islands... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Day 10 – Race to the Scoring Gate
The Clipper Race,
GREAT Britain and Qingdao, in third and fourth place respectively, are also both aiming to claim the crucial Scoring Gate bonus points, with GREAT Britain Skipper Andy Burns commenting: “We are still beating towards the lower end of the Scoring Gate and it will be close.... [more]

Aloha Classic set for an epic showdown
There is a great forecast coming through, with the swell building as we speak, so it looks like we should have epic conditions to conclude the contest.... [more]

Over 40 Million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled
In the recall, Kidde also acknowledged the free replacement push-button extinguisher being sent to personal watercraft owners is similar in size to the recalled model but may not fit in the same location as the old fire extinguisher.... [more]

End of season savings
North Sails,
North Sails One Design is offering 10% SAVINGS on orders placed by December 15th, 2017 for sails delivered in Europe and North America.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre – Sailors safe after rescue from capsize
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Star Sailors League becomes World Sailing Special Event
World Sailing,
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is pleased to announce that the Star Sailors League has been recognised with Special Event status.... [more]

Solo Round the World - François Gabart is near the Equator
François Gabart set off last Saturday to attempt the single-handed round the world record, held by Thomas Coville (49 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 28 seconds), and is due to cross the Equator on Friday morning, after about 6 days at sea, which was his goal when he set sail from Ouessant (Ushant). After this, the situation is also looking favourable, with a low-pressure area off Argentina... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - Gitana Team - From the hunted to the hunter
Leaders since Sunday and the initial hours of racing in this Transat Jacques Vabre, Sébastien Josse and Thomas Rouxel have lost the top spot to the Coville – Nélias duo. Such a transfer of power can best be explained by the poor positioning of the men of Gitana Team on rounding the Azores, and not a technical issue or damage, as certain observers might have imagined.... [more]

Harken Youth Match Racing Champs - World's top sailors come to Sydney
Brendan Rourke/RPAYC,
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America's Cup - Economic Impact report shows big boost for Bermuda
Richard Gladwell,
The report from PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic benefit to Bermuda of the 35th America's Cup has been released over a week late. It is good news for the deposed Government vindicating their decision to back the regatta - which was a major undertaking for the British Offshore Territory with a population of 64,000.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Daily Live - Day 5, Leg 2
Volvo Ocean Race,
Niall Myant-Best and Conrad Colman go live from Race HQ to look at all the moves and highlights from the water on Day 5 of Leg 2 – after one of the most epic starts in Volvo Ocean Race history. Catch the video explaining the latest moves, plus the latest images from on-board.... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère – Nothing new out west
Event Media,
The typical day begins at daybreak, the perfect time to get back to reality, especially given how testing it is to be on watch late into the night and through into the early hours. As such it's best to get a few minutes shut-eye whenever conditions allow.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Hard reality for Turn the Tide on Plastic
Turn The Tide On Plastic,
Currently sailing 80 nautical miles behind the leading group consisting of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing, team AkzoNobel, MAPFRE and Dongfeng Race Team, Turn the Tide on Plastic are sitting at the back of the fleet in completely different weather conditions with no immediate hope of catching up.... [more]

Clouds bring beauty but more challenges for Volvo Ocean Race fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
Five-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Tony Mutter, on Vestas 11th Hour Racing, describes the dilemma facing his team as they try to position themselves best for the weather and tactically around the other teams challenging for the lead.... [more]

Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry releases 2018 program schedule
Barby MacGowan,
After completing a full schedule of programs and festivals in New England, Bermuda and Cuba during 2017, the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is preparing for her 2018 adventures, which will take her to Charleston, S.C. and St. Petersburg, Fla. before she sails south to Cuba and Jamaica.... [more]

Clipper World Yacht Race – Day 9, Race 3 – Sailing unfavourable tack
The Clipper Race,
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Aloha Classic – Sailors on hold as competition finale approaches
The event and tour winners have already been decided in the other divisions; so, now it's time to catch up with our tour champions, starting with our 2017 Masters Champion, Jonathan Pooley (JP).... [more]

ORC Congress concludes successful 2017 season and looks ahead to 2018
ORC Media,
The numbers of boats worldwide issued ORC Club, ORC International or ORC SuperYacht certificates in the first 10 months of 2017 rose to over 9000, a new record for the ORC system, with certificates once again reaching over 10,000.... [more]

America's Cup - Auckland venue options come into sharper focus
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
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Volvo Ocean Race images show how fierce life in Atlantic Ocean can be
Volvo Ocean Race,
The teams are dehydrated, exhausted and constantly wet. Slaves to the position reports that are delivered to the boats every six hours, each team, each sailor, is obsessed with the thought of winning this leg.... [more]

52 Super Series is setting trends in sustainability
52 Super Series,
Over the last few decades, the exploitation and degradation of our planet has gone up at an alarming rate. And whilst there is now a real public consensus about the fragile state of things, more often than not, good intent doesn't translate into meaningful action.... [more]

Harvey and Irma destroy over 63,000 recreational boats
Breaking down the 2017 season storms, Hurricane Irma damaged or destroyed 50,000 vessels with approximately $500 million in recreational boat damage.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race champion new skipper at Doyle Sails International
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
Champion Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Mike Sanderson announced in mid way through the America's Cup in Bermuda that a new leadership team would be taking the helm at Doyle Sails International. 'The timing of the announcement in the middle of the America's Cup wasn't ideal. It worked reasonably well for us on some fronts, but it was what it was. We also had to get on with it.'... [more]

Swedish Finn Champion spearheads int'l competitors at Sail Melbourne
New Tack Events,
The world's best Finn sailors are heading to Melbourne this year with Swedish 2017 Finn World Champion Max Salminen to race a world-class Finn fleet at the 2017 Sail Melbourne International Regatta (SMI) to be held out of Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 29 November to 3 December 2017.... [more]

Top regional teams to race at 2017 U.S. Adult Championship in St. Pete
US Sailing,
The 2017 edition of the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship returns to the Gulf Coast for the first time since 2014, following stops in New York Harbor in 2015 and San Francisco Bay in 2016. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club will host this year's U.S. Adult Sailing Championship. First raced in 1952, this event is one of US Sailing most historic National Championships.... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - Sharp extends lead as Merron heads home
Transat Jacques Vabre,
The Anglo-Spanish duo, Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde (Imerys Clean Energy) extended their lead at the front of the 40ft monohull fleet, as Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) were limping back to Cherbourg, their home port, nursing a broken port rudder. They are expected back at midday tomorrow (Thursday).... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - A touch of the blues in the big blue
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
These are what the regulars call the crucial days, those where you realise that from here on in there's no way back and that there are no options until you reach Martinique. Little by little, as they get further apart, the VHF conversations become few and far between and each solo sailor enters another world and another time.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race – Tight at the top for leading quartet
Volvo Ocean Race,
Clever sailing from Charlie Enright's Danish/American outfit saw them dart past their rivals with a well-timed gybe yesterday evening that put them into their own windshift.... [more]

Clipper World Race – Day 8, Race 3 – Fleet continues to battle upwind
The Clipper Race,
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Clipper Race invites Expressions of Interest from host ports to 2022
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
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2018 OK Dinghy Calendars now available
Robert Deaves,
The 2018 OK Dinghy Calendar is now available to purchase... [more]

Give the gift of sailing knowledge
North Sails,
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Hong Kong Flying Fifteen Championship – Carlyon and Adam claim title
Carlyon Knight-Evans,
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Volvo Ocean Race – This might be our final gybe
Team Brunel,
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Bouwmeester and Burling big winners at inaugural World Sailing Awards
World Sailing,
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Aloha Classic – Waiting and the winners interviewed
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World Sailing Awards - Bouwmeester (NED) and Burling (NZL) are winners
World Sailing,
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North U drives Optimist sailors to define their need for speed
Danielle Neri, North Sails,
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Mini-Transat La Boulangère - Traverse in convoy... or not
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
Virtually in single file, the solo sailors competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are attacking their oceanic crossing on a WNW'ly heading, slightly above the direct course. In these conditions, with the routing that has stood the test of time since leaving Gran Canaria, wisdom recommends favouring the layline. However, there already appear to be some mavericks on the Atlantic chessboard.<... [more]

Nesbitt becomes three-time Butler Cup winner
Rick Roberts,
Chris Nesbitt and his San Diego Yacht Club team narrowly beat Long Beach Yacht Club's Dave Hood by about one-meter in the last race of the regatta, Nov. 5, to win the 2017 World Sailing Grade 4 Butler Cup, thus becoming a three-time winner of this event hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation's fleet of Catalina 37s.... [more]

Sustainability Agenda 2030 to create a better world through sport
World Sailing,
World Sailing has launched its Sustainability Agenda 2030, which sets out the world governing body's ambitious commitment to help create a better world through sport.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Accelerating away from Madeira as decision looms
Volvo Ocean Race,
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2018 North Channel Race Week - Action coming soon...
Mike Coomes,
Come and join us on the North Channel Race Week, July 23 - 27th 2018. This race is held in the beautiful North Channel of Lake Huron to the North of Manitoulin Island Ontario Canada. This area is one of the top sailing destinations in the world!... [more]

Witches Brew Race - Dress for Success-
Every Halloween weekend, the Charleston Ocean Racing Association hosts its annual “Witches Brew Race”. This year, it took place on October 29 in Charleston Harbor in a for-fun, random-leg race around various government markers. The regatta rules stipulate- “all helms-persons shall be female. Boats without female helms-persons shall be disqualified.”... [more]

Yacht Racing Forum 2018 at the heart of mythical Sailing Valley©
Yacht Racing Forum,
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The Clipper Race - Race 3, Day 7 - Back to life at a heel
Clipper Round the World,
A wind hole held up the leading pack of the Clipper Race fleet on Day 7 of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race with the teams now back beating upwind. The downwind sailing conditions, that had been expected as part of a Southern Ocean sleigh ride towards Fremantle, Australia, are noticeably absent.... [more]

The Aloha Classic - Tough fight for podium
International Windsurfing Tour,
This morning we were greeted by the best conditions of the competition so far. With the wind blowing and some logo high sets rolling through, it was straight into it with almost all of the fleets getting onto the water today.... [more]

Roger Nilson accepts Legends Race invitation
Volvo Ocean Race,
Swedish ocean racer, Roger Nilson, a veteran of seven Whitbread Round the World/Volvo Ocean Races has accepted an invitation to become an ambassador to the Legends Race, which starts from Gothenburg on 21 June 2018.... [more]

BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2017 Salou - Highlights
Patrik Pollak,
Future stars of the windsurfing once again showed the rest of the world what does it mean to have fun. New kings and queens of the world's biggest windsurfing class were crowned week ago in Salou, Spain.... [more]

If not now, then when – Balancing the Boat Forum
World Sailing,
'If change is not delivered now, then when will it happen?' This was just one of the messages delivered at Balancing the Boat: growing female participation and developing pathways in competitive sailing, the first of two open forums at World Sailing's 2017 Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.... [more]

Fleet prepare for the front after battling currents and lobster pots
Transat Jacques Vabre,
If the first night of the 13th Transat Jacques Vabre was tough, the second night will wash away the memory in brutal fashion for the 37 boats and 74 crew, with winds gusting up to 45 knots and 5-metre waves as they begin to cross a cold front off Cape Finisterre from this evening (Monday). In a different way to the trilas of negotiating ridges of high pressure, as the fleet did today... [more]

Mini-Transat La Boulangère - In search of the lost wind
Mini-Transat La Boulangère,
There are now six sailors making a pit-stop to effect repairs at Mindelo with the arrival of Thibault Michelin (Eva Luna), victim of rudder damage a few days earlier. A seventh competitor is set to join them shortly, Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grande Ambecco), whose boat has a broken bowsprit. He's turned back to make for Cape Verde... [more]

Transat Jacques Vabre - On the front line
After leaving Le Havre yesterday at 12:35 UTC, this lunchtime the Transat Jacques Vabre fleet is being led down the Atlantic by the Josse - Rouxel duo aboard the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. Setting sail with a degree of caution from the foot of the Cap de la Hève, sailors that make up Gitana Team wasted no time in powering up and showing just what this latest addition to Gitana fleet is made of.... [more]


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