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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:41:10 +0100

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:41:10 +0100

 



Quantum Key West Race Week reels off 3 races in fading winds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:22:25 +0100

  The Mount Gay Rum Boat of the Day was awarded to J.D. Hill's (Houston, TX) Second Star (J/122) in the ORC Class. Competing in his first Quantum Key West Race Week, Hill's crew won today's first two races and finished tied ...



Vendee Globe: Thomson revealed his battling problems

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:55:44 +0100

Thomson revealed that for several days now he has been battling problems with the wind instruments on his cutting-edge 60ft race boat Hugo Boss, which in turn have prevented the yacht's autopilot from working properly. In spite of knocking ...



Le Cléac' wins Vendée Globe

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:26:52 +0100

  Le Cléac'h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at 1537hrs UTC after 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing yacht Banque ...



Vendée Globe Finish expected at around 1530hrs UTC

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:16:40 +0100

Pushed along by a steady, but cold easterly flow, Armel Le Cléac’h was just 48 miles from the Nouch S buoy and the finish line for the Vendée Globe at 1100hrs UTC. Averaging around twelve knots fifteen miles or ...



Vendée Globe:Le Cléac'h closes in on Vendée Globe finish line

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:19:20 +0100

Thursday 19 January 2017, 06h49 French sailor Armel Le Cléac'h has one hand on the Vendée Globe trophy this morning as he bears down on the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. At the latest position update Le ...



Vendée Globe: Passing the traffic separation scheme Thursday 19 January 2017, 11h12

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:25:40 +0100

Those of you who have been paying close attention to the tracker may be wondering about the route taken by Armel Le Cléac’h off the tip of Brittany in the Ushant separation scheme. Christophe Gaumont, President of the Race ...



Vendée Globe victory 24 hours from Le Cléac'h's grasp

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:25:56 +0100

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 16h15 British sailor Alex Thomson today conceded that his chances of overhauling Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35 miles. In the last ...



Vendée Globe victory 24 hours from Le Cléac'h's grasp

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:24:11 +0100

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 16h15 British sailor Alex Thomson today conceded that his chances of overhauling Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h on the home strait were slim, despite narrowing the gap to just 35 miles. In the last ...



Thomson running out of time in sprint to Vendée Globe finish

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:21:15 +0100

Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h has an advantage of just 69 miles on second-placed Alex Thomson as the solo round the world race enters its final 500 miles. After an action-packed 73 days the pair were practically neck ...



Vendee Globe: Why do the two leaders have to sail all the way to Great Britain?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:11:36 +0100

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 16h09 The shortest route is not always the most direct one. That is the case for Banque Populaire VIII and Hugo Boss who are going to tack close to the Scilly Isles before crossing the ...



One tack holds key to Vendée Globe glory

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:07:35 +0100

With less than 40 miles separating Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h from second-placed Alex Thomson this morning and under 400 nautical miles left to the finish line, victory in the solo round the world race now comes down ...



Team Tilt to represent Switzerland in America’s Cup

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:53:30 +0100

  Team Tilt Sailing - Newsletter It’s official: Team Tilt has been selected to represent Switzerland at the next Red Bull Youth America’s Cup! Great news for the young sailors who have been training for months and for the team ...



Vendée Globe Amedeo leads quartet round Cape Horn

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:12:14 +0100

11th Vendée Globe skipper in the Atlantic. French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. The 38-year-old Parisian journalist-turned-solo sailor rounded Cape Horn on the southernmost ...



The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week opens tomorrow

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:11:34 +0100

  Old acquaintances and new friendships will be joined at the venerable regatta The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins tomorrow with a weather forecast calling for winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts possibly as ...



Vendee Globe

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:02:05 +0100

Although officially out of the race, O'Coineen says he aims to complete the circumnavigation that cruelly ended when his boat distasted south of New Zealand on New Year's Day. Just over two weeks later and the 61-year-old Dubliner has ...



The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week opens tomorrow

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:55:16 +0100

Old acquaintances and new friendships will be joined at the venerable regatta KEY WEST, Fla. -- The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins tomorrow with a weather forecast calling for winds of 15 to 20 knots with ...



Vendee Globe: Amedeo leads quartet round Cape Horn

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:47:58 +0100

Monday 16 January 2017, 06h56 French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. The 38-year-old Parisian journalist-turned-solo sailor rounded Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of ...



Red Bull Youth America’s Cup brings world’s top young sailors to Bermuda in 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:37:11 +0100

Red Bull Youth America´s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the 12 teams of sailors aged 19–25 that have been invited to compete in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. The ...



Vendee Globe Alex Thomson beats 24 hour world distance record

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:11:37 +0100

British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record for the second time in the Vendee Globe, travelling 536.81 nautical miles in 24 hours. The previous distance record of 534.48 nautical miles was set by Francois Gabart in the ...



Team Averda focus on food in bid to nail their first EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour victory

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:05:56 +0100

After six years competing in EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour, Team Averda skipper Marcel Herrera has come up with a secret weapon that he believes might prove the difference between winning and coming second. Performance food! Twice now, ...



Vendée Globe Race Update: Saturday 14th January

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:48:54 +0100

With this year’s edition of The Vendée Globe approaching its final days, British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place, 125 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h. With 93% of the race complete, Alex is heading towards ...



Gilmour Snags Australian Tour Card For WMRT 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:47:44 +0100

At age 23 Sam Gilmour from Perth, Australia has already reached the top three on the World Sailing match racing rankings with his Neptune Racing team. This feat has awarded him one of the two WMRT Tour Cards awarded ...



Australian Viper world champions crowned

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:18:18 +0100

Event: Viper Worlds 2017, January 7 – 15 hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club with racing on Corio Bay, Victoria, AUSTRALIA They led from the outset and at the conclusion of the Viper Worlds 2017 Australians Jack Felsenthal ...



Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson Racing Extreme Sailing

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:14:04 +0100

 Vendée Globe Race Update: Sunday 15th January With just a few days of racing left in this year’s Vendée Globe,British sailor Alex Thomson is in second place, 108 nautical miles behind French rival Armel Le Cléac’h.   With 94% ...



Gilmour Snags Australian Tour Card For WMRT 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:10:51 +0100

At age 23 Sam Gilmour from Perth, Australia has already reached the top three on the World Sailing match racing rankings with his Neptune Racing team. This feat has awarded him one of the two WMRT Tour Cards awarded ...



Magpie swoops twice at Etchells Australian Championship

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:45:34 +0100

Event: International Etchells 2017 Australian Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, January 11-15, 2017 Graeme Taylor and his Magpie crew of Steve Jarvin and James Mayo sailing for Victoria’s Mornington Yacht Club posted the best scores ...



53rd Annual Congressional Cup hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:31:33 +0100

 2017 Congressional Cup line up promises action and excitement  The 53rd Congressional Cup regatta promises a bounty of action and excitement, with the preliminary announcement of three-quarters of the teams; including seven of the world’s top 10 match racing ...



Day four racing postponed at Viper Worlds 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:26:22 +0100

Viper Worlds 2017, January 7 – 15 hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club with racing on Corio Bay, Victoria, AUSTRALIA Strong NNW winds gusting to 37 knots on Geelong’s Corio Bay and poor visibility kept Viper world championship ...



America Cup: "Steering these yachts is very complex," Jimmy Spithill and BMW reveal America's Cup Class steering wheel

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:01:47 +0100

ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill received a custom-made steering wheel from BMW for the team’s new America’s Cup Class boat on Monday in Detroit. Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and ...



USA. NMMA joins industry trade groups to oppose wake surfing ban in New Jersey

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:40:57 +0100

General Government Relations A regulation proposed by the New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission would ban wake surfing behind jet-drive boats and, while the language is unclear, possibly Forward Drive propulsion systems.  NMMA, the Watersports Industry Association and the Marine ...