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19 Aug 2017
Volvo Noble Marine RS200 Nationals - Runners sand Riders

Sun (Maybe), Sea (Waves definitely), Sand(Lots of it) and over 200 Competitors head to Tenby for the Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championships.

The excitement is palpable as teams gear up for the 100+ strong RS200 National Championships, hosted by the fabulous Tenby SC.   Competition will be as fierce as always both on the water and on the social scene, with a great racing venue and epic evenings planned. 

With less than two weeks to go, a full entry list and...

16 Aug 2017
Image by Konrad Frost / Volvo Ocean Race

Team AkzoNobel, the Dutch campaign for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race around the world, has finished second in the final stage of Leg Zero.

The fourth heat of the qualifying series was to end in Lisbon, but prolonged light wind conditions in the Bay of Biscay left the seven-boat fleet drifting and forced race organisers to shorten the course close to the Spanish city of Vigo in the north of the country.

Fleet standings for the leg were calculated on each of the seven...

15 Aug 2017
RS200 Nationals - fleet to choose SIs or Social Programme

With just over 3 weeks to go before the start of the sell-out Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship at Tenby SC, the class association have asked the fleet to decide whether they would like the SI’s or the Magnificent Social Programme to be published this weekend.

“We know that the RS200 fleet is famous for its full-on, but inclusive social scene, and deciding what to wear for the Monstrous Fancy Dress Night, this year with Under the Sea theme, can be as important as...

15 Aug 2017
First multihull home - Tony Lawson's MOD70 Concise 10 © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Last Friday night crews braved the elements for a successful prizegiving for the Rolex Fastnet Race and a lively final evening of entertainment at Plymouth Yacht Haven.

In addition to the class prizes, Tony Lawson's Concise 10 won the trophy for being first multihull home, while Christian Guyader's Guyader Gastronomie was first multihull home <50ft LOA and Simon Baker's Hissy Fit was top MOCRA-rated multihull <50ft.

Artemis Ocean Racing claimed the Clarion Cup for being...

14 Aug 2017
George grabs British Gold Medal

The Jelf Racing team last weekend (5/6 August) travelled to Stewartby, Bedford for the 2017 Powerboat GP RYA British Sprint Championships in a bid to fight for 5 British championship titles. The Kent based powerboat racing team made the journey to battle it out at a stand alone event that would see seven British Powerboat racing champions crowned over the course of the weekends action.

First in action for the Jelf racing team was 12 year old George Elmore of Chatham who has been on...

09 Aug 2017
image © James Blake / Volvo Ocean Race

Team AkzoNobel, the Dutch yacht racing team campaigning for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race around the world, has finished the second stage of the four-part Leg Zero qualification series – the Rolex Fastnet Race – in fourth place.

 

The nine-person crew skippered by renowned Dutch yachtsman Simeon Tienpont and backed by paints, coatings and specialty chemicals company AkzoNobel crossed the finish line in Plymouth at 03.32 UTC (04.32 BST) on Wednesday morning.
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06 Aug 2017
Magnificent conditions for the start of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Solent laid on 'classic' conditions for the start of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's largest offshore yacht race.  

The first start...

04 Aug 2017
Podium finish for team AkzoNobel in Leg Zero opening skirmish

Team AkzoNobel finished third in its first racing encounter today, a high adrenaline sprint race around the Isle of Wight during the Lendy Cowes Week regatta in the UK. The race – the first of a four-stage Leg Zero qualification series for the Volvo Ocean Race – was a fast and furious affair sailed under overcast skies with winds gusting up to 35 knots (65 km/h).

The fleet of seven identical Volvo Ocean 65 ocean-going yachts were racing as a fleet for the first time and revelled in...

03 Aug 2017
Mapfre, Volvo Ocean 65 - © Tom Gruitt/CWL

Two world speed sailing records fell today in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Lendy Cowes Week, subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

The Spanish Volvo Ocean 65 Mapfre completed the 50 mile course around the Isle of Wight in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new outright Around Isle of Wight world record by a monohull yacht.

Her time was 6 minutes 58 seconds ahead of that set by Mike Slades 100ft ICAP Leopard in 2013. Unlike the...

02 Aug 2017
Rooster RS Aero World Championships, Carnac, France

A good fresh breeze greeted the RS Aero fleet again on Day 5, the deciding day of the 1st RS Aero Worlds. This was the sixth day in succession, ever since the new breeze arrived for the practice race. Whilst a fantastic time was being had bouncing over the waves off Carnac there were definitely some jaded legs in the dinghy park.

 

From the 21 boat RS Aero 9 fleet Marc Jacobi USA just needed one counter on the final day and he did that with style nailing the first race of the...

01 Aug 2017
Welcome to the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the official charity of Lendy Cowes Week based on Cowes Parade and FUNdraising throughout town all week. Image: Sportography.tv

Today the Lendy Cowes Week spotlight shone brightly on the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) with the day being officially designated Charity Day and with Founding Trustee and America's Cup sailor Iain Percy OBE in Cowes to fly the FUNdraising flag.

The ASF is delighted to have been selected as the official charity in this first year of Lendy's title sponsorship and has been setting out to practically demonstrate just what a difference it can make to the lives of young people across a...

31 Jul 2017
Sir Keith Mills' British Ker40+ Invictus (Paul Wyeth/Lendy Cowes Week)

An incident packed second day at Lendy Cowes Week included Girls of Film hitting a rock on approach to a mark, a collision between Invictus and Rebellion at the same mark, plus 42 South snapping their rig, and a navigational error costing a round of drinks at the bar.

Sir Keith Mills' British Ker40+ Invictus took line honours, and corrected out to win the race. However, after racing, Peter Morton's British CF40+ Girls on Film, was given redress, and awarded joint first place for the...