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26 Jun 2017
Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel christens brand new ocean racing yacht

Team AkzoNobel, the Dutch ocean racing team preparing to compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, has christened its newly built Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht at a spectacular event in the Netherlands.

The ceremony took place at the team’s home base in The Hague, four months almost to the day before the start of the 83,000-kilometer (45,000-nautical mile) round–the-world race, which begins in Alicante, Spain, on October 22.

Team AkzoNobel is backed by global...

08 Jun 2017
Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) lors de la 1ere etape de la Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2017 entre Bordeaux et Gijon - Pauillac le - © Alexis Courcoux

Adrien Hardy (Agir Recouvrement) seized the lead of the first stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro during a very difficult second night at sea. While the remarkable bounce back of pre-race favourite Charlie Dalin (Skipper MACIF 2015) continues, clawing back nine places though an infernal night during which the passage of a front hit the fleet with gusts over 40kts, three times winner Jérémie Beyou (Charal) is racing towards the finish in Gijon under only mainsail in 23rd place 11 miles...

05 Jun 2017
Slow Start to La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Belies Strong Winds Offshore Test

The first of four stages of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, the 48th edition of the French multi leg solo offshore race started this Sunday afternoon from the Gironde estuary by Bordeaux. But the all too gentle winds which required a delay to the original start time, finding the 43 solo skippers drifting and struggling to beat the tidal flow, seemed in stark contrast to the forecast for stormy winds, so strong that the race organisers have prudently shortened the stage from the proposed 525...

05 Jun 2017
Skipper revealed for Sanya's debut Clipper Race campaign

Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, 52, from Sydney, Australia, has today been named as the professional Skipper who will lead the Sanya Serenity Coast team in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. 

Speaking on her appointment as Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper, Wendy said: “I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to skipper the Sanya Serenity Coast team entry during the Clipper 2017-18 Race. 

“I’m looking forward to working alongside such a dynamic new partner to the Clipper Race and to helping...

02 Jun 2017
Van Uden Youth Wins 2017 North Sea Race (Team ROST)

Dutch Ker 46, Van Uden, skippered by Gerd-Jan Poortman, is the winner of the 2017 North Sea Race. Having won both IRC and ORC overall. Piet Vroon's Ker 53 took Line Honours for the 181 nautical mile race, and place third after time correction. Ker 46, Lady Mariposa, skippered by Daniel Hardy, crossed the line just 30 seconds in front of Van Uden but was second after time correction.

Van Uden Skipper Gerd-Jan Poortman has competed in the last four editions of the  Volvo Ocean Race....

31 May 2017
James Neville's FAST40+ INO XXX was the overall winner of the RORC Myth of Malham Race. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth

RORC Myth of Malham Race - Saturday 26th May, 2017  - Cowes - Eddystone – Solent (256 Miles)

Powerful thunderstorms, driving rain and wind speeds ranging from thirty knots to complete shutdowns provided epic conditions for the 256-mile RORC Myth of Malham Race. James Neville's FAST40+ Ino XXX won the gruelling marathon, correcting out under IRC to take the overall win in the 140 boat fleet. Artur Skrzyszowski's Polish Reichel Pugh 48 Selma Racing was second...

23 May 2017
NCAS meteorologists help Land Rover BAR to bring the Cup home

Researchers from one of the UK’s foremost atmospheric research institute are helping Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR sailing team in their bid to win the America’s Cup sailing competition for Britain.

The researchers, from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), are helping the Land Rover BAR meteorologists to use a complex weather prediction system to its full potential. The flexible and efficient computer model will provide accurate weather forecasts over the Bermuda...

19 May 2017
The day after the rescue: Les Crane, Skipper of the abandoned Farr 56, Monterey (BER) at the helm of Atlas Ocean Racing's Volvo 60, Esprit de Corps IV, (CAN) helped by Esprit's Skipper, Gilles Barbot on the grinder. Photo Credit: Tristan Péloquin

Esprit de Corps IV, skippered by Gilles Barbot finished the Antigua Bermuda Race on Thursday May, 18 after seven days at sea. For the last day and a half of the race, the French Canadian Volvo 60 had six extra passengers; Les Crane and the crew of Monterey who had to abandon their sinking Farr 56 in the early hours of Wednesday, May 17, 200 miles from the finish in Bermuda.

18 May 2017
Eleonora is an exact replica of the 1910 schooner, Westward. She was designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, the designer of the America's Cup defenders which turned back all six challenges from 1893 to 1920 © Tom Clarke

The magnificent 162ft schooner Eleonora, an exact replica of the 1910 Herreshoff-designed Westward took Line Honours for the Classic Class, finishing the Antigua Bermuda Race just before sunset yesterday, Wednesday 17th May. Eleonora is one of the most famous and best-known racing schooners in the world and will remain in Bermuda for the duration of the 35th America's Cup.

The beautiful 90ft Swan, Freya owned by Californian Don Macpherson and skippered by Bermudian Joph Carter,...

14 May 2017
Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's JPK 10.80 Dream Pearls (Photo: JPK)

Arnaud Delamare and Eric Mordret's JPK 10.80 Dream Pearls has won the Royal Ocean Racing Club's De Guingand Bowl Race. In second place was Noel Racine's JPK 10.10 Foggy Dew and third overall was the British Two Handed team of Ian Hoddle and Ollie Wyatt, racing Sunfast 3600 Game On.

Line Honours for the De Guingand Bowl Race went to Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51 Tonnerre de Breskens, 36 minutes ahead of their nearest rival, Daniel Hardy's Ker 46 Lady Mariposa. After IRC time correction...

08 May 2017

Start: Saturday May 13, 2017

Flexi-Course starting from Royal Yacht Squadron Line

The Royal Ocean Racing Club's offshore racing season continues this weekend with the 4th race of the RORC Season's Points Championship. Over 80 yachts are expected to take part with the vast majority of the crews made up of passionate Corinthian sailors with their own set of goals.

Designed to last 24-36 hours, the De...

05 May 2017
CSA 8, Steve Carson's Dehler 33, Hightide leads the class © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

The penultimate day of racing at the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was held in near perfect conditions off the south coast of Antigua. The Caribbean surf and sea state had moderated in comparison to the start of the regatta, but the strength of the competition was undiminished. Apart from the Club Class, all classes have now completed six races or more, kicking in the discard rule which has caused yet another shuffle in the overall standings. The intensity of the racing at Antigua...