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28 Aug 2017
Ruweida V Wins Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

The 38th Annual Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta presented by IYRS concluded in Newport today with R-Class Ruweida V, restored by IYRS students, as the overall winner. In addition, the winners of the North American Panerai...

23 Aug 2017
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series ready to rumble

As the European summer regatta circuit begins to draw to a close, the Caribbean vibe in Barbados is beginning to rumble with plans already in place for the annual Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series – 16-24 January 2018.

The 82nd edition of this Caribbean season opening Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, is now one of the most popular events on the circuit. With direct,...

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
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...

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.

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...

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...

30 Jul 2017
12 FAST40+ teams make up the largest Grand Prix class racing at Lendy Cowes Week. (Paul Wyeth/Lendy Cowes Week)

Bastiaan de Voogd's Dutch Carkeek MkIII Hitchhiker was the winner on the first day of Lendy Cowes Week, taking Line Honours in just over five hours to win the Royal Southampton Yacht Club Hillhead Salver.

Hitchhiker's Boat Captain, Rogier van Overveld, spoke about the Dutch team's win. “This is the first regatta with our new rig, since our previous rig was damaged in a winter storm. We got off the line well, and stayed in the pack, we were not trying anything too crazy, just relying...

25 Jul 2017
Rambler 88 wins the Channel Race

George David's American Canting Keel Maxi, Rambler 88 has won the 2017 RORC Channel Race, making it two wins in a row, having also won the RORC Cowes Dinard St Malo Race. Rambler 88 took Line Honours in the 160 nautical mile race, and after IRC time correction, was the overall winner out of 109 entries. Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51 Tonnerre 4, was second, and Pascal Loison's French JPK 10.10 Night and Day, was third racing Two Handed.

Rambler 88 Crew: George David, David Aisher, Silvio...

20 Jul 2017
Thirteen examples of the FAST40+ Class will make up the largest Grand Prix class, racing at Lendy Cowes Week. (Paul Wyeth/CWL)

Thirteen examples of the FAST40+ Class will make up the largest Grand Prix class, racing at Lendy Cowes Week. From the 29th July to 4th August, the FAST40+ Class will be the first start of every day at Britain's most famous regatta.

Racing a mixture of tight Solent courses, and longer coastal races, Lendy Cowes Week marks the third scoring regatta of the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit. Sir Keith Mills' British Ker40+ Invictus, currently leads the season's championship. Stewart Whitehead's...