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16 Jan 2017
Photo-finish predicted in Vendée Globe thriller

The Vendée Globe is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles as they enter the final 1,000 miles to the finish.

Thomson has been playing catch-up since Le Cléac'h took the lead on December 2 but as the race enters its final few days he has transformed from the chaser into the hunter, ruthlessly stalking his French rival in the hope of being able to deliver the killer blow before the race is up. The British skipper...

09 Jan 2017
Critical twelve hours for Vendée Globe leaders, says Walker

The next 12 hours could prove crucial to the outcome of the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, according to British sailing star Ian Walker. Walker, the reigning champion of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been glued to his computer following the exploits of fellow countryman Alex Thomson, currently locked in an epic battle for first place with Frenchman Armel Le Cléac’h.

As the solo non-stop round the world race enters its final 3,000 nautical miles Le Cléac’h's Banque Populaire VIII leads Thomson's...

06 Jan 2017
Vendée Globe - When a victory is staying on course

Conrad Colman is in recovery mode. The Kiwi skipper in ninth place in the Vendée Globe is recovering physically after three epic days battling to keep alive his ten year dream to complete the famous solo round the world race.

Rest is the best medicine for his cut hands, his strained and bruised limbs and battered body and the 34 year old solo skipper, who is on his third racing circumnavigation, has enough experience as a sailor and endurance athlete to know he can deal progressively...

05 Jan 2017
MS Barbados Concise 10 is already in Barbados ready for action.

With just 10 days to go before the start of the 2017 Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series (16-24 January), the festival atmosphere in Barbados is starting to rumble writes Sue Pelling.

Overseas entries, including Tony Lawson’s record-breaking MOD70 – MS Barbados Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield is already in Bridgetown preparing to defend the Absolute Multihull record the team broke last year in the event’s 80th anniversary year. They wowed the crowds in a...

30 Dec 2016
Vendee Globe 2017

After Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss appears to have completed one of the biggest comebacks ever in the history of the Vendée Globe, reducing his delta to 28 miles this Friday morning from over 800 miles last Friday, his rival Armel Le Cléac'h has found a light easterly breeze and is now moving away from the British skipper who was making just over three knots. Elsewhere in the fleet Enda O'Coineen is approaching his anchorage of choice at Stewart Island south of New Zeland and Jean Pierre Dick...

26 Dec 2016
Forty-knot gusts and mouthfuls of Christmas cake at Cape Hope for Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson rounded Cape Horn at 1142hrs UTC this morning describing his successful passage of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race’s most notorious landmark as ‘the best Christmas present ever.’

Since the solo non stop race was first raced in 1989, Thomson becomes the first skipper across all eight successive editions, to round Cape Horn on Christmas Day. He lies in second place behind Armel Le Cléac’h, passing the Horn one day 23 hours and 08 minutes after the French skipper...

16 Dec 2016
After 18 days at sea, James Heald and Ben Harris resplendent in dinner jackets having successfully completed the RORC Transatlantic Race 2016 from Lanzarote to Grenada. Photo: RORC/Louay Habib

After just over 18 days at sea, James Heald's Swan 45, Nemesis crossed the finish line in Grenada of the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race in the very early hours of Thursday morning, 15 December. Racing among a fleet of boats from around the world, the Lymington-based duo have won the IRC Two Handed division, were 6th overall in IRC and snatched 2nd place in IRC One. Quite an exemplary achievement with just the two sailors on board for the 3,000 nautical mile race.

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11 Dec 2016
Skipper, Olly Cotterell and Team Maverick, Inifiniti 46 having crossed the finish line in Grenada celebrate dockside at Port Louis Marina in the early hours of Saturday © RORC/Arthur Daniel

Infiniti 46, Maverick, skippered by Oliver Cotterell crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada at 06h 52m 09s on 10th December 2016. The British yacht, with radical side foils is provisionally the winner of...

10 Dec 2016
Quantum Key West Race Week Family of Sponsors continues to Grow

As entries keep coming in for Quantum Key West Race Week, organizers at the Storm Trysail Club welcome Red Stripe Beer as a first-time sponsor and the return of Foiling RIBs for the 30th anniversary regatta, scheduled Jan. 15-20, 2017.

Founded in 1928 in Jamaica, Red Stripe is a full-bodied amber lager that embodies the spirit and rhythm of Jamaica and its people. In 2003 Red Stripe won the Gold Medal in the Monde Selection awards in the Beers, Waters and Soft Drinks category, and...

06 Dec 2016

French skipper Kito de Pavant was enduring an anxious wait this afternoon aboard his Bastide Otio after he struck an object which destroyed his keel housing, ripped off his aft keel mountings and left the appendage supported only by the hydraulic keel ram. 

De Pavant, from the Occitanie region in SW France is placed  10th in the Vendée Globe round the world race some 120 miles to the north of the Crozet Islands. He reported a significant ingress of water, flooding the engine...

03 Dec 2016
Vendee Globe - Salad and ice cream as Colman turns 33

Colman is one of two skippers whose birthdays take place during the solo round the world race, the other being Spaniard Didac Costa on December 22. Speaking live to Vendée Globe HQ today Colman said his wife Clara had given him a special box of food to open on his birthday. “I'm celebrating my birthday by doing the Vendée Globe, it's been a dream of mine for a long long time,” he said. “I'm also celebrating by eating salad. I've been looking forward to it the past few days. It's made up of...

02 Dec 2016
Phaedo3's Brian Thompson's showing his game face earlier this week  © Phaedo3

Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 is flying towards Grenada's Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and expected to touch down in about 24 hours. Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the race...