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27 Nov 2016
Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell

As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the fleet were still to round Tenerife, the last mark of the course before the international racing fleet head out into the open waters of the Atlantic. Land effects were still the main influence on tactics and strategy, with some big gains and losses in the fleet overnight.

Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3, skippered by Brian Thompson has pulled out an astonishing lead of more than 100 miles on...

26 Nov 2016
Giovanni Soldini's MOD70 Maserati powers past Puerto Calero at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race  © RORC/James Mitchell

The 3rd edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race started without a hitch in ideal conditions outside Marina Lanzarote. With a gentle breeze and slight sea state, it was a comfortable start to the 2,865 nautical mile ocean race to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada, West Indies. The three fastest yachts have chosen to head north of the rhumb line. Once they have rounded Tenerife, the decision to continue north or dive south will become clear.

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21 Nov 2016
Vendee Globe - The search for signal: Roura's route explained

In this modern era there are few places where one can escape the clutches of technology – and it seems that's true even if you're sailing round the world. Eagle-eyed fans watching the Vendée Globe tracker may have been wondering where Swiss skipper Alan Roura was off to after he broke from the group he was in and headed over to the coast of Brazil.

Roura, who at 23 is the youngest skipper in the Vendée Globe fleet, today revealed the reason behind his peculiar course – he...

19 Nov 2016

The extraordinary step up in performance of the new generation of foiling IMOCA monohulls at the front of the Vendee Globe is evident today as Alex Thomson added more miles to his lead in reaching conditions in which his Hugo Boss clearly excels. 

Even the British skipper, who has lead the solo round the world race since last Saturday night, admitted today he, himself, is deeply impressed at the speed of his VPLP-Verdier design in the 16 to 19kts trade winds in which he has been fast...

16 Nov 2016
Bainbridge International Signs on as Sponsor of 33rd Biennial Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race

Affiliated Brands AIRX, Karver and Plastimo also announced as race partners

12 Teams Currently Registered for the 811nm classic cace starting Miami February 3, 2017 

Montego Bay, Jamaica (November 17, 2016) – The Montego Bay Yacht Club is pleased to announced that Bainbridge International has signed on as a Gold Level sponsor for the 33rd edition of the...

14 Nov 2016
Vendee Globe - Blackpot! - Alex goes his own way and reaps reward

Black-hulled Hugo Boss has gained and leads the Vendée Globe out of the ‘Pot au Noir’, the Doldrums by over eighty miles. The British skipper has made 40 miles on the chasing group since this morning. Tanguy de Lamotte has reached Mindello, in the Cape Verdes where he plans to make repairs to his masthead. 

Vendée Globe leader Alex Thomson’s Doldrums strategy is simple and straightforward. At midday today, after several hours of rain and cloud cover, in a light breeze, the British...

07 Nov 2016
Vendee Globe 2016 - Thomson takes the lead

The eighth Vendée Globe has only just begun and for the frontrunners, the Bay of Biscay will soon be in their wake. The fleet has split into three distinct groups spread over 120 miles, while the leaders have only sailed 300. Britain’s Alex Thomson has taken the lead.

As expected, the conditions in the Bay of Biscay are favouring the new foilers. The three leading skippers, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), Jean-Pierre Dick (St Michel-Virbac) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) all have...

30 Oct 2016
Advance Preparations Underway for Quantum Key West Race Week

The Storm Trysail Club has flip flops on the ground in Key West, the southernmost point of the continental U.S., and advance preparations are underway for the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, scheduled January 15-20, 2017.

The entry list for the must-attend regatta of the winter is fast approaching 90 boats, the nightly parties are being planned and the sponsor list is well-tuned with six companies - Quantum Sails, City of Key West/Key West Tourism, Lewmar, B&G,...

21 Oct 2016

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas catches up with Skipper Giovanni Soldini of the Italian MOD70 Maserati Multihull in an exclusive interview.

The stunning Italian multihull is berthed at Grand Harbour Marina for The Rolex Middle Sea Race starting Saturday 22nd October, before she heads off for the RORC Transatlantic Race next month ending in Port Louis Marina, Grenada in December.

Twenty five nations gather in Malta for the Rolex Middle Sea Race...

17 Oct 2016
Giovanni Soldini's foiling MOD70, Maserati will be literally flying off the start line in the third edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race © Guilain Grenier/www.martin-raget.com

Racing across the Atlantic evokes the primal desires of any offshore sailor and the Grenada-bound RORC Transatlantic Race, departing from Calero Marinas Marina Arrecife, Lanzarote on Saturday 26th November, has attracted a highly diverse range of boats and crews to compete in the third edition. (Entry List) 

Leopard out to break the monohull record

Whilst the Atlantic is only half the size of the Pacific, Mid-Atlantic is as far away from land as possible, save...

06 Oct 2016
Leopard Wins In St Tropez

With Mike Slade at the helm of his Maxi Leopard 3, the crew has completed a sensational double finishing the Mediterranean season unbeaten. With back to back wins at two of sailing's most prestigious regattas, Slade's team now turn their attention to the 3000-mile RORC Transatlantic Race this November.

Following on from Leopard's win at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia last month, the British 100ft Maxi has also just claimed the Big Boat class at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez....

03 Oct 2016
Next summer's pinnacle of offshore racing, the Rolex Fastnet Race is likely to be an even greater spectacle, with the event being opened up to yachts larger than the 100ft Leopard and Comanche (seen here at the start of the 2015 record-breaking race) © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race starting on Sunday 6th August 2017, has relaxed the limit of a maximum monohull length of 100ft (30.48m).

The biennial event is the world's biggest offshore race and the last edition attracted a record-sized fleet of 356 starters. The 47th race is expected to be no different, with a diverse fleet of yachts from around the world eager to secure a spot when the online entry system opens at midday (UTC) on 9th January...