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  • Sails Of Change North Atlantic Record Attempt Halted By UFO

    Sails Of Change North Atlantic Record Attempt Halted By UFO

    Sails of Change takes on the North Atlantic record



    The maxi trimaran Sails of Change set out from New York at 13H10’08” TU on Thursday in an attempt to break the trans-Atlantic record. Yann Guichard and his 11-strong crew arrived in the United States the day before to take advantage of a favourable weather window. In their sights is the record set by Pascal Bidegorry aboard the same boat in August 2009 of 3 days, 15 hours and 25 minutes.


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  • In Over His Head: An In Depth Look Into The Defiant Mishap

    In Over His Head: An In Depth Look Into The Defiant Mishap

    The Baltimore Banner's Hugo Kugiya has published an in depth look at the Donald Lawson Tragedy


    In extreme quest, sailor Donald Lawson chose boat like no other: fast but complicated



    His boat Defiant, an elite racing trimaran, is fast, light — but also susceptible to capsizing






    The racing boat being used by Donald Lawson when he went missing in the Pacific Ocean. (Courtesy of Dark Seas Project)

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  • July 24th Fleet Update

    July 24th Fleet Update



    Wind Whisper, VO65 sailed by Pablo Arrarte, has slipped into first place on corrected time ? ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo
    VO65s move ahead in IRC Super Zero

    Two VO65s have moved to the top of the corrected time rankings in IRC Super Zero, relegating the USA-flagged 88-footer Lucky to third place. Pablo Arrarte’s VO65 Wind Whisper had a good run up to the Fastnet Rock to take the lead on corrected time earlier this morning while Team Jajo skippered by Clarke Murphy overtook
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  • From Torrid To Tranquil

    From Torrid To Tranquil



    Chris Sheehan's PAC 52 Warrior Won rounds the Fastnet Rock at dawn this morning
    image ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi




    Yesterday’s trickle of yachts competing in this special 50th Rolex Fastnet Race last night turned into a torrent. Bryon Ehrhart’s monohull line honours favourite led the single-hulled fleet around the Fastnet Rock shortly before 21:00 BST but the 88ft long canting keel weapon was only seven miles ahead of the first IMOCA, Yoann
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  • A New Course Record For Gabbart And Crew On Maxi Trimaran SRV Lazartigue

    A New Course Record For Gabbart And Crew On Maxi Trimaran SRV Lazartigue



    The 32m Ultim Trimaran SVR Lazartigue, skippered by Francois Gabart has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 50th Edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

    SVR Lazartigue’s elapsed time of 1 day 8 hours 38 minutes and 27 seconds, bettered the outright Multihull Race record, set by skippers Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas of Maxi Edmond de Rothschild in 2021.


    In 2021, Ultime Maxi Edmond de Rothschild's Gitana 17 set a new record for the race’s
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  • A Tumultuous 1st Night For Fastnet Crews

    A Tumultuous 1st Night For Fastnet Crews


    The Rolex Fastnet Race fleet endured gale force winds on their first night at sea image Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com


    A brutal first night at sea in this 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race has seen numerous retirements and many others seeking temporary shelter from the gale force conditions in the English Channel. For example, wind data from Hurst Castle at 20:10 BST last night recorded 38 knots, gusting 43. Yesterday evening off St Alban’s Point, the crew on Stuart
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  • A Wet, Windy And Raucous Start To The 50th Edition Of The RORC Fastnet Race

    A Wet, Windy And Raucous Start To The 50th Edition Of The RORC Fastnet Race



    This afternoon the Solent shoreline was packed deep with spectators braving the conditions to witness the greatest assortment of offshore yacht racing hardware ever assembled. The special 50th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Rolex Fastnet Race set sail with 430 yachts - up from the previous record of 388 that took the last pre-COVID race in 2019.





    While pundits were comparing the wind this afternoon to that of the last Rolex Fastnet...
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  • The Ocean 50's Warm Up For The Fastnet Race

    The Ocean 50's Warm Up For The Fastnet Race



    Multicoques Trophy Baie de Saint Brieuc • Ranking

    VICTORY OF SOLIDARIES IN PELOTON

    2nd KOESIO

    3rd THE LAUGH DOCTOR - LAMOTTE

    The new Solidaires En Peloton and his crew were almost unbeatable today against Saint-Quay-Portrieux; they win 4 of the 5 races of the day, contested in a medium wind. His 5th participation in the Trophy was the good one for Malouin, who for years has been wearing the colors of the fight against multiple
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  • Raven Enters New Age Of Foiling Superyachts

    Raven Enters New Age Of Foiling Superyachts

    BALTIC 111 RAVEN IN A CLASS OF HER OWN AS SHE IS PREPARED FOR LAUNCHING



    When her owner commissioned this Baltic 111 Custom foil-assisted superyacht, weight control was paramount. Baltic Yachts was selected for its forensic approach to lightweight advanced composite construction and unique ability to combine it with an unmatched custom finish

    Baltic Yachts has successfully moved the Baltic 111 Raven from her building facility at the company’s waterside
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  • Hawaii In The Cross Hairs

    Hawaii In The Cross Hairs

    TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ARE OUT FOR HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND AS "CALVIN", with its 45 MPH WINDS, HEAVY RAINS AND HIGH SEAS, APPROACHES




    Tropical Storm Calvin has bucked its trek across sub 82-deg f (28-deg C) waters and seen convective clusters blossom on its path toward Hawaii's Big Island--the southernmost and largest of the Hawaiian Island chain.


    Posted here are a series of graphics--including hourly forecast precip and wind frames from
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  • A Fast Pit Stop In Brazil For Banque Populaire
    by Photoboy



    After a little more than 48 hours of technical stopover in Rio de Janeiro, ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest skipper Armel Le Cleac'h and his ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI have returned to the race track. He docked out from Rio at a little after 1630hrs UTC and resumed racing in third place at 1738hrs UTC.

    Thanks to great cooperation from the authorities in France and Brazil the Banque Populaire XI technical team were able to replace the two rudders damaged in the South
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    02-18-2024, 02:37 PM
  • Antigua 360 Completes Nelson Cup Caribbean 600 Leadup
    by Photoboy
    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Antigua 360 - Diverse RORC Fleet





    The 2024 Nelson’s Cup Series was back in action on Friday 16th February, with the Antigua 360 Race. Thirty four entries included multihulls racing under MOCRA, three IRC Classes, and the Class40 Division.

    A light south easterly breeze provided a comfortable start for the RORC fleet. The start line mirrored the RORC Caribbean 600, providing great practice for the showcase 600-miler
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    02-17-2024, 03:31 PM
  • Global Solo Challenge Sailor, William MacBrien Rescued From His Sinking Vessel
    by Photoboy



    William MacBrien rescued after 46 hours adrift semi-submerged in south Pacific
    By Marco Nannini.


    Photos Courtesy Cargo Vessel Watatsumi

    On February 14th at 02:50 UTC disaster struck on board Phoenix. Canadian skipper William MacBrien had activated his Emergency Position Locator Beacon (EPIRB). He was in distress.


    William was over 1300 nautical miles west of Cape Horn, over 3000 miles from New Zealand, 1600 miles south...
    02-16-2024, 04:14 PM
  • Smoke On The Water In Barcelona
    by Photoboy





    16 February 2024. INEOS Britannia, Britain’s challenger for the 37th America’s Cup, has suffered damage to one of their one-design supplied AC40 training boats, Athena, after a fire onboard.








    The two British one-design AC40s (Athena & Sienna) had left the dock early for a two-boat race-training day and towed to the Northeast of Barcelona City to find some good breeze. At 10:05 CET whilst sailing off...
    02-16-2024, 03:20 PM
  • The Warmup For Caribbean 600 Sizzles
    by Photoboy



    RORC Nelson’s Cup Series | Day Two - Sizzling on the South Side


    The RORC Nelson’s Cup Series continued today, Wednesday 14 February, with two hi-octane races in tropical heat. For the second day running there were fine margins right through the fleet. After four races, no boat remains unbeaten in the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series.

    With two races yet to be run to complete the RORC Nelson’s Cup Series, Wendy Schmidt’s Botin
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    02-15-2024, 04:49 PM
  • Banque du Poulaire Diverting To Brazilian Port
    by Photoboy



    In a message distributed late this morning, the Banque Populaire team has confirmed that Armel Le Cleac'h’s ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI, racing in second place on the ARKEA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, has suffered damage to the central rudder after an incident.

    According to the team:

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    “Several options are being studied to diagnose the damage and to think about the rest of the race”.
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    02-15-2024, 09:53 AM
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