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  • PRPETA's picture
      Peta Stuart-Hunt chats with the 25 year-old British solo sailor Lizzy Foreman before she sets sail on the final 2,770nm leg of the Mini Transat Iles de Guadeloupe to Guadeloupe on 31st October in 'Hudson Wight', Hull 633, a 10-year old Series Mini 6.50m. Lizzy is expecting to take ...
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    Leg 1 report | 21/10/2015
    I’ve been working towards the Mini Transat now for three years. In 2013 I was part of the Artemis Offshore Academy sailing their Pogo 2. Having joined with one year to the Transat it was always going to be difficult to get a place in the prestigious race. In order to ...
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    The 2015 Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC), an ISAF-recognised event hosted and run by students for students, is being held in France between 13-20 October and this year will host around 150 competitors from 15 countries. Four UK University teams are entered and every one is either skippered or crewed by a ...
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    Sailing Networks sponsors Hamble Big Boat Championship Sailing Networks, the world's largest networking website for sailors and the sailing community, is proud to announce sponsorship of the Hamble Big Boat Championship 2015, organised and run by the Hamble River Sailing Club. The Sailing Networks Hamble Big Boat Championship 2015 sees ...
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    Team Volvo sailors Giles Scott and Hannah Mills of the British Sailing Team will be taking to the water on board the IMOCA 60 JP Morgan Asset Management Rosalba in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club. Both are taking ...
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    …until, that is, you throw in a handful of high-tech speedsters, glamorous classics, famous sailing families, and some Olympic sports stars, all competing in this annual sporting institution Quite probably stealing much of the limelight from the GC32 class of six competing in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island ...
  • Sam Goodchild's picture
    The last time I followed the Solitaire du Figaro as a spectator was back in 2010 when Britain’s Jonny Malbon was doing it for the second time and he was the only Brit in the field. How things have changed now, with eight British sailors in this year’s 39-strong fleet. And for ...
  • Jack Bouttell's picture
    As per normal, time has disappeared and the 2015 Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire is coming up fast. I only arrived in France in February, and since then it’s been non-stop. I finished my last race ahead of the Solitaire last Saturday and I’ll heading off to Bordeaux this ...
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    On 15th May Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, unveiled the restored bow section of a yacht owned by former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, which was wrecked in a storm in 1974, with the loss of two crew, Heath's godson Christopher Chadd, and Nigel Cumming. The ceremony ...
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    Matt Reid won his last match racing outing at one of the RYA Winter Series events at WPNSA, and Annabel Vose won hers. They then came head to head in the final of the Royal Southern Match Cup Qualifier on Saturday 11 April in Hamble when Matt, after a seemingly ...
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    2014, what a year! | 10/11/2014
    Well I was a little embarrassed when I realised that the last time I wrote a blog I was wondering what 2014 might bring! The year has certainly flown by and whilst I miss coaching the Chinese girls (Lijia Xu and Dongshuang Zhang, pictured above) I have had a great time with ...
  • henrybomby's picture
    So the start of the mighty Volvo Ocean Race is well and truly under way now and I have to admit I have been a bit of an addict since the start, watching, reading and listening to every bit of media that comes off the boats! Some of the content is ...
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    My Playbook Leg 1 VOR | 12/10/2014
    So the start of one of the greatest races/adventures in the world got under way yesterday, the Volvo Ocean Race. As a Figaro sailor the Volvo this time around has got a whole lot more interesting with the introduction of one design boats. The racing will be closer, and tactical options ...
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    Unfinished Business | 01/08/2014
    Today marks a fantastic milestone and the start of a new partnership with the world’s leading manufacture of rugged mobile devices and accessories. With products sold in over 60 countries, Bullitt Group designs, manufactures and sells consumer electronic devices in partnership with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Caterpillar. Tough, rugged and ...
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    This year the J-Cup returns to the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble and includes the Lombard-sponsored J/97 Championships and incorporates the J/109 UK National Championships. A record turnout is expected with over 60 boats already entered and organisers are looking forward to seeing some new, as well as some of ...
  • Nikki Curwen's picture
    On Saturday 3rd May, 5 Mini’s set off from the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble in what was my first race of the year and first race in my new Mini. With a mix of both Solo and Double handed entries, as well as Series and Proto we were divided ...
  • Owen Clarke Design's picture
    Amateur/Corinthian Class 40 skipper mixes it up with the pros, on the podium of the Trophée Guyader   Twelve Class 40’s turned up for racing last week and over the long holiday weekend to contest the Trophée Guyader, in Douarnenez, which will be the site of the Class 40 Worlds later in ...
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    The Royal Southern Match Cup Qualifier was held on the Solent in a fleet of J80s on 3rd May with three Invitations to the ISAF Grade 2 Royal Southern Match Cup in June (12-15) to play for. Weather prospects had looked dim for days before the event as an area of high ...
  • Nikki Curwen's picture
    RACE SEASON BEGINS | 24/04/2014
    I've just got back from Genoa, Italy, where I've been competing in the Classe Mini, 540 mile double handed race with Romain Mouchel on his proto Follow Me (759). It was a tough race with very mixed (med) conditions, the first 2 1/2 days consisted of absolutely no wind, sailing ...
  • Dylan Fletcher's picture
     Hyeres has happy memories for Alain and I, as this is where we won our first ever World Cup gold medal last year. It was also only the second place we ever competed in the 49er together back in 2007, and we were 13th, a really positive, encouraging result in our ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      After Saturday's racing was canned at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Bermuda through lack of wind (the second of six ACWS race days lost due to the conditions this season), Artemis Racing emerged as the worthy winner after three races on Sunday. The 18ft skiff season is underway ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Emirates Team New Zealand came through to secure the America’s Cup World Series in Gothenberg, while Sultanate of Oman beat of a fast advancing Alinghi to win the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour’s Trofeo di Roma. Congratulations to Andrea Rombelli’s STIG team which is the new Melges 32 World Champion. The Maxi ...
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      Cowes Week kicks off | 10/08/2015
      Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is underway. See the reports from day one and day two. A strong line-up is expected for Thursday’s Artemis Challenge, while next Sunday’s Rolex Fastnet Race will be the first event in the new IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship for the IMOCA 60s. See the prospects for ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Slow boat race | 30/06/2015
      Giovanni Belgrano’s Laurent Giles classic Whooper won the Round the Island Race’s Gold Roman Bowl. The Paprec-Team Concise MOD70 claimed overall line honours with the nimble GC32s nipping at her heels. Flavio Marazzi’s ARMIN STROM Sailing Team came on top in the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour’s Cowes Cup. The first start ...
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      Weymouth is bracing itself this week for its biggest Olympic sailing event since London 2012. Stephen Park tells us what to expect and the state of Team GBR. ISAF is realigning ready to fight the cause for Paralympic sailing. There was a photo finish at the Volvo Ocean Race’s Lisbon ...
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      Europe bound | 15/05/2015
      Leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race sets sail from Newport to Lisbon on Sunday – see the latest crew changes. Five°West has launched a new regatta to be held in the heart of the Chinese metropolis Shanghai. Ian Williams and Taylor Canfield were dominating the early rounds of the Congressional ...
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      Life after Luna Rossa | 28/04/2015
      Chris Draper tells us of life after Luna Rossa. The Volvo Ocean Race boats went through a significant tack in the South Atlantic but have now crossed the Equator and face a long slog across the Trades. The GC32s enjoyed a useful few days in Marseille preparing for the Bullitt GC32 ...
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      With the change to a smaller AC boat and Luna Rossa pulling out, we look at the latest from the America’s Cup. Following Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s victory on leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, Team SCA has made port, while Dongfeng has its own race on to reach Itajai ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Team SCA won the Volvo Ocean Race’s Auckland In Port race. The start of leg 5 is currently under delay thanks to the brisk winds of Cyclone Pam. Despite SAP taking the lead on Thursday, Leigh McMillan and the crew on The Wave, Muscat scored their third consecutive win at the ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race finished in Auckland with just eight minutes separating the lead trio. All six boats finished within seven hours. Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos have both passed Cape Horn in the Barcelona World Race. Bella Mente picked up the overall prize in the RORC Caribbean ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Congratulations to Gotta Love It 7 for yet another JJ Giltinan Trophy victory. The hotshots claimed 18ft skiffs’ unofficial world championship with a day to spare and in the process skipper Seve Jarvin became the most capped JJ winner of all time. A race restart is underway between Vanuatu and Fiji ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      The big converge | 16/02/2015
      Congratulations to Ian Williams who over the weekend not only entered the record books by winning his fifth Match Racing World title but also claimed the Monsoon Cup. Team Brunel’s ‘buffalo girls’ move has reaped an 80 mile reward at the latest sched in the Volvo Ocean Race. Down south, the ...
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      Auckland bound | 09/02/2015
      The Volvo Ocean Race set sail from Sanya on Sunday. See our leg 4 preview and parts 1 and 2 of our ‘state of the VOR nation’ interview with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker. Dongfeng Race Team won Saturday’s in-port race and the leg 4 start. The crews are ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Giles Scott and Bryony Shaw claimed golds at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Miami with a day to spare and were followed on Saturday with Luke Patience and Elliott Willis winning the 470 Men (ie beating Mat Belcher). In the Barcelona World Race the frontrunners are are battening down ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Final run to Sanya | 26/01/2015
      The Volvo Ocean Race is on the final straight to Sanya with Dongfeng Race Team set for a heroes welcome into its home port. In the Barcelona World Race, the leaders yesterday passed the Cape of Good Hope. Racing concluded at Quantum Key West Race Week with Bella Mente taking Mini ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Peter Burling has been crowned the new Moth World Champion, while on the opposite side of Port Philip Bay, Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe became the International 14 World Championship with a day to spare. The final day was called off due to excess wind. Our thoughts are with the crew ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Cape Verde chess game | 08/01/2015
      Overnight the Barcelona World Race fleet has been heading west to get themselves around the Cape Verdes. Hugo Boss crew and BWR favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes contemplate the doublehanded round the world race. In the Volvo Ocean Race there was a tense ‘who will blink first’ mid-Arabian Sea gybe moment ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Happy New Year! The Rolex Sydney Hobart saw Wild Oats XI win line honours for an eighth time, while there was a deserved overall victory for Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose. The Barcelona World Race set sail on New Year’s Eve. See our guide to the runners and riders and info about ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Wedding bells | 22/12/2014
      Ben Ainslie contemplates Bermuda, progress with raising a war chest for the 35th AC, but has an important day before then. While Jim Clark’s brand new 100ft VPLP-Verdier maxi Comanche lines up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart, George David’s new Rambler 88 is set to kick off her race program in ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      It is safe to say that Volvo's call to go one design for this race is working...with Dongfeng Race Team overhauling Team Brunel, only then to be pipped at the post in Abu Dhabi by the Dutch. Morgan Larson and the crew of Alinghi came out on top in the Extreme ...
      • Owen Clarke Design's picture
        Amateur/Corinthian Class 40 skipper mixes it up with the pros, on the podium of the Trophée Guyader   Twelve Class 40’s turned up for racing last week and over the long holiday weekend to contest the Trophée Guyader, in Douarnenez, which will be the site of the Class 40 Worlds later in ...
      • Owen Clarke Design's picture
        FOR SALE – Owen Clarke designed Class 40 #90, 40 Degrees 2 40 Degrees 2, currently racing in the TJV (Transat Jacques Vabres) as 11th Hour Racing, having restarted from Lorient after a strop failed on her forestay, is the latest Class 40 to be listed by Owen Clarke ...
      • Owen Clarke Design's picture
        Since last weeks’ IMOCA meeting considerably more information is available on how 60s designed to the new rule will be different and might compare to existing designs. The rule changes are preliminary until published and are to be subject to a further meeting in December.  But there is now light at ...
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        The trimaran Spirit snatched second place in the Australian Multihull National titles.  This Owen Clarke 40’ tri built In the UK in the early 90’s and formerly owned by IMOCA 60 skipper Mike Golding bested a number of more recent designs including an all carbon Farrier designed tri ...
      • Caterham Composites's picture
        A question of balance | 16/08/2013
        Overview Caterham Composites is a specialist company delivering turn-key lightweight structural solutions to all industries. We offer fresh thinking, new perspectives and an unquenchable thirst for improvement. As part of the Caterham Group we have the technical resources available to offer to the wider world; CFD technology, crash and NDT capacity will ...
      • McConaghyBoats's picture
        The McConaghy MC38 Autumn Cup held on Pittwater, Sydney, crowned John Bacon, Dark Star, as the winner this weekend. This is the second MC38 class victory for John Bacon after winning the Sevenstar MC38 Australian Championships. Saturday offered some light and shifty breezes, but this did not dampen the spirits of the ...
      • McConaghyBoats's picture
        Adastra, the ground breaking composite superyacht built by McConaghy Boats in China has been awarded a judges commendation for Most Innovative Design. Mark Evans, John Shuttleworth and Orion Shuttleworth were at the awards ceremony in Istanbul and accepted the award on behalf of the owner Anton Marden. Congratulations to Anton and his family, ...
      • Rick Tomlinson Photography's picture
          Photography Workshops with International Yachting Photographer Rick Tomlinson - Saturday April 27 & Saturday May 4 - Cowes   2 one day photography workshops will take place from Cowes with both onshore and on the water tuition photographing from Rick's 6.5m RIB.  Limited to just 5 people a high level of one to one ...
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        Knowing the Ropes | 15/04/2013
        SUCCESS STORY - VENDEE GLOBE KEY HIGHLIGHT Marine, Offshore Racing  CHALLENGE To ensure Alex Thomson Racing gets the technical support from Caterham Composites  during one of the most challenging offshore races in the world - the Vendée Globe. SOLUTION Caterham Composites committed time, effort and engineering know-how throughout the Vendée Globe with special focus on the structural ...
      • McConaghyBoats's picture
        McConaghy built Wedgetail wins Brisbane to Gladstone race Bill Wilde's McConaghy built and Reichel Pugh designed Wedgetail was crowned as Courier Mail Cup winner on Sunday after thirty hours of intense racing. Wedgetail won both IRC overall and PHRF overall, in a race that was predicted to go to the smaller boats in ...
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          Fast, faster, Alex Thomson. Leaving Les Sables d'Olonne, France on 10th November 2012, Alex triumphantly arrived on 30th January securing third place. He was obviously thrilled, but so were the crowds of family, team, business partners and fans waiting for him on dry land. During the 80 days 19 hours 23 minutes  43 ...
      • Grapefruit Graphics's picture
        To coincide with our 10th Anniversary we have launched a new website for 2013 where you can find out about us and our services along with news and case studies about some of the projects we are involved with. It's only January and we are already excited to see how busy the ...
      • Caterham Composites's picture
          Photo: C.Launay/ Alex Thomson Racing/ HUGO BOSS “It’s about finishing the race.” Caterham Composites provides the design and structural engineering of the emergency rudder concept, for the IMOCA 60 yacht of Alex Thomson Racing.   Key Highlights Marine, Offshore Racing Challenge To design a lightweight fix for a broken rudder, giving the skipper the opportunity to sail to ...
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        Mike Gascoyne's Blog 11/12/12 Good morning all from the Caterham Challenge   Position N 19 18.514 ...
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        Mike Gascoyne's Blob 10/12/12 Good morning all from the Caterham Challenge Position N 019 37.289 ...
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          Mike Gascoyne's Blog 07/12/12 Good morning from the Caterham Challenge Position N 21 59.302 ...
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        Mike Gascoyne's blog 06/12/12 Good morning all from the Caterham Challenge   Position N 022 49.063 ...
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        Mike Gascoyne's Blog 05/12/12 Good morning all from the Caterham Challenge Position N 023 54.230 ...
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        The next Challenge II | 04/12/2012
          Pictures taken by Peter Scrimshaw Mike Gascoyne's Blog 04/12/12 Good morning all from the Caterham Challenge Position     N 025 28.715 Position ...