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  • Stephen Park's picture
    As 2013 draws to a close, it is traditionally the time to reflect on the past year’s achievements, and celebrate successes. While there were plenty of positives in 2013 to reflect upon, with the British Sailing Team having collected 70 medals at major regattas, achieving International podium finishes in every one of ...
  • Seagypsy's picture
    IMOCA announces new rules for the Barcelona World Race and a new Ocean Master Championship! Great news for fans of ocean racing. Below are some musings of the just nearly-completed Transat Jacques Vabre. It has been a beautiful thing to behold. The 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre delivered all that it promised ...
  • Paul Cayard's picture
    Three races were held today in perfect conditions, once again. East winds of 10-14 knots and bright sunshine made for another postcard day in Nassau. Austin and I got off to a good start with a fourth place in the first race of the day. We had a great start, good speed ...
  • Paul Cayard's picture
    Perfect Star sailing conditions were delivered in Nassau today. 8-12 knots from the east and sunshine made the sailing spectacular for this elite fleet. Four races were held on Montague Bay at the east end of Nassau, each about 40 minutes. With just 18 boats on the track, and all of them ...
  • Paul Cayard's picture
    I have spent the past three months decompressing from a difficult Americas Cup for me. Sometimes things go well and you are oblivious to those struggling. Fortunately, my previous America's Cups and Around the World campaigns have been above average and ultimately very satisfying. This time was a struggle. We had ...
  • 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 ...
  • Seagypsy's picture
        With the Mini fleet away and the TJV fleet in full race mode stretched over 3000 miles, there is too much action and drama offshore to contain in one small blog post! So, today we will concentrate on Macif and her charge from 50 miles behind in ...
  • Jon Emmett's picture
    Never say NEVER again | 13/11/2013
        Lijia Xu has now retired, and as the ISAF conference draws to a close so does another year. Despite saying that I would never work for the Chinese again I decided to go and coach Lily for her final Radial regatta: the Radial World Championships in Rizhao.  Unfortunately Lily had developed a ...
  • Seagypsy's picture
    Mini's have been delayed again and will leave tomorrow due to a frontal passage at Cape Finisterre. I am sure there is much grumbling now amongst the competitors as they have been ready to go, primed and set in boat and mind, only to have the rug ...
  • PRPETA's picture
    2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of IRC under its original name, CHS. The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and L'Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) are delighted to have reached this major milestone in providing fair and simple ratings for racing sailors around the world. ...
  • Owen Clarke Design's picture
    The French pro-amateur pairing of  Sébastien Audigane and Bertrand Guillonneau having led for part of the first day re holding their own on the four year old Brit designed and built Class 40 Matouba. They're presently in sixth position, three miles behind the leader and one mile from third place Yannick ...
  • Seagypsy's picture
        Above - The two MOD70 trimarans battle it out, match racing into the English Channel during the first day of the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV). Thus far the race has not disappointed tactically, as the first decision to be made by the teams is upon them. The ...
  • PRPETA's picture
    Hudson Wight combines sailing experience, proven fabric technology and design and manufacturing expertise to produce great looking, lightweight and breathable ‘offshore spec’ gear and accessories at less than half the price of other brands by supplying direct to the customer. This new brand of perforamnce sailwear, targeted at racing and cruising sailors ...
  • Seagypsy's picture
    While we impatiently await the re-start of the MiniTransat and the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre, it seems appropriate to explore what we find so compelling about this sport. What is it about men and women confronting the ocean and each other in a sailboat race - ...
  • 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 ...
  • Owen Clarke Design's picture
    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 ...
  • PRPETA's picture
    The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the 2014 Inter-Club Keelboat Championships on Saturday 29th March 2014. This event is open to IRC yachts with a minimum TCC rating of 0.900 and not exceeding 1.085. The helm and 60% of all crew on board should be 25 years old or under and ...
  • Trans Tasman record | 16/10/2013
    Have a look at www.teamaus.net.au, Sean Langman and crew trying to set a record time for the 1260 miles from Sydney to Auckland. The boat is the old Banque Populaire v. The boat has a yollowbrick tracker and WSSRC timing. Robert Remilton ...
  • Trans Tasman record | 16/10/2013
    Have a look at www.teamaus.net.au, Sean Langman and crew trying to set a record time for the 1260 miles from Sydney to Auckland. The boat is the old Banque Populaire v. The boat has a yollowbrick tracker and WSSRC timing. Robert Remilton ...
  • pips74's picture
    I’ve been through every emotion under the sun in the last day; nervousness, stress, frustration, hope, blind optimism, the depths of despair, immense gratitude, relief and finally deep joy – and all because of a VHF aerial. For those that aren’t familiar with offshore racing and may be wondering what the contrôles ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Olympic update | 13/02/2014
      In our Olympic update we attempt to get the official line on the Star’s exclusion from Rio 2016, and look at the busy schedule for 2014, including Santander 2014, the first occasion nations can qualify, while RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park shares the latest on developments at the Rio venue. Racing ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Subject to what appears in the Protocol when it is launched in March, Ben Ainslie says there will be a British challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, however the New Zealand Herald is carrying some scary news that challenger numbers may be limited.  Phil Sharp returns to the Figaro class after ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami concluded on Saturday with Giles Scott back in the driving seat in the Finn class and Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre claiming their first SWC win in the 470. Team Brunel has signed its star navigator. Bart’s Bash is well on track to becoming the world’s ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      This autumn’s Route du Rhum is lining up to be a monster with more than fifty Class 40s competing but the headline grabbers will be the giant multis in the ‘Ultime’ class. Yann Guichard tells us about how it will be to compete on board the world’s largest trimaran, the 40m ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Russia in for AC35? | 27/01/2014
      Paul Campbell-James tells us about Gazprom Team Russia’s Extreme Sailing Series plans and the prospects for a Russian challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. Quantum Racing came out on top on the final day of the 52 Super Series racing at Key West. Elsewhere at Quantum Key West, Alec Cutler’s Hedgehog ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams looks forward to the 2014 season when he will try to set a new record by winning the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for a fifth time. Rán Racing has pulled into the lead in the 52 Super Series at Quantum Key West Race Week, while ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Quantum Key West Race Week sets sail today. See the form in the 52 Super Series competition and elsewhere across the fleet. Thomas Coville set off on his bid to break Francis Joyon’s solo non-stop around the world record. See Carlo Borlenghi’s superb photo gallery of the Oppie and Melges 20 ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Goodie goes catamaran | 16/01/2014
      Beijing 2008 Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison tells us about getting the call-up from Ben Ainslie to sail the Extreme Sailing Series, prospects for Rio 2016, his one design keel boat sailing and his real passion...the Moth. Quantum Key West sets sail on Sunday and includes two new 52 teams. ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Sorry salvage | 13/01/2014
      Bernard Stamm has recovered the wreck of his ill-fated IMOCA 60 Cheminees Poujoulat following her breaking in two in a storm in the Western Approaches just before Christmas. Asko Appliances came out on top in the opening round of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship in Sydney – we speak to JJ ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Starting an offshore race when the forecast is showing 50-60 knots may not have been the smartest move. The Cape2Rio set sail into these conditions causing carnage in the fleet and the loss of an Angolan crewman on the Bavaria 54 Bille. SpeedDream is to build their first prototype for offshore ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      The Rolex Sydney Hobart got off to a spectacular start on Boxing Day with Wild Oats XI leading out through Sydney Heads. Sailing down the New South Wales coast Perpetual Loyal moved into first place, only for the Oats to recover the lead as the going got light in Bass Strait. Mark ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Bernard Stamm and Damien Guillou survived a tricky night when their IMOCA 60 Cheminees Poujoulat broke up in storm force conditions in the Western Approaches and their liferaft was damaged. Two notable events are due in 2014 – Bart's Bash aims to get as many people simultaneously out racing as possible, ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Gearing up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart, met legend Roger ‘Clouds’ Badham believes this year’s race may be a record breaker. Strong contenders for the Tattershall’s Cup are the new Ker 46, Tony Kirby’s Patrice and the new Carkeek 60, Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban, while among those gunning for line honours ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      A new circuit for high performance 40 footers is being set up in the UK for 2014. Rob Greenhalgh tells us about the new FAST40+. The first Audi Melges 20 World Champion has been crowned. The season is ramping up down under. Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste scored a clean sweep in the ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      After much speculation Franck Cammas, Olivier de Kersauson and Michel Desjoyeaux have announced their joint campaign for the 35th America’s Cup in Team France. Artemis Racing has revealed its first signings. We speak to Pip Hare, the sole British competitor in this year’s Mini Transat about her race. The 52 Super ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      The route for the 2014 Solitaire du Figaro is to visit the UK. The new Star Sailors League appears to have been a success with Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada dominated the Finals in Nassau. See Paul Cayard’s blogs from the event. Open Aussie and Chinese sailor ruled the roost at ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      There was a well deserved victory for Sebastien Rogues and Fabien Delahaye aboard GDF Suez in the Class40s in the Transat Jacques Vabre. A deluge of Class40s followed them into Itajai yesterday. We look at the new Tom Humphreys-designed Class40, Vaquita. In the Mini Transat there was a change of leader ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Andreas Hanakamp shows us the ropes on the new Tom Humphreys-designed Class40, Vaquita. The final boats arrived in the IMOCA 60 fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre, with a photo finish. The lead trio of Class40s have crossed a front and are due into Itajai on Saturday. Thanks to a wayward ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      Scheidt still got it | 25/11/2013
      40 year old Robert Scheidt showed some of his old form by claiming the Laser Worlds in Oman. At the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship there was a dramatic final day that saw Saturday's leaders Ironbound and Team Aqua overhauled by Team Ceeref, however Chris Bake’s team won the overall season ...
    • James Boyd's picture
      MACIF dismasts | 21/11/2013
      Sad news for Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux overnight with the dismasting of MACIF, IMOCA 60 leader in the TJV. Meanwhile this morning the Multi 50s are on their final run into the finish and the Class40s are attempting to exit the Doldrums. Chris Bake’s Team Aqua came out on top ...
      • 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
        The French pro-amateur pairing of  Sébastien Audigane and Bertrand Guillonneau having led for part of the first day re holding their own on the four year old Brit designed and built Class 40 Matouba. They're presently in sixth position, three miles behind the leader and one mile from third place Yannick ...
      • 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 ...
      • Owen Clarke Design's picture
        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 ...
      • Caterham Composites's picture
        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 ...
      • Owen Clarke Design's picture
      • Caterham Composites's picture
          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 ...