31 December 2017

2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start, Live Video Replay

2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start - Live Broadcast Replay

CYCATV video above published Dec 26, 2017: Channel 7 Broadcast of the start of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Watch the Wild Oats XI incur the penalty which secured Line Honours to LDV Comanche.

Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban at the finish of the Rolex Sydney Hobart:

CYCATV video above published Dec 27, 2017:  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 Overall Winner Ichi Ban was the first TP52 across the line.

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017, LIVE Feed

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24 December 2017

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017, LIVE Feed

UPDATE Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 Overall Winner:

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 28, 2017: The TP52 Ichi Ban, owned and skippered by seasoned campaigner Matt Allen, has won the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and, with it, the Tattersall Cup and Rolex timepiece reserved for the overall winner on corrected time. One of the pre-race favourites to secure one of yachting’s greatest prizes, Allen and his crew had to put aside their usual prudence in a calculated gamble. With a large number of strong boats favoured by the forecast conditions, there was no room for caution. Ichi Ban’s closest rival proved to be two-time winner, Bob Steel and Quest, which added to the mounting pressure. Making the most of the fast running conditions of the second day, and avoiding serious damage, Ichi Ban prevailed, erasing the disappointment of 2016 when a five-hour becalming in the Derwent dashed their hopes of victory.

Dec 28: Jim Cooney and LDV Comanche secured the line honours victory at the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after a protested incident between the two 100-footers, Wild Oats XI and LDV Comanche, shortly after the start, was determined in favour of Comanche:

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 28, 2017:  Jim Cooney and LDV Comanche secured the line honours victory at the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart in a record time of one day, nine hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds, bettering by 4 hours 15 minutes, 56 seconds the previous benchmark set in 2016. Cooney and his crew were rewarded for their success in the southern hemisphere’s pre-eminent offshore race with the J.H. Illingworth Trophy and a Rolex timepiece. After a phenomenal contest over the full 628nm of the Rolex Sydney Hobart concluded yesterday in the Derwent River, the line honours title for first to finish was eventually decided today in the protest room. An incident between of the two 100-footers, Wild Oats XI and LDV Comanche, shortly after the start, was determined in favour of Comanche.
Dec 27, 2017: Wild Oats XI claims line honours in battle on Derwent | Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 but a protest By LDV Comanche is pending.

LIVE Tracker - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 - Race Start

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 26, 2017: "The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart has started. 102 yachts, including 27 international entries, are participating in the 628nm bluewater classic, which marks its 73rd edition this year. The race got underway in a light easterly breeze, under a grey leaden sky. Black Jack, one of four 100-footers, led the fleet out of the harbour, witnessed by thousands of well-wishers on both land and water. Once outside the Sydney Harbour heads, the fleet turned south into the Tasman Sea and headed down the New South Wales coast towards the eastern fringe of Bass Strait. Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the race has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002. Success in this offshore contest demands total commitment, perfect preparation and precise crew work. The rewards for the crew that overcomes all others are a true symbol of achievement."

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 Preview Video:

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Nov 20, 2017: The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a true test of human and machine. Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, this 628 nautical mile offshore race requires meticulous preparation, honed skills and resolute determination just to finish. Securing the Tattersall’s Cup and coveted Rolex timepiece awarded to the overall winner requires all those values and more.

Hobart Weather – The Navigators’ Take: Club Marine TV video published Dec 23, 2017: "A few days out from the start of the big race south to Hobart and the weather modelling is suggesting a relatively benign track, with a high over Tasmania blocking the normal pattern of southerly fronts, while still promising some strong downwind running. Taking a rare opportunity provided by some of the world’s best ocean racing navigators being in the same place as the forecast was announced, we asked them what they made of the projections and how they would tackle the predicted conditions aboard their respective boats."

The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race marks the 73rd edition of this time-honoured tradition. Over 100 yachts, including 30 overseas entries, are expected to cross the start line at 13:00 AEDT on 26 December 2017 (Dec 25th at 9pm EST in U.S.). Everything is in place for another exceptional chapter in the history of this classic race.


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23 December 2017

America's Cup Winner Wary of Sir Robin In Sydney Hobart Race (video)

Americas Cup Winner Wary of Sir Robin In Sydney Hobart

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race video published Dec 4, 2017: Clipper Ventures will be proudly supporting the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 in the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with two Clipper 68s to be crewed by British and Australian veterans and personnel. Even though Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be on board the UK Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON boat, two-time Americas Cup winner and Team Oracle Skipper James Spithill is still backing the Aussies.

In addition to the eleven Clipper 70s racing to Hobart as part of the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2017-18 Race, the two Clipper 68s will also take part in the iconic Bluewater Classic, starting on Boxing Day in Sydney. Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON (CV10) will be crewed by British wounded, injured and ill veterans, in addition to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and will take on the Australian crewed Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER (CV5), in what’s tipped to be an ‘Ashes on the Water’.

The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race marks the 73rd edition of this time-honoured tradition. Over 100 yachts, including 30 overseas entries, are expected to cross the start line at 13:00 AEDT on 26 December 2017 (Dec 25th at 9pm EST in U.S.). Everything is in place for another exceptional chapter in the history of this classic race.

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22 December 2017

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016, Spirit of Yachting Video

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016 – Film – The Spirit of Yachting:

Video above published Mar 6, 2017: The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series presents the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race — the action, highlights and memorable moments in a 25-minute documentary. The behind-the-scenes footage covers peak moments during the 628-nautical-mile course, from the start in Sydney Harbour, to Perpetual LOYAL’s record-breaking race time by nearly 5 hours, as well as interviews with key players. They include Jim Delegat, who earned the Tattersall Cup and a Rolex Timepiece for achieving Overall Winner together with his two sons and the rest of his New-Zealand based crew.

The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race marks the 73rd edition of this time-honoured tradition. Over 100 yachts, including 30 overseas entries, are expected to cross the start line at 13:00 AEDT on 26 December 2017 (Dec 25th at 9pm EST in U.S.). Everything is in place for another exceptional chapter in the history of this classic race.

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21 December 2017

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017 Video, Line Honours Results

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017

Streamed LIVE December 12, 2017: SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - The CYCA's SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, one of Sydney, Australia's most spectacular sporting and harbour fixtures, has for 24 consecutive years marked the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart lead-up events.

When it comes time for the biggest racing yachts in Australia to flex their collective muscle on the world's most beautiful harbour, it's hard to escape the fact that the serious countdown to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has begun.

In 2017, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge had a new course format on Sydney Harbour to allow closer and more intense racing between the competing yachts, whilst providing additional quality spectator areas from shore and water alike.

2017 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Results | cyca.com.au
Line Honours Results -- Start: 12:30
Place Sail No   Boat Name    Skipper              Fin Time
1  525100 BLACK JACK Peter Harburg       13:37:19
2  AUS10001 WILD OATS XI Oatley Family  13:38:02
3 HKG1997 BEAU GESTE Karl Kwok        13:42:45
4 AUS7001 WILD OATS X  Oatley Family 13:47:32

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20 December 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series Video Highlights

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ highlights

Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP, rounded off a sensational 10-month long season that saw the Stadium Racing championship visit eight cities across three continents. Enjoy some of the best moments from the season.
2017 Overall Results:

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19 December 2017

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017: Spirit of Yachting Video

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017: Spirit of Yachting Video

Rolex World of Yachting video above published Dec 1, 2017: The Rolex Spirit of Yachting film series features 25-minute documentaries of the leading regattas and racing events on the international sailing agenda. This episode zooms in on the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Of the 104 starters only 35 crossed the finish line off Valletta, Malta having successfully conquered the 606-nautical mile race’s challenging and diverse weather conditions. The Russian-crewed Bogatyr, a JPK 10.80 – one of the smallest boats in the fleet – took the overall win, while George David’s Rambler 88 was first to finish on the water for the third year running. Two notable performances duly rewarded at the final prizegiving with Rolex timepieces and a place in the history books.

Rolex Middle Sea Race results: http://www.rolexmiddlesearace.com/results/

2017 Rolex Middle Race start: 11:00 CEST, 21 October, 2017. 104 yachts from 30 different nations started the 38th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

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18 December 2017

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Winner Teasing Machine, Finish Video

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race - Teasing Machine Finish Video

Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday 8 December in an elapsed time of 13 days 19 hrs 29 mins 08 seconds. The French team became the overall winner after IRC time correction. Teasing Machine arrived at sunset on the 14th day of the race and was awarded the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. The team cheered for joy as they crossed the finish line. "We are very happy to be here in Grenada," smiled Eric de Turckheim. "This is my first transatlantic race and it has been fantastic."

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17 December 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series TV Series Video: Los Cabos, Mexico

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ TV Series episode 8 - Los Cabos, presented by SAP

Extreme Sailing Series video published Dec 13, 2017: Settle in for 26 minutes of Stadium Racing from the grand finale of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Los Cabos, Mexico, with the eighth episode of the official TV Series.
2017 Extreme Sailing Series Results:

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11 December 2017

2017 Youth Sailing Worlds, Sanya, China, December 9-16, LIVE Feed

Closing Ceremony Prize-giving - 2017 Youth Worlds, Sanya, China

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 17, 2017: A montage from the prize-giving at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Results--2017 World Sailing Youth Worlds--2017 Youth Sailing World Championships, Sanya, China

Final Day (5) Highlights - 2017 Youth Worlds | Sanya, China

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 15, 2017: highlights from the fifth and final day of racing at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Day 4 Highlights - 2017 Youth Worlds, Sanya, China:

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 14, 2017: highlights from the fourth day of racing at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Day 3 Highlights - 2017 Youth Worlds | Sanya, China

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 13, 2017: highlights from the third day of racing at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Day 2 Highlights - 2017 Youth Worlds | Sanya, China

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 12, 2017: highlights from the second day of racing at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Day 1 Highlights - 2017 Youth Worlds | Sanya, China

World Sailing TV video above published Dec 11, 2017: highlights from the first day of racing at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

Website: sailing.org - LIVE Twitter feed below.


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10 December 2017

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3, Cape Town To Melbourne Nonstop, LIVE Feed

Weekly Summary - Leg 3, week 3 | Volvo Ocean Race

Full Replay: MAPFRE Leg 3 Arrivals in Melbourne | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Dec 25, 2017. MAPFRE first into Melbourne to earn consecutive leg wins | VolvoOceanRace.com: The Spanish Volvo Ocean Race team MAPFRE won Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia, a 6,500 nautical mile dive into the fierce challenges posed by the Southern Ocean. Results: scoreboard.

Standings: top 4 after 3 legs:
  1. MAPFRE 
  2. Dongfeng Race Team 
  3. Vestas 11th Hour Racing 
  4. Team Brunel
LIVE Tracker - Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
 Volvo Ocean Race Tracker
Positions on Dec 13, 2017
How to drive in the Southern Ocean | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Dec 8, 2017: Experience, consistency ...and a love of surfing – driving below 40°S takes a very specific set of skills.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Leg 3 started December 10, 2017, 12:00 UTC (14:00 Cape Town):
Leg 3: Cape Town, South Africa, to Melbourne, Australia, 6500 nautical miles nonstop across the Southern Ocean.

LIVE Twitter Feed:

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09 December 2017

LIVE Video: Star Sailors League Finals, Day 5, Dec 9, Nassau, Bahamas

SSL Finals 2017 - Final Day - Highlights

Star Sailors League Finals - Day 5 | Nassau, Bahamas | Saturday 9 December 2017

Video above scheduled for Dec 9, 2017 - Watch all the action LIVE from Day 5 of the Star Sailors League in Nassau in the Bahamas.

Star Sailors League Finals - Day 4 | Nassau, Bahamas | Friday 8 December 2017

Watch all the LIVE action from Day 4, Friday, December 8, 2017, of the Star Sailors League in Nassau in the Bahamas.

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08 December 2017

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Week 4 in Review (video)

Week in review – Leg 2, week 4 | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Dec 7, 2017.

Next up on the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18:
  • In-Port Race at Cape Town, Dec 8, 2017;
  • Leg 3, Cape Town, South Africa, to Melbourne, Australia, 6500 nautical miles across the Southern Ocean, starts December 10, 2017.

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Nonstop, LIVE Feed

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07 December 2017

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Line Honours for Ludde Ingvall's CQS

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race Line Honours for Ludde Ingvall's CQS

RORC video above published Dec 6, 2017: Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS, finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 06 December, 2017 taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs.
See also: RORC Transatlantic Race LIVE Feed, CQS Line Honors Finish Dec 6

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05 December 2017

GC32 Racing Tour 2017 - It's a wrap! (video)

GC32 Racing Tour 2017 - It's a wrap!

GC32 Racing Tour video above published Nov 17, 2017: A look back at the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour season: Five wonderful venues, 13 teams racing with us across the season and some of the most amazing sailing action between the fast, flying GC32 one designs. Watch and enjoy. #bestfoilingexperience #gc32racingtour #gc32



more info: gc32racingtour.com

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30 November 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series, Act 8, Los Cabos, Nov30-Dec3, LIVE

LIVE Video Extreme Sailing Series, Sunday, Los Cabos, Mexico:

LIVE Los Cabos, Mexico: Day Four - Extreme Sailing Series 2017

Sunday, Final Day of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, Act 8, LIVE from Los Cabos, Mexico

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, Los Cabos: Day two highlights

Los Cabos, Mexico: Day Two Highlights- Extreme Sailing Series 2017

2017 Extreme Sailing Series Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP - Day One Highlights

Extreme Sailing Series video above published Nov 30, 2017: The season finale got off to an eventful start in Los Cabos. #TeamOmanAir emerged victorious, SAP Extreme Sailing Team was a speed record breaker and Red Bull Sailing Team and Alinghi both had miraculous recoveries from the edge of capsize. Watch the highlights above.


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25 November 2017

RORC Transatlantic Race LIVE Feed, CQS Line Honors Finish Dec 6

UPDATE 13 December 2017: Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is the overall winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. Whilst many of the record 23 yacht fleet are still racing, none of them can better Teasing Machine's corrected time under IRC. Teasing Machine is the smallest yacht to win the RORC Transatlantic Trophy which has been previously won by yachts in the Maxi Class.

10 Dec 2017: Roman Guerra's Volvo 70 Monster Project finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Sunday 10 December 2017 in an elapsed time of 14 days 21 hrs 39 mins 46 secs. Sixteen yachts are still racing across the Atlantic Ocean and a number of teams will finish the 3,000 nautical mile race over the next 48 hours.

Day 15 1000 UTC 9 December 2017: Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday 8 December in an elapsed time of 13 days 19 hrs 29 mins 08 secs. The French team lead the race overall after IRC time correction. Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump and Tilmar Hansen's German Elliot 52 Outsider have also finished the RORC Transatlantic Race. 17 yachts are still at sea, vying for the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Teasing Machine arrived at sunset on the 14th day of the race and has one hand on the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy. The team cheered for joy as they crossed the finish line. "We are very happy to be here in Grenada," smiled Eric de Turckheim. "This is my first transatlantic race and it has been fantastic."

09 Dec 2017 21:00 UTC LIVE Tracker:
06 Dec: Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 6th December taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs. CQS committed to a southerly route for the 3,000 nautical mile race and despite sustaining sail damage in a vicious 40 knot squall, the canting keel 98ft Maxi led from start to finish. Ingvall is no stranger to taking line honours in prestigious offshore races, twice taking the honour in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This was Ludde Ingvall's 16th transatlantic. Once dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Ingvall was full of enthusiasm for the RORC Transatlantic Race and his team:
"We have had a fantastic trip, even though the slow start meant we didn't have a fast race, but I love it. It is great to be back in the Atlantic and especially nice to be first. Much more fun than being last! We have a young crew on board and it is especially rewarding to give them this chance and 'pass it on'. Sailing is an amazing sport, but big boat opportunities for young sailors are few and they did really well. Just think, we have eight nationalities on one boat and everybody was focused on the same finish line. We worked as a team, looked after each other and it was tough at times."
CQS Crew: Skipper Ludde Ingvall; Co-Skipper Kenneth Thelen; Logan Andresen; Martyn Baker; Philip Barnard; Hans-Christoph Brumberg; Charles Egerton-Warburton; Robin Elsey; James Espey; Liam Gardner; Paul Heyrman; David Kenefick; Rokas Milevicius; James Oxenham; Malcolm Paine and James Tomlinson.

Marten 72 Aragon, skippered by Jochen Bovenkamp and Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump are likely to be the next yachts to finish. The Maxis have close company from two high-performance offshore racing yachts, Tilmar Hansen's German Elliott 52 Outsider and the provisional overall leader, Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. All four yachts are expected to finish the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Friday 8th December.

05 Dec: Ludde Ingvall's Maxi CQS is expected to finish the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race Wednesday, and the overall leader under IRC, Eric de Turckheim's French Teasing Machine, is under threat from two Maxis. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the race tracker as the fleet near Grenada; especially as a high pressure system is expected to create another conundrum for the majority of the fleet. As dawn broke on the eleventh day of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race, Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS was under 300 miles from taking monohull line honours and lifting the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. CQS suffered damage to their mainsail during a knockdown in heavy weather and has one big gybe remaining before pointing their bow at Grenada and the finish. CQS is reaching at top speed and expected to finish at approximately midday local time on December 6th. A warm welcome is waiting for them at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.

05 Dec 2017 04:00 UTC: Supermaxi CQS AUS11111 Speed: 15.6 knots @ 277.91°; Skipper: Ludde Ingvall; DTF (Distance to Finish): 447.2 NM; Distance last 24hrs: 308 Nautical Miles (NM).

04 Dec 2017 17:00 UTC--CQS Recovers From Knockdown--Ludde Ingvall's CQS is now back on track after suffering a setback in the RORC Transatlantic Race; the westbound leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. "We got caught in a bad squall of probably 40 knots which resulted in a number of issues," Ingvall reported from on board on day 10 of the race. "There has been damage to sails and onboard electronic systems, but we are still progressing towards the finish." Kenneth Thelen, co-skipper for Australian Maxi CQS confirmed that all of the crew of the 96ft canting keel Maxi were safe and well. Describing the damage he said: "Part of our electronics failed making it hard to sail in the dark. We blew our biggest spinnaker, but it is repairable. As we went into a gybe, the engine stalled and we lay flat on our side for a while which resulted in a diesel spill inside the boat, so the smell is terrible in the heat! We broke the top three battens in the mainsail, but we are still sailing towards the finish at reasonable speed, in pouring rain. We will assess the situation at first light." At 1100 UTC on December 4th, the race tracker showed that CQS had slowed down to barely a few knots of boat speed to effect repairs. "We are back on track," continued Ingvall. We lost about six hours while sailing slowly and then stopped to repair probably at 90-95%, but we are now doing 14-15 knots average with G1 and a full main." At the time of the incident CQS was more than 400 nautical miles ahead of Jochen Bovenkamp's Dutch Marten 72 Aragon and Southernwind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump. CQS are fighting all the way to hold onto their grip on the IMA Transatlantic Race Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine leads overall after IRC time correction and the majority of the record fleet are reaching at double-digit boat speed towards the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.

04 Dec 2017 02:00 UTC: Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS is less than 800 nautical miles from Camper & Nicholson's Port Louis Marina, 400+ miles ahead of the fleet to take Monohull Line Honours and the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is still the provisional leader overall under IRC. However four other teams are also in the hunt for the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy; CQS, Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon, Teichmann & Thomas Jungblut's German Elliott 52 Outsider, and Canadian Southernwind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump. CQS has been hitting over 20 knots of boat speed, surfing down Atlantic rollers, but it has not all been plane sailing as their blog shows. "The A2 spinnaker had been up for four days during the RORC Transatlantic Race when a two foot tear appeared during a gybe. A4 hoisted, A2 doused, repaired, repacked and hoisted. Total time 90 minutes. All 15 crew working flat out. Now that's what I call teamwork!" (2 gray vessels in front in the screenshot show projected positions of two classes' all-time record holders from prior years).

Dec 1, 01:00 UTC: a huge spread in the fleet, with boats 800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, north to south. Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS leads the fleet, gybing further south last night and under 2,000 miles from the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. CQS is 186 miles ahead of Canadian 96ft Southern Wind Sorceress in the battle to win the International Maxi Association (IMA) Transatlantic Trophy for monohull line honors.

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race video JANGADA RICHARD PALMER | YouTube.com: RORC published on Nov 30, 2017, a sat. phone interview (video) of Richard Palmer racing British JPK 10.10 Jangada Two Handed on Day 6 of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race.

Nov 29: Maxi CQS sailing away on the southern route appears headed for line honours while the majority of the fleet have yet to cross the long ridge of high pressure extending from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic to reach the northeast tradewinds. Tactical decisions over the next day or two in this 3,000 mile offshore race may determine the final finish positions.

Nov 28, 2017: Varuna retires from the RORC Transatlantic Race while Ludde Ingvall's Maxi CQS made short work of the transition zone to the south of the rhumb line, slowing down for just four hours before reaching fresh breeze from the north east. At 0900 GMT the third day of the race, the Australian 98ft canting maxi was enjoying downwind conditions in a moderate breeze, gybing to keep in the best pressure--rorctransatlantic.rorc.org.

See also: monohull leaders board.

 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race - DAY TWO Challenger

RORC video above published on Nov 26, 2017: Chris Stanmore-Major reports in from Canadian Whitbread 60 Challenger on Day two of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race

2017 RORC Transatlantic Race - Laurent Pages Teasing Machine

RORC video above published Nov 21, 2017: Eric De Turckheim's Teasing Machine is taking part in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. Tactician Laurent Pages interview before the start.
RORC Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Anniversary Regatta routes
The fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race will start from Marina Lanzarote on 25th November 2017, bound for Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada. The IMA Transatlantic Trophy will be awarded to the first monohull to complete the race and three powerful Maxi yachts can be considered favourites for the prestigious trophy: CQS, Sorceress and Monster Project are all very capable of beating the race record set in 2015 by Jean Paul Riviere's Nomad IV of 10 days 07 hours 06 minutes and 59 seconds.

By contrast, Jangada is the smallest yacht in the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. At just 33ft (10.10 metres) and sailing Two Handed, it is estimated that Jangada will take 19 days to complete the 2,995 nautical mile race.

Ludde Ingvall's 98ft Maxi CQS from Australia is a front-runner to take Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Ingvall has thousands of racing miles under his belt, notching up 15 transatlantic crossings; his most famous Transatlantic Race was in 1997. As skipper of Nicorette, Ingvall broke the 92-year old record set in 1905 by Charlie Barr's Atlantic.

"When you are a young kid dreaming of racing, the Transatlantic Race is a very special one. I have enjoyed them all; it is a great adventure and very historic. You become part of something that has been going on for hundreds of years. To share that experience with your crew and other boats is really unique, and I feel very privileged to be doing this race," explains Ingvall. "For this race we have a rather young crew. Many will be crossing the Atlantic for the first time and they are excited to race in an organised fashion."


THE RORC TRANSATLANTIC RACE:
The westbound leg of the celebratory Atlantic Anniversary Regatta incorporates the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, an annual race organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA) http://www.internationalmaxiassociation.com
The fleet will depart from Marina Lanzarote on Saturday 25th November 2017 and the 2,995 nautical mile race runs through the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to arrive at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Race minisite: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/
RORC website: www.rorc.org
Twitter: #rorctransatlanticrace @RORCracing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/royaloceanracingclub
Instagram: instagram.com/rorcracing

THE ATLANTIC ANNIVERSARY REGATTA:
The AAR is a celebration of the jubilees of two of the most highly regarded sailing clubs in the world - the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV) from Hamburg (150th anniversary) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) from Sardinia (50th anniversary). It is an extraordinary series of events spanning a 9-month period between November 2017 and July 2018, connecting Grenada and Bermuda with the vibrant maritime metropolis of Hamburg. Starts: Westbound (Lanzarote - Grenada) - Saturday 25th November 2017, Eastbound (Bermuda - Hamburg) - Saturday 7th July 2018. It is the first regatta series to cross the Atlantic ocean twice, in both directions. The regatta is supported by: The Royal Ocean Racing Club; Royal Bermuda Racing Club, International Maxi Class Association, Segler-Vereinigung Cuxhaven.http://anniversary-regatta.com
https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticAnniversaryRegatta @AtlanticAnniversaryRegatta

The International Maxi Association (IMA) represents owners of Maxi yachts worldwide
Recognised in 2010 as the World Sailing international class of Maxi yachts, the IMA has the exclusive right to organise World championships for Maxi yachts. The IMA rule defines and categorises maxi yachts: it aims to embrace all maxi yachts and encourage any development that has a positive effect on the construction and performance of maxi yachts.

For more information on the RORC Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Anniversary Regatta:
ENTRY LIST: The latest list of entries can be found at: http://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/entries/entries-expressions-of-interest.html

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23 November 2017

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, Arrecife, Nov 23-26, LIVE Feed

Day 4 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Second consecutive RC44 title for Team CEEREF

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Nov 26, 2017: Despite performing dances for the wind gods, the wind failed to materialise for a second consecutive day at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in the normally windy Canary Islands. With no racing on the final day, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum claimed this, the last event of the season. In turn this left Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF to win her second consecutive RC44 Championship.

Bassadone congratulated his crew, including his long term Italian tactician Vasco Vascotto, and also local sailor Alfredo Morales who stood in for him on Thursday’s opening day and for race one of day two. On that second day they had won both races, results which ultimately secured victory for the Gibraltar-based team at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup.

Nov 26, 2017: Days 3 & 4 Racing CANCELLED at RC44 Calero Marinas Cup--Wind hole in Arrecife--John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum won this last event of the season, and Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF wins her second consecutive RC44 Championship.

Day 2 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Peninsula Petroleum hits the gas

RC44ClassAssociation video above published Nov 24, 2017: While on day one there was no stand-out crew, today Peninsula Petroleum had the bit between her teeth, claiming race wins in both of today's two races, despite having two helms: Alfredo Morales standing in for John Bassadone who arrived in Lanzarote today just in time to compete in and win race two. The RC44 Calero Marinas Cup is the final event of the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour, which pits the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high-performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts.

Day 1 RC44 Calero Marinas Cup - Trickiest of days opens racing in Lanzarote

RC44 Class Association video above published Nov 23, 2017: Consistency was not easy on day one of race, with big Atlantic waves remaining as the wind dropped. Nonetheless it remains close and after three races just six points separates first from eighth.  Chris Bake and team Aqua had a great day on water and currently leading but with the Team Ceeref in second, and Team Nika third, Team Aqua will need to stay focused.

The RC44 Calero Marinas Cup is the final event of the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour, which pits the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high-performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts.

Who is going to win the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour

LIVE Coverage starting 12.00 GMT, Nov 23-26 at www.RC44.com

RC44 Class Association: RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, Calero Marinas, Arrecife, Nov 23-26

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2017 starts November 23, 2017 at 09:00 GMT

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22 November 2017

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Week 3 Review Video

Week in review – Leg 2, week 3 | Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Week 3 Review Video above (published Nov 21, 2017).

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Nonstop, LIVE Feed

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21 November 2017

The America's Cup AC75 Boat Concept Revealed (Video)

The America's Cup AC75 boat concept revealed

EmiratesTeamNZ video above published Nov 20, 2017: Here it is! The ground-breaking new America's Cup Class race boat concept. The AC75 is the bold new high performance fully foiling monohull. Grant Dalton: “Once foiling, the AC75 has the potential to be faster than an AC50 both upwind and downwind.”
The 2021 America's Cup will be in New Zealand, 2017 Winner and current Defender of the 'Auld Mug' 
@emiratesteamnz

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20 November 2017

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: Dongfeng Race Team Frustration (video)

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Dongfeng Frustration

Volvo Ocean Race video above published Nov 19, 2017.

See also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Nonstop, LIVE Feed.

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19 November 2017

Year 1968: Olympic Sailing Success, North Sails, 60 Years of Sailmaking

1968 - Olympic Sailing Success | 60 Years of Sailmaking

North Sails video above published Nov 13, 2017: Olympic success has run strong throughout North Sails history, with a wide-reaching commitment to providing the best across various sailing classes.

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18 November 2017

10 Years: Barcelona World Race Video

10 years - Barcelona World Race

Barcelona World Race video published Nov 13, 2017.

The Barcelona World Race is a round-the-world yacht race for crews of two, sailed on Open 60 IMOCA monohull boats. It starts and finishes in Barcelona. The next Barcelona World Race starts January 12, 2019.

Official website: barcelonaworldrace.org

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17 November 2017

RC44 Championship Tour 2017, Down To The Wire Video (Episode 2)

RC44 Championship Tour 2017: Down to the wire - Episode 2

Episode 2 of the RC44 Championship Tour documentary Down to the wire featuring the 2017 Marstrand World Championship. Down to the wire is an exclusive three-part series with Bloomberg TV EMEA so you can follow all the action, watch unseen interviews with the owners and find out from the sailors themselves just what it takes to race on one of the most competitive one-design racing circuits in the world.

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16 November 2017

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 Week 2, The Long Push South (video)

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 2 Week 2 - The long push South

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Week 2: Fast racing continues for the teams as they head south and through the Doldrums – a famously tricky part of the world which has historically stranded ships for weeks –then, the Equator and a visit from King Neptune for the 19 offshore rookies, the Pollywogs, in the fleet, during this leg from Lisbon, Portugal, to Cape Town, South Africa. Volvo Ocean Race video published Nov 15, 2017.

See also: JohnTheCrowd.com | Sailing News: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2, Lisbon to Cape Town, Nonstop, LIVE Feed.
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15 November 2017

RC44 Cascais Cup 2017, Sep 28-Oct 1, Highlights Video

RC44 Cascais Cup highlights

The RC44 Cascais Cup Sep 28-Oct 1, 2017 highlights, a. RC44 Class Association video.

The RC44 Cascais Cup was the fourth event of the 2017 RC44 Championship Tour, which pit the world's top businessmen and the best sailors in the industry compete in high-performance one-design 44-foot carbon racing yachts.

See also: RC44 CASCAIS CUP, Cascais, Portugal, Sep 28-Oct 1, LIVE Feed
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