19 October 2019

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019 Starts October 19 (video)

Oct 21: George David’s American maxi Rambler powers south towards Lampedusa, the only yacht so far to have escaped the clutches of the great Sicilian wind shadow, formed off the northern coast. Rounding Favignana this morning at around 09:30 CEST, the maxi sped to Pantelleria at 15 knots passing the island at 15:10 CEST. Rambler is now marching on to the southernmost corner of the racecourse and is now the overall leader of the race under IRC. Behind Rambler, the competitive juices still flow strong despite the struggle, all competing yachts are through the Strait of Messina and more than half the fleet have rounded Stromboli. LIVE tracker.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019 – Preview:

The Rolex Middle Sea Race, one of a number of 600 nautical mile bluewater classics Rolex has supported since the early 2000s, celebrates its 40th edition in 2019. Organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the start is set for Saturday 19 October from Valletta’s Grand Harbour. An international fleet in excess of 100 yachts will grace this popular and demanding offshore race which takes in some of the Mediterranean’s most dramatic scenery including two active volcanoes and scores of rugged islands. The quest for overall race victory and the pursuit for line honours are always compelling facets of a race which continues to draw significant participation from both professional and Corinthian crews. Rolex has supported offshore racing for over half a century and its commitment to this element of the sport, through partnerships with races of the calibre of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, is both long-standing and forward-looking.

Official website: rolexmiddlesearace.com and tracker.

Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Royal Ocean Racing Club, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.


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18 October 2019

Sailing & Sustainability - 52 Super Series & SailGP Videos

Leading by Example – 52 SUPER SERIES 2019

52SuperSeries video Oct 14, 2019.

Sailing Tech Meets Sustainability // Journey to Zero Carbon Emissions // SailGP

Oct 11, 2019: As part of a journey to net zero carbon by 2025 and delivering on the UN Sport for Climate Action, SailGP is testing new low carbon technologies both on and off the water. The SEAir foiling RIB is one example of this, using up to 30% less fuel than a traditional powerboat.

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17 October 2019

The Clipper Race Fleet Arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay (video)

The Clipper Race Fleet arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Oct 15, 2019, video.

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16 October 2019

Fast & Furious Racing: Rolex TP52 World Championship (video)

Rolex TP52 World Championship – fast and furious racing

Oct 15, 2019: Eleven teams representing eight nations, five days of intense competition. Yacht racing at its very best. The Rolex TP52 World Championship is the pinnacle event of this thrilling class of powerful yet versatile monohulls. Teamwork and technical precision – in the design, preparation and performance of boats and crews – are everything. At the 2019 edition held in August off Puerto Portals, Spain, Platoon snatched victory on the final day. Rolex is a committed partner of this spectacular regatta and the Official Timepiece as part of an alliance with yachting dating back more than 60 years. 

Official website: 52superseries.com

See also: Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, Sep 24-28 (video)

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15 October 2019

2019 M32 World Championships - Convexity (video)

2019 M32 World Championships - Convexity

Oct 14, 2019, video by M32 World: M32 Convexity, winner of the World Championship in Riva del Garda 2019.

See also: m32world.com

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14 October 2019

11th Hour Racing Team IMOCA 60 Races in Défi Azimut (video)

11th Hour Racing Team's Charlie and Pascal race the Defi Azimut!

The Ocean Race video Oct 11, 2019: Go behind-the-scenes as Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry competed together in the Défi Azimut in Lorient, France, earning an impressive podium finish in the double-handed 48-hour race in the event with a full crew – onboard the 11th Hour Racing Team IMOCA 60.

See also: theoceanrace.com and defi-azimut.net

The next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2021.

Two classes will compete in the 2021-22 edition of the race with the addition of the high-tech, foiling IMOCA 60 class adding a design and technical element. The one-design VO65 fleet will race with an emphasis on competition, youth and crew diversity.

Sustainability will continue to be a core value of the race going forward, with efforts to restore ocean health and lead, inspire and engage on this critical issue.

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13 October 2019

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Video: Yacht Tour

Clipper Race - Yacht Tour

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Oct 2, 2019: Skipper Ian Wiggin gives a tour of one of the eleven ocean racing yachts part of the matched fleet of Clipper 70s which compete in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

See also: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2019-20, LIVE Feed

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12 October 2019

Alex Thomson Racing - New HUGO BOSS (video)

#ThisIsBOSS

Alex Thomson Racing video above Oct 9, 2019: The new HUGO BOSS. We are only just beginning....

HUGO BOSS: THE LAUNCH

Watch the new HUGO BOSS boat sail for the very first time, as Alex Thomson and his team officially begin their journey to the Vendée Globe 2020. The countdown is on.


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11 October 2019

America's Cup: Britannia 18 Months In The Making (video)

America's Cup: Britannia 18 Months In The Making

INEOS TEAM UK video - In the America’s Cup everyday counts, Britannia 18 months in the making.

‘Britannia’ christened at HQ in Portsmouth:

The 2021 America's Cup will begin on Saturday, March 6 and ends on Sunday, March 21.

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10 October 2019

Mixed Two Person Offshore, New Sailing Event at Paris 2024 (video)

Mixed Two Person Offshore, New Sailing Event at Paris 2024

For the first time in sailing's Olympic history, a Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event will be on the programme at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. The Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat will join kiteboarding, windsurfing, multihulls, singlehanded and doublehanded dinghies and skiffs, promoting the diversity of the sport. This in turn will support World Sailing's desire to promote and grow universality in all disciplines and increase female participation with gender equal medals and athletes.

See also Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition

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03 October 2019

44Cup Cascais Oct 3 - 6, Cascais, Lisbon District, Portugal

Team Aqua won the 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare:

Day 4 44CUP Cascais - Oct 6, 2019: Whether it was in big waves or small, gale force or sub-10 winds, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua shone all week and as a result, won the 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare. Although this was common occurrence for Team Aqua during her glory years of 2011-13, winning with a race to spare is very rare these days, such is the level of competition in the high performance one design monohull class.  The final day of 44Cup racing off the Portuguese sailing mecca, where the event was hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais, provided even brisker conditions than the day before, mainly due to the race committee setting up the start area further offshore, free from the protection of the headlands west of Cascais. As a result, with the wind regularly blowing 20+ knots, and a lumpy and at times random chop set up on top of the Atlantic swell, it was a perpetually wet ride for the crews on this high load, high stress deciding day.

Team Aqua wins the 44Cup Cascais 2019

44Cup Cascais best shots video above, Oct 6, 2019.

Day 3 44Cup Cascais 2019 - Russian bears wake up

While at the 44Cup Cascais there has been a light first day, a medium second day with a large swell, on day three the Portugese sailing mecca saw winds exceeding the forecast, gusting up to 25 knots, with a short wind-driven chop and a reduced swell. 

The wind hovering around 18-20 knots for most of the day provided hair-raising downwinds with the crew hanging on as the RC44s accelerated to 20+ knots speed, engulfed in spray. The conditions placed a premium on crew work and it was easy even for the most polished teams to come unstuck - notably three time World Champion Team Nika which broached dramatically during today’s first kite hoist.

Day 2 44Cup Cascais 2019 - Team Aqua shows ‘golden wheels’ form

Oct 4, 2019: Half way stage the 44Cup Cascais, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has joined Nico Poons’ Charisma at the top of the leaderboard and is even ahead on countback. The second day of racing for the high performance one design RC44 monohulls, hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais, was held in slightly more wind than yesterday, 10-16 knots, building slowly in the final race, but remaining more firmly northwest. However the height of the swell was notably larger, drummed up by Hurricane Lorenzo. Thanks to the long wavelength this wasn’t especially dramatic, but it made holding a course tricky as boats experiencing a momentary lull and they disappeared in the troughs.

Day 1 Highlights, 44Cup Cascais 2019 - Charisma and Team Aqua stride ahead

In contrast to their tail end of the fleet finish in Marstrand in July, Nico Poons and Charisma showed the way around the race track on the opening day of the 44Cup Cascais, posting a most respectable 2-1-2. While today Charisma, the 2018 44Cup champion (and winner the last time the high performance 44ft long one design long monohulls visited these waters last November), seemed to be the stand-out team, in fact they finished the day just one point ahead of Team Aqua. Chris Bake’s team, which currently holds the 44Cup’s ‘golden wheels’ as overall 44Cup leader, claimed today’s final race and had nearly as consistently good a day as Charisma, posting a 3-2-1.

See also Who will win the 44Cup Cascais? (video): 9 teams from 6 nations, who will win?

44Cup Cascais Oct 3 - 6, Clube Naval de Cascais, Cascais, Lisbon District, Portugal: the penultimate event of the 2019 RC44 season, the 44Cup Cascais, 3rd - 6th October, as the year draws to a close for the nine strong fleet of high performance one design keelboats, with only four points separating the top six teams.
Venue: located on the mouth of the River Tagus leading up to Lisbon, Cascais is open to the Atlantic and comes with all the potential for big winds and large oceanic swell. It is for this reason, combined with excellent hospitality provided by the Clube Naval de Cascais, that the Portuguese stopover is another regular on the 44Cup circuit, having featured every year since 2012. It hosted the World Championship in 2015 and 2017, both of which were won by Team Nika.
44Cup Results and Standings


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28 September 2019

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 Sep 28 - Oct 6 (video)

Best of Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 (video)

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video, Oct 6, 2019.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 Day 7:

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video, Oct 5, 2019.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 Day 6:

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video, Oct 4, 2019.

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 Day 5:

Oct 3, 2019, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video.

See also:
  • Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez 2019 Day 3 and Day 4 videos;
  • Les Voiles de Saint Tropez Officiel video (VDST19) preview video;

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24 September 2019

Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, Sep 24-28 (video)

Final Day Highlights – Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019

Final Day: September 28, 2019.

Sep 28, Final Day 5 LIVE video, Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019:

Final Day, September 28, first race start: 12:00 CEST.

Day 4 Highlights – Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019

Sep 27: after the races today, it is now clear that the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES title will, once again, be decided on the final day of the season. Full Day 4 video here.

Day 3 Highlights – Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019

Day 3 no racing as winds were over 40 knots at times, but María Torrijo, the Principal Race Officer is optimistic for the last two days: “For tomorrow we have a good forecast for NW’ly winds of between 12 and 18 knots and our intention is to make three races.”

Day 2 – Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019

Sep 25: Sardinia served up three races in champagne conditions. 

Day 1 video – No racing due to weather conditions on Sep 24, 2019.  Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019 preview video: ten crews make up one of the closest 52 SUPER SERIES finales to date. Destination: Porto Cervo.

Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, Sep 24-28, Sardinia, Italy
LIVE Feed:


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23 September 2019

Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019 Video

Full Highlights: Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019

Eleven teams from eight different nations went all in for the Rolex TP52 World Championship. Next up: Porto Cervo for the finale of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES, Sep 24-28.

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20 September 2019

Marseille SailGP 2019 Sep 20 - 22 LIVE

2019 Marseille SailGP LIVE | FINAL | Races 7-9 | SailGP

Sep 22: LIVE coverage of Races 7-9 and the SEASON 1 FINAL on Day 3 of the 2019 Marseille SailGP.

Fan Forum LIVE // 2019 Marseille SailGP // Day 3

LIVE Fan Forum following Day 3 of the 2019 Marseille SailGP.

Closing Press Conference | Marseille SailGP 2019:

2019 Marseille SailGP LIVE | Day 2 | Races 4-6 | SailGP

LIVE coverage of Races 4-6 on Day 2 of the 2019 Marseille SailGP.

Fan Forum LIVE // 2019 Marseille SailGP // Day 2 (Sep 21)

LIVE Fan Forum following Day 2 of the 2019 Marseille SailGP. See also Slingsby & Outteridge seal the deal on day one video: It was an action packed first day of racing at the Marseille SailGP Season 1 Grand Final. Rivals Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby secured enough points to guarantee their place in the match race, while others struggled; and 2019 Marseille SailGP RACE REPLAY | Day 1 | Races 1-3 | SailGP (video). See also Marseille SailGP 2019 Sep 19 Practice Day video and opening press conference video from Marseille SailGP with all the skippers of the teams.

Marseille SailGP 2019 Sep 20 - 22 -- Leaderboard -- Racing Information
Marseille, an iconic French city on the Mediterranean Sea, will host the Final of SailGP Season 01. Following two practice days, racing will take place over three days (20/21/22 September), culminating in a US$1 million winner-takes-all match race final between the season’s top-two ranked teams.
  • Race Day 1  September 20  08:30 AM EDT (US)
  • Race Day 2  September 21  08:30 AM EDT (US)
  • Race Day 3  September 22  08:30 AM EDT (US)
How to Watch LIVE feed below:

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19 September 2019

SailGP - The Story of Season One SO FAR, Part 1 (video)

SailGP: The Story of Season One SO FAR, Part 1

As the Marseille SailGP approaches, here's a reminder of what's happened so far ...

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph).

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18 September 2019

Clipper Race Leg 1, Race 2 Start, Portimão, Portugal (video)

Clipper Race, Leg 1, Race 2 Start from Portimão, Portugal

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: The fleet departed Portimão, Portugal for the second race of Leg 1 to Punta del Este on Sunday 15 September. The race to Punta del Este is the second on the circumnavigation, with the teams having already raced 1,200 nautical miles from London to Portimão. Race 2, The Commodore's Cup will see the crew battle the unpredictable conditions and heat of the Doldrums as they cross the Equator and then pick up the easterly trade winds on the way to South America. The fleet is due to arrive in Punta del Este between Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 October.

More at: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2019-20, LIVE Feed

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17 September 2019

Best Shots from the GC32 Riva Cup (video)

Best shots from the GC32 Riva Cup

GC32 Racing Tour: The GC32 Riva Cup delivered a stunning week of racing. Here are the best shots from ICARUS Sports.

The battle - Alinghi vs Oman Air

GC32 Racing Tour: with only four points between Alinghi and Oman Air going into day three at the Riva Cup, find out what the skippers had to say.

For more: GC32 Riva Cup, Riva del Garda, Italy, Sep 11-15 (video).

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11 September 2019

GC32 Riva Cup, Riva del Garda, Italy, Sep 11-15 (video)

Day 4 Highlights GC32 Riva Cup - Alinghi claims GC32 Riva Cup by a whisker

Sep 15: While Alinghi has led at the end of every day of racing at the 2019 GC32 Riva Cup, the Swiss team was on the ropes this afternoon when their arch-rivals Oman Air, in seemingly unbeatable form, scored three back-to-back wins levelling the scoreline with them. Find out how the Swiss team sealed the deal in the final race of the day.

Day 3 Highlights GC32 Riva Cup - Alinghi clings on to narrow lead going into GC32 Riva Cup finale:

GC32 Racing Tour Sep 14, 2019: Both Alinghi and Oman Air had difficult moments. The Swiss GC32 World Champions were off form in today’s first two races, leaving them trailing Oman Air by two points. However showing their typical relentlessness, Alinghi won the next three races.

Day 2 GC32 Riva Cup - Oman Air fights back

Sep 13: Lago di Garda was not making it easy for race officials on day two of the GC32 Riva Cup, the penultimate event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour. The afternoon southerly Ora wind was late materialising and required three changes of race course and a frustrating two hour wait before the wind finally blasted in at 15+ knots some four kilometres south of Riva del Garda. 

After this three races with reaching starts were eventually held, the wind progressively dropping off as the afternoon wore on and holes in the race course began to appear close to the leeward gate and the boats were returned to the Fraglia Vela Riva marina. “Friday 13th” they muttered by way of explanation, but in Italy 13 is not unlucky.

Day 1 GC32 Riva Cup - Early lead for Alinghi at GC32 Riva Cup

Sep 12: In today’s five races, all held in the southerly Ora wind of 8 to 13 knots, the immaculate Swiss team never finished a race deeper than third and ended the day four points ahead of second-placed Red Bull Sailing Team.

GC32 Riva Cup, Riva del Garda, Italy, Sep 11-15 Racing out of the Fraglia Vela Riva from Thursday to Sunday, with a scheduled start time of 1300 local time each day.

Venue: Lake Garda. Here the foiling catamarans will again be hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva at the lake’s northern end. The GC32 Riva Cup will take place mid-September rather than its usual beginning of season slot. At this time of year the temperature is warmer and the northerly Péler wind more dominant. Event Results.

2019 GC32 Racing Tour overall results after the first 3 events (graphic opens in new tab/window);

2019 GC32 Racing Tour schedule:
  • 22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
  • 26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
  • 31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
  • 5 – 9 Nov: GC32 Oman Cup 

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10 September 2019

GC32 Racing Tour 2019 - TV Episode #3 (video)

GC32 Racing Tour 2019 - TV Episode #3

GC32 Racing Tour: Icarus Sports presents its first 26-minute documentary from the  2019 GC32 Racing Tour, as the hydro foiling GC32 catamaran fleet joins the 38th Copa del Rey MAPFRE in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (published Sep 4, 2019).

The 2019 GC32 Racing Tour:
  • 22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
  • 26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
  • 31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
  • 5 – 9 November: GC32 Oman Cup 

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09 September 2019

The World Sailing Show, September 2019 (video)

The World Sailing Show - September 2019

The Fastnet is one of sailing’s most iconic and challenging races. This year’s edition attracted the biggest fleet to date as 388 yachts set sail on what would prove a record-breaking event as the battle for line honours went right down to the wire.  Also in the Solent, the sport’s fastest fleet racing series made its European debut in equally dramatic style as SailGP broke both records and carbon out on the water.

It’s been a busy few weeks in Japan as well as the 470s played out their world championships on the waters of Enoshima before all ten classes battled it out in the Olympic test event just a year out from the start of the Games. And the Olympic news doesn’t stop there, as World Sailing announced more details of an exciting new offshore class for the 2024 Games in Paris.

Meanwhile back in Europe the Diam 24s concluded their own Tour De France in the Tour Voile, while the 52 Super Series was taking advantage of great conditions in Cascais, Portugal to put on another masterclass.

00:50 Fastnet Race
04:25 52 Super Series, Cascais
09:30 Tour Voile
12:42 470 Worlds
17:18 Olympic Test Event in Enoshima & 2024 Offshore class
20:09 SailGP, Cowes

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02 September 2019

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019, Porto Cervo, Yacht Racing Sep 2-7

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019 – 7 September – An enthralling end to a spectacular week

Sep 7, 2019: The 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup enhanced the event’s reputation as a must do regatta on the international circuit. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), in partnership with Rolex since 1985 and in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, it delivered a week of pulsating action, consummate skill and elevated performance. The contest remains the pinnacle of large monohull yacht racing, attracting the best boats, the most passionate owners and the finest crews.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019 – More than a Regatta

5 September 2019 – Marking its 30th edition this year, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is one of the most established events on the sailing calendar. Unique, iconic, magnificent, it is only open to yachts over 18 metres (60 feet). The longstanding partnership and shared vision of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and title sponsor Rolex, in conjunction with the enviable sailing environment, have enabled the event to evolve and expand over the years. By the halfway point of the 2019 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the racing has already proved exceptional and promises much in the two days remaining.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019 official website -- Tracking -- Results

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019 – 3 September – An impressive spectacle

For close to 40 years, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has been a captivating fixture on the yachting calendar. A gathering of the very best yachts and the very best crews, the 2019 event marks the 30th edition of this, now, annual institution. An integral part of Rolex’s six-decade-long association with yachting, since 1985, and exemplifying the enduring pursuit of excellence present throughout the sport, this year’s grand prix contest has attracted an impressive fleet of 53 yachts. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the first two days of racing in and around the Maddalena Archipelago have been close fought and offered an inspiring spectacle. -- Rolex World of Yachting video above published Sep 3, 2019. See also the preview video.

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2019 celebrates its 30th edition from 1–7 September. For almost four decades, the event has provided an exacting test for the Maxi, the most powerful, elegant and impressive yacht class. First held in 1980 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, Rolex has been the event’s Title Sponsor since 1985. Uniting cutting-edge yachts, supreme professional talent and northeast Sardinia’s wonderful sailing environment, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is a truly unique competition. The 2019 edition will welcome in excess of 50 yachts from pure racers to high-performance cruisers and classic masterpieces. Rolex’s support for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and the world of yachting more broadly, stems from the brand’s perpetual commitment to excellence in all its activities.

LIVE Feed:


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01 September 2019

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2019-20, LIVE Feed

UPDATE Sep 15: Clipper Race Leg 1, Race 2 Start, Portimão, Portugal (video)

Clipper Race Leg 1, Race 1: London to Portimão | Clipper 2019-20 Race

The Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race got off to a great start with a fantastic first race down to Portimão. Just over six days of intense racing saw the fleet cover over 1,200nm and encountered a massive variation in sea and wind conditions.

All eleven teams experienced everything, from strong tidal conditions in the Thames Estuary and English channel, very light winds during the early and latter parts of the race, to strong upwind conditions for the first three days which saps energy and takes even the hardiest sailors massive efforts to keep racing hard.

The notorious Bay of Biscay, brought the downwind surfing conditions that everyone was waiting for. Strong winds from behind with a following sea are what the racing sailors dream about and the fleet absolutely screamed down the west coast of Portugal, surfing waves and hitting speeds of up to 30 knots.

Punta del Este claimed victory into Host Port, Marina de Portimão with Dare To Lead taking secord and Qingdao finishing third. 

Clipper 2019-20 Race start from London, UK

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race start Sep 1, 2019: more than 700+ international Race Crew from all walks of life leave from St. Katharine Docks, London, for the start of an 11 month, 40,000 nautical mile global adventure.

Clipper Race tracker 

Clipper 2019-20 Race Prep video

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race video published Aug 14, 2019: Clipper Race HQ is a hive of activity for Prep Week! Hundreds of Clipper 2019-20 Crew are busily getting the fleet ready, organising food and taking part. The race starts September 1 from London, England, UK.
See also First Look: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sailing Legend (video): On April 22, 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history, becoming the first person to ever complete a solo and non-stop circumnavigation of the world's oceans. 50 years on, Sir Robin returned to Falmouth to recreate that historic day on board his beloved 32-foot ketch Suhaili. In a documentary called Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sailing Legend. Sir Robin will share his diaries from the race for the first time, while fellow leading sailors such as Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie, Dee Caffari and Alex Thompson will share what Sir Robin's achievement means to them.
The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, the event is now preparing for the start of its twelfth edition, the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Starting from London on 1 September 2019, the fleet will complete its circumnavigation when it returns eleven months later, in August 2020.


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24 August 2019

Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals, Aug 25-29 LIVE Feed

Final Day Highlights – Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019

Aug 29, 2019: It was a nervy finale on the Bay of Palma!

Final Day 5 LIVE - Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019

First Race Scheduled for Aug 29, 2019, 13:00 CEST: LIVE for Day 5 of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019.

Day 4 Highlights – Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019

Aug 28, 2019: Three incredible races on the penultimate day of the Worlds! Full Day 4 video here.

LIVE Day 3 Video of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019--Due to weather conditions, no racing on Day 3 of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019.

Virtual Eye |  Regatta Results

Day 2 Highlights and Day 1 Highlights and video playlist of 52 Super Series 2019.

The Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019 runs from Sunday, Aug 25, through Thursday, August 29. All five days of racing will be available via LIVE video and there are eleven competing teams at Puerto Portals vying for the coveted title.

Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019 Aug 25-29, Mallorca, Spain: Puerto Portals is a nautical and leisure marina complex on the island of Mallorca, located in the bay of Palma, just 10 km west from the Balearic capital. Recognized around the world as a reference for quality of its facilities and its range of shops, restaurants and leisure options, Puerto Portals is a venue for many international nautical events.

2019 52 SUPER SERIES overall season standings after Cascais (3rd of five events):
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) 95 puntos.
2. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 103 p.
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 103 p.
4. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 108 p.
5. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 112 p.
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 136 p.
7. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) 154 p.
8. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 164 p.

2019 52 SUPER SERIES: best of 5 events gets the trophy
  • Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week  May 21st - 25th, Menorca, Spain
  • Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup  June 18th - 22nd, Cadiz, Spain
  • Cascais 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week  July 16th - 20th, Cascais, Portugal
  • Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2019 August 25th - 29th, Mallorca, Spain
  • Porto Cervo 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week September 24th - 28th, Sardinia, Italy
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20 August 2019

ReadySteadyTokyo & Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019 (video)

LIVE Final Day | Medal Races  | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

The final Medal Race day of the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima will involve the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and 470 Men & Women fleets, Enoshima, Japan, 1 Sep 2019 beginning 12 noon (UTC+9) which is  Saturday, Aug 31, 11pm EDT (US).

LIVE | Medal Races  | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

Enoshima, Japan | Saturday 31st August beginning 12 noon (UTC+9) which is Aug 30, 11pm EDT (US)-- The first Medal Races of the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima will involve the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and RS:X Men and Women fleets.

Schedule (UTC+9):
12:10 - Nacra 17
12:50 - 49erFX
13:30 - 49er
14:10 - RS:X Women
14:50 - RS:X Men

Day 4 Highlights | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

As fierce winds continued to rage across Sagami Bay, five classes wrapped up fleet racing, ready for the Medal Races! Video above published Aug 30, 2019.

Day 3 Highlights | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

The storm was banished and the sun returned on the third day of racing in Enoshima - but the big breeze stuck around! Video above published Aug 29, 2019.

Day 2 Highlights | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

Only the RS:X windsurfers and Finn sailors got out onto the water on the second day of racing in Enoshima - and they relished the crazy winds and big swell!

Day 1 Highlights | Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima 2019

A light day saw early postponements, but all fleets were able to sail at least one race in Enoshima in the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and 470 classes. World Sailing video above published Aug 27, 2019.
Enoshima is hosting a sailing double-header with just one year to go before Tokyo 2020! First up, Ready Steady Tokyo, the official Test Event for the Olympic Games, before the opening round of the 2019/20 Hempel World Cup Series gets underway. World Sailing TV video above published Aug 15, 2019.

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2020 World Cup schedule:
  • Enoshima Round: 25 August-1 September 2019
  • Miami Round: 26 January-2 February 2020
  • Genoa Round: 19-26 April 2020
  • Enoshima Final: June* 2020

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19 August 2019

IMOCA Communication Partners Thales & Iridium (video)

Thales & Iridium, Official Communication Partners of IMOCA

IMOCA Globe Series video above published Jul 30, 2019.
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12 August 2019

Cowes Week 2019 August 10 - 17 LIVE Feed

LIVE Replay Final Day - Sat. Aug 17, 2019

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See also: LIVE Replay Daily videos from the entire Cowes Week 2019.

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Cowes Week 2019: Saturday, August 10 - Saturday, August 17, Cowes, England, UK
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10 August 2019

SailGP Cowes UK - August 10 - 11 2019, LIVE Feed

2019 Cowes SailGP LIVE // Final Day // Races 1-3 // SailGP

LIVE Replay of coverage of Races 1-3 on the final day of the 2019 Cowes SailGP, Aug 11, 2019.

Schedule for Sunday 11 August:
Race Village opens 11:30 – 18:30
Racing will run from 15:00 – 16:30 BST. All six national teams will take part in two fleet races. This will be followed by a match race final where the top highest ranked teams from the weekend will go head to head to determine the Cowes SailGP event winner.

Race Notice for  Saturday 10 August: "Due to forecasted severe adverse weather, and in order to ensure the safety of all athletes, staff, spectators and guests, Cowes SailGP will not proceed with racing on Saturday, August 10. Click here for more information."

Cowes Practice Racing

SailGP video above published Aug 10, 2019: Hop on board with the six SailGP teams during practice racing on the Solent in Cowes.

SailGP Season 1 - Mid-Season Leaderboard

Just over halfway through the inaugural season of SailGP, it's time to check in on the overall leaderboard. Will Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge continue to battle for the top spot? Can Dylan Fletcher close the gap on home waters in Cowes? Every race counts as we get closer to the $1 million dollar prize. Video above published July 31, 2019, by SailGP.

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph). 

Leaderboard overall prior to Cowes:
Position - Team - Helmsman - Points
1 Japan - Nathan Outteridge 140
2 Australia - Tom Slingsby 139
3 Great Britain - Dylan Fletcher 106
4 United States - Rome Kirby 105
5 China - Phil Robertson 93
5 France - Billy Besson 93

SailGP Cowes UK August 10 - 11, 2019, is part of Cowes Week 2019:
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03 August 2019

The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race Starting Aug 3, LIVE Feed

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 8 August – Burnishing the Legend

Aug 8, 2019: The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of sailing’s ultimate challenges: a racecourse that has achieved mythic status, a turning mark that is a true icon in sport and a near 100-years of history and tradition. The 48th edition attracted a record fleet of 388 yachts, of which 333 competed for the overall win on handicap. Conditions this year properly tested competitors from around the world. Professional and Corinthian crews alike experienced a broad range of weather and sea states; all had to overcome the notorious tidal and tactical challenges presented by the famous course. Records were broken, superlative performance converted into triumph and across the fleet endeavour was rewarded. An enduring legend has been polished once again.

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Race Results: https://www.rolexfastnetrace.com/competitors/race-documents/results

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 7 August – Wizard Leaves Fleet Spellbound

Aug 7, 2019: The 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by David and Peter Askew’s 21.5 meter (70-foot) Maxi yacht Wizard. Finishing third on the water behind her larger rivals Rambler and SHK Scallywag, she is the first American yacht to win the race overall since Great News in 1989.

Prevailing from an international fleet of 388 yachts is a remarkable achievement. The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world’s legendary and most challenging contests. Wizard’s crew can be rightly proud of their accomplishment and for fully embracing the characteristics required to succeed in discipline of offshore racing: preparedness, determination, endurance and skill. It was not an easy win. Conditions at the Fastnet Rock on the second day were some of the worst in recent years with strong wind and steep waves testing the commitment of the crews. Wizard’s position at the top of the podium was challenged hard, not least by French yacht Bretagne Telecom, which finished second overall, a mere 45 minutes behind and British yacht Tala, a further 45 minutes back. The victory adds further lustre to the enduring and continuing history of the race.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 6 August – Tough, Inspiring and Recognizable

Aug 6, 2019: As the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race moves through its fourth day, the flood of arrivals continues. The window of opportunity for those pursuing overall victory is narrowing and, after four days, crews still at sea are beginning to tire. Finishing well is dependent upon full commitment to performing at the best of one's ability and remaining resolute until the finish. The American yacht Wizard is currently in top spot, but the prevailing characteristic of Rolex Fastnet Race crews is to persevere to the very end, meaning the result remains in the balance. Nearly a century old, the Rolex Fastnet Race remains one the most inspiring and recognizable offshore racecourses in the world. Supported by Rolex since 2001, the race is organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the 2019 race has attracted a record fleet of 388 yachts ready and willing to test themselves against one of the toughest of offshore races.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 5 August – Monohull Line Honours

 Aug 5, 2019: For the second time in a row, George David and the crew of the 27-metre (88-foot) Maxi yacht Rambler has secured the Line Honours trophy in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Once again, though, they were thwarted in the pursuit of the monohull race record; this time missing out by one hour, 16 minutes. Setting a new fastest time to the Fastnet Rock, it looked likely that the benchmark for the race as a whole might fall. As it was, Rambler found herself engaged in an intense, three way tussle for the lead and, even as the opportunity to improve on the race time faded, the challenge to be first home intensified. Finishing the 605nm course in one day, 19 hours, 55 minutes, Rambler held off her closest rivals, Scallywag and Wizard. With line honours resolved, attention turns to the overall win on handicap. The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the preeminent stages for offshore racing. With challenging wind and sea conditions in the Celtic Sea, the fleet still racing will have to exhibit all the determination and perseverance that have characterized this legendary race since it was first held in 1925.  Organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the race has been partnered by Rolex since 2001.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 – 4 August – Multihull Race Record Broken

Aug 4, 2019: Co-skippered by round the world race winners, Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammas, Maxi Edmond de Rothschild secured Multihull Line Honours in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday afternoon. Finishing the 605nm course in 1 day 4 hours 2 minutes, the 30.5-metre (100-foot) French Ultime trimaran eclipsed the previous race record by some four hours. Out on the course, monohull Line Honours continues to be contested by three Maxis – the the 30.5-metre (100-foot) Scallwag, the Volvo 70 Wizard and the 27 m (88 ft) Rambler. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and partnered by Rolex since 2001, the race attracts a broad range of entries passionate about taking on the legendary test. Away from the leaders, the majority of the 388 yacht fleet are still sailing towards the race’s emblematic landmark, the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland.

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 Multihull Line Honours Winner: Maxi Edmond De Rothschild (RORC 4 Aug 2019 video): The 32m long Ultim trimarans laid on a spectacular finish in this 48th Rolex Fastnet Race resulting in MACIF, the leader since rounding the Fastnet Rock earlier this morning, being beaten to the finish line in the last breath of the race by her arch-rival Maxi Edmond de Rothschild. As Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’s skipper Franck Cammas explained: “Just after they gybed onto the layline for the finish we crossed them and decided to overlay. It was our last chance to see if there was something still possible. But until five minutes before we finished we never thought it was possible!” For their endeavours the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crew won the Rolex Fastnet multihull trophy and were presented with a Rolex timepiece, ashore at Plymouth Yacht Haven.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 video 3 August--A spectacular start for an impressive fleet--The 48th edition of legendary Rolex Fastnet Race got underway today. First held in 1925, the race has achieved mythic status and each edition enriches the honour and legacy. A record fleet of 388 yachts crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, separated into seven starts. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and partnered by Rolex since 2001, the race is a core element in the Swiss watchmaker's six-decade-long association with the sport. Featuring an array of the very best professional and Corinthian crews from around the world, 100 foot foiling multihulls are vying with similar-sized monohulls at the front. The smaller classes are filled with the traditional mix of the experienced, the intrepid and the adventurous. The winners will become legends.

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 preview video. 2019 marks the 48th edition of biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1925 and partnered by Rolex since 2001. The 605nm race is a classic examination of strategy and skill attracting a mix of passionate Corinthians and professionals. This is offshore racing at its very best, with complex weather patterns and testing tidal currents to be negotiated. For Rolex, this type of sailing challenge lies at the heart of its enduring six-decade-long support for the sport. On Saturday, 3 August an intrepid fleet of 400 yachts will set sail from Cowes, on the south coast of the United Kingdom, bound for the Fastnet Rock off southern Ireland and the return. leg to the finish in Plymouth. Start Date & Times: Saturday 3 Aug 2019 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race Start from 12:30 - 14:00 (local time Cowes, England).

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