In the race to Abu Dhabi, the home boat was the first to gybe north yesterday night. Having suffered from a ripped A3 and a broken steering system in the past days, the Emirati crew was hoping to make the most of the remains of the Agulhas Current to finally tackle the high-pressure system sitting north of the fleet.
For 2015 the GC32 foiling catamarans are to compete around Europe on a five event circuit. A minimum of 6 to 8 teams will compete in all the events with new participants already signed from across Europe and the USA in addition to GC32 founder Laurent Lenne’s SPAX Solutions team and Marwin Sailing Team of Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi. Details of the new teams will be announced over the next weeks.
Skippers of the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, which set out for the 6,125 nautical mile (nm) Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, left with warnings of possible cyclone activity and tropical storms ringing in their ears.
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour announced the addition of the Congressional Cup to the 2015 World Championship Tour schedule. The announcement follows this year’s 50th anniversary of the historic Congressional Cup event, organised by Long Beach Yacht Club, in Long Beach, California.
No time for Pascal, Ian or anyone else to rest on their laurels as Leg 2 gets underway on Wednesday. This is a tough one, it’s both long and strategically tricky, crossing from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, from the Southern Hemisphere to the North. And it will be different to any previous race.
Posted on 24 November 2014
Phantom International is proud to announce that Billy Besson and Matthieu Vandame are joining the Phantom Sailing Team for the 2015 season. To celebrate and seal this collaboration Billy and Matthieu enjoyed a fast foiling ride with the Flying Phantom in the sea off Saint Malo Continue Reading
Posted on 23 November 2014
The 2014 RC44 Championship Tour has seen the 13-strong fleet compete in five events across three continents, with the finale played out this week on the Gulf of Oman. With no team able to discard the last event of the season, the podium positions were by no means secure as last day of racing got underway at the RC44 Oman Cup, in a sedate seven-knot breeze. Continue Reading
Posted on 22 November 2014
With the fleet’s easterly - rather than northerly – track skewing the official fleet rankings based on distance to finish, at 0940 UTC today ADOR was a potential leg leader, despite having dealt with two major equipment failures in the last 24 hours Continue Reading
Posted on 20 November 2014
Spanish solo skipper Alex Pella wrote himself into the history books of the Route du Rhum solo Transatlantic race and Spanish ocean racing when he crossed the finish line of the 3542 miles La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe race first in Classe40 at 06:47:08 hrs TU/07:47:08hrs CET/02:47:08 Local Gaudeloupe. Continue Reading
Posted on 20 November 2014
Synergy stayed unbeaten and were crowned 2014 RC44 Match Race Champions; taking back the title they lost to Team Aqua in 2013. Continue Reading
Posted on 18 November 2014
Volvo Ocean Race sailors set out again for the open seas on Wednesday with no piracy activity on their radar, but the threat of cyclones ahead on Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Sailing conditions in Cape Town look challenging for the 1800 start (local time)/1600 UTC, with plenty of wind, but flat seas forecast. Continue Reading
Posted on 17 November 2014
The closing event of the 2015 Championship Tour will play out from the 19th – 23rd of November at the RC44 Oman Cup, Muscat. Hosted by Oman Sail, the season finale promises to be a close one. With both the Match Racing and Fleet Racing titles up for grabs and the top three teams all within touching distance, the big question is can anyone topple Team Aqua, to break their three-year domination. Continue Reading
Posted on 15 November 2014
Ian Walker (GBR) and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew became the confirmed kings of Cape Town on Saturday, clinching the in-port race less than a week after arriving here as Leg 1 winners. The victory, by just over a minute, leaves them on top of the In-port Race Series too, and bursting with confidence for Leg 2 which starts on Wednesday. Continue Reading