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Transatlantic Race 2015 - Final start and the chase is on FULL STORY HERE

The two final starts for the Transatlantic Race 2015 took place on Sunday off Newport RI for the four final entries. The first was for the two multihulls, the 63-foot trimaran Paradox, owned by Peter Aschenbrenner and skippered by Jeff Mearing and Lloyd Thornburg’s Phaedo3, the 70-foot MOD 70 trimaran. The second and final start for this event, was for Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's 100-foot Comanche and the 12-foot shorter Rambler 88 of owner/skipper George David.

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G New
6 July 2015 4:59 GMT
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ORC World Champions crowned in Barcelona FULL STORY HERE

After a long week of light air, lengthy postponements, hot sun and even hotter competition, three ORC World Champions were crowned in Barcelona. Alberto Rossi’s TP 52 Enfant Terrible Minoan Lines from Italy won Class A. In Class B Pedro Campos’s Swan 42 Movistar won his second ORC Worlds crown and 15th World Championship among numerous other classes. The Class C champion was reigning champion Giuseppe Giuffre’s Low Noise II, an Italia 9.98 F.

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G New
5 July 2015 8:20 GMT
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Transatlantic Race - Second of Three Starts on July 1 FULL STORY HERE

With 13 boats having left Sunday (June 28) on the 2,800-mile Transatlantic Race 2015, a second group of 20 is likewise due to begin the journey this Wednesday (July 1) from a staging area across from Castle Hill Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay’s East Passage. With the largest, fastest, most powerful boats being saved for last (their start is on Sunday, July 5), this lot – with five Class 40s, 10 IRC Racer/Cruisers and five IRC Racing entrants – will have ample muscles to flex for its own duly impressive showing.

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G New
30 June 2015 21:57 GMT
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ORC World Championship - New Leaders FULL STORY HERE

Two more races completed Tuesday in light sea breezes, with two new series leaders after another day of extremely close racing. With a more favourable forecast in hand despite the continued hot weather, race managers from the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona had only a brief postponement this morning before getting the fleet out of the Port Vell harbour and racing today at the 2015 ORC World Championship.

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G New
30 June 2015 20:30 GMT
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Transatlantic Race 2015 - Day 1 Report FULL STORY HERE

Instead of launching straight into a downhill sleigh ride, the 13 first starters in the Transatlantic Race 2015 have endured a tricky first night at sea. The course west to east across the North Atlantic between Newport, USA, to the Lizard, in southwest England, is renowned for conditions that allow fast sailing, but last night a significant left-over swell, combined with an absence of wind to the south of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, instead left the fleet wallowing and rolling precariously.

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G New
29 June 2015 21:51 GMT
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Round the Island Race - 38ft classic yacht Whooper wins Gold Roman Bowl FULL STORY HERE

Giovanni Belgrano's 38ft classic yacht Whooper has been revealed as provisional winner of the 2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, Gold Roman Bowl. The MOD70 trimaran Concise 10 took line honours, finishing at 1040, with an elapsed time of three hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds. Mike Slade's 100ft Leopard finished at 1140 to take monohull line honours, but was outside the record time he set two years ago.


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G New
27 June 2015 22:00 GMT
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Round the Island Race is Underway in sun and a good breeze FULL STORY HERE

The first start in this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, for the biggest and fastest monohulls, including Mike Slade's multiple record breaking 100ft supermaxi Leopard and the stunning modern classic 160ft schooner Eleonora, got away on schedule at 07:00 hrs in a north-westerly breeze of 8-12 knots and bright sun.

First to finish the MOD70 trimaran - FRA70 CONCISE 10 at 10:40:24 taking 03:30:24


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G New
27 June 2015 8:48 GMT
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La Solitaire Jury declare Yann Elies the winner FULL STORY HERE

After his two victories in 2012 and 2013 , Yann Elies joined the elite club of triple winners of La Solitaire. After a decision by the Jury following claims against Xavier Macaire a 60 minute penalty was imposed for sailing in a prohibited or restricted area. First across the finish line yesterday in Dieppe, Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) ends up third overall.


G New
26 June 2015 6:27 GMT
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Solitaire du Figaro - Best British finish in 40 years FULL STORY HERE

In the early hours of Thursday morning 24-year-old Magma Structures skipper Alan Roberts became the top British Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard finisher in 40 years. Concluding the four stage solo race in Dieppe ninth overall, Roberts beats Sam Goodchild’s historic overall result – 11th in 2013 – by two places and now sits second only to Claire Francis, who finished the race 5th in 1975.

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G New
25 June 2015 6:51 GMT