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Rolex Swan Cup - Tense and exciting showdown FULL STORY HERE

Light-to-medium airs on the Costa Smeralda made for a tense and exciting showdown to the Rolex Swan Cup. Five of the six divisions in the 93-boat fleet were in doubt until the very end. The only runaway winner was the Romanian Swan 42 OD, Natalia, which won the 12-boat division by a good margin from the fast-improving Magical Mystery Tour helmed by Ed Leask. Two bullets from the British boat made inroads into the Romanian stranglehold on the scoreboard, but a final-race victory for Natalia Brailoiu confirmed the only female skipper as the class act in the Swan 42s.

Romanian Swan 42 OD, NataliaClick image for a larger image

G New
14 September 2014 22:20 GMT
Offshore

Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco FULL STORY HERE

It blew 20 knots and above for a third straight day at the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, and with six races under their sailing belts, eight of ten classes – HPR, BAMA/Multihull, J/70, J/105, J/111, J/120, Melges 24, Express 37 – are counting on one last race (the traditional “Bay Tour”) Sunday to either seal their deals or steal into top-three positions.

Farr 40Click image for a larger image

G New
14 September 2014 7:47 GMT
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RORC Season's Points Championship - Cowes to Cherburg FULL STORY HERE

The penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, and the last of the domestic season, to Cherbourg was a light winds affair. Winner overall on corrected time was Blair Forsyth's J/97 High Jinks. This is High Jinks' first RORC offshore season during which the boat had been principally sailed two-handed. The Cherbourg Race was their first fully crewed RORC race of 2014.


G New
9 September 2014 7:56 GMT
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Maxi 72 Class formally known as the Mini Maxi FULL STORY HERE

The International Maxi Association (IMA) and the owners of the Mini Maxi Racers havs announced the founding of the Maxi 72 Class and the appointment of Rob Weiland as Class Manager and the programme of races for 2015. The old description, Mini Maxi, is traded in for Maxi 72, referring to both its heritage as well as the maximum length. The new class, a former subdivision of the IMA Mini Maxi Fleet, continues to be affiliated with IMA.

Maxi 72 Class -Alegre (GBR)Click image for a larger image

G New
8 September 2014 7:05 GMT
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Everyone a winner FULL STORY HERE

Final day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Andres Soriano’s Alegre claimed a first Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship following a final day head to head with Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s resilient Robertissima III. In the Wally Class, Magic Carpet 3 sealed the title after a week of numerous twists and turns. Lionheart is the new J-Class champion while in Supermaxi Firefly confirmed her domination of the regatta. Lupa of London claimed Maxi racing/cruising.

AlegreClick image for a larger image

G New
6 September 2014 22:38 GMT
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Penultimate day FULL STORY HERE

All classes at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup sailed a coastal course Friday with around seven knots from the north at the start, building to a 12-15 knot north-easterly midway through the race. Robertissima III, the Italian-crewed boat (and former Rán 2, last year’s winning yacht), has enjoyed a terrific week and today claimed second place. She trails Alegre by three points ahead of Saturday’s two scheduled windward/leeward races.

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regattanews
5 September 2014 21:13 GMT
Offshore

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day 3 FULL STORY HERE

Fact: Launched in 1933, Velsheda is the oldest yacht racing this Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup week, while Ràn 5 is the newest, launched this year (2014).

J-Class Shamrock VClick image for a larger image

G New
3 September 2014 18:21 GMT
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Robertissima is boat of the day FULL STORY HERE

The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet engaged in two 8 nm windward/leeward races designed to test short-course racing prowess. Robertissima III proved boat of the day securing a 2,1 scoreline that moved her into second overall 4.5 points behind Alegre, which finished 1, 3. Ràn 5 lies in third, a mere half-point back. While the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet battle out another two windward/leewards Wednesday, the rest of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup classes will take on a coastal course.

Alegre (GBR)Click image for a larger image

regattanews
2 September 2014 17:46 GMT
Offshore

Alex Thomson Racing to build new HUGO BOSS FULL STORY HERE

Alex Thomson Racing is to build a new HUGO BOSS IMOCA 60 to be launched in summer 2015, with the aim of winning the 2016 Vendee Globe. The Team aims to put Thomson on the start line of the Vendee Globe with a boat that is good enough to win. The Alex Thomson Racing Team have been sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003 and have secured continued sponsorship until 2018. Whilst the IMOCA class have made a number of rule changes to increase the reliability and reduce the costs of the class, the investment is still upwards of €3 million.


G New
2 September 2014 11:51 GMT