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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Ran V is provisional IRC leader FULL STORY HERE

By Midnight virtually the entire fleet racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race had passed through the Straits of Messina, heading for Stromboli, the active volcano that marks the most northerly part of the 608 mile course.

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G New
20 October 2014 11:33 GMT
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Farr 40 World Championship - A time of Plenty FULL STORY HERE

The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship has a new winner: Alex Roepers’ Plenty of the USA. Winning four out of the week’s seven races held on San Francisco’s Berkeley Circle enabled Plenty to become the twelfth different recipient of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship title since the competition’s inauguration in 1998.

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G New
19 October 2014 8:18 GMT
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - 122 yachts started FULL STORY HERE

With an impressive fleet of 122 yachts starting the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Mediterranean classic has shattered its previous best entry for the third year in a row. 83 boats took on the challenge in 2012, followed by 99 in 2013.

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G New
18 October 2014 17:53 GMT
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No racing at Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

The breeze that usually makes San Francisco such a popular place for sailors was noticeably absent for the penultimate day of competition at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. A low pressure system had siphoned most of the air off the Bay, and with the fleet drifting around on the Berkeley Circle for several hours, the Race Committee took the decision to abandon attempts to run a race.
G New
18 October 2014 7:47 GMT
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Plenty more FULL STORY HERE

Alex Roepers’ Plenty holds an impressive 19-point lead over three teams who are tied on points, including two Australians – Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion and Lisa and Martin Hill on Estate Master – and Italy’s defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, Alberto Rossi on Enfant Terrible.

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G New
17 October 2014 10:29 GMT
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - A time of Plenty FULL STORY HERE

The 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is underway in San Francisco. Alex Roepers’ Plenty, the pre-competition favourites, dominated racing on the Berkeley Circle winning all three of day 1’s races. Plenty leads the overall standings with three points, followed by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on the Australian-flagged Transfusion which posted finishes of 3-2-4 for nine points.

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G New
16 October 2014 16:57 GMT
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100 foot limit raised for 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race FULL STORY HERE

The 100 foot (30.47m) LOA monohull limit set by a number of the classic 600 mile races such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races has been lifted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races. This will allow superyachts participating in the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.
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G New
16 October 2014 6:58 GMT
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series - Day 2 FULL STORY HERE

For the second race of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series the forecast predicted a light Northeasterly wind that would build to around 17 knots as the day went on, and so it proved, with all classes fitting in two races from a startline near Hill Head.

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G New
13 October 2014 16:46 GMT
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Wild Thing in ownership dispute at bankruptcy hearing FULL STORY HERE

A spotlight has been shone on the sometimes murkey world of Big Boat ownership in the bankruptcy examination of Grant Wharington in the Federal Court of Australia. Wharington was skipper of the 100ft Wild Thing and has fallen out with the boats alleged owner David Price over finances and the failures of Wild Thing in several Sydney to Hobart races.

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G New
12 October 2014 21:51 GMT