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8th Vendée Globe day 72 8th Vendée Globe day 72 Photo finish predicted The Vendée Globe is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles as they enter the final 1,000 miles to the finish. by Andi Robertson Posted on 16 Jan Top young sailors set for Bermuda Top young sailors set for Bermuda In the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Red Bull Youth America´s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the 12 teams of sailors aged 19–25 that have been invited to compete in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda. by America's Cup media Posted on 16 Jan GAFIRS rescue teenage sailor with head injury GAFIRS rescue teenage sailor with head injury Who had fallen out of a capsized dinghy on Saturday A 17-year old boy, who had fallen out of a capsized dinghy and hit his head, was saved by rescuers on Saturday. by Alison Willis Posted on 16 Jan Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Series day 1 Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Series day 1 Reid and Rusden roar round Considering the meteorologists had forecast torrential rain and a strong Northwesterly for Sunday, it was a pleasure to see nearly 30 boats show up to race in the Highcliffe SC Icicle Open series. by Sarah Desjonqueres Posted on 16 Jan Dun Laoghaire Fireball Frostbite Series 2 Round 2 Dun Laoghaire Fireball Frostbite Series 2 Round 2 Accurate forecast puts off participation? Yesterday's diminished Fireball fleet in DMYC's Frostbite Series may have been a consequence of the actual weather mirroring the forecast. XCWeather had been predicting winds of 17 knots with gusts up to 28 knots. by Cormac Bradley Posted on 16 Jan Locals lead at halfway mark Locals lead at halfway mark In the M32 Monaco Winter Series Act 2 of the M32 Monaco Winter Series provided challenging conditions for the fleet, but locals Team Neverland skippered by Guido Maini took their second event win to extend the overall lead in the series. by M32 Series Posted on 16 Jan Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record Now just 70 miles behind Armel Le Cleac'h in the Vendée Globe British sailor Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. by Andi Robertson Posted on 16 Jan Bough Beech Icicle Series finally underway Bough Beech Icicle Series finally underway After two weeks lost due to lack of wind The 2017 Icicle at Bough Beech SC finally got under way on Sunday 15th January after the loss of the first 2 races on the 8th due to lack of wind. by Don Buckle Posted on 16 Jan 2017-19 Oyster World Rally starts from Antigua 2017-19 Oyster World Rally starts from Antigua Magnificent fleet sets off around the world The magnificent fleet participating in the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally have bid farewell to Nelson's Dockyard Antigua. In jubilant mood, with a steel band playing, the Oyster yachts slipped their moorings to head out to the starting area. by Louay Habib Posted on 16 Jan Bembridge Illusion January Jacket Bembridge Illusion January Jacket Some close and enthusiastic racing Although numbers were limited for the first trophy of the second half of the 2016-2017 Illusion winter programme - the January Jacket - held over the weekend in Bembridge Harbour, there was some very close & enthusiastic racing on both days. by Mike Samuelson Posted on 16 Jan Old acquaintances and new friendships Old acquaintances and new friendships At Quantum Key West Race Week The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins Monday with a weather forecast calling for winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts possibly as high as 25 knots and air temperatures in the mid-70s - conditions welcomed by every sailor. by Storm Trysail Club Posted on 16 Jan 52s at Quantum Key West Race Week day 1 52s at Quantum Key West Race Week day 1 All set for a sparkling curtain raiser to the season As the 52 SUPER SERIES returns to Florida for the first time since 2014, the eleven-boat fleet looks set to enjoy a sparkling curtain raiser to a demanding six-regatta season. by 52 Super Series Posted on 16 Jan Australian Sailing Youth Team announced Australian Sailing Youth Team announced To compete at the 2017 Youth Worlds Australian Sailing has announced the 2017 Australian Sailing Youth Team, who will represent their country at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship. by Megan McKay Posted on 15 Jan 4th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series 4th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Monegasques out in force For the three one-design classes competing in the first Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series regatta of 2017, the Monegasques were up there with the best. by Isabelle Andrieux Posted on 15 Jan 8th Vendée Globe day 71 8th Vendée Globe day 71 Throttles down in sprint to the finish The race to the Vendée Globe finish line today became an all-out, neck-and-neck sprint as the leading pair's speedos rocketed into the 20s. by Andi Robertson Posted on 15 Jan Rolex Farr 40 Worlds return to Porto Cervo Rolex Farr 40 Worlds return to Porto Cervo Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to host 2017 event Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has hosted numerous class events, including the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2003 and 2009. Porto Cervo and YCCS have also conducted several European and Mediterranean regattas for the association. by Farr 40 Class Association Posted on 15 Jan Tweaks and Changes Tweaks and Changes At the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Paul Miller, Racing Director for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, spoke about the tweaks and changes to the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Posted on 15 Jan Etchells Australian Championship overall Etchells Australian Championship overall Magpie swoops twice in Sydney Graeme Taylor and his Magpie crew of Steve Jarvin and James Mayo sailing for Victoria's Mornington Yacht Club posted the best scores among a who's who of keelboat sailing to be named Etchells Australian champions for the second year running. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted on 15 Jan 18ft Skiff Australian Championship race 1 18ft Skiff Australian Championship race 1 Smeg wins first heat in Sydney Harbour Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey, Smeg, won a close battle for the first race of the Australian Championship in a 10knot easterly. The fleet got off to a slow start after two general recalls with the outgoing tide pushing them over the line. by Kimberley Wilmot / Australian 18 Footers League Posted on 15 Jan Viper Worlds at Geelong overall Viper Worlds at Geelong overall Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor wrap up the win They led from the outset and at the conclusion of the Viper Worlds 2017 Australians Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor (Charter World) beat the immediate past French world champion and took out the series by nine points. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted on 15 Jan Royal Langkawi International Regatta overall Royal Langkawi International Regatta overall Single light wind race on the final day Day 5 of the 15th Royal Langkawi International Regatta greeted the sailors again with very calm weather conditions. The Race Committee went out at 8 am searching for wind. by Icarus Sailing Media Posted on 15 Jan St. Maarten Regatta 5th Annual Beach Clean-Up St. Maarten Regatta 5th Annual Beach Clean-Up Over 100 participants make it the biggest yet The St. Maarten Regatta organized the 5th Annual Beach Clean-up which took place on Saturday January 14th 2017. With over 100 participants this Beach Clean Up was the biggest one in 5 years. by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Posted on 14 Jan 8th Vendée Globe day 70 8th Vendée Globe day 70 'Anxious' Le Cléac'h vows to focus on ultimate prize Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h today admitted tensions are running high as he clings to the narrowest of leads over Briton Alex Thomson just days from the finish line of the solo round the world yacht race. by Andi Robertson Posted on 14 Jan Majestic J Class Yachts headline Majestic J Class Yachts headline 2017 New York Yacht Club sailing season With a sparkling mix of tradition, technology, camaraderie and cutthroat competition, the 2017 racing season at the New York Yacht Club will be one of the most exciting, and diverse, in the Club's rich 173-year-history. by Stuart Streuli Posted on 14 Jan Gilmour snags Australian Tour Card Gilmour snags Australian Tour Card For World Match Racing Tour 2017 At age 23 Sam Gilmour from Perth, Australia has already reached the top three on the World Sailing match racing rankings with his Neptune Racing team. by World Match Racing Tour Posted on 14 Jan 2017 Congressional Cup preview 2017 Congressional Cup preview Line-up promises action and excitement The 53rd Congressional Cup regatta promises a bounty of action and excitement, with the preliminary announcement of three-quarters of the teams; including seven of the world's top 10 match racing skippers. by Congressional Cup Media Posted on 14 Jan Australian Youth Championship overall Australian Youth Championship overall Winners decided on final day Clearing skies and a shifty 12 to 15 knots concluded the 2017 Australian Youth Championships held at the Adelaide Sailing Club, South Australia. by Kate Lathouras, Australian Sailing Posted on 14 Jan Full Steam Ahead for Anglo-French Agreement Full Steam Ahead for Anglo-French Agreement To boost Marine Tourism An agreement has been made between the UK's South West and Northern French marine businesses in a bid to boost tourism amid the uncertainties surrounding Brexit. by Annabel Wildey Posted on 14 Jan Royal Langkawi International Regatta day 4 Royal Langkawi International Regatta day 4 Heading east to 'find wind' After yesterday's cancelled races, today Principal Race Officer Simon James took the decision to go to the east coast of Langkawi to 'find wind'. by Icarus Sailing Media Posted on 14 Jan RS Aero UK Winter Series after 3 events RS Aero UK Winter Series after 3 events 28 helms on the scoreboard so far After the flurry of Christmas and New Year events the RS Aero UK Winter Series is now three events in, each of those part of the GJW SailJuice series. This winter the Aero series visits 10 locations, spread over the length and breadth of the UK. by RS Aero UK Class Association Posted on 14 Jan Viper Worlds at Geelong day 5 Viper Worlds at Geelong day 5 Another day blown out A second day of high winds confined Viper Worlds crews to another long wait at the RGYC in Victoria, Australia, before the decision was made at 1500hrs to postpone racing until Sunday January 15, 2017, the final day of the world championship. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted on 14 Jan Entries open for 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta Entries open for 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta Last hurrah on the first weekend of March When summer racing comes to an end, the focus will shift to the Sydney Harbour Regatta - the last hurrah at the beginning of autumn when the weather is still warm and the Harbour a picture postcard of sailing boats. by Di Pearson, MHYC media Posted on 14 Jan 'Try an 18 Day' at Grafham Water 'Try an 18 Day' at Grafham Water Another chance to get on board an 18ft Skiff For the second year running, the UK 18ft Skiff class invites sailors to Grafham Sailing Club on the 1st April 2017 for another 'Try an 18 Day'. We are rerunning this event just like last year to get sailors interested in the class. by Tom Hill Posted on 13 Jan 8th Vendée Globe day 69 8th Vendée Globe day 69 Leaders compress in race to Les Sables Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not for British skipper Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles on Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h in the last 24 hours. by Andi Robertson Posted on 13 Jan World's best marinas for 2017 announced World's best marinas for 2017 announced At the Marina of the Year Awards Yesterday (Thursday 12 January 2017) The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA), a group association within membership organisation British Marine, announced the winners of its prestigious Marina of the Year Awards, with proud sponsors GJW. by Annabel Wildey Posted on 13 Jan Etchells Australian Championship day 1 Etchells Australian Championship day 1 Wild Oats XI crewmates deadlocked On board the Oatley family's supermaxi Wild Oats XI they are crewmates. At the Etchells 2017 Australian Championship skippers Graeme Taylor and Iain Murray are deadlocked on opposing boats at 16 points apiece with Taylor leading the series on a countback. by Lisa Ratcliff Posted on 13 Jan
Clipper 2017-18 Crew BriefOver 400 crew and supporters attended the Clipper 2017-18 Crew Brief held at the London Boat Show, Excel London. A great chance to meet our partners, try on kit, have photos taken and learn what to expect on the race.The Right Place at the Right TimeIngrid Abery is one of yachting's top photographers. She has a canny knack of being in the right place to catch the key moments at events, and also the presence of mind and calm nature to take the photos at exactly the right time.Introducing MacGlideFouling of hull surfaces can lead to reduced speed, higher fuel consumption, surface damage and a poor appearance. The solution until now has been to use antifouling paints, though these have damaging effects on the marine environment every day.Time for sailing to adaptThere is no doubt about it - the sport of sailing needs to adapt. People's lifestyles are changing, pressures on time seem to be greater than ever before and the finances of everyday people are stretched.Marine Resources job updatesMarine Resources specialises in filling job vacancies within the Leisure Marine Industry. We have a variety of recruitment services to suit all types of marine employer. SpotME and OLASWe spoke to Tom Harrop at Exposure Lights about the Spot Me mini Strobe and the OLAS App which they launched at the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam.Elliot Brown unveils new flagship collectionTo mark its extended partnership as Official Timekeeper of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, UK watch brand Elliot Brown has revealed a new flagship collection, named Portland Adventurer, will be released in time for the start of the 2017-18 race.From PLC to ZHIKWe spoke to Zhik's CEO David Crow, known as Crowie, who came into the company from a corporate background and now works alongside the founder and former-CEO, Brian Conolly.10% off Trident DrysuitsLots more clothing savings including £100 off the Crewsaver Cirrus Drysuit including a free fleece, 30% off the Gul Ballistic Ladies Spray Top and 40% off the Gill Hurakan 3/2 Wetsuit and Gill UV Aero Vest.Interview with Peter ThorntonPeter Thornton has always had a passion for sailing and the sea. His career extends from the Gorran and Mevagissey Sea Scouts in Cornwall, to being awarded an MBE at the age of only twenty-five.Save an extra 10% in the Gill New Year saleWith the Gill sale nearing its end, you can now save an extra 10% when you use the discount code EXTRA10. Simply add the code to your basket as you check out. With savings of up to 70% already, now's the time to pick up a bargain...Don't Put a Block on Your ChancesWinter is the 'off season' for most sailors, if you exclude the semi professionals who can jet off to exotic climes to pursue their sport. The more usual situation is the boat goes into an already overcrowded garage.