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49th Star Class South American Championship 49th Star Class South American ChampionshipRobert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes win in RioRobert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes (BRA) are the 2018 South American champions of the Star class. The two-time Olympic champion won the first race on Sunday, last day of the event, at the Yacht Club in Rio de Janeiro, and finished second in the last.by Rachele Vitello Posted 12 Nov 19:23 GMT Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 9 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 9François Gabart says he's happy with his second-placed finishAt the moment, François Gabart says he's happy with his finish at Pointe-à-Pitre and to have been able to battle to the end, even though Francis Joyon stole the victory by taking the lead at the finishing line, just seven minutes ahead of him.by Route du Rhum Posted 12 Nov 18:51 GMT HYS Hamble Winter Series week 5 HYS Hamble Winter Series week 5Gusts of 92 knots noted on instrumentsThe fifth week of HYS Hamble Winter Series coincided with Remembrance Sunday and the 100th Anniversary of Armistice day for World War 1. The first warning was put back until after the 11am two minutes silence, and Jonathan Blanchard played the Last Post.by Trevor Pountain Posted 12 Nov 18:34 GMT Para sailing, kiteboarding debut in 2019 Para sailing, kiteboarding debut in 2019Entries now open for the new-look RYA Youth National ChampionshipsHundreds of Britain's most talented young sailors are expected to descend on WPNSA for the week-long regatta that serves as a celebration of youth sailing.by British Sailing Team Media Posted 12 Nov 17:06 GMT RS Sailing: Black Friday Preview! RS Sailing: Black Friday Preview!Some great deals from RS Sailing hardware and Magic MarineSome great deals from RS Sailing hardware and Magic Marine.by RS Sailing Posted 12 Nov 16:00 GMT Optimist Asian/Oceanian Championship practice day Optimist Asian/Oceanian Championship practice dayTeams arrive in MyanmarYesterday marked the opening day of the 2018 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship, hosted by the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club and Resort with the support of the Myanmar Yachting Federation.by Fiona Kidd Posted 12 Nov 14:58 GMT DMYC Frostbite Series race 2 DMYC Frostbite Series race 2Louis is coming to get us!"Louis is coming to get us" exclaimed Noel Butler to crew Stephen Oram. Looking over his shoulder he was watching the young Thompson brothers, Daniel and Harry, and perhaps a ghost, closing in rapidly during the second PY race in yesterday's Frostbites.by Frank Miller Posted 12 Nov 13:33 GMT 12th China Cup International Regatta overall 12th China Cup International Regatta overallWanhang Longcheer has won back the Beneteau 40.7 trophyWanhang Longcheer has won back the Beneteau 40.7 trophy at the 12th China Cup. Steve McConaghy suffered a stressful few hours in the morning wondering if he was going to have to defend a slender two-point lead.by Andy Rice, SailingIntelligence.com Posted 12 Nov 12:00 GMT Lightning 368s at West Oxfordshire Lightning 368s at West OxfordshireTravelllers' Series goes down to the wire at End of Season eventThe final event of the season for the Lightning 368 class was held at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club, with the results to the Traveller Series very much depending on the outcome.by John Claridge Posted 12 Nov 11:07 GMT Sailingfast to stock Zhik Clothing Sailingfast to stock Zhik ClothingFree Zhik beanie with every Laser sail until 16th November!Sailingfast are delighted to announce we are teaming up with clothing brand Zhik. We will be stocking some key lines from their ranges in time for Christmas.by Emma Hepplewhite Posted 12 Nov 11:00 GMT Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy at Bembridge Illusion Guy Fawkes Trophy at BembridgePlenty of video evidence for those judged OCSEarlier in the week, the forecast for the weekend looked so gloomy that there was talk of the Guy Fawkes Trophy having to be abandoned, however, after a very wet & windy Friday night, conditions on Saturday morning were actually not bad at all.by Mike Samuelson Posted 12 Nov 09:30 GMT Spinlock New Products 2019 Spinlock New Products 2019Including the DAME nominated Sail-SenseWith an ever growing desire in using data to enhance performance and enjoyment of our sport, Sail-Sense is a revolutionary new sensor which helps you be smarter about your sail management.by Spinlock Posted 12 Nov 08:30 GMT Sprint 15 Summer Series 2018 Sprint 15 Summer Series 2018Liam Thom is the new name on the trophy this yearThe Sprint 15 Summer Traveller series has a new name on the trophy this year as Liam Thom of Shanklin Sailing Club sailed a very strong series to take a well-deserved win.by Bob Carter Posted 12 Nov 08:00 GMT Chichester Frozen Toe Series day 1 Chichester Frozen Toe Series day 1Somewhere under the rainbowMany waking on Sunday to torrential rain and strong winds may have considered closing the curtains and going back to bed. But a keen group of winter sailors made the trip to Chichester Yacht club and eventually enjoyed a sail in bright autumnal sunshine.by Mark Green Posted 12 Nov 07:02 GMT Joyon snatches record-setting victory Joyon snatches record-setting victoryIn thrilling finale to Route du Rhum-Destination GuadeloupeIn the closest finish since it was first staged in 1978, the French ocean racing veteran Francis Joyon won the 40th anniversary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race from Saint Malo to Pointe-À-Pitre early this morning.by Route du Rhum Posted 12 Nov 06:56 GMT Francis Joyon pips François Gabart by 7 minutes Francis Joyon pips François Gabart by 7 minutesThrilling finish to 11th Route du Rhum - Destination GuadeloupeMonday 12 November, at 04:28 am (UTC+1), François Gabart crossed the finishing line of the 11th Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe in 2nd place in the Ultime class, on board the MACIF trimaran.by Trimaran MACIF Posted 12 Nov 06:08 GMT RS Aero Youth Winter training at Hayling Island RS Aero Youth Winter training at Hayling IslandFor the first of this winter's six weekend seriesWe were welcomed by Hayling Island SC for the first of this winter's six weekend RS Aero UK Youth Team Training 2018/19 series. A nice 15 knots blew on Saturday, dropping off to slightly less on Sunday.by Noah Rees Posted 12 Nov 05:46 GMT 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix season concludes 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix season concludesStig, Sikon and Inga on the podiumThe Lanzarote edition of the Melges 40 Grand Prix season has officially come to a close, as the tenth race has been run and the results are finalized for the 2018 ranking.by Melges 40 Class Posted 12 Nov 05:44 GMT Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final Red Bull Foiling Generation World FinalNew Zealand victorious in MiamiAfter a year of qualifying races held all over the world, Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie from New Zealand emerged as the victors of the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final. They've put themselves on the map as future stars in the sport.by Dan Palumbo Posted 12 Nov 00:08 GMT Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 8 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 8A foil and a rudder missing on the MACIF Trimaran"François never gives in," says Thomas Normand of the technical team. "The loss of the foil did not cause sufficient damage to force him to retire. Naturally, these hitches have had an impact on performance, but she is still fighting for a win."by Route du Rhum Posted 11 Nov 23:31 GMT 12 Metre World Championship set for Newport 12 Metre World Championship set for NewportA sailing spectacle like no otherWith a little over eight months to go, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the International Twelve Metre Association (ITMA) America's Fleet and the 12 Metre Yacht Club are gearing up for the largest-ever gathering of historic 12 Metre yachts in the U.S.by Barby MacGowan Posted 11 Nov 21:53 GMT HSE Board removes the AALR regulations HSE Board removes the AALR regulations3 month procurement exercise expected to start around March/AprilIn June 2018, the HSE Board considered a paper on the feedback from the recent Discussion Document on the future of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and the Adventure Activity Licensing Regulations (AALR).by Loretta Spridgeon Posted 11 Nov 18:00 GMT 12th China Cup International Regatta day 4 12th China Cup International Regatta day 4It's the Battle of Oz in the BeneteausRay Roberts gets better every day and has now manoeuvred BoomEgg - JoyOurs Team to just two points off the lead in the hotly contested Beneteau 40.7 at the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen.by Andy Rice, SailingIntelligence.com Posted 11 Nov 13:52 GMT French J/80 National Championships French J/80 National Championships44 teams from France, England, Spain, and Ireland compete in PornicForty-four teams from France, England, Spain, and Ireland enjoyed a total of nine races sailed over the four-day event on the beautiful Bay of Biscay.by J/Boats Posted 11 Nov 13:32 GMT Marlow Ropes launches fully up-cycled mooring rope Marlow Ropes launches fully up-cycled mooring ropePremium sustainable mooring rope made using 100% recycled plasticThe world leading leisure marine rope manufacturer's latest innovation, the Blue Ocean Dockline, is the first 'technically better' premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles.by Kate McCoy Posted 11 Nov 12:00 GMT Melges 40 Grand Prix at Lanzarote overall Melges 40 Grand Prix at Lanzarote overallRombelli conquers at the helm of StigCongratulations are in full order for 2018 Melges 40 Lanzarote Grand Prix Champion Alessandro Rombelli at the helm of Stig. Racing alongside was tactician Francesco Bruni, with crew members.by Melges 40 Class Posted 11 Nov 05:36 GMT WA WASZP State Championship in Perth day 2 WA WASZP State Championship in Perth day 2Young Tom Devine is proving incredibly hard to beatIt was a sensational day 2 for the WA WASZP State Championships with Perth turning on another stunning afternoon for this exciting one design class. The championship has been split wide open with a lot of the sailors racing the boats for the first time.by Marc Ablett Posted 10 Nov 22:03 GMT Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 7 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 7Alex Thomson is still leading the fleet of IMOCAsOn the sixth day of racing in the Route du Rhum, British skipper Alex Thomson is still leading the fleet of IMOCAs. In the trade winds, he is being chased by three skippers, Paul Meilhat, Vincent Riou and Yann Eliès.by Route du Rhum Posted 10 Nov 19:49 GMT Bosun Bob's RS400 Frostie Series at RNIYC Bosun Bob's RS400 Frostie Series at RNIYCFierce racing for 17 teams at HolywoodSunday 4th November saw the first day of the Bosun Bob's RS400 Frostie Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. Seventeen boats took to the water and the racing was fierce!by Robert Hastings Posted 10 Nov 17:55 GMT Sailing - it's a family affair for the Reynolds Sailing - it's a family affair for the ReynoldsSailing has become a family affair for the Reynolds' in West WalesThey took part in a school OnBoard programme delivered through All Afloat at Neyland Yacht Club. Older sister Shania, aged 18, started watching 12-year-old Sean and 10-year-old Liam at the sessions.by RYA Cymru-Wales Posted 10 Nov 16:47 GMT WA Moth State Championship day 2 WA Moth State Championship day 2Max Puttman makes the best of the conditionsDay 2 proved a super critical day in terms of the overall leaderboard at the WA Moth State Championships. Session 1 of the day turned into a marginal race where most of the fleet were in low-riding mode for majority of the race.by Marc Ablett Posted 10 Nov 15:29 GMT WA WASZP State Championship in Perth day 1 WA WASZP State Championship in Perth day 1Freshwater Bay providing stunning conditionsPerth turned on some absolutely stunning summer conditions for day 1 of the WA WASZP State Championship, with a late seabreeze kicking in at 12-15knots. Racing was held in Freshwater Bay providing some serious Friday night entertainment.by Marc Ablett Posted 10 Nov 14:28 GMT RC44 Championship Tour finale starts next week RC44 Championship Tour finale starts next weekFleet will once again take to the waters of Cascais for final showdownHaving defended their World Championship trophy last month, becoming the first team ever to claim a hat trick of RC44 World titles, Vladimir Prosikhin and tactician Dean Barker of Team Nika currently lead the fleet.by RC44 Class Association Posted 10 Nov 14:17 GMT 12th China Cup International Regatta day 3 12th China Cup International Regatta day 3Cheung Kong team wins round the island raceCheung Kong Sailing Club Team moved to the top of the Beneteau 40.7 leaderboard after a solid performance on day three of the China Cup International Regatta in Shenzhen. Jono Rankine steered his crew across the finish line of the 19-mile race.by Andy Rice, SailingIntelligence.com Posted 10 Nov 13:15 GMT Return of Athos and the Flying Machines Return of Athos and the Flying MachinesSet for the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600The 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 is set to be a spectacular edition of the fantastic 600 nautical mile race around 11 Caribbean islands. Of the early entries, the largest yacht competing will be the 203ft schooner Athosby Louay Habib Posted 10 Nov 12:36 GMT New Gill stock has arrived at Trident-UK New Gill stock has arrived at Trident-UKCheck out the Christmas ShopThe sporty Gill Race Watch is made using a carbon reinforced ABS plastic construction with a stainless steel case back. With 35 litres of storage space, the new season Race Team Backpack has been carefully crafted using waterproof PVC.by TridentUK Posted 10 Nov 12:00 GMT Dates released for RS600 National Tour 2019 Dates released for RS600 National Tour 2019Kicks off with the popular RS Sprint ChampionshipsWith a hugely successful RS600 season brought to a close at the RS End of Seasons Regatta at Rutland last week, we are delighted to announce the dates for the RS600 National Tour 2019, thanks to the efforts of the committee.by Sally Campbell Posted 10 Nov 09:42 GMT Last minute rush for the Dash Last minute rush for the DashMore than 70 already signed up, but be quick if you want to join them...More than 70 already signed up for the Draycote Dash, but be quick if you want to join them...by Andy Rice Posted 10 Nov 06:53 GMT The Glasgow Grouse 2018 The Glasgow Grouse 2018Team racing event takes place with 24 teams and 4 flights of boatsWith 24 teams and 4 flights of boats, The Grouse returned to Glasgow once again for its sixth year in a row.by Hugo Duncan Posted 10 Nov 06:34 GMT Enterprises at Winsford Flash Enterprises at Winsford FlashWeighed down by cottage pie and apple crumbleAs we arrived at Winsford we could see there wasn't a lot of wind, but the wind did pick up in patches throughout the day. The weather was cold and the wind from the north and overcast with the sun popping out from time to time.by Steve Blackburn Posted 10 Nov 06:11 GMT Melges 40 Grand Prix at Lanzarote day 2 Melges 40 Grand Prix at Lanzarote day 2Rombelli's STIG extends leadWith six races complete at the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix in Lanzarote, Alessandro Rombelli's STIG (Francesco Bruni, tactician) has extended his lead in the most impressive manner.by Melges 40 Class Posted 10 Nov 01:02 GMT American Magic show off AC75 test boat - Video American Magic show off AC75 test boat - VideoFirst team video of their AC75 surrogate nick named "The Mule" as she foils on Narragansett BayAmerican Magic, the New York Yacht Club's entry in the 36th America's Cup, has released the first team video of their AC75 surrogate nick named "The Mule" as it foils on Narragansett Bay. In this revealing video we can see the 38ft long Mule tucked inby American Magic Posted 10 Nov 00:38 GMT 2018 RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Tour 2018 RS400 Rope4Boats Northern TourBucking the trend with their best ever yearIn the North of England the RS400 fleet is bucking the trend with their best ever year for numbers of boats competing in their Rope4Boats sponsored Northern Tour – 93 boats in total!by Heather Chipperfield Posted 9 Nov 19:27 GMT Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 6 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe day 6Sunshine and shorts time as Thomson looks to capitalizeAfter five days of tough racing in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race from Saint Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre in the French Caribbean, Britain's Alex Thomson is in good spirits and looking to put the hammer down on Hugo Boss.by Route du Rhum Posted 9 Nov 18:15 GMT Greatest winch innovation in over 40 years Greatest winch innovation in over 40 yearsTechnical Marine Supplies presents exciting new addition to product rangeThe new Karver winches are equipped with a double gear mechanism, a classic first stage identical to current winch designs and a second consisting of an epicyclic gear train. This patented technology is used for the first time on a winch.by Matt Churchward, TMS Posted 9 Nov 16:18 GMT Dates announced for 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit Dates announced for 2019 FAST40+ Race CircuitMore thrilling high speed action for the owner-driver classThe fourth edition of the FAST40+ Race Circuit promises more thrilling high speed action for the owner-driver class. There will be six scoring rounds including the HYS FAST40+ National Championship and the One Ton Cup.by FAST40+ Class Posted 9 Nov 15:12 GMT Free "Introduction To Cruiser Racing" Seminar Free "Introduction To Cruiser Racing" SeminarTo understand what is required to get involved in cruiser yacht racingChichester Cruiser Racing Club (CCRC) is offering yacht owners in the Chichester area the chance to attend a free seminar to understand what is required to get involved in cruiser yacht racing.by Bob Garrett, CCRC Commodore Posted 9 Nov 15:03 GMT Route du Rhum IMOCA analysis by Morgan Lagravière Route du Rhum IMOCA analysis by Morgan LagravièreFour skippers are sailing in the trade winds and are now battling it out to win this raceWhile Yannick Bestaven has unfortunately been forced to retire, Jérémie Beyou, Alexia Barrier, Fabrice Amedeo, Manuel Cousin and Romain Attanasio intend to set sail again after carrying out pit stops.by IMOCA Globe Series Posted 9 Nov 14:34 GMT
RS Sailing: Black Friday Preview!Some great deals from RS Sailing hardware and Magic Marine.A weekend of change and opportunityThis weekend saw the conclusion of the World Sailing meetings, with the AGM voting to add a 'Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore' event for the Paris 2024 Olympics.Sailingfast to stock Zhik ClothingSailingfast are delighted to announce we are teaming up with clothing brand Zhik. We will be stocking some key lines from their ranges in time for Christmas.Instrumentation Market DisruptorWe spoke to Ric Morris at Racegeek, the innovative instrumentation company, making devices for yachts ranging from sportsboats to top-end racing yachts.Spinlock New Products 2019With an ever growing desire in using data to enhance performance and enjoyment of our sport, Sail-Sense is a revolutionary new sensor which helps you be smarter about your sail management.Flying in the J/111 fleetWe speak to English sailor Tony Mack, who has owned a succession of yachts bearing the 'McFly' name, currently racing in the J/111 fleet. We talked about his route in to yacht racing, his crew and his views on the J/111 circuit and class ethos.HSE Board removes the AALR regulationsIn June 2018, the HSE Board considered a paper on the feedback from the recent Discussion Document on the future of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and the Adventure Activity Licensing Regulations (AALR).Staying atop the Singles ChartSinglehanders are such a part of the sailing scene today, but what does it take to stay at the top of the Singles Chart? If there is one bellwether that gives us a indication as to the health of the sport, it has to be the singlehanded scene.Marlow Ropes launches fully up-cycled mooring ropeThe world leading leisure marine rope manufacturer's latest innovation, the Blue Ocean Dockline, is the first 'technically better' premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles.The next steps for Project ScaramoucheProject Scaramouche has been inspiring, not just for the sailing world, but also in the wider community showing what can be done with a lot of hard work, leadership, courage and drive.New Gill stock has arrived at Trident-UKThe sporty Gill Race Watch is made using a carbon reinforced ABS plastic construction with a stainless steel case back. With 35 litres of storage space, the new season Race Team Backpack has been carefully crafted using waterproof PVC.Changing the face of your sailing gearSetting out to work with two Volvo Ocean Race teams was always going to be a challenge for Zhik's first official involvement with the race. Yet, it was the pinnacle opportunity to put the company's ocean yachting range to the ultimate test.Greatest winch innovation in over 40 yearsThe new Karver winches are equipped with a double gear mechanism, a classic first stage identical to current winch designs and a second consisting of an epicyclic gear train. This patented technology is used for the first time on a winch.Competing through adversitySean Rose and his crew of ex-service personnel from the charity Supporting Wounded Veterans raced on Sunsail 4018 in The Round the Island Race 2018. This truly embodied the #RaceforAll ethos of the event.Spinlock proud to sign upSpinlock is the first company from the UK's marine industry and the first from the Isle of Wight to sign up to a Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at source.Ghost HuntingIt is now many years since my first ever linked series of articles appeared in print, when I wrote for Dinghy Magazine about some of the dinghy classes that had been lost through time. The series opened with a question; "Have you seen a Ghost?".