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Top News – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 73 - final day for Le Cléac'h FRA and Thomson GBR

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 73 -  final day for Le Cléac'h FRA and Thomson GBR 383 nm to the finish were left this morning for the leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ... and Alex Thomson GBR was only 39 nm behind. The easterly winds forced the leading duo to a long northerly deviation amidst the heavy ship traffic of the Channel. The conditions remain instable with light winds and currents, and the final outcome is still open, and this after 26'000 nm and 73 days ! Rich Wilson still holds rank 14.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017   (Image © Andy Newman)

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 2

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 2 Perfect conditions on the second day of the Key West Race Week prevailed again with sun, warm temperatures and a 16-20 kn breeze.
In the J/70s, Carlo Alberini ITA and his team finishing 1/3/5 were again the best of the day and extended the lead on Tim Healey USA to 12 points.
Despite of rather medium ranks in the two races of the TP52, Harm Müller-Spreer GER (tactics John Kostecki USA) remained on top, but Doug Devos USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) reduced the backlog on one point.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017   

AC-45-Catamaran - Youth America's Cup 2017 - Hamilton BER

 AC-45-Catamaran - Youth America's Cup 2017 - Hamilton BER Yesterday, the organisers of the Youth America's Cup, Roman Hagara AUT and Hans-Peter Steinacher AUT, double Tornado Olympic Champions, announced the selected teams for this year's competition during the AC event on the Bermudas. In addition to the 6 America's Cup nations, represented by one team each, six more teams have been chosen by the organisers, based on tests and observations. In this exclusive group is als the Swiss 'Team Tilt' with Sébastien Schneiter SUI. The news.
 
Top News – Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 72, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 72, Wilson USA 14th Yesterday, Alex Thomson GBR achieved a new 24 hours' one-hand record with 536,9 nm (994 km, watch the video), but at the end, the wind calmed and the backlog on the leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA remained stable with 76 nm. The duo is now already on the latitude of Les Sables d'Olonne, and Armel Le Cléac'h FRA was only 600 nm from the finish this morning. However, a big lull zone blocks the direct course and easterly winds will force the duo to sail upwind .... nothing has been decided yet ! The positions 3 to 10 seem pretty firm, but the group of four with Rich Wilson USA, that rounded Cape Horn yesterday, is closer together.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017   (Image © PhotoBoat)

J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 1

 J/70, TP52, IRC, var. classes - Key West Race - Key West FL, USA - Day 1 Best Key West conditions prevailed yesterday with sun and a 15 kn breeze on day one of the Key West Race Week. The largest fleet with 38 boats, the J/70s, completed 3 races. Finishing 3/2/1, Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) is the clear interim's leader 9 points ahead of Peter Duncan USA 2. In the TP52, 'Platoon' of Harm Müller-Spreer GER with John Kostecki USA as tactician won the two race sailed.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017   

18-Footer - Australian Championship 2017 - Sydney AUS - Race 1

 18-Footer - Australian Championship 2017 - Sydney AUS - Race 1 The 18-footer fleet on Sydney Harbour resumed racing on Sunday with the first of 6 races at the Australian National Championship. The fleet remained closely together in a moderate 10 kn breeze, and the winner of the day was 'Smeg' with Lee Knapton AUS closely followed by 'Asko' (Marcus Ashley-Jones AUS) and 'Thurlow Fisher Lawyers' with Michael Coxon AUS. The news, the results and the full-length video (1 hr 44 min) of race 1.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017   

12-Foot-Skiff - Interdominions - Brisbane AUS - Final results

 12-Foot-Skiff - Interdominions - Brisbane AUS - Final results During the past week, the 12-Footer held their Interdominions, the most important event of this spectacular class, in Brisbane AUS. Winner after 9 races was the favorite 'Sydney Sailmakers' with Nick Press/Andrew Hayes AUS at equal points with 'Geotherm' with Brad Hobs/.../Billy Lusty AUS. 25 teams from Australia and New Zealand participated.
The results and the event website.
 
Top News – Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 71, Wilson 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 71, Wilson 14th The race to the Vendée Globe finish line became an all-out, neck-and-neck sprint as after several days of slow progress north in light winds, Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson are now chasing towards the home straight of the solo round the world race in winds of up to 30 knots. The margin between them now 1'000 nm from Les Sables off the Portugues coast was steadily decreasing, and Alex Thomson GBR, covering 560 nm during the last 24 hours, is now only 71 nm behind the leader Armel Le Cléac'h FRA. Fabrice Amedeo FRA and Arnaud Boissières FRA rounded Cape Horn during the past night in stormy winds, and this morning, the youngest and oldest skippers of the fleet, Alan Roura SUI and Rich Wilson USA, will pass the most southern point of the Americas as well.
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Monday, January 16, 2017   

M32, J/70, Melges 20 - Sportsboat Winter Series, Act 4 - Monaco MON - Final results

 M32, J/70, Melges 20 - Sportsboat Winter Series, Act 4 - Monaco MON - Final results Act 4 of the Monaco Winter Series was concluded yesterday with sun and a fresh Eastwind.
In the largest fleet with 38 boats, the J/70s, Ludovico Fassitelli ITA defended his lead ahead of Stefano Roberti MON who advanced on rank 2 thanks to a race win. Alain Stettler SUI and his team finished 3rd.
Vladimir Prozikhin RUS was the man of the day with two race wins in the Melges 20, but this was not good enough to remove Youri Morozov RUS from rank 1.
Winner in the M32 catamarans was Guido Miani MON.
The report with video and ranking lists.
 
Top News – Sunday, January 15, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 70, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 70, Wilson USA 14th The leader duo passed the Canaries and is now heading straight to Cape Finisterre pushed by a well-established rear wind. The backlog of Alex Thomson GBR on Armel Le Cléac’h FRA was 109 nm this morning. The remaining 1'450 nm to the finish will probably be a drag race. Action will be ahead of the group of 4 on the ranks 10 to 14, including Rich Wilson USA on the 14th place, approaching Cape Horn where a 50 kn storm will stress boats and skippers to the utmost.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017   

Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 30

 Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 30 The wind conditions on the South Atlantic remain difficult. Yesterday started with a depression producing gusts of up to 50 kn and rough cross seas, and 12 hours later, the Maxi-Trimaran 'IDEC' was sailing in light winds again. With 2'221 nm, the advantage on the record remained stable. On his record ride, Loïck Peyron FRA had not even reached Cape Horn after 30 days.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017   

J/70, Melges 20, M32 - Sportboat Winter Series, Act IV - Monaco MON - Day 1

 J/70, Melges 20, M32 - Sportboat Winter Series, Act IV - Monaco MON - Day 1 The J/70, Melges 20 and M32-catamarans joined the Optimists in Monaco yesterday, and the moderate Eastwind around 10 kn allowed to sail the full program.
In the largest fleet, the J/70s, Ldovico Fassitelli ITA leads after 3 races closely followed by Alain Stettler SUI. On rank 3 follow at equal points Petr Nosov ITA and Gerd Knospe GER.
Youri Morozov RUS and his team dominated in the Melges 20 with the ranks 1/1/2 klar. 9 of the 12 teams are Russian.
The news with video and links to the results.
 
Top News – Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 69, Wilson USA 14th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 69, Wilson USA 14th The duel on top of the fleet continued yesterday and will probably last to the finish in the Sables d'Ollone FRA, estimated time of arrival next Thursday. Yesterday, Alex Thomson GBR reduced the backlog on Armel Le Cléach'h FRA in the still shaky winds West of the Canaries to 127 nm. Tomorrow Sunday, the group of four with Rich Wilson USA (rank 14) will round Cape Horn.
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