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Key West Theme: Race. Rinse. Repeat. - Key West, FL (January 17, 2017) - To the delight of the more than 600 sailors competing in the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, Day 2’s racing nearly mirrored Day 1’s memorable conditions. Today, Lewmar Day, offered more stellar racing in 15- to 20-knot winds amid sunny skies and warm air temperatures. To borrow from a familiar phrase, 'Race. Rinse. Repeat'. “It was another challenging, windy day, but these are the conditions you expect dow...
Key West, FL (January 17, 2017) - To the delight of the more than 600 sailors competing in the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, Day 2’s racing
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Bayview Mackinac Changes Rating System - When the Bayview Mackinac Race made the shift in 2016 to use the ORR rating system for its longer Cove Island course (259 nautical miles), the race continued using PHRF for the shorter Shore course (204 nautical miles). However, in 2017 the 93rd edition of the race has eliminated PHRF from the Shore course in favor of ORR-EZ. Full report.
When the Bayview Mackinac Race made the shift in 2016 to use the ORR rating system for its longer Cove Island course (259 nautical miles), the race continu
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Classic conditions to launch Barbados Series - Bridgetown, Barbados (January 17, 2017) - The Mount Gay Round Barbados Series got off to a spectacular start today with the first race of the three-day Coastal Series blessed with glorious sailing conditions. A good 17-20kts of north-easterly breeze and relatively flat seas resulted in exciting close racing for the five fleets, which ranged from Windsurfers and Foiling International Moths, Cruising classes, to the CSA Racing class. Full report.
Bridgetown, Barbados (January 17, 2017) - The Mount Gay Round Barbados Series got off to a spectacular start today with the first race of the three-day Coa
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Vendée Globe: It All Comes Down to This - (January 17, 2017; Day 73, 22:00 FR) - Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h has seen his margin over second-placed Alex Thomson slowly slip away as the solo round the world race enters its final 500 miles. Adding to the moment, there is nothing simple about their approach to the finish. Despite already reaching the latitude of the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, they are being forced to sail much further north due to an anticyclone curre...
(January 17, 2017; Day 73, 22:00 FR) - Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h has seen his margin over second-placed Alex Thomson slowly slip away as the sol
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Podium Complete in Virtual Vendée Globe - (January 17, 2017) - On his black and yellow boat, wearing the IMOCA Hugo Boss's colours, Matt Johnston and his entry Mangina-PYR have won the 2016-2017 Virtual Vendée Globe Edition. At the end of a very tight race, and after more than 26,000 nm around the world, this virtual sailor arrives ahead of 451,000 players. New Zealander Derek Watt (NZ-Eligo ‘'IST'') and Frenchman Didier Flament (Didflam) complete the podium. After the start on November 6, ...
(January 17, 2017) - On his black and yellow boat, wearing the IMOCA Hugo Boss's colours, Matt Johnston and his entry Mangina-PYR have won the 2016-2017 Vi
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VIDEO: Go Big or Go Home - Red Bull King of the Air 2017, the most prestigious big-air kiteboarding contest in the world, will be held January 21 to February 5 in Cape Town, South Africa. Tom Court reports: “So last season was a big year for the King of the Air, some big jumps and even bigger crashes. As this event continues to push the limits of the riders involved it pretty interesting to hear what they have to say on what it takes to pull these tricks. Here I catch up with To Hebert, Aar...
Red Bull King of the Air 2017, the most prestigious big-air kiteboarding contest in the world, will be held January 21 to February 5 in Cape Town, South Af
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Provezza wins the day at 52 SUPER SERIES - Key West, FL (January 17, 2017) – Even among some of the top teams in the 52 SUPER SERIES, the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit, nerves and elements of self-doubt had a negative effect yesterday on the first day of the new season and the opening races of the Quantum Key West Race Week. While Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon opened with two confident, well executed wins, several among the 11 TP52 teams racing on the azure waters of the Florid...
Key West, FL (January 17, 2017) - Even among some of the top teams in the 52 SUPER SERIES, the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit, nerves and elem
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2017 ORC VPP, Rules and DVP now available - (January 17, 2017) - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has released its 2017 version of the ORC Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) for use. The VPP is the core of the ORC International and ORC Club Rating Systems and is used to generate certificates in these systems. The suite of 2017 Rules in the ORC system are now published, with a summary of changes made from 2016 available on the Rules page. Also, ORC VPP Designer's version (DVP) is now availa...
(January 17, 2017) - The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has released its 2017 version of the ORC Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) for use. The VPP is the
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Better Days Ahead for IDEC SPORT - (January 17, 2016; Day 32; 23:15 FR) - Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT have been bleeding miles in their bid to win the Jules Verne Trophy for fastest outright time around the world. However, after picking up the trade winds last night, IDEC SPORT is now heading due north at speeds varying between 25-30 knots as they make their way towards the Equator, which they are expecting to cross in 3 or 4 days. Fu...
(January 17, 2016; Day 32; 23:15 FR) - Francis Joyon (FRA) and his five crew on the 31.5m VPLP-designed trimaran IDEC SPORT have been bleeding miles in the
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Organizing the Youth America’s Cup - Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria were the masterminds behind the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatta in 2013, which was designed to provide young sailors a career pathway into the America’s Cup. As Sport Directors, they remain the driving force behind the youth program that will set sail again in June 2017, and Steinacher kicked off the year with some personal insights… Hans Peter, before we talk ab...
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria were the masterminds behind the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatt
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Road to Tokyo 2020 begins in Miami - On the first stop of World Sailing's 2017 World Cup Series in Miami, USA, a home nation favourite will make a return in an attempt to add to her already jam packed trophy cabinet. Two time Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) will join 452 sailors in Regatta Park at Coconut Grove, Miami on January 22-29 to take on the Laser Radial fleet with the experience of not only sailing, but of another determ...
On the first stop of World Sailing's 2017 World Cup Series in Miami, USA, a home nation favourite will make a return in an attempt to add to her already ja
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Sporty Day at Key West Race Week - Key West, FL (January 16, 2017) - The comments from the first day of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly unanimous – epic sailing conditions in one of the best racing venues in the world. “It was a sporty day,” said J.D. Hill (Houston, TX), owner of the J/122 Second Star. Hill was the first to enter Quantum Key West Race Week last June and he’s racing for the first time after having the regatta on his buck...
Key West, FL (January 16, 2017) - The comments from the first day of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly
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