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Category: Sailing news

Tom Cunliffe: A guide to downwind sailing

You don’t always want to have to come head-to-wind to reef. In this extract from The Complete Ocean Skipper, Tom Cunliffe talks about how to reduce canvas without turning around On passage, your mainsail is hoisted and likely to stay up, barring extreme weather, until you arrive and, for much of the time out there…
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October 17, 2017 0

Laura Dekker: Breaking records

What happens when you fulfil your wildly ambitious dream by the age of 17? Laura Dekker gained fame, admiration and notoriety following her circumnavigation of the globe aged 16. But what happened next? Extended periods of travel can be illuminating but also traumatic. There is a tendency to return to normal life with a bit…
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October 15, 2017 0

Global Warning: How climate change is impacting global weather

As the low-lying islands of the Caribbean recover from the devastating affects of Hurricane Irma, Donna Eastlake looks at the increasing severity and regularity of these tropical storms Hurricane Irma has caused widespread devastation across the Caribbean and southern Florida. Her destructive path reduced buildings to rubble, sunk and capsized yachts, and left many dead.…
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October 14, 2017 0

The amazing voyage of Laura Dekker, the 15-year-old who sailed round the world alone

In 2011, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker became the youngest person to sail alone round the world. Her account, of which this is an extract, bubbles with a youthful verve and passion. In 2009, the English sailing community was galvanised by the arrival on the East Coast of a 14-year-old single-hander from Holland, writes Tom Cunliffe.…
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October 12, 2017 0

Sail across the Atlantic safely – how to avoid the most common gear failures

Many of the most common yacht equipment failures – the ones that plague the ARC fleet every year – can be avoided. It is essential to avoid repairs at the top of the mast while at sea if at all possible. Does wind matter? It might seem an off-hand remark perhaps when it comes to…
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October 11, 2017 0

Golden Globe Race abandons UK for France over Brexit finances

The Golden Globe Race 2018 will now start from Les Sables d’Olonne in the Vendée, after event organisers failed to secure financial backing for a UK start Australian adventurer Don McIntyre has announced a re-run of the Golden Globe Race to mark its 50th anniversary Organisers of the 2018 Golden Globe Race announced yesterday (4…
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October 9, 2017 0

Why cruising sailors should consider using a professional weather router

If you’re making an ocean crossing this year, employing a weather routeing service could make for a safer, smoother, and faster sail Should you consider support from a professional weather router on your next ocean crossing? With costs lower than you might realise, maybe it’s time you should. Employing the services of an expert meteorologist…
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October 8, 2017 0

Design in detail – exactly what made Emirates Team New Zealand so fast in the America’s Cup?

Highly evolved design details made all the difference in the America’s Cup final in Bermuda, we take a look at the winning ETNZ AC50 When Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) launched their AC50 in Bermuda in mid-April, just six weeks before the America’s Cup Round Robin, they were the last to arrive and no one…
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October 8, 2017 0

What are the most common repairs at sea for yachts sailing across the Atlantic? ARC survey results tell all

We surveyed nearly all 290 yachts in the 2016 ARC transatlantic to find out what broke and how it was fixed; what worked and what didn’t. You cannot presume to be able to sail across an ocean without experiencing some problems or breakages with your equipment. We issued the 290 yachts sailing in the 2016…
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October 7, 2017 0

How to cope with stormy weather by top French sailor Loick Peyron

We showed this image to ocean racing legend Loick Peyron to find out how he would deal with or avoid the situation. Maxi Yacht Brindabella in the very strong conditions during 2013 Sydney-Hobart Race. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi Weather like this during the Sydney-Hobart is not a surprise for the guys who start the race. They…
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October 7, 2017 0