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Ambition, nerves, and espionage: final countdown at the Volvo Ocean Race

We go behind the scenes at the Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team to find how the team is preparing for the longest, furthest Volvo Ocean Race yet Sanxenxo training 2 boats testing with mapfre The first race that ‘counts’ for the Volvo Ocean Race, the Alicante in-port race, takes place tomorrow. The seven…
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October 18, 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

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

Surviving the OSTAR’s perfect storm – the full story of the racers rescued in Force 11 summer gale

Just seven of 21 starters finished this year’s OSTAR/TWOSTAR shorthanded transatlantic race after a violent storm in June left four skippers in need of rescue and forcing others to retire. Thor Magni rescue of Furia. Credit Atlantic Joint Task Force Solo sailor Mervyn Wheatley set out from Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island on 29 May…
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October 7, 2017 0