Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vendee Globe / Conrad Colman shares his thoughts after an incredible performance

After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero's welcome into Les Sables d'Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race sailing the first boat to use only natural energy, no fossil fuels, Colman shared his thoughts and memories of the race fluently in both French and his native English. Here are the some of the highlights of his pontoon arrival, his public reception and his press conference.


Crédit : O Blanchet / DPPI / VG



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Americas Cup / Artemis Racing's new race boat, “Magic Blue”, was christened yesterday

Artemis Racing's new race yacht, “Magic Blue”, was christened yesterday by Torbjörn Törnqvist's wife, Natalia, at a special celebration in Bermuda.


Crédit : A Wong / ACEA

The launch sees the culmination of more than three years of intense design and development work, which began almost immediately after the finish of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Regatta / Phaedo 3 takes line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600

After an epic battle with Maserati, Phaedo 3 took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600. Lloyd Thornburg and his crew of Brian Thompson, Michel Desjoyeaux, Miles Seddon, Rob Greenhalgh, Pete Cumming, Paul Allen and Damian Foxall, finished with an clasped time of 33 hours 40 minutes and 46 seconds. 


Credit: Rachel Fallon Langdon / Team Phaedo


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ITW / "My goal was to finish this race", Rich Wilson takes thirteenth place

American skipper Rich Wilson crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race off Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France this afternoon (Tuesday 21/02) at 1250hrs UTC. 


© OLIVIER BLANCHET / DPPI / Vendée Globe


From the fleet of 29 boats which started the 27,440 miles singlehanded race from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday November 6th, Wilson and Great American IV secure 13th place in an elapsed time of 107 days 00 hrs 48 mins 18 secs. He actually sailed 27,480 miles at ana average speed of 10.70 knots.


"First impressions were great ! " Jimmy Spithill after the training session onboard Class AC

ORACLE TEAM USA took to the Great Sound on Monday, sailing its newly launched America's Cup Class boat, "17", for the first time.


Crédit : S Greenfield / Oracle

"We had a successful day," said skipper Jimmy Spithill dockside after the training session. "First impressions were great. The boat went really well, so everyone is happy."


Friday, February 17, 2017

Regatta / Record entry for RORC Caribbean 600, on Monday 20th February 2017

A fleet of over 80 yachts is expected for the ninth edition of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 in which 900 sailors from 30 different nations will race non-stop around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. Passionate corinthians will be rubbing shoulders with Olympic medallists, America's Cup winners and round the world sailors in a race to take home the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. The 600 mile course is designed to offer a tactical, high speed race with stunning vistas at every corner.


© RORC/Arthur Daniel