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Transatlantic Race 2011: History In The Making

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Sunday, 26 June 2011 17:08

Tomorrow, cannon fire from the iconic Castle Hill Lighthouse will signal the beginning of a historic ocean adventure when six yachts are sent off on the .  The warning signal for the first of the three staggered starts is at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and will be replicated on Wednesday, June 29, and Sunday, July 3, with the ideal result that the vessels – ranging in size from 40’ to 289’ – will finish off The Lizard on the South Coast of England in close proximity to one another.

The New York Yacht Club has hosted 11 of the 28 North Atlantic races that have been held since 1866, and few have had more entries than the 2011 edition.  Modern ocean racing began with the first transatlantic race, won by James Gordon Bennett Jr.  Three NYYC members entered that inaugural race, each wagering $30,000 in a winner-takes-all dash across the ocean in bitter winter conditions.  Bennett’s Henrietta finished the race on Christmas day to win the equivalent of more than $2 million dollars in today’s money.

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WMRT: Mathieu Richard found his form in the opening Qualifying Session

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Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:13

Mathieu Richard found his form in the opening Qualifying Session at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup winning four of his five matches to take the overnight lead. Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team put in a dominant display to claim victory over his rivals on day one of the fourth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, only falling foul to fellow countryman and teammate Damien Iehl.

Key wins for Richard also included his Korea Match Cup nemesis Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team and last year’s Portimão Portugal Match Cup winner Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing. After disappointing results in the opening rounds of the World Match Racing Tour, Richard was firing on all cylinders today, a clear indication of his intention to claim his first podium position of the 2011 season.

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Audi MedCup: Maestros of Marseille, Container and Iberdrola triumph

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 07:07

The Mistral won the day but Germany’s Container won the regatta. The infamous strong NW’ly wind, kicking up big, awkward seas on the course area and at the entrance to Marseille harbour, meant the one final showdown race scheduled could not be run today leaving Udo Schuetz’s Container team victorious in the 52 Series Marseille Trophy, and Spain’s Ibedrola Team winning the 40 Series Marseille Trophy.

The Markus Wieser (GER) skippered crew become the first German flagged team ever to win a regatta on the Audi MedCup Circuit, a victory for renowned owner Schuetz, formerly successful sportscar racer who won the 1993 Admiral’s Cup with a three boat German team. The veteran owner arrived to be on board for the finale today, but was thwarted by the brisk Mistral

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Anacortes TrawlerFest Draws Devoted Crowd

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 07:07

TrawlerFest, organized by magazine, is a series of combined specialty boat shows and education events dealing specifically with trawlers and related subjects. It provides an exclusive focus on this segment of the market to the benefit of visitors and exhibitors alike. There are four TrawlerFests around the country in Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, San Diego, and Anacortes, WA. The recent show in Anacortes was an excellent example of the concept.

Emerald Star, an American Tug 395, was one of the participants in the 2011 TrawlerFest.

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Oyster launches new Oyster 725

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 17:06

The new is a stunning development of the well-proven , with many new features, including triple ‘seascape’ vertical hull windows in the saloon and a clear, flush aft deck, both features recently introduced on the new to great acclaim.

She is conceived from the outset to blend the live-aboard and seamanlike qualities of a typical Oyster within a design where high performance is also considered a priority. The Oyster 725 is built using modern composite engineering, producing a hull and deck that are both light and stiff, without compromising the strength, durability and ease of handling.

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The Europa Race postponed until spring 2012

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 17:06

The IMOCA Executive Committee and Event Committee got together on 31 May to study the postponement of the Europa Race and its consequences on the calendar.

Olay Nautic, organiser of the race, didn’t have enough competitors to envisage organising the event on the scheduled date, which was originally 1 July 2011. The common objective which IMOCA and the organiser had in mind, namely a fleet of 10 boats, wasn’t achieved.

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Gulf 95 EXP: Purpose-Built for Partying

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 17:06

The more you examine people’s behavior, the more you realize we all have a lot in common. Take American, European, and Middle Eastern yacht buyers, for example. The styling of American-owned yachts tends to be more traditional than tricked-out, but entertainment is high on the list either way. Indeed, Americans like inviting friends and family aboard to enjoy a day’s or even a few days’ cruise. Europeans buyers, although they tend to gravitate toward flashier-looking yachts, also enjoy entertaining. And Middle Eastern owners are renowned for inviting lots of people aboard. It’s not unusual to hear of a party of 30 or more being entertained on a yacht in the 100-foot size range.

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WMRT: Victory for Bjorn Hansen as he lifts Korea Match Cup for first time

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Sunday, 12 June 2011 16:29

Bjorn Hansen was named king of the Korea Match Cup for the first time today beating Francesco Bruni in a thrilling finale to the third stage of the World Match Racing Tour. Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team held onto his nerve as the Final went to sudden death, eventually defeating Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing by three wins to two.

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