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Antigua Sailing Week Goes Virtual
Having cancelled its Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean organisers have announced a Sailing Week Sunday – a virtual event with stories, interviews and entertainment, transmitting from Antigua on April 25, 2021. Annually the international coverage of Antigua Sailing Week places…
New programme for the 68th edition of the offshore Rolex Giraglia race
Uncertainty due to COVID 19 means a new format for the 68th edition of the classic offshore Giraglia race in June. Organisers Yacht Club Italiano say particular difficulties on the French south coast which would prevent 'adequate organisation' of the event in…
The doublehanded offshore racing team of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee (left) start the second leg of the Sardinha Cup today
The doublehanded offshore Racing team of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee embark on the second leg of the Sardinha Cup this evening. It's a gruelling 775 miler that immediately follows yesterday's conclusion of a 300-mile first leg in which the…
File image of a previous OSTAR race start from Plymouth
Despite hopes earlier this year that the event would go ahead as planned, the Royal Western Yacht Club of England has formally announced that the OSTAR & TWOSTAR 60th anniversary race is postponed to May 2022. Last year’s event was…
Deb Fish racing Sun Fast 3600 Bellino Two-Handed with Rob Craigie in the Rolex Fastnet Race
This Friday’s RORC interview guest is with Deb Fish - one of the most successful Two-Handed sailors racing with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Like most of the thousands of RORC members, Deb is an amateur sailor who enjoys the…
The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race will start on 8th January from Lanzarote, Canary Islands to the Caribbean
The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race will see a collaboration between two eminent yacht clubs; The Royal Ocean Racing Club and Yacht Club de France, as they team up for the next edition of the 3,000 nm (5,500km) race from Lanzarote,…
The Race Around aims to fill the void for those that have finished the Mini Transat and the Route du Rhum and perhaps have the following Vendée Globe cycle in their sights
The organisers of The Race Around, Class 40’s official round-the-world race, have announced the establishment of a solo category running alongside the already announced double-handed fleet. In a move that will spark memories of the highly successful ‘BOC Challenge’ and…
Holm-Kalev Yacht Club racing with Tallinn Old Town in the background. In 2021 the Bay of Tallinn is the venue for the ORC World Championships
Organisers from the Kalev Yacht Club and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have announced a change to the Notice of Race that will broaden participation in the 2021 ORC World Championship being held over 6-14 August 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia.…
North Sea Racing
RORC's North Sea Race and Vuurschepen Race have both been cancelled due to travel restrictions in the UK and the North Sea Regatta has decided to organise an 'exciting replacement race'. During this year’s upcoming Ascension Day Weekend, on Friday,…
Younger sailors have been featuring more in South Coast racing including George Radley Jnr and crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, competing in the 2020 Cobh to Blackrock Race
More young sailors are interested in racing offshore, an encouraging trend that should be fostered. It can help to bridge the problems that have been encountered in sailing where younger sailors have been lost to the sport in bridging the…
Damage to the hull on the starboard side of the yacht Medi Mode
A collision involving a yacht and a tanker in August 2019 has prompted a reminder for boaters to brush up on the “rules of the road” for seafarers in the Department of Transport’s latest Marine Notice. The 38ft yacht Medi…
2021 OSTAR & TWOSTAR Races Still Going Ahead as Planned
This year’s OSTAR and TWOSTAR races are going ahead as planned, the Royal Western Yacht Club of England has confirmed. Organisers say that after consultation with finishing hosts Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island, they are “confident that we can…
Rolex China Sea Race 2021 Cancelled Amid Pandemic Concerns
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has cited “continued uncertainty regarding international border openings” amid the coronavirus pandemic in its decision to cancel the 2021 Rolex China Sea Race, which had been due to start on 31 March. In a statement,…
The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild sets off again on their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
With clockwork precision, it was at 01 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds UTC that the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild set sail this Sunday 10 January on a fresh attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy record. As regular Afloat readers…
The former Irish round the world racer, the Volvo 70 Green Dragon now skippered by Johannes Schwarz will start as a monohull favourite in Lanzarote this weekend in RORC's Transatlantic Race
Ireland's former Round the World race Green Dragon will start as favourite in this weekend's 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. Run in association with the International Maxi Association, the race is scheduled to start from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on January 9th, 2021.…
Seamus Fitzpatrick's First 50, Mermaid on her way to VDLR victory in 2019
The defending Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta offshore champion is among the first six entries into that division for July’s regatta, a class that looks set to become one of the biggest fleets of the biennial event again. As regular Afloat…

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