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Sam Davies diagnosed a delamination of the bottom of the hull of her 60ft monohull, Initiatives-Cœur
As she faced very rough seas in the depression sweeping the Bay of Biscay yesterday, Sam Davies diagnosed a delamination of the bottom of the hull of her 60ft monohull, Initiatives-Cœur. Given the expected weather conditions off the Iberian Peninsula…
Francis Joyon and his boat IDEC Sport
With such a big fleet now spread over a large area of ocean, skippers in the solo transatlantic Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe are beginning to experience wide variations in weather conditions after three very challenging days at sea. While there…
Route du Rhum: One Boat Capsized, Two Dismasted as Many Sailors Seek Shelter
At the end of the second day of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe an Atlantic storm that had been forecast at the start has been making itself felt across the whole fleet with one boat capsized, two dismasted and many…
Goodchild, 28, was racing well in strong conditions, sailing in around 30 knots of southwesterly wind and big seas and had just moved into third place
British skipper Sam Goodchild has dismasted during the second night of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe whilst racing in third place in Class40 on Narcos Mexico. Goodchild, 28, was racing well in strong conditions, sailing in around 30 knots of…
Alex Thomson is making his lone northerly option pay as he continues to lead the IMOCA fleet
The majority of the 123-strong Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic fleet has enjoyed a brisk first 24 hours of racing as they head west into the Atlantic. But while most have settled into the race without major problems, there…
Hugo Boss at London’s Tower Bridge last year
British offshore skipper Alex Thomson and his crew sailing the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss have officially broken the 24-hour distance record for a 60ft monohull, as Sail-World reports. Thomson — who sailed with fellow 2020 Vendée Globe challenger Nin O’Leary on…
Géry Trentesaux’s Courrier Recommandé
At 1100 CEST yesterday, the winner of the 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race was announced as Géry Trentesaux’s Courrier Recommandé. With neither of the two boats still at sea able to overhaul the corrected time of the French JPK…
Kenny Rumball (seated right) with the X-Pact crew in Malta
Day five of the Middle Sea Race brought home the top host club boats home to the Royal Malta Yacht Club, among them some of the crew were some of Ireland's top offshore sailors. First home was Ramon Sant Hill &…
Brian Flahive (left) with Sea Arrigo on Otra Vez
Wicklow Sailing Club's Brian Flahive, a double-handed competitor on the J122 Otra Vez has retired from the Middle Sea Race.    Dinghy Champion, Flahive, who is a former Round Britan and Ireland Race winner, retired from the race early this morning.…
Rambler crossed the finish line of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Monohull Line Honours at 02:07:55 CEST
Rambler, the Round Ireland Race monohull and IRC record holder, has won line honours, as expected, in the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race.  Rambler crossed the finish line of the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht…
The start of the 50th Middle Sea Race
The 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea offshore race is underway. A record fleet of 130 yachts and as reported earlier, this includes Ireland's Barry Hurley and Kenneth Rumball and more on the Maltese entry XpAct and Wicklow's Brian Flahive…
The 50th Middle Sea Race starts tomorrow
The 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet lies ready to create history as the crews - including Irish sailors  - make final preparations for the 606-nm Mediterranean offshore classic. Some 131 yachts have been registered to take on the Royal…
Barry Hurley competing on Xpact in a previous edition of the Middle Sea Race
Cobh's Barry Hurley will be racing the Maltese Xp44, XpAct in the Middle Sea Race again this year, it's the 2009 Ostar champion's 15th edition of the race and he is racing with an international crew of Maltese, German, Irish, and Dutch…
The FFOR concept will begin with 10 identical yachts being made available to the first 10 teams entering on a fully managed basis
 A new offshore series of races that will come to Irish waters has been launched in the UK called the Formula Foil Ocean Racing (FFOR) with a first prize of £50k. Racing in identical Beneteau Figaro 3 yachts FFORC has…
Claus Landmark drove his Wicklow designed Landmark 43 'Santa' to a runaway victory
A County Wicklow yacht design has won the inaugural Offshore Sailing Worlds at the Hague last weekend. The Landmark 43, from the drawing board of Kilbride–based Mark Mills, produced a stunning win in Class B at the Dutch event.  Claus Landmark drove…
A close Class C start in which sole Irish competitor 'Fools Gold' is racing
A discarded result of 31 scored in race six yesterday has dropped Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' to 18th from 14th from a fleet of 49  in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. The Sovereign's Cup…

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