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Vendee Globe: Preparing for Theta

Passing the Azores, some 100 miles to the east of São Miguel island, Britain’s Alex Thomson leads the Vendée Globe fleet this afternoon on Hugo Boss. He moved south away from his closest rivals on the water early this morning, choosing a time to jibe when he thought they would …

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Tokyo 2020: Notice of Race released

Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021, World Sailing has released the Notice of Race for the Olympic Sailing Competition. The competition will run out of Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Japan and will commence on July 25 with the concluding Medal Race on August 4. The …

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Vendée Globe: Standby for the shift

Heading west this afternoon and encountering building southerly winds, Vendée Globe skippers of the faster foiling IMOCAs are preparing themselves for an overnight pounding, set to last five or six hours, when they punch through an active weather front which is forecast to bring them 40 knot gusts and big …

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America’s Cup: Is starting upwind a game changer?

Professional sailor and coach and America’s Cup veteran Cameron Dunn reports for Live Sail Die on how the AC75 isn’t the only be game-changer for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021. Since the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco and throughout the 35th America’s Cup, held in Bermuda, we were used to …

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Vendée Globe: Old school still good

France’s double Paralympic gold medalist and 2017 winner of the Tour Voile Damien Seguin leads the 33 boat Vendée Globe fleet as the early rankings favor a leading group of older generation IMOCAs as they race south westwards across the Bay of Biscay towards Cape Finisterre. While the fastest latest …

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Technology: The offshore race evolution

As the Vendée Globe gets underway, the fleet of solos IMOCA skippers will be testing groundbreaking gear in the harshest environment, and what survives the hardship may influence the direction of sailing. Among the hot topics is autopilots which are seeking to be better than the real thing… people. Jean …

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