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Nariida Leads the Maxi Fleet

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Porto Cervo, Italy – The seven maxi yachts taking part in the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, promoted by the International Maxi Association and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, are progressing westward across the Atlantic accompanied by fair conditions and high spirits. The fleet set off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Monday 26th November bound for St. Maarten in the Netherland Antilles. As of 16.45 UTC Morten Bergsen’s Wally 105 Nariida (NOR) continued to hold a lead that she has not relinquished from the start. (more…)

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Duelling in the South Atlantic

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Although the Barcelona World Race is a 25 000 nautical marathon around the world, you might not know that from the position reports today. There are three very close ‘races within the race’ happening on the south Atlantic as the fleet sprints south towards the ‘Roaring Forties’.
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Estrella Damm Back in Action

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Today Estrella Damm’s luck has begun to turn. After several long days of no wind, the boat has wriggled out of the Doldrums and is once again sailing at pace, clocking up a maximum boat speed of 17 knots today. Separated from the race leaders by hefty 472 miles, skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee now face the challenge of clawing back some of the miles they lost but are far from giving up.
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Racing to Fernando de Noronha

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The top seven boats in the Barcelona World Race fleet have escaped the clutches of the doldrums and are now racing on a tight reach towards the third scoring gate, off the coast of Brazil, at Fernando de Noronha.
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Emotions at the Extreme for Estrella Damm

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Estrella Damm, currently in seventh overall, is the only boat still caught in the light, fluky winds that characterize the Doldrums – skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee are gliding along at just 5 knots. Emotions are running high on the boat with both s a ilors feeling a mixture of elation and discouragement.
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PRB Grabs the Lead – Barcelona Update

Monday, November 26th, 2007

There’s a new leader in the Barcelona World Race – Vincent Riou and Seb Josse on PRB have used a fast passage through the doldrums to take the lead from Paprec-Virbac 2.
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Is the West Best? Barcelona Update

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Is the west the best? That’s a question the Barcelona World Race fleet is asking itself today as the fleet splits across an east-west divide. Furthest to the west is Veolia Environnement where skippers Roland Jourdain and Jean-Luc Nélias have pulled back an incredible 90 miles on the race leaders Paprec-Virbac 2 over the past 24 hours. From sitting in seventh place yesterday, the French duo is up to third now and sailing around the outside of the fleet is a distinct possibility. (more…)

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From Turmoil to Tranquility: Tahiti 2008 NOR Now Posted

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

LOS ANGELES -With the sailing world in turmoil over the changes of Olympic classes and billionaires butting heads about how to run the next America’s Cup, maybe it’s time to try the tranquility of the South Seas.
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Estrella Damm Cruises Through Gate Two of Barcelona World Race

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

After 10 days at sea, Estrella Damm has ticked off another milestone in the Barcelona World Race, crossing through the second gate just off the Canary Islands in sixth place at 01:25 GMT this morning, only a minute ahead of seventh place Tenemos II.
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Match Racing Through the Islands

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Paprec-Virbac 2 roared through the second scoring gate in the Canary Islands at 07:01 GMT this morning, leading the fleet for the second time past a course milestone. PRB was some three and half hours later, and both had opened up a reasonable (50+ miles) gap with the bulk of the fleet chasing them.
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