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La Rochelle is the host port for the 35 solo and double Class40 competitors
The Race Around, Class40’s official round-the-world offshore yacht race, has named La Rochelle in Western France as the host city for its inaugural event in 2023. A location steeped in offshore sailing history, La Rochelle will become the home of…
By joining the OGR, Bertrand Delhom intends to deliver a message of hope to the 7 million patients affected by Parkinson's disease worldwide
The Ocean Globe Yacht Race is wearing a red tulip on April 11 to raise awareness of World Parkinson's Day and has announced that Bertrand Delhom will be the first sailor with Parkinson's disease to race around the world in…
The Offshore Racing Academy boat in action in the inaugural Course Académie
The Offshore Racing Academy was not the only organisation to realise the supports needed for newcomers to offshore racing in France and specifically the Figaro circuit. For the first time this year the class association, Classe Figaro Beneteau and Team…
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s Club Swan 125 Skorpios (MON) skippered by Fernando Echavarri is one of the favourites for Monohull Line Honours
Seventy-five boats are entered for the RORC Caribbean 600 which starts on Monday 21 February in Antigua. The bulk of the astonishing fleet will be racing under IRC for overall victory and the Caribbean 600 Trophy. The glitterati of the…
If a World Sailing rethink goes ahead Category 3 offshore races such as the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race (above) would be exempted from the new out of water structural inspection rule.
A World Sailing re-think is under consideration to exempt Category 3 offshore races from the new requirement for documented structural inspection. Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) came into effect on January 1 2022, and mean an additional requirement…
Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard announce the end of standby for the maxi-trimaran sails of change for the Jules Verne trophy and plan a fresh attempt
On November 1st, 2021, Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their team began the standby for a fourth attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world sailing record. Since this date, there has not been a suitable weather window for the crew…
Jean-Jacques Savin’s row boat Audacieux was found overturned and empty off the Azores on Friday 21 January
A French adventurer who previously crossed the Atlantic in a barrel is missing and presumed dead at sea just weeks after beginning a solo crossing by row boat. Jean-Jacques Savin, who was 75, had set out on 1 January from…
Maiden’s eagerly awaited departure on the 2021-2024 World Tour took place today when the iconic yacht left the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on her 90,000nm journey, skippered by the 'legendary' Marie-Claude Kieffer Heys. Together with sponsors DP World, Maiden and…
British Keelboat Academy offshore sailing
The UK’s Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has launched a new framework of support for yacht racers and owners following a change in World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR). Since 1 January this year, as previously reported on, yachts competing in…
Departing - In front of Romain Pilliard and Alex Pella, a 21,600-mile round-the-world tour on a direct route but nearly 30,000 miles in reality.
Romain Pilliard and Alex Pella set off on Tuesday January 4, 2022 on the Round the World Record Upside Down. The trimaran Use It Again !, the former Ellen MacArthur boat, crossed the starting line at 17 hours 36 minutes…
The Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 winner Redman has been in mid-Atlantic December storms with Pamela Lee of Greystones
With the three named Atlantic storms of Arwen, Barra and Corrie already logged and leaving behind trails of varying degrees of disruption in Northwest Europe, we in Ireland don’t need to be told that the winter of 2021-2022 has been…
Keel failure - World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations will require keel inspection for Category 3 Offshore Races in 2022
Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) coming into effect on January 1 2022, will mean an additional requirement for yachts taking part in races of Category 0 to Category 3. In 2022, Irish fixtures such as June's…
File image of yacht racing in Cobh
As noted recently on, the historic Kingstown to Queenstown Race will return in 2022 in a modern-day format — reviving the tradition of a race first run in 1860. Hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, National Yacht Club…
Ireland's Transat 5.80 sailor Jim Schofield is finally catching trade winds after 12 days of patchy winds along the African coast
After several days of calm weather that tested everybody’s nerves, the fleet has finally caught the trade winds. The four leading boats are currently leaving the Cabo Verde Islands in their wake while Jim Schofield (Ireland) in his Molly Claire,…
As the IMOCAs continued to cross the line, the three leading boats and their crews were honoured at the official prize-giving ceremony in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
After more than twenty days at sea in the Transat Jacques Vabre Race, the difference between fourth and fifth in the IMOCA class was just 21 minutes 40 seconds between Britain's Sam Davies on Initiatives Coeur and an all-French crew…
Charal's arrival completes the IMOCA podium in the Transat Jacques Vabre Race
Charal's arrival completes the IMOCA podium but the racing rages on, especially for 4th and 5th between Initiatives Coeur and Arkéa-Paprec. The front of the Class 40 remains incredibly close with the current leader now just 600 miles from the…

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