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Highland Fling XI won her class on Wednesday despite not being optimised for windward-leewards
Scheduled for day two of the IMA Maxi Europeans’ inshore/coastal racing were two windward-leewards. After a delay out on the Bay of Naples, the wind finally built to 8-12 knots from the west. After one aborted start due to a…
A group of Ukrainian protesters on a motor boat, most of them children, tried to block Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s 456-foot superyacht Solaris from docking at the Turkish port city of Bodrum on Monday, March 21, according to local media
A superyacht linked to sanctioned billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich was met with a protest as it arrived at port in Bodrum, Turkey. Members of the Optimist dinghy Sailing Team Ukraine met the vessel in a small…
The world's largest sportfishing boat on the turn in Holland
Project 406, the world’s largest sportfishing boat, celebrated a milestone moment on 11 March with the turning of its hull. Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, and under construction at Royal Huisman’s newbuild headquarters in Vollenhove, the Netherlands, the superyacht’s…
Sailing Yacht A
Italian police have taken one of the world’s largest yachts as the country continues to impound vessels and seize properties owned by Russian oligarchs. Reuters quotes the Italian government as saying the 143-metre Sailing Yacht A was sequestered at the…
A sailor who suffered a head injury during an incident last week while preparing to take part in this weekend's 2022 Superyacht Challenge in English Harbour has died. He was due to race aboard the 102ft luxury vessel Farfalla, according…
An artist's impression of the newest superyacht in the world - 80 metres - under construction in Italy
There are over 5,000 superyachts in the world, of which Russian oligarchs own a relatively small number – over 50 according to estimates. These are subject to sanctions by the EU and the USA and a number have been seized…
The owner and the all-star crew of the Farr 100 Leopard 3 enjoyed Sunday's breezy conditions
Following one of the biggest wind inshore regattas where racing pressed ahead regardless, this year’s St Maarten Heineken Regatta will be one which competitors will recall with a wry smile, bragging about 'how they survived it’. It was also the…
The superyacht Lady M pictured at Whitehaven in Cumbria in May 2017
A superyacht owned by a Russian billionaire businessman has been seized by Italian police in the same week as he was targeted by EU sanctions in the wake of the war in Ukraine. As the Guardian reports, mining magnate Alexei…
March 31st is the deadline for the announcement of the 2024 America's Cup venue
Leaks in boats are generally not considered a good thing, even if the recent case of a patriotic Ukrainian crewman trying to sink his Russian arms-manufacturing oligarch employer's superyacht in Mallorca as a protest against the Putin invasion drew widespread…
File image of the Lady Anastasia
Spain’s Marca is reporting that a Ukrainian sailor was arrested over the weekend for attempting to sink the superyacht owned by his Russian employer. The €7 million Lady Anastasia — which was partially sunk at Port Adriano in Mallorca —…
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON), skippered by Fernando Echavarri, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours at 03:59:51 on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. The elapsed time was 1 day, 16 hours, 39 mins, 51 secs.
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s ClubSwan 125 Skorpios (MON), skippered by Fernando Echavarri, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours in the Caribbean 600 at 03:59:51 on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. The elapsed time was 1 day, 16 hours, 39…
A spectacular start in Antigua for the 13th RORC Caribbean 600 - Seventy-four teams started the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 600-mile race around 11 Caribbean islands
The 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 started on time and in sone style from Antigua on Monday 21 February. The IRC Super Zero start was nothing short of hell-raising, with Comanche reaching at full speed towards the Pillars…
Following her 'triple' in the RORC-IMA Transatlantic Race, can Comanche repeat this in the RORC Caribbean 600?
The International Maxi Association’s Caribbean Maxi Challenge is due to make a strong start from Antigua this morning with the new series’ first event, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600. Of the 74 yachts competing, 18 are maxi monohulls…
The sleek carbon hull of the new 101-foot Wally cruiser-racer was lifted out of its female mould
Wally’s latest bespoke sailing creation has just passed a crucial construction milestone with the demoulding of the hull. The sleek carbon hull of the new 101-foot cruiser-racer was lifted out of its female mould. She is the fourth Wally for…
An early CGI of the new Jeff Bezos mega-yacht. Now that she has emerged from the building shed in The Netherlands (below), some aspects of the design have changed, but the basic concept remains the same
The story of how the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, is facing problems with getting his new sailing mega-yacht to the sea from her up-river building yard above Rotterdam in The Netherlands has been exercising the international media…
Fancy yourself on the tiller of a schooner in the Med this summer? Eleonora is now available for charter.  Eleonora is a precise replica of the 1910 Herreshoff schooner Westward. The historical yacht was arguably one of the most famous…

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