Extraordinary boats: Flo an iconic trimaran

Flo, formerly Pierre 1er, is the iconic 60ft trimaran which Florence Arthaud sailed to win the 1990 Route du Rhum, now returned to its golden glory and racing again There are many iconic raceboats, but few capture the feeling of an era as much as the 60ft trimaran in which Florence Arthaud won the 1990 […]

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World’s coolest yachts: Biscuits Cantreau 2

We ask top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times. Vincent Laurent Prevost nominates Biscuits Cantreau 2 Biscuits Cantreau 2 was a Formula 40 trimaran designed for Jean Le Cam in 1987. “Formula 40 was a class born in France with a very simple rule for […]

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RORC Caribbean 600

Over 70 teams from 16 different nations are expected for the 2023 RORC Caribbean 600, with a dozen or more boats racing in the inaugural RORC Nelson’s Cup Series. Racing action for the new series starts on Valentine’s Day Tuesday February 14th. The final event of the four-race series will be the 14th edition of […]

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Making the switch: How we become a liveaboards

A gentle introduction to the cruising life set Kate Ashe-Leonard on course for a full transocean liveaboard adventure We’re sailing by the Gulf of Venezuela as we approach the Colombian coastline, a notoriously difficult stretch of water with frequent high winds, big swell and current. This night is no exception. It’s 0100 and Jim and […]

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Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race

The first entries have been received for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) hosted inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, due to start on Saturday, 7 October 2023, at 1pm. Postponed in 2021 due to Covid, this challenging 1250 nautical mile race starts on Sydney Harbour and […]

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New mutihulls take on an Atlantic crossing

Helen Fretter speaks to a few of the astounding 15 new multihull owners who took part in the most recent ARC, as catamaran and multihull sailing continues to boom The explosion in multihull and catamaran sales has been well documented, with many yards reporting lead times of two years or longer as build slots sold […]

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World’s coolest yachts: Gitana 17

We ask top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times. Johan Salen nominates Gitana 17 “The Ultimes to me are the most technologically advanced and fastest boats that you can still go offshore with, at incredible speeds and at the same time a robustness and all […]

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50th Anniversary Cape2Rio Race

A sunny Cape Town provided the perfect backdrop for the Cape2Rio start on Monday 2 January. 16 teams left Royal Cape Yacht Club in a light westerly wind of 10 knots for a 14h00 start just off Granger Bay. Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape, signalled the start of the race by firing a […]

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2023

With just months to go before the start of the 43rd edition of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta, many race teams are now finalizing their arrangements to attend this bucket-list event. Breaking news from the Volvo fleet confirms that at least three VO65s will be taking part in the 2023 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Team […]

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2023 Boat Buyers Guide: Center-Consoles

Offshore center-console ­fishing boats ride atop a variety of hulls. Courtesy Regulator The center-console is unbeatable when it comes to effective big-water fishing. The basic concept emerged decades ago, providing 360 degrees of access to the rail, making the timeless design a natural for fishing. Today’s models are more advanced in construction and utility, representing […]

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World’s coolest yachts: Olympus Photo

We ask top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times. Guillaume Verdier nominates Olympus Photo “The late Mike Birch’s Olympus Photo, designed and built by Walter Greene, sits at the root of all modern multis,” says Verdier. “Mike and his boat began the legend of the […]

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Can the America’s Cup make great TV?

The long-rumoured America’s Cup TV series has some great talent behind it – but will the arcane world of the ‘Auld Mug’ ever have blockbuster appeal, asks Toby Heppell ? A long-rumoured America’s Cup TV series now looks set to be going ahead with a top-level studio and producers onboard. But will a docu-series drive […]

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How to follow the Route du Rhum 2022

The Route du Rhum will start this weekend, 6 November 2022 and will see 138 skippers take to the startline in a variety of classes hoping for victory The Route du Rhum is one of the biggest solo offshore races in the world, and will see 138 singlehanded competitors take to the startline in Saint-Malo, […]

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