Kiwi Colman returns to a hero's welcome after epic Vendee Globe finish

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New Zealander Conrad Colman wrote a new chapter in the storied history of the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line of the eighth edition of the non stop solo round the world race under a makeshift jury rig. He took 16th place when he crossed the finish line at 1400hrs UTC. The elapsed time is 110 days 1 hour 58 minutes and 41 seconds. He sailed 27,929 miles averaging 10.57 knots.

Chris Steele's Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat

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The seventh challenger for Act 1 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series is announced today in the form of Chris Steele's New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry. The team has been formed to give New Zealand's elite youth sailors a launch pad into the cutting-edge world of foiling multihull racing. With a mix of previous Extreme Sailing Series competitors from the GC32 era and New Zealand's finest fresh-faced youth sailors, this newly-formed squad should throw up a strong challenge to the well-established and seasoned crews it will face as it takes to the water on 8 March.

Busy 2017 season ahead for International Maxi Association

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Another busy year lies ahead for the International Maxi Association, the body which for more than 30 years has represented the interests of maxi boat owners from around the world. The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean; a four race championship running through the season; another record turn-out for September’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup; the year concluding with a special running of the RORC Transatlantic Race. 

Team Tilt and ENGIE crossover to Extreme Sailing Series for Muscat event

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Two wildcard entries are set to join the fray at Act 1 of this year's Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, alongside six full season squads, organiser and owner OC Sport announced today. Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.

Soldnin's Maserati Multi70 finishes second in RORC Caribbean 600 'match race'

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Maserati Multi70, the state-of-the-art ocean racing trimaran skippered by Giovanni Soldini, has finished in second place in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race after a race-long high-speed match race with the American trimaran, Phaedo3. The two crews were locked in close combat for virtually the entire race as they matched each other’s every move around the course play for play. 

Maserati Multi70 and Phaedo3 trimarans put on a show in the RORC Caribbean 600

They may both be well off record breaking pace after 24-hours of uncharacteristically fluctuating breezes in the Caribbean but the intensity of the battle between the partly foiling Maserati Multi70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini and the conventionally configured MOD 70 Phaedo3 skippered by Brian Thompson has been a site to behold. After a little over a day of cat and mouse racing here was less than half a mile between them today with 180 miles to run. 

Video: Fun in the sun at the start of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600

The unwelcome arrival of a rogue low-pressure system over the racecourse means it hasn't all been champagne sailing for this year's 80-boat RORC Caribbean 600 Race fleet. However if the conditions featured in this video from yesterday's staggered start are a fair indicator of what it can be like then it's really no wonder this race is going from strength. 

Xabi Fernández takes on first full Volvo Ocean Race skipper's role with MAPFRE

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Spain’s Olympic gold medallist Xabi Fernández will return to skipper MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18, the Spanish campaign announced on Friday, 17 February. The 40-year-old Xabi, who has taken part in the Volvo Ocean Race four times, won Olympic gold in Athens 2004, and followed that up with a silver in 2008 – both times alongside his long-term sailing partner Iker Martínez.

How keeping it real helped the Mini Transat Race attract a bumper entry for 2017 edition

As the three main pillars of our sport, the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and the Olympic regatta, often steal the limelight away from sailing’s less high profile events. Not so in the case of the Mini Transat Race, however; even in its fortieth year the biennial classic is never short of attention, it seems. At a time when sailing’s three mainstay events face a constant struggle to balance their sporting focus with their commercial realities, the Mini Transat remains fiercely true to its yacht racing roots.

Video: Official launch of Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup Class raceboat

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Just 100 days out from the first race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, Emirates Team New Zealand accomplishes the most significant milestone of its challenge for the 35th Americas Cup by christening their America’s Cup Class catamaran that will begin racing in Bermuda in May. In the presence of the team, their families, the Sponsors and the official suppliers, the boat was christened at the Beaumont Street base in Auckland by Tina Symmans - member of the Board of Directors of Emirates Team New Zealand - and blessed by Ngati Whatua.

Emirates Team New Zealand bank on pedal power for new America's Cup raceboat

It seems Emirates Team New Zealand are hoping pedal power could give them a grinding advantage over the other five teams challenging to win the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda this summer. The Kiwi team sailed their America’s Cup class boat in Auckland today ahead of an official launch scheduled for Thursday this week. Pictures taken by Sail World reporter Richard Gladwell clearly showed four sets of upright, cycling-style, grinding ‘pedalstals’ on each hull of the catamaran.