Ocean Racing

Investec Loyal Tames Wild Oats

by Adam Cort, Posted December 29, 2011
Following a three-hour hearing at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the 100-foot maxi Investec Loyal is officially the line-honors winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Investec Loyal, which included American navigator Stan Honey in its crew, beat five-time line-honors winner Wild Oats XI by just over 3 minutes in one of the closest finishes in the 628-mile offshore classic. Total time at sea for the boat was 2 days, 6 hours.
Twenty-something years ago I stood at the mouth of the Solent and watched the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race. I counted 23 boats making their way into the English Channel, with 32,000 miles of hard racing ahead of them. 

Haste Makes Waste?

by Adam Cort, Posted March 5, 2013
To say that 2012 ended on a rough note for veteran French solo sailor Marc Guillemot would be the understatement of the year. 

It’s Official!

by Sail Staff, Posted November 30, 2007
The Portimo Global Ocean Race—the world’s first “Solo-Double” Race—has officially published their Notice of Race, the official document that governs next year’s solo/doublehanded round-the-world ocean race. “Publishing our Notice of Race is a defining moment for us and for our competitors who can now move their campaigns forward with the utmost confidence,” said Race Director Josh Hall. “The NOR
The 98-foot, cant-keel maxi, Speedboat, led the way to Bermuda, and that was built to be a line-honors contender, so there you go. But the 2008 Newport Bermuda Race had episodes of the slows, and that opened the door to time allowance wins by smaller boats. Here is the lineup of the high-end glory boats with Speedboat in the place of honor.And

Ericcson 4 wins in-port race at Qingdao

by Sail Staff, Posted February 11, 2009
Here's a look at the in-port racing action that took place during the Volvo Ocean Race's stopover in Qingdao, China. Photos courtesy of Oskar Kihlborg/Ericsson Racing Team:
The giant trimaran Banque Populaire V is on standby for an attempt to set a new record for the east-west transatlantic crossing under sail. Skipper Pascal Bidegorry and his crew of twelve are aiming to crack the existing record of 4 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 53 seconds for the 2,925 mile crossing between Lizard Point, England, and Ambrose Light, off New
After a slow start, skipper Franck Cammas and his maxi trimaran Groupama 3 are now locked in a tight “virtual match race” with Bruno Peyron’s 38-meter catamaran Orange 2.Cammas is about midway through an attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, which is awarded to the boat with the fastest circumnavigation. Orange 2 currently holds the record—completing the 27,000-mile

ICAP Leopard Abandons Record Attempt

by Rebecca Fenton, Posted June 7, 2010
After an impressive start, the 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard met a high pressure system off the UK on June 5 that dashed any hopes of its breaking the monohull transatlantic speed record, currently held by Mari Cha IV.   ”We have a great yacht, which has now proven itself over the last three years to be physically fast enough and powerful enough to easily churn out 500-plus
After several years of mostly tactical racing in comparatively benign conditions, the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart is set to return to its more traditional ways, with meteorologists telling competitors they are in for some very tough, boat and spirit-breaking sailing for at least the first 300 nautical miles of the race.The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that early in the race the fleet
  • facebook
  • twitter