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Team Aqua Grabs RC44 Victory


The final day of RC44 Sotogrande Cup competition was indeed quite an interesting race to watch as the coastline of Andalucía and Sotogrande were in perfect condition.

The team of Chris Bake had increased the lead to 5 points soon after the completion of the 1st race. Thereafter, during the 2nd race, the team was on track for consolidating their position. The team had set the spinnaker and things were going perfectly. The stern got pulled up on a wave which buried the bow, which was quite unexpected. Chris Bake got drenched and the bowsprit was broken.

Despite such a condition, the team succeeded in recovering the kite. Thereafter, they spent around half of the leg to unpick carbon pieces. However, it was unfortunate that they had no other option but to continue sailing the remainder of the leg. The A3 spinnaker was rigged to fly from the bow in the following run. Keep reading

12 teams in the barn in the Clipper Race


After a grueling twenty-seventy day race of survival from Airlie Beach in Australia, in which the crew of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race confronted various range of weather conditions. Derry Londonderry Doire came as victorious to a huge crowd of awaiting watchers as well as media in Da Nang, Vietnam today, observing the finish of Race 7 – Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race.
The victory marks Northern Irish entry’s highly awaited first win of the fourteen stage Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, the one and only race of this type that stays for amateur sailors. Garmin hit the second position, also recording its top finish till now, and Great Britain came 3rd, with the rest of the twelve strong Clipper Race pack also coming into the Vietnam throughout the rest of the day.
Coming off the yacht at the Han River Port to a special arrival ceremony that included lines of drummers, special Vietnamese wreaths and flag bearers, all conducted in front of a grand scrum of national media. Daniel Smith, the captain, stated that this feels really great to finally be standing on the top of the podium, and this has been a great victory. It was a really demanding race, both physically and mentally.

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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series


The first ever Melges 20 Miami Winter Series regatta is complete and after a really great days of racing with epic conditions, the speedsters are headed home for coming holidays with satisfactory smiles. All of them were happy after having an awesome sailing experience.

From the great hosts at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, to the almost perfect sailing conditions on the Biscayne Bay as well as camaraderie contained within this fleet, the regatta was very much over the top event with the fleet totally primed for greater racing to come in the coming year.

Coconut Grove Sailing Club

With just 1 point break between overnight leader Liam Kilroy on Wildman as well as veteran Jim Wilson’s yachtOleander, the stage was all fixed for a battle on Sunday in squally, big-breeze conditions. Just behind Jim was a strong line of experienced teams including World Championship runner up Cesar Gomes Neto on Portobello, Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee, along with the always relentless, two-time World Champion John Kilroy Jr. on his yacht Samba Pa Ti.

Blake Middleton told Yacht Rental Croatia that the conditions were under class utmosts of sustained twenty-three knots along with gusts to twenty-five, the fleet went to south portion of Biscayne Bay for the final 2 races. Shedding a tough beginning near the pin, the elder Kilroy saw his mojo upwind, cutting his way up the 1st beat to hold the lead. He did not look back for a single time.

Covering with a tidy squall on the 2nd upwind beat which spun in some new pressure, the pack handled it in step by step. Charging very hard along the race was Paul Reilly, a longtime Melges sailor, and his Red Sky Team ending 2nd, the blazing Brazilian Gomes Neto took 3rd spot.