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It was a bold move and it seems to be working. Leonardo Ferragamo and Enrico Chieffi’s big idea – to rekindle the Corinthian spirit and the intense, but gentlemanly competition between nations, of classic regattas such as the Admiral’s Cup and Sardinia Cup, in a carefully managed one-design format, propelled by the powerful brand values of Nautor’s Swan – is steadily gathering momentum. The inaugural edition of ClubSwan’s biennial tournament, The Nations Trophy, in Palma last autumn was, by all accounts, a very promising start, with close competition in all three one-design classes, ClubSwan 50, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42, and a total of 28 yachts representing 11 nations. This season’s follow-up series, The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League, has built on that success, enabling owners and crew, as Chieffi says, ‘to maintain the intensity of competition and friendly rivalry witnessed last October in Palma’. The four-part Mediterranean League series kicked off in March with Monaco Swan One Design, where competitive fleets representing eight nations battled it out over four days of inshore windward-leeward racing in a challenging range of conditions that varied from light and fluky to a spanking strong breeze. ‘The race committee was perfectly patient and did an exceptional job dealing with, at times, pretty difficult conditions,’ said Ken Read, tactician on the winning ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone. ‘I give them as much credit as the sailors, because it was a hard job to get that many good races off. There was not one race that turned into complete weirdness. There were big shifts, but if you played them right you’d win and if you did not, you lost. That is all you can ask as a sailboat racer.’ Then it was back to Mallorca in May for PalmaVela, where the three ClubSwan fleets joined 11 other classes. Fickle...

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double dutch

A Dutch team led by Simeon Tienpont  have reported to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as challenger for the 36th America's Cup. Tienpont, the former skipper of Team AkzoNobel and America's Cup winner. Now is the chance Tienpont: "Now is the chance for the Netherlands to get a Dutch challenger on the water for the first time in history. The design of the AC75 and the technical specifications are perfectly suited to the Dutch maritime and aviation industry. The America's Cup has always worked as a breeding ground for technology in competitive sailing, and now more than ever before, these innovations also attract the maritime industry. The Dutch maritime sector is recognized as a world leader; it is now a matter of using that leadership to achieve success in participating in the 36th America's Cup. Add to this that our competition sailors are among the best in the world. " Translated from here.  ...

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multi style

We could not be more excited to announce Sparkman & Stephens as our newest advertiser, and we thought that this listing from their brokerage was pretty outstanding, so check it! Welcome aboard FINN, the 53' custom trimaran built by McConaghy Boats, listed with Sparkman & Stephens Broker, Paul Buttrose. Read more here.  ...

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one two three

Tanguy de Lamotte and Sébastien Audigane looking pretty unhappy onboard Initiatives Saveurs winnng the Normandy Channel Race. From Tanguy de Lamotte: It was a really tough race and we thought we had blown the race when the mainsail split on a gybe off Cherbourg with 80 miles to go; the same happened on the Route de Rhum in 2010!Fortunately we were under gennaker and the mainsail stayed up until the finish... just!! The boat was great and we were fast in all conditions and very pleased to have won this race with the Rogers boats in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It shows the boats are well sorted and optimised for what was a very challenging race. It is worth noting that the first three place boats were all designed by Rogers Yacht Design. Photo thanks to Manuel Couette....

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the last mile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqhlpHlI9LU We’re getting ready to hit Charleston Harbor for the start of the final leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race today, and we invite you to come check out the live stream starting around 2:30 PM Eastern Time to see all the action LIVE at the On The Water Channel, or go to the Justin.TV channel if you want to sign in and chat with our broadcast team. You can listen to Brad Van Liew as he leaves the house this morning, and below is a quick five minutes with Chris Stanmore-Major, the newby racer that’s become the media star for the race.  See you in a few hours....

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one too many?

Sometime boat names tell us a lot about the owner. Does anyone know the story behind the latest Soto 40 launched for the MedCup starting this week?  We think it means he's a two boat owner!...

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whale of a time

Ryan Barnes, the helmsman onboard at the time of this amazing story shares it with us... We were racing in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht race on our Beneteau 35s5 in 20 kts of breeze with 1.5 oz north sails kite up. About 30 min. after the start a grey or humpback whale approximately 30 feet in length breeched off our starboard beam and hit approximately halfway to three quarters up our rig past first spreader, then rolled off the starboard side of the boat, taking out the lifelines and crushing the toe rail as well as dropping the whole rig, thankfully it was deck stepped. Here usa link to a coast guard video of post carnage and local news article. Rig is gone/ deep sixed after cutting it away, lifelines are destroyed, toe rail bent/ flattened on starboard side deck, fibreglass cracks on the topside starboard vberth, fracture cracks around starboard cabin windows, bow pulpit bent to shit, and toe rail delimitation around 60% of the boat! No water leaks, except when the coast guard towed us at 18 knots against an ebb tide across the columbia river bar, which was a little fast, but got a new speed record on the boat! Lots of kudos to our coast guard though, those guys are awesome! No injuries, everyone is safe, my dad and I are motoring the boat up the river back to home port in Portland, OR at Rose City Yacht Club. Story here....

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drop it like its hot

From the boys at Esse on their new ride.... After the success of the Esse 850, Josef Schuchter has rolled out the next amazing design by Umberrto Felci. The Esse 750 is a classically elegant high-speed design intended for the truly discriminating racer. The Esse 750 is designed for either single-handed or double-handed racing - all the controls are in one location convenient to the helmsman, the gennaker launches and retracts into a tube built into the hull and the jib is self-tacking. The best part: the Esse 750 is significantly faster than the Melges 24 and there is no need for athletic and gut-wrenching hiking to get the boat to go. With a 54% ballast to displacement ratio, the Esse 750 is stable at the dock, under way to weather and off the wind with the gennaker up. The traditional Esse construction quality means this is a boat with no compromises and it is ready to race right out of the box. The Esse 750 is a complete carbon fiber implementation, with the hull and deck carbon fiber/Airex core, a carbon fiber mast, carbon fiber boom, carbon fiber sprit and carbon fiber tiller. If you want to go racing without needing to recruit crew every time you leave the dock or you want to get one of your kids or a significant other hooked on racing, this is the boat to have. Details at Esse Pacific Northwest, North American importer....

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chicks dig it?

Why don't know why they wouldn't...Following ISAF’s final choice of sailing events for the 2016 Olympics, including a women’s skiff, RS Sailing announced that they plan to develop the RS900 to compete for this role - subject to confirmation from the appointed Evaluation Team of their specific criteria for selection of this boat. Not quite sure what that is? The RS900 will be an all-new boat incorporating developments from the highly respected RS800 hull, a new deck, new wings and a new rig. The RS900 will only go into full production if it is selected for the Olympics. Early testing of a prototype RS900 has shown the performance can be close to a 49er - with optimised handling targeted to suit ISAF’s specified weight range for female teams. Sounds promising......

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