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not so pretty

What a cool pic, until you look close and realize it is sailing in some of the worst conditions ever - light and leftover swells and chop. However, it wasn't all like this at the 505 Euro Cup......

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how nice

The NGO TRAFFIC has released a study identifying the world’s top 20 shark and ray catchers and traders, who collectively account for some 80 percent of the global reported catch. Commercial and artisanal vessels from Indonesia, Spain, India, Mexico and the U.S. topped the list of catchers between 2007 and 2017, with a combined total of 333,952 tons caught on average each year. Indonesia was the top global shark catcher with a mean catch of 110,737 tons per year. The Atlantic Ocean accounted for 80 percent of recent catches....

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um….

We get the world of Press Release notices, we just don't much care to publish them. If you like them, head over to dickhead's site, there isn't a PR that he won't publish. So we laughed especially hard at this one. FFS, if you are going to invoke a major sponsor's name, at least get the name of the team right... As I’m sure you know, the America’s Cup is just about 18 months away and Helly Hansen is proud to sponsor the America’s Magic boat – the boat of one of the competition’s top race teams. We would love to offer you a very exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with the boat and its crew....

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n2deep?

We aren't smart enough to even understand the translated pages from the Tour de Bretagne, but this is one hell of a shot! Title inspiration by - you guessed it - N2deep....

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is there anything better?

Wall to wall sunshine, sparkling clear waters and steady trade winds, the conditions alone have long been among the major attractions to racing in the Caribbean. Add to this the region’s legendary reputation for outstanding parties, lay days, music and general fun ashore and it’s easy to see why the Caribbean regatta circuit has been a key part of so many people’s sailing season, for so many years. But like many regattas around the world, even the most enticing events in this sailing paradise have previously struggled to maintain their momentum. The reasons for the change have been widespread and complex, but at the heart of the issue is the way that competitors themselves have changed how they work and play. Increasing day to day demands of work puts sailors under more pressure to play closer to home. Put simply, habits and holidays have changed. Read on....

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truly inspirational

This is just a great story and shows what we can achieve when we put our minds to things. Jeanne Socrates, originally from Lymington in England, just finished a solo, non-stop circumnavigation via the five great capes, those being (in the order that she rounded them) Cape Horn at the tip of South America, Cape Agulhas in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia, South East Cape, the southernmost point of Tasmania, and South Cape which is located on the southern part of Stewart Island, New Zealand. Ok so that’s a pretty monumental achievement but let’s add to this her age. Socrates is 77 years old and even better, this was not the first time that she has done that trip. Back in 2013 she became the first woman to sail solo, nonstop around the world from North America, and also the oldest woman to sail solo, nonstop around the world, a record that was noted in the Guinness Book of Records. Jeanne attempted her first non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2009 but she had to pull in to Cape Town for repairs. Her second attempt in October 2010 ended with a knockdown just west of Cape Horn. This latest trip ended with her arrival at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club on Vancouver Island in Canada this past Saturday afternoon after having spent just under a year at sea. In fact she her voyage took 320 days and was done without any kind of shore support or outside assistance. “It was not easy,” she told a local TV station. "The wind gods were not on my side. I had to avoid two cyclones off Hawaii and I'd already had to avoid a cyclone in the Indian Ocean. I wasted a week with that one.” Her 38-foot sailboat “Nereida” looked pretty battered...

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paired up

A former winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre, Frenchman Pascal Bidégorry, will pair up with American offshore sailor Charlie Enright as co-skippers on board 11th Hour Racing for the upcoming 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre, a two-handed race across the Atlantic that starts October 27 in Le Havre, France. The pair will race on the 11th Hour Racing IMOCA 60 boat formerly named Hugo Boss that made its debut at the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre and finished as runner-up in the 2016 Vendee Globe. It will be Bidégorry's seventh time participating in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Read on....

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