Argo Group Gold Cup Semi Final Matches Set for Sunday

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Argo Group Gold Cup: Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour—

By Talbot Wilson

Hamilton BERMUDA, October 25, 2014 — The 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup Quarter Finals were completed Saturday morning and the Semi Finals, Petite Finals and Finals will all be sailed on Sunday. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar and Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team came through the quarters with 3-0 scores. Williams, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader at 12-0 is undefeated in all his races.

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Sand Flies versus Foiling Moths


The delightful Mornington Peninsula in the Australian State of Victoria is renowned for many items in the natural and culinary worlds. One thing not referred to all that often are the sand or march flies that occupy the area during the Southern Hemisphere Summer. Most travellers know Australia for flies, but the sand fly is larger and bites. Good thing then that they are far slower and really easy to swat on your arm or leg. However, from January 9 to 16, 2015 another species all together are set to fly in. They are the International Foiling Moths and unlike the sand fly, they are really, really quick.

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Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup— Searching for Breeze and Pressure on Bermuda’s Great Sound


Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup— Searching for Breeze and Pressure on Bermuda’s Great Sound
By Laurie Fullerton

Searching for breeze and pressure on the race course was a game of snakes and ladders for young competitors at the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup today. While grappling with the need for patience and consistency – two requirements for sailing well in light air – many sailors were tested during the third day of racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

“It was light wind sailing and I like light wind,” said Hayden Sewell of Great Britain who finished strongly today and is currently in sixth place. “I was really looking hard for the wind pressure and I feel like I sailed well.”

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The 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race was one to remember. Not only for international fleet that, for the third year in a row, set a record number of entries, but for the array of conditions that the yachts faced. From no wind to too much; from flat calm to turbulent seas; from going nowhere to flying fast & furious: the 606-nm mythical racecourse offered everything. The worthy winner had to conquer the elements aswell as the competition. Exceptional challenges bring out the best in exceptional characters. Step forward Lee Satariano and the crew of the Maltese J/122 Artie, winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race.

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Tour Card Holders Crash Out



Hamilton, Bermuda (24th Oct 2014): Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens.

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Marc Guillemot and Safran arrive in Saint-Malo


After a 24-hour delivery from La Trinité-sur-Mer, Marc Guillemot and his crew arrived Friday in Saint-Malo. The Safran monohull is now moored in the Duguay-Trouin basin alongside the other eight competitors in the IMOCA class. It is the beginning of ten days of festivities before the start of the 10th edition of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe on Sunday, November 2 at 1400hrs (French time).

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Yann Guichard and Spindrift 2 in the starting blocks in Saint-Malo!


– The maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 arrived in Saint-Malo this morning, docking at the Gare Maritime.
– Yann Guichard feels in great shape and is ready to go.
– Information about Spindrift racing’s activities in the race village.
– How to follow Yann Guichard and Spindrift 2 during the race.

Route du Rhum 2014
Never in the race’s 36-year history have there been so many competitors and so many huge trimarans. The 10th edition of the most famous single-handed transatlantic yacht race is already rewriting the record books. A record 91 sailors were in Saint-Malo this Friday for the opening of the official village, in the shadow of the city walls. As happens every year, large crowds will line the docks of the Breton city for the race start on Sunday, November 2nd. Perhaps the record 2 million visitors in 2010 will also be broken. What we can say for certain is that, at 40 metres long, Spindrift 2 will be the largest boat ever to compete in the race. You might think the skipper, Yann Guichard, was crazy, but the 40-year-old has every confidence in the preparations made by his team to make the maxi-trimaran competitive when raced by a single yachstman. Yann is driven by his competitive spirit, and is all set to do battle.

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