The last stretch

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• The first sailors successfully reach Lanzarote
• The community of Mini-ists together throughout the night
• Behind the leaders, the competition is fierce

Little by little, the pontoon reserved for the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe fills up. Essentially, the prototypes have taken up most of the spaces, with only two series boats arriving into port so far.

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Au revoir Cannes

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The 37th edition of the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai came to an end on Saturday in Cannes. The seventy-nine classic yachts profited from a whole week of summer-like conditions. This year’s edition of the traditional gathering on the Cote d’Azur showed that classic yachting is alive and well, with many veterans, but also several new boats joining in for the first time. Save the date for September 2016, au revoir Cannes!

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GROOVEDERCI POISED TO POUNCE ON PLENTY

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Ever since Rolex brought the precision of a marine chronometer to the wristwatch, the company has naturally become associated with activities that share its excellence, precision and team spirit. Nowhere is that more evident than this week in Long Beach, California, where the 2015 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is underway at Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC).

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Fighting tooth and nail

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• Five competitors fight for second place in the prototypes
• Seven competitors trying to get fourth place in the Series
• Fidel Turienzo (Satana) working at top speed to fix his mast

Davy Beaudart can savour his victory. The realisation of what a great win he has had is just beginning to dawn on him; how he has beaten his adversaries, four of whom are locked in a battle for second place, consisting of continuous gybing, which will quite possibly last right up until the finish line in Lanzarote. Whilst the top three podium places are clear-cut in the Series class, it is quite another matter for fourth place.

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Internet on ships a key to recruiting and retaining seafarers, IMO symposium told

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The IMO symposium provided an opportunity for a discussion on the future of maritime education and training and how it can meet the demands of the shipping industry.

Easy access to the internet onboard ships is a key requirement if young people are to be attracted into the seafaring profession and shipping needs to be more visible in the public eye, according to speakers who addressed an IMO symposium on maritime education and training, held on World Maritime Day (24 September 2015).

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Coast Guard to review WSF’s plan for LNG at terminals; Transocean makes statement on bribery case

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Coast Guard to review plan for LNG at WSF terminal
September 25, 2015—The U.S. Coast Guard recently issued a notice in the Federal Register that it would review a proposal by Washington State Ferries (WSF) to modify its marine terminal operations to handle Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

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PRECISION TIMING PUTS STRUNTJE ON TOP

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Fortunes in grand prix sailing can ebb and flow faster than a spring tide, and the first race of day two of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was a perfect example. The class attracts some of the world’s most accomplished sailors to do battle on equal terms, although one team competing at this level for the first time are the university students on Cal Maritime who have never raced a Farr 40 together before. It was little surprise to see them battling at the back of such a high quality 17-boat fleet on day one. However, it appears they are fast learners, as they launched off the start line on day two in light south-westerly breezes, eventually finishing just five seconds behind John Demourkas’ Groovederci in the first race of the day.

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NEWS FLASH: David Beaudart prototype winner of the first stage

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Davy Beaudart (Flexirub) winner of the first stage of the Mini Transat Iles de Guadeloupe, crossed the finish line today, Saturday 26th September at 10:34:46 local time.
The solo skipper sailing on Flexirub took 6 days 19 hours 04 minutes and 46 seconds from Douarnenez to Lanzarote sailing at an average speed of 7,63 knots.

Davy took the lead of the race on the 21st of September just off Finisterre and held on to it right to the finish.

 

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The Canaries’ song

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• Davy Beaudart is expected tomorrow, late morning in Lanzarote
• Some comfortable leads in the offing for the second stage
• In the series boats, Ian Lipinski is comfortably holding his position

As often happens in off-shore sailing, it’s the well-off people that get richer. At the head of their classes, Davy Beaudart (Flexirub) in the prototypes, and Ian Lipinski (Entreprises Innovantes) in the series class continue to widen the gaps in the last hours of the first stage of the Mini Transat îles de Guadeloupe. If the battle is going to be fierce to be placed at the end of the race, the two leaders should peacefully savour their last moments before crossing the line. During this time, some others have had their dreams of crossing the Altalantic erased.

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You Cannes do it!

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Last racing day for the Dragons, double coastal race for the classics: Friday was undoubtedly the best day of the 37th Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai. Crews and organizers had to wait for a while but were then rewarded with excellent conditions, the wind progressively increasing to over 15 knots with flat seas, blue skies and warm weather. Germany’s Michaël Schmidt is crowned winner of the Dragons while Moonbeam IV, Cholita, Marigold and Manitou dominate among the classics

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