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Nicolas Troussel building new generation IMOCA 60 for Vendee Globe

Nicolas Troussel building new generation IMOCA 60 for Vendee Globe

The identity of the much-rumoured eighth new-generation IMOCA 60 being build has finally been officially revealed with the news that French two-time Figaro winner Nicolas Troussel has commissioned a Juan Kouyoumdjian designed boat to be built with a launch date of January 2020. The announcement from Troussel – who grew up

Clock starts on Spindrift 2 Jules Verne Trophy attempt

Clock starts on Spindrift 2 Jules Verne Trophy attempt

The round the world timer is officially ticking on the latest attempt by French skipper Yann Guichard and his 11-man crew aboard the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2 after the team set off from a starting line projected off the island of Ushant at the south-western end of the English Channel. The island

Xabi Fernández plans Spanish campaign for The Ocean Race

Xabi Fernandez plans Spanish campaign for The Ocean Race

Some good news for Spanish Volvo Ocean Race fans – one of the country’s most popular sailors – Olympic 49er gold and silver medal-winner Xabi Fernández – believes there are good odds that he will lead a Spanish challenge in the 2021 edition of the round-the-world marathon, now known as The Ocean

Guichard crosses his fingers ahead of record attempt

Guichard crosses his fingers ahead of record attempt

Yann Guichard – the French of the French Maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 – is hoping against hope for a perfect weather scenario for he and his crew when they set off on a non-stop around-the-world record attempt tomorrow. After two and a half months of stand-by, the giant black and gold 40

Forensic performance analysis in the Volvo Ocean Race

Forensic performance analysis in the Volvo Ocean Race

Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm talks to team AkzoNobel performance analyst Rosco Monson about this highly specialised role with the Dutch team in the last Volvo Ocean Race.  The fact that the last two Volvo Ocean Races took place in identical 65-foot one-design boats made for two of the hardest

Podcast Episode 5 – Ian Walker

Yacht Racing Podcast Episode 5 – Ian Walker

Justin Chisholm's guest on the latest episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast is British Olympian and ocean race skipper, Ian Walker. Walker has had a broad and illustrious career in professional sailing having won two Olympic silver medals – one as crew and one as helmsman – and having skippered Abu

Sea trials success for Maxi 72 Bella Mente

Sea trials success for Maxi 72 Bella Mente

Hap Fauth is a busy guy. Aside from running the major private investment group The Churchill Companies the 73-year-old is also team principal and CEO at the New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup-challenging syndicate, American Magic. But despite the undoubtedly heavy workload associated with these two roles Fauth somehow also finds

Five 100-footer crews eye Sydney Hobart Race record

Five 100-footers eye new Sydney Hobart Race record

The sailing team rosters of the five 100-footer super-maxis set to battle it out in for line honours at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in under 48 hours’ time are packed with the great and the good of professional yacht racing. Which one of the five will make it to Hobart

Sydney Hobart outlook from Envy Scooters navigator Will Harris

Sydney Hobart outlook from Envy Scooters navigator Will Harris

Regular Yacht Racing Life contributor Will Harris send this exclusive report from Sydney, Australia less than a week prior to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race on December 25 in which he will navigating aboard the TP 52 Envy Scooters. With five days left until the start of the

Thomas Ruyant builds new boat for Vendée Globe & The Ocean Race

Thomas Ruyant building new boat for Vendée Globe & The Ocean Race

French solo offshore racing sailor Thomas Ruyant has confirmed he is building new foiling IMOCA 60 scheduled to be launched in July next year. Ruyant, 37, from Malo-Les-Bains on the north coast of France intends to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe after which he says the boat will be reconfigured

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