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Richard Mason: “Plans for 2021 Ocean Race start are in full swing”

Richard Mason: "Plans for 2021 Ocean Race start are in full swing"

Preparations for the 2021 edition of the Ocean Race – the new name for the fully crewed around-the-world race formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race) – are in full swing according to Richard Mason, the race’s executive director. Speaking on a soon to be released episode of The Yacht Racing

Banque Populaire announces new Ultim IMOCA & Figaro projects

Banque Populaire announces new Ultim, IMOCA & Figaro projects

After 30 years backing professional sailing French banking group Banque Populaire reconfirmed its commitment to the sport in spectacular fashion with the announcement of three major new campaigns – all involving long-time skipper Armel Le Cléac’h. As well as committing to building a new Ultim maxi-trimaran for Le Cléac’h to be

Spindrift 2 crew go hammer down in the southern hemisphere

Spindrift 2 crew go hammer down in the southern hemisphere

It took a lot of effort, including about a dozen back-breaking gybes of their monster-sized trimaran, but the crew of the French-flagged Spindrift multihull beat their own record time from Ushant to the Equator by an hour on their quest to win the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest fully-crewed

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

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