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VIDEO: Rolex Fastnet Race gets underway

Following months of meticulous preparation for crews and organisers alike, a record-breaking edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is underway and in some style. The largest fleet in the race’s 92-year history, comprising 368 yachts from 29 countries, were treated to kind conditions, blue skies and a consistent, building westerly breeze as they were divided across seven start sequences in ...

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Alex Thomson begins Fastnet Race on board HUGO BOSS

British sailor Alex Thomson returned to action in the iconic Fastnet Race. More than 400 boats took to the start line in Cowes to take part in what remains the world’s largest offshore sailing contest. The 600 nautical mile race takes boats from the Solent, through the English Channel and around the Fastnet Rock, finishing just off the coast of ...

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Day 8 Round up Report at Lendy Cowes Week

By Rupert Holmes/CWL Giovanni Belgrano’s 38ft Laurent Giles Whooper, which was confirmed yesterday as overall winner among the Black Group yachts, has also been announced as overall Lendy Cowes Week winner. The overall winner among the White Group dayboats is 14 year old Freddie Peters, who also won the RS Elite class, the Newcomers’ trophy and Young Skippers Trophy. The ...

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Day 7 Round up Report at Lendy Cowes Week

By Rupert Holmes/CWL The penultimate day of Lendy Cowes Week saw a return to gloriously sunny weather, with a west south westerly breeze of 15-22 knots. Today saw a change of start lines for many classes, with most Black Group yachts starting on the inner Royal Yacht Squadron line. The White Group dayboats had a downwind start further offshore on ...

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Alex Thomson returns to racing action

Six months after his historic second place finish in the Vendee Globe, British sailor Alex Thomson will return to offshore racing on 6 August, competing in his tenth Fastnet Race. The race, which starts in Cowes, is the world’s largest offshore sailing race with 400 boats and over 4,000 crew expected at this year’s start line. Racing onboard his record ...

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Boat owner jailed for unsafe operation of fishing vessel

The owner of a fishing vessel has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to two charges brought by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) for the unsafe operation of a fishing vessel and failing to ensure that the gas cooker was properly maintained. Timothy Bowman Davies (45) from Milford Haven was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment ...

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Youth National Sailing Regatta

Grafham Water have played host to this year’s NSSA Youth National Sailing Regatta, which is held annually at various locations across the UK. This year being the turn off Cambridgeshire to host the event, which was last held on Grafham Water during 2011. With over 300 young competitors aged from 8 to 19, the week has been a huge success, ...

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Day 6 Round up Report at Lendy Cowes Week

By Rupert Holmes Today delivered big winds to the largest yachts at Lendy Cowes Week, which have been competing in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series over the past three days. A sharp shower, with gusts close to 35 knots, blasted across the start area as the warning signal for the Sevenstar Maxi Racer and Ocean Racer competitors was fired. A ...

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ASF Youth Ambassadors go racing in Cowes on Youth Day

The official charity of Lendy Cowes Week, the Andrew Simpson Foundation, introduced seven of their new Youth Ambassadors. Drew Gibson, Abi Clarke, Cameron Tweedle, Callum Dixon, Catherine Hunt, Edward Higson and Anthony Pinke will each play a vital role in inspiring more young people into the sport and promoting the Foundation’s key activities in their individual sailing clubs and regions. ...

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