Clipper Round the World: The Pacific starts to bite

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With the first 1,000 miles of the race to California almost completed, the forecasted low pressure system has finally arrived and the skippers who were cursing the lack of wind yesterday now find themselves with more than they bargained for. Strong headwinds have been hard going on the teams and they will all be looking forward to the wind shifting round and a return to the fast downwind sailing the Clipper 68s relish.

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Groupama 3: A hellish tack

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On a perfectly rectilinear course since rounding Cape Horn, Groupama 3 is continuing her ascent of the Southern Atlantic by cleverly limiting the haemorrhage of miles lost in relation to the Jules Verne Trophy champion. Furthermore, they are in no way losing sight of the fact that they will have to battle all the way to the end and that they must remain in great shape to do so. 

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St.Thomas, US Virgin Island, Rolex Regatta

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 It just arrived on a yacht carrier in St. Thomas: Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Judel/Vrolik 52′ Interlodge, a newcomer to the International Rolex Regatta, which this year is scheduled for Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. The three-day event, hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club, has a track record – spanning 37 years – for delivering the goods when it comes to racing and island-style hospitality.

Groupama: One ocean left to devour

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On rounding Cape Horn at 1830 UTC this Thursday 4th March, Franck Cammas and his men have retained a lead of 175 miles over the reference time, which equates to 8 hours 55 minutes. However, the beginning of this final stage of the round the world will be complicated for the giant trimaran to negotiate, at least for the first few hours of this Atlantic ascent … 

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INDIAN OCEAN FIVE CAPES RACE & TOUR OF ARABIA

An epic second leg! Sidney Gavignet joins the A100 ‘Majan’ crew…

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Oman Sail’s A100 trimaran ‘Majan’ has reached their second stopover in Cape Town, South Africa, after another epic leg full of drama, myths and one legendary Cape. The Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race is a new race, conceived by OC Events, that links the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Asia, and Majan is tracing out the new course ahead of the first official edition planned for spring 2012.

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Groupama 3: A special day

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Less than 250 miles out from Cape Horn this Thursday morning, Franck Cammas and his nine crew are sailing in an increasingly moderate NW’ly breeze on seas which are slowly becoming calmer. Groupama 3 should round Cape Horn this afternoon, at the end of thirty two days at sea…

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JEC Innovation Awards 2010: and the winners are…

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JEC is announcing the new winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2010. This year, 11 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Show (April 13-15, 2010). Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on their technical interest, market potential, partnership, financial impact and originality.