L’escale néo-zélandaise de Temenos II se concrétise

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Michèle et Dominique

Ce dernier coup de vent aura eu l’avantage de rapprocher Wellington de l’étrave de Temenos II à bonne vitesse. Pour la première fois l’escale néo-zélandaise se concrétisait vraiment pour Michèle et Dominique. Comme prévu par les modèles météo, petit à petit le vent faiblit sur la zone, le flux abandonne le monocoque, mais la mer qui a particulièrement malmené le tandem depuis l’arrivée du front, elle, restait encore bien formée comme le racontait Michèle dans son message du jour.

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Le Billet is Back to winning form in the 2007-08 Pittwater & Coffs Offshore Series

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Bill Ebsary’s ‘Le Billet’ returned to the offshore race track with winning form, on the first night of the 27th Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Offshore Series for 2007-2008.

Launched in 2005 this Beneteau 44.7, is a proven offshore racer and the current IRC Pittwater & Coffs Series holder and 2006 & 2007Savills IRC Division 2 winner, took out the first race of the 27th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series, an overnight ocean race from Barrenjoey to Botany Bay and back, taking out both line & handicap honours in an elapsed time of 13hrs 19mins and 51secs.

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Local kayak explorer launches new marine school lecture programme

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This January the Maritime Museum and Falmouth Marine School will be working together to launch a new ‘Open Access’ lecture programme, kicking off with a talk by local BCU coach and sea kayak explorer, Jeff Allen

Jeff was part of the first British team to circumnavigate the remote Antarctic Island of South Georgia, long considered by sea kayakers around the globe as being the K2 of kayaking, and, on Thursday 10 January at 2pm, he will be discussing the kayak as a vehicle to explore many areas of the globe and environments often considered to be totally inappropriate to other water craft.

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Une entrée en mer de Tasmanie en fanfare !

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coup de vent avant l’arrivée à Wellington
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Depuis plusieurs heures maintenant le front accompagne Temenos II qui glisse au reaching dans une trentaine de nœuds établis de Nord-Ouest. La mer croisée ne facilite pas la progression du monocoque qui parvient malgré cela, et des ennuis de quille qui obligent toujours ses deux co-skippers à naviguer prudemment, à progresser à plus de quinze de noeuds de moyenne.

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Day 48: Acrobatic rudder repairs for race leaders

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Réparation d’un safran en pleine mer, Damian Foxall
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With Hugo Boss chomping at the bit for its 48 hour pit-stop to expire so that it can rejoin the Barcelona World Race, the race leaders aboard Paprec-Virbac 2 had their own rudder issues to deal with. They hit an ‘unidentified floating object’ at high speed yesterday and damaged the starboard rudder.

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RUSSIAN SAILING VESSEL ARRIVES IN NZ

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One of the world’s largest and fastest tall sailing ships has arrived in Auckland.

The Russian training vessel STS Pallada wowed holiday makers, as it pulled into Princes Wharf.

The 180 passengers and crew are taking a four day break, before continuing a round the world voyage, visiting historical sites discovered by Russian navigators since the 18th century.

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FORT LAUDERDALE TO CHARLESTON RACE: REBIRTH OF A CLASSIC OCEAN DUEL

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Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) Management, which includes members of the Storm Trysail Club (STC) and Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), today announced the formal opening for race entries for the 2008 Fort Lauderdale to Charleston Ocean Yacht Race. Scheduled to begin April 23rd at 1400 hours, this event marks the rebirth of a race that originated in 1968 and ran for 10 years. The race will start just outside of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and finish just outside of Charleston Harbor.

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SAINT ‘ELLEN’ ACROSS THE ROUTE

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The name ‘Saint Helena High’ has never been so fitting in the eyes of Thomas Coville, such is it currently protecting Ellen MacArthur’s record. The immense ‘high pressure zone’ stretches right across the whole Southern Atlantic and is barring the course of the Trimaran Sodeb’O to the Cape of Good Hope and the Indian Ocean. The skipper has thus resolved to round to the West of the zone of high pressure, extending his course by around 800 miles, that is close to two days. Prior to his departure, Thomas recalled that on a record, solely the conditions for the first few days can be selected and that afterwards it’s the meteorological sequences that set the tone. Here we have a perfect example of that.

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