Gold and silver for Spain at the 49er European championship– Madrid 2016


Iker Martínez & Xabi Fernández were crowned European champions for second consecutive year and the silver was for the Alonso brothers

Spanish double triumph at the 49er Europeans – Madrid 2016 with Gold for Iker Martínez & Xabi Fernández and silver for brothers Federico & Arturo Alonso. The event, held at Club Nàutic S’Arenal, in Majorca, enjoyed today a gripping ending that finally gave the opportunity to the Basque tandem to win their third European title- second consecutive one- and the first medal for the brothers from Asturias. Third place on the podium was for Ukrainian sailors Rodion Luka & Geogiy Leonchuk.

Foncia capsizes off Lorient – Alinghi crew safe


(Photo credit: Jacques Vapillon/Alinghi)

AT 11:30 this morning, in 20 plus knots and a lumpy Atlantic swell, the 60ft trimaran Foncia capsized off Lorient with Alinghi sailors onboard. Of the 10 crew onboard, Peter van Niekerk and Francesco Rapetti were airlifted to hospital, both are safe and with no serious injuries. The rest of the crew along with consultant Alain Gautier were involved in securing the boat and towing it ashore, the sailors are shaken but unhurt.

Henri Lloyd Coastal and Inshore Range 2008

HenriLloydTP2 Biscay Jacket Wom CD1BC

Henri Lloyd have made some huge developments within our coastal and inshore range for 2008, including the introduction of new fabrics, designs and styles to ensure that our products deliver the high demands required in this sector.

The hero product within this range is the TP2 Biscay Jacket which is constructed from Henri Lloyd’s TP2 fabric. TP2 is 100% waterproof and windproof, it is also highly breathable, which in turn reduces condensation to keep the wearer dry. TP2 has also been treated with SDWR (Super Durable Water Repellency) finish which helps to shed water thus speeding up the drying time and maintaining the comfort of the garment.



Competitor feedback helps to steer improvements

Every year the Skandia Cowes Week regatta organisers spend a considerable amount of time analysing competitor feedback and, as a result, look at different ways in which they can further improve the event. All comments are factored into the decision-making process for tweaks and changes that will improve the event for everyone concerned.

Balboa YC’s Corona del Mar to Cabo Race/Day 3


It’s OK vs. fish costs some time

Mag 80 leads Saturday starters past early fleet

Broken boom stops Aeolos, unlucky fish slows It’s OK

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif.—It took about a day for the fastest boats to overcome the 24-hour head start by some of the slowest-rated boats in Balboa Yacht Club’s biennial race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas.

16th President’s Cup 2008 AY Race Report 4 & Summary


Patience rewarded with fame and glory…
After an hour and a half wait for the sea breeze to come in, the two remaining races to decide this years champions could get underway. Some crews took the rare opportunity to cool down with a quick dip and swim around the boat. It was all worthwhile as the building breeze produced some great sailing conditions that settled the intense rivalry developing between competitors and prove a fitting end to a tough regatta.



* British Sailor Simon Clarke becomes the tenth official Class 40 entry in the 13th edition of The Artemis Transat.
* Plans for the Race Village at Sutton Harbour, Plymouth are taking shape.
* A look at the 1968 and 1972 editions of the race that saw the invention of weather routing, a ferocious storm and the onset of the multihull age.


Mean Machine Farr40 1

You all know that we rarely take a rest here at the Mean Machine HQ… if we’re not racing we’re planning the next one…

Well, this month we were racing, but at the same time we were planning for the next one (and the one after that too…). March 6th saw the start of the world famous Acura Miami Grand Prix, and a new challenge for the Mean Machine Farr 40 crew. It was also an opportunity to get some training in for the forthcoming TP52 season.