Qualifying complete at 29er Worlds:
(January 5, 2018) – The final four races of the qualifying series for the 2018 29er World Championship were held today off the Po Toi Islands in Hong Kong.
To the relief of the sailors, the breeze dropped from the previous two days to a 10kt North Easterly. The breeze was fluky making a difficult race track that was heavily favoured toward the left.
The qualifying series advanced the top half of the ranked teams into the gold fleet, with the 10-race final series kicking off tomorrow to determine the 2018 World Champion.
Racing for 58 teams from 11 countries is planned from January 3 to 8.
Volvo Ocean Race: We’re back!:
(January 5, 2018; Leg 4; Day 4) – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has felt the power of the rubber-band as overall race leaders MAPFRE rapidly rose through the rankings and has closed gauge with the leaders.
Skipper Xabi Fernandez spoke yesterday about plenty of opportunities to improve on MAPFRE’s position, over 33 nautical miles adrift (as of 19:00 UTC) of the leading duo of Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel – and by today the Spanish crew had nearly erased the entire deficit.
Having opted to hug the Australian coastline for the first few days of the leg, MAPFRE grabbed an opportunity this morning by gybing inside the leaders and has, along with Vestas 11th Hour Racing, s…
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