Racing yachts

Racing yachts

  Racing yachts try to reduce the wetted surface area (which creates drag) by keeping the hull light whilst having a deep and heavy bulb keel, allowing them to support a tall mast with a great sail area. Modern designs tend to have a very wide beam, with a flat bottom, to provide buoyancy preventing an excessive heel angle. Speeds of up to 40 mph can be obtained in good conditions.

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At sea and ashore, the last-minute preparations are underway. Sails have been checked and rechecked. Crew lists have been finalized and travel arrangements secured. The race committee has a weather eye on the horizon, keeping abreast of the latest forecast with fingers crossed for plenty of breeze. Race organizers are tending to a vast list of administrative details and gearing up for the all-important shore-side parties. After all, there’s a very important birthday coming up which calls for (...)
Source: www.sailingweek.com
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With the number of entries to The Superyacht Cup now exceeding 50, Nephele (Frers 111.54 ft.) has just confirmed they will be taking part in the three days of racing in the Bay of Palma. As winner of the second Millennium Cup which was held in Auckland during the 2003 America’s Cup, Nephele will be taking on a much larger fleet this time around. Launched in New Zealand in 2003, Nephele was then one of the newest boats taking part, but with the healthy growth of the superyacht industry over (...)
Source: palma2007.thesuperyachtcup.com
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Sea breeze conditions returned to Valencia on Tuesday allowing two full flights of races to be completed at the Louis Vuitton Cup. There was plenty of action on the race course where the South African Team Shosholoza earned an impressive victory over Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian Luna Rossa team began the day undefeated, but eventually lost both races on the day, dropping their second match of the afternoon to BMW ORACLE Racing. By the end of racing on Tuesday, it was the American boat (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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Light conditions continue over the waters off Valencia and on Monday, racing was postponed in Flights 4 and 5 of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It was a clear, bright and sunny day, but the sunshine generated a weak sea breeze that battled the Northeasterly gradient wind to a stalemate. At altitude, the gradient wind was blowing onshore at up to 15 knots, but this only suppressed the circulation so vital to developing a strong sea breeze. On the day, winds never exceeded the seven knot threshold (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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On the fifth day, they raced. Following four difficult days where racing was postponed due to a lack of wind, the Louis Vuitton Cup started on Friday with Flights 1 and 2. The Italian Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team were the early heroes, beating the top ranked challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand in Flight 1. The Italians won their second match as well, to vault up the leaderboard. Racing took place in light conditions with winds between six and 10 knots. Before racing, the (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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The Barcelona World Race is a new two-handed, non-stop round the world yacht race starting on the 11th November, 2007 (and to be held every four years). For the first time, this race will see the world’s best professional sailors from both solo and fully crewed disciplines coming together to compete against each other in teams of two. Racing 25,000 miles over three months across the planet’s most hostile and challenging oceans in high-performance IMOCA Open 60 monohulls. Never before has a (...)
Source: www.barcelonaworldrace.com
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OC Events have officially announced today that there will be a 2008 edition of The Transat, formerly the OSTAR, the first ever single-handed ocean race that began in 1960. This will be the 13th edition of the race and although the sport of sailing has come a long way since 1960, the oceanic challenge remains the same. The race has always generated great deal of media and public interest but it is the sailors themselves who have become the legends. In 1960 only five boats started the race (...)
Source: www.thetransat.com
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Conditions proved unsuitable for racing again at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia. Four full days of racing have now had to be postponed due to the wind never having been strong and stable enough to start a match. On Thursday, there were moments in the afternoon when it appeared as if the wind gods would smile on the competitors and provide enough of a sea breeze for racing. But conditions were never stable across the race areas for a long enough time to start a race. In fact, (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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The Royal Ocean Racing Club(RORC) Committee, organisers of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, have agreed that entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2007 will be limited to 300. Competitors intending to enter should submit entry forms as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Final date for entries is Friday 27 July 2007. The race has grown and grown from its humble beginning in 1925, when 7 cruisers embarked on a ’friendly’ race to the Rock and back. The last Fastnet, in 2005, attracted (...)
Source: www.rorc.org

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