Spares and Tools for Equipping ARC Yachts

If you are planning to take part in the ARC rally, you would benefit from the experiences of those who have already made a transatlantic journey. The 2017 rally alone saw about 254 skippers and they all had their share of repairs and spares or had to make up for their absence in other ways. There are lessons to learn from their experiences.

Usually, this kind of an oceanic journey would include choosing the right cruising yacht as per guidelines and norms as well as putting together a list of tools and spares you would need. Indeed, this is one aspect that needs forethought but even then, there are several who might overlook certain equipment in their inventory. For such reasons, the right spares need to be shipped so that makeshift repairs can be done at sea and the crossing is a trouble-free one. With the right tools and spares for repairs, skippers can avoid unwanted diversions or having to seek assistance.
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Golden Globe Race The Lead Is Narrowing Further

The apparently impossible lead that has been held by Den Heede in the race, Golden Globe is seemingly insurmountable no longer.

Mark Slats covered the Cape Horn on December 2, before 06:00 UTC. He is eight days back Van Den Heede still, Slats has reduced the dominance of 351 miles in a week’s time. The Dutchman who was in the second place is now in the range of 1022 miles and wants the average of 0.75 knots quicker to end his race in d’Olonne.
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48th Youth Sailing World Championships Will See Medalist Returning

The sailors of America and Australia in the 420 fleets and in the Laser Radial will return to defend their title of Youth Sailing World Championships next week. They will race at the 48th edition of the championship in Corpus Christi.

The championship will start on Monday with 382 youth sailors that are aged between 16 to 19 hailing from 66 nations. They all will race on Corpus Christi Bay in Texas, USA.
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The Rolex Middle Sea Race

While most eyes are on the Volvo Ocean Race starting this weekend, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has also begun on Saturday, 21st October 2017. There are about 104 yachts that are participating from different nations, 30 in total. This is the 38th edition of this race that saw thousands of followers and enthusiasts having come to the banks of Grand Harbor in order to see the race participants sail off. This classic offshore race would span 606 miles in the Mediterranean waters. There are a total of thousand sailors who are participating in this race with different kinds of yachts. These comprise of ocean going maxi boats that are custom built as well.

 

 

There are Corinthian sailors who are also participating in the race and for them the goal is to finish the race course in the feisty weather that is forecasted. This race was first started in 1968 and there are several tales associated with every edition of the race. For instance, the IRC time correction guideline is the basis on which the winners of the race would be decided upon this year. There is wide gap given so that the fleet can expect to see changes in their fortune during the course of the race.

The race started with smoke, flash and noise as artillery pieces heralded the start of the race, which are ancient bastions located in Valletta. At the start the harbor area looked as if it was a gladiator arena where the yachts jostled to get into the starting position. Some got caught out while others rushed and had to restart while others misjudged the start timing. The weather conditions were good for the yachts with ten knots of breeze that helped the boats to sail off. The fleet got off well and the sailors seem to have settled into the race whose destination is to reach Capo Passero

Schneiter Celebrate His 21st Birthday

Sebastian Schneiter of Sotogrande got to celebrate his 21st birthday by gaining the wins of two out of three races that he was skipper of. This was part of the La Reserva de Sotogrande cup of the GC32 category.


The Levante breeze of the westerly kind was expected to be blowing at 11 knots on day three, but there was a long, white cloud that was hanging off the Rock of Gibraltar, signifying that the wind speed would be less. Even when the wind was only at five or six knots the boats were still able to get the foils up as the first race started off from the start line.

Real team was able to take up the early lead, but the Norauto team being more experienced, they were able to move ahead. (more…)