The Volvo Ocean Race fleet reached the halfway point of their nine-month marathon - midway through the fifth leg of nine - on Friday and were still glued together in some of the closest racing in the event's 41-year history.
Cheminées Poujoulat, co-skippered by Bernard Stamm, 51, (Switzerland) and Jean Le Cam, 55 (France), sailed to victory , winning the third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the non stop, round the world race for two crew, crossing the finish line at 17:50:25hrs UTC (18:50:25hrs CET/Barcelona) on 25 March 2015 in light winds, 10-15kts SE and smooth seas.
The world's longest running professional sailing series - the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) - have announced a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 world championship.
Sarah Parker and her crew of Evelyn Foster, Clare Costanzo, Rachel Bower and Lauren Crossman from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club capitalised on their dominant performance of the day prior to take out the Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Less than 400 miles to the finish the Mediterranean is living up to is reputation for capricious spring winds, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam spending a fitful, frustrating night in the Straits and of Gibraltar, now in the west of the Alboran Sea. Thay have had difficult, shifting light E'ly winds and so it has been upwind. This morning their winds have picked up slightly and backed, so they will be in 10kts from the NNE, making about 9.5kts.
Brazil's women won a thrilling seventh edition of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart on Saturday an hour after Australia's men had also upset the form book and the home favourites by whitewashing Denmark.
Semi-final action at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final saw a smooth ride for the Danish teams whilst Australia and Japan are locked at one-all. Catch the Finals Live on Saturday at www.nationscup2013.dk/live
It was perhaps the perfect piece of royal diplomacy on the water. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark crossed the finish line first but came second to Denmark's new sailing prince, Nicolai Sehested, in their exhibition match race. Sehested too found the perfect way to navigate the rule: 'Don't beat the boss at golf."
A dramatic first day of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, saw the pre-event pundits eating their words as Brazil's Henrique Haddad and Japan's Wataru Sakamoto emerged at the top of Group B of the Open competition with four wins out of five each.