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And another big race that is almost there is the "Spi Ouest". It is a classical on the French coast and this years's is the 34th edition. All kinds of boats racing there and hundreds of them, professionals and amateurs all having fun together:

Have a look at one of the past editions:

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And from the Virgin Islands, great images of the International Rolex regatta:






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As it was expected more great images of the VOR:




Groupama is holding on going at a mad speed and turning South as much as they can looking for big winds trying without success to go away from Puma. Both boats have leaved Telefonica behind and maintain the 50NN distance between them.

Just click on the weather button and look what kind of wind they are after

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center

If they can make it they will leave Telefonica behind but they can break on that conditions. Telefonica is betting on that and is going more to the North with less tempestuous conditions but with less speed.

Crazy race this one betweem Groupama and Puma

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We were out this weekend and saw for the first time a new First 45 in the flesh. Most impressive looking ride. I think this was a lower tech version, aluminum mast, wire rigging, but appeared to have the joystick system. Great looking boat, though.. I think the proportions really come into sync at this length.

Only thing was the cockpit layout was such that the driver is pretty well out of the trim picture.. but I suppose this boat is meant to be properly crewed up.
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We were out this weekend and saw for the first time a new First 45 in the flesh. Most impressive looking ride. I think this was a lower tech version, aluminum mast, wire rigging, but appeared to have the joystick system. Great looking boat, though.. I think the proportions really come into sync at this length.

Only thing was the cockpit layout was such that the driver is pretty well out of the trim picture.. but I suppose this boat is meant to be properly crewed up.
Yes, I agree with you, the First 45 is beautiful and contrary to the 40 it has the potential to be a great cruising boat. I also like the interior. Many would say it is too modern, but it is not certainly IKEA style and I find it classy. I think modernity goes well with the rest of the boat

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Interesting news about one of the most interesting fast 30 ft performance cruiser, The South African Pacer 310: It is going to be made also in Spain and its price is going down probably.

A sweet boat with a very good B/D ratio, a powerful and very fast, a nice one with an interior that without being very cozy has everything needed for cruising...when not racing









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Yes, I agree with you, the First 45 is beautiful and contrary to the 40 it has the potential to be a great cruising boat. I also like the interior. Many would say it is too modern, but it is not certainly IKEA style and I find it classy. I think modernity goes well with the rest of the boat

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Thanks for that link/view... we didn't get a look below, but saw plenty to drool over on deck!
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Uau!!!!! don't miss this one, From NZ, some days ago on the BMW Auckland regatta:





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Incredible!!!!! The 2012 Atlantic Rally Crossing (ARC) that will start only in 8 months is already full. They have opened an waiting list and hopefully they will increase the number of participants.

The accepted inscriptions are 260:

23 catamarans and 42 boats in the racing divisions. The smallest boat to date is Wolfgang Vandrey's Contest 28 Quetzal (GER) ...

ARC 2012 boats are sailing under
33 different national flags - a real united nations of sail! ..

30% of the fleet are flying the British ensign and 12% are German. Its great to see big fleets from Norway, Italy, USA, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden and France. ..

There is always an award for the oldest boat sailing in the ARC, and it looks like a tie-breaker for 2012. Both Peter von Seestermuhe (GER), owned by long-term ARC-supporter Christoph von Reibnitz and Peter Brownsell's Peregrin (GBR) were built in 1936. ..

If you want to join the wait list, you will need to pay the boat entry fee in full. We can't guarantee you a place, but will give a full refund if we can't get you into ARC2012.


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Uau!!!!! don't miss this one, From NZ, some days ago on the BMW Auckland regatta:


The footage of the Vodaphone trimaran flying TWO hulls was spectacular - talk about sailing on the edge of disaster!
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