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Winter sail development for VX1 Sportsboat

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Two of the exciting VX1 sportsboats built by Ovington back under cover the day after sail testing at Woolverstone on the river Orwell on Dec 29th....which turned out to be the coldest day of the year so far! Ovington had invited us to develop alternative sails for the class , which  ..

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Sir Robin finished third in the Rhum class of the Transatlantic solo race after winning a fierce battle for the final podium place!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Speaking from his Open 60 yacht Grey Power in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, he describes the finish, the welcome reception and his race overall. The finish of the race is as hard as the beat down the English Channel. You have the flat calms in the lee of the island, accompanied  ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Friday 21st

Friday, November 21, 2014

Back into third place, but can we hold it? We have had an amazing run of luck with the wind, as only late last night did we get pushed off the direct course for the north end of Guadeloupe. It means we shall have to put a couple of gybes in to get around the top, but they won't be huge ones.  ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Thursday 20th

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Congratulations to Anne Caseneuve on winning the Rhum class. A great effort and she has sailed a great race to a well deserved victory. In the meantime, back on the water, the positions between second and fourth hardly change relatively. The competition is between second and third as I th ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum - Wednesday 19th

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another cockpit night with squalls coming through. There was one wipeout, right over on our side until I managed to get across the cockpit and let the mainsheet go and get the Autopilot back on. We had too much canvas up for anything but a very small angle right downwind just trying to stop Mur ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Tuesday 18th

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yesterday was everything the Trade wind zone should be. The winds were steady, from a good angle, no squalls, the clouds were fluffy white cotton wool cumulus, the sea was sparkling blue, the sun shone, and we carried on crashing forward. But so has Andrea Mura at no 3, in fact he has cra ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Monday 17th

Monday, November 17, 2014

It is official. This is now a temperance ship! The heat created a high evaporation rate for spirits, so now there is no reason to dilly dally out here and all the more reason to hasten to Guadeloupe. Dropped one place, by three miles. Surprised it was not more after yesterday. Andre ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Sunday 16th

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The most frustrating time in this race since trying to beat around Ushant and finding I was tacking between 155 degrees. Once I had found out how to bypass the Fleet Broadband from demanding a User name and Password this morning, and that took three hours, a grey black cloud appeared to t ..

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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Saturday 15th

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I gybed last night as although the other gybe was a favourable one as far as course and speed are concerned, it was leading us into lighter airs and some disturbance, so I decided to get south of it all. We are getting more squalls now, usually with rain. The wind rises and veers, usually ..

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An amazing race season for Simon Northrop and Josh O’Brien in the F18!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hyde Sails Kent’s F18 team of Simon Northrop and Josh O’Brien close out the season with a spectacular victory at the final event of the year at Weston Sailing club. Racing was tight in tricky conditions but the team held off all comers including two of the country’s top  ..

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