Highlights of what happened globally in the sport of sailing in the last 7 days The Transit CIC started on Sunday from Lorient and is headed to New York. Of the 48 sailors who took the start, 33 are competing in the Imoca class, 13 in the Class 40 and 2 in the vintage class. First out, at around 153 0 hours on Monday, the skipper of Sharral, informed his shore crew of damage to his J 2 forestay. ‘There was a big boom,’ explains Jérémie, and Although ‘the mast vibrated’, it was not damaged. He headed back to Lorient to carry out repairs as quickly as possible. He will then set off again, with a reduced crew, to make New York to be at the start of New York-Vondée on 29 May. Other major damage is to Holcim P-R-B whose Bough sprit has broken. He is continuing racing. Clarisse Cremer, (L'Occitane en Provence), undertook a routine check of the boat, and has reported to the Race Organisation an issue with the J3 bulkhead. Clarisse is safe and uninjured, and is headed for repairs in the Azores. The bough-sprit of the Class 40, Bleu Blanc Planète Location, has broken in two. After recovering the sail and getting the boat to safety, the skipper is off to a port in Brittany to study the next step. Sébastien Marsset, (Foussier), retired for medical reasons. There are close duels at the top of both the Imocas and Class40's. Racing at just over six miles apart, Charlie Dalin, (MACIF Santé et Prévoyance), and Yoann Richomme, (Paprec Arkéa), continue to lead the Transat CIC Imoca Class where in Class 40, Fabien Delahaye, (Legallais Team Voile,) and Ian Lipinski, (Crédit Mutuel), are only separated by a little over four miles. This is your weekly Global Sailing Highlights show, the World on Water, May 03, 2024. May 2 was a big day for INEOS Britannia as the sailing team who took over the programme after countless hours of detailed, relentless design and technical fit-out, led by Sir Ben Ainslie with a midday dock-out, and a superb, if shifting, breeze, in the range of 8-13 knots. New boats, new faces, and an accumulation of pent-up energy and excitement will have to stay on hold as the winds refused to blow today on the Bay of Palma for what should have been the first day of racing for the 2024 52 SUPER SERIES season, at 52 SUPER SERIES Palma-Vela Sailing Week. Rain clouds eliminated any chance of a sailing breeze and the fleet remained poised at the Real Club Náutico de Palma’s race dock for the day, but by mid-afternoon it was clear there was no chance of equable racing. Six of the eight men's and women's dinghy Olympic places on offer at the Last Chance Regatta were claimed by sailors on a rain-soaked final day of qualification. In the women's dinghy Ilxa 6, event winner Ebru Bolat, had already earned an Olympic spot for Romania, before today's medal races, and she was joined in the select group who will be heading to Marseille by Cyprus's, Marilena Makri, and Nethra Kumanan of India. Lin Pletikos, of Slovenia, also claimed an Olympic place today. Close racing action captured from the Calvin Air helicopter, from on-the-water, interviews at the prizegiving, and all the fun at the parties on the first day of racing - English Harbour Rum Race Day 1 at Antigua Sailing Week. English Harbour Rum Race Day kicked off racing action on Sunday 28 April 2024 at the 55th edition of Antigua Sailing Week. The international fleet got their first taste of racing in tropical heat on the stunning South Coast of Antigua. An easterly breeze of 7-13 knots and flat sea state provided sweet conditions, but the competition was full of spice. Nico is off in the C-I-C Transat for what promises to be an extreme North Atlantic crossing. This first solo transatlantic race marks the beginning of the season. See you on the other side, Nico! But not before you have a damage problem. This is the calm before his storm. A broken bough-sprit has not taken him from the race. He will fix it in New York. Tony Langley’s Gladiator team took the first race win of the 2024 52 SUPER SERIES season at 52 SUPER SERIES PalmaVela Sailing Week after profiting from a bold call on the first downwind leg allowed the British flagged team to move up from eighth at the first windward mark to lead by the leeward gate. The sailing squad for Australia’s 2024 America’s Cup challenge in the Unicredit Youth and Puig Women’s competitions in Barcelona has been announced, with a combined team of 13 sailors including several Olympic and Sail GP athletes. The Australian squad has been selected from across the nation to contest this high speed, high-tech, and extreme skills competition, making history in the world’s oldest sporting trophy event and returning Australia to the Cup spotlight.
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