A tribute to the beautiful landscapes of Corsica.

More than three million people visit Corsica each year, drawn by the mild climate and some of the most diverse landscapes in all Europe. Nowhere in the Mediterranean has beaches finer than the island’s perfect half-moon bays of white sand and transparent water, or seascapes more dramatic than the red porphyry Calanches of the west coast. Even though the annual visitor influx now exceeds the island’s population nearly ten times over, tourism hasn’t spoilt the place: there are a few resorts, but overdevelopment is rare and high-rise blocks are confined to the main towns.
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Armel le Cléac’h sets new world record

Jour 3 – Route de la Découverte – Maxi Solo…

Armel Le Cléac’h and the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire VII Solo have set a new singlehanded distance sailing record for the distance sailed in 24 hours.

The new record mark (yet to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council) for sailing 24 hours alone is 677nm or 1253 km at a stunning 28.20 knots average speed.

The record was set as part of a longer distance record attempt on the Discovery Route between Cadiz (Spain) and San Salvador (Bahamas ).

Currently Armel Le Cléac’h is in a position which is 311.3 miles ahead of the reference path. But there is still 2283.5 miles to sail before Banque Populaire finishes the course.

Le Cléac’h was naturally thrilled to have set a new record. ‘It’s perfect, it’s great! ‘ he said. ‘The distance record is beaten in 24 hours! From the Canary Islands, the conditions are conducive to speed even if I remain cautious. The sea is in the right direction and my trimaran is almost as fast as the wind (about 30 knots) while I’m still on the same side. This record was one of our goals on the Discovery Route from late May or between New York and the Lizard. Today, it is in the pocket. ‘

The previous 24 hour mark was set by Francis Joyon at 666.2 miles. The Discovery Route course is 3884 miles and the record is also held by Francis Joyon since February 2013 8d 16h 07m ’05secs, or 18.66 knots average .

Dufour 500 – Awarded as best Full-size production Cruiser (US)

Exterior Dufour 500

From tiny details to infinite pleasure.

The very incarnation of French chic, the Grand’Large 500 is more than a lifestyle: it’s a way of life that’s reserved for the most sophisticated among us. Read More

Black Pepper Code Zero

This yacht has a versatile design and allows shorthanded or solo navigation.

Her large cockpit can accommodate the whole family and its lifting keel allows it beached. Fine and elegant, it is a beautiful object, efficiency, it is also a very nice racing gear. Code 0 is the ideal boat for a contemporary aesthetic.

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Nautic : RM 890

Good news for sailors, who will find a quality model, financially more accessible than its bigger brothers.
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NAUTIC 2013 : Arrival of the boats in Paris

Nautic 2013 : arrivée des bateaux

From Friday 7th December to Sunday 15th December 2013

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Snorkeling with the turtles of the tobago Cays

Nice video from Onne van der Wal :

Rosso 28

Capsize of th MOD 70 Virbac Paprec live

Last week, during a drive off Lorient for the Transat Jacques Vabre, the MOD 70 Virbac Paprec 70 capsized in 15 to 20 knots wind.

Jean-Pierre Dick, skipper of Virbac Paprec at the time of the accident, made a fall of 15 meters and suffers back injuries.

The accident was caused by an helicopter who was filming the trimaran, it shows the risks of barring a a 21 meters trimaran.

Selected Cruiser of the week

x-yacht-xp38 (3)Every Xperformance yacht is created to perform superbly in all conditions and in all sail configurations. However, many of the very same factors which make the Xp models race winners, also ensure that they are enjoyable fast cruisers.
The Xp 38 and its siblings, the Xp 44 and the Xp 50, were designed in-house by Niels Jeppesen to take advantage of new materials and construction methods now available since his last generation of performance cruisers was introduced.

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