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CNN: MainSail

( 45 Episodes Available)

CNN MainSail is a monthly half-hour programme that explores one of the world's most exhilarating, glamorous and tough sports, sailing. CNN's Shirley Robertson goes behind-the-scenes to bring viewers the latest on the leisure, travel, technology and business aspects of the sport.
Shirley Robertson heads back in time as she takes part in a very special end of season regatta in Saint Tropez, France.

Les Voiles de Saint Tropez

CNN: MainSail
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
It's the spiritual home of European yacht racing, and in 2017, the iconic Yacht Club Costa Smeralda celebrates 50 years at the forefront of sailboat racing.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
MainSail is in Cowes catching up with the seven boat fleet of the Volvo Ocean Race as they prepare to take part in Leg Zero.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg Zero

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Over the past year, the new breed of multihull Trimarans have been regularly setting global speed records, but in this month's episode, we'll not only see them race against each other for the first time, but also the world's fastest passenger liner.

SHOW #159 - Trimarans

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
The wait is finally over. For two and a half years, the sailing world has been anticipating this battle. It is, without a doubt, one of the most talked about showdowns the sport of sailing has ever witnessed.

​SHOW #158 - The 35th America's Cup

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
For fifty years, there has been one sailing event that has been attracting professionals and amateurs from around the world to race for a week in some of the best sailing conditions on the planet.

​​SHOW #157 - ​Antigua Sailing Week

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Since 1851, the biggest names in sailing have been lured to the most prestigious trophy in sailing, the America's Cup, and this summer's edition promises to be the most dramatic yet.

​SHOW #156 - 2017 America's Cup

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Dame Ellen MacArthur, Tracy Edwards, Dawn Riley – the modern history of sailing has featured many inspirational women sailors. But in recent years, that momentum seems to have all but disappeared.

SHOW #155 - Women's Sailing Trailblazers

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
The conclusion of the death-defying solo globe-trotting yacht race that is the Vendee Globe.

​SHOW #153 - 2017 Vendee Globe

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
On 6th November 2016, 29 offshore sailors set off from Les Sables D'Olonne in France for one of the toughest races in the planet, The Vendee Globe.

​SHOW #154 - Vendee Globe Results

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
hirley Robertson is in Italy with legendary sailing photographer Carlo Borlenghi. Borlenghi has dedicated his life to the art of photographing yacht racing and has built a reputation unsurpassed in his profession.

​SHOW #149 - Carlo Borlenghi

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Shirley Robertson investigates the trend of stadium sailing, which is changing the the way world sailing operates as a sport and a business.

​SHOW #150 - Stadium Sailing

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Shirley Robertson is in northwest France at the start of the legendary offshore charge around the planet that is the Vendee Globe.

SHOW #151 - 2016 Vendee Globe

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
The America's Cup is the pinnacle of sailing. It's a fight for the oldest trophy in World Sport.

​SHOW #152 - America's Cup World Series

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
The MainSail team goes behind closed doors to look at why America's Cup design powerhouses Oracle and BAR have turned to the cutting edge expertise of the Formula 1 and aerospace industries.

Land/Sea/Air – Formula 1, Aerospace and the America's Cup

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2016-09-18
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Saint-Tropez, "Daughter of the Sea", is a place steeped in maritime history, and for decades, a multitude of boats from all walks of life have come to sail her waters. MainSail is in Saint-Tropez for the Giraglia Rolex Cup, a sailing festival with a rich and poignant history. Now in it's 64th year, it is one of the oldest, and biggest events in the Mediterranean.

SHOW #147 - Giraglia Rolex Cup

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2016-08-11
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
MainSail visits Rio, to the venue of what is already one of the most talked about Olympic regattas in recent years. We examine the controversy surrounding the venue and Double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson takes a look at some of the sailors that she has picked for success later this year.

SHOW #146 - Rio

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2016-07-14
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
We’re in Sardinia at the Kite Foil European Championships, taking a look at one of the fastest growing, most exciting forms of the sport that’s made a real impact since flying onto the scene just over 15 years ago.

SHOW #145 - Kite Foil European Championships

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Release Date: 2016-06-09
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
We meet the adventurers hoping to take part in the next edition of the Vendee Globe, the most extreme sporting race on the planet.

SHOW # 144 - The Vendee Globe

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Release Date: 2016-05-12
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Successful Swedish businessman Hakan Svensson has taken over and changed the face of the world's oldest professional sailing series, the World Match Racing Tour. Join Shirley Robertson in Fremantle, Australia at the first event of the new look tour as she not only meets the man and his team, but talks to some of the world's greatest sailors about competing for glory... and the biggest single prize purse in world sailing - $1 million.

SHOW #143 - The World Match Racing Tour

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Release Date: 2016-04-14
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
CNN's Shirley Robertson takes Mainsail for an inside look at the life of fellow multiple Olympic Gold medalist Iain Percy.

SHOW #142

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2016-03-10
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
MainSail takes a trip to the U.S. state of Florida for the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sailing must-do event – the stunning Key West Race Week.

SHOW #141- Key West Race Week

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Release Date: 2016-02-11
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Shirley Robertson travels to Sydney to meet entrants to the annual classic race, the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race.

SHOW #140 - 2016 Rolex Sydney-Hobart

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Release Date: 2016-01-14
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The 2015 America's Cup World Series is the first serious racing on the road to the 35th Cup in 2017. And this year's World Series climaxes in Bermuda, home of the next America's Cup.

SHOW #138 - 2015 America’s Cup World Series

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Release Date: 30 min
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
America's Cup and Volvo Ocean race veteran Ken Read is a man with huge influence in the sport of sailing, As president of North Sails, he is at the cutting edge of technology within the sport.

SHOW #137 - Ken Read

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Release Date: 2015-10-15
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The Royal Yacht Squadron is the world's most famous and exclusive yacht club.

SHOW #136 - The Royal Yacht Squadron

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Release Date: 2015-09-10
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The Tour de France is not just cycling's global major, it is a sporting major. And for more than 20 years, there has been a sailing equivalent: the Tour Voile, a stage race around the coast of France with a rolling support circus and teams mainly French in origin but with a sprinkling of international flavour.

SHOW #135 Tour de France a la Voile

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2015-08-13
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
When the Volvo Ocean Race concludes in Gothenburg at the end of June, it will have seen one of the closest races in history play out over nearly 40,000 miles. Who will win? Who can tell?

SHOW #134 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Follow Up

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2015-07-09
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
In September 2013 the sporting world witnessed a comeback like no other In the 45th America’s Cup in San Francisco Jimmy Spithill and Ben Ainslie led Team Oracle to a last minute victory in front of a global audience.

SHOW# 133 America's Cup

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Release Date: 2015-06-11
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The Caribbean is the winter playground for the sailing classes of Europe, the location where top sailors go to earn their winter crust and exotic superyachts and racing boats rub shoulders on the same race course with big names spinning their wheels around the Caribbean race tracks.

SHOW# 132 Voiles de St. Barth

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Release Date: 2015-05-14
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Seven teams. The world's toughest Oceans and 38,000 gruelling miles of close-quarter, flat-out offshore racing.

SHOW #131 2015 Volvo Ocean Race

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Release Date: 2015-04-09
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
How can a boat go faster than the wind? How can it lift out of the water and fly? With the next America's Cup destined to be fought with the most advanced foiling machines that the sailing world has ever seen, Shirley Robertson investigates the phenomena gripping the sport.

SHOW #130 Design Special – Foiling

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Release Date: 2015-03-12
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
There's no hiding the fact that offshore sailing is inherently dangerous, but increasingly better training and safety systems are being employed to avert disaster.

SHOW #129 Offshore Sailing

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Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 mins
Australia plays host to the final round of the highly competitive Extreme Sailing series.

SHOW #128 Extreme Sailing Series Finale

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Release Date: 2015-01-15
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Every four years, France's most intrepid off-shore sailors take part in the Route du Rhum - a 3,500-mile race from the old pirate port of St Malo in Brittany across the Atlantic to Guadeloupe. Its November timing guarantees big seas and not everyone will make it as far as the Caribbean. Perhaps this is why the single-handed sailors who attempt this crossing are seen as gladiators. Two million people visit St Malo in the week before the start to meet their heroes and see them on their way. Four years ago, Shirley Robertson followed one of these men, Sidney Gavignet, as he set off into the Atlantic, leaving his wife and young family behind. Two days later he was dismasted and escaped onto a cargo ship. But he is back, determined to complete the race. Shirley heads to St Malo to meet Gavignet and his rivals in the Ultimate class. She also joins the crowds to discover the passion that makes the Route du Rhum start one of the sporting events of the year in France.

SHOW #127 Route du Rhum

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2014-12-11
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Shirley Robertson goes behind the scenes at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain. With 1,200 sailors from 81 nations competing across the 10 Olympic classes the event can be bewildering to the uninitiated, but Shirley focuses in on the teams that are likely to shine at the next Olympics in Brazil. Team Brazil are led by 5-time Olympian Torben Grael. One of his greatest medal hopefuls is his daughter, Martine, while another is 41-year-old Robert Scheidt who, like Grael, has 5 Olympic medals to his name already. The most successful team at the last Olympics was Australia and Shirley talks to the gold medallist, Nathan Outteridge, who is trying to combine an Olympic bid with an America’s Cup programme, as well as meeting World Sailor of the Year Mat Belcher who is gunning for a 5th straight World Title.

SHOW #126 ISAF Sailing World Championships

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Release Date: 2014-11-13
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The Mini Maxis are the elite fleet in owner/driver monohull racing. The investment to win in this class is high. Aside from the cost of the boats, owners must fund a professional race crew with a full race and training programme. The Mini Maxi Rolex Championship is the most important trophy of the season and last year’s winner Skype founder, Niklas Zennström, is on the hunt for a 4th title with his brand new boat, Ran 5. Up against him are half a dozen billionaire owners who are as keen to win on the water as they are in business and have hired America’s Cup and Olympic sailors to help them to victory. Shirley Robertson joins the competitors in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the highlights of the grand prix sailing calendar and finds out what motivates the men who build and race these machines.

SHOW #125 The Mini Maxis

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Release Date: 2014-10-09
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
With the Volvo Ocean Race beginning in October, Shirley Robertson meets the seven teams taking part in the 12th edition of the toughest race in sailing.

SHOW #124 2014 Volvo Ocean Race Preview

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2014-09-11
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Landsailing Worlds 2014: mile upon mile of hard sand and plenty of wind; the most iconic location on the planet for land yachting at speed is Smith Creek Playa, Nevada.

SHOW #123 Landsailing Worlds 2014

CNN: MainSail
Release Date: 2014-08-14
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Conceived for the America's Cup at the height of the affluent 1920s, the J-boats arrived during the Great Depression.

SHOW #122 J-boats

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Release Date: 2014-07-10
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The last two Volvo Ocean Races have featured Chinese sponsorship with a single Chinese sailor on board, but this October, the DongFeng Race Team will set off on Leg 1 with multiple home-grown crew members.

SHOW #121 Chinese Sailing

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Release Date: 2015-02-05
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
We meet France's most versatile sailor Franck Cammas. Over the last decade the 41-year-old has taken on some of the sport’s biggest challenges and come out on top.

SHOW #120 Franck Cammas

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Release Date: 2014-05-15
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
Since the 1890s, Sydney harbour has been home to the exciting 18-footer class. As the harbour has developed, so have the machines; pushing materials, design and sailors to the edge.

SHOW #119 Sydney

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Release Date: 2014-04-10
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
The most decorated sailor in the history of the America's Cup is once again tasked with shaping and securing the future of the oldest trophy in world sport.

SHOW #118 Russell Coutts

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Release Date: 2014-03-13
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
With the 12th edition on the Volvo Ocean Race starting in October this year, MainSail lifts the lid on the career of Dutch master Bouwe Bekking as he prepares for his record equalling 7th tilt at the title.

SHOW #117 Bouwe Bekking

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Release Date: 2014-02-13
Lang: English
Genre: Sport
Duration: 30 min
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