The America's Cup Events Authority has announced that the majority of the America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup. Central to these changes is the introduction of an exciting new America’s Cup Class - a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet, says a statement issued by ACEA.
Trofeo Sofia Iberostar – It was a long day in Palma with the late coming sea breeze delaying racing. Patience paid off and the second day provided great racing and allowed to complete the qualification stage. A seventh race was completed for the kites who will go into medal race mode on Wednesday.
For the professional offshore sailors of the world, mast breakages (or any sort of damage to the boat) is an unfortunate occupational hazard. For our rookie Chinese sailors on the other hand, the experience has been shocking, scary and bewildering. The reaction of Liu Xue (Black) is understandably in contrast to the pro crew who know how to manage these kinds of situations.
Dongfeng Race Team announced late tonight that they plan to retire from Leg 5 after breaking their mast in the Southern Ocean on Monday morning. Charles Caudrelier, the boat's French skipper had considered attempting to re-join the 6,776nm leg from Auckland to Itajaí after successfully nursing his red boat to Ushuaia, Argentina earlier in the day.
Within the next 24 hours, God willing, Team SCA will become the first women's crew to round Cape Horn in almost 15 years. Sail-World spoke to 2012 British Olympic representative Annie Lush a few minutes ago. She says they have had snow and plenty of hail in the last 24 hours, and the Chill factor on deck is minus five degrees
Some boats leaped into the lead while others strengthened their front-runner status on the third and final day of racing in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), presented by TAG Heuer. The 62-boat fleet, boasting entrants from the Caribbean, USA and Europe, competed in eight classes on round-the-buoy and round-the-rock courses with 10 to 15 knots of breeze.
Day three of SAP 505 World Championships saw the return of stronger breezes to Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mike Holt and Carl Smit were the pathfinder boat for the first race of the day, but reigning World Champions found no benefit in having to sail to the right-hand side of the course, while early-out-of-the-gate Ian Pinnell was pleased that his hunch about the left proved correct
Charles Caudrelier: “It’s really hard for everyone, we were leading the race overall and this is a kick in the teeth. Hurts to think about the other teams still in full competition, still sailing.”Dongfeng has not officially retired from leg 5 as yet and skipper, Charles Caudrelier, is still considering the possibility of the race crew continuing on from Ushuaia
Whilst everyone onboard remains in good shape considering circumstances, final miles to Ushuaia are anything but easy. Despite working throughout their day, which is now drawing to a close, the determined men of Dongfeng have not managed to remove all the damaged parts of the broken mast. The original mast rigging that holds up the remaining main section of mast is only in place on the port side.
Day 1 of the 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofía brought a memorable mix of long delays on some courses and survival conditions on others. High winds flowed down onto the bay through the mountains surrounding Palma, and impacted the racing areas in unpredictable ways. Overall, Day One presented continuous challenges to over 1,200 of the world's best Olympic-class sailors and the US Sailing Team Sperry.
From the Volvo Ocean Race Headquarters in Alicante, we catch up live with the entire fleet live, via satellite, as they near the Mt. Everest of sailing, Cape Horn. We hear from the top four as the round, as well as from Dongfeng Race Team on their recent dismasting, and from TeamSCA about their Cape Horn ETA. A ground-breaking first for live coverage in such a remote location!
Team Alvimedica, the youngest crew in the Volvo Ocean Race, rounded the iconic Cape Horn first today just after 1400 UTC and only 15 minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Racing, in a hotly contested battle at the front of the fleet. While the 6,776- nautical mile stage from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, is far from over and there are no race points for reaching the iconic landmark first, a Ca