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A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise. by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor Posted on 22 Mar America's Cup - Groupama Team France's AC50 sailing in Bermuda - Video America's Cup - Groupama Team France's AC50 sailing in Bermuda - Video Groupama Team France has had her first sail in Bermuda with the AC50 looking impressive in the video shot by the team. Groupama Team France has had her first sail in Bermuda with the AC50 looking impressive in the video shot by the team. by Groupama Team France Posted today at 4:34 am Match Cup Australia – Home town bonanza Match Cup Australia – Home town bonanza David Gilmour had gone through 3 – 1 against Taylor Canfield, and Torvar Mirsky similarly eliminated Yann Guichard. Local skipper Matt Jerwood certainly overplayed the anxiety card on his way to becoming the third Western Australian skipper to make it through to the semi-finals by John Roberson Posted today at 11:06 am Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice. by Clipper Round the World Posted today at 6:04 am America's Cup - Images of Emirates Team NZ flypast Devonport America's Cup - Images of Emirates Team NZ flypast Devonport Image gallery shot as Emirates Team New Zealand returned in the late afternoon from another four hour race session Image gallery shot as Emirates Team New Zealand returned in the late afternoon from another four hour race training session on the Waitemata harbour. Our cameras were on Devonport Wharf to catch the sequence - and for the first time a wide angle lens had to be used. by Richard Gladwell Posted on 23 Mar America's Cup – Get to know Iain Murray and the ACRM America's Cup – Get to know Iain Murray and the ACRM He has enjoyed a long and illustrious career since he first started sailing at the age of nine in his native Sydney. Throughout its 166 year history the rivalries between owners, skippers, crews, yacht clubs, fans and nations have been some of the most intriguing facets of the competition for the world’s oldest sporting trophy. by America's Cup Posted on 23 Mar Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in St. Thomas International Regatta. Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. Set for March 24 to 26, this three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the second Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighbouring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. by Carol Bareuther Posted on 23 Mar Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings. by Vendée Globe Posted on 23 Mar RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013. by RC44 Class Association Posted on 23 Mar OK Dinghy World Ranking List – No change at top OK Dinghy World Ranking List – No change at top European Champion, Bo Petersen (DEN) continues to lead from Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) and Greg Wilcox (NZL). For the first time in the history of the OK Dinghy World Ranking List, not only are the top three three unchanged, but the entire top 20 of the March 2017 release are unchanged from the previous release. by Robert Deaves Posted on 23 Mar Match Cup Australia – Mirsky completes the local line up Match Cup Australia – Mirsky completes the local line up Torvar Mirsky kept the spectators on the edge of their seats as he came back from 2–1 down to defeat Sweden’s Nicklas Earlier in the day Steve Thomas, also of Royal Perth, had become a giant killer, eliminating Tour Card holder Nicolai Sehested in three straight races, to join yesterday’s local qualifiers David Gilmour and Matt Jerwood. by John Roberson Posted on 23 Mar America's Cup - Images of Emirates Team NZ two-up on the Waitemata America's Cup - Images of Emirates Team NZ two-up on the Waitemata Emirates Team NZ were sailing on the Waitemata yesterday with just a couple of weeks left Emirates Team NZ were sailing on the Waitemata yesterday with just a couple of weeks left before they head for Bermuda and the 35th America's Cup. The cycle-grinders were two per side for the trip down the harbour making the transitions from gybe to gybe very interesting - and almost imperceptible. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 23 Mar America's Cup - Late Protocol change further stacks deck against Kiwis America's Cup - Late Protocol change further stacks deck against Kiwis Five America's Cup teams have dealt themselves a new hand with a new Protocol Change published three days ago. Five America's Cup teams have dealt themselves a new hand with a new Protocol Change published three days ago. On the face of it, the change - to allow 23 days training against each other repairs an omission by the Commissioner for the America's Cup. But it is the timing of the move that is surprising by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZ Posted on 22 Mar One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019 One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019 Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England. by New York Yacht Club Posted on 22 Mar Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986. by Barby MacGowan Posted on 22 Mar Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni. by Oman Sail Posted on 22 Mar Upsets continue on Day 3 of Match Cup Australia Upsets continue on Day 3 of Match Cup Australia Home town skipper David Gilmour beat east coast rival Evan Walker from Sydney’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 3 – 2 The tightest match of the day was between Denmark’s Jonas Warrer and Kiwi Chris Steele, which went to a fifth and deciding race, Warrer had gone 2 – 0 up, but Steele clawed his way back to level the score. In the decider it was all over on the starting line, with Steele sailing away unopposed. by John Roberson Posted on 22 Mar RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach. by James Boyd Posted on 22 Mar Preparations start for the XXXI edition of Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Preparations start for the XXXI edition of Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Spring is nearly here and in Venice 'Rizzoni time' is approaching - Intl team race regatta for young Optimist sailors Spring is nearly here and in Venice “Rizzoni time” is approaching - the international team race regatta for young Optimist sailors (10-15 years old) organized by Diporto Velico Veneziano and Compagnia della Vela from 18-21 May. by Giacomo Barbaro Posted on 21 Mar Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted on 21 Mar
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