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MAPFRE set the Volvo Ocean Race bar with overall Leg Zero victory MAPFRE set the Volvo Ocean Race bar with overall Leg Zero victory Newer teams know they have more work to do, but there are still plenty of positives to take from the progress they made Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing became the third team to grab a victory from four stages in Leg Zero – a series of pre-race qualifying stages for the next edition of the round-the-world race – as they sneaked ahead of MAPFRE in the early hours of Wednesday morning. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted today at 1:23 pm Young British Finn squad head to U23 Finn World Championship Young British Finn squad head to U23 Finn World Championship Two years ago the British Finn class recognised that many of the young sailors in the class could benefit from training The squad of six, under the guidance of coach James Hadden, a former British Sailing Team member, have made significant improvements. by Robert Deaves Posted today at 12:58 pm Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE seal overall Leg Zero victory Volvo Ocean Race – MAPFRE seal overall Leg Zero victory ast-improving Vestas 11th Hour Racing took the stage win with the shortest Distance to Finish at 0430 UTC. The decision to call a halt to the racing came late on Tuesday night as the stage had become a drifting contest, with the teams making a series of expensive gybes in a bid to find some wind, and latest ETAs predicting that the boats would not reach Lisbon until well into Thursday. by Kevin Fylan Posted today at 11:07 am Volvo Ocean Race – What the skippers say Volvo Ocean Race – What the skippers say What a start to 2017-18 Leg Zero has given us! It's been exciting, intense, frustrating – and a great form guide We had an email a couple of hours ago from Race Control saying that the forecast was no wind at all and they decided to shorten the race which I think is a good decision because this Leg Zero was already becoming quite long and we are looking forward to finish and have a good rest. by Jonno Turner / Volvo Ocean Race Posted today at 10:35 am Waukegan to host 2018 USSCA North American Championships Waukegan to host 2018 USSCA North American Championships Lake Bluff Yacht Club will host the 2018 North American Championships July 30th through August 4th, 2018. Lake Bluff Yacht Club will host the 2018 North American Championships July 30th through August 4th, 2018. by Sunfish Class Posted today at 3:23 am Seventh race sees Swuzzlebubble edge ahead at Half Ton Classics Cup Seventh race sees Swuzzlebubble edge ahead at Half Ton Classics Cup In a clear statement of intent for remainder of the regatta, Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble found form on the second day In a clear statement of intent for the remainder of the regatta, Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble found form on the second day of racing at the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale with two wins and two second places during a long day afloat sailed in ideal conditions. by Half-Ton Class Association Posted today at 2:53 am U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier - Chris Nesbitt in action U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier - Chris Nesbitt in action Chris Nesbitt of San Diego Yacht Club and his team won World Sailing Grade 3 U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier Chris Nesbitt of San Diego Yacht Club and his team won the World Sailing Grade 3 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier Sunday, thus earning a qualification spot to the big dance at the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship, Oct. 13-15, at Oakcliff Sailing on the Long Island Sound in New York State. by Rick Roberts Posted today at 1:43 am Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE invest in west – and it's looking best Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE invest in west – and it's looking best With the exception of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, fleet remained close together to the east of front throughout the night With the exception of Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, the fleet remained close together to the east of the front throughout the night, experiencing light northeasterly winds as they sailed down wind towards Cape Finisterre. by Sam Matson Posted today at 1:21 am Paralympic medalist signs up for Clagett Oakcliff Match Race Regatta Paralympic medalist signs up for Clagett Oakcliff Match Race Regatta Returning to defend their 2016 title will be team from the Warrior Sailing Program with Mike Hersey (Centerville, Mass.) Doerr and his crew won the Silver medal in the Sonar fleet racing at the 2016 Rio Paralympics so he is extremely familiar with the boat but it will be the racing format that provides the challenge for the Sonar World Champion. by Sam Crichton Posted on 15 Aug Laser Radial Youth World Championships – Day 3 Laser Radial Youth World Championships – Day 3 After the initial AP flag was taken down, the yellow fleet attempted the first race in a bit more wind and light rain. With enough speed to sail off the start and upwind, the fleet managed to cover two thirds of the first beat before the wind shifted 40 degrees to the left and the race was abandoned. The wind continued to shift left 20 more degrees before dying completely. by Eric Faust - ILCA Posted on 15 Aug SpeedSix RS Aero UK Youth Nationals at Burghfield SC SpeedSix RS Aero UK Youth Nationals at Burghfield SC There were 30 entries from clubs all across the UK and even a guest appearance from Yannick Gloster from the USA. Our race officer, Ian Bullock, did a fantastic job with the racing managing to get six races in on day one, and for making the right call with day two by making the decision early. by Ben Rolfe Posted on 15 Aug France annihilates Rolex Fastnet Race competition for a third time France annihilates Rolex Fastnet Race competition for a third time The Royal Ocean Racing's biennial flagship event attracted another record-sized fleet of 362 boats, six more than 2015. As ever the course took the giant fleet west down the English Channel, either side of the prohibited 'traffic separation scheme' zone between Land's End and the Scilly Isles, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock, four miles off southwest Ireland, back south leaving Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port and then, on past the Lizard, to the finish off Plymouth - in total 605 nautical miles. by James Boyd Posted on 15 Aug A medal for the 470 Medal Maker A medal for the 470 Medal Maker Australian Sailing’s Head Coach and 470 Coach since 1997 Victor Kovalenko has an unparalleled coaching record Australian Sailing’s Head Coach and 470 Coach since 1997 Victor Kovalenko has an unparalleled coaching record, his sailors have won ten Olympic medals and 19 world championships. He is widely known as the Medal Maker and his string of coaching success continued recently when the 470 World Championship 2017 was won in Thessaloniki Greece, by Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan. by Australian Sailing Posted on 15 Aug Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta returns for 38th edition Panerai Newport Classic Yacht Regatta returns for 38th edition Public is invited to enjoy Newport Harbor and the timeless beauty of the classic yachts on display in the IYRS marina For the first time, immediately following the Herreschoff Classic Yacht Regatta, Newport Classic Yacht Regatta competitors will compete in a point-to-point race from Bristol to Newport. by Event Media Posted on 15 Aug 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - Leg Zero - Light wind as calms continue 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - Leg Zero - Light wind as calms continue The fleet restarted on Monday morning from the south coast of Brittany in the same order they finished yesterday The fleet restarted on Monday morning from the south coast of Brittany in the same order they finished yesterday, so it was no surprise to see MAPFRE and Vestas 11th Hour Racing take an early lead. by Conrad Colman Posted on 15 Aug 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - And they're off! 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race - And they're off! The fleet restarted fourth and final stage of Leg Zero at 0615 UTC on Monday – with boats spread just over five minutes The fleet restarted the fourth and final stage of Leg Zero at 0615 UTC on Monday – with the boats spread just over five minutes apart from front to back. by Jonno Turner Posted on 15 Aug Laser Radial Youth World Championships – Day 2 Laser Radial Youth World Championships – Day 2 Yoshihiro sailed to easy win in the blue fleet while Tomasgaard found his form to take a bullet in the boy’s red fleet On Alpha Course, the yellow fleet got off their start under a U Flag and Ireland’s Ewan Mcmahon led the way around the course with Josh Armit of New Zealand and Australian Caelin Winchcombe close on his tail. The following blue and red fleets had multiple general recalls before finally starting race one. by Eric Faust - ILCA Posted on 14 Aug An interview with Patrick Kennedy about the Ida Lewis Distance Race An interview with Patrick Kennedy about the Ida Lewis Distance Race I interviewed Patrick Kennedy, chair of the 2017 ILDR, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution. With this year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race set to unfurl the weekend of August 18-20, I caught up with Patrick Kennedy, chair of the 2017 ILDR, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the event’s new partnership with the 2017 J/Fest New England. by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor Posted on 14 Aug Santa Barbara Yacht Club wins U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Santa Barbara Yacht Club wins U.S. J/70 Youth Championship Teams pushing the envelope tactically all weekend long. Close-quarters racing producing dramatic turn-arounds As each race unfolded, yet another wind shift and puff pushed another group of boats past leaders in front of them. To say the least, it was about as atypical weather conditions anyone could imagine from a “locals” point of view in Newport. by J Boats Posted on 14 Aug Melges 32 World Championship – Countdown to the start Melges 32 World Championship – Countdown to the start Andrea Lacorte's Vitamina Amerikana is also poised to play well in Cala Galera. Seated third overall on the ranking ot only does it crown the next Melges 32 World Champion, but it will also define the true strength of teams after a long season on the World League circuit. by IM32CA Posted on 14 Aug
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