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Etchells Worlds get underway in San Francisco Etchells Worlds get underway in San Francisco Most of the 51 boat fleet were on the start line to check out the conditions ahead of the first two races today Before the boats started making their tactical calls to head home early the places were 947 - Magpie, 1404 - Lifted, 1429 - Viva, 1249 - Thrash, 1425 - Tquila, 1177 - Happy Dance, 1119 - Northern Havoc. by Nic Douglass Posted today at 4:42 pm Volvo Ocean Race call time out on 2019/20 event, CEO resigns Volvo Ocean Race call time out on 2019/20 event, CEO resigns Volvo Ocean Race has announced that the 2019/20 event will not take place as scheduled Volvo Ocean Race has announced that the 2019/20 event will not take place as scheduled, and the organisers say that additional planning time is required before further announcements can take place. The CEO of Volvo Ocean Race Mark Turner has stepped down and a replacement is being sought. by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz Posted today at 9:41 am Light winds frustrate 5.5 Metre Opener at Régates Royales Cannes Light winds frustrate 5.5 Metre Opener at Régates Royales Cannes Only one race was possible on a very light and tricky day with the win going to Otto (Bent Wilhemsen, Andreas and Luka). In 2016 the class was reintroduced to the Régates Royales after many years absence, and this year the fleet has four days of racing alongside the Dragons, Tofinou one-designs and of course the increasingly popular Classics at this famous autumnal Mediterranean spectacle. by Robert Deaves Posted today at 7:12 pm Relive the race action from 420 Open European Championships Relive the race action from 420 Open European Championships Weather conditions rewarded the best all-round sailors with gold medals as multiple teams chased down podium finishes. Featuring 358 athletes from 22 nations and six continents across the 420 Open, Ladies and U17 fleets, victory came after a long, hard six day assault on the race track on the Saronic Gulf, against some of the best 420 talent from around the world. by Event Media Posted today at 4:58 pm Volvo reconsiders schedule for future Volvo Ocean Races Volvo reconsiders schedule for future Volvo Ocean Races Volvo remains committed to ensuring that any planned changes deliver long-term sustainable benefits to the race As a consequence of this review to the race schedule the current CEO for the race Mark Turner has decided to step down from his current position. He will remain in the CEO role until a successor is appointed, a search for which has started. by Volvo Ocean Race Posted today at 2:15 pm Top five finish for Martin Hill team at Etchells Pre-Worlds Top five finish for Martin Hill team at Etchells Pre-Worlds Hill’s remaining crew also boast strong sailing pedigrees. Andrew ‘Dog’ Palfrey campaigned for the Olympics three times Chapman, whose family, including dad Richard ‘Blue’ (RSYS Commodore and former skiff sailor) and mum Rowena (who is also their coach’s sister) have been in town to support the Lisa Rose team through the Pre-Worlds, but left for Sydney today. by Di Pearson Posted today at 1:49 pm 12 Metre North American Championship – One of the most competitive 12 Metre North American Championship – One of the most competitive Challenge XII, one of the newest additions to the 12mR class, topped the Modern division, beating Defender by one point In the end, three races on Saturday told the story of a very competitive fleet wrapping up its season and looking long-term to the 12 Metre Worlds that are scheduled for Newport in 2019 as a culmination of the 12mR Class Road To The Worlds series. by Barby MacGowan Posted today at 12:54 pm 2018 Youth Worlds team selection - Top U.S. domestic events to be used 2018 Youth Worlds team selection - Top U.S. domestic events to be used US Sailing has released details of the athlete selection system for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship US Sailing has released details of the athlete selection system for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship (July 14?21, 2018), which will be held in home waters at Corpus Christi, Texas. In seven of the nine classes, the selection process will consist of two well-established domestic youth regattas. by US Sailing Posted today at 7:05 am Black Jack marks 50th entry for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Black Jack marks 50th entry for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Peter Harburg’s Black Jack marks the 50th entry received by CYC of Australia for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Peter Harburg’s Black Jack marks the 50th entry received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, adding to speculation that 73rd race will showcase the largest super maxi line-up in the history of the race. by Ross MacDonald Posted today at 3:19 am Figaro Bénéteau 3 - The launch of production! Figaro Bénéteau 3 - The launch of production! Figaro Bénéteau 3, whose construction required 3,000 man-hours at Bénéteau site in Cheviré, has since been in test phase Launched at the end of July in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie on France’s Atlantic coast, the prototype for the Figaro Bénéteau 3, whose construction required 3,000 man-hours at the Bénéteau site in Cheviré, has since been in her test phase. Managers from the Bénéteau yard, naval architects, members of Mer Forte design office and representatives of the Figaro class climbed aboard in various conditions by Anne Gourcuff Posted today at 2:48 am Racing cancelled on Day 2 of SAP 5O5 World Championship Racing cancelled on Day 2 of SAP 5O5 World Championship Principal Race officer Sandy Grosvenor made a wise decision by delaying ashore for two hours on the second day Principal Race officer Sandy Grosvenor made a wise decision by delaying ashore for two hours on the second day of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship. In hindsight, Grosvenor wishes she had kept the 89-boat fleet on the lot at Severn Sailing Association. by Bill Wagner Posted today at 1:35 am New versatile sail completes North Sails Inventory for 2017-18 VOR New versatile sail completes North Sails Inventory for 2017-18 VOR North Sails has unveiled a game-changing addition to the sail wardrobes of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – the JO gennaker. North Sails has unveiled a game-changing addition to the sail wardrobes of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – the JO gennaker. North Sails has been the exclusive official supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race since the debut of the VO65 one design fleet in the 2014-15 edition. by North Sails Posted today at 1:05 am National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts eight sailing heroes National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts eight sailing heroes The backdrop for the Induction could not have been more fitting: a busy Newport harbor on glorious early fall afternoon The eight Inductees, including three posthumous honorees, were celebrated for the impact they have had on the sport. The National Sailing Hall of Fame, dedicated to preserving the stories of these sailing heroes to inspire future generations, has now inducted 65 heroes of the sport. by Jan Harley Posted on 25 Sep Matanzas Wave Classic – Day 1 Matanzas Wave Classic – Day 1 The youth started out the day with Jahdan Tiger, Alessio Botteri, Joaquin Desriviers and Vicente Gonzales. The youth out of Brazil was the youngest to compete and is showing plenty of skill, carrying speed down the line mixed with some nice turns. He showed good contest savvy, running up the beach rather than a slow slog to get upwind in the light conditions. by IWT Posted on 25 Sep Land Rover Flying Fifteen British Isles and Classic Nationals– Preview Land Rover Flying Fifteen British Isles and Classic Nationals– Preview The championships have attracted one of the largest fleets in recent years with over 50 boats registered. Host club, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club will be organising racing in Falmouth Bay or adjacent waters to the East. If conditions in the bay are unsuitable, racing may be held within the estuary. by Jonny Fullerton Posted on 25 Sep Young British Vendee2020Vision crew smash Length of Britain record Young British Vendee2020Vision crew smash Length of Britain record It marks second record held by the British Vendee2020Vision team who in 2014 took the World Record for Monohulls 60 feet Four young British sailors crossed the virtual finish line off John O’Groats in the early hours of Monday morning to establish a new Length of Britain record of two days, 14 hours and six minutes. by Vendee2020Vision Posted on 25 Sep Laser Masters Worlds - Lightning and calm – Day 2 Laser Masters Worlds - Lightning and calm – Day 2 Upon arrival at the boat park, the aftermath of the storm had left a cloud-covered sky and a completely calm sea. The Monday weather forecast included a storm early in the morning, which passed directly over Split and gave an early wake up call for the Laser Master sailors with a lightning show that illuminated the city skyline. by Katie Olsen Posted on 25 Sep Locals take victory in final leg to close out M32 North America Champs Locals take victory in final leg to close out M32 North America Champs The M32 Catamaran showed its potential at the inaugural North America Championship with eleven teams The M32 Catamaran showed its potential at the inaugural North America Championship with eleven teams ripping around Lake Michigan completing 14 races over the weekend with eight different race winners. The regatta served as the “test event” for the 2018 World Championship and Chicago delivered. Determining the M32 North America Champion came down to the last race with REV by Aston Harald Posted on 25 Sep Chicago’s Kennalley and team win 2017 U.S. Offshore Championship Chicago’s Kennalley and team win 2017 U.S. Offshore Championship 10 teams racing in Navy 44 sloops at U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship completed their third and final day of racing The 10 teams racing in Navy 44 sloops at the 2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, completed their third and final day of racing on Chesapeake Bay in the best conditions of the weekend. After just three races, on Friday and Saturday combined, including two distance races and one buoy race by US Sailing Posted on 25 Sep 2017 Laser Masters World Championships - No wind, no racing 2017 Laser Masters World Championships - No wind, no racing The 2017 Laser Masters World Championships kicked off today with a slow start. The 2017 Laser Masters World Championships kicked off today with a slow start. 350 Laser Master sailors spent the day ashore under sunny blue skies, hoping the weather forecast of light winds would prove to be incorrect. by International Laser Class Association Posted on 25 Sep
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