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Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 - IRC fleet take centre stage on Day 3

'IRC Division’’s Patrice powers her way towards another handicap win - Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014'    Shirley Wodson

Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 Patrice showed the IRC fleet how it is done when they took centre stage on Pioneer Bay today in the Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week winning two from two races to remain in first overall.

While the remainder of the record fleet headed off on a picturesque passage race north to Gumbrell Island, the IRC fleet had two windward-leeward races on the bay.

The wind had backed off from the previous two days of 25 knots plus to a comfortable 14 to 18 knots south-east. The sea was smoother and the sunshine turned the water into a perfect aqua, all the right combination of factors to create a few upsets in the leaderboards as they heavy weather winners were shown up by some lighter wind specialists.

The IRC fleet however just couldn’t make a dent in Patrice’s performance.

'Both races were close in my mind. It doesn’t take much to lose the fine margins we have.

'For both races, at the top mark, there was always a last minute wind shift. This morning it was a very fine line and we had to shoot the mark. In the second race we (Victoire) both had a big wind shift and had to do a tack to get to the mark,' Kirby said.

After rounding the top mark for the first time in Race two, Patrice and Victoire were no more than a second apart. They were still within reach of each other as they approached the bottom mark. Slow kite drops by both of them kept the pressure on as they hardened up and headed out to the right.

'We both didn’t have good spinnaker drops, but theirs was a little bit worse than us. We were just able to get inside them a fraction and hold our line. We kept going and gassed Victoire out and in the end he couldn’t stay there. But that was through good crew work.

'The boat speed is good and we had good crew work. A credit to Victoire as well. It was like a match race out there between us,' he added.

After flying the white flag yesterday, or more accurately, what was left of the blown white kite, Colin and Denise Wilson’s Never a Dull Moment recovered well from their ‘Priscilla of the Bay‘ number to take out the Performance Division one race today. However, John Leman’s Bobby’s Girl, racing with great speed in the softer conditions, powered their way to a second today assuring them first place after three races.

In Performance Division two, Mike Steel’s Boadicca finally found their form to win today’s passage race. The Dufour 36 boat is new and the Townsville team haven’t raced it anything more than a few knots before they hit the Airlie Race course at the start of Race Week.

Performance Division two pointscore leader Brlliant Pearl - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 -  Airlie Beach Race Week media  

Series leader, Gary McCarthy’s Brilliant Pearl, raced to a fifth place today which has kept them in first overall, but not before a start line incident almost put them out of the race. 'We nearly had a head on. The Farr 400 was over the line and coming back on port tack. We nearly clashed rigs when he went past. He took our wind and we stood straight up,' an anxious McCarthy said.

The combined Performance divisions start line had its fair share of drama as Ray Semmens’s Prime Example and Roger Jepson’s Where’s Wal were OCS. In addition, Trevor Bailey’s Carbon Credits briefly lost a crew member over the side just 30 seconds after the start gun.

Multihull Racing fleet was led by Apc Mad Max from start line to finish on day three - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 -  Airlie Beach Race Week media  

The Multihull Racing Division one and Division two are having great battles. In Division one, George Owen’s super fast APC Mad Max has two seconds and a first under his belt to hold first overall. Today’s conditions suited the Grainger 10. 'We are all bit battered and bruised, but we are doing alright.

'Today we had a good start. The boys did a brilliant set at the first mark and we just gradually extended. The brains trust down the back and I had a bit of discussion about where to go after we came around Olden taking into consideration the tide and stuff. We tried to sail where the wind was,' Owen said.

'Both Fantasia and Chillpill are pretty quick. When it is really rough like it was the first two days, the smaller suffer, where a nice, sleek 50 footer, they tend to get through that stuff pretty well,' he added.

Division two is still being led by Drew Carruthers’s Rushour after they won today’s race, but the series is not over yet as Bob Critchley’s Cool Change remains very close with a scorecard of three seconds from three races.

The Multihull Cruising Division clearly enjoyed the today’s gentler conditions. In first place was John Williams’s Tyee III which has moved that team into first overall with Ken Gibson’s Resolute II back to second place after a sixth place in today’s passage race.

It was perfect racing conditions for the Sports Boats. The five boat fleet saw Norman Ryde’s Conquistador stop John Rae and Vivace’s dominance of the fleet as they took first place. Jason Ruckert’s Mister Magoo came in third and remains in touch with podium as they sit on equal points with Conquistador.

Cruising Division one saw Rob Marshall’s Femme Fatale move up into first overall after winning today’s race. Still in second and sailing consistently even after a losing tack into the tide during today’s race, is Ian Griffith’s Witchy Woman. In third is Tony Harking’s Lee-Way.

Cruising Division two series leader Nic Cox and Col Thomass-ella - Vision Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 -  Airlie Beach Race Week media  

Cruising Division two was won today by Alan Sneddon’s Pacific Phoenix, but remaining in first place overall is Nic Cox and Col Thomas’s Adams 10, Ella, after they took out line honours and sixth place. 'Today was a glorious day. We had a clean start, a good work to the laid mark, a glorious run down to Edwin Rock. We manage to lead the fleet around Grassy and stay ahead of the fleet all the way home.

'We now need to try and stay out the front. We are now scratch boat. It is very satisfying. There are all big boats in our division and she (Ella) is going like a little rocket,' Cox said.

Cruising Spinnaker Division three, which is subject to protest, was won by Ben Meakin’s Peggy, but it’s Bob Beale’s Kameruka that is in the overall lead ahead of John Fowell’s Ells Bells.

In Cruising Non Spinnaker, Peter Dee’s Rampallion was another to lap up the softer conditions to take out first place and move into first overall.

Tomorrow is a lay day for all divisions.

Ocean Crusaders in a bit of bother as they loose crewman Rory Hinton over the side - Vision Surveys Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 -  Shirley Wodson  


Results

IRC Racing

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  15:02:19

Series Results [IRC] up to Race 4
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   360 PATRICE Tony Kirby 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2   AUS01 ICHI BAN Matt Allen 10.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
3   AUS5299 VICTOIRE Darryl Hodgkinson 15.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 5.0
4   10007 PRETTY FLY III Colin Woods 16.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 2.0
5   SYD8 TULIP Bernie Van'T Hof 18.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 6.0
6   65007 ELENA NOVA Craig Neil 21.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 4.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Non-Spinnaker

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  16:32:22

Series Results [EHC] up to Race 3
Place Ties Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   RAMPALLION Peter Dee 13.0 1.0 6.0 6.0
2   QLD MARINE SERVICES John Galloway 14.0 10.0 3.0 1.0
3   LA QUILTER Belinda Cooper 17.0 12.0 2.0 3.0
4   NAMADGI Simon Dunlop 19.0 6.0 5.0 8.0
5 2.0S SALTYDOG Greg Hudson 21.0 2.0 17.0R 2.0
6 4.0S OASIS Merv Stephensen 21.0 13.0 4.0 4.0
7   SUPERTRAMP Sue & Alan Pick 21.0 4.0 8.0 9.0
8 3.0S ADRENALIN Bryndon Wooding 25.0 3.0 17.0R 5.0
9   REA Phil Hall 25.0 8.0 7.0 10.0
10   ESOTERIC Colin Forster 27.0 9.0 1.0 17.0R
11   ANTHEA Dewi Hughes 29.0 5.0 17.0Q 7.0
12   SERENDIPITY Roger Boast 33.0 7.0 9.0 17.0R
13   UNTAMED John Parkes 39.0 11.0 17.0R 11.0
14   RUMGUTZ Peter Harrison 51.0 17.0C 17.0C 17.0R
14   I BELIEVE Jeffrey Brown 51.0 17.0C 17.0C 17.0R
14   WIND CHILL Greg Krempin 51.0 17.0C 17.0C 17.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)



Performance Racing Div1

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  15:10:38

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 3
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   NZL40010 BOBBYS GIRL John Leman 6.0 2.0 1.0 3.0
2   6669 CARBON CREDITS Trevor Bailey 11.0 3.0 2.0 6.0
3   RQ64 OCEAN AFFINITY Stewart Lewis 13.0 7.0 4.0 2.0
4   955 DOLCE Pierre Gal 15.0 9.0 5.0 1.0
5   202 WHALE WATCHING SYDNE Charles Wallis 16.0 5.0 6.0 5.0
6   6111 NEVER A DULL MOMENT Colin Wilson 18.0 1.0 10.0 7.0
7 4.0S NZL8164 BULLRUSH Janine Robinson 21.0 4.0 8.0 9.0
8   RQ432 DEKADENCE Stephen Kerin 21.0 6.0 7.0 8.0
9   00400 VENTO Walter Lewin 22.0 8.0 3.0 11.0R
10   214 PRIME EXAMPLE Ray Semmens 23.0 10.0 9.0 4.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Performance Racing Div2

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  15:12:55

Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 3
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   6595 BRILLIANT PEARL Gary McCarthy MYC 9.0 5.0 3.0 1.0
2   826 ROGUE Jeff Rice RPAYC 11.0 2.0 7.0 2.0
3 2.0S H101 TEVAKE II Angus Fletcher HBYC 18.0 12.0 2.0 4.0
4 4.0S RP36 TREASURE VIII Robert Davis WSC 18.0 6.0 4.0 8.0
5   9997 SKEETER Matthew Fisher DSC/CYCA 18.0 7.0 6.0 5.0
6   4457 DUSTY MUZZLE Bill Laing TYC 19.0 4.0 12.0 3.0
7   Q999 ANOTHER FIASCO Damian Suckling APYC 20.0 9.0 5.0 6.0
8   B6324 WHERES WAL? Roger Jepson RBYC 22.0 11.0 1.0 10.0
9 1.0S 7717 BOADICCA Mike Steel TCYC 24.0 1.0 11.0 12.0
10 3.0S 142 CROSSBOW David Lund WSC 24.0 3.0 10.0 11.0
11   6833 LEEWARD Murray Hayward CYCA 24.0 8.0 9.0 7.0
12   W407 TWISTER Kevin Fogarty WSC 27.0 10.0 8.0 9.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)

Multi-Hull Racing Div1

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  16:33:19

Series Results [OMR Div 1] up to Race 3
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   V2 APC MAD MAX George Owen MYCV 5.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2   641 FANTASIA Andrew Stransky MYCQ 6.0 2.0 3.0 1.0
3   G1550 CHILLPILL Wayne Bloomer MYCQ 8.0 4.0 1.0 3.0
4   SA532 CARBON CREDIT Peter Hawker RSAYS 13.0 5.0 4.0 4.0
5   GR297 WILPARINA 11 Robert Remilton GRYC 17.0 7.0 5.0 5.0
6   101 TURNING POINT Ben Kelly MYCQ 21.0 3.0 9.0R 9.0R
7   AUS100 BOX OFFICE Matthew Johns RQYS 24.0 6.0 9.0R 9.0C
8   RQ120 CUT SNAKE Robert Dean RQYS 27.0 9.0C 9.0C 9.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Multi-hull Raciing Div2

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  16:33:40

Series Results [OMR Div 2] up to Race 3
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   8MH RUSHOUR Drew Carruthers MYCQ 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2   WH1093 COOL CHANGE Bob Critchley MYC 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
3   339 QUICK SKIPS Peter Millar WSC 10.0 3.0 4.0 3.0
4   M327 PURPLE HAZE Danny McMillan SYC 12.0 5.0 3.0 4.0
5   042 MISTRESS Dennis Coleman TCYC 19.0 6.0 5.0 8.0R
6   33 INTRIIGUE Anthony Constance PCSC 20.0 4.0 8.0C 8.0R
7   M23 OUI OUI! Stephen Barton RMYC 21.0 7.0 6.0 8.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Multi-Hull Cruising

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  16:53:23

Series Results [EHC] up to Race 3
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   SM777 TYEE III John Williams SYC 8.0 1.0 2.0 5.0
2   A48 RESOLUTE II Ken Gibson GFS 11.0 6.0 3.0 2.0
3   MOJO LICKITY SPLIT 2 Wooler Drew CCYC 13.0 5.0 4.0 4.0
4   BOW5 CLEAR HORIZONS Clare Kirby SYC 16.0 2.0 5.0 9.0
5   WB50 WET BAR Norm Fraser WSC 17.0 9.0 1.0 7.0
6   BOW2 MON AMIE Fiona Kermeen MBTBC 19.0 3.0 6.0 10.0
7   W1320 CHEETAH Steve Halter APYC 23.0 4.0 16.0R 3.0
8   BOW3 DRUMBEAT Brian Forrester WSC 29.0 12.0 16.0R 1.0
9 6.0S W11 ZIPPY Bernie McErlane WSC 32.0 10.0 16.0R 6.0
10   BOW11 HA HA Colin Maslen RPAYC 32.0 8.0 16.0R 8.0
11   10174 MIZ BEHAVIN William Dicker JBCYC 38.0 11.0 16.0F 11.0
12   W111 SIROCCO Bert Eichblatt WSC 39.0 7.0 16.0C 16.0R
13   M222 TELL TALES Mark Walton MYCQ 45.0 13.0 16.0F 16.0R
14   25 SEA FOX Peter Hall RYC 46.0 14.0T 16.0C 16.0R
15   BOW4 HEATWAVE Steve McLay QCYC 48.0 16.0C 16.0C 16.0C

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)



Cruising Div1

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  15:42:56

Series Results [EHC Div1] up to Race 3
Place Ties Boat Name Sail No Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1 1.0S FEMME FATALE 1129 Rob Marshall 10.0 1.0 3.0 6.0
2   WITCHY WOMAN 777 Ian Griffiths 10.0 3.0 4.0 3.0
3   LEE-WAY 135 Tony Horkings 12.0 2.0 6.0 4.0
4   SAMSKARA H6110 David Stoopman 15.0 12.0 1.0 2.0
5   ELUSIVE 6608 Tony Ross 20.0 6.0 5.0 9.0
6   BIDDY HU 11 R187 Paul Lindemann 21.0 8.0 8.0 5.0
7   VANILLA BOW7 Fred Heavey 24.0 9.0 7.0 8.0
8   HOLY COW! 6797 John & Kim Clinton 26.0 14.0 11.0 1.0
9 2.0S CONDOR KB80 David Molloy 30.0 18.0 2.0 10.0
10   SEAL 7047 Brian Law 30.0 5.0 13.0 12.0
11   MAKO WS40 Cameron Wiklund 31.0 7.0 9.0 15.0
12   SCHOUTEN PASSAGE N349 Jan Howard 34.0 4.0 14.0 16.0
13   COOPERS BOW1 Craig Watson 35.0 11.0 10.0 14.0
14   EUREKA 11 6037 Chris Stockdale 41.0 16.0 12.0 13.0
15 7.0S STORM 2 SA10 Don Algie 44.0 17.0 20.0R 7.0
16   KARM B48 Ray Nankervis 44.0 15.0 18.0 11.0
17   SHAZAM PD447 Doug Ryan 46.0 10.0 16.0 20.0R
18   MIM 450 Mike Walter 50.0 13.0 17.0 20.0R
19   INFINITY AUS52 Richard Fader 54.0 19.0 15.0 20.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Cruising Div2

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  16:30:57

Series Results [EHC Div2] up to Race 3
Place Ties Boat Name Sail No Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   ELLA 5432 Col Thomas 12.0 6.0 3.0 3.0
2 1.0S GREAT WHITE 6990 Bob Penty 18.0 9.0 8.0 1.0
3 2.0S AGAINST THE WIND 66 Titch Timmermans 18.0 2.0 2.0 14.0
4   WOBBLY BOOT 640 Craig Piccinelli 18.0 11.0 5.0 2.0
5   MATANGI 5350 Gayna Turnbull 19.0 8.0 6.0 5.0
6   PACIFIC PHOENIX 4054 Alan Sneddon 22.0 1.0 11.0 10.0
7 1.0S RIFF RAFF W440 Dan White 24.0 12.0 1.0 11.0
8   SUNRISE W677 Jeff Shipsey 24.0 10.0 7.0 7.0
9   MISTERY MK99 Bill Hopton 25.0 15.0 4.0 6.0
10 3.0S SHEER PLEASURE 6290 Paul Jones 28.0 3.0 12.0 13.0
11 4.0S RUN RUN RUN SM2800 Paul Jackson 28.0 5.0 19.0C 4.0
12   FARGO 361 Keith McGuire 28.0 7.0 9.0 12.0
13   WILD HONEY 900 Peter McSweeney 32.0 14.0 10.0 8.0
14   ESCAPADE C200 Mike Schmidt 35.0 4.0 15.0 16.0
15   POHONO 6421 Andrew Williams 41.0 19.0R 13.0 9.0
16   NORTHERN MOMENT C192 Vic Stevens 42.0 13.0 14.0 15.0
17   SPIRIT CHASER N74 Leonie Crosbie 55.0 19.0C 19.0F 17.0
18   THE HEALER RQ367 Mark Hipgrave 57.0 19.0C 19.0C 19.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Cruising Div3

Hosted By Whitsunday Sailing Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  11/08/2014  15:45:24

Series Results [EHC Div3] up to Race 3
Place Ties Boat Name Sail No Skipper Sers Score Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   KAMERUKA 8035 Bob Beale 11.0 3.0 3.0 5.0
2   ELLS BELLS B98 John Fowell 12.0 6.0 2.0 4.0
3   LORNA ROSE TOO 8041 Peter Mitchelson 13.0 2.0 1.0 10.0
4   MASQUERADE 75 Tom Vujasinovic 14.0 8.0 4.0 2.0
5 1.0S PEGGY 8047 Benjamin Meakin 15.0 1.0 6.0 8.0
6   OMEN 46 Peter Mawson 15.0 4.0 5.0 6.0
7   LE ROSSIGNOL SM168 Peter McKenzie 22.0 5.0 14.0R 3.0
8   CHECKMATE 158 Don Bowden 29.0 14.0C 14.0R 1.0
9 3R SLINGSHOT L1 Bob Mc Camley 30.0 7.0 14.0R 9.0
10   SHAMBLES 2 Tim Jones 30.0 9.0 14.0R 7.0
11   UNBEALEIEVABLE 001 Colin Clark 39.0 10.0 14.0R 15.0R
12   FINAL DESSION T3949 Warwick Maudsley 40.0 11.0 14.0C 15.0R
13   FALLEN ANGELS W13 Jonathan Smith 43.0 14.0C 14.0C 15.0R

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=UFP V=AVG W=DUT X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)




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It can be the most frustrating stage of non-stop round the world racing. After completing the difficult, stressful four or five weeks in the big south, there is an almost inbuilt expectation that, by comparison, after rounding Cape Horn and passing the Falklands milestong, racing up the Atlantic life should be a bowl of cherries. ... [more]  

2015 RYC Midwinters overall by Luis Kitchen, San Francisco Bay
For the third year in a row Jonathan Weston aka Hot Donutz wins the RYC Midwinters in a competitive four day series. ... [more]  

2015 Squirrel Bank Regatta - Overall report by Andy Kopetzky, Southern California
Short close chop, hobby-horsing to weather and donning layers of foul weather gear was the order of the day at Del Rey Yacht Club's annual Squirrel Bank Regatta. ... [more]  

OTUSA AC45 Turbo workout images by pressure-drop.us ... [more]  

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – A fleet of 21 Swan yachts, comprising an array of different models from seven different countries and territories will contest an eagerly anticipated week of action in the Virgin Gorda archipelago, the British Virgin Islands tomorrow, Wednesday 4 March. ... [more]  

Photographer Tim Wright captured some of these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda. ... [more]  

Gill Commodore's Cup - Entries on the increase by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
The Gill Commodore's Cup consists of one day of racing as a stand alone event, immediately prior to the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and is open to all boat categories taking part in the main event (excluding the Lottery Class). This year there is a record entry with over 70 yachts expected to be taking part. Several tight windward leeward races are planned for the fast performance yachts ... [more]  

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Ryan Houston from Team Alvimedica. He talks about wanting to sail on a Kiwi boat in the next race - how this race compares with the others in which he has sailed - how small gains seem to be paying well - the vexed issue of AIS on tactics, and more ... [more]  

After the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, Sail-World.com's NZ editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with Dave Swete from Team Alvimedica. A product of the RNZYS Youth Program, Swete is on his second Volvo Ocean Race. He touches on the differences between the two programs, the impact that AIS is having on the racing and plenty more ... [more]  

Sail-World.com's New Zealand Editor caught up with Race Director, Jack Lloyd on the floor of the sail-loft in the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard. In this 15 minute interview, Lloyd gives his view of the progress made as a result of adopting the Volvo 65 One Design - with all boats having finished every leg (with one exception - Vestas Wind). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Image gallery - Tour of the Boatyard by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Yesterday Volvo Ocean Race threw open the barriers and let the media have an inside view of the Boatyard at the Viaduct Events Centre The area is open to the public (stay behind the safety barriers) where you can see the boats on the hard, and look inside the Events Centre which has been converted into a massive sail and rigging loft. ... [more]  

Artemis Racing took their development AC45 out on San Francisco Bay, yesterday. Videographer, John Navas was there to catch all the action on high resolution video. ... [more]  

The countdown to the 46th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar has begun in the bay of Palma from 28th March to 4th April. With less than a month to go until the start of the event, the regatta has already around 700 teams (667) from 59 nations representing the five continents. ... [more]  

2015 RC44 Championship Tour - With less than a month to go, eleven teams are eagerly anticipating the season-opener set to take place in Malta's renowned capital of Valletta, the historic 'City of Knights', from 25-29 March. ... [more]  

The 2015 US Grand Slam Series will take place within the month of August, beginning a couple weeks earlier and in a different order than previous editions. The Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Bayview Yacht Club, Chicago Match Race Center, and Oakcliff Sailing organizers are pleased to announce that Requests for Invitation are being accepted now and all venues anticipate high demand. ... [more]  

A beautiful sunny Miami welcomed Star sailors to the first day of the 88th Bacardi Cup. One race is scheduled for each day of the 6-day event as part of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank. With winds around 10 knots from the East, the racing area was set about 1 ¾ miles south of Dinner Key Channel. The course is set at 95 degrees with two-mile legs, which will test sailors ... [more]  

It’s been a month since the International Paralympic Committee publicized its decision to drop sailing from the slate of sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Since then ISAF has stepped up to lead the appeal for reinstatement. At US Sailing, we believe ISAF leadership is critical to our chances of overturning this decision, and we are pleased to see President Carlo Croce take this on himself ... [more]  

Top international photographer, Chris Cameron is working out of the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. ... [more]  

The first WWA Pro Card Qualifier presented by Malibu boats is set for March 22, 2015, hosted once again by Freedom Wake Park in Orlando, Florida. The WWA Pro Card events have been created to separate the top riders in the world and recognize them as elite. ... [more]  

NZ Rigging Supplied the Mast and Rigging package for Adrian Walters new Shaw 11 mtr 'Little Nico'. The mast is a High Modulus mast with internal locks on all halyards, internal mast jack, one piece Nomex cored box section boom, and composite rigging.cored box section boom, and composite rigging. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - As Cheminées Poujoulat climbed north out of the latitudes of the Roaring 40s and into a regime change on the east side of the South Atlantic high pressure system, leaders Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are into relatively stable, quick downwind conditions which will allow them to make good miles north, ultimately to connect with the trade winds. ... [more]  

2015 Hobie 16 North American Championships September 20 to 25 at Pensacola Yacht Club. ... [more]  

Hobie Mid-Winter East - Ocean Springs Yacht Club April 10-12 2015. The regatta is open to all Hobie Cat classes ... [more]  

Choosing the northern route turned out to be a brilliant tactical decision. But not all decisions went so well. Because of one wrong gybe and changed weather patterns, Team Brunel lost its lead in less than a day. With only the Volvo Ocean Race tracker as a guide, it’s difficult for fans to understand how the Dutch team lost more than 80 nautical miles. Skipper Bouwe Bekking looks explains ... [more]  

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 – 66 best yachts and 600 mile thrilling race
ACWS Portsmouth ticket launch – Watch top sailors battling it out
E.E. Manning Regatta – NHYC kids hold it together in restless weather
2015 California Dreamin’ Series-Long Beach Stop – A close fight
Delivery of Phaedo3 MOD 70
Premiere Racing stepping aside after their 21st Key West Race Week
Sol having Serious Fun at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Barcelona World Race – 60 Days at Sea– Atlantic opens up for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Auckland - Media Conference and more
Volvo Ocean Race: Iker Martinez returns to Mapfre as skipper
Miami Sailing Week – Bacardi Cup preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature
Farr 40 International Circuit - Plenty team hungry for more
Coast Guard continues search for San Diego sailor
Sonar Class has a new builder for Sonar
Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - An island-wide effort
Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4
Volvo Ocean Race-Brasileiro ajuda barco espanhol a vencer quarta etapa
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition   
Eight minutes between Podium players as Spanish win VOR leg 4   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - fleet arrives in Auckland and the winner is   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 - the fleet approaches Auckland   
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 10 miles to Auckland finish   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Third time lucky for happy Hap   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Finish - Auckland - Live Video and Updates   
Barcelona World Race - Neutrogena crosses Cape Horn with 40 knots wind   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Natty Rico will close the final night   
Barcelona World Race - At Cape Horn memories are made. and recalled   
Big winds for SCYA Manning Regatta at ABY Club   
Hutchinson and Roble honored at US Sailing’s Rolex Awards ceremony   
Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open   
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!   
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams   
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014   
Barcelona World Race - Pedestrian Pacific, Atlantic highway to home   
America's Cup: Artemis Racing lines up against Oracle Team USA - Video   
High Performance Yacht Design conference during Volvo OR stopover   
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature   


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