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Finn Gold Cup - Ben Ainslie secures sixth title + Video

'Ben Ainslie (GBR3) and Mark Andrews (GBR88) - Finn Gold Cup 2012'    Mark Lloyd ©

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK concluded today, Friday 18th May 2012. It has been a week of extremes and the final day was no different. Though a medal race was attempted, it was soon abandoned and an hour later racing was completely abandoned for the day as the wind disappeared. This left Ben Ainslie (GBR) as Finn World Champion for the sixth time. Ed Wright (GBR) took the silver while Jonas Hogh-Christesen (DEN) took the bronze.

The forecast for the day was never very encouraging but racing did look possible. After a short postponement, the medal race was started in 6-8 knots. However within five minutes it became clear that things were going wrong as the wind switched off on the left, leading to the race officer Peter Reggio pulling the plug. He waited another hour or so, but then sent the fleet in as the wind had all but gone and showed no sign of putting in a late appearance.

As far as Olympic selection goes Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey and China join he 18 nations that qualified in Perth and Great Britain as host. Many also have to satisfy national requirements so the final line up is not definite.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) was presented with the Finn Gold Cup for a record sixth time. He previously won the Finn crown in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008. 'Winning this year is the most special [of all six titles] for me personally because it's where I grew up and learnt to sail and I have so much history here. And with the Olympics just around the corner it's a great time to go out and win a world championship.'

Ben Ainslie (GBR3) - Finn Gold Cup 2012 -  Mark Lloyd ©  

Is it his last Finn Gold Cup? 'That's a good question. There's a chance it could be. I have had 10 fantastic years in the Finn and I'm not sure how much longer I can keep going at this level, but I haven't made any decisions yet on any future Finn racing. I will see how things go this summer and what else happens and make a decision then. But I would miss the Finn if I gave it up. It's a fantastic boat. It's a great fleet, great sailors, and great camaraderie. And I think it's a real true test of sailing, ability and fitness.'

Silver medalist Ed Wright (GBR) said, 'It was a great week out there. I really had a lot of fun. The sailing was exceptional yesterday it was amazing; an epic day. And I really really enjoyed it. I am happy to come away with the silver but maybe a tad disappointed I didn't win but Ben has had a great week and is sailing really consistently – first, first, first, first, first … that's hard to beat really, just great great sailing from him.'

Silver: Ed Wright (GBR11) Gold : Ben Ainslie (GBR3) Bronze: Jonas Hoegh - Christensen - Finn Gold Cup 2012 -  Mark Lloyd ©  

Bronze medalist Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) said, ' I think I had a decent, good week. I sailed parts of pretty much all the races quite well but I did make a lot of mistakes. I averaged about eighth so I am quite surprised to end up with the bronze. But my consistency gave me the extra to be ahead of the other guys. Ben and I were actually quite close together in most of the races but then I would make a mistake and he would go and win the race. That's pretty much how it happened all week. He sailed an almost flawless regatta; it's impressive.'

Fourth placed Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) said, 'For me it was a pretty tough week and difficult from day one. I had a messy start and I was hoping to play it a bit better later but every day I had one good and one bad result so it wasn't the best week for me. But in the end a lot of guys made mistakes and I ended up fourth which is not too bad but you can see that Ben is sailing very consistently and he is keeping the game simple, fast and doesn't make any mistakes, which is normal when you have such good speed, so I would be surprised if anything else happened regarding his performance. Truly an impeccable week from him and a good job from him, but hopefully for us he is going to make some mistakes in the future.'

Fifth overall Tapio Nirkko (FIN) said, 'It was a tricky week, but beautiful sailing condition. Yesterday was a really extreme day. With the waves, it was so much fun. During the downwind Zach and I were laughing and screaming. So I think everybody enjoyed it very much and it was great sailing. I managed to keep quite consistent tactics and was sailing quite consistently this week, which was one of my goals for this event and managed to avoid all the disaster races which is my weak point. I could finally sail on my level all regatta and I am really happy with my results here. Of course the medal was still available today, but maybe that's something for the Games. Ben was amazing. A good week for him, but perhaps a little bit unbelievable how he managed to put that kinds of series together in those conditions. But I still think he can be beaten at the end of July so we'll see what happens.'

Sixth placed Piotr Kula (POL) both qualified his country and himself for the Olympics this week. 'This was the perfect week for me, but it was a really hard week. Last year I had an issue with my knee. That's why I didn't go to Perth, and actually it hurt badly this week so I was glad there was no racing on Wednesday. But the racing was tough, all the guys did their best, it's Olympic year and there are no excuses. I am happy because Rafal, my colleague from the team, was a hard and tough opponent. I am very happy to be going to the Olympics. I will do my best, but everyone will be fighting hard though. We are all friends on shore but on the water we fight hard. I am really excited. All my family believed I could do it, and they are also very happy.'

Seventh placed Mark Andrews (GBR) said, 'This week was pretty good for me good to be in the top ten. I haven’t been in the top ten since 2010 so it's great to get into the medal race. I didn't particularly start the week very well, but made a really good comeback as the week went on. It's good to get seventh, but a shame not to race today. Ben sailed a brilliant week, though he wasn't the fastest out there he was definitely the cleverest. It's good for him on the build up to the games and a good confidence builder going into it.'

Eighth placed Andrew Mills (GBR) said, 'The week went well for me at the start but I had a bit of shocker yesterday with some settings and things and I had no speed all day, which was the complete opposite to the first few days. I struggled as a result of that. I am a bit disappointed with the final result but it was a good call from Luigi not to sail today. Ben was going very well though it was annoying on some of the windy days not be set up a bit better and given him a run for his money. But he's sailing very well, fast and confident.'

Ninth placed Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) also met his national criteria for the Olympics this week, 'It was a great week racing here in Falmouth. We did nine races but no medal race but it was a great week in a variety of conditions. For me the week was all right. I didn't have the feeling I could have, so I could do better. I qualified myself for the games this week so that is a relief. I had to meet the quota and its strict for us and only the absolute best will do. Ben did an amazing job and is in a different class to the rest of us. He sits in his boat, sails it really fast, looks comfortable, puts a lot of energy into it and makes the right decisions. Ed in second, without too much sailing this year also did a great job and Jonas in third is progressing and it will be exciting for the Olympics.'

Tenth placed Zach Railey (USA) said, 'My performance for the week was very up and down. I never really put myself in a position to be successful on the race course. I was always digging myself out of holes. I was always deep at the first weather mark and never really got into a rhythm this week. But I trying really hard and always trying to get the best results I could. I just sneaked into the top ten, so it was a little bit of a success this week after the way it started when it didn’t look like I would be anywhere near the top ten. Overall I am disappointed, but our minds are focussed on the Olympic Games in two months and for me that's all that matters for me this year. Ben sailed fantastic. When someone goes out and sails like he did you have to compliment them. He did absolutely fantastic. He's always very hard to beat, we know he will be hard to beat, but you always look forward to the challenge. But this week he was very impressive.'

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

 

Final Results as of 2pm on May 18th 2012

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 94, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank BowNumber SailNo Helmname Junior R1 final
 
R2 final
 
R3 final
 
R4 final
 
R5 final
 
R6 final
 
R7 final
 
R8 final
 
R9 final
 
Total Nett
1st 29 GBR 3 AINSLIE Ben   1.0 (3.0) 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 10.0
2nd 01 GBR 11 WRIGHT Edward   2.0 1.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 (14.0) 4.0 44.0 30.0
3rd 17 DEN 2 HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas   14.0 9.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 8.0 4.0 (18.0) 17.0 82.0 64.0
4th 02 CRO 524 KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan   (26.0) 16.0 3.0 12.0 3.0 20.0 13.0 3.0 2.0 98.0 72.0
5th 24 FIN 218 NIRKKO Tapio   6.0 (22.0) 9.0 8.0 16.0 2.0 5.0 17.0 9.0 94.0 72.0
6th 106 POL 17 KULA Piotr   9.0 10.0 8.0 15.0 12.0 5.0 9.0 12.0 (18.0) 98.0 80.0
7th 27 GBR 88 ANDREWS Mark   (33.0) 23.0 12.0 10.0 7.0 6.0 7.0 5.0 11.0 114.0 81.0
8th 14 GBR 85 MILLS Andrew   4.0 8.0 2.0 11.0 19.0 3.0 (30.0) 20.0 15.0 112.0 82.0
9th 03 NED 842 POSTMA PieterJan   22.0 14.0 11.0 4.0 (95.0 DSQ) 14.0 6.0 6.0 8.0 180.0 85.0
10th 09 USA 4 RAILEY Zach   15.0 15.0 10.0 (32.0) 8.0 13.0 18.0 11.0 3.0 125.0 93.0
11th 07 EST 2 KARPAK Deniss   5.0 5.0 20.0 26.0 4.0 7.0 (95.0 OCS) 15.0 13.0 190.0 95.0
12th 12 SWE 11 BIRGMARK Daniel   (24.0) 17.0 17.0 14.0 10.0 19.0 3.0 10.0 10.0 124.0 100.0
13th 53 AUS 1 CASEY Brendan   13.0 25.0 7.0 9.0 17.0 18.0 8.0 4.0 (95.0 DNC) 196.0 101.0
14th 32 CAN 5 DOUGLAS Greg   (34.0) 7.0 15.0 13.0 22.0 26.0 15.0 2.0 7.0 141.0 107.0
15th 10 FRA 112 LOBERT Jonathan   25.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 15.0 (27.0) 25.0 25.0 12.0 139.0 112.0
16th 81 NZL 1 SLATER Dan   12.0 24.0 13.0 27.0 9.0 (32.0) 10.0 7.0 14.0 148.0 116.0
17th 21 RUS 9 SKORNYAKOV Eduard   20.0 (42.0) 24.0 19.0 11.0 10.0 17.0 13.0 5.0 161.0 119.0
18th 05 ESP 100 TRUJILLO Rafael   31.0 (39.0) 14.0 5.0 6.0 15.0 12.0 24.0 30.0 176.0 137.0
19th 33 POL 7 SZUKIEL Rafal   3.0 20.0 22.0 16.0 27.0 22.0 (41.0) 28.0 22.0 201.0 160.0
20th 101 GER 151 MILLER Matthias   23.0 13.0 30.0 (54.0) 20.0 11.0 23.0 27.0 16.0 217.0 163.0
21st 30 UKR 1 BORYSOV Oleksiy   30.0 4.0 26.0 18.0 18.0 29.0 (32.0) 21.0 19.0 197.0 165.0
22nd 45 NZL 8 COUTTS Matt   (45.0) 35.0 36.0 22.0 32.0 25.0 11.0 9.0 6.0 221.0 176.0
23rd 26 AUT 3 RAUDASCHL Florian   29.0 11.0 21.0 (35.0) 33.0 28.0 16.0 16.0 28.0 217.0 182.0
24th 20 CZE 1 MAIER Michael   10.0 (37.0) 31.0 30.0 21.0 24.0 19.0 30.0 27.0 229.0 192.0
25th 87 CAN 41 COOK Christopher   8.0 12.0 16.0 1.0 13.0 12.0 40.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 292.0 197.0
26th 18 SWE 6 ALLANSSON Bjorn   (64.0) 26.0 19.0 42.0 28.0 31.0 21.0 8.0 26.0 265.0 201.0
27th 23 USA 619 PAINE Caleb   37.0 27.0 27.0 20.0 (95.0 DSQ) 16.0 20.0 36.0 20.0 298.0 203.0
28th 34 NED 83 HAGOORT Timo   35.0 21.0 28.0 25.0 31.0 (40.0) 14.0 22.0 35.0 251.0 211.0
29th 40 TUR 21 KAYNAR Alican   32.0 30.0 25.0 (64.0) 40.0 9.0 26.0 32.0 29.0 287.0 223.0
30th 90 CHN 1226 GONG Lei   21.0 31.0 33.0 38.0 26.0 17.0 28.0 (48.0) 33.0 275.0 227.0
31st 37 CZE 85 VIKA Tomas   17.0 19.0 39.0 (44.0) 25.0 35.0 34.0 38.0 21.0 272.0 228.0
32nd 47 NED 841 VAN EGMOND Hein   11.0 41.0 (42.0) 17.0 34.0 33.0 29.0 40.0 32.0 279.0 237.0
33rd 42 UKR 5 GUSENKO Andrii   43.0 18.0 40.0 21.0 30.0 36.0 (47.0) 26.0 24.0 285.0 238.0
34th 41 BRA109 ZARIF Jorge J 50.0 6.0 35.0 31.0 35.0 23.0 (95.0 OCS) 34.0 25.0 334.0 239.0
35th 57 CRO 11 OLUJIC Josip   36.0 (55.0) 34.0 23.0 39.0 21.0 36.0 19.0 36.0 299.0 244.0
36th 86 CAN 110 ROBITAILLE Martin J 18.0 33.0 29.0 45.0 24.0 (95.0 DSQ) 31.0 23.0 44.0 342.0 247.0
37th 103 NOR 1 PEDERSEN Anders J 44.0 46.0 18.0 (55.0) 20.0 RDG 34.3 RDGa 24.0 33.0 34.0 308.3 253.3
38th 58 CRO 671 BILIC Tudor   (48.0) 47.0 38.0 36.0 14.0 37.0 27.0 35.0 35.3 RDGa 317.3 269.3
39th 39 RUS 1 SELIVANOV Alexey   7.0 34.0 52.0 48.0 (95.0 DSQ) 30.0 22.0 53.0 39.0 380.0 285.0
40th 59 CYP 19 PAPADOPOULOS Haris   47.0 44.0 48.0 33.0 (50.0) 38.0 39.0 37.0 23.0 359.0 309.0
41st 117 POL 8 LESINSKI Lukasz   61.0 52.0 (70.0) 40.0 29.0 45.0 33.0 31.0 38.0 399.0 329.0
42nd 38 RUS 57 TERPIGOREV Egor   (95.0 BFD) 60.0 32.0 28.0 48.0 44.0 53.0 39.0 31.0 430.0 335.0
43rd 78 IND 11 JOHAL Nachhatar   38.0 38.0 (62.0) 52.0 43.0 29.0 RDG 48.0 45.0 43.0 398.0 336.0
44th 48 HUN 6 PAL Gaszton   39.0 29.0 43.0 46.0 47.0 34.0 49.0 51.0 (95.0 DNC) 433.0 338.0
45th 62 GBR 18 HADDEN James J (70.0) 36.0 47.0 41.0 49.0 60.0 37.0 42.0 37.0 419.0 349.0
46th 67 GBR 29 MCCOY Peter J 42.0 59.0 37.0 47.0 42.0 47.0 43.0 43.0 (95.0 DNF) 455.0 360.0
47th 113 SWE 89 AXELSSON Andreas   41.0 63.0 60.0 37.0 41.0 41.0 42.0 47.0 (95.0 DNC) 467.0 372.0
48th 79 IRL 4 HAMILTON Ross   (73.0) 40.0 45.0 58.0 38.0 46.0 50.0 56.0 46.0 452.0 379.0
49th 77 HUN 8 BELICZAY Marton   54.0 51.0 (64.0) 29.0 57.0 43.0 45.0 61.0 41.0 445.0 381.0
50th 119 CAN 902 WILTON Brendan   46.0 32.0 55.0 39.0 (95.0 BFD) 48.0 38.0 29.0 95.0 DNF 477.0 382.0
51st 92 DEN 46 ANDRESEN Kaspar   (66.0) 66.0 41.0 62.0 51.0 51.0 35.0 46.0 42.0 460.0 394.0
52nd 65 GBR 23 BRIDDON Harry J 49.0 53.0 57.0 56.0 36.0 (95.0 DNC) 57.0 50.0 47.0 500.0 405.0
53rd 46 AUS 261 TWEDDELL Oliver   16.0 43.0 23.0 24.0 61.0 61.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 513.0 418.0
54th 110 TUR 35 KUYUMCU Efe   53.0 78.0 50.0 59.0 37.0 42.0 56.0 44.0 (95.0 DSQ) 514.0 419.0
55th 56 CHN 43 ZHEN Li   40.0 45.0 44.0 71.0 62.0 53.0 58.0 52.0 (95.0 DNC) 520.0 425.0
56th 105 POL 13 JODLOWSKI Michal J 67.0 65.0 54.0 (84.0) 55.0 54.0 44.0 41.0 48.0 512.0 428.0
57th 120 NED 58 MOHREN Thomas   (84.0) 67.0 63.0 34.0 45.0 56.0 60.0 55.0 50.0 514.0 430.0
58th 100 FRA 89 MONTAGUT Benjamin   59.0 54.0 61.0 51.0 59.0 (62.0) 59.0 49.0 40.0 494.0 432.0
59th 82 NZL 9 COUTTS Rob   57.0 58.0 (72.0) 60.0 52.0 50.0 52.0 59.0 45.0 505.0 433.0
60th 55 CAN 7 NICHOLSON Adam   60.0 48.0 58.0 50.0 54.0 57.0 76.0 57.0 (95.0 DNC) 555.0 460.0
61st 109 SUI 84 HOFER Silvan   55.0 74.0 56.0 75.0 44.0 52.0 54.0 (95.0 DNF) 53.0 558.0 463.0
62nd 111 USA 21 LAMPHERE Gordon   69.0 56.0 67.0 68.0 53.0 58.0 51.0 (95.0 DNF) 54.0 571.0 476.0
63rd 61 FRA 99 ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc   75.0 69.0 69.0 (82.0) 58.0 55.0 63.0 54.0 51.0 576.0 494.0
64th 63 GBR 2 BURRELL Allen   51.0 50.0 49.0 80.0 63.0 49.0 64.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 596.0 501.0
65th 88 CAN 9 HEMMING Rob   58.0 62.0 53.0 67.0 64.0 (95.0 DNC) 46.0 67.0 95.0 DNC 607.0 512.0
66th 54 BUL 77 NEDYALKOV Valentin   56.0 75.0 74.0 (79.0) 72.0 71.0 66.0 64.0 55.0 612.0 533.0
67th 80 LTU 7 RYMONIS Tauras   85.0 77.0 71.0 43.0 46.0 59.0 62.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 633.0 538.0
68th 112 USA 53 LEIBOWITZ Ben   72.0 72.0 80.0 (87.0) 67.0 70.0 67.0 60.0 52.0 627.0 540.0
69th 93 FRA 61 MINOS Mikael   65.0 68.0 83.0 77.0 65.0 66.0 55.0 65.0 (95.0 DNC) 639.0 544.0
70th 85 BUL 855 VANGELOV Dimitar J 19.0 64.0 65.0 73.0 66.0 (95.0 DNC) 68.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 640.0 545.0
71st 52 AUS 8 SERET Dirk   76.0 61.0 (86.0) 85.0 75.0 69.0 70.0 62.0 49.0 633.0 547.0
72nd 60 CZE 11 DEUTSCHER Patrik J 63.0 57.0 85.0 (95.0 DNF) 68.0 68.0 72.0 58.0 95.0 DNC 661.0 566.0
73rd 75 GBR 7 COOPER George   86.0 82.0 66.0 49.0 56.0 64.0 69.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 662.0 567.0
74th 50 TUR 7 MUSLUBAS Akif   27.0 28.0 51.0 83.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 664.0 569.0
75th 108 SUI 63 GAUTSCHI Thomas   62.0 71.0 68.0 70.0 73.0 63.0 79.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 676.0 581.0
76th 73 GBR 665 SMITH Julian   79.0 85.0 73.0 61.0 60.0 65.0 65.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 678.0 583.0
77th 104 GBR 635 PERCIVAL Simon   71.0 79.0 78.0 63.0 71.0 67.0 71.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 690.0 595.0
78th 51 AUS 2 MCMILLAN Rob   28.0 49.0 46.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 693.0 598.0
79th 91 DEN 210 NIELSEN Henrik Elmer   77.0 92.0 79.0 69.0 74.0 (95.0 DNC) 61.0 63.0 95.0 DNC 705.0 610.0
80th 68 GBR 567 HUGHES Martin   52.0 70.0 59.0 57.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 713.0 618.0
81st 76 GBR 711 PETTIT Simon   78.0 90.0 77.0 72.0 69.0 (95.0 DNF) 73.0 66.0 95.0 DNC 715.0 620.0
82nd 64 GBR 20 DENISON Andy   81.0 83.0 75.0 65.0 70.0 (95.0 DNC) 74.0 95.0 DNS 95.0 DNC 733.0 638.0
83rd 94 FRA 57 BOULAN Damien   68.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 53.0 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 75.0 95.0 DNS 95.0 DNC 747.0 652.0
84th 95 FRA 66 LOBERT Philippe   74.0 81.0 82.0 66.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 78.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 761.0 666.0
85th 74 GBR 68 MACKIE John   80.0 73.0 76.0 78.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 782.0 687.0
86th 98 FRA 869 BAUMGARTEN Regis   89.0 84.0 89.0 81.0 77.0 (95.0 DNC) 77.0 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 782.0 687.0
87th 97 FRA 86 JEAN Christophe   87.0 91.0 81.0 86.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 801.0 706.0
88th 71 GBR 631 HART Richard   93.0 86.0 87.0 74.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 815.0 720.0
89th 96 FRA 72 LE FRAPPER Philippe   92.0 88.0 84.0 76.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 815.0 720.0
90th 72 GBR 644 ARNELL Jack J 83.0 80.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 828.0 733.0
91st 69 GBR 611 LOCK Tony   82.0 87.0 (95.0 DNC) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 834.0 739.0
92nd 99 FRA 880 HOLLIER Cedric   88.0 89.0 (95.0 DNS) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNF 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 842.0 747.0
93rd 66 GBR 24 BARNES Rory   91.0 94.0 88.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 843.0 748.0
94th 70 GBR 617 HARPER Mark   90.0 93.0 (95.0 DNF) 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 95.0 DNC 848.0 753.0




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The wind has switched half turn and boats are now beating upwind to the finish, MAPFRE has held their lead and with the change in direction look quite safe. Team Alvimedica who was catching up at speed has slowed right up, caught in light winds behind Tiritiri Matangi island. With less than 10nm to go to finish and a fair 10kt wind holding, the slow patch looks to have been removed from equation ... [more]  

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Hap Fauth's American JV72, Bella Mente has been declared the overall winner. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the morning of Friday 27th February none of the remaining teams had the ability to better Bella Mente's corrected time under IRC. It was third time lucky for Bella Mente as the Maxi 72 has finished second overall for the past two years. ... [more]  

Racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race, the Barcelona sailor Guillermo Altadill and Chilean José Muñoz passed Cape Horn (67° 17' 35 W) this morning at 2h12 UTC (3h12 am in Barcelona, 11h12 pm of the 27th of February in Chile), after 58 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes of racing since their start from the Catalan capital on 31 December 2014. ... [more]  

On Sunday March 8th 2015, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will close out the final night of music with one of the most distinctive performances to date. DJ Natty Rico will be the final act to grace the regatta stage during the 'Legendary Party' following Kool and the Gang. His unique blend of saxophone playing and DJ skills will have your jaw dropping in amazement. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn beckons for second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. While the two IMOCA 60s are expected to pass at speed with around six hours of separation, in what might be considered favourable conditions for one of the most inhospitable and complicated corners of the Barcelona World Race, amidst the long hours of stress and fatigue ... [more]  

SCYA Manning Regatta – The youth-heavy event is the fourth and last stop of the Shadden Series for teenagers under 19 not yet in college and is also a move-up regatta under the advancement guidelines of the International Naples Sabot Association. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards 2015 ceremony celebrated the sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) as it returned to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan after having moved to the west coast for the past three years. ... [more]  

For the Finn World Masters in Kavala, Greece pre-registration is open. So far 130 Masters have entered. 2015 will be the first time the Worlds Masters have been held in Greece. ... [more]  

The website for the 2015 Finn Open and Junior Europeans in Split, Croatia, is now live, with online entry open. The last time the Finns had an event there the wind did not cooperate and the fleet ended up sailing some races as the sun set. ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Four Figaro II teams, all from the Guadeloupe Grand Large sailing academy, are racing in this year's event. 18 sailors from the offshore racing academy are racing on four identical yachts and have high aspirations for the future; the Solitaire du Figaro, Route du Rhum or the Everest of offshore solo-sailing, the Vendée Globe. ... [more]  

After having moved to the west coast for the past three years, US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards ceremony returned to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan to celebrate the sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.). ... [more]  

If, in the end, the Pacific gave up race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat without too much of a fight and since Wednesday morning the Atlantic, in turn, has opened its fastest toll-free lane north east to Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, the Pacific seems rather more keen to hold on to second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. ... [more]  

America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA and Challenger, Artemis Racing lined up for a series of try-outs on San Francisco Bay. Videographer John Navas was shoreside with a new high resolution video camera and provided these videos of the training sessions and hook-ups. ... [more]  

The HPYD conference is jointly organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (NZ) and The University of Auckland and will be held at the Marine Event Centre in Auckland to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. It attracts some of the world’s most preeminent yacht designers and is recognised as one of the top three conferences in this area internationally. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Victory in the fourth leg was so close that Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier (FRA) could almost taste it on Thursday, but with just over 500 nautical miles (nm) to go, he was taking nothing for granted ... [more]  

The 2014-15 Etchells North American Midwinter East Series wraps up in Miami this weekend with the three-day Jaguar Southeastern Midwinter Regatta for the Schoonmaker Cup. The Jag, as the series has become better known, attracted over 50 boats for the four regatta series. ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – By the morning of day four, 19 yachts had completed the race and 43 yachts were still racing. Last night the lighter southerly wind had switched back to an easterly direction with substantial cloud activity providing changeable conditions for the competitors ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand. ... [more]  

Oracle Team USA AC45 Turbo Feb 25 Training images provided by pressure-drop.us. Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day. Boat is matching the olars established with the AC 72's. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Dongfeng has pulled another mile from Abu Dhabi, and MAPFRE looks like they have been making some good gains on the two leading boats. ... [more]  

AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style! by American Windsurfing Tour
Last night saw the Opening Party for the Goya Cabo Verde Pro contest here on the beautiful island of Sal. In attendance were some of the biggest names in windsurfing along with local watermen, business men and dignitaries. The true spirit of the American Windsurfing Tour came out in force which was both mirrored and complimented by the spirit of this island ... [more]  

With Cheminées Poujoulat making good progress up the Atlantic, making close to 18kts, 120 miles SW of the Falklands, Cape Horn marks the frontier between the two different worlds inhabited by skippers on the Barcelona World Race. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Barker offered non-sailing role by Emirates team NZ
2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us
CYC Midwinters Racing – Bring On The Breeze! – Overall
Laser World Championship – Over 2000 sailors to race in Kingston
Volvo Ocean Race: Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Its anyone's race - Leg 4 to Auckland
Barcelona World Race - A time for extra care and caution
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo3 breaks record
Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat pass Cape Horn
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Records predicted to tumble + Video
2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - NOR released
Asher Otto and Itchy Feet to open up the Caribbean Jam night
RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America team up for sailing programs
RORC Caribbean 600 – Record pace on Day 2
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin
10 tips from BoatUS for owners and renters
Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – Notice of Race online
2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from February 23 show
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston looking forward to his Kiwi home
Volvo Ocean Race: Wislang expected to lead Kiwis home after fast ride   
Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on   
America's Cup: Spooner fails in attempt to have Oracle AC45 arrested   
2015 505 Midwinter Championship - Final race   
Barcelona World Race – Renault Captur resume, Spirit of Hungary stuck   
2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World – Emerging Nations Programme announced   
Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary to make surprise pit-stop   
US Sailing Match Racing Committee launches The Dial Up Newsletter   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 7   
Volvo Ocean Race – The Doldrums outside the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Winner expected in Auckland on Saturday   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Biggest challenges are around the corner   
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 2 overall   
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Farr 40 and Cal 25 class winners announced   
Barcelona World Race - The Bountiful Horn Beckons for Stamm and Le Cam   
Geelong boat Phoenix wins Sydney 38 National Title   
JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff Championship 2015 images by Bruce Kerridge   
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 restart from the Doldrums   
Melges 24 U.S. Championship is enjoying early success   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Records set as rookie Kiwi crew second in Race 7   


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