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Sail for Gold Regatta - Action packed opening day

'Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz,49er FX,NED 110 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1'    © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Racing at the Sail for Gold Regatta 2014 commenced today (2 June) as a south-westerly 8-12 knots greeted the sailors competing at this third stage of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup in Weymouth and Portland.

Sailors contesting eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes completed the full schedule of shorter 30 minute races, which were split into morning and afternoon sessions across two course areas in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.

Bryony Shaw,RSX 8.5,GBR 94 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The RS:X windsurfing class were the first to leave the shore and the first to return with world number two windsurfer Bryony Shaw controlling the women’s fleet with a striking three race wins on the opening day of the regatta.

'It was tricky racing out there today with a lot of pumping which is pretty physical for the windsurfers but I’m really pleased with my three race wins and overall performance,' expressed Shaw.

'We have got some of the boys racing out there with us on the 8.5 rig this week who will be pushing us hard and we have also got a visitor from Spain – Blanca Manchon – who is a world class sailor and who will be definitely keeping me on my toes.'

Shaw continued: 'Sail for Gold is a great venue for sailing, we have got great facilities and the fact that we are competing on home turf and that the legacy from 2012 is still alive and kicking is great – plus it’s just always nice to be back in Weymouth and Portland racing.'

Kieran Martin,RSX9.5,GBR 926 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

In the RS:X 9.5 event, World Champion Nick Dempsey tops the billing with two race wins and a second but faced stiff competition from the current ISAF Youth Worlds champion Kieran Martin, who continually tussled for the top spot with the Olympic silver medallist across today’s three races.

'Considering I haven’t windsurfed for three weeks due to university commitments it’s great to come away with a two-one-two. The conditions today were ideal for me to be honest, light winds with a little bit of planing downwind at times which is what I always do well in,' explained the 18-year-old Martin.

'It was great to beat Nick in the second race, coming into the regatta I always thought I would do okay but to beat GBR’s best windsurfer is a great confidence boost. The third race was also really tight between us both, especially towards the end of the race but Nick just had that little bit of extra power to get planing which gave him enough to get over the line ahead of me.'

Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi, 49er,JPN 81 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi sealed two race wins and a fifth to take an early lead in the 49er class. The Japanese sailors, who finished 18th at London 2012 and seventh at last year’s Sail for Gold Regatta, hold a three point cushion over the British Sailing Team’s Nic Asher and Fynn Sterritt who end their day in second.

Asher, a double World champion in the 470 class, scored a sixth and two seconds and having set the early marker for the GBR boats was content with his day: 'It was a good day for us out there today. We had very tricky conditions out in the Bay under the Nothe and it was quite hard to know which way to go but we were quite quick and ended up with a solid day.'

With 15 boats on the start line, including entries from Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland and current leaders Japan, Asher is expecting a good battle across the remaining four days of competition.

John Pink and Stuart Bithell,49er,GBR10 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

'It’s always going to be a competitive fleet when you’ve got the British 49er fleet here competing. You’ve got three or four of the GBR boats who are in the top ten in the world on their day but the Japanese boat certainly made us all look a little bit silly in the first two races of the day. There is a good competitive fleet here so it’s going to be a tough week of racing.'

Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz picked up two race wins and a third to top the 49erFX leaderboard ahead of British pairings Charlotte Dobson-Sophie Ainsworth and Frances Peters-Nicola groves who sit tied on eight points apiece.

The Dutch duo finished fifth at the inaugural 49erFX World Championships in September 2013 and have since posted top five finishes at the ISAF Sailing World Cup events in Hyeres and Palma, and at the first leg of this EUROSAF series in Lake Garda, Italy.

Bekkering said: 'We had quite a nice day today, it started off with some light breeze in which we were quite fast and then the breeze picked up towards the end so we had a nice sail. We didn’t really have any expectations coming into this regatta but it’s always nice to start the first day off like this.'

'It’s not a big fleet here this week but the British teams are really fast in the breeze and will provide some good competition along with the Irish boat. For me it’s the first time sailing here in Weymouth and Portland and it’s a great venue – we really like it here!' added Duetz.

Nacra 17 sailors Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh got their regatta off to a promising start posting a second, third and two race wins. The British pair, who finished 16th at the second leg of this EUROSAF series in Medemblik two weeks ago after suffering a mast breakage, hold a two point cushion over Pippa Wilson and John Gimson in second. A false start penalty in the final race of the day put paid to Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond’s hopes of an early lead after opening their account with two race wins.

Peter Mccoy,Finn,GBR 29 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Finn heavyweight Giles Scott once again demonstrated his pedigree with an almost unblemished scorecard. Three race wins and a second leave him top of the pile with Mark Andrews clinching the other race win to sit three points off his GBR teammate. Andrew Mills, competing in his last competitive regatta for the British Sailing Team after announcing his retirement, sits third.

Luke Patience and Elliot Willis,470,GBR 865 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

In the compact but talented combined 470 fleet, Luke Patience and Elliot Willis dominated proceedings with four race wins while British Sailing Team Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre sit second ahead of Podium Potential sailors Jess Lavery and Megan Brickwood.

Helena Lucas,2.4m,GBR 75 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Helena Lucas has taken the early advantage in the 2.4mR with two bullets and two thirds to give her a slender one point cushion over Australia’s Matt Bugg. Megan Pascoe also notched two bullets but closed her day with an unfavourable sixth place to leave her third overall.

'It’s a good place to be but there is a long way to go yet,' expressed the Paralympic Champion Lucas.

'It’s great to have Matt Bugg here from Australia and Niki Birrell – a five time SKUD World champion – who was starting to find his feet towards the last race today and we have also got some of the able-bodied sailors here as well so it’s quite a competitive fleet and no doubt will be a fantastic week of racing.'

John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas, Sonar,GBR 1 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 1 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The British Sailing Team’s Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas are on track for their fourth straight consecutive Sail for Gold title with a clean sweep of race wins.

RSX 9.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

GBR1

Nick DEMPSEY

1.0

2.0

1.0

4

2

GBR926

Kieran MARTIN

2.0

1.0

2.0

5

3

GBR41

Alistair MASTERS

3.0

3.0

4.0

10

4

GBR931

Tom SQUIRES

7.0

4.0

3.0

14

5

GBR748

Max BUSHELL

4.0

6.0

7.0

17

6

GBR49

Joe BENNETT

5.0

7.0

5.0

17

7

NED216

Matthijs VAN'T HOFF

6.0

9.0

6.0

21

8

GBR983

Matthew BARTON

9.0

5.0

11.0

25

9

OMA1

Waleed AL-KINDI

10.0

8.0

8.0

26

10

GBR17

Connor BAINBRIDGE

8.0

10.0

9.0

27

11

GBR178

Brian WILSON

11.0

11.0

10.0

32

12

GBR749

Robert YORK

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

45

12

CHI1

Eduardo HERMAN KRETSCHMER

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

45

12

GBR60

Sam SILLS

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

DNC [15.0]

45

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

RS:X 8.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

GBR94

Bryony SHAW

1.0

1.0

1.0

3

2

ESP1

Blanca MANCHON

4.0

2.0

2.0

8

3

GBR30

Isobel HAMILTON

2.0

3.0

3.0

8

4

GBR980

Lewis MAY

3.0

6.0

4.0

13

5

GBR961

Emma WILSON

5.0

7.0

5.0

17

6

GBR703

Noelle FINCH

8.0

4.0

6.0

18

7

GBR466

Cameron COGHILL

6.0

5.0

7.0

18

8

GBR889

Natalie MCWILLIAMS

7.0

8.0

8.0

23

9

GBR719

Emma LABOURNE

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

30

 

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

2.4mR

Pos

Nation

Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

Nett

1

GBR75

Helena LUCAS

1.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

8

2

AUS36

Matt BUGG

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

9

3

GBR141

Megan PASCOE

3.0

1.0

1.0

6.0

11

4

GBR88

Martin WHITTINGHAM-JONES

4.0

4.0

4.0

2.0

14

5

GBR3

Will STREET

5.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

22

6

GBR135

Niki BIRRELL

8.0

8.0

5.0

4.0

25

7

MAS22

Mustafah JUNELL

7.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

29

8

MAS33

Al Mustakim MATRIN

6.0

9.0

10.0

7.0

32

9

GBR142

Carol DUGDALE

11.0

5.0

9.0

9.0

34

10

GBR113

John BROOKER

9.0

11.0

8.0

11.0

39

11

MAS55

Azmi ANI

12.0

10.0

11.0

10.0

43

12

GBR36

Peter GREGORY

10.0

12.0

12.0

12.0

46

13

GBR54

Andrew FARROW

RET [14.0]

13.0

DNC [14.0]

13.0

54

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

Sonar

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

Nett

1

GBR1

John ROBERTSON

Hannah STODEL

Stephen THOMAS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4

2

GBR737

Andy CASSELL

Tom ABREY

Chris OLDEN

3.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

11

3

GBR2

Adam PARRY

Jonny STEPHENSON

Liam CATTERMOLE

4.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

13

4

GBR11

Sally DUGDALE

Ed SUCKLING

David HAWKINS

2.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

16

5

GBR747

Craig WOOD

Steven PALMER

Luke SINNOTT

5.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

16

Showing 1 to 5 of 5 entries

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 18:06

Results provisional

 

470

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

Nett

1

GBR863

Luke PATIENCE

Elliot WILLIS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4

2

GBR321

Sophie WEGUELIN

Eilidh MCINTYRE

2.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

11

3

GBR838

Jess LAVERY

Megan BRICKWOOD

4.0

3.0

2.0

6.0

15

4

GBR826

Tom KINVER

Hugh BRAYSHAW

3.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

18

5

GBR853

Anna BURNET

Flora STEWART

5.0

5.0

6.0

3.0

19

6

GBR828

Robert GULLAN

Tim LINSELL

6.0

7.0

4.0

5.0

22

7

GBR865

Amy SEABRIGHT

Anna CARPENTER

OCS [11.0]

2.0

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

35

8

GBR849

Joanna FREEMAN

Katie TOMSETT

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

44

8

GBR843

Mike WOOD

David KOHLER

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

44

8

GBR118

Hannah MILLS

Saskia CLARK

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

44

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

49er

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

JPN81

Yukio MAKINO

Kenji TAKAHASHI

1.0

1.0

5.0

7

2

GBR114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

6.0

2.0

2.0

10

3

GBR98

David EVANS

Edward POWYS

3.0

3.0

4.0

10

4

GBR10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

7.0

4.0

1.0

12

5

GBR77

Stephen MORRISON

Chris GRUBE

2.0

5.0

6.0

13

6

GBR4

Dylan FLETCHER

Alain SIGN

4.0

7.0

7.0

18

7

GBR360

Jack HAWKINS

Chris THOMAS

5.0

9.0

10.0

24

8

GBR848

Alex TOBUTT

Stuart APPLEBY

DNC [16.0]

6.0

3.0

25

9

SUI111

Simon HISCOCKS

Lucien CEJEAN

11.0

8.0

8.0

27

10

GBR600

Rory HUNTER

Neil HUNTER

10.0

11.0

9.0

30

11

BEL11

Yannick LEFÈBVRE

Matthieu JANSSENS

9.0

10.0

11.0

30

12

GBR321

Chris Taylor

Dominick Burke

8.0

13.0

13.0

34

13

BRA137

Rodrigo MONTEIRO

Jucyan OKRETIC

12.0

12.0

12.0

36

14

GBR118

Henry LLOYD WILLIAMS

Samuel BATTEN

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

48

14

GBR999

James PETERS

Edward FITZGERALD

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

48

 

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

49er

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

JPN81

Yukio MAKINO

Kenji TAKAHASHI

1.0

1.0

5.0

7

2

GBR114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

6.0

2.0

2.0

10

3

GBR98

David EVANS

Edward POWYS

3.0

3.0

4.0

10

4

GBR10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

7.0

4.0

1.0

12

5

GBR77

Stephen MORRISON

Chris GRUBE

2.0

5.0

6.0

13

6

GBR4

Dylan FLETCHER

Alain SIGN

4.0

7.0

7.0

18

7

GBR360

Jack HAWKINS

Chris THOMAS

5.0

9.0

10.0

24

8

GBR848

Alex TOBUTT

Stuart APPLEBY

DNC [16.0]

6.0

3.0

25

9

SUI111

Simon HISCOCKS

Lucien CEJEAN

11.0

8.0

8.0

27

10

GBR600

Rory HUNTER

Neil HUNTER

10.0

11.0

9.0

30

11

BEL11

Yannick LEFÈBVRE

Matthieu JANSSENS

9.0

10.0

11.0

30

12

GBR321

Chris Taylor

Dominick Burke

8.0

13.0

13.0

34

13

BRA137

Rodrigo MONTEIRO

Jucyan OKRETIC

12.0

12.0

12.0

36

14

GBR118

Henry LLOYD WILLIAMS

Samuel BATTEN

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

48

14

GBR999

James PETERS

Edward FITZGERALD

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

DNC [16.0]

48

Showing 1 to 15 of 15 entries

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

49erFX

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1

NED110

Annemiek BEKKERING

Annette DUETZ

1.0

1.0

3.0

5

2

GBR17

Charlotte DOBSON

Sophie AINSWOTH

2.0

2.0

4.0

8

3

GBR121

Frances PETERS

Nicola GROVES

3.0

3.0

2.0

8

4

GBR99

Kate MACGREGOR

Katrina BEST

4.0

6.0

1.0

11

5

IRL997

Andrea BREWSTER

Saskia TIDEY

7.0

4.0

5.0

16

6

NED666

Jolbert VAN DIJK

Josca HUMMEL

6.0

5.0

6.0

17

7

NED999

Lars VAN STEKELENBORG

Floris VAN DE WERKEN

5.0

8.0

7.0

20

8

GBR196

Victoria PAYNE

Katie TOMSETT

8.0

7.0

8.0

23

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional

 

Finn

Pos

Nation

Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

Nett

1

GBR41

Giles SCOTT

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

5

2

GBR88

Mark ANDREWS

2.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

8

3

GBR85

Andrew MILLS

3.0

5.0

3.0

2.0

13

4

GBR91

Ben CORNISH

4.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

16

5

GBR29

Peter MCCOY

6.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

19

6

GBR18

James HADDEN

5.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

23

7

GBR11

Edward WRIGHT

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

32

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:33

Results provisional

 

Nacra 17

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

Nett

1

GBR42

Lucy MACGREGOR

Andrew WALSH

2.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

7

2

GBR76

Pippa WILSON

John GIMSON

3.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

9

3

GBR182

Tom PHIPPS

Zennor PASCOE

4.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

15

4

GBR181

Ben SAXTON

Hannah DIAMOND

1.0

1.0

4.0

OCS [11.0]

17

5

GBR120

Rupert WHITE

Nicola BONIFACE

6.0

4.0

7.0

4.0

21

6

GBR152

Alicia CLIFFORD

Thomas BRUTON

5.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

21

7

JPN249

Hiroki GOTO

Wakako TABATA

8.0

9.0

6.0

8.0

31

8

NOR196

Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN

Martine Steller MORTENSEN

10.0

7.0

10.0

6.0

33

9

GBR119

Tim CARTER

Abby ZAMBINSKI

9.0

8.0

9.0

7.0

33

10

USA123

Stephanie HUDSON

Ian ANDREWES

7.0

10.0

8.0

9.0

34

Last modified on: 02/06/2014 17:04

Results provisional


Racing is scheduled to start at 10.30am tomorrow (Tuesday 3 June) with an average 8-12 knot forecast in store.

The Sail for Gold Regatta, organised by the RYA and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, is part of the four-stage 2014 EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.

For the full list of results and further information on the Sail for Gold Regatta 2014 please visit the event website.


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ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: Among the ten Olympic series represented, Franck Cammas will be participating in the event for the first time aboard a Nacra 17, this time teaming up with the young, light Alizée Desbordes. Having remained in France to satisfy her professional obligations, Sophie de Turckheim will be following the performance of her favourite helm closely. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Bjorn Allansson (SWE), Briana Provancha (USA), Sofia Bekatorou (GRE), Lara Vadlau (AUT) and Anton Paz (ESP) have fully embraced the Abu Dhabi and Emirati life, grasping the opportunities available with both hands. 'There are so many welcoming and friendly people here,' explained Provancha at the opening press conference. ... [more]  

Leading sailing marine electronics manufacturer B&G has been appointed an Official Race Supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. B&G will also be providing full electronic navigation systems, tactical software and race support to the organisers of the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race, which began on the October 4th in Alicante, Spain. ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. Adventures of a Sailor Girl #31 - Pathways and passion! ... [more]  

Star Sailors League Finals: This Bahaman event is about much more than just sailing, however: it promises a blistering week of high emotion, passion and dazzlingly action that will deliver a unique display of sporting prowess from a slew of champions. All in an easy-to-grasp and see format that even non-sailing folk will understand perfectly. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Sweden to host World Series regatta in 2015 by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th - 30th) 2015. Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen. ... [more]  

2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), starts on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote bound for Grenada, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the competing yachts are now safely moored in Puerto Calero Marina and last night an informal welcome drinks reception was well received with crew ... [more]  

2014 Chicago Match Cup - At the end of Chicago Match Race Center's sixth season, the numbers show how well CMRC reached both into and beyond the Great Lakes sailing community. CMRC hosted a total of 12 graded events from May to October. Of these, the five Grade Three regattas were the best attended featuring 23 skippers from nine countries. ... [more]  

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Tom Slingsby, Australian Olympic Laser Gold medalist, and member of Oracle Team USA, has signed up as skipper of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail Extreme Sailing teams, for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia (11-14 December). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

Everyone was expecting a battle between Besson and Cammas. In the end, Morgan Lagravière took the Champion’s title of the seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup with a near-perfect journey. The Marché U day ended with a friendly race to Public. ... [more]  

Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start of the Star Sailors League Final. How do you feel inside? I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. ... [more]  

The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) to host their 2015 National Championships. This championship will be a week-long sailing spectacular on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from eight to 15 years old. ... [more]  

More than forty five years since his historical circumnavigation, legendary Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, continues to prove inspirational to adventurers around the globe. Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into La Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

With Olympic heroes and World Champions in their numbers at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, local children are being inspired to take up the sport. By utilising the star names on show at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, hosts of the regatta, are using the event to promote the sport in the Emirati capital. ... [more]  

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title. ... [more]  

Sometime during last night’s moonless gloom in the Volvo Ocean Race, the masthead lights of Dongfeng and Mapfre appeared to the west, maybe right where they would have been if we had jibed with the fleet the previous day. To say that was a relief is an understatement-that we are back in touch, back in the fray near the front, it keeps everyone motivated and pushing a little bit harder. ... [more]  

Olympic medal-winning skipper Ian Walker, from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s Volvo Ocean Race contesting squad – recently took time out of his hectic schedule while he was in Cape Town, as the team prepared for Leg 2 of the race to catch-up with students at The British School Al Khubairat via a video call. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – Team SCA’s super fan
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Abu Dhabi Sailing Instructions published
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Italian 49erFX duo ready for action
St Barth Cata Cup day 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Racing between a Rock and a Hard Place
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 24 Nov 0700 UTC
2014 RC44 Championship Tour trophy – Video highlights
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 1930 UTC
Volvo Ocean Race - Position report at: 23 Nov 0748 UTC
Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature
VX ONE Winter Series - Norris and Family earn first weekend victory
RC44 Oman Cup - Nika wins and Team Aqua clinch their fourth RC44 title
18ft Skiffs: Club Championship, Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy - Race three
Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Bermuda shines
2014 Turkey Day Regatta – Day 1
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'   
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature   
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos   
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean   
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard   
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist   
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by   
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA   
Viper 640 event at Lake Garda - 22-26th June 2015   
British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same?   
GC32 Racing Tour 2015 - Dates and venues   
Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race   
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani   
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature   
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015   


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