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Sail for Gold Regatta - Racing steps up a gear on day 3

'Ben SAXTON-Hannah DIAMOND-Nacra17 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3'    © Paul Wyeth / RYA

On day three of the Sail for Gold Regatta, racing stepped up a gear, with sailors revelling in big breeze, strong gusts and spells of sunshine at this third leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup series.

Wind speeds of 15-20 knots which built to 25 knots across Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour made for exciting racing for the eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes.

RS:X Windsurfing World Champion Nick Dempsey relished the strong winds Portland Harbour had to offer in today’s morning session, with a commanding three race wins to keep him at the top of the leaderboard.

'It was a really nice day today and pretty windy so I am really pleased with my performance. I seem to be going quite quick and everything seems quite simple when you’re going fast. We had a different direction of wind today which made it a little tricky but it was good fun!

'The whole week has been good, the first day we had some really light winds which just makes the racing hard and physically difficult so the racing was a lot closer and much more of a challenge for myself and the rest of the fleet. But with the wind picking up it has made it a lot more enjoyable – I prefer days like today as they are more fun but I would like to think of one of my strengths as being good in a mix of conditions.'

'Everyone wants to do well and we all want to challenge ourselves and we want to race as hard as we can and get the most out of it. It’s tough racing, the GBR guys are getting faster and better which is great for me, great for them and as a squad we are getting better and better!'

With mini-medal style races taking place across the five days of competition, the Olympic silver and bronze medallist was quick to give praise to the Race Management teams being used at this year’s Sail for Gold.

'The Race Management has been bang on this week! They seem to listen to us if we have a bit of input and they just seem to be all over it this week.

'The racing is fantastic. I suppose that is part of what the Olympic Games left us with – great Race Management and a great event.'

Blanca MANCHON-RSX8.5 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

In the RS:X 8.5 class runaway leader Bryony Shaw added a further three race wins to her impressive scoreline while Spain’s Blanca Manchon posted a third and two seconds to leave her 10 points behind in second. Izzy Hamilton is third.

'It was a really good day today with good conditions and three great races,' expressed Manchon.

'The final two races were beautiful, the sun was shining and we had nice breeze. I don’t have a favourite condition but for me it’s better to train in a mixture of conditions and planing conditions as its good preparation for the Europeans and World Championships.'

'Bryony is really strong in this regatta and is sailing very well. It’s good for me to train and race against Bryony. I have come to the Sail for Gold Regatta for some good training and just to have fun and if I finish on the podium it will be great.'

Kate MACGREGOR-Katrina BEST-49erFX - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

A race win, a fourth and a second have kept Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz in the lead in the 49erFX event.

The Dutch sailors have only finished out of the top three once and in a range of conditions have demonstrated there versatility. On there week so far Bekkering said: 'We are really happy with our performance across the three days so far. It is always nice to lead the fleet and I think we have had good scores with mainly top threes so it’s good that we have been able to keep consistent.

Duetz added: 'We had another good day again – there was more breeze today which made it really fun with more action on the course. We like the big breeze, it was a hard day with a lot of shifts as well which makes it very exciting in the boat handling and with all the manoeuvres.'

Kate Macgregor and Katrina Best enjoyed the breeze at this halfway stage of the regatta with a 2-1-5 to keep them in second position.

'It was tricky for sure out there today,' said Macgregor. 'It was very shifty and there were some big rain clouds coming through mixing it all up so it was definitely hard to read what was going to happen but it was good fun, especially in the last race when the breeze really picked up and it got a bit more extreme.

Trailing the Dutch duo by four points with only two days left of racing to go, 2012 Olympian Macgregor added: 'I raced against Annemiek [Bekkering] when I was Match Racing so I know she is a very good sailor and she has been doing very well in the FX this year as well as last year. We knew they would provide us with strong competition this week so it’s great to have them over here at Sail for Gold.'

49er fleet - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Dave Evans and Ed Powys have extended their lead in the 49er event with an impressive two seconds and first. The British Sailing Team pair have a healthy 12 point cushion over Nic Asher and Fynn Sterritt, with Powys pleased with their progress on day three.

'We were in quite good positions in all three of the races today so it was a bit of a shame not to get more than the one bullet, but we are going fast so are pretty happy!'

'We are trying out some new equipment this week and it seems to be working out quite nicely so hopefully we will get a good range across the next couple of days and continue to put it through its paces.'

Stevie Morrison and Chris Grube lie third after the ten race series, while Japan’s Yukio Makino and Kenji Takahashi, who have notched the most race wins this week, including a win in today’s second race, occupy fourth.

Lucy Macregor,Nacra 17,GBR 42 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh made the most of Wednesday’s early afternoon gusts in the mixed multihull event. Two race wins, a second and a fourth have kept the duo at the top of the Nacra 17 leaderboard whilst British Team mates Pippa Wilson and John Gimson revelled in north westerly breeze clinching two bullets and two seconds to close the gap at the top of the table to only one point. Nacra 17 World silver medallists Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond sit ten points off the top spot in third.

Giles SCOTT-Finn - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Giles Scott has increased his lead at the top of the Finn fleet with another impressive performance. Three races win and a third, in spite of a capsize today, has seen the Finn European champion extend his lead to nine points over Mark Andrews in second. Andrew Mills picked up his first race win of the regatta and is poised in third.

Megan PASCOE-2.4mR - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

The two Paralympic classes were the only classes to miss out on their full schedule of races today with the 2.4mR and Sonar completing two out of their planned four races each due to the building breeze.

The battle of the Brits continues in the 2.4mR Paralympic class with Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe almost neck and neck as the regatta reaches the half way stage. Pascoe has moved up into second overall, only one point behind the Paralympic Champion after a clean sweep of race wins today. Lucas finished today’s opening race in second, but was unable to compete in the final race of the day with her 2.4mR keelboat among a number to be swamped in the blustery conditions.

John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas continue their superb run of form in the Sonar class, with two more race wins to extend their lead to 12 points at the top of the leaderboard.

Luke PATIENCE-Elliot WILLIS-470 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

Luke Patience and Elliot Willis consolidated their top spot in the combined 470 fleet with a clean sweep of race wins from the three of four races they completed. Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre, who celebrated her 20th birthday today, suffered a snapped spinnaker halyard in the opening race of the day. But the European bronze medallist pairing went on to post two thirds and a race win to sit in second, ten points ahead of Tom Kinver and Hugh Brayshaw who have moved into third with four second places from today’s racing.

Anna BURNET-Flora STEWART-470 - 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, day 3 -  © Paul Wyeth - RYA  

RS:X 9.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR1

Nick DEMPSEY

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

GBR931

Tom SQUIRES

2.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

23

3

NED216

Matthijs VAN'T HOFF

4.0

2.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

3.0

35

4

GBR41

Alistair MASTERS

(6.0)

3.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

35

5

GBR926

Kieran MARTIN

5.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

(OCS [13.0])

8.0

38

6

GBR49

Joe BENNETT

7.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

38

7

GBR17

Connor BAINBRIDGE

3.0

(RET [13.0])

DNC [13.0]

3.0

4.0

2.0

52

8

GBR748

Max BUSHELL

(9.0)

7.0

6.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

52

9

OMA1

Waleed AL-KINDI

10.0

8.0

8.0

(11.0)

10.0

9.0

71

10

GBR983

Matthew BARTON

11.0

10.0

10.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

73

11

GBR749

Robert YORK

8.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

8.0

11.0

81

12

GBR178

Brian WILSON

12.0

11.0

11.0

12.0

(RET [13.0])

DNC [13.0]

91

 

RS:X 8.5

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR94

Bryony SHAW

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

ESP1

Blanca MANCHON

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

18

3

GBR30

Isobel HAMILTON

3.0

(5.0)

2.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

25

4

GBR980

Lewis MAY

4.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

6.0

4.0

30

5

GBR961

Emma WILSON

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

36

6

GBR466

Cameron COGHILL

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

7.0

48

7

GBR703

Noelle FINCH

8.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

7.0

6.0

53

8

GBR719

Emma LABOURNE

6.0

8.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

65

9

GBR889

Natalie MCWILLIAMS

9.0

(DNC [10.0])

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

DNC [10.0]

72

 

2.4mR

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR75

Helena LUCAS

1.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(DNC [14.0])

15

2

GBR141

Megan PASCOE

(6.0)

5.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

16

3

AUS36

Matt BUGG

3.0

(4.0)

3.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

18

4

GBR88

Martin WHITTINGHAM-JONES

2.0

(6.0)

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

31

5

GBR3

Will STREET

5.0

2.0

7.0

4.0

9.0

(OCS [14.0])

44

6

GBR135

Niki BIRRELL

4.0

3.0

4.0

8.0

8.0

(DNC [14.0])

48

7

MAS33

Al-Mustakim MATRIN

7.0

9.0

9.0

7.0

5.0

5.0

57

8

MAS22

Mustafah JUNELL

8.0

7.0

(11.0)

9.0

6.0

7.0

58

9

GBR113

John BROOKER

11.0

10.0

8.0

6.0

7.0

4.0

63

10

GBR142

Carol DUGDALE

9.0

8.0

6.0

11.0

(DNC [14.0])

DNC [14.0]

73

11

MAS55

Azmi ANI

10.0

11.0

10.0

10.0

11.0

6.0

79

12

GBR36

Peter GREGORY

12.0

12.0

12.0

12.0

10.0

8.0

88

13

GBR54

Andrew FARROW

13.0

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

DNC [14.0]

110

 

Sonar

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR1

John ROBERTSON

Hannah STODEL

Stephen THOMAS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

8

2

GBR737

Andy CASSELL

Tom ABREY

Chris OGDEN

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

20

3

GBR2

Adam PARRY

Jonny STEPHENSON

Liam CATTERMOLE

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

(5.0)

24

4

GBR747

Craig WOOD

Steven PALMER

Luke SINNOTT

3.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

31

5

GBR11

Sally DUGDALE

Ed SUCKLING

David HAWKINS

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

32

 

470

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR863

Luke PATIENCE

Elliot WILLIS

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(DNS [8.0])

10

2

GBR321

Sophie WEGUELIN

Eilidh MCINTYRE

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

(DNF [8.0])

DNF [8.0]

3.0

1.0

30

3

GBR826

Tom KINVER

Hugh BRAYSHAW

4.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

35

4

GBR853

Anna BURNET

Flora STEWART

3.0

2.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

36

5

GBR838

Jess LAVERY

Megan BRICKWOOD

(6.0)

6.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

6.0

4.0

45

6

GBR828

Robert GULLAN

Tim LINSELL

5.0

7.0

7.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

(DNF [8.0])

54

7

GBR865

Amy SEABRIGHT

Anna CARPENTER

DNC [8.0]

4.0

3.0

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

DNC [8.0]

65

 

49er

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Nett

1

GBR98

David EVANS

Edward POWYS

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

19

2

GBR114

Nic ASHER

Fynn STERRITT

6.0

4.0

1.0

3.0

4.0

(8.0)

3.0

31

3

GBR77

Stephen MORRISON

Chris GRUBE

2.0

3.0

5.0

(RET [14.0])

3.0

7.0

2.0

35

4

JPN81

Yukio MAKINO

Kenji TAKAHASHI

4.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

1.0

(10.0)

39

5

GBR4

Dylan FLETCHER

Alain SIGN

5.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

6.0

3.0

4.0

40

6

GBR10

John PINK

Stuart BITHELL

(11.0)

10.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

6.0

44

7

GBR848

Alex TOBUTT

Stuart APPLEBY

10.0

11.0

6.0

6.0

1.0

11.0

9.0

63

8

SUI111

Simon HISCOCKS

Lucien CUJEAN

8.0

8.0

10.0

8.0

9.0

6.0

7.0

72

9

BEL11

Yannick LEFÈBVRE

Matthieu JANSSENS

(12.0)

1.0

11.0

5.0

12.0

10.0

5.0

74

10

GBR600

Rory HUNTER

Neil HUNTER

1.0

7.0

9.0

11.0

8.0

9.0

(12.0)

75

11

GBR360

Jack HAWKINS

Chris THOMAS

7.0

9.0

8.0

9.0

(13.0)

13.0

11.0

81

12

GBR321

Chris Taylor

Dominick Burke

9.0

12.0

12.0

10.0

11.0

12.0

8.0

95

13

BRA137

Rodrigo MONTEIRO

Jucyan OKRETIC

13.0

13.0

(RET [14.0])

RET [14.0]

10.0

5.0

DNC [14.0]

105

 

49erFX

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Nett

1

NED110

Annemiek BEKKERING

Annette DUETZ

3.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

17

2

GBR99

Kate MACGREGOR

Katrina BEST

2.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

5.0

21

3

GBR17

Charlotte DOBSON

Sophie AINSWORTH

4.0

3.0

(8.0)

6.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

30

4

NED999

Lars VAN STEKELENBORG

Floris VAN DE WERKEN

1.0

4.0

2.0

(OCS [9.0])

4.0

2.0

1.0

34

5

GBR121

Frances PETERS

Nicola GROVES

(RET [9.0])

5.0

4.0

1.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

35

6

IRL997

Andrea BREWSTER

Saskia TIDEY

5.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

7.0

5.0

4.0

46

7

NED666

Jolbert VAN DIJK

Josca HUMMEL

6.0

(7.0)

6.0

4.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

53

8

GBR196

Victoria PAYNE

Katie TOMSETT

7.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

(DNC [9.0])

DNC [9.0]

DNC [9.0]

70

 

Finn

Pos

Nation

Helm

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR41

Giles SCOTT

1.0

1.0

(3.0)

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

13

2

GBR88

Mark ANDREWS

3.0

(5.0)

1.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

3.0

22

3

GBR85

Andrew MILLS

2.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

25

4

GBR91

Ben CORNISH

5.0

(6.0)

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

40

5

GBR29

Peter MCCOY

4.0

3.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

48

6

GBR18

James HADDEN

6.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

52

 

Nacra 17

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Nett

1

GBR42

Lucy MACGREGOR

Andrew WALSH

1.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

1.0

18

2

GBR76

Pippa WILSON

John GIMSON

2.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

19

3

GBR181

Ben SAXTON

Hannah DIAMOND

3.0

(5.0)

4.0

1.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

28

4

GBR120

Rupert WHITE

Nicola BONIFACE

5.0

1.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

6.0

4.0

4.0

41

5

GBR182

Tom PHIPPS

Zennor PASCOE

4.0

4.0

6.0

2.0

4.0

2.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

45

6

GBR152

Alicia CLIFFORD

Thomas BRUTON

6.0

6.0

7.0

8.0

(RET [11.0])

5.0

5.0

5.0

58

7

NOR196

Nicholas Fadler MARTINSEN

Martine Steller MORTENSEN

7.0

7.0

5.0

6.0

(DNF [11.0])

7.0

RET [11.0]

RET [11.0]

81

8

USA123

Stephanie HUDSON

Ian ANDREWES

10.0

10.0

10.0

7.0

6.0

(RET [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

90

9

JPN249

Hiroki GOTO

Wakako TABATA

9.0

8.0

8.0

10.0

(DNC [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

91

10

GBR119

Tim CARTER

Abby ZAMBINSKI

8.0

9.0

9.0

9.0

(RET [11.0])

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

DNC [11.0]

94


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Racing is scheduled to start at 10.30am tomorrow (Thursday 4 June) with a 12-15 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.

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The start of Leg 2 offered all the wind conditions you could want. I will not lie: I was pretty nervous to begin leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race (Mom called it ‘Stage Fright’); I think the whole team was pretty nervous. Here we are, having confidently completed the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race—after 27 days at sea! ... [more]  

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is set to be 'an experience of a lifetime' according to American Women's 470 sailor Briana Provancha. Some of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 470 teams will make up the individual fleets with some excellent racing on the cards. ... [more]  

After finishing third in the annual RC44 match race championships, Team Nika seem to have got a taste for the podium. It was a tough day on the water for the start of fleet racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, with many teams struggling for consistency. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on! by Dominique Ladouceur
The boats are ready and the sailors have all had a chance to test their catamarans in a very rigorous St-John Bay. The conditions will be windy at the start of this seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup. Sailors will be facing winds from the west at 18 knots with gusts at 22 knots on the first race day. ... [more]  

While more modifications are being mooted for the champion supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI as part of her preparation for next month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, a high-profile new member of the team was revealed on Sydney Harbour today. ... [more]  

Wild Oats XI and Audi are ready to give the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart a shot! Photos by Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature by Bob Fisher, Cape Town, South Africa
The seven competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 roughly gathered at 6pm local time (1600 Zulu) in a south-easterly wind that peaked at 30-40 knots, which had the local habit of dying away to nothing in places along the shoreline in the lee of Table Mountain. The clever skippers has sought advice from Geoff Meek, a local with a mass of experience ... [more]  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR), the Emirate’s entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15, cast off on the next leg of the epic, round-the-world race on Wednesday evening hoping to complete a hat-trick of victories in the best place possible – the team’s home port of Abu Dhabi. ... [more]  

Over 600 scientists gathered in Barcelona for the second International Ocean Research Conference have this evening named the skippers in the Barcelona World Race, the first and only double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops, as scientific agents during their upcoming circumnavigation of the globe, departing from the Catalan capital on December 31st. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica set out on the 6,125 nautical mile race to Abu Dhabi today, as they sailed out of Cape Town at the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. After a brief lap of Table Bay, with the Turkish/American boat close to the lead, it was straight into battle. ... [more]  

Skippers of the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, which set out for the 6,125 nautical mile (nm) Leg 2 from Cape From the very start on Wednesday (1800 local/1600 UTC), the sailors were given a taste of things to come with gusts of up to 35 knots kicking up a procession of white-capped waves. It was a question of 'don't break your boat' as most opted for conservative sail choices, whil ... [more]  

An invigorated, rested and relatively relaxed crew on Team SCA led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet from Cape Town late this afternoon at the start Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race to Abu Dhabi. The 6,125-mile leg will provide a large variety of conditions and will require good seamanship and good navigational choices. ... [more]  

A whole host of Olympic heroes and World Champions will fight it out in the Nacra 17 at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November 2014. The 17-boat Nacra 17 fleet features an abundance of Olympians with no less than 18 appearances stemming from Atlanta 1996 within the 17-boat fleet of 34 sailors. ... [more]  

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Finn fleet is made up of some exceptional talent with Great Britain's Ed Wright and Pieter Jan Postma (NED) coming in to Abu Dhabi, UAE with good form. Wright has been a permanent fixture on World Championship and ISAF Sailing World Cup podiums in recent years. ... [more]  

The RC44 Oman Cup opened with the season’s final day of match racing. Defending champions Team Aqua held a slim one-point lead over Synergy Russian Sailing Team who were fighting for the trophy they last won in 2012. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika started the day in third, with Hugues Lepic just two-points adrift in fourth and keen to get the French flag onto the podium. ... [more]  

Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway. Catch ther replay here, if you missed the 90 minutes of racing action in Cape Town. The sailing is spectacular! ... [more]  

Visiting Cape Town was more than just a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for Team Alvimedica, but was an opportunity to really get to know the people and the culture of the 'mother city.' Take a look at how the team get involved while in Cape Town from meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu to visiting heart surgery patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. ... [more]  

15th Ambassadors Cup - Brazil claims victory by May Ling Teo, Changi Sailing Club
Light winds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 20 ambassadors who competed in the 15th annual Changi Sailing Club’s Ambassadors’ Cup, nor did the gentle breezes take the edge off the competitive spirit of the skippers and the crew who competed for the prestigious prize. ... [more]  

Spanish solo skipper Alex Pella wrote himself into the history books of the Route du Rhum solo Transatlantic race and Spanish ocean racing when he crossed the finish line of the 3,542 miles La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe race first in Classe40 at 06:47:08 hrs TU/07:47:08hrs CET/02:47:08 Local Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

Star Sailors League Finals 2014, Nassau (Bahamas) - Robert Stanjek will be attempting to bring a stunning 2014 season to a fittingly impressive conclusion in the big upcoming Finals in Nassau in two weeks’ time. The second half of the year has proved particularly rewarding for the German sailor. ... [more]  

Two English born Finn sailors, once coach and student, will draw swords at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in December on Port Phillip. Both are gunning for national team selection and a chance to represent their country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ed Wright sailing for Great Britain and Oli Tweddell representing Australia, where he’s lived for the past decade. ... [more]  

Yachting Australia has announced the appointment of experienced and respected sports administrator Matt Carroll to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Matt commences with Yachting Australia on Monday 24 November 2014, replacing Phil Jones who is leaving the organisation after 17 years at the helm. He comes from a background of roles in Australian and Japanese Rugby and Rugby World Cup. ... [more]  

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) has announced the addition of the Congressional Cup to the 2015 World Championship Tour schedule. The announcement follows this year’s 50th anniversary of the historic Congressional Cup event, organised by Long Beach Yacht Club, in Long Beach, California. ... [more]  

18ft Skiffs: Smeg's second Red-Line run down Sydney harbour in 40kts *Feature by Michael Chittenden, Sydney harbour
In a sport which generally lacks characters, the 18ft skiffs have an over-supply. David Witt is one of those, underlined by taking his boat and crew out last Sunday daring the rest of the Sydney fleet to race in a breeze of 30-40kts, on an otherwise ideal day on Sydney Harbour. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race sailors set out again for the open seas on Wednesday with no piracy activity on their radar, but the threat of cyclones ahead on Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Sailing conditions in Cape Town look challenging for the 1800 start (local time)/1600 UTC, with plenty of wind, but flat seas forecast. ... [more]  

On the opening day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup, which is the final event on the 2014 PWA World Tour, the competitors registered for the upcoming six days of contest, which will see fifty-seven men and twelve women battling it out over Noumea’s pristine waters. ... [more]  

There are 11 days to go until a highly competitive fleet competes in the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The race across the Atlantic will be a very different experience for the crews from 12 different nations taking part. ... [more]  

The Volvo Ocean Race restarts from Cape Town on Wednesday local time. Here is the full replay of the Media Conference with all seven skippers on stage, talking of the prospect of a tropical cyclone, the nuances of this Leg - which won't see the boats hopping on a ship to avoid pirates, and the other challenges facing the crews and their teams. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind ready to race by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind
It’s the day before departure for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race and we are much better prepared than the Leg 1 start in Alicante. We all have our small list of jobs to complete today but all being well; we will be out of the team base mid afternoon to take some personal time. ... [more]  

Young sailors in Abu Dhabi made sure to practice their ‘Go Azzam!’ cheers this week as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s entrant in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - prepared for the next leg of the round-the-world yacht challenge – the race from South Africa to the UAE capital. ... [more]  

Photographer Michael Chittenden was on hand to capture the remarkable ride of David Witt and friends after racing was cancelled on Sydney harbour on Sunday when winds gusted 35-40kts. Witt did two runs down Sydney Harbour. See the crew go from make the transition from upwind to downwind and survive the tremendous acceleration of an 18ft skiff in these conditions. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Sam Davies speaks openly about the first leg *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final: Exciting 49er and 49erFX action expected
America's Cup: Significant changes made to Protocol, but issues remain *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - the 70th
Stoke Beer 18ft Skiff Auckland Champs: Knight Frank lead after 5 races
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - RS:X elite Abu Dhabi bound
120 boat start line for Tasar Worlds in Busselton
Melges 24 U.S. Nationals - Full Throttle team grabs their sixth title
RC44 Oman Cup - Grand final showdown on the horizon
Visit Doyle Sails New Zealand at METS 2014
Top Kiwi Finn sailor debuts in the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals
2014 Butler Cup - Shane Young wins match race regatta
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from Nov 16 show *Feature
2014 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship - Moon wind
Australian 18ft Skiffs: 40kt winds cancel race but Witt sails + Video
2014 Melges 24 US National Championship - Day 2 images by Joy Dunigan
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi are the Kings of Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race: In Port races do count *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi rules in Cape Town In Port Race
Volvo Ocean Race - Tricky In-Port Race for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA third in Cape Town In-Port Race   
A Sailor's Dream Home in the beautiful Bay of Islands - Auction 22 Nov   
Volvo Ocean Race: Cape Town In Port Race video and Media Conference *Feature   
2014 Brazilian Championship - Day 2   
2014 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship - Long haul   
2014 - 15 Volvo Ocean Race - The thinking trio   
US Sailing Team to celebrate Clearwater Training Center   
Moth Worlds 2015: Sliced bread, sheep stations, awe and reverence *Feature   
Volvo Ocean race: Images from the Practice racing in Cape Town *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Lindsay Dibowitz sails on board Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race: Big breeze for Practice Racing in Cape Town *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - All-clear from piracy threat   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA confirms Leg 2 crew   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Laser and Laser Radial sailors all set   
Star Sailors League Finals - France to be represented   
67th Turkey Day Regatta - ABYC dishes up another special regatta   
Dual Olympian Krystal Weir announces retirement from Olympic Sailing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Sibling rivalry, Greenhalghs prepare to race   
Star Sailors League Finals - Kljakovic Gaspic and Sitic to race   
Live Coverage of the 13th International Sailing Summit   


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