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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 very close racing continues at the front of the Volvo 65 fleet. On Friday Charles Caudrelier‘s Dongfeng briefly took the lead but by Saturday morning Ian Walker had Abu Dhabi 16 miles in the lead, only 1600 miles from Capetown. Abu Dhabi overnight hit 26 knots for a 15 min period, so some healthy speed in this downwind drag race. ... [more]  

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The first day of the 100th Lipton Cup felt every bit the phrase 'calm before the storm.' The shifting winds were light, but proved to be a heavy challenge to the 12 J/105s racing on San Diego Bay. Jon Pinckney and his crew from Newport Harbor Yacht Club were up for the task, finishing the day with a total of 10 points in order to secure the day's first place overall position. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet turns to avoid Ice and heads for Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The lead boats in the Volvo Ocean Race have all turned and are heading for the finish line in Cape Town which is about four days 10hrs distant as of the 1840hrs UTC sked on October 31. The lead four boats , Team Brunel, Abu Dhabi, Team Vestas and Dongfeng are all covered by a very small distance indeed, ... [more]  

Dave Robertson has become the first successful Kite Boarder to complete the 120nm PIC Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell. His time of 7hours 28mins makes him the fastest solo sailor and board sailor to complete the 120nm race. Although he had a 30 minute head start, Robertson managed to beat an 80ft canting keelboat and a VOR70. See video of race in this story ... [more]  

'You know they’re around, because you can smell the stale water, and feel the temperature drop – especially at night, or when it’s foggy,' explains Justin Slattery on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. He’s talking about icebergs. Massive chunks of thick, jagged frozen force. Floating fast, recklessly and aimlessly in the ocean. ... [more]  

The 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by Community Sailing Center Galveston, got underway Thursday on Offats Bayou following two days of development racing in Sonars. ... [more]  

The Volvo Ocean race On Board Reporters update from the Southern Ocean on Leg 1, Day 19: Like flipping a light switch. Off to on in so much as an instant, the anticipated westerlies of the South Atlantic have finally arrived—28 knots now—and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly life onboard can change. Includes the latest videos from onboard - raw and uncut :-) ... [more]  

With just 48 hours days to go until the start of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, it only takes a few minutes with Yann Guichard to see the extent of his determination. The incredible attention to detail in the preparations by Spindrift 2 speaks volumes about the work accomplished by the team since the single-handed race was inserted into Spindrift racing’s programme almost a year ago. ... [more]  

Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built? by Nandor Fa himself. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica's OBR Amory Ross reports on the crew's progress as they continue to head south in the Volvo Ocean Race. The last week of sailing has been full of tactical decisions as the team decide when to head south and when to turn east towards Cape Town. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA OBR Corinna Halloran reports on day 20 for the crew. Wow; A bit of a monumental day—both literally and figuratively. Three weeks ago it was the eve of the start my friends took me for one last ice cream and I couldn’t figure out if I was nervous or not nervous. ... [more]  

Talent, passion, ability, success. All qualities that spring to mind with regard to Luke Patience, the 28 year old 470 Class silver medallist from London 2012. SSL is delighted to announce that Luke has now accepted the Star Sailors League invitation to participate in our 2014 Finals, becoming the second UK special guest star, alongside newly-crowned Finn World Champion Giles Scott. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Like in the old English tale of Robin Hood, it’s a case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That is what we have been seeing over the last few days. More wind just behind the leaders has allowed the middle, poorer pack to catch the rich leaders. ... [more]  

American Windsurfing Tour Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Today we have all been treated to an incredible spectacle of windsurfing, on the second day of competition at the AWT pro bracket of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. ... [more]  

The International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) annual general meeting next Tuesday (Nov 4) is likely to debate measures put forward by the Polish Kiteboarding Association (PKA) that would effectively outlaw ram-air kites from the beginning of next year. ... [more]  

Today was the top performance day of the 2014 Chris Benz Lüderitz World Record Chase with 50+Knots performances recorded, as well as many PBs and four country records falling. Strong 25-35 knot winds were forecast for today and this proved true, however, the angle of the wind only allowed for optimal performances towards the end of the day’s racing. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Still tight at front as Roaring Forties beckon *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
According to the routing function of Predictwind, the three boats are covered by just 10 miles in terms of distance to be sailed to the finish on their optimum course, more telling is that on the same basis just seven minutes would cover the first and third boats to finish. Sail-World interviewed Team Vestas skipper, Chris Nicholson this morning - he comments in this report. ... [more]  

The Aloha Classic is the longest existing windsurfing wave event (together with Sylt in Germany). 2014 marks 30 years since the very first event and the 25th edition of the Aloha Classic. Let me rewind back to when I was a young journalist, following the evolution of windsurfing, back then windsurfing was called ‘the fastest growing sport’… ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads south by Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
OBR Amory Ross reports on Team Alvimedica’s progress in the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s wild that after six days of sailing down the coast of South America we finally found ourselves pointed directly at Cape Town (going 16 knots) but all the routing indicates we’re not far enough to the south so down we go! ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Team SCA coach Brad Jackson gives his thoughts on Leg 1. 'We very much understand what the girls are trying to do and who they are competing against and if they do things well they are right up there in the mix. ... [more]  

Little Traverse Yacht Club (Harbor Springs, Michigan) won the Yacht Club Challenge in the 106th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. ... [more]  

Want to see 40 great sailing champions in action in stunning Nassau in the Bahamas? The Star Sailors League, an emerging international circuit, is offering the chance to win a four-day holiday for two people with accommodation at the luxury Atlantis resort and water park. ... [more]  

Bidding is now open in the auction to join the Volvo Ocean Race as a part of Team Alvimedica and support heart charities around the world! Team Alvimedica supporters have the unique chance to bid on two experiences that will take place at each stopover throughout the race. ... [more]  

The seventh edition of the St Barth Cata Cup is set to be thrilling. Sixty teams will go head to head aboard the last generation of F18 boats: Hobbie Wild Cat, Nacra Infusion MKII, Cirrus R, Phantom and C2. It is a high-speed, tactical, technical and spectacular discipline! ... [more]  

AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper's meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - After 19 days of Leg one, the leaders are still within sight of each other, something we don’t think we’ve ever seen at such a stage between Alicante and Cape Town. It’s the ultimate inshore race, staged hundreds of miles offshore. Abu Dhabi, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind are locked against each other with Dongfeng Race Team just 17NM further adrift. ... [more]  

The Taiwan 2014 Kitesurfing Open & Green Tourism Miaoli proved to be an interesting event for the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) to get involved with at the Longfong Fish Harbour beach front in Jhunan. As the KTA had been wanting for some time to bring an event to the renowned high wind shores of Taiwan, which is famous for its windy conditions 300 days a year. ... [more]  

Best possible conditions are expected when 2014 World Championships in ISAF-class Kona One is about to start in Islamorada, Florida on Saturday, November 1. A total of 115 sailors from five continents will line up making it the largest Kona event ever. The outcome is very open with a number of high-profiled sailors with multiple international championship wins in different windsurfing classes. ... [more]  

2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships - The dates for the 2015 U.S. Youth Championships, hosted by Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., have been changed to July 6-10 from the traditional second week in August ... [more]  

'It is no less important to the Commodore as air or water,' said Staff Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club Chuck Nichols. The Lipton Cup is arguably one of the most iconic regattas in the sailing community. This three-day regatta is an invitation-only event where the best sailors from around the country compete to represent their yacht clubs. ... [more]  

Year in and year out, the U.S. Disabled Championships is one of the most fascinating sailing events in the world. A strong collection of the top sailors in the country are in Galveston, Texas preparing for this week’s three-day championship, which begins Thursday, October 30 and concludes Saturday, November 1. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas back-slams both race leaders *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The Chris Nicholson skippered Team Vestas Wind, has made a big gain in the last 12 hours in the Volvo Ocean Race, and is now positioned between the two lead boats. The Danish flagged entry had been positioned to the west of the leaders, who were in the fringe of the St Helena High. ... [more]  

Severne Starboard Aloha Classic officially open
Making Ends Meet – Interview with Bill Erkelens, Team Alvimedica COO
Volvo Ocean Race - Constant change for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA fighting and determined
International Paralympic Committee publishes 2015 Anti-Doping Code
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Sailing legend seeks French entry
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg one – Ice gates and getting south
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Latest position report: Oct. 29, 0630 UTC
Optimist World Championship 2014 - Strong winds for the second stage
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel snatch lead for now
Volvo Ocean Race: Ice Gate laid in Southern Ocean on Leg 1 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Reality for Team Vestas Wind
Volvo Ocean Race: Straight-line progress continues for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA entering the Southern Ocean + Video
Comanche ocean trials in Newport + Video
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Title race thrown wide open
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away
Clipper Race - Is this the toughest job on the ocean?
PIC Coastal Classic Roundup: Almost 30 minutes slashed off record
America's Cup: Artemis Racing signs seventh Olympic Gold medalist
Pieces in place for the 2015 GC32 Racing Tour   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Behind the numbers   
Volvo Ocean Race: Front runners open gap for Cape Town *Feature   
AWT - PWA Finale 2014: Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - One day to go   
2014 International Masters Regatta - Augie Diaz takes the trophy   
Volvo Ocean Race - Supreme sailing for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, united by one   
A big shift for Pumpkin Pursuit in Richmond   
ISAF Annual Conference to take place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Latest position report: October 27, 1700 UTC   
Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team to race RORC Transatlantic Race   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The search for skippers is on   
China Cup Int'l Regatta - Windier weather brings victory for Vanke   
Argo Group Gold Cup - Stena Sailing Team wins in Bermuda   
GC 32 Foiling Cat Argo sets Mount Gay Rum Around Jamestown Record   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Latest position report, October 27, 0630 UTC   
2014 RS:X Youth Worlds - Going out with a bang! + Video   
2015 Flying Dutchman World Championships - Winners will be Grinners!   
RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - Denmark’s Christian Spodsberg wins   
Argo Group Gold Cup 2014 - Berntsson joins sailing’s elite   


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