Please select your home edition
T Clewring J-class

VOR, Cupnews, SailRocket 3—Sailing news from Oz and beyond

by Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team on 11 Jul 2014
Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing engage in a "friendly delivery" start out of Newport Donna Erichsen
The whales are going to see a lot of boats up north this year. The 2014 Vision on Surveys 25th Airlie Beach Race Week being held from the eighth to 15th August is just a month away and its shaping as a record fleet.

Event organisers Whitsunday Sailing Club have reported the entry numbers are roaring along ahead of last year’s numbers. Eighty-one entries have been received so far, which is definitely a record this far out and many more are to come by the time of the official close of entries date on 1st August. The race committee have the option of course to accept further entries, but an additional fee will be attached to any late entry.

This year there are nine divisions to choose from – IRC Racing, One Design Classes, IRC Cruising, Performance Racing, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spinnaker, Sports Boats, Multihull Racing and Multihull Cruising.

Two Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 rival crews have set out for transatlantic crossings from Newport, Rhode Island to the United Kingdom this week as preparations for the event start in October continued to heat up.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Alvimedica are strictly forbidden under Volvo Ocean Race rules to compete against each other over such a trip, but were given permission to start their transatlantic passages on Wednesday at the same time in a ‘promotional start’ watched by hundreds of Newport sailing fans.

They started at the same time and have finishes close near by hmmm maybe this will be a cruise in company (NOT).

'It’s not easy to leave friends and family behind but it is time to get out and go sailing,' said Charlie Enright, skipper of Team Alvimedica. 'While we have achieved a lot in our month here in Newport, we now need to maximize our time at sea together as a team.'

The next time that either Team Alvimedica or Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing sail into Newport Harbor will be during the actual Volvo Ocean Race stopover, so this was obviously a big moment for both teams, especially the American- and Turkish-flagged Team Alvimedica, whose skipper is a proud Newport-area local. More, below.

And in America’s Cup news, word hit the street this week that the hunt for the city that will host the 35th America’s Cup has been narrowed to two candidates, San Diego and Bermuda. This decision eliminates Chicago, but as many pundits and experts have pointed out, Chicago’s wind limits, its brutal winters and its already-packed waterfront were likely complicating factors-not to mention the entire 'arm of the sea' consideration, as described in the Deed of Gift-for hosting an America’s Cup. While no decisions are even close to final, many people have noted that Chicago would be an ideal venue for an pre-Cup AC45 event, leading up to the 35th America’s Cup.

While the Defender has until the end of 2014 to name the host venue for 'AC35', many challengers have been clambering for more information, as it’s extremely difficult to sell campaigns to sponsors sans a 'where'. 'We are now able to focus on two venues that are motivated and enthusiastic at the prospect of hosting the next America’s Cup,' said Russell Coutts, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority. 'I’m confident that we’re on target to finish with a venue that allows us to achieve our goal of hosting an exciting and successful America’s Cup built on a strong commercial foundation.'

Get the full America’s Cup venue report,below and stay tuned for more AC news, as it unfurls.

Meanwhile, fans of speed sailing are still toasting the jaw-dropping 65.45-knot high-water mark that Australian Paul Larsen and his 'Vestas Sailrocket 2' program established in November of 2012, that certainly hasn’t stopped Larsen from dreaming of his next challenge, this one involving the high seas and an offshore-capable version of his proven concept.

'If you liked what the project achieved last time, you won't be disappointed by where we are aiming now,' wrote Larsen on his blog.

'The concepts upon which 'Vestas Sailrocket 3' will be based already have a lot of credibility,' continued Larsen. 'The numbers are good. The real challenge now is to put together the resources and project where once again we can turn these numbers into reality.'

See the full report, below

Also while there is lots of Aussie new we have the latest from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Volvo Cork Week, the Nacra 17 European, the 49er Europeans and the Formula 16 Worlds. And looking ahead for the weekend, be sure to stay current with the website for the latest news from Narragansett Bay, where the New York Yacht Club’s Race Week and the Bacardi Newport Race Week are both being contested.

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race to be contested over longest distance in history
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.
Posted on 29 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. By way of comparison a minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course by WSSRC.
Posted on 28 Jun
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Australia and Britain - The best of rivals or the best of partners?
There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms in sport, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. In the International Moth World Championship there is an Ashes trophy and, for the first time in a long while, the Brits took the trophy home.
Posted on 31 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology
x In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is. Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher, washing machine, a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast. For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.
Posted on 19 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
x x
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup - Ahead a Dead Rat in a Shoe v3 or Spring Daffodils
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphone while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 7 Apr
World's most popular boat revisited and big news from Volvo Ocean Race
x x
Posted on 1 Apr