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A big weekend for racing - Sailing news from North America and beyond

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The latest sailing news from Canada and the world.
 08 May 2017

A big weekend for racing - Sailing news from North America and beyond

Bermuda may be a long ways from the Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day parade, but the waters are getting hot off of Bermuda ahead of next month's 35th America's Cup match  Austin Wong | ACEA
Seattle might have earned its national reputation due to our “lovely” weather (read: rain, and copious amounts of it), but four feet of rain in seven months is a lot of precipitation. However, I heard on the news the other day that this is the amount of rain that has graced my hometown just since October 1. While this no doubt helped our friends at REI and West Marine sell Gore-Tex jackets and foul-weather gear, it didn't do much for the city's collective psyche (except for this season's powder skiing, but that's a different story), so you can imagine the overall reception when the first weekend in May-otherwise known as Opening Day Weekend to any Seattle-area boater-was bluebird sunny (OK, so there were a few clouds), with some of the warmest temps that we've enjoyed since last August.

True, the sales of rain- and foul-weather gear jackets were likely down, but another fun Seattle statistic is that-as a collective whole-we buy more sunglasses than Americans living in any other large city (Punch line? Because there's so [relatively] little need for these devices, Seattleites can't remember where they last stashed their shades), so hopefully sales of sunscreen, sun hats, and yes, sunglasses, helped make up for any shortfalls.

For the rest of us who are far more concerned with harvesting Vitamin D than retail-sales numbers, Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day boat parade along the shores of Lake Union, Portage Bay, the Montlake Cut, Union Bay and Lake Washington, provided more than enough nautical entertainment and pageantry to launch another boating season off onto a great start.

California might be hundreds of miles from Seattle, but sailors participating in the Sloop Tavern's Race to the Straits enjoyed similar conditions as these sailors seen here enjoying the 2015 Great Vallejo Race  Pressure Drop . US

Across town and across yacht-club lines, the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, which occupies a dramatically different albeit equally loved spot on Seattle's sailing scene (YC membership at the extremely modest Sloop Tavern will run you $125 to join and $75 to renew, and that's for a voting membership; associate memberships are roughly half this rate) than the significantly more refined Seattle Yacht Club, hosted their annual Race to the Strait. This two-day affair started and ended at Shilshole Bay Marina and took the fleet some (ballpark) 35 nautical miles north to charming the charming Olympic Peninsula community of Port Townsend for a night before spinning the compass cards and bringing the fleet home on Sunday.

While I sadly missed this race, I enjoyed a fine view of the fleet vanishing to the south from the highlands at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island's western shore, and while I doubt a new course record was set in the 10-12 knots of northerly breeze that was flowing down the course, my friends out in the fleet sure didn't look like they were encumbered by the heavy layers of polar fleece, merino wool and foul-weather gear that we were hiding beneath just eight days before during the Protection Islands Race.

Seattle may have enjoyed a (seemingly rare, at least for this spring) warm and sunny weekend but's enthusiastic embrace of the boating season certainly isn't limited to the Pacific Northwest (although I doubt that any other serious American sailing city can compete with our four feet of rain since October 1!), and this early May weekend was a big one for racing from coast to coast to coast, as well as on the waters between.

2015 Great Vallejo Race  Pressure Drop . US

For example, on the West Coast, Vallejo Yacht Club, in Vallejo, California, hosted the Great Vallejo Race, while back East the Annapolis Yacht Club, in Annapolis, Maryland, hosted its Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the American Yacht Club, in Rye, New York, hosted its annual American Yacht Club Spring Series on Long Island Sound. In Florida, the Key Biscayne Yacht Club, situated on Key Biscayne, hosted its Annual Regatta, while in Kemah, Texas, the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club hosted the U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier.

2015 Great Vallejo Race  Pressure Drop . US

In between America's three coastlines reside myriad lakes, rivers, and waterways, as well as many hard-core boaters who love to race sailboats as much as their saltwater-obsessed friends on the coasts and who also made the most of an early May weekend. For example, the Ozark Yacht Club, in Osage Beach, Missouri, hosted the Megabyte Midwest Regional Regatta, while the Kentucky Lake Sailing Club, situated in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, hosted the Governor's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup Class (ACC) AC50 on her first sail in Bermuda  Austin Wong | ACEA

Meanwhile, on the island nation of Bermuda, situated some 600 nautical miles off the coast of South Carolina, six teams are preparing their wingsail-powered and fully foiling ACC boats for the 35th America's Cup (June 17-27, 2017), which begins its Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers (Round Robin 1) on Friday, May 26. While excitement is building across the USA for a great summer of racing, you can bet your last remaining shackle that the energy on Bermuda (population: 64,237 according to 2010 census data) will be nearing a hydrofoil-borne crescendo come mid-to-late June, so stay tuned!

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Extreme Sailing Series™ announces partnership with Palmarina
Extreme Sailing Series,
Located in Yal?kavak, on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula, Palmarina also becomes an Official Partner to the Flying Phantom Series, which takes place at the European Extreme Sailing Series regattas, broadening the offering to fans, media and commercial partners by diversifying the on-water action.... [more]

World Sailing outline long-term priorities at 2017 Mid-Year Meeting
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
The meeting of the World Sailing Council brings together the President, Vice-Presidents, Officers of Honour (non-voting), 28 appointed members (representing each of the regional groups of sailing nations), and representatives of the Offshore Committee, Classes Committee, Athletes' Commission and a Women's Representative.... [more]

Youth teams at the GC32 Riva Cup
GC32 Racing Tour,
With Schneiter running Team Tilt in unison with his Olympic 49er campaign, last year his crew greatly benefitted from having Emirates Team New Zealand skipper and multiple A-Class catamaran World Champion, Glenn Ashby, as their coach.... [more]

Yacht Racing Forum– World Sailing President to present keynote address
Yacht Racing Forum,
Thanks to his past experience in World Sailing as the Chairman of the Equipment Committee, combined with his years working in international business, Andersen has a proven track record in implementing and managing successful organisations.... [more]

The Ultimate Try-A-Watersport Holiday
Wildwind holidays in Vassiliki, on the beautiful Greek island of Lefkas, has long been known as one of the world's prime sailing holiday destinations.... [more]

World Sailing Council - Day 1 recap
World Sailing,
World Sailing's Council met today (7 May) for the first of two sessions at the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting in Singapore. The meeting of the World Sailing Council brings together the President, Vice-Presidents, Officers of Honour (non-voting), 28 appointed members and representatives of the Offshore Committee, Classes Committee, Athletes' Commission and a Women's Representative.... [more]

America's Cup - Burling and Tuke reflect on a fortnight in Bermuda
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Strong winds on Saturday precluded sailing on the Great Sound, with the teams having an unscheduled work day to get through the never-ending work and maintenance lists, with just three weeks to go before the start of the Qualifier Series. Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling sayd the team's AC50 was definitely sailing sailing faster in Bermuda than she had been in Auckland.... [more]

Team 'More Gostosa' takes the overall title at H.H NOOD Regatta
Evily Giannopoulos,
It was the largest Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in recent years, with more than 200 boats in 17 classes competing in the unpredictable conditions of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the country's top sailing talent was represented on the water, but there was one crew that stood out among the crowd.... [more]

US J/24 Class Association awards first-annual scholarship boat
J/24 Class,
This summer, the Scholarship Boat Program members will be racing at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, where they plan to participate in club and fleet events.... [more]

New class rules published for OK Dinghy class
Robert Deaves,
The conversion is a genuine reflection of how the class has modernised itself over the past five to ten years with state of the art equipment and new builders producing high quality and beautiful looking boats.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - Parasailing back on track
Richard Gladwell,
One of the unreported aspects of the World Masters Games sailed at Torbay, was the fact that three Paralympic sailors competed in the Weta events alongside the age-challenged sailors. In fact the Parasailors won two medals against the able-bodied fleet.... [more]

Day 2 results from the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta
Evily Giannopoulos,
The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta kicked into full gear Saturday as 220 teams in 17 classes battled the elements on the Chesapeake Bay.... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week – A golden year
Louay Habib,
The stage was glittering with dozens of trophies, many of which have been sought after for decades of Caribbean racing. Winners took to the stage to receive their appreciation from the crowd, and finally there was just one trophy left. You could feel the tension as MC Tommy Paterson announced the winner of The Lord Nelson Trophy as Sergio Sagramoso's Puerto Rican Melges 32, Lazy Dog.... [more]

World Para Sailing bounces back for 2017 Worlds in Kiel
World Sailing,
A record 39 nations will sail at the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships in Kiel, Germany from 19-25 June 2017.Ahead of the early entry fee deadline on 1 May, a huge uptake of entries was received as nations and sailors pledge their support.... [more]

A Few Rays – What to know about your skin-
Skin has evolved over the millions of years to keep water outside of the body out, while keeping the moisture we have in our body in. That's a good thing right? – So we don't blow up every time we take a swim or go out in the rain. Likewise so we don't dry up in the sun.... [more]

Females take charge in 2017 Lightning Boat Grant Program
Laura Jeffers,
The International Lightning Class Association is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Lightning Boat Grant Program!... [more]

America's Cup - Ainslie defends Brit's performance in Practice Session,
Sir Ben Ainslie, CEO and Skipper of British America's Cup Challenger Land Rover BAR has come out on the defensive in a column in the Daily Telegraph after the team's performance in the latest Practice Session which concluded last Friday week in Bermuda.... [more]

America's Cup - Rower not fazed by Emirates Team NZ's nosedive
Richard Gladwell/,
Olympic gold medal winning rower, Joseph Sullivan, talks to the Daily Telegraph about Emirates Team New Zealand's nosedive after being caught by a errant gust as the team left the marina at the Royal Dockyard midway through last week's Practice Session when winds topped 25kts on the race course.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session the Great Sound, Thursday May 5,
More action on the Great Sound, Bermuda as several of the America's Cup teams went through their paces outside of one of the days designated as Practice Sessions - so no co-ordinated training allowed. Teams on the water today included Land Rover BAR, Softbank Team Japan and Oracle Team USA.... [more]

Wide open for the Lord Nelson Trophy - Antigua Sailing Week
Louay Habib,
Classic trade wind conditions prevailed for the final day of Antigua Sailing Week, serving up one last helping of awesome yacht racing. There were some shock results today, resulting in a number of teams having the possibility of winning the big one - The 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week's Lord Nelson Trophy.... [more]

America's Cup - Meet Oracle Racing's Paul Bieker,
With the new America's Cup Class, the teams are measuring performance gains in knots rather than hundredths of knots. Meet Paul Bieker, lead design engineer for Oracle Team USA and an instrumental player in these advancements. Paul Bieker has a been a designer with Oracle Team USA in its various renditions since 2003, from the IACC class to the 120ft trimaran, and then the AC72 and now AC50.... [more]

America's Cup - Softbank Team Japan - 21 days to go - Video,
Video from Softbank Team Japan as they hit the 21 days to go before the start of the Qualifiers for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. The Japanese team are still endeavoring to understand the cross-over point between their light and heavy air foils, and like other teams are continuing their development right up to the start of the Qualifiers.... [more]

Foiling behind a foiler- Tom Buggy wakeboards behind a GC32
Liz Rushall, Zhik,
If you are thinking of trying this at home - don't forget your Zhik impact protection! Zhik, the Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series™ put their stamp on the recent Qingdao Act with a not for the feint hearted stunt, involving Tom Buggy being towed behind a foiling GC32 whilst he was foiling on a wakeboard.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice Session the Great Sound, Thursday May 4,
More action on the Great Sound, Bermuda as several of the America's Cup teams went through their paces outside of one of the days designated as Practice Sessions - so no co-ordinated training allowed. Teams on the water today included Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team NZ, Softbank Team Japan and Oracle Team USA.... [more]

The Guyader Grand Prix, first contest since the Vendée Globe
Vendee Globe,
From Thursday 4th May to 7th May, five IMOCAs are expected to compete in the Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez. Among those registered, we can find four skippers from the last Vendée Globe - Jean-Pierre Dick, Morgan Lagravière, Paul Meilhat and Jean Le Cam. The title-holder of the prestigious Solitaire du Figaro, Yoann Richomme will also be lining up on a Vendée Globe monohull in this special event... [more]

Antigua Sailing Week - Discards reshuffle the pack
Louay Habib,
The penultimate day of racing at the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was held in near perfect conditions off the south coast of Antigua. The Caribbean surf and sea state had moderated in comparison to the start of the regatta, but the strength of the competition was undiminished. Apart from the Club Class, all classes have now completed six races or more... [more]

Record breaking 39 nations to attend Para World Sailing Championships
World Sailing,
A record 39 nations will sail at the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships in Kiel, Germany from 19-25 June 2017. Ahead of the early entry fee deadline on 1 May, a huge uptake of entries was received as nations and sailors pledge their support.... [more]

A truly Bermudaful opening ceremony to the 35th America's Cup
America's Cup,
The Opening Ceremony will be produced by David Durham of Yhoshi Productions and the Musical Director will be John Woolridge, both with huge experience of staging shows of this caliber in Bermuda.... [more]

Thrills and fun at the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge
Antigua Sailing Week,
After a tremendous Damian Marley experience at Reggae in the Park yesterday evening in Nelson's Dockyard, it wasn't a surprise that Presidente Lay Day started with a lay-in until late morning!... [more]

The Fever-Tree Experience at Antigua Sailing Week
Louay Habib,
The Fever-Tree Cocktail Bar at Antigua Sailing Week is the place to be. Located right next to the event stage, it is the place where winning teams gather, after collecting their awards after the daily prize giving.... [more]

The Maiden Factor
Brian Hancock,
Ok, so this story is very close to my heart. I have known this boat for almost four decades. I first met her during the 81/82 Whitbread Round the World Race. It was painted in colorful horizontal stripes and for a period we sailed up the Atlantic together.... [more]

America's Cup - Oracle Team USA driven by data - Video,
From the sailing team to the boat design team, Oracle Team USA's performance is driven by data collection and analysis and Oracle software and systems?. Team Tactician Andrew Campbell? and Performance Manager Ian 'Fresh' Burns explain how the data collection takes place using 450 collection points aboard the AC50, and how it is utilised by the team on and off the water.... [more]

Teams from four continents on GC32 Racing Tour 2017
GC32 Racing Tour,
Four continents will be represented among the 11 foiling one design catamarans teams competing on Lake Garda at next week's GC32 Riva Cup, the opening event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour. While Europeans form the majority, there will once again be Jason Carroll's Team Argo from the USA and Naofumi Kamei's Mamma Aiuto! from Japan. New for 2017 will be the circuit's first team from South America.... [more]

America's Cup - On yer bike with Emirates Team New Zealand - Video,
The use of leg powered grinders rather than the traditional arm-powered stations are an innovation that may only be seen in the upcoming America's Cup. Those who have done the watts arithmetic will know that the numbers stack up heavily in favour of the cyclors.... [more]

America's Cup - Practice day on the Great Sound,
Several of the America's Cup teams were out practising on the Great Sound, Bermuda on Wednesday. As this was not one of the allowed Practice Sessions, the teams had to train alone in the southerly breeze of 15kts gusting to 20kts according to the weather station at Watford Bridge.... [more]

Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge at Antigua Sailing Week
Louay Habib,
After a tremendous Damian Marley experience at Reggae in the Park yesterday evening in Nelson's Dockyard, it wasn't a surprise that Presidente Lay Day started with a lay-in until late morning! It was a perfect day to wind down on Pigeon Point Beach and although the weather didn't cooperate completely, the rain was never going to stop play.... [more]

Sailing's gladiators gather in Marseille for European Finn title fight
Robert Deaves,
The 2017 Finn Senior and U23 European Championships opens in the French Mediterranean port city of Marseille this weekend. Shared with the RS-X Europeans, the events were designed to showcase the potential of Marseille as the preferred Olympic sailing venue should Paris win the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games.... [more]

Dr. Jason Smithwick to become Director of Rating for IRC
RORC Press,
Following on from academia, roles in the research industry and sailing's international federation Smithwick will take up his post at the head of a team of four full-time staff and several external consultants on 3rd July this year.... [more]

A QandA with Don Adams about Sail Canada's plan to win Olympic medals
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Sail Canada, Canada's national sailing authority, is implementing a new High Performance Plan with the aim of improving on their recent Olympic sailing performances. I caught up with Don Adams, CEO of Sail Canada, to learn more about this ambition plan for helping Canadian sailors win Olympic medals while also helping to inspire younger generations to pursue the Olympic-sailing dream.... [more]

America's Cup - Building Emirates Team NZ's AC50 - Video
Ben Gladwell, Southern Spars,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Class AC50 yacht is one of the most technical yachts ever launched. ‘For us this is another opportunity to demonstrate how strong we are as a composite manufacturer,' says one of the founders and round the world racer, Mark Hauser. 'We have just built a yacht that is capable of winning the America's Cup.'... [more]

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award 2017 officially launched
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image,
The eighth edition of the leading sailing picture award will once again reassemble the world's most talented yacht racing photographers.... [more]

America's Cup - Dean Barker pleased with Softbank Team Japan progress
Softbank Team Japan,
Another week begins following the conclusion of another practice race period last week in Bermuda with SoftBank Team Japan continuing to making gains amongst the perceived leaders with mixed results. Despite going 4-7 for the week, the team had race wins against all rivals on the course including a dominant Friday session going 1-1 with Oracle Team USA and beating Emirates Team NZ... [more]

Clipper Round the World Race - Meet alumni crew member Lisa Pover
Clipper Round the World,
Following the announcement that the Clipper 2017-18 Race will start and finish from Liverpool's Albert Dock for the first time in ten years, we caught up with alumni crew member Lisa Pover.... [more]

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan claim World Cup title in France
Bronwen Hemmings,
Olympic Silver medallists Mathew Belcher OAM and Will Ryan have claimed a decisive victory in the World Cup title in France.... [more]

Johnnie Walker Race - Day 3 - Hotting up in Antigua
Louay Habib,
The third day of racing at the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was once again blessed with glorious conditions. Squally pewter skies cleared shortly after the first warning gun and the breeze slowly woke up as the skies cleared, touching 17 knots at times.... [more]

America's Cup - Spithill - It's so addictive
America's Cup,
The America's Cup has captivated the attention of the world for 166 years. In 1851, Queen Victoria was witness to the very first America's Cup event, watching the schooner America beat the best Great Britain could muster in a race around the Isle of Wight. That historic occasion gave birth to the famous quote, “Your Majesty, there is no second”... [more]

Two Canadians sentenced for setting sailboat ablaze in the Pacific
Hoa Quach,
Two Canadian citizens were each sentenced in San Diego Monday to 30 months in federal prison for intentionally setting their sailboat on fire off the coast of Washington state, requiring the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue them from the Pacific Ocean.... [more]

SAP brings cutting-edge solutions to World Sailing
Daniel Smith - World Sailing,
Over the next four years, SAP will bring its cutting-edge, innovative solutions to World Sailing's World Cup Series of events. SAP will transform the events by improving performance on the water, reinventing the fan experience on the shoreline and at home, simplifying operations for sailors and coaches and supplying media with information and insights to deliver a more informed commentary.... [more]

Sailing's World Cup Series standings released
Richard Aspland - World Sailing,
With an allocation of 20 places for the Olympic class fleets, 25 for the Laser, the Rio 2016 medallists will all receive invitations and be joined by the Round One Miami, USA and Round Two Hyères, France winners. The remaining places will be awarded to the lowest point scoring sailors throughout the Series to battle it out in the showcase Final.... [more]

'Free As The Wind' at Wildwind
Have you ever wished that you could combine your love of windsurfing with the best sailing holiday experience on the market? Well we have the answer with our ‘Free As The Wind' package...... [more]

Fever-Tree Race - Day 2 - Buzzing in Antigua
Louay Habib,
The second day of racing at the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week was blessed with awesome conditions, easterly trade winds pumping solid breeze over the cliffs and through the bays on the stunning south coast of Antigua. Add bright sunshine and the infamous Antiguan sea state and you have a sweet and spicy cocktail to savour.... [more]

America's Cup - A lonely light weather day for Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand were the only team out on the Great Sound, Bermuda - spending a lonely day in light winds. They appeared to be testing their repaired light weather foils. Not a lot can be seen in these videos aside from the New Zealand boat's ability to stay foil-borne for extended periods in these difficult conditions average 5-7.5kts with the odd gust to 10kts.... [more]

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