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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations

'RS900 fleet'   

The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women’s Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition.

These two boats are: Mackay FX and RS900.


It is recommended that none of the remaining boats presented in the 2012 Evaluation Event is considered for selection as Olympic equipment at this time. These boats are the Arup Skiff, the Aura, the Rebel and the 29erXX.

In deciding between the RS900 and the Mackay FX it is recommended that the following key factors be born in mind:

Both boats fit the established criteria.

Both boats require skillsets which exactly parallel those for the Men’s Skiff. Both boats have visual and practical affinity with the Men’s Skiff equipment.

Both boats have suppliers with a proven track-record for quality and global supply.

The Mackay FX offers the advantages of a providing a common platform with the Men’s Skiff event. The Mackay FX is bigger and heavier. It will suit crews at the upper end of weight range criteria.

The RS900 was designed specifically to fit the published criteria for the Women’s Skiff event. The RS900 is lighter and smaller.

The RS900 is expected to suit a crew weight well within the criteria.

2. Summary Narrative

Suitable Boats: Mackay FX, RS900

The Mackay FX and the RS900 are both suitable for the specified crew weight criteria including consideration of kinetics and the manageability of the boat. It is clear that the Mackay FX offers advantages as a common men and women’s platform with rapid implementation. However this has to be balanced against the smaller and lighter RS900.

These two boats, the Mackay FX and RS900 were clearly preferred by the MNA sailors. In terms of the boat layout and performance, both the Mackay FX and RS900 have solid wings and offer similar skills and techniques to the men’s skiff.

Both the Mackay FX and RS900 manufacturers have a proven track record in a global market and with high performance skiffs; they currently produce and distribute ISAF Classes worldwide.

Good Performers: Rebel

Of the four other skiffs, the new Rebel has the best performance and is designed to be challenging. It is different to the RS900 and Mackay FX as it had racks with netting instead of solid wings. On balance it did not rank as well as the RS900 or Mackay FX. Only one MNA sailor ranked the Rebel as their first choice. International supply capability is less well-proven.

Not Suitable: 29erXX, Aura, Arup

The 29erXX is a larger rig on the 29er hull platform. Only two sailors ranked the 29erXX in their top three choices. It failed to impress in respect of its performance, the sailors felt it was too easy to sail and underpowered, particularly upwind.

The innovative Aura impressed at first sight but disappointed on the water. Only one MNA sailor ranked the boat as a top three.

The Arup skiff offered a technical departure from the other boats. It was the lightest boat but seen to be too complicated and too unstable. It was not ranked in the MNA sailor top three.

3.       BoatComparisonTable

 
Data
 
29erXX
 
Arup
 
Aura
 
MackayFX
 
Rebel
 
RS900
 
Length–m
 
4.45
 
3.7
 
4.75
 
4.99
 
4.5
 
4.68
 
Beamoverall–m
 
1.77
 
1.8
 
2.2
 
2.9
 
3.0
 
2.8
 
Allupweight–kg
 
109
 
75
 
101
 
131
 
95
 
119
 
Mainarea–m2
 
 
15
 
 
14.5
 
12.5
 
13.8
 
11.8
 
11.8
 
Jibarea–m2
 
4.75
 
5.8
 
5.8
 
6
 
Spinnakerarea m2
 
19
 
21
 
25
 
25.1
 
26.8
 
26.6
 
CompletePrice
 
(excl.tax)
 
£11650 (€13869)
 
£9600 (€11428)
 
£11480 (€13667)
 
(£14280)
€17000
 
£11995 (€14280)
 
£10352a
(€12324)
 
Builder(as presentedatthe trials)
 
Ovington
Boats
 
Aardvark/ Rondar/ Lightweight Structures
 
 
Ovington
Boats
 
Mackay Boats& Ovington Boats
 
 
HartleyBoats
 
 
CMIThailand

GBP to Euro exchange rate of 0.84 where applicable. a price offer to MNAs,please see belowfor all prices.

The following sections list details of the individual boats.

See Appendix 1 for the final questionnaire MNA sailor feedback results

MACKAY FX -  Mackay Boats  

4. Boat Name: Mackay FX Entrant: Mackay Boats

4.1 General Review

The Mackay FX is an existing 49er hull and appendage platform with a new smaller rig designed specifically for the evaluation. The modification includes a few simple retrofit deck layout changes, including; increased downhaul and jib sheet purchase and an additional turning block on the gennaker sheet.

The Mackay FX proved to be one of the fastest in terms of speed. Performance was good and the sailors felt it was nice to sail and power was easily controlled. The work done by North Sails and Southern Spars should be acknowledged as rig and sails were executed perfectly and looked in proportion to the boat.

The sailors felt that the boat was challenging and quickly adapted to the boat, some of this owing to the large size of the hull platform. However this size and weight is also a concern voiced by the panel and the sailors, where boat manageability may be difficult on and off the water. The optimum weight range of the boat is suspected to be at the higher end of the criteria weight range.

Due to the excellent work and substantial investment of the 49er builders the quality and equipment control is good. The platform is good quality and will therefore have a good second hand market. As the 49er is currently available the price information is creditable and the Mackay FX is €1000 cheaper than the 49er.

The builder is in a satisfactory position to produce and deliver boats in a reasonable timescale.

For nations with existing 49er fleets it would appear to have advantages. However it is considered that the size of the boat is not ideal for the women’s target crew weight and it may be a compromise.

4.2 MNA Sailor Feedback

Number of sailors First Choice = 11, Second Choice = 7, Third Choice = 0

In an open discussion forum the sailors unanimously said it is suitable for the women’s Olympic skiff class. Common feedback themes included;

• Hull and appendages are proven in Olympic competition

• Rig is refined and controllable.

• Boat is heavier than others, may be hard to launch in waves for two women.

• Concerns that the correct crew weight is too heavy.

• Sailors saw the benefit of parallel training with the Men’s skiff.

4.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• It was the laser radial version of the 49er with few surprises

On the bid:

• The presentations traded on the 49er history, proven track record and availability
• Details were provided of how the new rig proportions were developed and compared with the current
49er rig.
• The boat is the most expensive of the skiff.
• If selected then 50 full mast and sails packages could be ready for delivery 10 weeks from order.

Additional orders could be supplied at 8-10 per week.

4.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution
Manufacturer-controlled one-design. Builder Information:

Hull Mackay Boats (NZL), Ovington Boats (GBR), Bethwaite/McConaghy Boats (CHN) Spars Southern Spars (Sri Lanka) Sails North Sails (Sri Lanka) Dealer Distribution in Oceania, Europe, North America

4.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich glass reinforced plastic (GRP) with local carbon reinforcement. Principally woven fabric with epoxy resin.

4.6 Class Association

The proposal comes with an entirely different class association structure to 49er. Number of boats worldwide: 0 rigs, but there are many 49er hulls already built.

4.7 Provisions of Selection

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement
• ISAF controlled distribution of the first 100 rigs or to May 2013 and hulls if necessary.
• It is suggested the boat is renamed the 49erFX to provide better media understanding.
• 49erFX should utilise the 49er class rules with the addition of an appendix.
• 49er Class Association should consider administering the class. The benefits of having a women’s committee in this class and utilising it combined strength h. The Constitution Committee should review the current proposed class association proposal.

4.8 Links

Mackay Boats

RS900 -    
5. Boat Name: RS900 Entrant: RS Sailing

5.1 General Review

The RS900 design is a new boat similar in style to the 49er and is designed specifically for the women’s skiff evaluation.

The boat’s performance was good and the sailors felt it was a stable hull and rewarding to sail. The boat proved ideal for the target weight range of 110kg -130kg. While the boat was not the most powerful at the evaluation it rewards good crew handling and tactics.

RS Sailing provided ISAF with a good building specification and demonstrated the quality control procedures they have in place with the hull manufacturer for a number of their products. The boat pricing information is creditable with additional discounts for boats sold to MNAs. The builder is in a satisfactory position to produce and deliver boats in a reasonable timescale.

5.2 MNA Sailor Feedback - Number of sailors First Choice = 6, Second Choice = 6, Third Choice = 6

In an open discussion forum the sailor unanimously said it is suitable for the women’s Olympic skiff class. Common feedback themes included;

• Sailors liked the layout and lighter hull.
• Boat was forgiving but would benefit from better control of rig and sail power.
• Felt good downwind.
• Easy to right and more stable than the other powerful boats.

5.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• It has similarities to the male skiff but has been further refined. (Examples of this included extending the wings forward of the shrouds and centralising the control lines).
• The power of the boat is optimised to the target crew weight range.

On the bid:

• Proven track record of bringing a new product to market in high volumes.
• The boat is substantially less expensive than the 49erFX.
• RS Sailing’s commitment to its range of high performance boats.
• Production boats will be 109kg.
• A rig and sail refinement programme is complete following feedback from the evaluation.
• If selected then full production can start before the end of June 2012, 16 boats produced by end of August 2012 and then at a rate of 16 to 24 (maximum) boats per month.

5.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution

Manufacturer-controlled one-design. Builder Information:

Hull RS Sailing currently produce most of their composite hulls at CMI in Thailand where they have their own full time quality control manager. The bid included provision if there was sufficient demand for a UK and Australian builder.

Spars Selden Spars in United Kingdom

Sails Hyde Sails

RS have the most extensive dealer network of any skiff with representation in all continents (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, Central and South America).

5.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich glass reinforced plastic (GRP) with local carbon reinforcement. Principally woven fabric utilising epoxy resin.

5.6 Class Association

The Class will join the RS International Class Association (note this already handles the RS500, RS Feva and RS Tera) in consultation with RS Sailing they are aware of the administration of handling such a class and will be looking at expanding this further.

Number of RS900 boats worldwide: New design.

5.7 Provisions of Selection

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement and an amended ISAF Classes Agreement.
• An MNA discount of 12% £10352 will be available to all MNAs this commitment is guaranteed for the
12 months or first 100 MNA supported purchases whichever is the sooner.
• The list price of £11750 is to be managed under open book price control policy
• ISAF will control distribution of the first 100 boats or up to May 2013.

5.8 Links

RS900 Page

Dealer Network www.rssailing.com/

Rebel - Hartley Boats -    
6. Boat Name: Rebel Entrant: Hartley Boats

6.1 General Review

The Rebel is a modern light skiff. The performance of the boat showed to be one of the fastest. The boat’s performance was good. The sailors felt that the boat was challenging and sometimes difficult, particularly in some manoeuvres. It would need careful attention to boat handling and technique. The suitability of the boat to the criteria weight range is good. The boat rewards a high skill level.

The building quality of the boats presented was generally high with materials that should produce a satisfactory lifetime. The design decisions of the boat were justified by the team. The initial impressions of the boats were mixed. The builder is in a satisfactory position to produce boats in a reasonable timescale.

6.2 MNA Sailor Feedback
Number of sailors First Choice = 1, Second Choice = 6, Third Choice = 11

In an open discussion forum the sailors unanimously said it is suitable for the women’s Olympic skiff class.

• High performance and good rig controls but there were negative comments regarding the spinnaker system.
• The manoeuvring is different to the other skiff boats as the boat is lightweight.
• The rack and netting arrangement created negative feedback. Sailors said that in between races and during pre-start manoeuvring it was less sure footed than the solid wing boats.
• The spinnaker load was heavier than other boats.

6.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• The boat is fast and technically challenging.
•The boat was more challenging in manoeuvres and careful technique is required to gybe and tack.
• The boat is one of the lightest boats at the evaluation at 95kg.

On the bid:

• The builder presently does not produce any ISAF classes or high performance skiffs. The bid team demonstrated they contained the knowledge to reduce any concerns related to this.
• The Rebel bid team explained how the rack and netting choice was a conscious decision linked to reducing the cost and weight of the boat.

6.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution

Manufacturer-controlled one-design. Builder Information:
Hull Hartley Boats (GBR) the proposal also included the possibility of builder in Australia

Spars Selden Spars (GBR)
Sails North Sails

The global dealer distribution element for the Rebel was presented in t heir bid and is summed up by the following quote 'A new Olympic Class that is based on a high performance skiff design starting from a zero base is unlikely to be anything other than sailed just by elite squad sailors supported by a National team organisation. The product distribution is not a commercial enterprise but is driven by the need to supply and service a discrete market of elite sailors and National teams. For this reason Hartley Boats has chosen a supply strategy that is based on direct to customer with no intermediate links.'

6.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich glass reinforced plastic (GRP) with local carbon reinforcement. Principally woven fabric with epoxy resin.

6.6 Class Association

No existing International class association although the Rebel team presented a organisational structure for a new class association strongly supported by the builder.

Number of Rebel boats worldwide: New design.

6.7 Provisions of Selection

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement and an amended ISAF Class Agreement
• The list price of £11995 is to be managed under open book price control policy
• ISAF controls the price until 2016.
• ISAF controlled distribution of the first 100 boats or to May 2013.

6.8 Links

Rebel Skiff

29er XX - Ovington Boats -  Ovington Boats  
7. Boat Name: 29ERXX Entrant: Ovington Boats / 29erXX Class Association

7.1 General Review

The 29erXX is a larger rig on the 29er hull platform. It is a proven boat that is easy to handle.

The boat’s performance was average. The sailors felt it was too easy to sail and underpowered particularly upwind. It is not easily powered up and the boat does not present a similar enough challenge to the men’s skiff. The boat suits the lower end of the weight range. Of all the skiffs this was the easiest to sail. The lack of challenge was a main concern of the Evaluation Panel and MNA Sailors.

The building manual and quality control of the boat is good and the documentation is to a high standard. The hull and foils have already proved to have a long lifetime with the 29er rig and a subsequent good second hand market for the hull. The boat has a low tech construction in terms of the large amount of chop strand mat and polyester used in construction, therefore the boat is relatively heavy for its size.

The boat price is in accordance with the specification. The current production capacity far exceeds any conceivable demand and the builders are in a satisfactory position to produce and deliver boats in a reasonable timescale.

There are small fleets scattered around the world meeting the minimum requirements for ISAF status.

7.2 MNA Sailor Feedback
Number of sailors First Choice = 2, Second Choice = 0, Third Choice = 0.

In an open forum with MNA evaluation sailors all but one said it was not suitable for the women’s Olympic skiff.

Common feedback themes included;

• The sailors liked the familiarity to the boat given that most of the sailors present came from a 29er/29erXX background. However the sailors were unimpressed by the performance in comparison with the other boats, it was not felt to be challenging.
• The boat was easy to right after a capsize.
• A few sailors said it is a youth boat and not a skiff and not that exciting.
• Sailors felt they were too heavy for the boat.
• Sailors questioned the balance of the boat
• General themes were it was unresponsive and stopped in waves.

7.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• The performance of the boat was underwhelming with the 29erXX consistently at the back of the fleet. It looked underpowered upwind with the target crew range.
• The boat was not a good all-rounder with relatively out-dated technology.

On the bid:

• The 29erXX team presented the large number of current builders around the world, but it should be noted that some are not active. Apart from the hull moulding, most of the components are single supplier.
• The presentation traded on the 29er history, proven track record and availability

7.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution

Manufacturer-controlled one-design. Builder Information:

Hull Bethwaite Design (AUS), Performance Craft CC (RSA) Mackay Boats (NZL), Melges Boats (USA), Ovington Boats (GBR), Performance Sailcraft Japan (JPN), Rio Technica (ARG), Xtreme Sailing Products (SIN)

Spars Constructed by hull builders from tubing supplied from New Zealand

Sails Pryde Sails / McDiarmid Sails (CHN)

The class have a global dealer network to support.

7.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich glass reinforced plastic (GRP). Principally chopped strand mat with polyester resin.

7.6 Class Association

The 29erXX is an ISAF Class with 130 boats worldwide. From the data supplied the United States, Germany and Australia have more than 20 boats. There are however many more 29er hulls built.

7.7 Provisions of Selection

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement
• ISAF control the price until 2016.
• ISAF have input into the distribution of the rigs for the next six months.

7.8 Links

29erXX Class www.29erxx.org/
information 29erXX purchase
Ovington Boats 29erXX

Aura - Ovington Boats -  Ovington Boats  
8. Boat Name: Aura Entrant: Ovington Boats

8.1 General Review

The Aura was one of the most keenly anticipated boats at the trials offering a truly fresh approach to hull design which seemed to derive ideas from modern multihulls. The building quality and detailing on the boat presented was impressive. The clever use of high tech and proven durable construction methods should ensure a good competitive lifespan for the boat.

The builder is in a satisfactory position to produce and deliver boats in a reasonable timescale.

The evaluation sailors unanimously said that in its present form it is not suitable for the women’s Olympic skiff class. The boat’s performance in the range of conditions tested was average. The sailors said 'it is OK, easy to jump on and sail'.

8.2 MNA Sailor Feedback
Number of sailors First Choice = 0, Second Choice = 0, Third Choice = 1

In an open forum MNA sailor feedback for the boat was mixed, although 90% would not like to have the Aura as the Olympic equipment. Common feedback themes included:

• Crews liked the athletic challenge of the boat and the systems on the boat worked well.
• Sailors felt there was a difficulty with the boat sailing bow up and they could not get their weight far enough forward.
• There was always difficult righting the boat with the narrow daggerboard and a tendency to invert.
• Boat handling was difficult with troubles in manoeuvres, particularly with the open rack arrangement.

8.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• The boat suits the weight of 110-130kgs but appears too difficult to sail for the effort required.
• The boat is of durable yet reasonably light construction and well presented, but did not impress on the water.
• Problems with the boat are its manoeuvrability and narrow daggerboard making it sometimes difficult in a capsize.
• The Aura’s on water performance was not exceptional in terms of fore and aft trim, behavior in waves and speed.

On the bid:

• Unique points of the boat are its light weight, modern interesting design and styling.
• Proven track record of bringing a new product to market in high volumes

8.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution

Manufacturer-controlled one-design. Builder Information:

Hull Ovington Boats (GBR), Mackay Boats (NZL) Spars Southern Spars (Sri Lanka)
Sails Pryde Sails / McDiarmid sails (CHN)

Ovington have a dealer network within Europe

8.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich glass reinforced plastic (GRP) with local carbon reinforcement. Principally woven fabric with epoxy resin.

8.6 Class Association

No existing International class association. Number of boats worldwide: New design.

8.7 Provisions of Selection

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement and an amended ISAF Class Agreement
• Price stays fixed for MNAs at £11480 for first 100 boats sold.
• ISAF control the price until 2016.
• ISAF controlled distribution of the first 100 boats or to May 2013.

8.8 Links

Ovington Boats
Aura Skiff Aura Skiff

Arup Skiff -  Ovington Boats  
9. Boat Name: ARUP Skiff Entrant: ARUP

9.1 General Review

The Arup skiff is a boat based on the one design Cherub which is a 12ft development class popular in the United Kingdom. Arup the company behind the boat is a large global company specialise in a wide variety of civil engineering projects.

The Arup skiff was by far the lightest boat at the trials and utilised lightweight construction including a carbon sandwich hull.

One of the key differences with the Arup bid that it was based on an open manufacturer and measurement controlled concept. The Arup team proposed a more one-design concept for competition at higher level.

9.2 MNA Sailor Feedback
Number of sailors First Choice = 0, Second Choice = 0, Third Choice = 0

• The evaluation sailors unanimously said that the boat was not suitable
• The Arup was considered one of the most difficult and challenging boats.
• The loads on the jib and gennaker sheets were easily manageable and the boat was suitable for the target weight range.
• The MNA sailors said it was fun and exciting downwind.
• The boat was too technically difficult to sail and too small a platform for the average crew.
• The sailors demonstrated and commented that it was extremely difficult to get sailing again after a capsize
• The sailors struggled in winds less than six knots due to the small size and narrow beam of the design making it overly reactive.

9.3 Evaluation Panel Feedback

On the boat:

• Unique points of the boat was very light and fast in the right conditions. It suited a 110-130kg crew The boat was athletically challenging but too technical
• Problems with the boat: too small, too difficult which meant it spent a large amount of time capsized.
• in 15 knots and waves both Arups were towed back in to the shore and were not able to complete a race.

On the bid:

• ARUP motives for being involved and finding out about company’s ethos was refreshing as was the commitment and enthusiasm of the people involved.
• The one design control of the equipment was very open and would need tightening. For such a small specialist high performance market fully open builders is not a viable idea. The evaluation panel would recommend a more one design concept with single source moulds and license builders.
• The use of an adjustable rudder with foil adds a further dimension but within a measurement controlled class may lead to expensive development, even if some controls are put on these.
• The commercial model was based on self-funding and the Arup team proposed a premium price for the first batch of boats built.

9.4 Builder and Dealer Distribution

Measurement-controlled one design.

The boats presented at the trials were built in United Kingdom by a number of companies. Manufacturer- controlled one-design.

9.5 Hull Construction

Foam sandwich carbon reinforced plastic (GRP). Principally woven fabric with epoxy resin.

9.6 Class Association

No existing International class association although a proposed class set up was included in the bid. Number of boats worldwide: new designs.

National class associations: 0

9.7 Provisions of Selection

In addition the requirements listed above and many more contractual limitations should be considered before selecting this boat.

Selection should be subject to the following:

• Signing of the ISAF Olympic Classes Agreement and an amended ISAF Class Agreement
• ISAF control the price until 2016.
• ISAF have input into the distribution of the boat for the next six months.

9.8 Links

Arup Company
Arup skiff blog arupskiff.wordpress.com/

More information available here.


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A varied and international fleet ranging from 40 to 100ft (12.19 to 30.48m) will set off for Grenada on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

The United States will be the second most heavily represented nation at the Star Sailors League Finals when they take place at Nassau in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. Reflecting the consistency, quality and number of sailors involved in the Star class, the United States has the largest representation in the Star Sailors League with 294 skippers and 376 crew. ... [more]  

Airbus and Oracle Team USA have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, Airbus will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the Oracle Team USA design team. ... [more]  

Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish. ... [more]  

The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come. ... [more]  

Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar made a near perfect start to in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda yesterday. The British skipper who stands top of the the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and is second in the ISAF rankings, goes into today's remaining round robin flights leading group 1. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Brunel. 'At this rate, it will take a century before we get to Cape Town,' sighs Jens Dolmer, standing on the bow. He is trying in vain to push the flapping foresail outwards. There is hardly a breath of wind. In the distance, the sun is sinking into the ocean. ... [more]  

Over 100 riders from more than 20 different countries have already registered and over the two weeks will compete against each other in the pro, amateur, master, grand master, youth and women's fleets for the honor of becoming the Aloha Classic Champions. ... [more]  

After probably the toughest 24 hours in the 46 year history of the race, Lee Satariano's Maltese J/122, Artie finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 00h 45m 5s in an elapsed time of 4Days 13hours 35mins and 05secs. ... [more]  

Despite the best efforts of Tropical Storm Fay and then Hurricane Gonzalo, the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, set sail on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour today, albeit postponed by 24 hours. ... [more]  

Today, Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) took to the water for the first time from their temporary base in Southampton, sailing their foiling AC45. The boat originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World Series in 2012-13, and has subsequently been modified to fly on hydrofoils. ... [more]  

The calm weather returned on day five of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam as the wave sailors recovered from yesterday’s punishing, but brilliant, conditions. After a chilly start, with the thermometer reading just five degrees celsius, the temperature soon rose with the appearance of the sun, making for another stunning autumn day. ... [more]  

Day five of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has proved a day of reckoning for the competing fleet. The forecast strong northwesterly wind has arrived and consistently blown over 25 knots with gusts exceeding 40 knots. The effect has been to catapult the previously slow moving yachts towards the finish line in Malta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas
The first sail that changes lives
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature
34th Student Yachting World Cup La Rochelle 2014 - Fifth race day
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Groupe Beneteau sponsors US Sailing Team
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video
Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza   
RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - NoR released, entries open for 2015   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish   
Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video   
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind   
Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth   
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3   
Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook   
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board   
Star Sailors League Finals - Torben Grael and Jorge Zarif join fleet   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums   


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