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Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Winning gains made on smart moves By Barby MacGowan, , 7:44 AM Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
The venerable distance race, in its 90th edition, had begun at 11:30 Saturday morning (July 12) on southern Lake Huron with consecutive starts for the fleet’s 14 classes. A westerly breeze of 9-11 knots allowed an initially mellow downwind spinnaker run to the first turning points in each of two courses. ... [more]

AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success! By Asia Pacific Superyachts, , 3:02 AM Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 - GMT
Tahiti enjoys a year-round tropical climate, cooled by the Pacific trade winds. The average air temperature is about 27°C, and the water of the lagoons is more or less constant at 26°C making this destination the perfect sailing escape and a perfect setting for AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti. ... [more]

America's Cup: Challengers give Oracle a very frank message at Meeting By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:28 AM Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Top yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, writing in the British newspaper, The Independent, reports on the Competitors Meeting held in Los Angeles, USA over the weekend. Sail-World was earlier told that representatives of seven teams would be present, at the meeting called by the Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club. ... [more]

Sail-World Cruising Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell By Sail-World Cruising, , 12:13 AM Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 - Sail-World Cruising Int GMT
Sail-World Cruising's founding editor is moving on from the cruising website and weekly e-Magazine that she began in 2005. After over eight years at the helm of the site, Nancy Knudsen will no long edit the world-wide e-magazine, which goes to 53,000 subscribers weekly in the northern and southern hemispheres. ... [more]

Flying Dutchman World Championships - Sailors enjoy lighter breezes By Alan Henderson, United Kingdom , 10:02 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
The second day of the 2014 Flying Dutchman World Championships at Largs, Scotland experienced a turnaround in weather on Tuesday 15th July, after a tough first day. Light breezes and plenty of sunny intervals made ideal conditions for competitors and boats which had been pounded by wind and rain on Monday. ... [more]

ISAF Youth Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Tavira + Video By ISAF, , 9:02 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
On day two of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, it was a late start and a late finish in Tavira, Portugal with competitors reaching the shore at 21:00 local time. The breeze came in late in the day and the first start came at 16:01 local time before the final competitors reached the shore at 21:00. ... [more]

Panerai British Classic Week - Drama aplenty on day 3 By Mary Scott-Jackson, , 8:46 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Cowes produced near perfect conditions for day three of Panerai British Classic Week where Squadron Racing Ltd ran two more excellent races in the Central Solent for the 52-strong fleet. With hot sun, a balmy sea breeze that built from sub 10 to almost 20 knots and more gleaming varnish and brass than you can shake a stick at, it was a spectacular day’s sailing and great fun was had by all. ... [more]

Pogo Loco, vainqueur Route Rimouski-Saint-Pierre By Robert Dorais, , 8:35 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
Le skipper Antoine Lacasse avec son équipier Nicolas Kroeger, ont terminé le parcours de 550 milles marins de la Route Rimouski-Saint-Pierre en 4 jours 6 heures 53 minutes à bord du voilier Pogo Loco. Il s’agit d’un voilier de 6.50 mètres de la classe Mini-transat. Il est également le seul voilier des trois ayant pris le départ le dimanche 6 juillet de Rimouski à avoir complété le parcours. ... [more]

NZL Sailing Team: Gold medalists have Muppet Moment in Medal race By Jodie Bakewell-White, , 7:53 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World NZ GMT
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have taken the bronze medal at the 2014 Women’s 470 Open European Championships which wrapped up in Athens, Greece today. Going into today’s final medal race, worth double points, laying second overall and assured of a podium finish an uncharacteristic mistake at the first mark rounding sealed their fate and the golden girls have to settle for bronze. ... [more]

US Etchells schedule information By Etchells North America, , 7:29 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
A huge congratulations to Bill Hardesty, Stephanie Roble, Marcus Eagan and Taylor Canfield for their win at the 2014 Etchells Worlds Championship! We also want to acknowledge all US sailors who participated in the event. The fleet was full of world-class sailors, and though not everyone can win, qualifying and sailing at that level is a huge accomplishment in itself. ... [more]

PWA Pozo World Cup - Light winds and tricky waves on day 2 By Chris Yates, , 7:03 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
After a slow start to day two of the PWA Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival, Pozo eventually woke up to provide a small window of opportunity - allowing three out of the four trials heats to be completed in relatively light wind and tricky waves. ... [more]

We mourn the passing of veteran yachtsman and gentleman, John Walker By Di Pearson, , 6:15 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
Successful veteran yachtsman and gentleman, John Walker, passed away peacefully at Royal North Shore Hospital yesterday with his family surrounding him, three months shy of his 92nd birthday in October. ‘Gentleman Johnnie Walker’, a long-time member of Middle Harbour Yacht Club, bounced back from pneumonia and a subsequent heart attack in 2012. ... [more]

ISAF Youth Worlds competitors reveal their sailing heroes + Video By ISAF, , 5:39 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
The 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal is the 44th edition of the regatta and is ISAF's longest running event. Throughout its illustrious history more than 100 nations have sailed on Youth Worlds host venue waters and the stars of the future have been born. ... [more]

Mountain Island Lake gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS coverage By D. Scott Croft, , 4:35 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
For years, boaters and anglers stuck with a dead battery, dead engine or empty fuel tank out on Mountain Island Lake had to hope that someone would get them back to the boat launch or dock. That’s because the lake had no around-the-clock on water boat towing service. ... [more]

VOR 2014-15: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Ian Walker has done the math By Sail-World.com, , 3:34 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
Changes in the nature of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 have as expected moved the race from a technical boat design competition to an emphasis on sailing ability. British Volvo Ocean Race veteran 44 year Ian Walker is very happy with the change. ... [more]

Iker Martínez será o comandante da campanha espanhola na VOR By Volvo Ocean Race, , 3:08 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
Depois de liderar o Telefónica na edição passada, o campeão olímpico aceitou o desafio de levar a Espanha ao título da Volta ao Mundo. Iker Martínez será, mais uma vez, o comandante da campanha espanhola na Volvo Ocean Race, repetindo a temporada 2011-12, quando foi o líder do Telefónica nas regatas. ... [more]

J/70 North American Championship launches Thursday By Julie and Christopher Howell, , 3:02 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
Eighty-one J/70 teams are assembling in Rochester, New York for the second annual J/70 North American Championship. Competitors from Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Sweden and the United States are invading the area as entrants complete the registration procedures and tune-up for the official start of competition on Thursday, July 17. ... [more]

Michel Desjoyeaux aux côtés du skipper Espagnol Martinez pour la VOR By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:58 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
Iker Martinez mènera une nouvelle fois le Team Espagnol pour la Volvo Ocean Race. Le marin basque de 37 ans qui vient tout juste d’être sacré champion d’Europe de Nacra 17, s’engage dans sa deuxième campagne sur la Volvo Ocean Race en tant que skipper après avoir mené Telefonica en 2011-12. ... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Iker Martínez, patrón del Equipo Español By Volvo Ocean Race, , 2:48 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
Está confirmado: Iker Martínez volverá a patronear el barco español en la Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Además, la leyenda de la navegación oceánica en solitario Michel Desjoyeaux ayudará en la preparación de la tripulación. El equipo ha hecho públicas ambas noticias hoy martes, pocos días después de que Martínez, de 37 años, se proclamara Campeón de Europa de la clase Nacra 17. ... [more]

VX One North American Championship on the horizon By Julie and Christopher Howell, , 2:12 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World USA GMT
The third annual VX One North American Championship kicks off Thursday, July 17 from Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island. Nineteen VX Ones, representing Canada, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands and the United States, are gathering for three days of competition. ... [more]

Henry Bomby on the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro By Henry Bomby, , 2:04 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
UK sailor Henry Bomby reflects on the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro: The Solitaire is not easy. At times I found myself not only fighting with my competitors, the boat and the conditions but also with myself on a scale I have not yet experienced in my life before. It was a hard one was the 45th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. ... [more]

Cowes Week - Insights from Rupert Holmes on tidal heights and streams By Cowes Week Ltd, , 1:59 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
Tides for this year’s Cowes Week are predominately neaps, so streams are relatively weak in Solent terms. However, they will still play the most critical function in any race winning strategy, and will are likely to play a big factor in the start of races from the Royal Yacht Squadron line as the regatta progresses. In addition, on a number of days the starts will be close to low water. ... [more]

RS400 Northern Championships at Scaling Dam SC By Pete Snowdon, , 1:51 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World UK GMT
A small but very competitive fleet of RS400's gathered at Scaling Dam SC over the weekend of 12-13th July. Crews had travelled from as far afield as Hickling Broad to the south and Wormit BC to the north. Race 1, in a light Northeasterly breeze saw Peter Snowdon, crewed by Maddie Metcalfe, from the home club taking an early lead. ... [more]

Wipe out Wednesday + Video By Bryan Thurstan, Perth, WA , 1:41 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - Sail-World AUS GMT
A mash-up from the 2014 offshore racing season off WA. Big thanks to the team on Siska Trophy winner Hoodoo Man, CommDom and John on Al Fresco, and of course everyone’s favourite offshore racing boat, This Way Up. ... [more]

ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 2 ready for lift off By Daniel Smith, , 12:37 PM Tuesday 15 Jul 2014 - GMT
The 367 sailors from 67 nations are prepared for the second day of racing at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. After a glamorous opening day of racing that spoilt the sailors rotten the five classes across eight events are rigged and ready to take on Tavira’s conditions for race day two. ... [more]

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