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Planning Ahead for the Holidays
The countdown is on for the start of the annual Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day in Sydney, Australia. Sail-World, the largest sailing news network in the world, is preparing for its coverage of the 65th Sydney to Hobart with extensive presence in Sydney; we will be covering the Hobart race in detail, with a large team of yachting journalists and photographers providing news, images and interviews. The 13:00 race start on December 26th in Sydney Harbor translates to Christmas Day evening for Canadian armchair racers; mark your calendar.?? Speaking of Australia, we're following Cape Breton Island and the rest of the Clipper Round the World fleet on their way to Geraldton, Western Australia; it's a drag race to the Leg 3 finish line as I write this. We will be catching up with the crew on shore during the next few weeks while they recover prior to their January 3rd departure for Leg 4 leading them first to Singapore, then Quingdoa, China following a week layover in Singapore.
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Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Carol Reed Carol Reed, Cape Breton Island's youngest crew member, 19 year old Luke Dampier, stunned fellow crew mates not to mention skipper Jan Ridd last night as he raced the 'big blue canoe' on the very edge of its performance envelope under spinnaker.... [more] Onsend this story
US-IRC National Championship at New York Yacht Club Race Week Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex will be one of the most anticipated regattas in the country. Both segments of Race Week will feature NYYC's notable race management team, beautiful sailing on the waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, convenient access to the largest concentration of world class offshore racing support facilities in North America, daily socia... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 crews start to feel pressure as finish line looms Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: Day 23 Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. The first of the fleet is expected into Geraldton on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.... [more] Onsend this story
Georgian Bay Regatta welcomes Original and New Sailors for 25th Season Alberto Zanchetta, The Georgian Bay Regatta welcomes the early skippers to its 25th Anniversary Regatta on the bay. Gather with friends, old and new, to challenge the waters of Georgian Bay. Our organizing committee extend a friendly challenge to help make this the largest gathering of sailors on Georgian Bay since the start of this annual event. We plan to have many shore events wherein sea stories prevail.... [more] Onsend this story
Updating Rolex Sydney Hobart Fleet Notes Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley, Sail-World's Fleet Notes for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race are on-line now. If you are racing south, check if the skipper has spelled your name right and has detailed correctly the number of Hobart's you've done. That is if he's not even put you on the list yet. If you see any errors, please ask your skipper to correct the boat notes now.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi Melges 20 Winter Series, Event No. 1 kicks off in Miami Audi Melges 20 News, The 2010 Audi Melges 20 USA Sailing Series officially gets underway this weekend in Miami, Fla. with the first of three Miami Winter regattas. Hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, supported by Shake-A-Leg Miami and Melges Performance Sailboats the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association is thrilled to be welcoming 13 teams to the crystal-clear blue waters of Biscayne Bay.... [more] Onsend this story
BMW Oracle Racing packs up and leaves San Diego bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com, From bmworacleracingblog.blogspot.com: Friday was a bittersweet day in the BMW Oracle Racing team campaign. Our time in San Diego is coming to a close, and during the afternoon, one hour ahead of schedule, the BOR 90 was moved from the team base to on board the cargo ship the Ocean Lady, which will transport it to Valencia.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Adrian Healy Adrian Healy, Ocean racing: A game of highs and lows, of gains and losses, where the gains often come in the meteorological lows and the losses in the highs. After the disappointment of losing out on the scoring gate, falling foul of light winds in the final few miles, we've been steadily putting the miles back on, gradually reeling in the rest of the fleet and slowly working our way back up the pack.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Closely packed fleet heads for Geraldton Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Day 22 Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. Spirit of Australia closes in for the kill as Team Finland emerges from Stealth Mode.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Event No. 1 - Canadian Results Guy Perrin, While most of us in the Greater Toronto Area were dealing with the aftermath of our first winter storm, six GTA Melges 20 sailors had escaped to perfect sailing conditions in Florida. Sunglasses and shorts were 'de rigueur' at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in beautiful Miami.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jim Webster Jim Webster, Carol, our Paparazzi Director, asked me what the difference is between blue water racing and racing round the cans on the Clyde with a close group of friends out of Inverkip in Scotland. Ashore there is not much difference – general madness, very bad jokes and a shared love of mojitos, although so far on the Clipper Race the CBI crew have not been asked to leave any premises by the management.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Etihad Stadium dismasted - now the work begins John Curnow, It is felt that it was a D2 giving way that has caused Grant Wharington's supermaxi ‘Etihad Stadium' to lose her towering rig yesterday. Thankfully all onboard are OK and that there is a replacement mast on offer. As you could imagine, these are not exactly off-the-shelf items, so this is very fortunate indeed.... [more] Onsend this story
Silent Sound - a North West Passage experience Nancy Knudsen, Silent Sound, one of the few yachts who transited the North West Passage this year, arrived Halifax with a host of tales among its crew. The goal of the expedition was to use the written word, video and photos to tell the story of how climate change is affecting Arctic communities... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Elisa Jenkins Elisa Jenkins, We have been playing catch up since our unfortunate run in with yet another wind hole last week - and so painfully close to the scoring gate. With less than 100 miles to go, leading the fleet, we were up against shifting winds, a jammed spinnaker halyard, and then a patch of light wind to top it off. Things could not get any better...... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Etihad Stadium Supermaxi loses her rig Jody O'Brien, One of the seven supermaxis entered in the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, Grant Wharington's 98 foot Supermaxi, Etihad Stadium, (formerly Skandia Wild Thing) has lost its rig on its delivery to Sydney. Late on Friday afternoon the boat was doing approximately 25 knots downwind, with no spinnaker, when the mast simply failed, something that has Grant and his crew baffled.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi Melges 20 - Canadian Entries in Miami Guy Perrin, Three high-powered Audi Melges 20 regattas will kick-off the 2010 USA Sailing Series. As everyone knows, Miami during the winter months means fast, fun, competitive racing — perfect! It all gets started this week-end and two Canadian entries will be ready on the start line: Erwin Naidoo's Bohica (CAN 129), from Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and Peter Kozicz CAN 142, from Port Credit Yacht Club.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jan Ridd Jan Ridd, Well this leg so far has not delivered the conditions I was expecting, as a sailor it is one of the boxes you want to tick, how many times I have listened to stories of monstrous seas and storm force winds of the Southern Ocean. I must admit as we headed south leaving Cape Town beating into a 30 knots wind I was prepared for the worst...... [more] Onsend this story
Sailing Olympian Evert Bastet Carries the Olympic Torch Ian Howarth, 'Overwhelming, simply overwhelming,' he said after carrying the torch down Main Road as hundreds of residents, including his friends and family as well as the Westwood High School band and lots of boisterous students, loudly cheered him on.... [more] Onsend this story
Geoff Holt sets sail on bid to cross the Atlantic Harriet Courage, Geoff Holt has set out to become the first quadriplegic yachtsman to cross the Atlantic. Geoff hopes that his voyage will inspire others and show that anything is possible.... [more] Onsend this story
Sail Melbourne Day 2 - Top crews move further ahead Sail Melbourne media, Sail Melbourne Day 2. What a difference a day makes. After the strong breeze and heavy seas of day one, today was a completely different picture at Sail Melbourne with light winds and very little swell dictating play.... [more] Onsend this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Carol Reed Carol Reed, After celebrating the 1000 nautical mile mark three nights ago, all the while enjoying steady winds, we have now struck upon the lighter winds of the high pressure area off the coast of Western Australia. Now, keeping on top of sail changes and choosing the best course for speed is key.... [more] Onsend this story
World Sailing Cup - Sail Melbourne Day 1 Sail Melbourne media, Day one of racing at the 2009 Sail Melbourne regatta is complete with a strong breeze and big waves providing perfect racing conditions for the opening round of the 2009/2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Canada's Michael Leigh leads the Laser Class, Page Raily (USA) leaders Laser Radials and Australia's Page and Belcher the M470... [more] Onsend this story
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Consistency pays on a tough day Extreme Sailing Series Asia, Extreme Sailing Series Asia. The fleet in Singapore had everything thrown at them today as they contended with an intense 15 minute rainstorm, wind that peaked at 12 knots and then they were left crawling around the racecourse as the wind dropped to just 1.2 knots.... [more] Onsend this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Event No. 1 lead to Ecklund Joy Dunnigan, Jeff Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on STAR, with reigning Moth World Champion Bora Gulari on tactics and Melges 32 World Champion team member George ‘Bear' Peet, has assumed the lead of the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1.... [more] Onsend this story
PKRA Tour awarded Kiteboarding 2010 Freestyle World Title Markus Schwendtner, The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced today, that following a decision of the IKA Executive Committee, the PKRA Freestyle Tour will exclusively lead towards the 2010 Freestyle World Title. The IKA freestyle world ranking system will still combine all world ranking events into one united ranking, including national, continental and world tour events. Competitors thus find a cle... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland goes into 'Stealth' mode Clipper Ventures PLC, Current race leaders, Team Finland has chosen this moment to go into Stealth Mode which is a new feature in the 09-10 race. With only one nautical mile between their distances to finish at the 0600GMT position report this morning, a three-boat battle has commenced between Jamaica Lightning Bolt, Qingdao and Edinburgh Inspiring Capital.... [more] Onsend this story
Asafa Powell was taken to new Extremes Thierry Martinez, Olympic 4x100m gold medallist and previous 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was taken to new Extremes when he stepped onboard double-Olympic Gold Medallist Shirley Robertson's catamaran racing in the Extreme Sailing Series Asia in Singapore today, Saturday 12 December.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup skippers reflect and look to future at Monaco Forum Alinghi, BMW Oracle and World Yacht Racing Forum, Two long time friends Alinghi skipper and CEO Brad Butterworth (NZL) and BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts both addressed the America's Cup session at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco. Both gave presentations on their respective Defence and Challenge and the participated in a forum on the future, shape and options for the 34th America's Cup. More than 500 delegates walked into the... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland feels the pressure Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Race 4 Race from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. 'No room for complacency,' says Jamaica Lightning Bolt's skipper.... [more] Onsend this story
Starting Eligibility for Competitors of the KPWT/IKF Markus Schwendtner, The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) regret that KPWT and IKF have chosen to divide the international kiteboarding community by going their way separate from IKA and ISAF (International Sailing Federation).... [more] Onsend this story
Valencia, Alinghi and BMW Oracle reach agreement on America's Cup ValenciaSailing.com, ValenciaSailing.com is reporting that Alinghi, BMW Oracle and representatives from the local, regional and central government of Spain met today at the headquarters of the Valencia 2007 organization in order to start working on the organizational details of the event.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy will run with Auckland International Boat Show Richard Gladwell, Louis Vuitton's Bruno Trouble has confirmed that the next Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta will take place in Auckland beginning on 10 March 2010. At this stage, due to what are believed to be budget considerations, only two boats will be used between the eight teams competing. It is believed that the Emirates Team NZ boats will be used, the BMW Oracle Racing boats on standby.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney to Hobart - The Race of the Marketers Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, It cost a lot of money to campaign a 40 footer, but multiply that by megabucks for the front of the fleet. One of the fascinating battles is the Race of the Marketers, over the last decade Sean Langman has been the most regular Line Honours winner.... [more] Onsend this story
Denial of Service ‘Pirates' attacks slowed Sail-World.com TetraMedia's IT Team, A bit of a seaway out there!! For the last 48 hours Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World and another 50 or so sites, hosted on the TetraMedia servers in Sydney have been bombarded with hacker 'pirate'attacks.... [more] Onsend this story
All classes still up for grabs in the 2009 Sail Down Under Series Yachting Australia Media, The race for class victories in the 2009 Sail Down Under Series is heating up with just one regatta left to run and all the fleets still in the balance. The deciding regatta is Sail Mellbourne - December 14 to 19 - first round of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup... [more] Onsend this story
International Kiteboarding Class Association A G M Roundup International Kiteboarding Class Association, This years AGM held in Paris has seen great reception by the nearly 40 delegates from national class associations, industry, tour operators and other parties interested in the development of international kiteboarding.... [more] Onsend this story
BoatU.S. Questions the need for Marine Automatic Identification System BoatU.S. Media, Airplane transponders allow air traffic controllers to 'see' who is in the sky. Yesterday, in speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard Subcommittee, BoatU.S. testified that any potential requirement for this type of technology on boats is not practical, nor would it reduce the threat of a waterborne attack.... [more] Onsend this story
New Bermuda Race Survey shows high satisfaction John Rousmaniere/Talbot Wilson, A new, detailed survey of Bermuda Race competitors tells us more about who they are, what they like and don't like, and the influence that the Newport Bermuda Race has on its two shore sites, Newport and Bermuda.... [more] Onsend this story
Global Ocean Race on the World Yacht Racing Forum Global Ocean Race Media, Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, was one of the keynote speakers on the second day of the WYRF and supplied invaluable insight into the mechanics behind this highly successful event and shared the stage with Josh Hall, Race Director of the Global Ocean Race, in a debate on methods of cutting overall costs in yacht racing... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum: the Business of Yacht Racing, Final Day MaxComm Communication, Among the highlights of the day were the America's Cup session - with the exceptional presence of both Russell Coutts, Paul Cayard and Brad Butterworth - as well as the contributions by double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux and Brown GP F1 team CEO Nick Fry... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF launches Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Sailing Course ISAF Marketing and Media, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has launched the Sport Specific Training in Sailing Course to develop qualified training programme managers around the world... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: 'Groundhog Day' for Uniquely Singapore Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Race 4 from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia - The last four days of racing have seen the margins between the yachts remain fairly static and even the smallest gains over competitors have been difficult to come by as the teams maintain the kind of focus demanded of elite sports men and women to wring every last knot of boat speed from the available wind.... [more] Onsend this story
America's Cup: Latest video from Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi Media, As both 33rd America's Cup teams break camp for the Match expected to be sailed in February 2010, we present the two latest sailing videos produced by the teams. The first is for a presentation at BMW Technology Workshop in Munich, attended by many of the leading lights in BMWOracle Racing. The second shows Alinghi 5 sailing in a good breeze and flat seas off Ras al-Khaimah... [more] Onsend this story
CYCA's Flinders Islet Inquiry may affect 2009 Sydney Hobart safety reg Rob Kothe, After the tragic deaths of sailors Andrew Short, the owner/skipper of Andrew Short Marine and crew Sally Gordon, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Board of Directors resolved to hold an inquiry into the incident that occurred during the Flinders Islet Yacht Race on 10 October 2009 and the interim recommendations may affect the 2009 Sydney Hobart safety regulations.... [more] Onsend this story
Wind ready for 40th Contender World Championships + Video Rob Kothe, It is fitting that this 40th World Championship is returning to its spiritual home as dinghy designer Bob Miller (later known as Ben Lexcen) designed the Contender in 1966 as a possible Olympic high performance single hander, to replace the Finn.... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum: The Business of Yacht Racing Day 1 MaxComm Communication, Day 1 of the World Yacht Racing Forum “Yacht Racing has a massive – yet largely unexploited potential”, say World Yacht Racing Forum speakers The commercial return of yacht racing sponsorship and the tools used to promote and evaluate the sport's commercial return were at the heart of today's debates at the World Yacht Racing Forum.... [more] Onsend this story
Countdown on to start of ISAF Sailing World Cup Season Two ISAF Media, There are just four days to go until Sail Melbourne - the first leg of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, and the impressive number of competitors is increasing daily... [more] Onsend this story
Holt out to become first disabled yachtsman to cross the Atlantic Harriet Courage, On Thursday 10th December 2009 record-breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt will be embark on a personal and emotive voyage to cross the Atlantic, returning to the scene of the accident that paralysed him 25 years ago.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Qingdao concentrates on straight line speed Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Over the last 24 hours on Qingdao those scheds have brought some kind of satisfaction to those on board. Skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, reports, 'This morning all concentration is on straight line speed and our helms and trimmers have been working hard to hit our speed targets and to stay bang on course. So far so good, with Qingdao being the fastest boat in the fleet over the past... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF World Match Race Rankings - Minoprio and Leroy lead ISAF, Newly crowned ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio of New Zealand maintains his hold on the top spot in the latest release of the Open ISAF World Match Race Rankings, as France's Claire Leroy extends her four and half year unbroken run at 1 in the Women's Rankings.... [more] Onsend this story
Velux 5 Oceans launches 'Taking On The Elements' Velux 5 Oceans Media, The Velux 5 Oceans today launched its sustainability agenda under the banner of ‘'Taking On The Elements'. The concept brings together all the key stakeholders in the race under the umbrella of the shared value of sustainability, providing a basis of understanding and a platform for activities and communications in 2010 and 2011... [more] Onsend this story
World Yacht Racing Forum, Edition 2: The Business of Yacht Racing MaxComm Communication, An mpressive turnout of over 350 delegates is expected at the second World Yacht Racing Forum tomorrow. Michel Desjoyeaux, Russell Coutts, Brad Butterworth, Tom Whidden, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Cam Lewis and Knut Frostad are amongst the event's headline speakers.... [more] Onsend this story
Gutkowski enters Velux 5 Oceans in Eco 60 Class Tim Kelly, Clipper Ventures today confirmed Polish skipper Zbigniew Gutkowski as the fourth entry in the exciting new Eco 60 Class in the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11. Zbigniew, who hails from Gdansk, is a former member of Poland National Sailing Team in Olympic Class 470 (1987 -1995) and has also competed at the highest level in the 49er Class.... [more] Onsend this story
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010 organizing Committee installed Caroline Vogelzang, The Organizing Committee has been officially installed for the 2010 IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds 2010, to be sailed from 6-14 July 2010 in Medemblik, The Netherlands. The Dutch organising committee has been officially installed by the International Association for Disabled Sailing by handing over the IFDS flag at the end of the IFDS Worlds 2009 in Athens in October to Jacques Kellermann Slotemaker... [more] Onsend this story
Canada's Premiere Boat Show Celebrates 52 Years of Fun on the Water! NMMA Canada, More than 1,000 boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the newest boating products, accessories and services, will fill the Direct Energy Centre January 9-17, 2010 at the 52nd annual Toronto International Boat Show.... [more] Onsend this story
Sailing To Win, Sailing for Life CYA, The Canadian Yachting Association concluded its annual conference and AGM on November 21st with stakeholders present agreeing to work together to create a stronger, more vibrant sport in Canada.... [more] Onsend this story
2011-12 Global Ocean Race confirms tenth entry Oliver Dewar, Bahamas-based South African sailor Lenjohn van der Wel today confirmed his Team Entry in the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race. Van der Wel's Class40 is an Owen-Clarke designed Express 40, built for him in Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 2007.... [more] Onsend this story
Michel Desjoyeaux named 2009 French Sailor Of The Year ISAF, Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux was named yesterday evening the 2009 French Sailor Of The Year, during the traditional 'Soirée des Champions' organized by the French Sailing Federation... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10: Farewell to the Southern Ocean Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: 'Farewell to the Southern Ocean,' says skipper of Team Finland, Eero Lehtinen. Uniquely Singapore's tactical move to the north 48 hours ago would suggest they've already had a long, hard think about how they're going to approach the last major hurdle of this Southern Ocean leg.... [more] Onsend this story
ISAF Offshore Special Regulations for 2010-11 published ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has today published the 2010-11 edition of the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations. A number of changes made at the recent ISAF Annual Conference affect the new 2010-11 edition of the Special Regs.... [more] Onsend this story
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