The entire crew of the SV Concordia, the West Island College Class Afloat vessel that sank earlier this week off the coats of Brazil, is back home safe and sound. The fact they are all alive today can only be attributed to one element in my mind; they were well prepared to handle an emergency situation at sea. This has saved their life. While the entire crew had already made plans to handle the forecasted heavy weather, William Curry, the ship's captain attributed a freak gust of wind to tipping the boat over suddenly and eventually sinking her while the crew made to the life rafts. Nigel McCarthy, head of West Island College International program commented: 'The story that is slowly emerging from our students and professional staff is of the heroic communal effort that saved all aboard. Students, well drilled in the emergency procedures of the vessel, helped one another and the professional crew in the extraordinary evacuation. That all were saved is a testament to the training, equipment and professionalism of our shipboard community.' I commend the professionalism and excellent seamanship of a program that ensured that crew safety was always a top priority.
Spirit of Australia was first to cross the finish line in Quingdao, Jamaica Lightning Bolt took second place by finishing and Qingdao delighted the home crowd by taking the final podium position, their first of the race to date. The Clipper Round the World entire fleet is now resting and enjoying Quingdao's hospitality following what has been arguably the toughest and closest leg of the 35,000-mile global competition. The next leg, scheduled to leave China on March 2nd, will be the longest individual race of the event; the crews will be at sea for approximately 35 days on their way across the planet's largest expense of water, the Pacific Ocean. Skippers will have to decide on the fastest route to San Francisco, California; risk light air on the warmer South route or stay north for windier and colder conditions.
Canadian Lee Parkhill, from RCYC and Oakville YS, finished second in the Gold fleet at the recent Laser Midwinter's East event at the Clearwater yacht Club in Florida. Lee finished behind Swede Emil Cedergårdh in a strong fleet of 45 entries. Other notable Canadian results include: Michael Leigh of the Royal Vancouver YC who finished fifth in the Gold Fleet; Kyle Dakin from RCYC, who took first place in the Silver Fleet; and Lisa Ross from RNSYS, who finished second in the Laser Radial Gold Fleet. Full results are available at http://www.regattaprocessing.com/CLWYC/LMWE10/index.php
The Caribbean racing season has already started with the RORC Caribbean 600 underway; this new event is only in its second and is already attracted an incredible group of racers. This eclectic fleet includes the ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe, three Open 40 Class yachts, and a number high-speed machines such as Privateer, Lee Overlay Partners the Farr 80 Beau Geste. Canada's own Vela Veloce, Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52, is mixing it up with the best near the front of the fleet as they round Guadeloupe at the southern end of the course.
Next on the Caribbean racing horizon will be the St. Marteen Heineken Regatta on March 4th, then the BVI Spring Regatta later in March. Stay tuned to Sail-World Canada for the latest news on these events.
Students that survived ship sinking back in Canada Canwest News Service, Sixty-four Canadian students who spent nearly 40 harrowing hours in life rafts after their ship sunk off the coast of Brazil last week are heading home to family and friends. A flight containing the students arrived in Toronto just before 6 a.m. Monday from Sao Paulo. They were expected to return to their homes across Canada as soon as possible.... [more] Share this story
Voices of Classic Rock Perform at St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Heather Tackling, Heineken proudly announces the “Voices of Classic Rock”, an all star ensemble comprised of the original lead singers from among the most iconic classic rock acts of the 1980's, will star at the opening party of the 30th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in Port de Plaisance, on Thursday March 4th 2010.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 into the Pacific Ocean Groupama - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is nearly into the Pacific Ocean with a lead over the reference time of Orange 2. Groupama 3 is on the point of collecting her first trophy of this Jules Verne! Indeed this round the world sprint has also provided the crew with the opportunity to beat three other records recognised by the WSSRC (World Sailing Speed Record Council).... [more] Share this story
RORC 600 start and sunset pictures from Carlo Borlenghi Sail-World.com, RORC 600 Caribbean start from Antigua and sunset in Barbuda pictures from world renowned photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more] Share this story
Laser Midwinters East - Cedergard and Railey are golden at 2010 event Laser International Class, Laser Midwinters East - The final day at the Laser Midwinters East was another light one. The race committee patiently waited for the southwest wind to settle in at around 6 knots before sending the gladiators on the course for the final two races.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Sunsets and Spinnakers RORC, As the sunsets over the Caribbean, the competitors in the RORC Caribbean 600 are preparing for their first night at sea. At 1700 local time, the leading boats had rounded the North Sails mark off Barbuda and were power reaching west towards the sunset under spinnaker. It doesn't get a lot better than that!... [more] Share this story
Next New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series Barby MacGowan, Last month, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) invited the leading American yacht clubs to compete for spots in the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, to be sailed in Newport, R.I., September 10-17, 2011. The U.S. Qualifying Series will be held in Newport, R.I. this September 7-11.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - And they're off! Louay Habib, RORC Caribbean 600 - Clear blue skies and crystal clear oceans typify the Caribbean and the competitors in the RORC Caribbean 600 were treated to some superb champagne sailing conditions, as they started the only offshore race in these waters.... [more] Share this story
Cape Town first Stopover Port for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, The racetrack for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, due to start from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011, is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as host to this premier ocean race.... [more] Share this story
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Snow pushes sailors south to thaw out Heather Tackling, One of the worst winters on record for many parts of the USA and Northern Europe has resulted in a boom in entries to this year's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (March 4-7). Fed up with the long, cold, winter freeze, competitors have opted to migrate south to enjoy a fun-packed week of partying and racing in guaranteed high temperatures, fresh, consistent breezes, and clear blue Caribbean waters.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - David Kay David Kay, “When the North wind doth blow, so we shall have snow.” So goes the old rhyme or ditty. I don't remember the rest, the significance here? Well, this leg of the race, from Singapore to Qingdao, is supposed to be pretty unpleasant, with very strong winds from the north on the nose and very cold temperatures.... [more] Share this story
The America's Cup in America Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times, Ellison learned to sail on San Francisco Bay in a Lido 14 (Like the one shown here). That's enough to settle a man's mind, but our deep-pockets software guy also sees what others see: the bay as a natural amphitheater; the backgrounds that are a cameraman's dream... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Class40 yachts to compete for Concise Trophy Oliver Dewar, RORC Caribbean 600. Within the fleet there also three Class40 yachts which will provide the close racing that has become a hallmark of the class and will be competing for the inaugural Concise Trophy.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jane Filbee Jane Filbee, This has by a country mile been the longest windward leg of my life. The sailing itself is great. Love helming her when there is a good breeze. Down below a different story, entering into day eight of going to windward, life below at thirty plus degrees of heel constantly is starting to grind on me/us.... [more] Share this story
The America's Cup arrives to San Francisco Jane Eagleson, On the first stop of the BMW ORACLE Racing Americas' Cup Victory Tour presented by ORACLE and BMW EfficientDynamics, the America's Cup trophy was available for public viewing at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda on Saturday morning. The Mayor welcomed the Cup and team back to the United States and specifically to San Francisco, where he says he'd like to see the Cup stay... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia claims first victory Zoe Williamson, Following four second place podiums in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Spirit of Australia has managed to secure an elusive first place by winning Race 6 from Singapore to Qingdao. At the end of what has been arguably the toughest and closest legs of the 35,000-mile global competition, which is contested by crews from all walks of life, Spirit of Australia crossed the finish line at... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Phil Robertson Phil Robertson, My first birthday at sea, makes me feel young again – indeed the race seems to have had that effect on me, in honesty though I have entered the second year of my thirties. How beautifully the day started, halfway through my two until six night watch the deed occurs to the sound of a beautiful breeze and gentle swishing through smooth seas and the congratulations of my marvellous watch.... [more] Share this story
NMMA and BWI anounce Innovation Awards at 2010 Miami Boat Show Andy Adams, Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Eleanor Gough Eleanor Gough, A week out of Singapore and the crew aboard the Big Blue Canoe have settled back into the racing frame of mind. After an extended and celebratory stop, first in Batam and then Singapore, it was with some trepidation that we got back onto the boats last Tuesday knowing the conditions that lay ahead... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is shooting across the Indian Ocean Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 record attempt. Time is ticking by! After amassing a deficit of over 430 miles following 18 days at sea at 1400 UTC on Thursday, the time spent in the Indian Ocean was beginning to drag for Franck Cammas and his nine crew. Having succeeded in getting ahead of the front circulating around the Roaring Forties, Groupama 3 has finally clawed back some miles.... [more] Share this story
Canadian students ‘safe' after boat capsizes off Brazil Lesley Ciarula Taylor, All 63 students and crew aboard a sailing ship that operates as a floating classroom for a Nova Scotia school are safe after a night in lifeboats off the coast of Brazil. 'Everybody is safe,' said a spokesman for the Brazilian Navy on Friday morning. Asked if anyone was sick or injured, he said, 'Everybody is fine.'... [more] Share this story
Spirit of Canada Announces Aigle Canada as Technical Clothing Partner Spirit of Canada Media, Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges today announced that Aigle will be the official supplier of technical clothing for the upcoming Velux 5 Oceans starting in France in October 2010. Established in France in 1853 by the American Hiram Hutchinson, Aigle today stands for uncompromising quality combined with superb design and craftsmanship.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jan Ridd Jan Ridd, This has been the most interesting leg so far for the crew of Cape Breton Island with close racing with other boats from the start in the Singapore Strait. The start saw the whole fleet involved in a tacking match to exit the straits, right away some of the boats pulled out an early lead by judging the correct time to make the tacks and using wind shifts and tidal currents to their advantage.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - A job well done for Team Sea Dubai Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Markus Wieser and his team from the United Arab Emirates win the match race title of the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy RC 44, ahead of No Way Back (DEN) and Artemis (SWE).... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Mascalzone Latino Audi Team signs on Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, the recently-annointed Italian Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, joins seven other Cup contenders in Auckland next month to race on New Zealand's Waitemata Harbor for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy - Team Dubai is the clear leader MaxComm Communication, RC 44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Only two flights could be completed today due to the lack of wind. Two teams conclude the day undefeated: Markus Wieser's Team Sea Dubai - who hasn't lost a single match in this event - and Paul Cayard's Katusha, who recovers well after a bad day yesterday.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Whales and wind shadows Louay Habib, RORC Caribbean 600. ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe had just rounded St.Maarten, the most northerly part of the course as dawn broke on the second day of the event. Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy's Swan 56, Noonmark VI, is leading IRC One, however two of the Farr 65s are only 5 miles behind. Spirit of Minerva is having a battle royale with Spirit of Isis and they have been barely a boat length apart ........ [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Quickly and well done by Groupama 3 Groupama - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has achieved the best reference time between Cape Agulhas and Cape Leeuwin, which spans around 4,000 miles. Groupama 3 is still sailing in a steady NW'ly wind of twenty-five knots, which has been propelling her along on a particularly straight trajectory 45° S for the past four days.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing conclude California leg of Victory Tour + Video Jane Eagleson, The America's Cup trophy will return to San Francisco and the BMW Oracle Racing team's patron club, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, as the team wraps up the California leg of its America's Cup Victory Tour presented by Oracle and BMW EfficientDynamics. The tour ended on a high note in San Diego on Sunday in a day that started with a public ceremony hosted by Mayor Jerry Sanders on board the aircraf... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Al Maktoum Trophy - Team Sea Dubai on fire Bernard Schopfer, Markus Wieser and his Team Sea Dubai were on fire today, with five bullets in as many races. The local team leads Artemis (four wins and also undefeated) and four teams on a tie in third. Competing for the first time in the RC 44 Class, Terry Hutchinson (Artemis) and Adam Minoprio (BMW Oracle Racing) didn't need much time to get into the groove.... [more] Share this story
2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe adds Trapani, Sicily OC Events, Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily (Italy), will be one of the new venues for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe. The event will take place in the very heart of the port of Trapani, right in front of the public and VIPs and just metres from the shops, bars and restaurants of the town.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 sets new sectional reference time Groupama - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - On crossing the line marking the longitude of Cape Leeuwin (115° 08' E) at 04h 17' 47' UTC this Monday 22nd February, Groupama 3 has obtained the best time over the section of course between Cape Agulhas, which marks the entry into the Indian Ocean, and the SW promontory of Australia: 6 days 22 hours 34 minutes.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Images and Commentary from the Civic Reception Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com, Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com presents presents a gallery of shots plus an eye witness commentary from the Civic Reception, San Francisco... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 on track Groupama 3 - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is almost back inside the Jules Verne Trophy reference time as she approaches the longitude of Cape Leeuwin. 124 miles separate the two boats on this 21st day at sea. Under large gennaker, staysail and full mainsail, Groupama 3 is still making headway at an average of nearly thirty knots.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island arrives in Qingdao to a hero's welcome Clipper Ventures, At the end of what has been the toughest and closest legs of the 35,000-mile Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, which is contested by crews from all walks of life, Cape Breton Island has arrived in Qingdao to a hero's welcome. Finishing Race 6 in sixth place, line honours went to Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt took second place and the final podium was claimed by Qingdao... [more] Share this story
9th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships entries now open David Brookes, Entries are now being taken for the 19th Hobie Cat 16 World Championships in Weihai, China.... [more] Share this story
Laser Midwinters East - Myrgren and Riley in the lead Int'l Laser Class Association, Laser Midwinters East - Myrgren and Riley lead the 2010 Laser Midwinters East. In the Laser Standard Rasmus Myrgren claimed the top spot overall after posting a second and an eighth place finish yesterday. One point behind is Canadian Lee Parkhill followed by Germany's Simon Grotelüschen. Two more Swedes, Emil Cedergårdh and Johan Wigforss round out the top five.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 reducing the deficit Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is still powering across the Indian Ocean at an average of over thirty knots. Though the rain has passed and the sun is back, the dress code for the men on watch on the deck of Groupama 3 hasn't changed: foulies and drysuits are proving essential in the very steady thirty knots or so of NW'ly wind.... [more] Share this story
Laser - Midwinters East - Clearwater USA - Day 1 International Laser Class Association, Laser MidWinters East Day 1. Nick Thompson (GBR), winner of the Miami Worldcup Regatta, tops the Laser Standards one point ahead of fellow Brit Olympic Champion Paul Goodison and 2 ahead of Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) in third.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - From bad to worse Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race Singapore to Qingdao, Day 18 report. The winds have turned light and threaten Spirit of Australia's lead, Hull & Humber goes out on a limb but will their move pay off? Meanwhile Edinburgh Inspiring Capital's situation goes from bad to worse.... [more] Share this story
As I saw it: America's Cup from a distance David Strickland, The 33ed America's Cup ended as it should have: on the water and won by a superior organization. The BMW Oracle sailing professionals outperformed and outsmarted those on Alinghi. The Oracle engineers and designers outthought and outdared their rival teams. Rumor has it that they even outspent them. How else to achieve perfection?... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour 2010 - Team Azzurra joins the tour Team Azzurra, Team Azzurra (ITA), with helmsman Francesco Bruni will participate in the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2010. The tour is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and is valid for the assignation of the title of World Match Racing Champion.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Into Stealth mode Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Race. Team Finland has left Taiwan and is en route for Qingdao, China. At 0720 GMT (1520 local time) today the yacht left Hualien under jury rig and will motor sail to the Chinese Olympic sailing city where the rest of the fleet is due to arrive this weekend.... [more] Share this story
Bermuda Race announces NYYC's Harbour Court as pre-start headquarters Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced that the pre-start race headquarters for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race will be the Sailing Center at the New York Yacht Club's Newport clubhouse, Harbour Court. Crews may use the clubhouse and its facilities before the race's start on June 18, 2010.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has favourable trajectory ahead Groupama 3 - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3's Franck Cammas and his men have really been hit hard by the wind crisis since passing South Africa! But the very straight trajectory announced as far as the longitude of Tasmania is particularly favourable, not solely for making up her deficit on the reference time, but above all amassing a fair bit of credit at the beginning of the Pacific.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit announces two new venues added Audi MedCup Circuit, After several years as potential candidate venues for the Audi MedCup Circuit, two of Europe's most desirable cities, Barcelona and Cascais/Lisbon, have now been confirmed on the competition schedule for 2010.... [more] Share this story
Vestas Sailrocket - When only the Fastest is fast enough! Paul Larsen, The UK based team behind the Vestas Sailrocket project are building a new boat to finish the job of setting the outright world speed sailing record. It will incorporate many features to make it more versatile and practical to sail at world record speeds in a wider range of winds and sea states.... [more] Share this story
Bruno Peyron decides to relaunch The Race Mer et Media, Bruno Peyron has officially announced that he has decided to relaunch The Race. The three times holder of the Jules Verne Trophy is creator of The Race. After several months of studies and some careful thinking and after consulting the main potential competitors, a second edition of the race around the world for the giant G-class boats is therefore planned for 2013-2014.... [more] Share this story
Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta attracts top World teams Warren Douglas, Some of the world's top international match race teams are set to descend on Auckland for the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta in March. A mix of America's Cup experience plus rising young talent will do battle in the invitational regatta on the Waitemata Harbour.... [more] Share this story
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships preparations well underway ISAF, The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are on track to be the biggest and most exciting sailing event ever held on Australian shores... [more] Share this story
Soling World Worlds 2010 - German team wins title Matias Collins / ISAF, The German Marinepool team GER 300 Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann won the 2010 Soling Worlds at Veleiros do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.... [more] Share this story
Nanjing, China, to host 2nd Youth Olympic Games in 2014 ISAF, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Nanjing, People's Republic of China, as the host city of the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 during the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver, Canada. Nanjing received 47 votes to edge out runner-up Poznan, Poland, which received 42 votes.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Card Holders announced World Match Racing Tour, The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) today announced the names of the nine Tour Card Holders for the 2010 season. The Tour Invite Policy, first introduced in 2009, will guarantee the Tour Card holders invites to six of the first nine events but they can compete in more events if they are able to secure wild card invites from the individual event promoters.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Team Finland ready to leave Taiwan Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore to Qingdao Day 16 report. The fleet seems to be getting some respite from the vicious conditions they've been facing over the last 48 hours but the battle for supremacy in this race from Singapore to Qingdao is no less fierce. The Australian team is clinging on to their lead despite their tiredness.... [more] Share this story
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