Tired crew and heavy weather sailing are common themes amongst the reports sent back by all the Clipper Round the World skippers as they head towards the open ocean beyond the East coats of Japan. This earlier report from Jan Ridd, skipper of Cape Breton Island, sums it all: 'The sooner we can put this wind behind the beam of the boat the better!. The next few hours are going to be tough on the crew who are already tired from spending a couple of days sailing hard on the wind, crashing into oncoming waves. I have promised them that the conditions will improve over the next couple of days and I cannot wait to start some exhilarating downwind sailing, something we really have not seen since the Southern Ocean. The Pacific Ocean has shown its potential; let's hope we can navigate our way to avoid the worst of its weather!'
Cape Breton Island's eagle has now soared up through the fleet to slip into second place this morning and, says Ridd, 'We are sailing very comfortably in a Force 9 gusting to Force 10 with some truly magnificent seas, the Pacific showing its awesome power.' The Canadian team has negotiated some tricky conditions over a wet and windy 24 hours. 'We were sailing comfortably yesterday afternoon with an economic sail plan when, in the early evening, the wind picked up,' explains Jan. 'We set about reducing sail area with the on watch and once again my instincts were spot on. No sooner had we lashed the headsails securely, a gust hit us which topped 56 knots. We went about securing everything on deck and ensuring we were set for the night. I must admit it was very unpleasant on deck with the true wind steady at over 40 knots and a very confused sea as the wind backed.
Artie Means – navigator aboard Titan enthused about the last day of racing at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta racing: 'It was a fantastic day out there with all three of us doing 17-20kts downwind side by side and trading back and forth. It's a great boat and great team, and it was the first chance we've had to line up against the others and really see how she performs. It was probably one of the best day's racing I've had.' In the three-horse battle between Titan, Highland Fling and Rambler, it was Titan that benefited from a strange twist of misfortune when she blew out her A5 spinnaker. With no option other than to hoist a slightly flatter A3, it proved to be the perfect choice of sail when the wind shifted round to a tighter angle. Reveling in the 20kt squalls, and sailing right on the edge, Peter Isler tactfully gave Titan the opportunity to really show her true colors and, in a fine demonstration of downwind sailing, stormed past Highland Fling and Rambler at blistering speed not only taking line honors but also an impressive first overall in class. Richard Oland's Vela Veloce finished an impressive second overall against this stiff competition in Spinnaker 1.
Have You Entered Your Great Boating Story Yet? Canadian Yachting Staff, Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of international brands across spirits, wine and beer including Talisker, has partnered with Canadian Yachting magazine & Sail-World Canada to run the Talisker Tales Contest. The authors of the top 3 stories will be flown to Toronto for a VIP weekend & attend a scotch nosing event where the winner will be selected.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy live NOW in Auckland View here!! Sail-World.com, The 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy series is live now on Sail-World.com... [more] Share this story
The Yachtsmen's Spring Thaw Luncheon Announcement Graham Dougall, The Yachtsmen's Spring Thaw Luncheon announces its annual luncheon in support of Toronto Brigantine Inc. to be held on Friday, April 23th. The 27th annual luncheon in support of Toronto Brigantine will on held Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Boulevard Club, 1491 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Heavy weather and another problem for California Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Fatigue is setting in across the fleet after prolonged heavy weather. The teams are starting to position themselves for the run into the scoring gate as the crews look forward to some fast downwind sailing conditions. If things weren't hard enough already, the Californian crew were further tested when their steering wheel became stuck, much to the dismay of the helmsman at the time... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Azzurra defeats TeamOrigin on Day 1 Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media, Azzurra, the Italian boat with the old name and the young crew, defeated Britain's TeamOrigin in the closest of four hard-fought races on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: California repairs mainsail in tricky conditions Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco - Day 7. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital is chasing the pack in some very wet conditions as a low pressure system delivers strong headwinds across the fleet. Qingdao's skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, believes the worst is yet to come and if he is right the already tired crews will need to dig deep to find that extra bit of stren... [more] Share this story
GME EPIRB credited for saving all 64 in schoolship sinking. George Lariviere - GME, The Concordia was laid on her side by a microburst which caused her to founder in only 15 seconds; she went from sailing to submerged in 30 minutes, rendering all of her onboard radio communications systems inoperable. But a GME AccuSat MT403FF EPIRB self-released, as designed, automatically activated, and triggered a rescue operation which saved all 64 crew.... [more] Share this story
Cruette Is 2010 Miami Grand Prix Melges 32 Champion Joy Dunigan, Another glorious day of Melges 32 racing at the Miami Grand Prix has concluded leaving Jean-Francois Cruette (La Rochelle, France) on Teasing Machine as Champion of the Melges 32 division. Of the ten races completed, Cruette won four and never scored worse than an eleventh.... [more] Share this story
Defending champion predicts tough racing at Louis Vuitton Trophy Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media, Louis Vuitton Trophy teams drew for race pairings at a press conference and cocktail evening at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron tonight, ahead of the first day of competition tomorrow. The draw, before a packed house in the Squadron's Westhaven clubhouse, also decided which teams will enjoy the preferred starboard entry before their starts.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Patient concentration for Groupama 3 Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is continuing her ascent of the Southern Atlantic in weather conditions which are not enabling her to battle on equal terms with the current Jules Verne Trophy champion. Rounding Cape Horn for the seventh time, both in solo and crewed configuration, Thomas isn't of the view that the most difficult section of the course is in Groupama 3's wake.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Bolt from the blue for Cape Breton Island Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco Day 5. Cape Breton Island has had an electrifying 24 hours on board but its Spirit of Australia, that leads the fleet into Pacific. The winds are forecast to swing around in the next 24 to 48 hours so the part of the Pacific crossing could be anything but peaceful.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 09-10 - Conditions keep crews busy Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 09-10 - Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco Day. Changing winds, commercial shipping and fishing fleets are keeping the crews busy. Cape Breton Island's crew must be able to see Spirit of Australia off their starboard quarter - at the 0900 position update just one mile separates them.... [more] Share this story
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta: Elandra wins Gill Commodores Cup Sue Pelling, Calvin Reed's Elandra, a production Beneteau First 40.7, has won the Gill Commodore's Cup. Reed and team, sailing in the highly competitive Racing B class at this opening event of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, managed to hold off not only similar designs such as a J/120 and a couple of A40s, but also five other First 40.7s.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Sail-World interviews James Spithill Richard Gladwell, This afternoon at the Auckland International Boat Show, 33rd America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill spent 30 minutes on the Sail-World stand, with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, reliving the key moments of the 33rd America's Cup, including the start of the first race, and the next 20 minutes, plus the technology behind USA-17... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Russell Coutts squares off with Peter Montgomery Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Rumour control has been out of control over the past few days, as comments made by BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, have been taken out of context, or given an unintended spin - creating some unwarranted headlines. On Wednesday, Coutts sat down with top international sailing commentator, Radio Sport's Peter Montgomery, and set the record straight in a number of aspects of the 34th America... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Louis Vuitton Trophy - Can it get any better than this? Bob Fisher, Can it possibly get any better? The Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta's third day in Auckland came close to approaching perfection. The 15-20-knot wind, funnelling down the harbour, provided an ideal race track for the equally matched Version V ACC yachts of Emirates Team New Zealand. The flat water, glistening in the late afternoon sunshine, is what gives the Waitemata its name..... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy – PredictWind Forecast - Big Breeze - Day Four Jon Bilger, PredictWind.com is forecasting SW 15-20knots in the morning and rising to SSW 20-25knots (gusts to 30knots) in the afternoon for day four of Louis Vuitton Series. Long Term Outlook Saturday: SW 5-10 in the morning rising to18knots in afternoon Sunday: SW 10-17knots Monday: SW less than 10knots... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Whitewater, whitecaps and ETNZ Louis Vuitton Trophy, Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. A late tactical call by TeamOrigin escalated problems which left the boat with spinnaker and jib draped over the foredeck and a broken spinnaker pole over the side. Racing moved closer to the city front today as the southwester funneled down the harbour, with puffs into the low 20-knot range as the day wore on.... [more] Share this story
Mauri Pro Sailing – The global online chandlery from Texas John Curnow, These Dallas based international, online chandlers are anything but cowboys. Mauri Pro Sailing has been around since 2003 and was the brainchild of South American sailor Juan Mauri. There is a dedicated and passionate band of multi-national sailors behind the brand and online shop who can assist you find the right clothes to wear, arrange your deck gear and virtually anything in between.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Atlantic Roll for Groupama 3 Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy. Right now there are zones of high pressure to the left and to the right. Indeed the calm zones have got Groupama 3 surrounded and she is having to zigzag her way between the squalls, which are causing massive changes in both the strength and direction of the wind, with shifts of over 60° and a breeze oscillating between 10 and 20 knots...... [more] Share this story
Montreal's Quays of the Old Port Hosts 2010 Classic Boat Festival Andy Adams, This summer, plan a trip to scenic Montreal around the 2010 Classic Boat Festival, to be held at the Quays of the Old Port, August 20 to 22, 2010. The Festival will bring together boats of various groups of age which generally vary in size from of a few meters to twenty meters or more. It is too often difficult to see these treasures and this is the opportunity to present them in a great... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island moves into second Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race - Cape Breton Island's eagle has soared up through the fleet to slip into second place this morning and, says skipper, Jan Ridd, 'We are sailing very comfortably in a Force 9 gusting to Force 10 with some truly magnificent seas, the Pacific showing its awesome power.'... [more] Share this story
Twin town named as Volvo Ocean Race finish venue Volvo Ocean Race media, Following the huge success in Galway when it was the finish of the transatlantic leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ireland, will again feature in the new route for 2011-12. The fleet will race from Lorient in France back to Galway on Ireland'?s west coast.... [more] Share this story
PUMA Moth Worlds Day 3 - Changes at the top Bridgid Murphy, Andrew 'Amac' McDougall's nine point lead evaporated today in the difficult patchy Dubai breeze of the third day of the PUMA International Moth World Championship.... [more] Share this story
Next Gen. Moulded Laser Foils - greater durability at standard price Trevor Griffiths, Some quiet changes have been happening on the Laser scene in recent times with a new range of Laser foils bring joy to sailors across the Asia-Pacific.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: PredictWind Forecast - a good Day 3 Jon Bilger, PredictWind.com is forecasting moderate SW 15knots for day three of Louis Vuitton Series. Looks like a straightforward day with regards to the forecast. And there's plenty of wind in the bag...... [more] Share this story
Gear failure puts finish to a close Kiwi vs Italian encounter Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media, American-based Kiwi Gavin Brady and his largely international team of Latin Rascals took the fight to host Emirates Team New Zealand in their Louis Vuitton Trophy race today, only to lose after a gear failure. Brady, with American tactician Morgan Larson calling the shots, pulled off a risky pre-start strategy against skipper Dean Barker on the New Zealand boat, pushing ETNZ deep into the start... [more] Share this story
Magic Marine RS 500 World Championship 2010, Netherlands, NOR online Golly Tucker, The Magic Marine RS 500 World Championship will take place this summer 15th – 20th August at Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, in the Netherlands. Registration has just opened and boats have already registered to benefit from a 40% reduction in entry fee before 14th April.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Virtual separation yo-yoing Cammas-Groupama, ules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 attempt. With a little over 5,000 miles left before reaching Ushant, the virtual separation between Groupama 3 and Orange 2 has been yo-yoing for the past three days. The crew had a hundred mile lead on rounding Cape Horn, a 190 mile deficit off Uruguay as Franck Cammas and his men began their beat in the high pressure, and finally were 360 miles off the pace Tuesday... [more] Share this story
International Moth Worlds Day 2 - Australian Andrew McDougall leads Sail-World.com and Bridgid Murphy, Puma International Moth World Championship day two. Australian Andrew 'Amac' McDougall still holds the lead after four races. Kerstin Sommer (UAE) is the highest placed female in position 26. It was really a pressure game today - those who stayed in the pressure were able to get up on their foils and make gains.... [more] Share this story
China Cup International Regatta 2010: what's new? CCIR Media, With race management by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (and CYA observer), the regatta will kick off with a Hong Kong to Shenzhen passage race, followed by inshore races and island races in Shenzhen. Racing will be provided for entries from Racing Class, One Design classes, classes raced under IRC, SBR ratings or COA HKPN Handicap numbers provided that all boats are capable of meeting the requireme... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy – PredictWind Forecast - Day Two Jon Bilger, PredictWind.com is forecasting light winds in the morning for day two of Louis Vuitton Series. However in the afternoon the PredictWind 1km resolution model predicts the South West sea breeze to become strong by late afternoon with wind in the 15-20knots range.... [more] Share this story
Moth Worlds - Australian Andrew McDougall leads the fleet + Video Lisa Richards and Brigid Murphy, Day one of the Puma International Moth Worlds conditions proved to be diffcult with the fleet spreading far and wide across the horizon. The event is shaping up to be a battle of wits, weather and worldliness. During the beats the pressure was favoured on left however most sailors to took the right.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293 Champs qualify nations to Youth Olympic Games Nevin Sayre, The Techno 293 North American Championships held Mar 5-7 in Merritt Island, Florida saw eight tight races in 4-15 knot winds. This event was the North American country qualifier for the first IOC Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore, August 14-26. Mexico and Puerto Rico qualified for the Youth Olympics in junior mens. Canada and USA qualified for the junior womans.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is zigzagging northward Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 attempt. Very attentive to the slightest wind shift since this weekend, Franck Cammas and navigator Stan Honey are remaining concentrated to exploit these rotations. 'In high pressure conditions such as these, there is always a discrepancy between the grib files and the actual situation on the water: at the moment, we've fallen into a zone of light winds, probably d... [more] Share this story
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta: Racing over but the party never stopped Sue Pelling, The final race of the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this morning may have lacked one special Caribbean ingredient – sun – but there was certainly no shortage of action for the 240-boat fleet in the extremely lively northerly breeze which allowed the big raunchy yachts the opportunity to really strut their stuff on the 27nm race from Marigot Bay back to Sint Maarten Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World Richard Gladwell, In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World will be offering live coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The live TV coverage featured on Sail-World will consist of a mix of Virtual Eye graphics and video from a range of cameras and positions.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy – PredictWind Forecast - Day One Jon Bilger, PredictWind.com is forecasting light and challenging winds for the first two days of the Louis Vuitton Series. Thursday and Friday are showing moderate Southwest winds with 10knots building to possibly 20knots on Friday.... [more] Share this story
Images from Training Day before Moth Worlds Thierry Martinez, Thierry Martinez presents this gallery of pictures from the last day training (Slalom races) in Dubai before the start of 2010 Puma Moth Worlds.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - For most a parking lot Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco Day 6. Its a parking lot for most of the fleet but not for everyone. Spirit of Australia, on a more northerly course than the others, has been dealt a different hand. The last 24 hours for California's crew have been frustrating as they find themselves with totally different conditions.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 cleverly fighting on Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy. On a perfectly rectilinear course since rounding Cape Horn, Groupama 3 is continuing her ascent of the Southern Atlantic by cleverly limiting the haemorrhage of miles lost in relation to the Jules Verne Trophy champion.... [more] Share this story
Four different countries in line to qualify for Youth Olympic Games Nevin Sayre, Three more races today, Day 2, in excellent 6-15 knot conditions. Four different countries stand to take the four available slots for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.... [more] Share this story
Historic 18s provide wonderful contrast Lisa Ratcliff, Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, Australian entrepreneur and rugby league patron Mark Foy introduced to the historic 18 foot skiff class the innovation of handicaps being applied at the beginning rather than at the end of the race.... [more] Share this story
Moth Nationals in Dubai (UAE) Day 2 pictures Thierry Martinez images, Thierry Martinez has supplied this gallery of images from Day 2 at Moth Nationals in Dubai (UAE). The winner was Chris Graham ( UAE) .... [more] Share this story
Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta-Enthralling final battle for title Warren Douglas, Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta - The best was definitely left to last as ben Ainslie (TeamOrigin) battled Dean Barker (Emirates Team New Zealand) in the final. Adam Minoprio (BlackMatch Racing) and Torvar Mirsky (MRT) contested the Petite Final.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293- Racing tightens to ahead of first Youth Olympics Nevin Sayre, After the first two races of the Techno 293 North American Junior Windsurfing Championships, there is a tight race to see which countries will qualify for the first IOC Youth Olympics Games this summer in Singapore.... [more] Share this story
Omega Cup: Sail-World Live - Finals underway Richard Gladwell, Sail-World is live on the water for the Semi-Finals and Finals of the Omega Cup being sailed in Auckland. Weather conditions ae superb for sailing this afternoon with a 10-12ktd breeze blowing down the Waitemata Harbour... [more] Share this story
International Rolex Regatta - Delivering the goods Bill Canfield, It just arrived on a yacht carrier in St. Thomas: Austin and Gwen Fragomen's Judel/Vrolik 52' Interlodge, a newcomer to the International Rolex Regatta, which this year is scheduled for Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. Sailing in IRC class will give the Fragomens a chance to show that their class third and top TP52 finish at this year's Key West Race Week was no fluke.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has Cape Horn astern Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - With Cape Horn astern, Groupama 3 is now traversing some very different weather conditions: the downwind breeze has given way to headwinds, but the giant trimaran is managing to maintain her lead... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race - Bring on the Pacific Clipper Ventures PLC, The skippers and teams of Clipper 09-10 are ready to hit the open ocean again. The frustration of dodging container shipping and fishing fleets is beginning to grate, and the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean can't come soon enough... [more] Share this story
SY Celandine wins first NZ Marine Cup Kate Gordon, The smallest superyacht in the field, the 95 ft (29m) cruising yacht Celandine won the first New Zealand Marine Cup, the Kiwi Kawau Challenge, sailed on Thursday 4 March. Race director Hal director Hal Wagstaff, of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, advised Celandine won on handicap by 12 minutes, 48 seconds from SY Shenandoah with SY Drumbeat a further 23 minutes, 33 seconds behind.... [more] Share this story
Omega Auckland Match Race - TeamOrigin continue on their winning way Warren Douglas, Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin crew continued to dominate the Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta today. Despite his fairly untroubled progress through to the semi-finals, Ainslie said there were no easy wins. 'This is probably the toughest group of match racers I have ever sailed against in a single regatta,' he said.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Did Race 2 happen in the 33rd series - Maybe not???? Sail-World.com, An amazing defence from Fred Meyer of the SNG, explaining the Committee Boat Mutiny. We challenge you NOT to drop your jaw!! Read the Open letter from Société Nautique de Genève vice commodore Fred Meyer 25 February 2010... [more] Share this story
Australia's Sydney Yachts moving forward with Ker designed GTS series Media Services, Australia's Sydney Yachts has commissioned Ker Design to create a new series of performance orientated yachts. The new GTS37 is the first model to be released, with an exciting new range to be announced in the coming months. Jason Ker has designed the GTS37 with the performance orientated sailor in mind.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has one ocean left to devour +Video Cammas-Groupama, Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3, rounded Cape Horn at 1830 UTC this Thursday 4th March, and has retained a lead of 175 miles over the Orange 2 reference time. However, there is still 7,000 miles to go before they reach the finish line off Ushant: Bruno Peyron and his crew took over eighteen days to climb up the Atlantic.... [more] Share this story
Hydroptère project - Two new boats and around the World Hydroptère project, The Hydroptère project is not limited to the performance of the 60-feet trimaran which has beaten two world speed records at an average speed of over 50 knots in 2009 in the Mediterranean.... [more] Share this story
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