Sail-World Canada will be the proud Canadian representative from the International sailing press at the St. Thomas Yacht Club this week for 'The Rolex', as the http://www.rolexcupregatta.com has come to be known. The International Rolex Regatta typically hosts up to 100 boats sailing in classes for IRC, CSA (Spinnaker Racing, Spinnaker Racing/Cruising and Non-Spinnaker Racing), One-Design IC 24s and Beach Cats and guarantees exceptional racing by virtue of its dependable trade winds and professional race management team. Operated by the St. Thomas Yacht Club, the competitors can be certain that the organizers know a thing or two about what world-class sailors look for in an international regatta. I will bring daily reporting and images from the water and, hopefully, directly from the racecourses as we very well may partake in the racing. Stay tuned as our plans are being finalized with the race organizers!
In the meantime, in the Round the World Race, the California was dismasted earlier on Sunday; the yacht was hit beam on by a very large sea coming from the port side. The impact caused the boat to roll to starboard through approximately 120 degrees and as the yacht righted herself (as she is designed to do), the mast was broken in two places. During the roll, a large amount of water came through the main hatch and flooded the navigation station, cutting off the boat's communication systems. The onboard EPIRB ensured that the relevant authorities were quickly aware; as a result, fellow competitor Jamaican Lightning Bolt came to their assistance.
Earlier last week, Team Finland left Qingdao to begin her race to San Francisco where she will join the rest of the Clipper 09-10 fleet as they were bracing for stormy weather in the Northern Pacific. The yacht was held up in Qingdao after being dismasted during the race from Singapore. The team in China took delivery of the rig last week and while monsoon rains and lightning put a small spanner in the works, lifting the 27-metre mast into place was completed, the standing rigging installed and skipper and crew were able to take her for a test sail. With a lead of more than 200 miles over their closest competitor, Cape Breton Island has set claim to three points for being first to cross the scoring gate. They've slowed down a little though, reports skipper, Jan Ridd. 'After a few days of exhilarating downwind sailing in Force 7 to 8 winds we are now serenely sailing along in much calmer seas and a relative gentle Force 5 to 6,' he explains. 'The only problem is the boat now feels as if it is going so slowly after a few days of being fully powered up and surfing down huge waves! To be sailing comfortably along at nine knots feels very slow – of course it is not; we are still maintaining a respectable boat speed and the crew have been working tirelessly, changing up to bigger sails as the conditions allow, all the time counting down the miles to the scoring gate. The temperature has dropped again as we head north and even below decks thermal clothing needs to be worn.' The latest reports from most of the fleet has them running bare poles, (i.e. with no sails up, in very heavy seas.)
67th Swiftsure International Yacht Race, May 29th–30th, 2010 Donna Randall, Swiftsure welcomes Jennifer Guest as Principal Race Officer for 2010; following in her father's footsteps (Gerry Guest is a past Swiftsure PRO), Jennifer brings 35 years of sailing experience, and 11 years of race management; she is honoured to be offered the role, and is thankful for the support of family and friends as she takes up this new challenge.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta - Two new Big Boat courses added for 2010 Linda Phillips, New for the 2010 BVI Spring Regatta, April 2 – 4, are two courses for the Sol Racing Area specifically designed for the big boats. With the start south east of Road Town, Course One will takes the big boys through Round Rock passage, south of Virgin Gorda and then north of Richard Branson's Necker Island before turning southwest and skirting between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke.... [more] Share this story
Clipper California dismasted in stormy conditions in the Pacific Ocean Zoe Williamson, California, one of ten entries competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, has been dismasted in the latest storm to hit the fleet as the teams race across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. All the crew are reported to be safe and four of the California's competitors, along with a merchant vessel in the vicinity, have diverted to rendezvous with US entry and offer assistance if re... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media, Racing under the colours of the host Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta Sunday. The Kiwi boat extended on every leg of the deciding five-mile race off Auckland's East Coast Bays against the Mascalzone Latino Audi team representing Club Nautico di Roma, which is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Groupama slashes 2 days 8 hours off Round the World Record Groupama 3 Media, The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac'h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40'45' UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Bre... [more] Share this story
Clipper Race- Qingdao to San Francisco - heavy weather ahead Zoe Williamson, Clipper Race Director Joff Bailey explains, 'The fleet, in particular those that are further north, will shortly be experiencing much stronger winds - Force 8 to 10 (34-55 knots) - which will last for the next 24 to 36 hours. The weather picture for the Pacific shows some tight isobars as the next low pressure catches up with the fleet.'... [more] Share this story
Canadians safe after grounding in the Galapagos Sail-World Round-up, Sixteen Canadians and eight Ecuadorean crew members were rescued from a yacht that ran aground in the Galapagos Islands. No injuries were reported in the Wednesday evening rescue by navy and national park vessels, which the 140-foot (46-metre) yacht's operator described as 'safe and orderly.'... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island extend lead on fleet Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10. It may be just nine days until the clocks go forward by an hour for most of Europe, but in the Pacific they've just put them back - by a whole day!... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Hainan Province, China stopover announced Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya, the southernmost city on the golden coast of Hainan Province, China, has won the bid to host the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. The port of Sanya is now confirmed as the only stopover in Asia. Other ports on the course include the start in Alicante, where the Volvo Ocean Race now has its base, stopovers in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Lorient and the finish in Galway.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island picks up maximum points Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Three of the teams have even more to celebrate having picked up Scoring Gate points. Cape Breton Island took the maximum three points followed by Jamaica Lightning Bolt scoring two for crossing in second place and Uniquely Singapore claiming a point for third.... [more] Share this story
Int'l Rolex Regatta: A treat for spectators as well as competitors Regatta News, The only thing that could possibly be more fun than competing in the International Rolex Regatta, scheduled for March 26-28, is watching it from shore. Among the highlights of the regatta's three racing days are Friday's 'town races,' which take the fleet from St. Thomas Yacht Club right into the heart of the bustling commercial harbour of Charlotte Amalie.... [more] Share this story
Pacific storm hits Clipper 09-10 fleet Zoe Williamson, The Pacific Ocean is providing proof, if proof were needed, that you disrespect Mother Nature at your peril. The forecast deep low pressure system has reached the fleet and winds of more than 50 knots are producing some very challenging conditions for the teams, most of whom are sailing under bare poles - that is, with no sails - and are still making fast progress towards San Francisco.... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Laddies who lunch Bob Fisher, There is an upside to counteract the general downside feeling that goes with postponed races – the opportunity to do what so many women do on a regular basis; and do lunch. In the Viaduct Basin in Auckland, the temptation is constant and while the opportunities to indulge have been there a-plenty, the postponements have not coincided properly with the luncheon hour... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Elimination time! Down to six teams Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Auckland's harbour lived up to its name today. Waitemata means 'sparkling waters' and whitecaps dappled the course in mostly bright sunshine and gusty, shifty southerly winds that ranged from 15 knots to 30 knots. Top seed Emirates Team New Zealand and second-ranked Mascalzone Latino Audi from Italy each won their races and went through to the semi-finals to be saile... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 breaks even Cammas-Groupama, Jules Verne Trophy - On the 44th day at sea, Groupama 3 has made up the ground on Orange 2 very quickly. Amassing a lead of up to 620 miles (6th day) and a 492 mile deficit (40th day) off Brazil, Groupama 3's progress has often been thwarted by rather unfavourable weather.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island nears scoring gate Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: At 0900 GMT the leading yacht, Cape Breton Island, had approximately 50 miles to run to the Scoring Gate, with Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Uniquely Singapore in hot pursuit. Team Finland has left the Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao and has begun her race to San Francisco where she will join the rest of the Clipper 09-10 fleet.... [more] Share this story
Internet Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia, Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more] Share this story
Ellison's goal is to market the America's Cup to the US Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, 'All we care about is if we duly lose that we get a fair chance to win it back next time. That's all we want. We don't want to ever have to go to court again to get a fair set of rules. It shouldn't be about money. It should be a little bit about technology and a lot about sailing. And it's got to be a great experience for viewers. It's got to be something kids want to watch.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup preview - Fifth Crimson Blazer Brady's goal Rich Roberts, A fifth Crimson Blazer: that's Gavin Brady's goal in the 46th Congressional Cup running Tuesday through Saturday as the only Grade 1 Open match racing event in the United States. Brady was an unknown 21 when he won his first Congressional Cup in 1996.... [more] Share this story
Quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister prepares for next challenge Jo Gawith, Heroic British quadriplegic yachtswoman, Hilary Lister, today officially launched her latest challenge, to sail solo around the Kingdom of Bahrain. The journey around the coastline of Bahrain is approximately 100 miles and is expected to take Hilary four days. She will set out from Amwaj Marina on April 13 and sail clockwise, covering approximately 25 miles each day.... [more] Share this story
Clipper California reports being rolled in major Pacific storm Zoe Williamson, Having been alerted to a problem on California after they activated their EPIRB yesterday afternoon a clearer picture of the team's dismasting is now beginning to emerge.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's Day-to-day round the world + Video Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Day to day summary of Groupama 3's round the world record attempt. After her second failed attempt in November 2009 and a return to Lorient to reinforce Groupama 3's structure, the stand-by period was drawing to a close: a gap in the weather, albeit it narrow, was enough to inspire them to go for the record...... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 3 Sail-World.com, Why James Spithill did not fall off the boat... and can he get to sail a Moth? What role does the Luois Vuitton series have leading up to 2013/2014?... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 2 Sail-World.com, Simmer admits that Alinghi made some mistakes. Now the discussion gets detailed on all kinds of onboat systems and there is talk from Spithill about 2013 or 2014 and what kind of boats are going to be sailed. And could BMW Oracle do 50 knots..... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 1 Sail-World.com, Grant Simmer, Managing Director and Design Coordinator of Alinghi and James Spithill, Helmsman of BMW Oracle and winner of the 33rd America's Cup at their home club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, with Rob Brown from the 1984 Austraia II Campaign - Part I... [more] Share this story
$2000 appearance money for international Laser sailors competing in Oz Trevor Griffiths, With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia offer of $2000 in appearance money, will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater.... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team NZ take the only race sailed and Louis Vuitton Trophy Richard Gladwell, The final day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, although a relief for Emirates Team NZ, proved to be a non-event with only one race being sailed in the shortened series, and the course again being taken out of the inner Waitemata Harbour. For the second day in a row the wind forced direction forced organisers to move the course around to the outer Waitemata harbour.... [more] Share this story
Groupama 3: Jules Verne Trophy - finish in 45 minutes Franck Cammas, Franck Cammas and crew aboard Groupama are poised to cut over two days off the round the world sailing record and became the new holders of the Jules Verne Trophy. As of 1016hrs NZT they have 18 miles left to sail, travelling at over 28kts and are 1489nm ahead of the record. Finish time is projected for 2245hrs, on 20 March 2010, local time off Ushant. Here is the latest report... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Oracle and Alinghi face off, one last time Simon Reffold, for Sail-World.com, And the result was, frankly, surprising. Perhaps, after all the shenanigans, legal wrangling, posturing and vitriol of the past two and bit years, perhaps, sailing is going in a truly positive direction. Here's why.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Home team one up in Finals Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Racing started in the approaches to the Rangitoto Channel off Auckland's East Coast beaches in the early afternoon, after a long wait for an uncertain sou-west breeze to fill-in and settle. The shifty breeze was moderate all day, ranging between 10 and 14 knots.... [more] Share this story
2010 World Match Racing Tour profiles the nine Tour Card Holders Yvonne Reid / ISAF, With the 2010 Tour Card Holders having recently been announced, each of the teams are gearing up for the tough 10 event challenge against the world's top match racing talent. Find out more about the world's top match racers as they prepare for the start of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour season in Marseille next month.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Heart stopping finish earns ETNZ another life Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vuitton Trophy - Emirates Team New Zealand came within one second of elimination from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta today. For its last two races, Artemis carried a distinguished 18th man. John Bertrand, the Aussie skipper who in 1983 lifted the America's Cup from the clutches of the New York Yacht Club, rode on the stern of the Swedish boat.... [more] Share this story
Congressional Cup 2010: The Catalina 37s still going strong Rich Roberts, The 46th Congressional Cup scheduled next Tuesday through Saturday will be sailed on Catalina 37s, but that's nothing new. They've been sailed in the United States' only Grade 1 Open match racing event for 20 years, and that doesn't seem about to change.... [more] Share this story
2010 ORC Sportboat European Championship Notice of Race Offshore Racing Congress, The St. Petersburg Sailing Union (SPSU), the Russian Offshore Race Association and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the 2010 ORC Sportboat European Championship has published its Notice of Race and is ready to accept entries. The event will be held over 3-10 July 2010 in St. Petersburg, with six days of racing scheduled over 5-10 July... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island consolidates Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Cape Breton Island has consolidated her lead and is making gains on the chasing pack and is extending her lead. Team Finland is making good progress towards southern tip of Japan and the Pacific Ocean.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 and the Pendulum effect Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 carries on its rapid progress towards the finish line and substantially increases its lead over the reference time. Groupama's Race HQ moves this Thursday evening in Brest to prepare the arrival of the giant trimaran which should see the Brittany coast on Saturday.... [more] Share this story
Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World and on Virtual Eye Richard Gladwell, In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World is 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, together with outstanding commentary.... [more] Share this story
2010 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds heading for Caribbean waters KPMS, When the Farr 40s arrive in the Dominican Republic later next month, April 21-24, all eyes will be on the defending World Champion, Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (USA).... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin falls to Artemis and drops out of Louis Vuitton Trophy Leslie Greenhalgh, Day 10 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta was crunch time for two more of the eight teams. The second Elimination Round would normally see the two pairs that had advanced from yesterday race best of three series, with the teams that won two races advancing to the semi finals on Saturday.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Two more teams eliminated Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, The Swedish team Artemis and the Italian Azzurra squad both won thrilling matches on Thursday at the Louis Vuitton Trophy - Auckland, to advance to the semi-finals and dispatch their opponents out of the regatta. Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio told the competitors in the morning that he'd institute a single-race policy if he couldn't start racing by midday.... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Probably the best race so far . . . Bob Fisher, With the threat of elimination, TeamOrigin and Artemis pulled out the most exciting race of the regatta. The advantage swung between the boats, first to the British and then to the Swedish team. Wind shifts and variable current added to the strategies while match racing tactics were seen in profusion, particularly on the first lap.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin makes early exit Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Artemis dispatched TeamOrigin from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in the sudden death elimination race sailed on the Waitemata this afternoon. The reality is that was a match that the British team should not have lost, and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory just short of rounding the windward mark for the second time.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Europe 2010 debuts in Sète, France OC Events, Sète on the South Coast of France is the opening venue of the Extreme Sailing Series Europe 2010 from 27-30 May. Sète has a history of hosting top international sailing teams: the city played host to Alinghi and Victory Challenge in 2002 prior to their departure for Auckland, New Zealand and French Kiss in 1986 before the America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia.... [more] Share this story
Sodeb'O revealing a new look Kate Jennings - Expression, A month from the completion of a long and important refit which has already stretched over four months, the maxi trimaran Sodeb'O is beginning to reveal her new look.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 ahead of the front Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is beginning the final sprint in a steady yet disturbed SW'ly wind. The current aim for Franck Cammas and his nine crew is to seek to position themselves ahead of a cold front, which should push them all the way to the finish off Ushant.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailor Classification Code reminder - Group 2 to be eliminated ISAF, ISAF would like to remind events, classes and sailors using the ISAF Sailor Classification Code, that the Code is changing and starting from 1 April 2010, the category of Group 2 sailors will be eliminated.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09 -10: The mighty Pacific beckons Team Finland Clipper Ventures, Two weeks after the Clipper fleet departed Qingdao, China, to do battle across the Pacific Ocean, Team Finland has set off on the 5,680-mile race to San Francisco. The Finnish entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race was delayed in her departure from China's sailing capital after she was dismasted in the race from Singapore to Qingdao – renowned for its heavy conditions... [more] Share this story
5th Commodores Forum - Insights into hosting commercial sailing events Cailah Leask, Yacht club operators across the world congregated at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Perth, Western Australia, to hold their fifth Commodores Forum to meet and share their experience and views.... [more] Share this story
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