With Memorial Day freshly astern, sailing is finally in full swing.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, an unseasonably cloudy and wet spring (even by our standards) has added a soggy factor to local sailing, but it certainly didn't deter the nearly 170 boats from racing in last week's Swiftsure International Yacht Race.
This flagship event, put on by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, runs a series of races from Victoria, British Columbia. Having sailed aboard John McPhail's well-rigged and well-sailed J/160, JAM, I can report that the race was cold, wet, and full of wind and tidal-driven starts and stops, but a classic distance race nonetheless.
David Schmidt JAM helm
On the east coast, sailors encountered a windier-than-average Figawi Race, which serves as New England's tradition start-of-summer sailing affair. Now, East Coast sailors have exactly 10 days left until the start of the Newport-Bermuda Race, the biggest and most-important distance race on the east coast. Already, some 185 boats are registered, and in Newport excitement levels are ramping up as boats and sailors arrive from points abroad.
On the international and grand-prix levels, it's been an engaging week as well. The mighty ICAP Leopard 3, Mike Slade's 30-meter Farr-designed super maxi, was denied her record for the fastest boat across the Atlantic ('competing' in the powered-winch category) due to lighter-than-anticipated winds. And in La Maddalena, Sardinia, Team New Zealand enjoyed a hat trick come-from-behind win over Synergy to take the La Maddalena Louis Vuitton Cup.
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ICAP Leopard 3 Translantic Record attempt - No wind, no record ICAP Leopard 3 Captains Blog, ICAP Leopard 3 Monohull Transatlantic Speed Record attempt: plagued by the lack of wind. 'I am afraid whichever way we look at our situation we have next to zero wind and are going nowhere, let alone fast. Despite a great days sail yesterday at around 02.00hrs this morning the mighty wind gods switched the fan off for us and left us wallowing around with 420 odd Nm to the finish at lands end.'... [more] Share this story
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BoatUS Santa Maria Cup - A bronze for Team Tunnicliffe Team Tunnicliffe, BoatUS Santa Maria Cup and Team Tunnicliffe came home with a bronze medal after winning the petit-finals 2-0 over Sally Barkow. The first race of the petit finals was close and exciting. We led around the top mark by about one boat length and gybed early.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Open A Regatta - Final four revealed in ISAF Grade three event CMRC Media, Chicago Open A Regatta: After a spirited day of racing in breeze ranging widely from six to 23 knots, Taylor Canfield, Steve Lowery, Guy Mossman, and Don Wilson have all won their Quarter-Final matches to advance to the Semi-Finals tomorrow in the Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) Chicago Open A Regatta.... [more] Share this story
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Chicago Match Race Center's unique 2-for-1 CMRC, Chicago Match Race Center's unique 2-for-1 match race sailing. The consecutive events are an innovation designed to maximize the opportunity for participating teams to do a lot of match race sailing in one trip to Chicago, as well as to earn double the Grade 3 points for the ISAF's World Ranking list for match race sailing.... [more] Share this story
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Richard and Minoprio top entry list Talbot Wilson, Argo Group Gold Cup - French Match Racing Team Skipper Mathieu Richard and Adam Minoprio of Black Match Racing lead the field of entries.... [more] Share this story
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Sea Scout 'Ship' Minnow earns BoatUS flagship award BoatUS, A Sea Scout unit with the diminutive name Minnow, is the winner of Sea Scouting's biggest recognition, the BoatUS Flagship Award for 2010. The unit, Ship 1659 , Minnow, serves youth in the Houston area and maintains a fleet of no less than six cruising sailboats at South Shore Harbor Marina on Clear Lake in Kemah, Texas.... [more] Share this story
Newport to Bermuda - Five Bermuda skippers entered in race Colin Thompson, Newport to Bermuda veteran sailors Colin Couper and Paul Hubbard will be back to defend their respective class and divisional titles this year. The pair are among the five Bermuda skippers that have registered for this month's biennial 635 nautical mile ocean crossing from Newport, Rhode Island to St. David's Head Bermuda.... [more] Share this story
ICSA/GILL National Championship – Weather hampers racing Jan Harley, ICSA/Gill National Championship saw conditions all over the place on day two of the competition. There was a light breeze from the WNW when the first race got underway that climbed up to six knots, and then clocked around to north and then east before a severe thunderstorm warning – indicating the possibility of golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds... [more] Share this story
Interview - Andy Horton, Star Sailor on the Olympic campaign trail US Sailing, Interview with USSTAG's Andy Horton, Star class sailor. After winning a bronze medal at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Andy Horton talked to US SAILING about what he likes most about sailing Stars, what he's doing differently in this Olympic campaign, and shares some key tricks of the trade for all sailors and athletes alike.... [more] Share this story
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