As sailors all across the country start thinking about their Wednesday-night beer-can racing — or about their weekend regatta plans — plenty of fleets will see some of their top sailors absent. The reason?
The Etchells North Americans, hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club, in San Diego, California. This fleet consistently draws some of the country's best sailors, and this year's U.S. Nationals is no exception. In fact, this already-popular event is getting lifted by the fact that the 2011 Etchells Worlds will also be held in this same venue, giving sailors a “perhaps” sneak preview at next year's Worlds.
With heavy hitting pro sailors such as Jud Smith (Doyle Sails), Dave Ullman (Ullman Sails) and Vince Brun (North Sails)— plus 2008 World Champion Bill Hardesty— all racing, plus a deeply talented amateur fleet, you can count on the Etchells North Americans to be this week's regatta to watch.
In Detroit, the 2010 NOOD has wrapped up, leaving Alan Field (Melges 24 WTF) and Chuck Holzman (Melges 20, Flyer) standing on the top podium positions of their respective fleets. And in Chicago, action and attention continue to swirl at the recently opened Chicago Match Racing Center, where world-class match-racing talent has been on full display at the Chicago Open “B” regatta.
On the grand-prix circuit, the American-flagged BMW/Oracle Racing Team finished the first day of the RC44 class' Copenhagen Cup in third place. The team is hoping to redeem themselves after their dismal performance in the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena Trophy, but, so far at least, Team Aqua is proving to be hard to beat.
And in the Clipper 09-10 Around the World Race, the ten teams are in the process of finishing the New York to Cape Breton Island (northern Nova Scotia) leg, with Hull & Lumber in first place and Cape Breton Island in second, with Team Finland rounding out the top three.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
David Schmidt, Editor
BMW Oracle Racing ready to tackle the RC44 Copenhagen Cup BMW Oracle Racing, BMW Oracle Racing team will be racing on two boats at the Copenhagen Cup, the latest stop on the RC44 Championship Tour.... [more] Share this story
Detroit NOOD names Alan Field and Chuck Holzman winners Melges Performance Sailboats, Detroit NOOD 2010 has concluded featuring two powerful divisions of fun, fast, easy to sail Melges sportboats — the forever awe-inspiring Melges 24 and Audi Melges 20.... [more] Share this story
The Ditch Run celebrates its 20 year anniversary www.pressure-drop.us, The June 1991 copy of Latitude 38 summed it up perfectly: ' It's bound to be a classic! Its got all of the ingredients of a TransPac or a Mexican Race in one Day! It's downhill all the way, you are navigating constantly, it gets warmer the further you go and you end up in a great place!'... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Copenhagen Cup – Worst start in 25 years! Paul Cayard, RC 44 Copenhagen update from Paul Cayard on Katusha : I think this was the worst start ever for me at a match race event in 25 years. Onboard Katusha, we were zero and four to start. The worst part is that we were first to the first mark in every one of those races.... [more] Share this story
Windsurfers to invade San Francisco Bay this Saturday June 12th David Wells, Windsurfing Magazine has made a call to arms for all windsurfers across the San Francisco Bay to converge on the bay for a mass sailing session.... [more] Share this story
Newport-Bermuda Race: Team Sinn Fein goes for a third Lighthouse John Rousmaniere, The Newport Bermuda Race is hard enough to win once, But twice? In 46 races since 1906, just three yachts have won the major prize, - the St David's Lighthouse Trophy - at least two times. A pair of these won consecutive races - Carleton Mitchell's fabledFinisterre in 1956-60 and, in the two most recent races in 2006 and 2008, Peter S. Rebovich's Sinn Fein, from New Jersey's Rariton Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
ICSA All-American sailing team Jan Harley, Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA) has announced the members of its 2009/2010 ICSA All-America Sailing Team, along with the Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year, the College Sailor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the winner of the Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy for the all-around best college team.... [more] Share this story
2010 Catalunya – Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup: Day 1 PWA/Paul Griffiths, 2010 Catalunya – Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup - Day 1. Dunkerbeck and Arrighetti storm into the lead after convincing performances in their respective fleets off the beautiful Catalunyan coast... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour Korea Match Cup Day 1 - Three equal leaders WMRT, Korea Match Cup in Gyeonggi, South Korea, is the third stage of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour 2010.... [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. Now local transport package between major events for the fastest to book a boat and place.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Copenhagen Cup - Team Aqua unbeaten on day one MaxComm Communications, RC 44 Copenhagen Cup update: Sailing for the first time in Northern Europe, the RC 44 Class benefited from great sailing conditions today. Seven match race flights got completed in winds ranging from 8-18 knots.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 – Spinnaker trouble for three teams! Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper update: The fast conditions that held for the first 24 hours of the Eagle Spirit Race from New York to Cape Breton have faded and the lighter winds are now providing some interesting shifts in fortune among the Clipper fleet.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Mark Watson takes Genuine Risk to Bermuda Talbot Wilson, Newport Bermuda race starts June 18 and Mark Watson called his friend, North Sails advisor Ken Read after he decided to put his signature on the sponsorship agreement, Watson said, 'Ken, I think I've gone and done something kooky.' Kenny replied, 'Knowing you, I don't think so, but tell me what you've done.'... [more] Share this story
Another Challenging Susan Hood Trophy Race Guy Perrin, The Susan Hood Trophy Race, a rite of Spring for over 50 years for sailors and racers at the western end of Lake Ontario saw an increase in participation again for 2010. The race, named after the daughter of PCYC member Doug Hood, who offered the trophy for the race in the mid-fifties, is usually a cold and daunting overnight event.... [more] Share this story
Star Class European Championship - Campbell on his sixth place Race 1 Andrew Campbell, It's official, our buddies German team Polgar and Koy beat more teams today than any Star class team has ever beaten in the 99 year history of the class.... [more] Share this story
BoatUS Santa Maria Cup: Claire Leroy takes win for second year in a ro BoatUS, BoatUS Santa Maria Cup. French team skipper Claire Leroy won the cup for second year in a row. Hosted by Eastport Yacht Club, the championship began Wednesday on the Chesapeake Bay with 10 of the world's top-ranked female match racers dueling it out in J/22 sailboats.... [more] Share this story
C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and regatta expanding Jan Harley, C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic Regatta is expanding. The Clagett will welcome able-bodied sailors to compete in two of the four classes raced in the event.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Open B Regatta win to Hughes CMCR media, Reigning Canada's Cup champion Bob Hughes and his team of Torvar Mirsky, Michael Hestbaek‚ and Kyle Langford have claimed victory at the Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) Chicago Open 'B' Regatta. This ISAF Grade 3 event was the second of two held here over 4-7 June, with eight teams competing in each.... [more] Share this story
2010 Laser Pacific Coast Championship progress report Tracy Usher, Racing for the 2010 Laser Pacific Coast Championship began Friday on the waters of beautiful Monterey Bay... [more] Share this story
Robie Pierce One Design Regatta 2010 Larchmont Yacht Club/Sail-World.com, Robie Pierce One Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities was sailed from the third to 6th June.... [more] Share this story
PWA Catalunya - Costa Brava (Spain) World Cup event preview PWA, PWA Catalunya - Costa Brava (Spain) World Cup event preview. From June 8th through to June 13th the cream of the slalom crop will be racing round the buoys on the waters off the Catalunya coastline to gain precious points towards their overall world ranking, and to claim the ultimate windsurfing crown of Costa Brava.... [more] Share this story
Access World Championships Day 1 - Worlds underway David Staley, Bruce Wake 2010 Access Class Worlds and SKUD18 International Championships day one of racing report. The single-person classes were first on the water in a light and variable breeze under an overcast sky but two races were completed. Angus MacGregor (AUS) led Monique Foster (GBR) and Cedric Castaldi (FRA) across the line in the first heat of the 2.3s.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup to visit former home in Newport, RI Tim Jeffery, BMW ORACLE Racing, the American winners of the 33rd America's Cup, will bring the oldest trophy in international sport to Newport, Rhode Island, on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The iconic trophy will be on show at open-to-the-public events. Rhode Island, host to 12 of the 33 America's Cup regattas from 1930 to 1983, and home to the America's Cup Hall of Fame, will welcome the trophy and team repres... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Changes afoot for fleet as weather takes a turn Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Race 11 from New York to Nova Scotia. To borrow a footballing cliché, Race 11 looks like being a race of two halves. The conditions for the early part of the 800-mile Eagle Spirit Race to Sydney, Cape Breton Island, have produced a fast start and the teams should be able to cover some good mileage.... [more] Share this story
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