Every raceboat that's heads/headed out for the start of today's Bermuda Race, the 47th start of this iconic 635-mile 'thrash to the Onion Patch', has a story of preparation to tell.
Maybe it's that last-minute call to the sailmaker pleading for the new high-cut number-three blade jib to be delivered by dock call; maybe it's scrambling to find a rigger to fix that upper shroud that parted on the delivery, or maybe it's a last-ditch effort to get all the electronics to all play nicely (good luck there, mate!).
Everyone's got a story to tell, but perhaps no one's is as impressive as Karl Kwok and the crew of his magnificent new Farr-designed Beau Geste. Their 'delivery' commenced when Beau Geste pierced the starting line of the Annapolis-Bermuda Race, where she promptly took line honors and set a new course record. Crews quickly swapped out, and tactician Gavin Brady and company had the bow pointed toward Newport within an hour of finishing.
While this year's Newport-Bermuda race currently has 188 boats registered—its third-highest registration in its rich, 104 year history—early forecasts are calling for a nice sea breeze to carry the fleet offshore before they confront a substantial high-pressure system filled with possible light westerl
ies. Likely not the year for breaking course records, but given this year's impressive line up of sleds big and less big — including Beau Geste, il mostro (Volvo Open 70), Rambler (R/P 90), Titan 15 (R/P 75), Ran (J/V 72), Speedboat (Juan K-designed 30-meter supermaxi) — the hardware is clearly onstage. Now, 188 boats and their crew just need the weather gods to cooperate with a fast, safe passage.
Beau Geste sets Bermuda Ocean Race mark Bill Wagner, Hometown Annapolis, Skipper Karl Kwok took his magnificent new boat Beau Geste to the USA this summer to capture line honours and set course records in two Bermuda races. It's one down and one to go for the Farr-designed 80-foot racing machine. Beau Geste has destroyed the Annapolis-to-Bermuda record and now will set her sights on the Newport-to-Bermuda Record.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - 30 years of Gulf Stream studies John Rousmaniere, This year marks the 30th anniversary of the marriage of two technological revolutions that brought the Newport Bermuda Race into the modern age. In 1980 for the first time sailors were allowed to use Loran-C navigation throughout the race. One of the first sailors to appreciate the implications of Loran was 30-year-old Richard Wilson.... [more] Share this story
470 US National Championship win to Kopp and Costello SHYC Sailing Foundation, The Sailing Foundation had the great pleasure and honor of hosting the US 470 National Championships, the weekend of June 11-13th. The Manton Davis Scott Memorial Trophy for the winner of the US 470 National Championship was awarded to Brendan Kopp and Michael Costello, of Pequot Yacht Club, Connecticut.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - 184 boat fleet for Friday's start John Rousmaniere, The 47th Newport Bermuda Race starts Friday off Newport R.I. Nearly 2,000 sailors will compete. The course runs 635 miles from the mouth of Narragansett Bay into the Atlantic Ocean and across the Gulf Stream to the finish line off St. David's Head, Bermuda.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Cork sets sail for home Heather Ewing, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - At 1615 local time (1915 GMT) Cork, Ireland, crossed the start line at Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club to begin the 2,075 mile race to Kinsale. The team, led by Hannah Jenner, has 48 hours to build the biggest possible lead before the fleet of nine Clipper 68s starts to hunt them down.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Puma Ocean Racing preview Brigid Murphy, As the PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion team preps for the Bermuda Race on Friday, we caught up with our skipper yesterday. Kenny, a Rhode Island native grew up with this race. “I did my first Bermuda race when I was seventeen, so I think that puts my count up to 12 of these races (?!?).... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup - A magic race KPMS, Giraglia Rolex Cup - The Giraglia Rolex Cup keeps attracting sailors from all the parts of the planet and leaving them with all kinds of achievements related to their battles with the elements.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy - Today's roller-coaster result Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy regatta - Out on the Rade Nord, a switch from yesterday's southern arena, the breeze was equally hard to read and several teams results roller-coastered from one race to the next... [more] Share this story
Court extends ban on Dutch teen sailor Nancy Knudsen, After a new case brought by Dutch child care authorities, judges in a Dutch court have extended a ban on a 14-year-old schoolgirl's bid to do a circumnavigation by long range cruising by one month.... [more] Share this story
Sinn Fein boys go after second North Rock Beacon Trophy Talbot Wilson, Newport Bermuda Race is dual scored in the Gibbs Hill and St. David's Divisions under ORR and IRC systems. The North Rock Beacon Trophy was designed and crafted by Bermuda artisan, Bill Wivel, at Walker Christopher. It was awarded for the first time in 2008 to Sinn Fein for finishing first on corrected time in the combined fleet.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Conditions likely to determine winning crews Talbot Wilson/John Rousmaniere, Newport to Bermuda Race begins on Friday 18th June and navigators and tacticians are currently hunched over computers trying to get a sense of race conditions for the 47th start of the event. Today's forecast predicts a healthy sea breeze for the start.... [more] Share this story
Qingdao Match Cup added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour WMRT, Qingdao Match Cup has been added to 2010 World Match Racing Tour. Qingdao Match Cup will be utilising 10 brand new Beneteau First 40 yachts to be delivered in mid July and the event will have as the new standard a total prize pool of USD$500,000.... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from Paul Wyeth Sail-World.com/Paul Wyeth images, Coutts Quarter Ton Cup images from photographer Paul Wyeth.... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day a stunner Fiona Brown, Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 final day. Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. Nine races in conditions that tested the competitors to the max... [more] Share this story
Quantum Racing ahead on day 1 of Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy races Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day one. As 2008 champions Quantum Racing rekindled their winning mojo with back to back wins in Races 2 and 3 to lead the regatta at the end of the first day, the reigning champions came off the water in ninth of ten and 2007 circuit winners in tenth.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 leads around Giraglia Rock KPMS, Giraglia Rolex Cup - The wind increased during the afternoon and a top group accelarated with 20 knots toward the rock with Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2, the former Alfa Romeo in the lead, followed by Shockwave, Container and Alegre.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: All on as Champions trail after Opening Races Audi MedCup Media, It was a day of sharply contrasting fortunes for past and present Audi MedCup Champions on the Rade Sud today, as the second event on the 2010 Audi MedCup circuit, the Marseille Trophy, opened with three races - which proved a very different test to last month's breezy curtain raiser in Cascais, Portugal. Iberdrola won the GP42 Series Practice Race.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi, Giraglia Rolex Cup saw no racing yesterday in Italy. Today however was a different story and Carlo Borlenghi was there to snap all the action. Enjoy!... [more] Share this story
SailTV: Audi MedCup - Live and Replay Sail-World, See live and replay coverage of the second round of the Audi MedCup at Marseilles. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the third event on the World Match Race tour, Korea Match Cup is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - Getting under way... again! Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup dock and out on the rade Sud where the Marseille Trophy is poised to start with three races for the TP52 Series fleet and the practice race for the GP42 Series, it is a clearer morning.... [more] Share this story
Clash of the Legends - Canadian yachtsman wins in Cape Breton Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race stopover in Sydney's Cape Breton Island on Tuesday saw three renowned ocean racers gather for the Cape Breton Island Clash of the Legends as part of the stopover festivities.... [more] Share this story
Catalunya–Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup: Event Summary PWA/Paul Griffiths, 2010 Catalunya – Costa Brava (Spain) PWA Slalom World Cup – Event Summary. The wind gods blessed the racers in Costa Brava with some awesome conditions on both day one and day three of competition, allowing two of the PWA's longest standing legends to take control of their respective fleets at the event.... [more] Share this story
Images of Coutts Half Ton Cup - a good blow and a good time had by all Richard Hampson, Images from the blustery second day of the Coutts Half Ton Cup being sailed at Cowes, Isle of Wight, by Richard Hampson. Check our his site www.yacht-pics.com including his gallery from the 2010 America's Cup at Valencia... [more] Share this story
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 - Day 2: Anchor Challenge snatches lead Fiona Brown, Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, brought some of the most challenging conditions the Solent can deliver. With a rapidly shifting and gusting wind from the North East quarter fluctuating in strength from single figures up towards 20 knots, plus a strong spring tide which changed direction in the middle of racing the 35 competing boats had thei... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Practice race cancelled - all on tomorrow Audi MedCup Media, The official practice race for the second round of the TP52 Series at the Marseille Trophy had to be cancelled today, falling foul of the stormy, wet conditions and the unsettled breezes. The forecast for tomorrow is more promising, when three races for the TP52 are planned with the first starts due at 13:30hrs while the five GP42's are scheduled for their Practice Race.... [more] Share this story
Charles River Open Team Race returns after one year hiatus Matthew Lindblad, The Charles River Open Team Race hosted by MIT returned after a one year hiatus. Due in part to the large number of people required to run an event of its size, The Charles River Open exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism in sailing.... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup – Spirits undampened despite no racing Regattanews.com, Giraglia Rolex Cup saw no racing today in Italy. The most colourful spectacle today in Saint-Tropez was certainly La Bravade des Espagnols, as dark clouds and rain smothered this part of the Côte d'Azur.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans legends to clash in Clipper Festival Race Velux 5 Oceans Press Office, Velux 5 Oceans veterans Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Derek Hatfield and John Hughes are to do battle in Canadian waters as part of a week-long sailing festival. The three renowned solo sailors will go head to head in the Clash of the Legends race today, just one of the many events organised for the Cape Breton stopover of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Almost a spectator sport Talbot Wilson, The Newport Bermuda Race began on June 18th in Newport and will finish in Bermuda 635 miles later, this classic ocean race is almost a spectator sport.... [more] Share this story
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