Along with big offshore events comes big anticipation, and this year's Newport-Bermuda race was no exception...except now the game is all about finally clearing the Gulf Stream and flooring it to the finish line.
Thanks to fleet separation, some boats are sailing in different conditions than others, but for the entire sailors, this year's race has proven to be a fairly light-air affair, at least up to the Stream, with the fastest boats, such as Alex Jackson's mighty Speedboat, looking to likely finish before some of you read this. (we will have the latest on ww.Sail-World.com)
'Sinn Fein' a Cal 40 skippered by Peter S. Rebovich Sr. leads 'Frolic', a Sabre 362 owned by Peter Brown, in class 1 of the St David's Lighthouse at the start of the 635 mile Newport Bermuda Race Daniel Forster
But while much international media attention has been focusing on the turbo sleds, initial reports show Carina, Rives Potts' McCurdy & Rhodes 48, having made the biggest tactical gain over her class through the Stream, with Peter Rebovich's Sinn Fein also showing off her Gulf Stream prowess.
Which of course is one of the great traditions of the Bermuda Race: While fancy hardware and the latest go-fast sails attract starting-line stares, once offshore everything boils down to sailing smarts.
And while the superstars aboard the hot boats are certainly earning their keep, it's refreshing to see the Corinthian spirit shining through. Which of course is what this historic race is really all about.
Meanwhile, at the hotly contested MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy, green Botin and Carkeek hulls were the design and color to have as both Quantum Racing (USA) and Iberdrola (ESP) topped the podium in the TP52 class and the GP 42 series, respectively.
For American skipper Terry Hutchinson and Quantum Racing, this victory marks their first event win overall since winning the TP52 Worlds in 2008. And after a windy Day One, Day Two of Germany's world-famous Kiel Week, or Kieler Woche, saw most sailors patiently waiting for good breeze, with only the RS:X, 2.4 mR, 49er and the Women's Match Racing classes completing races.
Still, good on-the-water sailing drama is unfolding in the later class between Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), with the Brit thus far winning all but one flight against her decorated American rival. And in Group B, American Genny Tulloch is proving the sailor to beat.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Newport Bermuda -Speedboat done Thrashing John Rousmaniere / Sail-World.com, Newport Bermuda 2010 - The race leaders entered the Gulf Stream at around sunset Saturday, heading upwind into a moderate south-westerly wind with as much as four knots of favorable current in the long, hot meander that they have been steering for since the race start on Friday afternoon. Alex Jackson's Speedboat, at 100ft the largest yacht in the fleet, was making more than 12 knots over the bott... [more] Share this story
Daniel Forster: Images from the start of the Newport Bermuda Race Daniel Forster, One of the world's top photographers, Daniel Forster, was at the start of the Newport Bermuda race and presents this gallery of images from the start of one of the classic offshore races .... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche - Team Tunnicliffe 6-1 after day two Team Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe report from Kieler Woche, Germany. The event is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche - Less wind, less classes race on day two Kieler Woche, Kieler Woche day two. Less wind meant that not all classes could continue their races in the ISAF Sailing World Cup. After the surfing conditions yesterday the 49ers were able to maintain a bit more control out on the race course but it was still very tricky for the top crews.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 race 12 day 2 - Cork opts for Stealth Mode Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, Race 12 - Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland Day 2. Cork, who began Race 12 on Thursday, played a great tactical card and went into Stealth Mode, a move that will shield their position from the chasing pack for 24 hours. The Clipper fleet is racing under IRC handicap rules to account for the differences in the Clipper 68s and the Challenge 67 (Cork) wh... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Carina makes the most of the Gulf Stream Talbot Wilson, Newport Bermuda Race update issued as at 15:00 EDT 20th June 2010. Carina, a Class 3 McCurdy & Rhodes 48 skippered by Rives Potts, appears to have made the most of the Gulf Stream.... [more] Share this story
MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy - Mistral prevails but Green wins Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, It was the Mistral which prevailed on the final day of scheduled racing. Out on Marseille's Rade race areas the notorious winds whipped spumes of spray and kicked up a nasty swell. Quantum Racing's (USA) victory in the TP52 Series fleet is their first event win overall and Iberdrola (ESP) leave Marseille buoyed up for the rest of the season.... [more] Share this story
Images from Marseille - 2: Audi Medcup by Francois Richard Francois Richard, Top international photographer Francois Richard was out on the water for the Coastal Race of the Audi Medcup and presents this, the second of two galleries of images from the spectacular race.... [more] Share this story
Images from Marseille - 1: Audi Medcup by Francois Richard Francois Richard, Top international photographer Francois Richard was out on the water for the Coastal Race of the Audi Medcup and presents this, the first of two galleries of images from the spectacular race.... [more] Share this story
Images from JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race Onedition, Over 1750 yachts entered the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, sailed around the historic Isle of Wight, England. First start was at 0500hrs on Saturday morning and the first yacht finished just after 9.30am - no record, but a great time was had by all in one of the classic English races.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Race 12 - Transatlantic chase begins Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race -Race 12. Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Under blue skies and in a breeze of five to ten knots from the south, the nine yachts crossed the start line at 1400 local time.... [more] Share this story
ISAF International Judges and Race Officers Seminar in India Yachting Association of India, An ISAF International Judges Seminar (IJ) and International Race Officers (IRO) Seminar will be held in Chennai, India from 1-3 Oct 2010 and 2-4 October 2010 respectively, as part of the India International Regatta 2010 which is scheduled 3-10 October 2010.The ISAF Race Official Seminar programme aims to improve standards of officiating around the world... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda – Speedboat leads 183 boat fleet John Rousmaniere / Sail-World.com, Newport Bermuda Race 2010 - Champagne sailing conditions as Alex Jackson's Open Division 100 foot supermaxi Speedboat took the lead from Tom Hill's Titan XV at sunset on Friday night as the big 183-boat fleet headed south east toward Bermuda, 635 nautical miles to the south east, on a fast close reach in a flat sea, clear visibility, and a moderate southwest wind that gradually strengthened and c... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche day one sailed in strong conditions Kieler Woche, Kieler Woche day one was sailed in strong conditions, with up to 24 knots of wind. 'We are pretty happy with the first day of racing here. We had to postpone the start this morning by one hour because of the high waves' Jobst Richter, Chairman of the Kieler Woche explained.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche: Team Tunnicliffe 2-1 on day one Team Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe reports from Kieler Woche 2010. We had our first briefing at 9am and then went to rig our boats for an 11am start. We ended up not leaving the dock until 11am, as boats were getting last minute fixes for the day.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Mistral stalls Emirates Team NZ's bid for win Warren Douglas and Sail-World, Emirates Team New Zealand reports that racing in the Marseille Trophy, the second round of the Audi MedCup, was cancelled on Saturday and prospects do not look promising for Sunday. Three days racing has been held so far in the scheduled five day regatta With a mistral wind averaging 30 knots ripping across the race course area, the teams stayed ashore but ready to leave the dock at a moment... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche Finn Focus - First day tough wins Robert Deaves, Finn Focus at Kieler Woche - Day one. Sailing began with a one hour postponement ashore because a coastal race had to cross the racing area. The first race was started at 12:00 in 15-18 knots (with more in the gusts), but unfortunately without sunshine and sometimes some rain, but everyone expects weather like this at least once during Kiel Week.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy - Weather today's winner Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy. The only winner on the penultimate day of the Marseille Trophy was the Mistral. With the Mistral widely forecast to be stronger on Sunday the race committee are still working to a scheduled start time of 1100hrs, but it is not looking promising.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Puma Ocean Racing starts Brigid Murphy, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion started the Newport-Bermuda Race at approximately 16:30 EDT this afternoon. Puma's il mostro is being skippered by Ken Read (USA). The core crew onboard include Tom Addis (AUS), Brad Jackson (NZL), Andrew Lewis USA), and Tony Mutter (NZL). PUMA is expected to arrive into Bermuda mid-day on Monday.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda race - Hubbard defends title Colin Thompson, Newport to Bermuda Race. The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club stalwart, Paul Hubbard, is again competing on Bermuda Oyster with an experienced crew that includes Barbara Ashfield, Stephen Benn, Michall Gladwin, David Mello, Neil Redburn and race newbie Jodi Valentine.... [more] Share this story
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - Farr 40s set to fly Rich Roberts, An armada of inshore ocean racers from as far north as San Francisco and as far south as Acapulco, Mexico is lined up for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week next Friday through Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda fleet - light weather start for 183 boat fleet John Rousmaniere, 183 sailboats made the start today in the 47th Bermuda Race. The start near the mouth of Narragansett Bay off Newport Rhode Island saw boats ranging from 33-footers, Killua sailed by Jim Binch of New Cannan, Connecticut, and Sailor Bandito with Chris Palabrica of Carmel, Indiana at the helm, to Alex Jackson's 100-foot Speedboat out of Piedmont, California.The leaders are expected to complete the 6... [more] Share this story
Newport to Bermuda Race start images Blue skies 10 knot breeze Leighton O'Connor images, Newport to Bermuda Race start - images from photographer Leighton O'Connor. Under blue skies and a 10 knot breeze, racers in the 46th Newport Bermuda Race set off on Friday afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation: Bob Fisher - Why support us? Bob Fisher, Think of just two things. First, think back to the time when you got your biggest thrill from sailing. Maybe it was taking a boat out on your own for the first time. Perhaps it was the satisfaction of repairing, restoring, designing or even building a yacht. Or coping in rough weather? Or competing? Or the sheer pleasure of sailing in comfort with family and friends?... [more] Share this story
Giraglia Rolex Cup - Crichton's Shockwave wins IRC Overall Anna Maria Gregorini, Giraglia Rolex Cup - in previous editions, Neville Crichton from New Zealand has committed his best efforts to winning line honours and breaking the course record. At this year's Giraglia Rolex Cup, Crichton made it clear that his intentions were the overall win in the distance race. That he achieved this aim at his first true attempt and so convincingly has impressed even this serial collector... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - Borlenghi and Trombetta images Sail-World, Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta present this gallery of images from the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy regatta.... [more] Share this story
Nassau Cup Race opens South Florida ocean racing season Paige Brooks, Nassau Cup 77th Anniversary Race, from Miami to Nassau, opens the South Florida ocean racing season this year on November 11th.... [more] Share this story
Ready, Set, Drift? David Schmidt Sail-World USA Editor, Every raceboat that's 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.... [more] Share this story
Abby Sunderland, the 'inside scoop' Pete Thomas, Web reporter Pete Thomas has been in close communication with the Sunderland camp for some time now, and sailed with them on crucial legs during the preparation of her yacht. Here, for the Abby Sunderland news junkie, he gives his 'inside scoop' of life in the Sunderland Camp, after Abby's dismasting and rescue.... [more] Share this story
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