Here in the Pacific Northwest, Junes are not pleasant. The fresh breeze and sunshine of May gives way to clouds, rain and cold. Instead of marching towards summer, 'June-uary', as it's locally dubbed, feels like a big stride backwards towards winter.
Last Wednesday night saw our entire J/105 crew bundled on the rail, wearing full foulies, sweaters and sea boots, while discussing upcoming plans for the Fourth of July. The clouds above felt thick, immortal, and real summer sailing a distant thought.
Until now. The weather has broken with the arrival of the Solstice, and like sailing areas nationwide, the sailing scene is in full swing. Down at Shilshole Marine, one of Seattle's big boat basins, riggers and electronics specialists are working hard at getting projects finalized, and the telltale rising bubbles of divers means that bottoms are getting cleaned. Finally! Summer as sailors know it! And just in time for tonight's racing...
Far to the east and across a swath of the Atlantic, the last boats are now arriving in Bermuda after what has been described as one of the more 'easiest' Bermuda races in recent memory. While no records were set, the fleet also didn't encounter the disgusting conditions that the Gulf Stream is famous for occasionally serving, and more than one midnight watch was been described as magical.
In Germany, Kiel Week has delivered light breezes, but thankfully the RC has been able to get in sufficient races before the Medal Round and we've done well there as you will see below. And in Newport Rhode Island, 15 of the world's top Melges 32 teams are amassing for Event Number 6 of the 2010 USA Sailing Series. Stay tuned to this series as it's sure to offer some of the week's hottest racing.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Kiel Week impressive showing from USSTAG, USSDT members Marni Lane, Kiel Week in Germany (June 23, 2010) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) athletes wrapped up another successful day at Kiel Week, winning four medals and grabbing two bullets in the Medal Races today.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race - Carina wins Lighthouse - Nine boats to finish John Rousmaniere, Carina has won the St. David's Lighthouse Division in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. Owned and sailed by Rives Potts (Westbrook, CT) with a crew blending four families, Carina is the 46th winner of the race's top trophy in the 104-year history of the race, which runs 635 miles from Newport, RI to St. David's Light, Bermuda. There are still nine boats on the race course.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Narrow escape for Spirit of Australia Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 12, Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Day 5. Favourable conditions have led to exceptionally fast progress for the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Tracking takes centre stage at Optimists events Sally Burnett, The Optimist North American Championship is approaching fast. More than 200 sailors will gather in Kingston, Canada for 5 days of tough competition. Just a few days later, another even larger fleet will gather in Kamien-Pomorski, Poland for the Optimist Europeans. This year, both events will feature live tracking.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche Day 4 - Team Tunnicliffe 2-1 in quarter finals Team Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Keiler Woche where the quarter finals of the Womens Match Racing is underway. The day started with the final races of the gold fleet round. We were again unsuccessful with our races and finished the round 0-6. However, all that meant was that we were paired up with the 3 seed going into the quarter finals and that was Katie.... [more] Share this story
Beau Geste enters Port Huron-to-Mackinac race Peggy Walsh-Sannecki, Free Press, Beau Geste is the French phrase for a fine or gracious gesture. One look at the newest addition to the Mackinac fleet next month, an 80-foot maxi boat owned by Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, and it's easy to see why the boat brings that phrase to mind.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Protocol scene-setter to be released this week Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's sources confirmed today that the first version of the 34th America's Cup Protocol would be released this week. The document which sets out the conditions under which the 34th America's Cup and the Challenger Selection Series will operate will not name the basic tenets of the event - being the boat, the dates and the venue. These three basics are still the subject of a consultati... [more] Share this story
Match Racing World Championship for Blind Sailors Underway David Staley, Racing commenced today on Lake Garda, Italy for the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships, 2010, Homerus Blind Match Racing. Conducted in conjunction with Homerus Associazione Onlus, the event is using the ISAF Experimental Appendix CBS for Blind Match Racing and the innovative Homerus system of acoustic buoys.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche - Four days, Five races and Trujillo leads Robert Deaves, Kieler Woche - Day four. For the second year running Kieler Woche has thrown its worst weather at the Olympic classes. Though the forecast looked no more promising than previous days, race four got underway at 14.30 in a shifty four-six knots. The two day break didn't seem to hurt regatta leader Trujillo.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Fog and sail damage make things tricky Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Race 12. Not only that but fast downwind conditions have taken their toll on spinnakers and there have been several reports of kite damage across the fleet. The English sailing weather should be suiting English entry Hull & Humber as the team finds themselves in a neck and neck drag race with three others.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche - Light breeze returns on day four Kieler Woche, Kieler Woche day four and a light breeze returned to allow officials to finish sufficient races for the classes before the Medal Rounds begin on Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda - Noonmark VI wins Gibbs Hill Lighthouse silverware Talbot Wilson, 2010 Newport Bermuda Race - Noonmark VI crossed the St David's Lighthouse finish line at 1:40:18 EDT on Tuesday morning to take first place in the ‘professional' Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division. Larry Huntington's Snow Lion came second in the Gibbs Hill Division with a corrected time of 55:21:49.... [more] Share this story
2010 USA Sailing Series Event No. 6 - 15 Melges 32 teams in Newport Joy Dunigan, 2010 USA Sailing Series Event No. 6 will be hosted by Sail Newport on June 25-27. This is an international class and the Northeast Regatta roster supports this concept with the inclusion of Italy's Carlo Perrone (Lorenzo Bodoni, tactician) on Atlantica 19 and from Japan, Takashi Okura (Tony Rey, tactician) on SLED will compete for the very first time.... [more] Share this story
Newport - Bermuda 2010 Noonmark VI wins Gibbs Hill Division John Rousmaniere, Newport Bermuda Race 2010 Noonmark VI has handily won the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy based on provisional standings for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race.... [more] Share this story
New Luxury European Superyacht arrives from Australia Media Services, There is a new arrival in Europe. Having waited for her to travel halfway around the world from her birthplace in Australia the anticipation of her owner is tangible. Singularity is no ordinary cargo and she is no ordinary yacht. At 24.5 metres (80-feet) with a maximum beam of 5.33m (17.49-feet), the Lutra 80 Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind.... [more] Share this story
Exodus Film Group secures USA rights to series based on Velux 5 Oceans Velux 5 Oceans, Phil Keoghan of 'The Amazing Race' to Partner on, Co-Produce and Host the new series bringing the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 Race to North American audiences... [more] Share this story
Farr 30 Canadian National Championship Peter Lagergren, The Farr 30 International One Design Class Association and the West Vancouver Yacht Club announce the 2010 Canadian National Championship for the International Farr 30 Class. West Vancouver Yacht Club will be the venue for the Farr 30 Canadian Nationals to be held September 24th through September 26th, 2010.... [more] Share this story
PCYC Open Regatta - July 10-11 Guy Perrin, The Port Credit Yacht Club, in collaboration with LORC, invites you to the 2010 Open Regatta and IRC Canadian Championship on July 10 and 11 in Mississauga, ON. Two days of racing available on all courses – IRC, PHRF, C&C99's, C&C115's, J22's, J24's, J35's, J105's, B36.7's, 8 Meters and more........ [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour's Patrick Lim talks to Valencia Sailing ValenciaSailing.com, During the round robin of the 2010 Korea Match Cup, Valencia Sailing had the chance to meet Malaysian businessman Patrick Lim, Executive Chairman of the World Match Racing Tour, and discuss his views and ambitions for the world's match racing championship as new owner of the circuit.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Protocol said to be in the mail Stuart Alxander, Well connected yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander writes in UK newspaper, The Independent: The fate of Britain's challenge for the America's Cup should become clearer this week as the format to which it would have to sign up is sent out by the San Francisco-based defender, BMW Oracle.... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche day three - Only three classes on the water today Kieler Woche, Kieler Woche day three was again disrupted by the wind. Only three classes - the 49er, 2.4 mR and the Womens Match Racing could finish races today... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche day three - Team Tunnicliffe do it tough Team Tunnicliffe, Kieler Woche day 3 was tough for Team Tunnicliffe. Mistakes cost the team dearly and they ended the day 0-3.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 National Championship revs its engines in Newport Joy Dunigan, 2010 Melges 24 National Championship officially gets underway this weekend, June 25-27, hosted by Sail Newport. Prior to racing, are the usual national event class requirements of registration and weigh-in. Friday through Sunday is reserved for the ultimate, the maximum in high-powered Melges 24 racing. Each day, apres racing something special is planned.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda - Genuine Risk - genuine win Talbot Wilson, Bermuda executive Mark Watson made his first race to Bermuda memorable with a corrected time win in his Dubois 90 Genuine Risk in the Open Division for cant-keel boats.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda - il mostro second to Genuine Risk on handicap Puma Ocean Racing, The Volvo Open 70 il mostro crossed the finish line at 06:25 EDT less than three hours behind the 100 foot sloop Speedboat. On corrected time il mostro came second to the 90 foot Dubois Genuine Risk by a mere 13 minutes, with maxi Speedboat in third.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda 2010 - Speedboat finishes in slow time -Il Mostro next John Rousmaniere, Newport Bermuda Race 2010 - Alex Jackson's maxi 100-footer sloop Speedboat finished the 635 nautical mile race early Monday morning at 3:49 AM EDT.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Race 12 Day 3: In pursuit of Cork Zoe Williamson, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Race 12: The hare and hounds style pursuit race across the Atlantic is very much on - Cork has emerged from Stealth Mode and the fleet has the Irish target firmly in their sights.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans Sprint start dates confirmed Velux 5 Oceans, The Velux 5 Oceans today announces the dates of the starts of the five ocean sprints in the 2010/11 edition of the race.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour heads to Portugal WMRT, The ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) teams are back on European seas this week for the 2010 Portimão Portugal Match Cup... [more] Share this story
Optimists in San Francisco: Sail and Bail Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us, Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us presents a gallery of images of Optimist racing in extreme conditions in San Francisco, entitled 'sail and bail.... [more] Share this story
Cayard: 'Artemis finished last. This is definitely a low point for us' Paul Cayard, Artemis skipper, Paul Cayard, not known for pulling his punches, reflects on their low point at the 2010 Audi MedCup, Marseille: No racing again today. There were 40 knots of wind in the Gulf de Lyon. Quantum Racing, with Terry Hutchinson at the helm, won the regatta based on their great performance in the first three days. In fact, they won 4 of the 5 races including Friday's coastal race.... [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
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
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
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